MANILA, Philippines—The internationally-renowned University of the Philippines-Manila Chorale (UPMC) went onstage Friday and delivered a musical feast of timeless and hope-filled songs.
This year, UPMC staged “O Magnum Mysterium” which means the great mystery as part of their yearly Christmas concert celebration.
“What a better way to celebrate Christmas than to share our music,” said UPMC chairperson Maxine Nicole Bacareza.
The concert was filled with their rich and varied repertoire, ranging from sacred to classic Christmas songs.
“Every year we do different concerts with different titles and repertoire,” said Lorenz Edward Sarrondo, vice-chair for membership of UPMC.
Recently, the chorale performed in “Alay Awit ng mga Koro,” a fundraising event for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).
UPMC has already performed in various international venues and recently had its 7th European Tour.
The group competed in the prestigious “13th International Chamber Choir Competition (Marktoberdorf)” where it garnered achievement level II.
“This is a great accomplishment of the chorale,” said Juliane Eris Navarro, vice chair for Information and Communication.
The group is led by conductor Emmanuel De Leon Jr.
The chorale exited the stage on a high note.
Through the years, the group has been performing a wide repertoire including sacred, secular, folk, jazz, pop and traditional Filipino music and continues to produce excellent performances to uplift Filipino music and culture through music.