A free concert entitled “Gift for a Friend”, jointly organized by The Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen and Oishi (China) Co., Ltd., will be held at Gulangyu Concert Hall on Monday 3rd June at 7:30pm.
This performance is to celebrate the years of friendly exchanges between China and the Philippines, and also in observance of International Children’s Day.
Founded in 1980, the Loboc Children's Choir is composed of schoolchildren between nine and sixteen years old, who all attend the Loboc Central Elementary School in Bohol Province, Philippines. From an ordinary school choir, the group has blossomed into one of the most outstanding children’s choirs in the Philippines today.
The Loboc Children's Choir has repeatedly been given top recognition in national contests in the Philippines, as well as in Europe. The choir has also toured cities in the United States and Europe, represented the Philippines in the International Children’s Culture and Arts Festival in Tianjin, China and held concerts in major Chinese Cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
As a 'cultural treasure' of the Bohol Province, the group often sings for visiting dignitaries, and local and foreign tourists. The choir sang in a command performance for Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain in a cultural exchange visit to the Philippines. Its concert repertoire is a combination of classical, folk, modern and children's songs.
For their Xiamen performance, the Loboc Children’s Choir will sing a repertoire of well-loved songs in English and Filipino, as well as folk songs from Europe and China. Following Xiamen, the group will also hold performances in Shanghai and then at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
During the State Visit to China of President Benigno S. Aquino III on 30th August to the 3rd September 2011, President Aquino and Chinese President Hu Jintao designated the years 2012 and 2013 as the "Philippines-China Years of Friendly Exchanges", with the goal of strengthening understanding and mutual trust between two countries and peoples.
The logo selected for the 2012-2013 Philippines-China Years of Friendly Exchanges shows an intimate approach between these two long-time friends, with the Philippines’ legendary Sarimanok and China’s mythical Phoenix meeting halfway. Both images have been rendered colorfully to showcase the 38 vibrant years of official relations.
Thus, the title of Choir’s performances in Xiamen, Shanghai and Beijing, “Gift for a Friend” resonates with the aspirations of both the Philippines and China in celebrating these Years of Friendly Exchanges.
The organizers wish to thank the Gulangyu Administration Committee for its invaluable support in this project.
The Gulangyu Concert Hall
Address: No. 1 Huangyan Lu Gulangyu Islet, Xiamen
Tickets: free admission