An all-male Filipino choir became the first group from the Philippines to win the Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest (TICCC) in Japan, besting 22 other groups last July 25.
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)-backed Aleron choral ensemble earned gold prizes in the Folklore and Contemporary categories in the prestigious annual contest.
First held in 1984, the TICCC was initiated "with the purpose of spreading the ‘Chamber Chorus’ widely to the local people, also with the hope of growing international friendship among choirs through the music."
Winners of the TICCC are given the chance to perform at a special concert in Osaka known for the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female musical theater troupe established in the 1910s.
Aleron previously won the grand prize distinction in the 10th Busan Choral Festival and Competition in October 2014 and placed first in the Vocal Ensemble of the inaugural Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival in Manila in August 2013.
Composed of Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club members, the group will continue to represent the Philippines as a guest choir in the first International Federation for Choral Music World Choral EXPO in Macau from November 12 to 16. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News