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Date(s) - 19 Jun 2010
8:00 pm

Chamber, The Arts House

In the hallowed halls of the Chamber of the Old Parliament (now called The Arts House) the hopes and aspirations of Singaporeans of a bygone era were elucidated, debated and eventually fulfilled. Come Saturday 19th June those same halls will resonate again with a new generation of the “Voices of Hope”.

The Little Arts Academy, in collaboration with Gawad Kalinga Hope Initiative, will be staging a choral performance by the Gawad Kalinga Tatalon Performing Arts Choir (GK TaPA). Comprising of fourteen members, aged between 9 and 21, this choir hails from the Barangay Tatalon, a sprawling squatter area in Quezon City, known as “little Tondo” where petty criminals abound. Some of the choir members were former street children and delinquents before Gawad Kalinga was met. These 14 young people have, against all odds, worked hard to become a “Gold Class” Choir with an international reputation and a member of the INTERNATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE Philippines Center.

Commenting on the collaboration with Gawad Kalinga, Ms Adelina Ong, Centre Director of The Little Arts Academy said, ”The TaPA Choir affirms our belief: that the arts can be a tremendous force for good and that it can help to create a better future for children and young people who rise above their personal circumstances to attain a sense of achievement and self-respect. We are particularly keen for children in Singapore to come to this concert and be inspired by the determination and perseverence of the members of the Choir.

Ms Ailin Ong, Chair of GK Hope Initiative, the regional hub of Gawad Kalinga in Singapore who first spotted the talents and inspired the Choir to come together in 2007 added, “Singapore provides a wonderful platform for showcasing artistic talents from the region. We are pleased to have the support from The Little Arts Academy and The Arts House in hosting the GK TaPA Choir for this performance on the 19th.”

The talented group was spotted in April 2007 when Ms Ailin Ong visited Tatalon to start a feeding-program for malnourished young children, as a volunteer with Gawad Kalinga (GK), a non-partisan, anti-poverty movement which transforms slums into sustainable communities.

She inspired the choir with a dream – that they would all visit Singapore, if they worked hard to become a ‘Gold-class’ Choir, in 6months. Under the care of GK-Coordinator Malou Orlina and direction of volunteer resident conductor, Peter Macrohon, a final year music undergraduate of St. Thomas University, they rehearsed ‘round the clock’ seven days a week to make this dream a reality. TaPA arrived in Singapore on Nov. 27th 2007, and for 6 days, performed in 12 engagements, leaving a lasting impression on all audiences.

Since then, TaPA have achieved a string of accolades, singing in competitions and are often invited to represent their communities at national music- festivals. They are an inspiration to their own slum community as they tell the world that poverty is not a hindrance in dreaming big and holds no bars on talent.

Tickets for “Voices of Hope” are priced at $35 nett and available from The Arts House Box Office, 1 Old Parliament Lane Tel: Tel: 65 6332 6919 or email at tickets@toph.com.sg.

TaPA will also perform throughout the Gawad Kalinga Global Summit from 23 -25 June2 together with:

-Mr. Ryan Cayabyab / Julia Abueva and Christopher Lee (6th finalist of the 1st Singapore Idol / Key Element / YOG soloists – Hardi Hartono and Lian Kim


The GAWAD KALINGA TATALON PERFORMING ARTS Choir are from the Barangay Tatalon. They come from poor families in slum areas and are uncertain if they can complete their education. Though still young, many work, to contribute income in the family. Gawad Kalinga (GK) is a non-partisan, anti-poverty movement which transforms slums into sustainable communities.

Please visit the TaPa Website for more information: gktapa.multiply.com

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