PH Madrigal Singers win int'l choir competition in Italy
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Madrigal Singers (popularly called as the Madz) won the the Grand Prix at the 64th International Choral Competition in Arezzo, Italy on Saturday, August 27.
In an announcement via Facebook, Chris Millado, vice president and artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, shared the good news. Their win qualifies them for the European Grand Prix in Tolosa, Spain in 2017.
"The Philippine Madrigal Singers have won the European Grand Prix twice," said Chris. "If they are successful in their bid in Tolosa in 2017 this will make them the only choir in the world to win the Grand Prix 3 times! Mabuhay ang Philippine Madrigal Singers! Mabuhay ang artistang Pilipino!"
Videos also of the Madrigal Singers' victory were shared by those who were at the competition.
On Facebook, the Madz posted a thank you message to everyone.
"Para sa bayan, sa iyo Ma'am OA, at sa ating Panginoon!" (For country, to you Ma'am OA and to our Lord.)
The choir is currently on tour in Europe and the Middle East with their choirmaster Mark Anthony A. Carpio.
Established in 1963 by the late Andrea O. Veneracion, the Philippine Madrigal Singers is one of the most popular choir groups in Asia, winning various awards including the grand prize in the European Choral Grand Prix in Choral Singing in Tours, France in 1997 and the grand prize (Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours) at the Florilege de Tours choral competition in France in July 2006. – Rappler.com