#KoristaAko: Jhoan Ayos

Happy (Chinese) New Year! I know, I had backlogs for #KoristaAko. The last quarter of the year had always been busy, busy busy! But it was very musical, and I hope yours was, too. Now, on with my latest post! Last October, my husband and I (being part of the Philippine Choral Directors Association) were invited to attend […]

Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival: A tribute and a legacy

Time flew, fast. It has been two years since the first ever international choral competition took place at the CUltural Center of the Philippines. And I am proud to have been part of it. Now, two years after, the second competition happens right on the month when the honoree commemorates her birth and passing on. […]

CCP Hands-on Choral Workshop 2014: Training ground of choral champions

Last October, I was fortunate to be part of the team of trainors for the CCP Hands-on Choral Workshop. The workshop is now on its 12th season, and has attracted choral groups and conductors from all over the Philippines as well as other countries. This year, we had a choir from Kuala Lumpur participating in […]

15 and 1

Yesterday, after a full day of work (faculty meeting in the morning then choir rehearsal in the afternoon), I headed off to two important celebrations: the Shrine of Jesus’ 15th Anniversary of its consecration and dedication, and OA’s first death anniversary. These two events coincided on the same time, so I had to fix my […]

Touringkitty Travels: My first international trip

Ten years ago, five countries, three months, two categories in one choral competition. It was my first international trip. First time to be away from family. First time to ride a plane. First time in Europe. First time to join an international choral competition. These many firsts I had the pleasure to share with about […]

Madz @ 50: The culmination of the golden year

The 50th year celebration of our beloved choir ends with a two-night concert this last weekend of June. The closing concert begins a rebirth of what has been, and always will be, the Madz way. The past year featured concerts, tours, performances, homecomings, among the current and the alumni members. Once again, we gather on […]

Madz @ 50: The Baby is now 30!

The “golden harvest” is now 30 years old! The Madz et al, the first and largest network of Filipino choral groups, celebrated 30 years of singing together through a weeklong festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last April 1-6. Composed of over 50 choirs, the Madz et al network gathers in an annual […]

Madz @ 50: ppp: Pagdiriwang, Pagtitipon, Paggunita

Some two weeks ago, Madz singers, past and present, were invited to a very special evening we conspicuously call the “Madrigal Dinner.” It was indeed a great celebration of food, music, and family, and incidentally, the event was held on the Feast Day of the Holy Family on December 29th. Alumni from all batches came […]

Madz @ 50: The story behind the music

Want to know the stories behind the music? We heard their mellifluous music for five decades. Now it’s time to just read, be inspired, and learn through their words. This is the first book that will be published in the 50 years of the Madz‘ existence. Sometime in 2001, a book called a Life Shaped by […]

Madz @ 50: Ten things the Madz taught me

It was a short and sweet five years singing and touring as an active member of the Madz, but those years were packed with memories, laughter, sharps and flats, perpetual prayers and celestial blessings. I was beyond blessed really to be part of the three batches that competed under Mark Carpio’s wings, winning all top […]