In a momentous occasion at the Senate plenary session on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square captivated senators and guests with their rendition of the beloved Filipino folk song “Bahay Kubo.” This marked a historic first for the 177-year-old choir, as they embarked on their inaugural visit to the Philippines as part of their global tour titled “Hope.”

The Tabernacle Choir, founded in 1847 by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, has gained international acclaim for their stirring performances. Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri expressed his admiration for the choir’s diverse repertoire, which included a mix of songs from different cultures.

Of the 420-member strong choir, three members hail proudly from the Philippines: Leo Marcelo, representing Quezon City and Pampanga, along with Sundae Indino and Ronald Baa from Cagayan de Oro City. Their inclusion in this prestigious ensemble highlights the Philippines’ rich musical heritage and talent.

“We are deeply honored that the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square graciously accepted our invitation for them to perform in the Senate today,” stated Zubiri. He emphasized the universal power of music, transcending barriers of culture and language to unite people in peace, healing, and hope. The performance of “Bahay Kubo” was particularly special, resonating with Filipino senators and guests in attendance.

Former Utah State Governor and President of the Tabernacle Choir, Michael Leavitt, also graced the Senate session, adding to the significance of the event. His presence underscored the choir’s commitment to fostering cultural exchange and understanding through music.

The Tabernacle Choir’s visit to the Philippines not only showcased their immense talent but also served as a bridge between nations, celebrating the shared love for music and the arts. As they continue their “Hope” tour around the world, their performance of “Bahay Kubo” will undoubtedly be remembered as a poignant moment of cultural exchange and unity at the heart of the Philippine Senate.

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