Jul 16, 2004

UPCC Batch 2004

UP Concert Chorus Batch 2004
UPCC’s 16th International Concert Tour



The University of the Philippines Concert Chorus 16th International Concert Tour of Germany, Italy and France from October 21 to November 16, 2004.

The highlight of this tour was UPCC's participation in the 4th Internationales Chorfestival Ruhr a cappella in Bochum, Germany, a personal invitation of Dr. Hans Jaskulsky, Director of Music of Ruhr Universität Bochum.

Dr. Jaskulsky was visibly impressed with the group's stellar performance in the 8th Forderkreis Internationale Chortage Mainhausen (2003) where the UPCC won 3 gold medals in major categories.

The Philippine Consulate in Milan, Italy, in cooperation with the UPCC's long-time coordinators Gabriele & his daughter Marta Riva, arranged special performances for the Filipino Italian communities. It was the first time for the group to perform in the economic capital of Italy, MILANO.

The French choir Ensemble Vocal Agapanthe hosted the group in Paris, France. It was the first time the UPCC performed in the City of Lights since the 1980's.


The Touring Batch 2004

Janet Sabas-Aracama - Conductor and Music Director
Rycel Joy Cabugwas - Pianist/Accompanist
Ena Maria Aldecoa - Vocal Coach
Michelle Agas, Rey Celiz - Stage Managers

Hazel Grace Apale - Tour Manager
Ma. Lourdes Pauline Barreiro - Asst. Tour Manager
Exequiel Kenneth Laudit - Luggage Manager/Prod. Assistant
Ryan Francis Gudani - Technical Production Assistant

SOPRANO
Keilah Aubrey Garcia
Geraldine Millena
Quennie Ann Moreno
Ma. Lourdes Pauline Barreiro
Roxanne Villare
Ana Teresa Miclat
Michelle Agas
Hazel Grace Apale
Ena Maria Aldecoa

ALTO
Egdonna Esman
Ana Camille Lopez
Airis Manaloto
Katherine Anne Tiuseco
Glady Serrano
Christina Dytuco

TENOR
Randell O’neal Mendoza
Jesus Angelo Salazar
Gerard Ramoncito Sta. Juana
Reynante Rombawa, Jr.
Jonathan Amil
Allan Dale Alojipan
Rey Celiz

BASS
Crescencio Fortunato Balasbas, Jr.
Michael Dominic Bulaong
Alvin Hernandez
Paul Christian Santiago
Eric Panganiban
Emmanuel De Leon, Jr.


Batch President - Reynante Rombawa, Jr.
Finance Manager - Katherine Anne Tiuseco

Section Leaders:
Ena Maria Aldecoa - Soprano
Katherine Anne Tiuseco - Alto
Allan Dale Alojipan - Tenor
Crescencio Fortunato Balasbas, Jr. - Bass

Luggage Managers:
Ana Teresa Miclat
Christina Dytuco

Costume Custodians
Jonathan Amil
Roxanne Villare

Librarian:
Glady Serrano

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TOUR ITINERARY

October 21 - Leave Manila for Frankfurt
October 22 - Arrive at Frankfurt, Germany
October 22 to 24 - Mernes, Germany
Oct 23 - Concert in Oberndorf
Oct 24 - Performance in Oberdorffelden Nationaler Chorwettebewerb
Concert in Mainhausen

October 25 - Hohenhameln, Germany
Oct 25 - Concert in Hohenhameln
October 26 to Nov 1 - Havixbeck, Germany
Oct 28 - Münster University, Interaction with Music students
Oct 29 - Concert in Bochum 8pm
Internationales Chorfestival Ruhr a cappella
Auditorium Maximum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Oct 30 - Concert in Osnabrück
Oct 31 - Reformation Day Service 9am
Kirche Evangelisches Havixbeck

Finalkonzert in Bochum 7pm
Internationales Chorfestival Ruhr a cappella
Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
Nov 1 - Concert in Kirche Evangelisches Havixbeck

Nov 2 to 4 - Gambach, Munzenberg, Germany
Nov 2 - Concert in Watzenborn
Nov 3 - Concert in Gambach

Nov 4 to 10 - Cascine San Pietro, Milano, Italy
Nov 6 - Concert in Casirate d’Adda
Nov 7 - Concert in Milano

Nov 9 - Concert in Cascine SanPietro
Nov 11 to 15 - Paris, France
Nov 13 - American Church of Paris, Quai d’Orsay
Nov 15 - Leave Paris for Manila
Nov 16 - Arrive in Manila


- From the Tour preparations emails of Honey Apale, Tour Manager

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Reminisce...

  • When Alvin got left behind because his ticket was late so he took a different flight.
  • Airis greeted the German hosts "Essen! Essen!" 'coz someone told her it meant "Hello!"
  • Ryan while taking a photo said, "OK! Ein! Drei!" wrong! So he counted in English instead... "One! Choo!"
  • Remember Anlene?
  • The themed lunches and dinners by the odd and even numbered families.
  • Living for a whole week in Havixbeck.
  • Tour Manager Hani's engagement to Kenneth on the tour bus!
  • ...and so many others.

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