The Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) cheered for its homegrown Chorale as it won gold and silver medals in the 2014 Winter Chorale Festival held last December 1 to 5, 2014 at Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium in Hongkong.Popularly known as the OLFU Chorale under the direction of Mr. Philip Vincent Mabunga, the group won Gold Award and Silver Award in the Folklore Category and in the Mixed Choir Open Age Category, respectively.
Eight groups coming from different schools and universities in Asia participated in this chorale competition. For the Folklore Category, OLFU Chorale performed “Iddem-demMallida” by Elmo Q. Makil, “Koyu No” by EudenicePalaruan, and “Kruhay” by Benny Castillon. For the Mixed Choir Open Age Category, the group sung “Jaglied” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Alma De Cristo” by John August Pamintuan, and “Pamugun” by Francisco Feliciano.
Dr. Caroline Marian S. Enriquez, University President together with and Fatima University Medical Center (FUMC) Administrators, Dr. Yvonne S. Guevara, Dr. Alfredo Guevara, Dr. Vicente Santos, Jr., Dr. Mary Ann Santos, Dean of the College of Physical Therapyand Fr. LitoCaliwag, University Chaplain,witnessed the competition in Hongkong.
Established in 2002, the OLFU Chorale already won awards in different local and international chorale competitions such as Busan Chorale Festival and Competition held in South Korea, 1st InstitutTeknologiBantung International Choir Competition held in Bandung, Indonesia, and 1st Cultural Center of the Philippines National Chorale Competition.
Aside from participating in the Winter Choral Festival, the group also attended Choral Music Masterclass with Mr. Yu-Chung John Ku and workshop with Dr.Brady Allred, Mr. Yu-Chung John Ku and Prof. Theodora Pavlovitch who held at the Youth Square Friendship Concert. They were also given the opportunity to perform at the Disney Youth Performing Arts Program in Disneyland Park, Hongkong.
The whole OLFU community salutes the OLFU Chorale for this new achievement and honor