After bagging the 2016 Overall Champion of the A Cappella Championships in Singapore, The Philippine Contemporary A cappella Society announced that AKAPELA, a one-of-its-kind, contemporary a capella concert, will have a special repeat show featuring the award-winning PINOPELA together with BAIHANA on Sept. 23 – 6:30 pm and Sept. 24 – 1:30 and 6:30 pm at the Center for Culture and the Arts Theater, St. Louis University, Baguio City.
The A Cappella Championships encompasses participation of A Cappella groups and choirs from Singapore and also internationally with the following categories:
- Ensemble Categories: High School, College, Open, International
- Choir Category
- Beatbox Battle
- Loop Station Competition
PINOPELA won four awards namely:
- International Category Champion
- Judges’ Choice Awardee/Overall Champion,
- Most Impressive Vocalist (Anthony Castillo)
- Gold in Looping Category (Pinopela’s former beatboxer Zsaris Mendioro)
PINOPELA is an alumni group of the internationally acclaimed choral group, Saint Louis University Glee Club and was originally formed for the singular purpose of competing in the Akapela Open, but since placing second in 2013 and further after winning the championship in 2014, the group has evolved into a true professional. Pinopela began accepting invitations to perform at various functions after their warm reception at the Akapela Open 2013, and has since then wowed audiences previously unacquainted to contemporary a capella. The group opened the Myx Mo 2015 anniversary concert at the MOA concert grounds, that became one of the concert highlights, with an all a cappella opm number with some of the country’s biggest stars.
BAIHANA is an all-female vocal trio that creates, arranges and performs music that is uniquely refreshing to young and old alike. Let Krina Cayabyab, Anna Graham and Mel Torre take you back in time with their doo-wop take on standards and current radio hits. Whether you’re a devout jazz lover or someone searching for entertainment after a hard day’s work, Baihana has something for you and much, much more.
Before conquering Singapore, these two groups held a concert at the Carlos P.Romulo auditorium at RCBC Plaza, Makati City.
The Philippine Contemporary A capella Society is a group spearheaded by Krina Cayabyab and JJ Valiente Pimpinio that aims to demonstrate leadership in the development, awareness, innovation, and education of the contemporary a cappella community so that every Filipino music creator, singer, educator and fan of this genre may further extend the love for vocal music. Their mission is to promote and cultivate contemporary a cappella music in the Philippines through performance opportunities, recognition and education; to foster local artists that they be recognized around the world; and to enrich Original Pilipino Music through vocal music.
The artistic team of AKAPELA is composed of Anthony Falcon – Creative Consultant; Krina Cayabyab & JJ Pimpinio – Musical Directors; Stephen Vinas – Choreographer; Lei Lu – Lights Designer; Joee Mejias and Tonibelle Chan – Video Projections Designer; Monoxide Works – Video Clips Editor; Jasvir Basra – Technical Director.
For tickets, visit Normita Ria-Pablico Music Studio at Room 409 GP Bldg., Mabini Street, Baguio City; or call 0915 3833978, 0926 8115853 and 0975 1598344.