Las Piñas Boys Choir or LPBC, the well-known group of young singing boys proudly recognized as one of the few surviving boys choirs in the Philippines, was founded in 1969 by Fr. Leo Reiner for the purpose of having a group of young voices sing at church services. Composed of young boys between the ages of 8 and 15, they are enrolled at St. Joseph's Academy where they enjoy academic scholarships and are directly exposed to the cultural activities offered in and out of the institution. The existence of the choir is closely connected with the presence of the world-famous bamboo organ in Las Piñas. The group performs regularly in the annual International Bamboo Organ Music Festival. They have performed the great masterpieces of religious music. The festival is the longest-running international organ festival in the Philippines which features diverse international and local artists in the classical and contemporary music scenes.
In 1974, the group earned first place in the Third National Competition of Children's Choir and since then received regular invitations from the Malacañan Palace. They also joined in performances and productions at the Cultural Center of the Philippines such as Berstein's Mass (1976), Brahms Requiem (1978), Puccini's La Tosca with the San Francisco Opera (1979), Mozart's Magic Flute with the Opera Company of Boston (1983), Bizet's Carmen (1985) and Britten's War Requiem (1992). In 1989, 3 members of the choir were selected to join "The World's Little Singers" in Paris. Several former members have chosen a career in music here and abroad. Among them are Cealwyn Tagle, the first and only pipe organ builder in the Philippines, and Professor Armando Salarza, titular organist of the Bamboo Organ who eventually became the conductor and musical director of the Las Piñas Boys Choir in 2003. Under Prof. Salarza's tutelage, the choir bagged first place in the Vivere Choral Competition in 2005 and got nominated as Best Chorale Group in 2005, 2006 & 2007 Aliw Awards. The group was also declared World Champion in the 5th World Choir Games held at Graz, Austria for the Children's Choir Category and was awarded a Silver Medal for the Musica Sacra open category. In the same year, LPBC released their CD album entitled "LPBC: Live!" consisting of 17 live tracks from their Philippine concerts, Graz, Austria competition and concert in Vienna, Austria. 2009 and 2010 were jubilant years of LPBC's thanksgiving celebration through "SAlamat- A Celebration of a Glorious Heritage". They mounted series of concert tours around the Philippines.
The 40 years of the LPBC have proven that there are still young people who never stop striving for perfection of a musical performance. The group has established itself not only in the cultural and musical inheritance of our country but in the international music scene as well. The Las Piñas Boys Choir exhibits the excellence of the Global Filipinos whose dedication and commitment to their craft bring honor and pride to the country.
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