Himig Tomasino champs hold concert at UST Museum

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The UST Chorus of Arts and Letters offers a variety of Christmas carols and sacred songs on Dec. 1 at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Michael Angelo R. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

TWO-TIME Himig Tomasino champions the UST Chorus of Arts and Letters offered a variety of Christmas carols and sacred songs in “Gloria et Exaltatio,” a concert held on Dec. 1 at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences.

The choir opened the night with a combination of Latin and English piece titled “Jubilate Deo.”

The choir, comprised of current members as well as alumni for the concert, went on to sing several popular Christmas carols, and capped the show with encore performances of OPM tunes such as “Kailangan Kita” and“Kapag Tumibok ang Puso.”

“Last two years ‘di kami nakapag-concert, so pinagsama ko ‘yong four batches ko to have a concert,” Mark Agpasa, the choir’s conductor, told the Varsitarian.

Agpasa is a graduate of the UST Conservatory of Music and has led the choir to victory in the last two Himig Tomasino competitions, the University’s annual intercollegiate chorale competition.

He has also consistently won the Best Conductor Award in the competition since 2016, among other accolades.

“Hindi naman nawawala sa goal ng isang choir na mag-compete, especially outside. Open pa rin kami na mag-compete sa labas, kasi ang goal ko for the choir is not to be contained in the four [walls] of the University,” he said.

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