CALASIAO, Pangasinan, Aug. 4 (PIA) - Persons with disabilities (PWDs) have once again proven that a disability is neither a hindrance to success nor in the fulfilment of their dreams.
All the way from Regions I, II, III and the Cordilleras, the talented PWD performers showcased their talents in solo singing, battle of the bands, and choral group a capella singing in the area-wide ‘Himig Tanglaw’ competition held at the Robinson Place in Calasiao town.
Training Center Superintendent Elizabeth Manuel of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (AVRC) in Dagupan City said the Himig Tanglaw is open to all the members and students of the Philippine National School for the Blind, Philippine Chamber of Massage Industry of Visually Impaired Inc., Philippine Blind Union, National and AVRCs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
“The contestants are not professional singers both locally and abroad or under contract in any singing engagements. They must first pass the screening process here to qualify for the national finals on December 4,” Manuel said.
The recent area audition showcased the remarkable vocal quality and skills of the contestants. They were judged according to voice quality, musicality, rhythm and timing, stage performance, choice of piece, and overall impact.
“The contestants gave their best performances and all of us judges agree that all of them deserve claps and praises,” said Jennifer Garcia, regional president of Women with Disabilities.
Winners for Solo Performance were: Samantha Rylin Caber of Laoag City, Alona Bateg of Baguio City, and Rose Michelle Espiritu of Dagupan City.
Choral Group finalists which will advance to the finals are Himirana of Baguio City and Candon City Federation of PWDs Choral Group while Battle of the Band winners are the Ignite Band of Ilocos Sur and DM Band of Dagupan City. (JPD/VHS/PIA-Pangasinan)