Loboc Children's Choir
|Loboc Children's Choir|
The Loboc Children's Choir
|Origin||Loboc, Bohol, Philippines|
|Years active||1980 – Present|
| Philippine Madrigal Singers or MADZ |
|Website||Loboc Children's Choir|
The Loboc Children' s Choir (LCC) is a world-renowned singing group composed of school children of ages nine to thirteen in Loboc, Bohol. The choir currently has 30 members.
LCC represents the “cultural treasure” of Bohol. The choir often performs for visiting dignitaries, and local and foreign tourists.
Its concert repertoire is a combination of classical, folk, modern and children's songs.
The Loboc Children's Choir was founded in 1980 in the small town of Loboc, the “Music Town” of the province of Bohol. The choir has been performing around the world and has held concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland.
In 1996, LCC held a concert dubbed "On Angels' Wings: From Bohol to the World” which toured key cities in the United States. In 1999, the choir performed with the World Youth Orchestra during its concerts in Bohol and Cebu, and the University of Santo Tomas Symphony Orchestra.
LCC represented the Philippines in 2000 at the International Children's Culture and Arts Festival in Tianjin, China, and held concerts in Beijing and Hong Kong. The choir held a back-to-back concert called “An Evening of Heaven's Music” with the University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors (UPSA), 2001 winner of the Gran Premio Citta di Arezzo at the 49th Concorso Polifonico Internazionale Guido d'Aresso in Arezzo, Italy. The concert was held in line with the Heritage Conservation Program in Bohol.
One of the LCC's notable projects was its 2003 partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in which they launched an exhibit on the arts and culture of Bohol led by trustee Bea Zobel Jr. and executive director Ino Manalo. The LCC held a special concert followed by a Christmas concert tour in major business establishments in Makati and Ayala, Alabang and a performance for Queen Sofia of Spain in a cultural exchange visit to the Philippines.
From September to November of 2003, the choir had their first European Concert Tour where they represented the Philippines in the 6th International Folk Songs Festival "Europe and Its Songs" held in Barcelona, Spain. The LCC won first prize in the Youth Category, and was awarded the Festival Cup or the Grand Prize for garnering an average of 97.5 points, besting 2 choirs from all over the world. The Loboc Children's Choir performed the following set list: “Ampeu Se-lo” by James Swu; “Ugoy sa Duyan” by Lucio San Pedro; “La Pastoreta” a Catalan folk song arranged by Ed Manguiat; “Leron Leron Sinta”, a Tagalog Folk song; and “Ave Maria” by Gustav Holst.
In July 2004, the LCC was invited by World Vision Korea to represent the Philippines in the World Vision 2004 International Children’s Choir Festival held in Korea. The choir showcased their talent in Seoul, Anseong, and Incheon and performed with children’s choirs from Australia, the USA., Hong Kong, and Korea with the theme “Imagine a World Where Children Are Safe”, promoting the message of peace, hope, brotherhood, and love.
The internationally acclaimed choir also performs in prisons, hospitals, orphanages, and homes for the aged and they continue to take part in school, town, and provincial activities.
Musical director and accompanist
The LCC's musical director and conductor is Alma Fernando-Taldo. She is a fifth grade teacher at Loboc Central Elementary School, teaching English and Character Education.
Taldo attended music workshops conducted by renowned Filipino musicians like UPSA's Ed L. Manguiat, who also serves as consultant to the LCC, Dr. Ramon Santos, Mr. Chino Toledo, Mrs. Andrea Veneracion of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and Dr. Francisco Feliciano.
Lina Lapura-Jala, choir's pianist, is a Sixth Grade teacher at Triple Union Elementary School, teaching English and Music, Arts, and Physical Education. She learned to play the piano through her mother. Jala also used to sing with various choral groups in the Province of Bohol as a soprano.
The Loboc Children's Choir released their first CD during the group's European tour entitled, Loboc Children's Choir...And A Child's Heart Sings. The CD was recorded at the St. Peter the Apostle Church in Loboc, Bohol and contains a selection of the music performed by the choir. On the CD is a mix of classical, religious, traditional, contemporary and children's music.
|Loboc Children's Choir...And A Child's Heart Sings (2001)
|The Loboc Children's Choir/River of Songs
- 1993, 1995 and 2001 - National Champion, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) - Children’s Choir Category
- 2003 - Grand Prize, Europe and its Songs 6th International Folksong Choir Festival
- History of the Choir Lobocchildrenschoir.net (Accessed 13 May 2010)
- Alma Fernando Taldo Lobocchildrenschoir.net (Accessed 13 May 2010)
- Lina Lapura-Jala Lobocchildrenschoir.net (Accessed 13 May 2010)
- Victory for the Loboc Children's Choir! Bohol.ph (Accessed 13 May 2010)
- Available Cds/DVDs Lobocchildrenschoir.net (Accessed 13 May 2010)
- The Loboc Children's Choir Bohol.ph (Accessed 13 May 2010)