Get ready to be proud! Award-winning Pinoy kids’ choir to serenade Pope Francis at historic World Children’s Day

The award-winning Filipino children’s choir, the Young Voices of the Philippines is performing at the inaugural World Children’s Day with no less than Pope Francis in the audience.

Pinoy pride is about to soar as the Young Voices of the Philippines (YVP) children’s choir gears up to take the stage in a historic performance at the Vatican this weekend for the first World Children’s Day with no less than Pope Francis in the audience.

In a Facebook post, the YVP expressed excitement over the opportunity to perform before the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the global audience of fellow youth.

“We wanted to take a moment to express our deep gratitude for your support and kindly ask for your prayers as we celebrate World Children’s Day in Rome on May 25 and 26,” said YVP.

The event, spearheaded by Pope Francis, celebrates the importance of education and care for children. It’s a two-day event of prayer, reflection and festivities.

The YVP will not only be singing in a series of concerts but will also be performing during the Papal Mass, making this a monumental opportunity for the choir.

Fr. Enzo Fortunato, the events coordinator, mentioned that around 70,000 children from 101 nations are expected to fill Rome’s Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony on May 25 and attend the Mass with the Pope in St. Peter’s Square on May 26.

Pope Francis announced this First World Day of Children last year, making 2024 as the debut celebration.

In an interview with CBCP News, YVP conductor Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan said the children will be singing along with other choirs at the Stadium and during the Papal Mass, calling it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for the young choristers to represent the Philippines.

“Our participation in this event aligns with our mission to promote our culture and heritage globally and provide opportunities for holistic growth to our choir members,” she said.

“We believe this experience will enrich them holistically and inspire them to continue serving the Church and society,” she said.

Founded in 2020, the YVP has regularly performed at the Cubao Cathedral in Quezon City and has earned accolades at international choral festivals, including the 12th Golden Gate International Choral Festival in San Francisco, California.