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Filipino vocal ensemble “Acapellago” wins Asia-Pacific A Capella Championship League

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 26 September 2016 06:24 PM



SINGAPORE — Judges were blown away by the showcase of talent at the recently concluded Asia-Pacific A Capella Championship League event in Singapore.

“The performances tonight were amazing. We heard world-class performances from many different groups around the region. Each one in their own style, pop and jazz and rock and rap and ah, lots of beautiful singing,” said head judge, Deke Sharon, music director and vocal producer of the Hollywood hit Pitch Perfect.

A capella has been enjoying renewed interest in recent years owed largely to the popularity of musical shows like Glee, Sing-Off and Pitch Perfect movies.

Singapore’s celebrated drummer and  Pantheon Percussion endorser Teo Jia Rong agrees that Asia-Pacific region has a lot of talented groups, and even noted the innate musicality of Filipinos.

“We have a lot of really great groups coming from all-over the Asia Pacific and we’ve always known that the Philippines has a fantastic music culture whether its instruments or singing.  And it’s great to see the Filipinos today really, really commanding the stage tonight and really showing that they are the best in the region,” said Teo.

It was no surprise that our very own Filipino vocal ensemble group Acapellago was hailed as this year’s grand champion.

“’Thank you for all your prayers and to all Filipinos who went here at the venue to cheer for us, and thank you. . .wooh. . .We won!” the group cheered.

Aside from being the champion, they also won the Fan Favorite Award. Michelle Pascual, the only girl in the group, won Best Lead Vocal while Ronnel Allen Roman Laderas was Best Bass Singer.

Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio Morales joined the audience in support of the group. “We are very much grateful for your victory and for bringing pride to the Philippine flag once again, as one of the astounding singers around the globe. Having that kind of talent in music, may you continue in giving delight to our countrymen and to people across other countries. Again, thank you very much,” Morales commended the group.

Asia-Pacific A Cappella Championship League (APACCL) is an invitational competition, with various champions of a cappella competitions in the Asia-Pacific region being invited to participate.

(ROBERT NAVOAUNTV News and Rescue)


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Libya acquits 7 Filipino seafarers in oil smuggling case

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 5 March 2019 03:49 PM

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Repatriation of the seven Filipino seafarers who were detained for alleged economic sabotage, is underway after the Libyan High Court ordered their release.

The seven Filipino seafarers, who consistently denied the allegations, were sentenced by a lower court to four years imprisonment last year for purportedly attempting to smuggle six million liters of oil.

According to Chargé d’Affaires Melicor, they are among the 20 Filipino seafarers of M/T Levante who were taken into custody after the Libyan Coast Guard seized the Liberian-flagged tanker.

Authorities released the 13 other Filipino seafarers in February last year.

Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. expressed appreciation for the assistance of the Libyan authorities in the seafarers’ acquittal. —Aileen Cerrudo

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Saudi authority temporarily free 19 Filipino women arrested in Halloween party

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 2 November 2018 09:50 AM


Arrested Filipino women in a raid at a Halloween party in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia| Image courtesy to Department of Foreign Affairs Asec. Elmer Cato

SAUDI ARABIA – Nineteen Filipino women arrested in a raid at a Halloween party in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have been temporarily released, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Saudi authorities agreed to release the Filipinos to the custody of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

The 19 women were among several Saudi and foreign nationals who were arrested while partying at a private compound in Riyadh last Friday. The compound was raided after neighbors complained of loud noise from the party.

Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Adnan Alonto said authorities might still file charges against the Filipinos for violating sharia, which prohibits interaction, especially in public, among unattached people.

The embassy has issued an advisory calling on members of the Filipino community to be mindful of local sensitivities and to respect the laws and traditions of the kingdom. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Embassies in SG, Egypt offer certification to returning OFWs after NAIA mishap  

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 23 August 2018 02:44 PM

Stranded passengers affected by the NAIA runway mishap make do with benches amid lack of proper accommodation from their respective airlines.


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassies in Singapore and in Cairo, Egypt are calling on overseas Filipino workers (OFW) affected by the runway incident at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to communicate with them in case they needed a certification for their employers upon their return to their host countries.

A stranded OFW bound for Egypt is encouraged to send his or her name as well as the name and address of his or her employer or company of work to the embassy’s e-mail address atn@philembassycairo.org.

Meanwhile, Filipino workers bound for Singapore are encouraged to send a copy of their travel itinerary as proof that they were affected by the incident along with the foreign employer’s name, company and contact details so that certifications may be issued, if necessary, to the embassy e-mail address sgpeatn@gmail.com. – Marje Pelayo

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