A cappella group of Filipinos wins singing contest in Hong Kong

Image by Pinopela's Facebook post

A Filipino a cappella group called “Pinopela” emerged as the best during the Hong Kong International A Cappella Championships held on Sunday.

Pinopela said on its Facebook post that it won the competition along with Japan’s Takabisha. They also bagged the Best Presentation award. They performed Adele’s “Skyfall,” Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Beyonce’s “End of Time” and other songs, for the contest.

The group captioned the post: “Another one for the Philippines! Thank you for all your prayers and words of support. Para sa bayan!”

The members of Pinopela came from Baguio City, where they started singing as part of the St. Louis University Glee Club. Their first official competition was in the local Akapela Open, which they won in 2014.

Did You Know

In referring to singing unaccompanied by instruments, the traditional spelling is the Italian one, a cappella: two words, two Ps, two Ls. The Latin spelling a capella is learned, but in the realm of musical terminology, we usually stick with the Italian. The one-word spelling “acapella” is widely used by Americans, including by some performing groups, but this is generally regarded by musical experts as an error.