May 19, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP EXPRESSED THROUGH MUSIC
The University of Santo Tomas Singers – a world-class university choir from the Philippines – will perform at Clark College on Thursday, May 28
VANCOUVER, Wash. – In a celebration of international friendship and the arts, the University of Santo Tomas Singers, a world-class university choir from the Philippines, will perform at Clark College on Thursday, May 28.
The concert will take place from 1-2 p.m. in Foster Auditorium on Clark’s main campus. A reception will follow from 2-3 p.m.
The concert is free and open to the public. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps
The choir will perform under the direction of Professor Fidel G. Calalang, Jr. They will be joined by the Clark College Women’s Choral Ensemble under the direction of Professor April Duvic.
The event is co-sponsored by the Clark College Foundation and the college’s Chinese Club with assistance from the Clark College Office of International Programs and Multicultural Student Affairs.
Anyone needing accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 992-2835 (TTY), or visit Room 137 in Clark’s Gaiser Hall.
About the University of Santo Tomas Singers
Led by conductor and founder Professor Fidel C. Calalang, Jr., the University of Santo Tomas Singers consists of a unique blend of singers who are students – and a limited number of alumni – representing the different colleges and faculties of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.
The University of Santo Thomas Singers choir members have represented their school and their country as cultural ambassadors since the choir’s formation in 1992. They have embarked on 15 world tours and garnered more than 45 top awards in international competitions.
They have performed for Pope John Paul II, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand, opera great Luciano Pavarotti, and four presidents of the Philippines (Diosdado Macapagal, Corazon Aquino, Fidel Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo).
The University of Santo Tomas Singers last embarked on a concert tour in 2008. The tour included performances in Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy and Hong Kong.
About the University of Santo Tomas
The University of Santo Tomas is the oldest existing university in Asia and, in terms of student population, the largest Catholic university in the world located in one campus.
It was founded on April 28, 1611 by the third Archbishop of Manila, Msgr. Miguel de Benavides, O.P., together with Frs. Domingo de Nieva and Bernardo de Santa Catalina. It was originally conceived as a school to prepare young men for the priesthood.
Located within Intramuros, the Walled City, it was first called Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario and later renamed Colegio de Santo Tomas in memory of the foremost Dominican Theologian, Saint Thomas Aquinas.
In 1624, the Colegio was authorized to confer academic degrees in Theology, Philosophy and Arts. On November 20, 1645, Pope Innocent X elevated the college to the rank of a university. In 1680, it was subsequently placed under royal patronage. In 1785, for the exceptional loyalty shown by the administration and students who volunteered to defend Manila against the British invasion, King Charles III granted it the title of "Royal University."
Pope Leo XIII made the University of Santo Tomas a "Pontifical University" on September 17, 1902 and in 1947, Pope Pius XII bestowed upon it the title of "The Catholic University of the Philippines."
In 1927, with the continuing increase in enrollment, the University moved from Intramuros to its present site which covers an area of 21.5 hectares in the district of Sampaloc.
Since its foundation, the University's academic life has been interrupted only twice: from 1898 to 1899, during the Philippine revolution against Spain; and from 1942 to 1945, during the Japanese occupation of Manila, when the University of Santo Tomas was transformed by the Japanese Forces into a concentration camp.
In recent decades, the university has been visited by dignitaries including Pope Paul VI, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, President Eduardo Frei of Chile and President Jose Maria Aznar of Spain.