Cultural Center of the Philippines

with the support of the

National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the

Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism 



July 20 – 23, 2017

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)



Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies

Friday, July 21, 2017, 7:00 PM – Folk Song Competition

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 4:00 PM – Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Choir Competitions

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 3:00 PM – Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala Concert

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 6:00 PM – Closing Ceremonies



The Festival, which follows the successes of the first and second Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festivals held in 2013 and 2015, respectively, will witness nine foreign and local choirs compete in three categories: Folk Song, Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Choir.


The world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers will also be featured in a special gala concert on the last day of the Festival. The ‘Madz’ is the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (in 1997 and in 2007). In 2016, they won the Grand Prix at the 64th International Choral Competition in Arezzo, Italy, which qualifies them for the European Grand Prix to be held in Tolosa, Spain in 2017.


The competing choirs are the following: University of Baguio Voices Chorale, Brawajiya University Student Choir (Indonesia), Choir of the University of Silesia “Harmonia” (Poland), Koro Ilustrado, Medan Community Male Choir (Indonesia), Philippine Vocal Ensemble, Technological Institute of the Philippines Choral Society,  University of the Philippines Los Baños Choral Ensemble, and the UST The Accountancy Chamber Singers.


The Folk Song competition will showcase the performances of Filipino choirs singing folk songs from the Philippines, the Asian region, and from outside of the Asian region and foreign choirs singing folk songs from their home country, from another country in their region and from the Philippines. The Vocal Ensemble competition will see choirs, composed of a maximum of only 16 singers, sing freely chosen pieces with the exception of folk songs. The Chamber Choir competition will present choirs singing period pieces: one Renaissance/Early Baroque choral work, one Romantic choral work, one 20th or 21st century choral work; and the obligatory piece entitled “Daluyong”, a newly commissioned work composed by Ily Matthew Maniano. “Daluyong” is a tribute to the Yolanda victims and survivors.


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A jury of five internationally renowned adjudicators – one from North America, one from Europe, one from South America, one from Africa/Australia and one from the Philippines will evaluate the competitors. These are the following: Dr. Kent Hatteberg (USA), Bengt Ollén (Sweden), Maria Guinand (Venezuela), Dr. Ronald Smart (Australia), and Mark Anthony Carpio (Philippines).



Ticket Price:

Opening Ceremonies – FREE!

Folk Song, Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Choir Competitions – P300 | P200

Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala Concert – P1000 | P800 | P500 | P400 | P300

Closing Ceremonies – FREE!


Discounts: 20% for Senior Citizens, Differently-abled Persons, Government and Military Personnel. For ticket inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.


Group Discounts are also available. For more information, please call the CCP Sales and Promotions Office at 832-3706 or email