The City of Tagum earned another bragging right to its claim as the Music Capital of Mindanao as the Tagum City Chamber Chorale bested seven other choral groups in the Philippines to win the championship prize in the 2015 Government Chorale Competition held September 15, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The 33-man chorale, which was only formed in 2013 at the onset of the administration of Mayor Allan L. Rellon, impressed the jurors on their rendition of Freddie Aguilar’s “Anak” and “O Magnum Mysterium” during the competition sanctioned by the Civil Service Commission in time for the 115th Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service this month.

But it was their rendition of the main contest piece—Noel Cabangon’s “Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino”—that catapulted them to victory, which also won the group the Best in Contest Piece Arrangement award.

On behalf of the Tagum City LGU Chamber Chorale, Mayor Allan L. Rellon receives the plaque and the cheque for winning as Champion in the recently-concluded National Government Chorale Competition by the Civil Service Commission held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Kareen Jane Gomez/CIO Tagum

Regular and casual employees of the local government form part of the said choral group which considers the competition as their baptism of fire since this is their first time to join a major choral

In his statement, Mayor Rellon extended his congratulations to the chorale under the mentorship of Prof. Mario Sabello, stating that the triumph of the chorale group should inspire Tagumenyos “to dream big and work hard to see that dream being fulfilled.”

Declared as runners up in the competition are the Supreme Court
Chorale (first), NAPOCOR Choir (second) and Dipolog LGU Chorale
(third). Tagum’s group was awarded with a plaque with a 200,000 pesos cash prize.

“I am happy to belong to Tagum whose objective in life is to achieve excellence.  I have been an avid fan of Tagum Chorale since I got my post in Davao del Norte based in Tagum City,” CSC Provincial Director Minda Ostique said.

She added that this achievement proved “that they have gone too far.”

Meanwhile, City Human Resource Management Officer Edna Quilario said that the CSC Regional Office will pay tribute to the group on September 25 for bringing pride not only to Tagum but to the whole Davao Region as well. Louie Lapat/CIO Tagum