Before we close Women’s Month, I give you our second serving of #KoristaAko, a superwo-mom herself and a certified Korista.
Let’s all meet another Jenny from the block, Jennifer Lopez-Gana!
Jennifer is a government employee of the Home Development Mutual Fund, more popularly known as the Pag-ibig Fund. They have their own choral group, the Pag-Ibig Fund Chorale, which is currently conducted by Anthony Go Villanueva.
Name: JENNIFER LOPEZ – GANA
Current profession: GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE / PAG-IBIG FUND
PAG-IBIG FUND CHORALE – 1999 to present
PUP BAGONG HIMIG – 1990 – 1994
Why did you join the choir? Is there anything/anyone who influenced you?
I love to sing. I used to sing solo for weddings and isa ring akong amateurista. I’ve joined a few amateur singing contests before and won a major title recently, Pag-ibig Fund Singing Idol 2009.
I also love to perform on stage. One time during our freshman orientation, I’ve seen the PUP Bagong Himig performed (the choral group of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines), then I told myself, I will be one of them. I auditioned and the rest is history.
I think my father influenced me. He is a member of our church choir and I’ve seen him practicing with his powerful tenor voice with vibrato. I remember him saying “lagyan mo ng alog-alog sa dulo.” (put some “wavy” sound in the end–something that resembles vibrato)
What was the hardest piece you’ve studied?
Tangueando (Oscar Escalada)
Wonder how the song goes? Check out this Youtube Video uploaded by our Korista, sung during the Madz et al Festival in 2008, under conductor Fred de Santos.
Any choir/s or vocal ensembles you look up to and why?
Madz (Philippine Madrigal Singers), kailangan pa ba imememorize yan? Hahaha!
What is your most unforgettable moment in the choir?
The first time is really the most unforgettable, so it would be the time we won in a choral competition, the 2014 Civil Service Commission Chorale Competition.
Gusto ko yung feeling pag kumakanta na kayo with harmony. (I like the feeling when you sing in harmony.)
Thanks for your wonderful responses, JLo! We look forward to your group’s next performances! Follow Pag-Ibig Fund Chorale on their Facebook Page.