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I'ts 2nd Time In South Korea For The Baggak Choir

Written by Joan Diaz-Sabado, Shane Lopez   

Bauang, La Union-- Representing the Philippines and recognizing their singing prowess and talent, the Bauang Baggak Choir was invited to perform during the Arirang Festival in Jeongseon County in South Korea. The prestigious Arirang Festival, declared as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, was participated by different performing groups from the Kazakhstan, China and Japan.

The choir sang their renditions of popular Korean folk songs like Arirang, Nodle Kangbyon, Ilocano songs Manang Biday and Ilocana, and Filipino songs Kalesa, Paru-Paro, and Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi among others. The choir’s interpretation of these songs garnered applauses and cheers from the Koreans and the other performers.

Performing second time in SoKor, the choir was earlier invited by the Taebaek City Government’s and performed in the 32nd Taebaek City National Choir Competition last year. The active exchange of cultural performances between Bauang and the different South Korean groups was the product of friendship city relationship forged between Taebaek City and Bauang.

Meanwhile, the Arirang Performers of Jeongseon County were special guests during the Baggak Festival showcasing their culture through their songs and dances during the Rabii ti Pammadayaw event.

Apart from the 11-member choir, another local talent Angela Noveno from Calumbaya, also performed in the Arirang Festival The group was lead by Mayor Martin de Guzman III.

The Bauang Baggak Choir is composed of municipal employees led by Leah Dumuk-Bontogon, renowned conductor Regie Bontogon, and another esteemed accompanist, Jude Bautista Roldan.

Since their establishment in 2005, they have been invited to perform in various national, religious, local events, including invitational performances in Hong Kong by the Bauang Overseas Workers Association (BOWA-HK).
 



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