The UA&P Chorale emerged as the winner in the recently concluded 3rd Bandung Choral Society (BCS) World Virtual Choir Festival. In its official Facebook page, the Indonesia-based BCS announced that the UA&P Chorale bested five other contenders in the mixed choir category after posting a final score of 91.1 percent. Apart from being the category winner, the UA&P Chorale also received a special award for Outstanding Virtual Artistry.

World Virtual Choir Festival

In a recent interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), UA&P Chorale music director Anna Abeleda-Piquero encouraged her fellow Filipinos to remain optimistic and continue honing their skills amid the pandemic. Abeleda-Piquero said there are several ways to “keep the music alive” despite restrictions on public movement due to the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak.

“We are Filipinos. We have been thrown so much challenges, such as earthquakes, floods, storms, and droughts in our lifetime. Yet we always came up alive and kicking. We are known for our ability to survive and adapt and come up smiling amidst troubles. Why would we let such a tiny, microscopic virus stop us from being who we are? It is just a matter of adapting again,” she said.

Read the full story at the PNA website.