As one of the only four Filipino singing ensembles to have qualified for the European Grand Priz, The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors takes pride in being the first Asian and the first Filipino choir to reap the Grand Prize in the 2001 Guido d’Arezzo, the most highly-regarded choral competition in Italy.
Founded and conducted by Dr. Ed Manguiat, the UP Singing Ambassadors has won 5 Grand Prizes, 23 First Prizes, and other awards in 21 international choral competitions in ITALY. FRANCE, HUNGARY, GERMANY, SPAIN, BELGIUM, POLAND, the CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, BULGARIA, the NETHERLANDS, WALES, and SWITZERLAND, giving the country and the University of the Philippines a reason to celebrate.
The UP Singing Ambassadors has achieved the utmost levels of artistic excellence and was awarded with the “Ani ng Dangal” by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in 2009 and 2013. In 2005, the Chorale was also the Philippine’s official representative of the UNESCO International Music Prize in Paris, France.
UPSA made its way to the Hall of Fame of ALIW Awards in 2012 after garnering the Best Choral Group Award thrice.
The UP Singing Ambassadors was also the singular honor to be selected to perform in the ecumenical service for the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy victims before an audience of prominent and world-class leaders and diplomatic corps members at the American Church in Paris, France. In 2000, the choir was also privileged to lead thirteen other international choirs for the “drum-up” concert to open the Sydney Olympic Games held at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
In 2007, the UP Singing Ambassadors was chosen to do back up for JOSH GROBAN’s AWAKE World Tour Concert in Manila held at the PICC. Topping it all is the group’s 36 years of involvement in charitable socio-civic activities of the UPSA Outreach Program that aids in fund raising for Yolanda victims. Patients of the Philippine General Hospital, children with cancer, children of poor farmers, less-privileged students of Law, are among the beneficiaries of the UPSA’s generosity.