Loboc Children's Choir
|Loboc Children's Choir|
|Origin||Loboc, Bohol, Philippines|
|Years active||1980 – Present|
|Associated acts||University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors or UPSA
|Website||Loboc Children's Choir|
The Loboc Children's Choir or LCC is a school-based choir composed of thirty schoolchildren of the Loboc Central Elementary School, in Loboc, Bohol, Philippines. The children are between the ages of nine and thirteen years old. The Choir has held concerts all over the Philippines and abroad. It plays an active part in school, town, and provincial activities.
The Loboc Children's Choir was founded in 1980 at the Loboc Central Elementary School in Loboc, Bohol. It is a school choir established to give color to school and community events. In 1993, it won first prize at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists. It was awarded first prize again in the same competition in 1995.
In 1996, in a concert dubbed On Angels' Wings: From Bohol to the World, the choir toured key cities in the United States. It has performed with the World Youth Orchestra during the latter's concerts in Bohol and Cebu in 1999, and with the University of Santo Tomas Symphony Orchestra. As a 'cultural treasure' of the Province, the group often sings for visiting dignitaries, and local and foreign tourists. Its concert repertoire is a combination of classical, folk, modern and children's songs.
It became the National Champion in the category of Children's Choirs during the National Music Competitions for Young Artists in 2001. These competitions are the most prestigious music competitions in the Philippines.
A notable project was its partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the leading art museum in the Philippines, which launched an exhibit on the arts and culture of Bohol. The Choir, under the auspices of the Met and of its leaders led by Trustee Bea Zobel, Jr. and Executive Director Ino Manalo, regaled the exhibit launch with a special concert which was followed by a Christmas Concert tour in major business establishments in Makati City and Ayala Alabang. This climaxed with a command performance for the Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain in a cultural exchange visit to the Philippines.
The group also performed in a back-to-back concert with the University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors, winner of the prestigious Gran Premio Citta di Arezzo in 2001 during the 49th Concorso Polifonico Internazionale Guido d'Arezzo in Arezzo, Italy. The concert, entitled An Evening of Heaven's Music, was held in line with the Heritage Conservation Program in the Province of Bohol.
The Choir also figured in a series of activities in collaboration with the Diocese of Tagbilaran and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila which has selected Bohol as a model partner in developing its art and development programs. On September 2, 2003, the children performed at the Studio at the Riverbank, Marikina City, under the sponsorship of the Pinatubo sa Pagkakaisa Foundation.
Parts of the proceeds of the September 2, 2003 performance went to the salaries of teachers at the Wenceslao Village Elementary School at the Wenceslao Village resettlement project in Dau, Lubao, Pampanga.
On 15 October 2013 a magnitude 7.2 earthquake largely destroyed Loboc Church.
European concert tour
In 2003, the choir was presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in a series of concert tours in Europe dubbed "TUBO: A Musical Journey for Heritage and Peace."
The Choir garnered two major awards at the Europe and its Songs 6th International Folksong Choir Festival, held in Barcelona, Spain, from September 17 to 21, 2003. The LCC rated 97.5 points which earned it the First prize with a Gold Medal in the Children's Choir category. The international jury likewise awarded the Loboc Children's Choir the Europe and its Songs 2003 Cup for having achieved the overall highest mark in all categories, surpassing the marks of twelve other international choirs.
The LCC was composed of 26 children ages 9 to 15 from the Loboc Central Elementary School.
The tour was financed by a consortium of grants facilitated under the auspices of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, including Philippine embassies and consulates in the countries involved.
- National Musical Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA)
- National Champion Prize, 1993
- National Champion Prize, 1995
- National Champion Prize, 2001
- Europe and its Songs Festival 2003 - Barcelona, Spain, September 17–21, 2003
- First prize with a Gold Medal in the Children's Choir category
- The Europe and its Songs 2003 Cup - for having achieved the overall highest mark in all categories, surpassing the marks of twelve other international choirs
Musical director and conductor
The choir's current conductor, Alma Fernando-Taldo or "Ma'am Taldo", teaches at the Loboc Elementary School, handling English and Character Education for fifth-grade students. Her first musical education was provided by her paternal grandfather; she later took solfeggio classes.
To prepare herself as a choral conductor, she attended workshops and master classes from known Filipino conductors such as Edgardo Manguiat of the University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors (UPSA), Ramon Santos, Chino Toledo, Andrea Veneracion of the Philippine Madrigal Singers or MADZ and Francisco Feliciano. Edgardo Manguiat also acts as a consultant to the choir.
During its European Tour, the Loboc Children's Choir is selling its latest CD, Loboc Children's Choir...And A Child's Heart Sings. This CD, recorded in the St. Peter the Apostle Church in Loboc contains a selection of the music performed by the choir. On the CD are classical, religious, and traditional as well as contemporary music and children's music.
- Jeroen Hellingman. The Loboc Children's Choir
- Victory for the Loboc Children's Choir
- Manuel Viloria. The Loboc Children's Choir
- Manuel Viloria. The Younger Loboc Children's Choir
- The Loboc Children’s Choir: Sweet and Sublime
- Manuel Viloria. Loboc Children's Choir (Younger Group)
- Loboc Children's Choir
- Chinese officials sign sisterhood pact
- Children's Choir Holds Successful Concert at the Lyceum Theatre in Shanghai 18 July 2005 Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai
- 2004 National Theater Festival Cultural Center of the Philippines
- A Rating for Panaghoy sa Suba www.asianjournal.com
- Rome Jorge Another day in heaven for you, me and the singing cherubim The Manila Times January 2, 2006.
- The Loboc Children’s Choir from Philippines visited China
- UST Singers hold concert with Loboc Children's Choir The Bohol Times January 11, 2004.
- Pax Romana hold Balik-Handog Concert Communitas: The Official Bulletin of the University of San Agustin, Vol. XIV No. 1 February 2005 - May 2005.
- China delegates to stay - Rico "Mayor to fund three choir members to China" www.boholchronicle.com April 23, 2006.
- International Folksong Choir Competition & Concerts
- Loboc Children's Choir - Official website (may contain out-of-date information)
- Loboc Children's Choir - write-up
- ChoralNet - directory of choirs, from ChoralNet (a project site of the International Federation of Choral Music)
- Childrens' Choir - list of winners under this category at the NAMCYA