The NAMCYA is one of the first organizations which has used the recently constructed Legazpi City Convention Center in Albay.

The Semifinals events included the whole day Philippine Music Workshop facilitated by Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr., former NCCA Chair. A mix of teachers from the secondary and tertiary levels, as well as students attended the said workshop entitled Living Filipino Subcultures.

Day two of the events consisted of a half day choral workshop for teachers and singers handled by Mr. Arwin Tan of the University of the Philippines. While in the afternoon, three rondalla groups performed to earn a spot for the National Finals at the CCP in November.

Prior the announcement of finalists, the Aquinas Dance Troupe and the three Rondalla semifinalists presented a short program of dances and music.

Jury members include Mariefrance Ballester, Elaine Cajucom, and Atty. Orlando Ocampo (Competition Chair) for Youth Rondalla Ensemble.

Two Rondalla Ensemble groups have been identified as National Finalists:

1. Aquinas University of Legazpi Rondalla (Roger Fernandez, conductor)
2. MORMS Rondalla (Rhodora Mirabuena, conductor)

The NAMCYA extends its gratitude to the local government of Legazpi City, headed by its Mayor Noel Rosal and Councilor Alan Rañola for the warm welcome, assistance, and support to the NAMCYA activities the past weekend.

Next round of Traditional Music Workshop and Semifinals for the Visayas regions will be at the Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on September 15-16.