The Mandaluyong City local government gave due recognition to a young composer after winning the top prize in a prestigious choral competition in South Korea.
Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos recognized Ryle Nicole Custodio of the Mandaluyong Children’s Choir after winning the Gold Prize for the Composition Competition of the Busan Choral Festival and Competition held last Oct. 21 to 24 in Busan, South Korea.
The competition body announced on July 20 that Custodio, a four-time recipient of the University of the Philippines (UP) Parangal sa Mag-aaral for the years 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2021, won for his composition “Tagu-Taguan” for Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bass (SATB) a capella.
Custodio competed among 54 entries from 28 countries for the 17th BCFC top prize.
Custodio received a certificate, trophy, and $3,000, equivalent to P150,000, for his win.
This is also not the first time the young composer gave honor to the country due to his exemplary skills in Music.
Custodio was the very first Filipino young composer who bagged the Equal First Prize in the Asian Composers League Young Composers Prize Competition held in Taiwan last 2018.
The Busan Choral Festival and Competition has been organized by the Korea Choral Institute since 2005 and is regarded as one of Asia’s top choral festivals.