DR. EDGARDO LUMBERA MANGUIAT,honoris causa Founder/ Conductor UP Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) Choral clinician, composer, song arranger and musical director, ED MANGUIAT is the founder of the University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors (UPSA). He is the Winner of the Dirigentenpreis (Conductor’s Award) at the 2nd JOHANNES BRAHMS International Choir Competition in GERMANY, and the Special Prize for Excellent Conducting Performance at the BELA BARTOK 25th International Choral Competition in Debrecen, HUNGARY. After the choir won the Grand Prize at the most prestigious "Guido d'Arezzo" Polyphonic Competition (2001), he led UPSA to compete in the 14th EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX (EGP) FOR CHORAL SINGING, in ITALY, the following year.
A product of the University of the Philippines College of Music, he has collaborated with three (3) National Artists - LUCIO SAN PEDRO, BIENVENIDO LUMBERA, VIRGILIO ALMARIO, either as composer or lyricist. His works include several hymns and inspirational songs for choirs and soloists including one of the themes in the internationally-acclaimed film “MAGNIFICO”, the Philippine Arena Theme, and the Iglesia ni Cristo CENTENNIAL Hymn, among others.
ED is a member of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM) and the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA). He was recently inducted as Board Member for Arts and Culture being an honorary member of the U.P. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He used to be the Head of the Conducting Department of the New Era University. In May 2015, he was conferred at the Philippine Arena, the honorary degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa by the New Era University as sanctioned by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Ed holds a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines College of Home Economics.