PH's Madrigal Singers commences Ilocos Norte's prov'l fiesta


Apr. 17, 2019 ...

The University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers (UPMS) or Philippine Madrigal Singers will open Ilocos Norte's La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta through a concert at the Minor Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Badoc on April 27.

Organized in 1963 by National Artist for Music, Andrea O. Veneracion, the UPMS is one of the most awarded choirs in the world.

UPMS consistently won all the top prizes in most of the world's prestigious choral competitions, such as Arezzo and Gorizia in Italy, Marktoberdorf in Germany, Spittal in Austria, Neuchatel in Switzerland, Tours in France, Varna in Bulgaria, Debrecen in Hungary, and Cantonigros, Tolosa, and Torrevieja in Spain. They also hold the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice—in 1997 and 2007.

In 2001, Mr. Mark Anthony Carpio succeeded Veneracion as UPMS' choirmaster.

 "The Philippine Madrigal Singers have a long historic relationship with Ilocos Norte. They have performed in the wedding of the presidential daughter, Irene Marcos-Araneta, as well as several times in the Ilocos Region," remarked Provincial Tourism Officer, Mr. Ian B. Raquel.

"This year's La Milagrosa Provincial Fiesta is special because the concert is our way to celebrate the elevation of the Church of St. John the Baptist Parish to a Minor Basilica. We are celebrating with music—the most appropriate and effective way of worship," Raquel added.

The Church of St. John the Baptist, shrine of the pontifically-crowned La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc was declared Minor basilica last February 5. It is now one of the 15 Minor Basilicas in the Philippines.

UPMS' two-part concert will be composed of sacred music, Filipino folk songs, and original Pinoy music (OPM).

As Northern Luzon's newest faith tourism destination, Raquel said the concert will definitely help put the Minor Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Shrine of La Vigen Milagrosa de Badoc in the national limelight; not only among the faithful but also among art patrons.

"This is a project of Governor Imee R. Marcos, she has always supported the arts in different forms and different medium," he ended.