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In its 8th year, PHILIPPINE CHAMBER SINGERS – LOS ANGELES (PCS – LA) continues to make its mark within the community with its dynamic, diverse, and decorated group of Filipino singers. Founded in 2004 by a group of friends from different choral backgrounds from the Philippines, PCS – LA has now grown to include their second-generation Filipino-American counterparts who have been introduced to the caliber of choral singing deeply rooted in the Filipino culture. From their humble beginnings of Christmas caroling and performing at local weddings and funerals, this small circle of friends has blossomed into a tight-knit and talented ensemble bonded by their passion for choral singing. PCS – LA remains humble in accomplishing their aim, which is to promote the Philippine culture through music. PCS – LA continues to represent the Filipino-American community by participating in notable community events, such as the LA Phil’s Bienvenido Gustavo! at the Hollywood Bowl and The Mahler Project’s “Symphony of the Thousand” at the Shrine Auditorium. Under the Artistic Direction of Gelo Francisco (founder) and Emmanuel Miranda (resident conductor), PCS – LA hones its own members as effective choral musicians. It also prides itself in participating and leading countless community outreach events; a realization of one aspect of its mission vision has been the invitation of some 20 male community-choir singers from all over Southern California to join this historic event at the Bowl.
While making small splashes, PCS – LA continues to grow, making waves from one end of the Pacific to the other, from the Philippines to the U.S.; upholding the Filipino culture through choral music; making waves in the community to support the community’s initiatives; and making musical “waves” in pursuing its purpose of maintaining the choral art and bringing it to the widest audience possible.