16 June 2019
One of the most awarded choral groups in the world, the Philippine Madrigal Singers performed at the Philippine Cultural Night in Yangon on Saturday evening.
This is a celebration for 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence Day - the Philippines declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.
The Philippine Ambassador to Myanmar stressed that promoting culture through traditional foods and music is an effective way to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Myanmar, H.E. Eduardo E. Kapunan, Jr. said “Culture is a way that we are trying to showcase our culture through foods, through music because I believe that one music reflects one cultural facts and one cultural environment as well. We are hoping that we can express ourselves clearly and loudly as who we are and where we want to be.”
Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko enjoyed the performance, and stressed that the two countries have a lot of similarities not only in culture but also in historical background.
, Deputy Mayor U Soe Lwin and Ambassadors as well as invested guests and other music lovers joined the Philippine Cultural Night.
Union Minister, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, H.E. Thura U Aung Ko said “Music makes the people pleasure, treasure and enjoyment. I figure out that Philippines are very fond of music and they enjoy a lot in singing. The Philippines and Myanmar have a lot in common in many aspects of cultures, customs, traditions, ways of life”
The Philippine Embassy Youth Choir also joined the cultural night as a first time. One of the members expressed his feelings of excitement for participating in the performance.
Member, Philippine Embassy Youth Choir, Lin Htet Aung said “We’d perform 6 various songs including National Anthem of both countries. We were also trained the best for the big night of us at the Embassy. This is our first time performing at the Philippine Cultural Night. So we are very excited.”
It’s also learnt that Philippine Madrigal Singers are being recognized by UNESCO as Artists for Peace for “putting their fame and influence to promote cultural diversity, intercultural heritage dialogue and a culture for peace.”
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