Now, my colleagues will understand me more.

Pinoy Transplant in Iowa

(The following article was published in Manila Standard Today, in Diaspora section, on August 22, 2011)

Last month, a choir from the Adventist University of the Philippines—The Ambassadors—won the title “Choir of the World” in the 2011 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, UK. This is the oldest and the most prestigious choir competition in the world. Last year’s winner was another Filipino choir, the University of Santo Tomas Singers. I could think of my possible links to both of these choirs, like my beloved alma mater, or my church affiliation, or being a choir member once, but nothing closer than just being a Filipino.

We know that Filipinos love to sing. If you give a man a guitar, whether in a barrio or in the city, he would sing the whole night and serenade the moon. In our culture, we sing when we court somebody, also called the “harana”…

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