FOR 15 years now, the UST singers continue to reach not only the highest notes but also the world’s grandest recognition despite the financial constraints usually experienced by most university-wide organizations.

Backed by supporters who actively sponsor their local and overseas endeavors, plus a convenient venue to practice everyday, the UST Singers continue to bring prestige to the University.

“Our skills have been developed and nurtured over time,” UST Singers conductor Fidel Gener Calalang, Jr. said.

In 2004, the UST Singers were chosen as “Best Choir” at the World Choral Festival in Puebla, Mexico for the second time, matching its previous achievement of the same recognition back in 2001. Hawaii even declared August 20 as “UST Singers Day” in recognition of their talent. They also won the “Excellence Avec Distinction” and the “Ville De Vevey Jury Prize” for Best Programming and Interpretation at the Montreux International Choral festival in Switzerland last April.

“Our performing ethics is grounded on artistry and excellence that is unique and entertaining while it educates the people about our culture,“ Calalang said. “It is not easy because preparations require patience and diligence.”

Calalang said that they plan to produce a compilation of their original pieces and hold an exhibit by September. They will also continue the practice of serenading every building in the University through their annual “chorale-recess.”

“Writing and producing our own songs would be our next major activity to pay homage to the Thomasian community that continues to inspire us in promoting the University’s name throughout the world,” Calalang said.

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