I was lucky and blessed enough to be a part of the Iglesia Ni Cristo Centennial Celebration by being a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo Symphonic Choir which was formed specially for the majestic composition of Ka Rod Ramos’ Oratorio.
It was my first time to join this huge musical group and over-all, the experience was beyond compare. Sacrifices and hardships were made, considering that our rehearsals took 9 months to complete. We started October 2013 and polished everything this July 2014. I got used to seeing an orchestra playing in front for me during our practices, compared to my first WOW of seeing them in actual person. You don’t see a harp or different brass and woodwind instruments on a regular basis, do you? I miss them, specially the cymbals banging just right beside your left eardrums.
What’s more amazing is that we were taught of the most prestigious music teachers. My favorite is Ka Ed Manguiat, the founder and conductor of the University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors (UPSA), he is also the former mentor of our local voice coach, Ka Odysseus Patena. Everyone’s so blessed to have him because of his wit and clever humor.
UPSA Conductor Ed Manguiat founded the group in 1980 as a freshman dormitory choir at the State University. He has studied under world-renowned choral musicians and trained under respected names in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting in the Philippines. He has also won various international conductor’s awards in choral competitions. source
So apparently I can now say that we got free music and voice lessons for nine awesome months. Not to mention the free food and new friends! To God be the glory for He allowed all of these blessings to pour unto us.
Okay, so we scheduled this pictorial days ahead and we were like so excited and I did a lot of preparations, full make-up and stuff and by the time I looked at this photo, I was like.. WHERE AM I??? hahaha. apparently I’m at the far back, the last line of them all. #youcantseeme haha
at least I have a solid proof (that I was a part of this) to show my my grandchildren in the future. aww yiss.
May I share some of our photos?
The Barangka Sacred Chorus: Rehearsals from October 2013 – July 2014
… but we don’t have any photos of the ACTUAL rehearsal because any multimedia devices are not allowed inside the multimedia hall. Ooh the irony.
Philippine Arena, July 27, 2014.