Watch out for HIMIG 2011!
09 December 2010 at 1659H

UP Corps of Cadets and UP Corps of Sponsors



HIMIG 2011



Brief History

Courtesy of Atty Enrico Ll. Yusingco, Vanguard Class of 1987, Field Artillery Bn Comdr

HIMIG was piloted by the UP Corps of Sponsors during the early fifties, starting simply as a get together of the members of the university community at the Vinzon’s Hall Park. The community gathered at this place for the purpose of sharing the spirit of the Yuletide season through the singing of Christmas carols. As the years went by, this purpose was continuously realized, reaping more and more participants for close to two decades. Unfortunately, HIMIG was abruptly halted during the early seventies.

In 1976, the Corps of Sponsors revived the tradition of HIMIG. This time, the Corps was involved. Since then, HIMIG has become a symbol of the joint effort of the Corps of Cadets & the Corps of Sponsors, in bringing together the members of the UP community through the magic of songs. However, HIMIG became a friendly competition among student organizations in the university, with its purpose still intact. Soon enough, HIMIG became one of the most prestigious and highly competitive choral activities in the university.

The EDSA Revolution halted the traditional HIMIG for the second time. With a resilient spirit, the Corps of Cadets & Corps of Sponsors 1987 revived HIMIG immediately the year after with the UP President’s Committee on Culture and the Arts as its main partner.

The tradition must go on! HIMIG lives on.

Today, the UP Corps of Cadets, UP Corps of Sponsors & the UP Vanguard, present HIMIG 2011, which now takes the form of a Valentine’s Day/Love Song choral festival – certainly a continuing tradition which brings the best of choirs of the University together.


Choral Group/Choir

1. The contest is open to all choral groups/choirs representing duly recognized university organizations such as:

  1. Student associations, organizations, federations, societies;
  2. Fraternities and sororities;
  3. Ethnic, provincial, dialectic or regional groups;
  4. University based churches or religious groups;
  5. Alumni organizations; and/or
  6. Others which may approved by the HIMIG Committee

2. Duly recognized university organizations (as enumerated above) may field only one (1) choral group/choir.
3. New choirs may also be organized provided that their choristers are all eligible.
4. Each choral group must be composed of at least twelve (12) choristers and at most thirty two (32) exclusive of the conductor, accompanist/s & the optional technical crew.
5. Each group has the option of registering a maximum of four (4) alternates who may replace (a) chorister/s in case of anything.
6. The choral group may be all-male (TTBB), all-female (SSAA) or mixed (SATB).
7. The competition is limited to a maximum of 16 choral groups/choirs.

Choristers (choir members/singers)

  1. All choristers must be bona fide students, undergraduate and graduate students of the University of the Philippines Diliman (other UP units are not included in this competition).
  2. Alumni of organizations are allowed to join provided that they are currently enrolled in a graduate course and have reaffirmed/renewed their membership in the participating organization.
  3. Each chorister must be a current or active affiliate/associate/member of the fielding/participating organization.
  4. A chorister belonging to multiple choral groups/organizations may only sing for one (1).
  5. Professional singers and current applicants/trainees/members of professional singing groups are disqualified from the competition. A “professional” is hereby defined as a person who has performed individually or with a group, for two or more times with compensation/remuneration.


  1. The conductor may be amateur or professional; not necessarily affiliated with their organization and/or the University.
  2. The conductor may handle only one (1) competing choral group.


  1. Each choral group must perform a “contest piece” and a “choice piece”.
  2. Both should be memorized. Score sheets shall not be allowed during the performance.

Contest Piece

  1. The “contest piece” must be performed “a capella” and sung ahead of the “choice piece”.
  2. The choral group shall be furnished with the “contest piece” upon submission of all registration requirements.
  3. The “contest piece” is arranged for SATB. All-male and all-female competing choirs will have to rearrange the song for TTBB or SSAA accordingly. The key signature may be adjusted but the rearrangement should maintain the form, style, linear pattern, time signature, harmony, tempo, dynamic markings and all other musical elements which do not pertain to vocal range. In other words, it should be as close as possible to the SATB arrangement.

Choice Piece

  1. The “choice piece” must be a Filipino or English love song.
  2. Choral groups must submit the score containing the full arrangement of their “choice piece”. Total or partial changes of which, may be entertained only within the registration period.
  3. No two choral groups may have the same “choice piece” unless they have significantly different arrangements, subject to the interpretation of the HIMIG Committee.
  4. Audience participation (i.e. singing/clapping along) is not allowed.
  5. Performances containing profanities and obscene, vulgar and sexually explicit lyrics and/or gestures are also prohibited.
  6. Choreography is allowed only for the “choice piece”.
  7. Each choral group is allowed a maximum of two (2) accompanists.
  8. The accompanist/s may be amateur or professional; not necessarily affiliated with the competing choral group or organization and/or the University.
  9. Piano or guitar, and/or simple percussion instruments (i.e. tambourine, shaker, maracas and triangle) are allowed as accompaniment only for the “choice piece”. Anything in excess of this specification is subject to the approval of the HIMIG Committee.


