Doing us proud in Mongolia
Published on: Thursday, June 20, 2019
By: R Gonzales

TUARAN: Five students calling themselves the Tuni Koporingan group from SK Koporingan, Tamparuli, here, that represented Malaysia grabbed four awards at the Asian Championship of Folklore held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from June 12 to 17.

The participants aged 10 to 12 years, who were accompanied by their teacher advisor, participated at the Folklore Music group category where they won third placing as well as awards for best performance, best stage presentation (special award) and best eligible position in the world of folk music.

The teacher advisor who teaches music at the school, Vallerie Sinti, said students can learn new cultures as well as instil interest in strengthening their potential and creativity through such events.

She said the students helped to introduce local folk music besides exposing the ethnic Kadazan Dusun race heritage of Sabah.

“This programme combined holistic education, group teamwork, focus, discipline and creativity, especially during practice sessions. I am confident that the skills they mastered will help them to compete against other teams nationwide,” she said.

She said the participants rendered four types of songs using six types of traditional music.

“Among the musical instruments that were used included Babadon (three sets), Bangau, Kaahon and Sompoton, which are all entirely made of bamboo,” she said.

The youngest female participant, Joanne Nuel Andaman, 10, said this was her first time competing overseas and she felt nervous when selected.

“However, we had good support from the teachers, friends, family and the local folks that caused us to be more confident and lose our nervousness,” she said when met at Tamparuli town, Thursday.

The other four participants were Christe Cadelein Cosmas, 11, Ronald Jay Reginald, 11, Keith Axel Rodney, 12 and Joshua Nuel Andaman, 12 together with another teacher advisor, Lily Noorazya Gustine.


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