Ayala Central School tops ‘Canciones’ tilt PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 December 2012 14:26

The Ayala Central School choir emerged champion in this year’s Canciones de Pascua, a choral competition for public and prívate elementary schools in the city, held at the Paseo del Mar Thursday.

Mayor Celso Lobregat, who awarded the prizes to the winners, expressed gratitude to all participants and all those who helped make the event a successful undertaking.

The mayor called on the constituents to continue participating in the different events lined up for the Pascua na Zamboanga which kicked off December 3 and will last until midnight of December 31. 

The Ayala choir bested 9 other choral groups during the 2-hour competition and brought home the P15,000 top prize with trophy. Finishing second was the Pilar College of Zamboanga, Inc. choir which went home with P12,000 cash prize and a trophy while the San Roque Elementary School choir ranked third place with a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy.

Fourth and fifth place respectively, were the Tugbungan Elementary School choir with a cash prize of P7,000 and WMSU Integrated Laboratory School-Elementary Department which brought home P5,000. Both also received a trophy each.

Canciones de Pascua, a yearly Christmas choral contest is one of the highlights of the Pascua na Zamboanga 2012 with the theme “Pascua con alegría na Ciudad de Zamboanga”.

Five other choral groups participated in the contest and these were from the Lunzuran Elementary School, Pasonanca Elementary School, Tetuan Central School, Divisoria Elementary School and Putik Central School.

The panel of judges was composed of Pastor June Sotillo, Elmer Atilano and Sitti Misra Rufisa Hussin.

Based on the contest guidelines each group must have 20-30 members whose ages must range from 6-13 years old. Each group must perform a warm-up song followed by their contest piece. All selections must be in Chabacano.

Pascua na Zamboanga, a 15-day festival organized by the City Government and intended to spread the Yuletide joys and cheers, kicked off December 3 with a lantern parade and the ceremonial switch-on of the Christmas lights and decors in City Hall, Plaza Pershing and Paseo del Mar and other major landmarks.

Last night, the city government mounted the 2nd Christmas Food Festival, a two-day exhibit of chabacano cuisines and delicacies at the Plaza del Pilar, another highlight of the Pascua na Zamboanga.

8 food concessionares are participating in the food festival which starts at 5pm onwards. The festival culminates tonight, Dec. 8. — Sheila Covarrubias