It has been over ten years since the internationally-recognized and multi-award-winning Mandaue Children’s Choir of Cebu has toured the US — but to the delight of their many worldwide fans, the wait is over.
The singing talents of these young Filipinos, with ages ranging from seven-years-old to 18-years-old, are impressing audiences everywhere.
Their recent San Francisco show featured classic Filipino folk songs, well-known standards, and ballads highlighting Filipino patriotism.
“It’s amazing to be joining with kids, because it brings out the youth in me,” said Maestro Dennis Sugarol. “So as a conductor, I’m happy to be touring with a children’s choir.”
The group’s US tour will last until the end of May. They have already performed in Oregon and Washington state, and are scheduled to hold shows in Denver, Colorado, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Arizona.
The Mandaue Children’s Choir says they are happy to bring Filipino culture to as many Filipinos and non-Filipinos at every performance.
“As young as they are, they have to have that culture in them, and we present it to the world for the world to see,” said Sugarol. “And we have an amazing and beautiful culture.”
The San Francisco stop was hosted by the Pandoo Foundation, which is a non-profit organizations based in the US, but serves as an educational program for underprivileged kids in Cebu City.
Pandoo and the Mandaue choir first collaborated back in 2015 for a song they created, called “A Better World.”
“They wrote a song. We decided it was so good, we wanted to produce it. We asked the Mandaue children’s choir to be a chorus with three other talents in Cebu,” shared Francois Perreault, Exec. Dir. of Pandoo Foundation. “We recorded the song and for the last three years, we’ve known them and they came to our centers as well.”
The choir’s next stop will be in Southern California, where they will perform in a series of concerts at schools, churches, and different venues.