Cebu doesn't only boast of its wonders but also of its talents. Nowadays, who doesn't know Cebuanos Kim Chiu, Manilyn Reynes, Cueshe, Kenneth Cobonpue, Dondon Hontiveros among others that have been successful in their respective fields?
Well, it can't be denied that Cebuanos are born natural dancers, actors and of course, singers. Giving us more things to be proud for as Cebuanos are our brothers and sisters from the University of the Visayas Chorale. The internationally acclaimed group have bagged numerous awards worthy of recognition.
Here are some of the awards of UV Chorale:
- Grand prize winner, MBC National Choral Competition 2009 and 2011
- Finalist for Best Choral Group , Aliw Awards 2012
- 1st Prize for Folk Music Competition, 1st CCP National Choral Competition 2009
- 3rd Prize for Sacred Music Competition and Mixed Choir Competition, 1st CCP national Choral Competition 2009
- 3rd Prize for Classical Category, Busan Chorale Competition 2007 - 2nd Prize for Folklore Category, Busan Chorale Competition 2007
- 2nd prize for Sacred Music Category, Rimini International Choral Competition - Ani ng Dangal 2010 Awardee
- 1st Prize for three categories, Tomohon International Choir Competition 2009 in Indonesia
UV Chorale is the only and first Cebuano choir to qualify to the series of competitions in Europe from October to November 2014. They are likewise the first Cebuano choir invited to sing in one of the masses for San Pedro Calungsod's canonization in Rome. UV Chorale is also the first Filipino Choir to perform during the World Youth day 2008 in Australia.
Members of UV Chorale are Christine Marie Limpangog, Kriscia Isla Apuya, Hanilet Abing, Sarah Jane Rogero, Jasmine Albarico Patoc, Ritzell Ponce, Dianne Delgado, Roselle Quinto, Divina Jane Arnado, Genevieve Delfin, Mary Grace Colina, and fifteen others.
Led by their choral conductor, Ms. Anna Tabita Abeleda-Piquero, the scholarship grant to the members of UV Chorale continues to support and motivate talented high school and college students since its establishment in 1999.
Here’s a video of UV Chorale’s performance of You Raise Me Up: