Search for a Star 2007

Among the myriad Yuletide activities held in Tacloban City last month was Mayor Alfred and Councilwoman Cristina Romualdez’ “Search for a Star 2007” featuring competitions in parol-making, vocal solo, Christmas Choral and Dance Craze.

My wife, Ludette, was invited to be one of the judges in the vocal solo category; I naturally obliged to take a few photos of the event. Besides, I was looking for something Christmassy which at that time (December 13) I felt had not descended yet upon the small city. Held at the Tacloban Convention Center, also known as the Tacloban Astrodome.


One of the winning entries of the parol-making contest.



Claudine Matias, champion in the vocal solo category.


Jerwin Bryan Marasigan, 2nd place, vocal solo competition.


Pinky Balintong, 3rd place, vocal solo competition.


It was during the choral group competition portion, however, where it really started to begin feeling a bit like Christmas. The crowd was clearly enchanted and enamored with the traditional Christmas carols, both Filipino and English standards, as rendered by choirs like the LNU Glee Club above.

Final results of the Search for a Star were relayed later to me (we weren’t able to cover the whole event):

Vocal Solo Competition: 1st – Claudine Matias (Sagkahan, Tacloban City); 2nd – Jerwin Bryan Marasigan (Sogod); 3rd – Pinky Balintong (Tacloban City);

Christmas Choir Festival: 1st – Guadalupe Youth Choir (Abucay, Tacloban City); 2nd – LNU Glee Club (Tacloban City); 3rd – Singing Angels of Sto. Niño de Tacloban (Tacloban City);

Dance Craze: 1st – Expedition (Tacloban City); 2nd – Dance Revo (Tacloban City); 3rd – Explorer (Tacloban City).

The event was directed by Don Dolina; stage manager – Jun Geres and technical director – Hadji Avila.

For more photos, head for the gallery.

~ by gerryruiz on 2 January 2008.

3 Responses to “Search for a Star 2007”

  1. Gerry – bless you. Your photo blogs always have the effect of chasing the homesickness blues away! I know that you’ll be thinking why even now, waray pa gihapon ako ka anad. My reply to that – home will always be home and that’s Tacloban.
    Well, it’s good to know that the city is catching up cultural-wise. About time, and I think you & Ludette should be spearheading happenings. You have to entertain your tourists anyway.
    Does Ludette still sing (in public)? Miss her and her singing…

  2. Hi, Dingding! Ludette rarely sings nowadays; only during special occasions like calle’s anniversary (when we usually have live band performances) or private parties/Rotary fellowships where everyone gets to sing. 🙂

  3. I was impressed with the artistry of the parols. The production aspects of the show look good. I’m glad this stuff is happening in Tacloban. I just wish there’s a video of it somewhere that we can watch and listen to. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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