Technical Crew

  1. Each group is allowed at total of three (3) technical support personnel who may handle lighting and audio equipment, props and others.
  2. Technical crewmen are prescribed to wear all black to help minimize distractions and to maintain focus on the choral groups during the performances.
  3. The HIMIG Committee shall provide basic stage and technical equipment such as lighting and audio systems.
  4. All other special effects that a choral group may require are subject to the approval of the HIMIG Committee.
  5. All coordination, damages and expenses related to any pre-approved special effect/s shall be the responsibility and for the account of the choral group.


1. Interested choral groups must submit the following in a long brown envelope properly labeled HIMIG 2011, NAME OF CHORAL GROUP:

a. Fully accomplished registration form;
b. Certified true photocopy of Form 5 and UP ID of each chorister;
c. Official roster of Organization members from OSA
d. A short write up (less than 200 words) about the choral group, the organization and the           conductor;
e. A jpeg file of the choral group/organization logo;
f. A jpeg file of the choral group in costume;
g.  5 clear hard copies of the “choice piece”; and
h. P1,000 registration fee (or a firm commitment to sell 50 tickets, see commitment form)
– Tickets cost 50 pesos each. Deadline of payment for the 50 tickets is on January 28,                      2011.
i. One long brown envelope (written on the upper left side are the name of the organization         and the date of registration)

2. Registration requirements may be submitted in any of the following modes:

a. Physical submission of documents, scores, compact disc of jpeg files & payment at Room 105, G/F Vanguard Building, UP DMST Complex, UP Diliman Campus

b. Email PDFs of scanned documents, scores, jpeg files to:; then make payment at Room 105, G/F Vanguard Building, UP DMST Complex, UP Diliman Campus

3. Registration shall be open from December 6-17, 2010 and January 4-7, 2011, Mondays thru Fridays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on a first come, first served basis. No registration will be accepted after this period.
4. A full refund of the registration fee may be granted should a choral group decide to withdraw its participation only within the registration period.
5. Unaccepted or waitlisted choral groups may claim their registration requirements after the registration period.


  1. Validation of ELIGIBILITY, REPERTOIRE & TECHNICAL SUPPORT DETAILS shall be conducted by the HIMIG Committee on each competing choral group two (2) hours before the start of the program.
  2. There will be drawing of lots one (1) hour before the start of the program to determine the order of performance.
  3. Each group will be allotted a specific time for rehearsal, sound check and blocking at the competition venue. Groups will be informed of their schedule via their contact person indicated at the registration form. No other rehearsals on the venue shall be allowed.
  4. Each group is given a maximum of twelve (12) minutes of stage time which starts when the first member of the group enters the stage and ends when the last member leaves the stage. The stage time includes setup of props, entrance, performance, clean-up and exit.
  5. Exceeding the allotted time limit will merit a deduction of 1% from the total score per second overtime. Likewise, any part of the performance exceeding the time limit shall not be judged.


  1. A panel of five (5) Judges shall be constituted and announced only during the competition proper.
  2. A Chairman shall be duly appointed by the HIMIG Committee.
  3. Only the best choral authorities shall be invited to serve as judges.
  4. The HIMIG Committee has the sole right to choose its panel of judges.


  1. The total score is composed of 60% for the “contest piece” and 40% for the “choice piece”. The two songs will be judged separately using the following criteria:
Vocal Quality

  • Blending, resonance, range, harmony, color, variety of timbres
30% 30%
Vocal Technique

  • Breath management
  • Clarity, intonation, diction
15% 15%
Vocal Precision

  • Pitch
  • Rhythm
  • Mastery
  • Fidelity to notation
15% 15%

  • Expression, nuances, dynamics
  • Accents
20% 20%
  • Choreography
  • Appearance/costume
  • Creativity & Special Effects
  • Intro & extro
10% 10%
  • Combination of musicianship & showmanship
10% 10%
TOTAL 100% 100%
  1. In the event of a tie, the Panel of Judges, under the leadership of its Chairman, shall decide in favor of one.
  2. The judges’ decision shall be final and binding.
  3. No complaints and contests shall be entertained after the announcement of winners.


The prizes are as follows:

  • Champion: P30,000 cash + trophy
  • 1st Runner up; P20,000 cash + trophy
  • 2nd Runner up: P10,000 cash + trophy

Public’s Prize: P30,000 cash

The Public’s Prize is a unique feature of HIMIG 2011 which allows the audience to choose their favorite choral group. The choir chosen by the public wins a cash prize quite comparable to the Champion’s Prize.

The audience chooses their favorite choral group by casting their individual votes using the HIMIG 2011 tickets, which actually serve also as ballots. At the back of each ticket is an inscription “Which is the best choir for you?.” The audience simply needs to write down its favorite choral group’s name and submit its tickets to HIMIG ushers/usherettes who will come to collect them for tabulation immediately after all choirs have performed.


It is understood that each participating choral group fully accepts and adheres to the rules and regulations set forth by the HIMIG Committee.

Failure to comply with these rules, regulations, schedules, and deadlines may result to the automatic disqualification of the choral group/organization.

The University of the Philippines Corps of Cadets and the UP Vanguard, Inc. reserve the right to document the event and make use of the recordings for commercial and promotional purposes in all forms of media without compensation to the contestants.

The organizers reserve the right to modify part/s of this mechanics with prior notice to the participants

In case of ambiguous situations or situations not mentioned in the rules/guidelines stated above, the HIMIG Committee reserves the sole right to make its own interpretation/s and final decision/s.