Costanilla: Kudos, Dennis Sugarol

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By Sam Costanilla


Monday, December 30, 2013

VICTORY. We Cebuanos have every reason to celebrate over the victory of a local school that took part in a very prestigious choral singing competition in Manila recently.

When we learned that Dennis Gregory Sugarol was training the members of the Tabor Hill College (THC) choir prior to the contest, we immediately concluded that they were destined to win the grand prize. And we were right. In fact, the choir won three gold medals in the different categories: musica sacra, mixed choir and folklore. Please take note that Sugarol and other choirs that he trained and conducted in the past have also garnered gold awards. This only shows how Sugarol trains and conducts winning choral groups.

Competition. We gathered that the competition was named Sing in Manila 2013 Philippine International Choir Competition organized by the Interkultur Germany, led by Gunter Titsch, in cooperation with the Manila Broadcasting Company and the Philippine Choral Directors’ Association.

The other participating countries were Germany, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam and USA. We should felicitate the bigwigs of THC for fully backing the school choir that brought pride and honor not only to them but to the entire Cebu that they represented. We say cheers to THC president Fr. Luigi Kerschbamer, OAD, vice president Fr. Renel Cabag, OAD, and college dean Dr. Milagros Cañete who is also the director of the department of music.

Appreciate. We deeply appreciate the men behind the newly established Cebu Happyworld Miracle Art Museum in Gabi, Cordova, for donating a substantial amount to help the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda that hit the northern part of Cebu. The donation went particularly to the municipality of Daanbantayan that my good friend Mar Cabahug handed over to the local government unit. The museum owners are Koreans but they genuinely feel for our helpless fellow Cebuanos. Such a gesture should be commended.

Amazing. And talking of this particular museum, we can say that it features an amazing array of larger-than-life artworks that produce an unforgettable optical illusion experience. You simply pose in front or beside each of the 80 artworks and have your photos taken. What you will see will definitely delight you. We advise that adults should bring their children with them when visiting the museum and enjoy a wholesome family activity together. For more info, you may call 5201695 or 96 and 0947 743 1950.

Films. Here in Cebu, after the Yuletide season, everybody will be busy with the grandest celebration of all, the Sinulog Festival. One of the many competitions that is open to the public is the annual Sinulog short film festival that the Sinulog Foundation Inc., Cebu City government and Cebu Filmmakers’ Society have been jointly doing for the past nine years. Ron Heri Tan, who chairs the short film festival committee, says entries should tell stories of the power of the Holy Child and how we can inspire others in standing up and overcoming the challenges of our time based on the perpetual theme “One Beat, One Dance, One Vision.”

Format. Tan also stressed that the film or video entries should be in DVD format, and subtitling is a must. Deadline for registration is Jan. 17, 2014.

Those interested to join may call him at 0927 258 9909 or 0943 542 2898 or e-mail him at or

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 31, 2013.


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