Category: Philippine Choral Group

Looking back to its humble beginnings in 1994 as a group of Bicolanos who enjoyed singing, the Philippine Choral Group has come a long way as one of the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc.’s cultural arms.

With an extended membership consisting of Filipino-Americans from a more varied range ethnicity, age and profession, bound together by the passion for singing. Under the continued leadership of its founder, PCFI Board Member Olive Santiano, and the music directorship of former Philippine Madrigal Singer, Connie Chanrasmi, the group has participated in almost every Filipino-American event in the Tampa Bay Area. These events include PhilFest, Sampaguita Ball, Barrio Fiesta, Penafrancia and Sto. Nino celebrations as well as local concerts and private celebrations.

The Philippine Choral Group’s success can be attributed to the versatility of its repertoire which ranges from Philippine ethnic, folk and popular music to church hymns and Broadway tunes. It also encourages Filipino-American children and youth to join in some of its performances, especially during the yearly Baccalaureate Mass for the St. Petersburg Catholic High School and the Sto. Nino Celebrations at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, much to the appreciation of the clergy, especially Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

The group also extends volunteer help on special occasions like PCFI’s Classical Concert Series, ARTE and others.

Anyone interested in joining the Philippine Choral Group can get in touch with Olive Santiano at (727-734-7022) or Connie Chanrasmi at (727-541-1568).

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PASKO 2015: Filipino Christmas in Tampa Bay

Bring your family and friends to a traditional Philippine Christmas as the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Philippine Choral Group bring you “PASKO 2015” at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center on Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM!

Bamboo and Strings 2015

Bamboo and Strings 2015

The Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. presents “Bamboo and Strings 2015” featuring the Musikong Kawayan Bamboo Ensemble on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:00PM at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center located at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa, FL 33626.

Talent Jam Fundraiser

Talent Jam Fundraiser with the Philippine Choral Group

Due to a “double-booking” error, “Talent Jam Fundraiser” of the Philippine Choral Group scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6:30PM at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center has been moved to SATURDAY, MARCH 21. Same time, same fun! Please spread the word and let your friends and family know! We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Sto. Nino Celebration in Tampa, FL 2015

Here are photos taken at the Sto. Nino Celebrations held at St. Paul’s Church in Tampa, Florida on January 18, 2015. PCFI’s Philippine Performing Arts Company, Philippine Choral Group and Musikong Kawayan Bamboo Ensemble participated in this event.

Musikong Kawayan and Philippine Choral Group Perform at the Long Center

Musikong Kawayan Bamboo Ensemble and Philippine Choral Group performance at the Aging Well Center at the Long Center in Clearwater, FL on November 21, 2014. Thanks to all who came and toe David A. Martinez III for rendering some fabulous piano pieces and for Tita Chit Korfmacher for her kundiman singing!

Photos from Songs, Bamboo Music and Dances

“November 13, 2014: The Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. presented PPAC, Philippine Choral Group and Musikong Kawayan Bamboo Ensemble in a cultural presentation for more than 600 school children from Hillsborough County through the support...

Photos from Bamboo and Strings

Many thanks to all who came to watch “Bamboo and Strings” at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center on Sunday, October 5, 2014! The concert, presented by the Musikong Kawayan Bamboo Ensemble, was attended by several hundred guests from the Tampa Basy Area. It also featured Bayside String Quartet composed of violinists Sandy and Elizabeth Kitts, violist Sam Headlee and cellist Rebecca Bialosky with bassist John DiMura and pianist Robert Jarosh. The Philippine Performing Arts Company and the Philippine Choral Group also rendered a few numbers.

Pasko 2014 : Philippine Christmas in Tampa, Florida

Bring your family and friends to a traditional Philippine Christmas as the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Philippine Nurses Association, Gulf Coast Chapter bring you “PASKO 2014” at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center on Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM!

Bamboo and Strings 2014

The Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. is once again proud to present the Musikong Kawayan Bamboo Ensemble in a concert entitled “Bamboo and Strings 2014” on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00PM at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center.

Songs, Bamboo Music and Dances

Songs, Bamboo Music and Dances: The Philippine Cultural Experience

Take your students to a journey to see the Philippine Enrichment Complex and enjoy “Songs, Bamboo Music and Dances – A Philippine Cultural Experience.” You and your students will be fascinated by this amazing performance!

Philippine Ambassador Revisits Tampa

His Excellency Ambassador Jose Cuisia revisited the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center and met with Filipino-Americans in the Tampa Bay Area on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

Penafrancia 2011

Penafrancia 2011 Celebration

Here are photos from the Penafrancia Celebration at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ybor City on September 18, 2011 by the Bicol Association of South Florida. This event was attended by...

Sampaguita Ball 2010 Presents “Mindanao Tapestry”

Performed by the Philippine Performing Arts Company, Musikong Kawayan Bamboo Ensemble, Philippine Choral Group with Carissa Chanrasmi, Don Bronto, Brent Taghap (violin), Josh Abraham (Flute), Ian Villagomeza (trumpet), “Mindanao Tapestry” was performed especially for...