Hiyas ng Pilipinas Youth Choir, recent gold prize winners at the Philippine International Choral Competition (Sing n Joy Manila), lead a roster of top local performers who will perform in tribute to the feast day of Nuestra Señora de Gracia at the NSDG Parish, Bernardino Street, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati, on Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. Joining them as special guests are soprano and dramatic actress Ana Guillen Feleo, rock tenor Butch Montejo, violinist, Joseph Brian Cimafranca, and flamenco dancer Jameela Perez.
Conducted by Nick Infante, Hiyas won the MBC National Choral Competition for three consecutive years before taking a hiatus upon elevation to the Hall of Fame. Founded by former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza as Hiyas ng Maynila, the group was culled from indigent students of various public schools, and was housed at the Museo Pambata until they lost their permanent base upon the change in administration.
Their choral victories, however, served them in good stead, and some of their students are currently enrolled as scholars at the University of Makati, with Infante now also part of the Makati City government’s music program.
Hiyas has also been invited to sing regularly at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, as well as the San Agustin Center of Studies in Quezon City. This time, they will be performing upon the invitation of the Augustinian friars of the Monasterio de Guadalupe.
Ana Feleo, daughter of Laurice Guillen and the late Johnny Delgado, grew up maximizing her artistic genes first by turning to classical music and then being cast in dramatic roles for theatre, film, and television.
Butch Montejo was discovered by composer Vehnee Saturno and contracted by Viva Records before going solo. A favorite among the expat community who favor blues and soul music, he used to be a regular at Roadhouse Manila Bay but has since returned to his favorite haunt at Heckle & Jeckle Makati.
Brian Cimafranca grew up under the stewardship of international concert pianist Ingrid Sala de Santamaria at the Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra (later renamed Peace Philharmonic Philippines).
After taking further studies at St Scholastica’s College Conservatory of Music, he is now a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra.
Jameela Perez trained under flamenco master Guillermo Gomez Rivera since she was 12 years old. She has since danced for Clara Ramona and done various stints all over the country. She was also featured in the indie movie In Nomine Matris’ which starred fellow flamenquera Liza Dino.
For You, Mama—The Concert is being offered for free. For seat reservations call the NSDG parish office at 896-8444, 896-8977, (0947) 609-1199.
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