Another Filipino has brought honor to the country after being recognized at the 2021 Academia Musica Prize.

Fidel Gener Calalang Jr., who works as a professor at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), received the third prize in the International Composers Competition organized in Vienna, Austria.

Calalang bested other competitors in the prestigious music contest held on August 16 this year through his latest composition entitled “Adoramus Te Christe (We adore you, Oh Christ, and we bless You).”

“I wrote this composition last April of this year. In my heart, I was inspired and motivated to create a song that will provide and feed us a sense of hope and strength in the wake of our dark, uncertain, and troubled times,” Calalang said in an interview with The Post.

“The lyrics of the music communicates to us that even at our lowest, when feeling lost and challenged, we continue to trust, worship, and give honor and thanks Lord Jesus Christ who died for us and who is the only source of our life and our redemption,” he added.

The professor, who’s also part of the UST Conservatory of Music, is also credited for creating the acclaimed ensemble UST Singers. 

As the choir’s founder, Calalang led the group in over thirty international concert tours in Europe, the United States of America, Canada, Asia, and Australia, and in winning 80 top prizes in different choral competitions all over the world.

And in 2019, the ensemble made history after achieving their third consecutive win at the Choir of the World Championships. 

Last year, the choir joined together to sing “Isang Lahi, Isang Dugo, Isang Musika” to help spread hope and unity at the height of the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Image credit: Mishael Kitma via USTS’ Official Twitter Page