The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Philippine Madrigal Singers (MADz) warmly greet the third batch of choristers for the 2018 Sing Philippines Youth Choir (SPYC).  The latest batch, selected out of the 280 applications received from all over the country, will participate in a music camp at the CCP. The music camp will run from May 29 to June 2 and will culminate with a concert of the Philippine Madrigal Singers at the CCP Main Theater on June 2-3.

Launched in June 2014 by the MADz and the CCP thru its Cultural Exchange Department (CED), the SPYC featured 50 (batch 1) and 49 (batch 2) singers from 23 (batch 1) & 22 (batch 2) local communities across the country who underwent a week-long professional music camp under MADz choirmaster Mark Anthony Carpio. The Sing Philippines movement brings to life National Artist and MADz founder Andrea O. Veneracion’s vision of a nation singing in harmony and united in songs.

For 2018, another set of 56 talented singers from 31 local communities nationwide will be given an intensive musical training so they too can contribute to the propagation of choral music in the country. This year’s members are from the following areas:

Luzon :  23pax from 11 provinces (Pangasinan, La Union,Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Camarines Sur, Albay)

Visayas :   10pax from 6 provinces (Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Cebu, Dumaguete, Tacloban, Ormoc)

Mindanao: 10pax from 6 provinces (Pagadian, Dapitan, Davao, Compostela Valley, Iligan, & Lanao del Norte)

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National Capital Region: 13pax from 8 cities (Manila, Makati, Parañaque, Quezon City, Pasay, Mandaluyong, Caloocan, Taguig)

Batches 1 and 2 will come back again to join the 2018 batch and the MADz for the culminating concerts on June 2-3 at the CCP Main Theater.  Since they were organized, the first two batches of SPYC have returned to the CCP and performed for the Closing Program of the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festivals of 2015 & 2017.  The members expressed the same enthusiasm similar to when they were first convened. Their valuable experiences during the 2014 & 2016 music camps have inspired them to pursue their passion for music and the arts.

Some of the SPYC 2016 members expressed their gratitude for the rare opportunity they have been given.  Their insights validate the vision of Prof. Veneracion.

For more information about the SPYC, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department at (+632) 832-1125 locals 1708 and 1709.