PH Embassy in Berne Hosts Aleron Concert in Commemoration of PH Independence
Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Denis Y. Lepatan (leftmost) delivers his message of appreciation for Aleron. (Berne PE photo)
BERNE 08 July 2019 – The Philippine Embassy in Berne hosted the concert of all-male chorale group Aleron in Berne on 15 June 2019.
Aleron rendered a selection of international as well as Philippine songs during the one-hour concert. Their powerful performance was witnessed and appreciated by around 180 Filipinos and Swiss nationals who attended the event.
Aleron, which means “winged one” in Latin, started in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo.
The group has already made waves in the Philippine and international choral scenes by garnering top prizes in competitions in Manila, Busan in South Korea, Takarazuka in Japan, Tours in France, and Mainhausen in Germany. It also has the distinction of being the first Filipino choir to perform a full Mass service at the historical Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The Aleron Concert is the second of a two-part event at the Embassy held to commemorate the121st Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. The first is the flag ceremony held in the morning of the same day, which was attended by around 300 Filipinos and Swiss friends of the Embassy. END
Ambassador Lepatan (second from right) with Madame Maria Teresa Lepatan (second from left), Consul Margherita Maffeis, a.h. (leftmost), and Dr. Raul Sunico (rightmost) await the performance of Aleron. (Berne PE photo)