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EXCLUSIVE: Kapampangan among famous Yale-based acapella group

Adrian Venzon, a Kapampangan and member of the oldest acapella group, in his performance tuxedo during a 16-country world tour of the Whiffenpoofs.

TOKYO — The world’s oldest acapella group from Yale University that travels across the globe has a Kapampangan for a member.

Adrian Magsino Venzon, born in Angeles City, sings bass in the 14-member The Whiffenpoofs who are set to wow local audience. Set to perform at Holy Angel University on August 2, they are currently here in Japan as part of the 16-country world tour that started in May this year.

In a text message to this writer, Venzon expressed excitement about his homecoming.

“I’m so excited to be returning to Pampanga, where I was born and where so many of my extended family still live. It means a lot that I will get to share that experience with my close friends in the Whiffenpoofs!” his message states.

Aside from singing bass, Venzon, clad in Barong Tagalog, also plays the violin

Venzon’s father comes from a business family in Porac while his mother belongs to the Candelaria clan from Mabalacat City. Their family migrated to the US in March 2008.

He was admitted at the Yale University in 2019 and is now taking English and Education Studies. Aside from singing, Venzon also plays the violin.

“Singing and traveling with the Whiffenpoofs is something I never expected to come out of my Yale experience. I still remember trying out for a cappella my first year just for fun, and now I’m doing it full time for a whole year! A cappella is just one of many things you can try for the first time at Yale and before you know it, find yourself pouring your heart and soul into,” Venzon said in a social media post.

With fellow Filipino Ivy Leaguers at Yale University where Venzon served as one of the group’s leaders

In 2021-2022, Venzon also served as Co-President of Kasama: The Filipino Club of Yale, a group of young, active and outstanding Ivy Leaguers.

The Whiffenpoofs was founded in 1909. Its notable members included former US Senator Prescott Bush, grandfather of former US President George W. Bush, actor Ron Livingston, and Broadway composer amd songwriter Cole Porter.