The University of Santo Tomas Junior High School Glee Club held its first major concert last March 22, at the UST Museum featuring songs from some of Disney’s well-loved animated films and the Broadway musical “Wicked,” among others.
The concert, according to UST-JHS principal Dr. Marishirl P. Tropicales, titled “The UST Junior High School Gives Back: a night of songs filled with faith, life, and love” headed by its choirmaster Mr. Emerson Hernandez, showcased renditions of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s animated film “Moana” and “Defying Gravity” from the famous Broadway musical “Wicked” and other songs from various genres including sacred, inspirational, folk, and love songs.
The UST-JHS Glee Club also featured the Nightingale Strings Manila and Mr. L.A. Santos, a UST Junior High School student who has performed as a front act for the Manila concerts of “The Stylistics” in 2016 and “Air Supply” in 2017.
The “Gives Back” concert was the glee club’s first major concert after being established in 2009. Formerly known as the UST High School Music Society, the group began as the UST-JHS school’s show choir for school and club programs.
The UST-JHS Glee Club joined the annual UST Christmas Concert featuring Ryan Cayabyab last December. Rev. Fr. Jannel Abogado, O.P., is the choir adviser and Regent of the UST-JHS.