Dr. ED LUMBERA MANGUIAT, honoris causa, is the founder and conductor of the University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors (UPSA), a choral group he nurtured into a multi-award-winning choir with a distinctive quality. He has earned for the country 5 Grand Prizes, 23 First Prizes from 18 top European international competitions.
He is the first Asian conductor to win, with his choir, the Grand Prize in the Concorso Polifonio Guido d’Arezzo (Arezzo, ITALY) in 2001. His UPSA is one of only 4 Filipino choirs that have qualified in the EGP (European Grand Prix in Choral Singing).
He was awarded the Conductor’s Award (Dirigentenpreis) at the 2nd JOHANNES BRAHMS International Choir Competition (GERMANY) in 2001, and received a Special Prize for Excellent Conducting Performance at the 25th BELA BARTOK International Choral Competition (Debrecen, HUNGARY) in 2012. His musical life as a choral clinician, conductor and composer has been significantly influenced by ANDREA VENERACION and ERIC ERICSON. He is a member of the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and a member of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA).