Cavite World Class Choirs Win in Varna, Bulgaria

Imusicapella of Imus Cavite, and Philippine Meistersingers (PMS), former AUP Ambassadors, of Silang, Cavite bagged major awards in the recently concluded 39th International May Choir Competition 2018, “Prof. Georgi Dimitrov” –Varna (Bulgaria) on May 12. Imusicapella was this year’s Varna Grand Prix Winner and Winner of Best Interpretation of a Bulgarian piece by a foreign choir. The PMS won First place (tied with Imusicapella) in the Chamber Category and 3rd Place in the mixed Chamber Category. Tristan Caliston Ignacio is Choirmaster of Imusicapella, while Ramon Lijauco Jr. directs the PMS. Both choirs are members of Korong Pilipino. Among other prestigious international awards, prizes and concerts of both choirs prior to the Varna Grand Prix, Imusicapella also bagged Overall 1st Prize Winner of the 33rd Takarazuka Chamber Chorus Contest in 2017, Japan, while PMS won Choir of the World in Llangollen, Wales in 2011.

Varna is a member of the Organizing Committee of European Grand Prix Competition for Choral Singing held in Arezzo (Italy), Debrecen (Hungary), Tours (France), Maribor (Slovenia), Tolosa (Spain), and Varna (Bulgaria).  For details log on to

The Philippine Meistersingers 


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From:  Cyril Punay

Thank you kuya Ramon Jr Lijauco for the opportunity! Your determination, hardwork, and your prayerful spirit is truly commendable! To my co members, Im so blessed to sing with you all in this once in a lifetime opportunity, your persistence never failed to inspire me! To the new friends we have met from all over Europe (Sweden, Turkey, Slovenia, Italy, Ukraine) , may music continue to bind us all with one chord of love and understanding! And ofcourse to our fellow korong Pilipino the Imusicapella, congratulations for being this year’s Varna Grand Prix Winner!

-The Philippine Meistersingers
-Grand Prix Round Finalist (3 choirs)
-Chamber Category 1st Place (together with Imusicapella)
-Mixed Chamber Category 3rd Place

All Glory to God!

From: Homer Mendoza

We congratulate the Imusicapella for winning the Grand Prix Varna at this year’s International May Choir Competition!!!

Furthermore, congrats again to Imusicapella for winning the special prize for Best Performance of a Bulgarian song by a foreign choir!

For our part, we are very thankful to have won joint 1st prize (with Imusicapella) for the Chamber Choir category, and 3rd prize for the Mixed Choir category.

Mabuhay ang Cavite!
Mabuhay ang korong Pilipino!
All to the glory of God!!!

From: Imusicapella is with Julius Alvendia.

Congratulations to the newly graduate JULIUS RIO ANTONIO ALVENDIA, R.N., M.D. Doctor of Medicine University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Imusicapella member since 2004 We are so proud of you! 

From: Imusicapella

We are very happy to share the good news that musicapella has won the coveted GRAND PRIX award at the 39th International May Choir Competition Prof. Georgi Dimitrov 2018 in Varna Bulgaria. This will qualify them to participate in the 2019 European Grand Prix for Choral Singing to be held in Arezzo, Italy.

They also won the 1st Prize in the Chamber Choir Category (ex aequo: The Philippine Meistersingers) and the Best Interpretation of a Bulgarian piece by a foreign choir.

Thank you for all your support and prayers.


Featured Image by : Imusicapella 

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