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

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016



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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Filipino scientists recognized as among the top in Asia

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019

Eight Filipino scientists were recognized by Asian Scientist Magazine’s as among the top scientists in Asia for the year 2019.

  • Dr. Rosalinda C. Torres of Technology Development Institute (Chemistry)
  • Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan of Technology Development Institute (Material Science)
  • Artemio Salazar of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños (Agriculture)
  • Rody Sy of UP Manila (Biomedical Science)
  • Gay Jane Perez of UP Diliman (Environmental Sciences and Geology)
  • Charissa Marcaida Ferrera of UP Diliman (Life Sciences)
  • Elmer Dadios of De La Salle University’s (Engineering)
  • Ricardo Balog of University of Santo Tomas’ (Engineering)

The magazine recognizes individuals who have made a significant scientific discovery or provided leadership in academia or industry.

“Now into its fourth edition, the Asian Scientist 100: 2019 edition celebrates the success of the region’s best and brightest, highlighting their achievements across a range of scientific disciplines,” according to the magazine.—AAC

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SWS survey shows 44% of adult Pinoys are ‘very happy’ with life

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

The recent survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) from March 28-31 has shown that 44% of Filipinos are “very happy”.

This is a 5-point increase from the 39% in December 2018 after a decline for two consecutive quarters. The March 2019 survey also found 37% Very Satisfied with the lives they lead.

The number of Filipinos that are “unhappy” also has a five-point decline from 13% in December 2018 to 8% in March 2019.

“The 3-point increase in the overall Very Satisfied with Life score between December 2018 and March 2019 was due to increases of 10 points in Metro Manila, 2 points in Mindanao, and 1 point in both Balance Luzon and the Visayas,” the survey reads.

In the March 2019 survey, 1,440 adults were interviewed with ages 18 years old and above.

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Group to appeal SC ruling removing Filipino, Panitikan from college curriculum

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019

The Alyansa ng mga Tagapagtanggol ng Wikang Filipino (Tanggol Wika) is considering filing a second motion for reconsideration following the Supreme Court’s decision to remove Filipino and Panitikan as core subjects in college.

READ: SC rules Panitikan, Filipino not required in college

In their statement, Tanggol Wika is saddened by the SC’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum no. 20 series of 2013.

“We believe that justice has not been served by their refusal to amply hear our arguments. We reiterate that they [SC] should have summoned petitioners to an oral argument, rather than issue a ruling on the basis of quick readings of tons of arguments that we have submitted,” it reads.

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