The chorale group of NAMRIA that won first place in the DENR Himig Pasko Chorale Competition in December 2022, performed during the opening ceremony of the Congress on Sustainable and Climate Resilient Watershed Management through Ecosystem-Based Approaches in the Asia-Pacific Region. The participants in the chorale group were members of the NAMRIA Chorale. The event was held at Crimson Hotel in Filinvest City, Metro Manila on 24 October 2023. The international conference was organized and hosted by the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB)-DENR, in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions.
NAMRIA's participation in the event was made possible by the favorable response of NAMRIA Administrator, Usec. Peter N. Tiangco, PhD to the invitation letter of ERDB-DENR Dir. Maria Lourdes G. Ferrer. The chorale group sang the invocation song "I Believe" by Ervin Drake, then led the singing of the Philippine National Anthem. They were under the guidance of freelance choral conductor, Mr. Domino Marcos.
Mr. Marcos (at left) gives pointers to the NAMRIA chorale group during their rehearsal at a boardroom of Crimson Hotel.
The NAMRIA chorale group sings the invocation "I Believe" during the opening ceremony.
The NAMRIA Chorale members who performed in the event were: Conrado F. Apolonio from the Administrator's Office (AO); Erwin M. Gofredo from the Mapping and Geodesy Branch; SN2 Jerry N. Lansangan, SN3 Keith C. Lagunday, and Jeskie Jhone D. Ilagan from the Hydrography Branch; Decem Caesar F. Gacho, Noel C. Daus, Jonathan Brian C. Lao, Rodel S. Pancito, and Erwin R. del Rosario from the Resource Data Analysis Branch; Aljerico A. Alcala from the Geospatial Information System Management Branch; and Aurenette D. Ragay, Michael Ryan S. Pante, Ralph E. Hallig, and Jarence B. Garrate from the Support Services Branch. The NAMRIA Chorale is supported by the Socio-Cultural sub-committee of the NAMRIA Morale and Welfare Program. Its coordinator is Mr. Apolonio of AO.
The NAMRIA chorale group and choral conductor Mr. Marcos pose for a souvenir photo at the main lobby of Crimson Hotel.
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