|UP Singing Ambassadors in Belgium|
UP SINGING AMBASSADORS TAKE BELGIUM
22 August 2012 - The U.P. Singing Ambassadors, in cooperation with several Filipino-Belgian Communities in Belgium, staged a series of concerts, goodwill performances and outreach programs in Belgium from the 10th August and which is set to end on 5th September.
The group's European concert tour is also intended for their participation in the 60th Concorso Polifinico Competition Guido D'Arezzo in Italy from 20-26 August. It was in 2001 that the group won this competition's Grand Prize, being the first Asian choir to do so.
Prior to the concerts in Belgium, the group shared a traditional lunch with Philippine Ambassador to Belgium, H.E. Victoria S. Bataclan along with their Filipino-Belgian host families from Charleroi on 7th August. The gathering was made more meaningful with the UPSA rendering a handful of songs from their repertoire for the concerts.
To show the Embassy's support in this worthwhile cultural endeavour, Ambassador Bataclan led the Embassy team in attending the concerts and promoting Philippine culture, art and tourism in these cities:
Each concert, which featured some traditional choral pieces and original Pilipino music amazed Belgians and Filipinos alike and showcased the versatility of the group's repertoire.
The concerts provided the Embassy with an opportunity to promote Philippine tourism through the setting up of a "It's more fun in the Philippines" corner at all venues. In many instances, town/city Mayors and other local officials had expressed strong support to the group by hosting welcome receptions for the UPSA and the Embassy officials.The group is still scheduled to perform in Ans (August 30), Visé (August 31), Statte (September 1), Aubel (September 2) and Leuven (September 5). The Embassy shall continue to provide its support to these performances.