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Throughout its festival and competition history, Busan Choral has fostered cultural exchange and promoted a high quality of choral music by attracting notable artists, conductors, and composers to one of Asia’s top choral festivals. The Busan Choral Composition Competition seeks to engage with aspiring young composers and to encourage the creation and performance of new works written for the choral music genre. The 1st winning work premiered at the 2017 Busan Choral Festival & Competition during the week of September 6-9, 2017.

It was an open category and all countries were invited to this prestigious competition. One of the participating groups was from Davao City, the University of Mindanao Chorale. “It was an opportunity for us,” says Dale Soliva, team leader of the group, “I admit that it was hard because most of us are students and we were struggling with our time schedule. Almost every night, we were committed to practice even though we were not certain yet if we could join or not.” They finally decided to join and register in July. The group wasmostly worried about their visa applications. No one could process it since they are all from Davao.

Visa Processing
Mrs. Nancy Garay, one of our loyal clients and a mother to one of the contestants, referred us to them and they entrusted Hager Travel and Tours with their visa applications. It was challenging for us as well since most of the chorale members are scholars and the primary requirements of the Korean Embassy are bank certificates, bank statements and certificates of employment of the singers’parents but again, some members parents are street vendors and tricycle drivers. Nonetheless, we did not lose hope as our partners in Manila suggested alternatives for this particular case. Hager Travel & Tours would not let them down because the competition is really important not just for the chorale but also for Davao and by extension, us.Through determination and hard work by our agency, all 24 members’ visa applications were approved. It was an omen of good things to come because guess what? They won.

The Victory
The University of Mindanao Chorale grabbed the Competition Grand Prix of the 13th Busan Choral Festival held in Busan, South Korea, last September 9, 2017. The Chorale under the baton of Peter Buaya took home the Gold for Classical Mixed and Ethnic categories, thus bringing home the $20,000 Grand Prix. On the very night they won, Dale, the team leader never failed to send us a message telling us they won and we were so happy because it was like we were really part of their winning. On one of their official statement, “…special thanks to Hager Travel and Tours for assisting our visa application and for giving us discounts, it helps a lot on our part.”

Hager Travel & Tours would like to once again congratulate the University of Mindanao Chorale for making Davao and the Philippines proud. We are thankful that you let us contribute our part. Our work takes on so much more meaning when we are able to help people. Your happiness is our satisfaction!