PH all-male choir takes top prize in South Korea competition

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PH all-male choir takes top prize in South Korea competition
The all-male choir won the grand prize at the 10th Busan International Choir Festival and Competition
ALERON. Waving the Philippine flag proudly, the group is all smiles as members celebrate their win. Photo from Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino all-male choir called Aleron was declared the grand prize winner at the 10th Busan International Choral Festival and Competition held in South Korea last October 13-18.


According to a press release, Aleron choir beat out 38 other choirs from 8 different countries, including Czech Republic, Russia, and Colombia. The group won the Gold Prize in the Classical Equal Voices category, which qualified them to advance to the Grand Prix round.

The Aleron choir was led by choir director Christopher Amado Ong Arceo. The group previously received the First Prize distinction in the Vocal Ensemble category in the 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival last August 2013.

Two other Filipino choirs – the Juan Luna Elementary School Children’s Choir and Coro San Benildo, also placed in the competition.

Listen to an older performance by Aleron posted on YouTube:


As a thank you to those who supported them, the group will hold a homecoming concert on November 8 at the Ateneo High School. Admission is free. –

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