Pianists from Taiwan North, Central win in INC international Piano Competition


“Throughout the Holy Scriptures, one way by which God’s people give glory to Him is through sacred songs with musical instruments”, thus Brother Eduardo V. Manalo declared in his message read during the second Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) International Piano Competition.

The Executive Minister encouraged those present, especially the eight finalists, to develop their gifts and use them in serving Him. “He will never forget the love you show Him when you use your God-given gifts for the Church,” he said.

The competition held in the New Era University (NEU) College of Music Performing Arts Theatre in Quezon City, Philippines on December 8, 2018 had two parts according to age category. In the Competition Part I (Below 18 years old category) Brother Matthew Daryl Abalos, from the Local Congregation of Taipei City, Ecclesiastical District of Taiwan North won first place. He performed Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor “The Tempest”, 1st Movement and 3rd Movement.

Brother Lance Eric Ruben, an organist from the Bin Omran Congregation, Ecclesiastical District of Qatar landed second place. He interpreted Ballade No. 1 in G Minor Op. 23. Third place went to Nicole Chase Angeles, a group secretary from Newport, Wales, United Kingdom, with his piece Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman,” K. 265/300 e. And fourth place was Brother Gio Angelo tamondong, a choir member from Swansea, United Kingdom, who played Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor “Quasi una fantasia,” Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight Sonata” 3rd Movement.

In the Competition Part II (18 years old and above category), Brother Danilo Pangilinan Jr., emerged champion with his piece Piano Sonata No. 12 K. 332 in F Major, 1st Movement (allegro), 2nd Movement (Adagio), 3rd Movement (Allegro assai); he is a pianist in INC Symphony Orchestra. Taking second place was Brother Prince Joren Romero, an organist from Lingayen, Pangasinan who performed Transcedental Etude No. 4 in D Minor. Landing third place with Fantasia in G Minor, Op. 77 was Sister Laarni Torres , an organist and a treasurer in the Children’s Worship Service (CWS) in Hillside, Benguet. And fourth placer was Brother Jayson Yanguas from Manggahan, Quezon City, who played Ballade No. 1 in G Minor Op. 23; he is conductor of the Manggahan Chamber Ensemble.

Three noted pianists and music professors composed the panel of judges. They were: Brother Genesis C. Rivera, an organist at the INC Central Temple, who holds a Teacher’s Diploma in Piano from the University of the Philippines (U.P.) Conservatory of Music and the first dean of the NEU College of Music where he is now a professor of music history, piano and organ; Professor Richelle dR. Rivera, dean of the Philippine Woman’s University School of Music, who graduated Magna Cum Laude in Music and earned her Master’s Degree in Piano performance and Pedagogy from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music; and Professor Ena Maria R. Aldecoa, who served as rehearsal master of the U.P. Concert Chorus and led the male ensemble who won the first prize in the Concorso Internationale di Canto Corale “SEGHIZZI” in Gorizia, Italy in 2006.