University of the Philippines Manila Chorale
The UP Manila Chorale is the multi-awarded official performing group for choral music of the University of the Philippines Manila. The group aims to embody and represent the university locally and internationally, through the art of choral music, serving as ambassadors of cultural goodwill by being the “Voice of UP Manila to the World.” Presently, the group is led by their Musical Director, Emmanuel P. de Leon Jr. The UPMC has been able to mold students coming from various academic disciplines into well-rounded and versatile singers. In 2015, the UPMC was declared 3rd prize winner (Mixed Category), and 2nd prize winner (Folk Category) in the 33rd Cantonigros International Music Festival in Vic, Spain, and 1st Prize winner (Polyphony Category) of the 61st International Habaneras and Polyphony Competition in Torrevieja, Spain. In February 2016, the group was awarded the Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honors) by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts. In 2017, the group celebrated its 25th anniversary by launching a series of events under Argentum – a year-long celebration of UPMC’s silver year. Under Argentum, the group engaged in a series of concerts, health promotions, exhibits, festivals, and was culminated by the group’s 9th European Tour in 2018.