The University of the Philippines’ (UP) choral group organized an epic flash mob at the Piazza Duomo in Aviano, Italy and sang the Disney hit song “How Far I’ll Go” from the 2016 movie “Moana.”
Video of the performance was posted on the UP Singing Ambassadors’ Facebook page, garnering over 44,000 views and received more than 1,100 reactions and 316 shares.
Unlike the original piece, which contains elements of soul with traditional Pacific Islander music written and produced by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the UP Singing Ambassadors’ rendition is more akin to a church choir.
The UP Singing Ambassadors are currently traveling across Europe to compete in international singing competitions, and recently took home two major prizes in separate choir contests.
Their latest victory was at the 64th International Habaneras and Polyphony Competition in Torrevieja, Spain last month, according to Manila Bulletin.
UPSA is the first prize winner of the Habaneras and Polyphony categories of the 64th Certamen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia Torrevieja!
We dedicate this victory to our beloved father and kuya, Rafael Isberto.
Lagi’t lagi, ikaw ang aming tunay na ligaya, Kuya Paeng! pic.twitter.com/SQebEsTu1x
— UP Singing Ambassadors (@upsambassadors) July 29, 2018
They won two first prizes at the event under the Habanera category (Primer Premio Ricardo Lafuente), with a prize of 12,000 euros ($13,885) and a trophy. The group also won the Polyphony category (Primer Premio Juan Aparicio) with 10,000 euros ($11,571) and a trophy.
The group took home the grand prize at Sing! Berlin International Choir Competition at the Friedrich Handel Gymnasium in Berlin, Germany from July 4-8. They were also the category winner of the Sacred Music and Mixed Choirs competition.
We dedicate this victory to all the people who supported us in this musical journey!
We promise to continue working hard in our endless pursuit for excellence.
Para sa Diyos at Lupang Hinirang! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/rtg1dlLdT4
— UP Singing Ambassadors (@upsambassadors) July 8, 2018
Besides “Moana,” UP Singing Ambassadors also covered the ever-so-famous “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen.”
They’ve sung “Circle of Life” from the classic “Lion King,” complete with animals and sounds of nature.
The group has also done a rendition of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.”
Featured Image via Facebook / THEUPSINGINGAMBASSADORS