The UP Cherubim and Seraphim (UPCS), the official children’s choir of the University of the Philippines in Diliman will celebrate its 50 years of joyful singing with a virtual concert, “Aurea Carmina” (Golden Songs) schedule to be premiered on its official Facebook page on September 25, 2021, at 7 p.m.
UPCS was founded in 1971 by Flora Zarco Rivera of the UP College of Music. The group has championed the development of a unique Filipino repertoire for children, regularly commissioning new works and drawing on this archive, and sharing this repertoire with children all over the nation.
The golden anniversary concert will feature songs by Lucio San Pedro (“Sa Mahal Kong Bayan”), Felipe Padilla de Leon (“Maligayang Bati”), Eudenice Palaruan (“Sa Dakong Sikatan”), Joey Ayala (“Manong Pawikan”), and Ryan Cayabyab (“Nais Ko” and “Bata ang Bukas”) in fresh new choral arrangements by Krina Cayabyab, Nhick Pacis, Phoebe Roa Pacleb and UPCS alumna Annie Roque-Nepomuceno.
The choir consists of 28 talented young artists ranging in age from 7-16 drawn from the UP Integrated School and other institutions from the communities surrounding the National University.
Elena Rivera Mirano (Director Emeritus) and Alyssa Liyana Dioquino (Associate Conductor) are the current leaders with Celinda Guevarra and Michelle Nicolasora, pianists. They will be joined by 5 decades of singers coming from the ranks of the group’s alumni.
Special guest performers include Joey Ayala, Ryan Cayabyab, Lynn Sherman (also an alumna of the group), Solinda Bautista, Vikoy Bautista, Felicitas Cabildo, Luisa Dioquino, Phoebe Roa Pacleb and Robin Rivera, instrumentalists. The concert is brought to you through the generous sponsorship of the UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA).