DAGUPAN CITY – The Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir (BDCC), organized by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, won the Malaysia International Children Choral Festival 2016, besting 15 other contenders from different countries in a competition held on July 16 at Shah Alam Theatre in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
BDCC also bagged two major awards, one as the Most Promising Overseas Choir and another, the Shah Alam Mayor’s Award, in their rendition of the " O Sanctissima and Orde E", their two winning pieces in the competition.
With the theme “Binding Culture through Music”, the international choral festival was joined by 15 choral groups from the countries of Vietnam, India, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, represented by BDCC.
The BDCC is part of Mayor Fernandez'es program in developing the talent of the children, not just in sports but also in singing.
A jubilant Mayor Fernandez immediately extended her congratulations to the BDCC in Malaysia right after winning the competition as she thanked Professor Adolfo Mendoza and his wife, Virginia Llamas-Mendoza, for their extreme patience, love and dedication in teaching the children.
“These children truly deserved to win in the International Children's Choir competition in Malaysia. Let's all together support our children achieve their goals in life,” said Fernandez.
The Malaysia International Children Choral Festival 2016 was the first international competition joined by the BDCC. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/July 16, 2016)