‘Heavenly’ rendition of ‘Bahay Kubo’ by Lea Salonga, Tabernacle Choir wows Filipinos

March 6, 2024 - 9:31 AM

“Naging heavenly.”

This was the comment of Filipinos who watched the rendition of the famous Filipino folk song “Bahay Kubo” performed by Broadway star Lea Salonga and the world-class Tabernacle Choir.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is a world-renowned choir recognized as one of the “best 10 choirs in the world.”

The 360-member group has performed at World’s Fairs and expositions, at inaugurations of U.S. presidents, in acclaimed concert halls in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and on television broadcasts.

They have been referred to as “America’s Choir” as a result of their high standard of popular choral music.

It recently visited the Philippines for its 2024 world tour “Hope” last February 20 to 29, where it performed a repertoire reflecting the musicality of “Asia’s pearl.”

Among the songs it performed was the classic folk song “Bahay Kubo” along with Lea.

The almost three-minute-long rendition was uploaded on the choir’s YouTube channel. It was also reshared on Facebook by the “Team Lea Salonga Global,” where it has earned 8,400 views so far.

The performance impressed Filipinos who shared their thoughts in the comments section.

“Biglang naging heavenly ang Bahay Kubo,” a Facebook user wrote.

“Nakakaiyak naman ‘yan… hearing the famous lullaby sa mga babies, ‘yan ang first song [nilang] alam. Nasa culture natin [‘yang] mga Filipino,” another Pinoy commented.

“Wow, wow, an extraordinary performance. Thank you, our very own Lea Salonga… well and truly superb,” wrote a different user with emojis.

“Wow! What a great show… Gandang pakinggan,” another Filipino commented.

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“Bahay Kubo” is a traditional Tagalog folk song written by National Artist for Music Felipe Padilla de Leon. It celebrates the bounty of the Philippines.

The folk song was popularized in the 1960s through movies and renditions by famous singers like Sylvia La Torre.

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