THE pride of Bacolod, Young Voices of Negros, has received presidential awards “Ani ng Dangal Awards,” a national commission for culture and the arts, given by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last February 26, at the Rizal Hall, Malacañang, Manila.

The Young Voices of Negros members include the siblings Ma. Ana Katrina, (soprano), Ma. Ana Kristina (alto) and Kristopherson (high-tenor) Madrigal, the children of Maestro Art Madrigal and Joann Agsam-Madrigal, a professional singer, are truly products of Bacolod.

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Recently, the Young Voices of Negros was awarded as the Grand World Champion group vocalist of the world, in a World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held in Los Angeles, California, last year, which the City Government of Bacolod also gives a special citation award.

Ma. Ana Katrina, 15, is currently studying at the St. Joseph-La Salle, while Ma. Ana Kristi, 13, and Kristopherson, 10, are students of La Consolacion College.

Maestro Madrigal said after the awarding ceremony of the Ani ng Dangal, the Young Voices of Negros also gain a standing ovation from the audience, after their performance at the Supreme Court.

Madrigal said this is the honor of Bacolod and the province of Negros Occidental that the Young Voices of Negros gained the national and international awards, “which this is the first time that the City of Bacolod is also recognized in terms of music.”

Madrigal noted that on March 10, the Young Voices of Negros is invited in the opening of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) activity that composed of Asean countries, and they are also eyed in Manila to represent the Philippines in Sydney, Australia for the Summit Musical Festival. On March 23, they will also feature on the Panaad sa Negros Festival.

The Madrigal siblings have a recording studio at the 4th floor of Liman’s Building, Bacolod City.