(Photo shows the PVAO Chorale with then Secretary of National Defense, GILBERTO C TEODORO JR, and some of PVAO Officials at the LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI, Taguig City during the SUNRISE CEREMONY in observance of 2008 ARAW NG KAGITINGAN)
The PVAO Chorale is the choral ensemble of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), an attached bureau of the Department of National Defense (DND). It pioneers cultural life activities of the Agency pursuant to Republic Act No. 7356.
PVAO endeavors to support an active choral life in the Agency. True to its commitment, the PVAO Chorale had attended choral clinics and workshops, lecture-performances, and seminars pertaining to choral discipline.
PVAO's mandate is that of formulating policies concerning ex-servicemen's affairs, including their placement and training, as well as assistance to widows and dependents; adjudicate and administer their benefits, pensions and other privileges granted to veterans, their heirs, and beneficiaries; Provide medical care and treatment to veterans pursuant to existing laws; and administer, develop and maintain military monuments or shrines.
The above mandate under the approved PVAO Rationalization Plan on June 2010 is carried out by PVAO Proper and the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC). As memorializing the heroic deeds of our veterans is an important component of the Agency's mandate, the PVAO Chorale's activities is geared towards these action thereby capturing the citizenry more specially the young generation of the country to perpetuate the sacrifices of war heroes by promoting the Agency and its mission efforts in national and international platforms.
Today, the PVAO Chorale is composed of employees from the PVAO Proper and the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), and has been a member of the KORO FILIPINO: The Philippine Choral Guild since 2009. Its Assistant Choirmaster, and lead Alto are members of the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA).
Current Strength :
Aburquez, Connie S (Soprano 1)
Aquitania, Lilian G (Soprano 1)
Arano, Kristina (Soprano 2)
Asuncion, Sonia Grace P (Soprano 2)
Bidua, Jesusana C (Soprano 2)
Gallano, Pauline (Soprano 2)
Grayblas, Odelia (Soprano 2) (VMMC)
Bermudez, Luzviminda G (Alto 2)
Carino, Elizabeth A (Alto 1)
Dimaliwat, Anamy A (Alto 1)
Laygo, Adela B (Alto 1)
Wayyas, Cinderella S (Alto 2)
Esposo, Nonito S (Tenor 1)
Oblena, Erwin P (Tenor 1)
Palattao, Mark Angelo Dante V C (Tenor 1)
Asuncion, Danilo L
Cabral, Manuel B
Choir Leader: LILIAN G. AQUITANIA
PVAO CHORALE YOUTH IMMERSION PROGRAM
De Guzman, Benjo S (Bass 2) **
Mendez, Romeo Jr. (Bass 1) **
* January 2013
** December 2012