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CLSU Maestro-Singers Celebrates 25th Anniversary

September 19, 2023 - 04:37 pm

Ardie Cabatin / SCO

The CLSU Maestro-Singers celebrated their 25th Anniversary through a splendid display of choral excellence, last September 16, 2023, at the FPJ Communication Hall attended by their current and alumni members since 1998 in their elegant Filipiniana and Barong Tagalog.


Also in attendance are officials from CLSU headed by Dr. Edgar A. Orden, University President; Dr. Ravelina R. Velasco, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs of CLSU; Dr. Regidor G. Gaboy, Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Jennifer T. De Jesus, Head of the Cultural Affairs Office; Dr. Parsons Hail, Acting Director of the International Affairs Office; Dr. Emil Ubaldo, Secretary of the Vice President for Academic Affairs; and guests from the religious community led by Most Rev. Roberto C Mallari, Bishop of the Diocese of San Jose Nueva Ecija; and Rev. Fr. Michael A. Grospe, president of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College.


In his message, Dr. Orden commended the CLSU Maestro-Singers referring to them as the performing arts icon of the university. He also praised the group's efforts and success in the international choral scene, aligning with the university's goal of going borderless.


The members of the award-winning chorale group then took the stage, performing a repertoire consisting of iconic songs including "Magdiwang, Magpuri" arranged by Jay-El Viteño, "Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika" arranged by Ryan Cayabyab, "Bahay" arranged by Robert Delgado, "Anak" arranged by Robert Delgado, "Tuksuhan" arranged by Ramon Santos, "Bituing Walang Ningning" arranged by Robert Delgado, and "Circle of Life" arranged by Anna Tabita Abeleda-Piquero.


After the mesmerizing performance, a video presentation served as a poignant time machine, transporting the captivated audience on an emotive and nostalgic journey through the quarter-century journey of the CLSU Maestro-Singers' remarkable history.


Dr. Florante P. Ibarra, the choirmaster and founder of the CLSU Maestro-Singers then delivered a speech reflecting on the group's journey surmounting three mountains - ourselves, others, and for purpose. He also reminded everyone to carry the CLSU Maestro-Singers' torch to illuminate lives through their music. Dr. Ibarra then led a ceremonial toast, with the attendees singing "Tagumpay Nating Lahat".


The CLSU Maestro-Singers' silver anniversary celebration was a night filled with music, unity, and a profound sense of community. It paid tribute to 25 years of dedication, passion, and excellence in choral performance, leaving attendees with cherished memories that will resonate for years to come.