The UPSA goes the extra mile and reaches out not only to those who support and cheer for them in their concerts but also to the underprivileged who are not only deprived economically but of some pleasures of life, like simply listening to quality music.
UPSA Outreach Program includes institutional visits to homes for the aged, orphanages, hospital wards and even prisons throughout the Philippines. Recipients of these artistic goodwill and fund-raising activities include scholars and musicians of Tahanang Walang Hagdanan and Bahay Mapagmahal (1982 & 1998) orphans, prisoners, terminally-ill patients in its Visayan (1990) & Northern Luzon (1993) concert tours; AIDS patients in San Lazaro Hospital (2004); residents of the Golden Acres (1995-1998); streetchildren of Philamlife’s annual “Christmas Concert Treat for Children” (1996-2005); autistic children of ANTA Foundation, Inc. (Advocacy Nest-Therapy for the Autistic), 1997; the mentally-handicapped children of Ang Arko Ng Pilipinas (1997); poor law students assisted by U.P. Alpha Phi Beta fraternity (2004); farming students supported by Pampamilyang Paaralang Agrikultura Inc.; PGHGH patients (2005); and most recently the children beneficiaries of DSWD & GMA 7’s “Sing For Me” (2007) — have enjoyed and benefited from the music of UPSA.
The Group will continue to sing and dance not just for the sake of music but also for charity and lifelong friendship with the less fortunate ones.
Some OUTREACH PROGRAMS
A “Sing For Me” concert at Tiendesitas. Far right: Ed Manguiat & DSWD Secretary Dr. Esperanza Cabral
“Sing for Me: A Call for Peace and Unity” October - December 2007
The project was conceptualized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the benefit of disadvantaged Filipino children.
It was able to raise the awareness on the plight of disadvantaged children, mobilize and unify the government, private sector and the citizenry in addressing their needs through the holding of a simultaneous community singing participated and led by choirs that have achieved international recognitions, with UPSA as lead choir and Ed Manguiat as Choir Coordinator.
A tie-up with Channel 7 facilitated its simultaneous broadcast all over the country and abroad also aimed for the event to qualify in the Guinness Book of World Records of the biggest number of people gathered, and singing together at one time. Bimonthly concerts were held at SM Malls and/or venues hosted by local government units in Metro Manila.
2008 A musical afternoon at the RESIDENCE LES MAGNOLIAS, Winzentheim, Alsace, France
2008 UPSA is welcomed at the Maison de Retraite Cantonale de Villé on its third visit, Villé, France
2008 Emotions pour out at MAISON de RETRAITE de BERGHEIM, Bergheim, Alsace, France
2008 At the INSTITUT SAINT CHARLES de la FOUNDATION VINCENT de PAUL, Strasbourg, France
2008 Performing for the children at ACUIEL DAVID ABENS, a daycare center in Nancy, France
2008 A social event with the schoolchildren, Saasenheim, Alsace, France
2008 At the ESTABLISSEMENT PUIBLIC de SANTE a MAISON de RETRAITE, Ensisheim, France
2008 Serenading residents of HOPITAL de ROSHEIM, Rosheim, Alsace, France
2008 A musical break for the pupils in Villé, Alsace, France
2008 Seranading the residents of Home Medicalise de Close – Brochet, Neuchatel, Switzerland
2008 Cultural sharing with pupils of St. Peter’s Church In Wales Primary School, Rosett, Llangollen
2008 Performing for the small Filipino community and hosts, Cardiff, Wales
Dec. 22, 2008 UPSA at the Botocan tricycle drivers' Christmas party, Sikatuna BLISS, Quezon City
Dec. 19, 2008 Guest performance for the St. Joseph Parish annual concert, Greenhills, San Juan
Dec. 14, 2008 Mini show for the freshmen residents of Kalayaan Dormitory, U.P. Diliman
Dec. 10, 2008 Christmas with Manila's Streetchildren, an annual project of Philamlife Insurance Co.
Nov. 11, 2008 Choral workshop with Canossa Academy Chorale (Lipa City)
Nov. 25, 2007 “A Grand Night of Singing” St. James Parish, Ayala, Alabang
...with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, Miss Isay Alvarez and Robert Seña. A fundraising project for St. James COPA’s Muslim beneficiaries in Mindanao
Oct. 26, 2007 LAURA VIDUNA HOME for abused children, Cubao, Q.C.
Oct. 6, 2007 CHORAL WORKSHOP for choir competition featuring Gary Granada's songs, Davao City
April 28, 2007 'Handog, Himig at Pag-asa', Plenary Hall, PICC
“Handog, Awit at Pag-asa” featuring UPSA with Jose Mari Chan & Ms. Agot Isidro, sponsored by Pampamilyang Paaralang Agrikultura, Inc. A concert for the benefit of Family Farm Schools, a poverty-eradication educational system for children of poor farmers in the country sides.
Feb. 24, 2007 CAFA Singers fundraisng concert for the UP College of Fine Arts Students' Scholarship
Dec. 23, 2006, PASKUHAN SA DON BOSCO, a children's Christmas party, Don Bosco, Sta. Mesa
Dec. 22, 2006 Serenading patients at the PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL
Dec. 19, 2006, 'One Voice, One Heart', a fund-raising concert for the benefit of the scholars of PJ LHUILLIER FOUNDATION
July 28, 2006 'An Evening of Beautiful Music', St. James Church, Ayala, Alabang .. .A fund-raising concert for St. James COPA’s outreach projects, with the Metro Manila Community Orchestra, Prof. Chino Toledo, conductor
Dec. 17, 2005 Christmas caroling and visit to GAWAD KALINGA LEARNING CENTER, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City, Sponsored by Citibank
Dec. 7, 2005 Annual Christmas with the Streetchildren, sponsored by Philamlife
2005 Choral workshop with Nancy Ducale choir, Nancy, FRANCE / European Tour 2005
2005 Interaction with schoolchildren, Toul, FRANCE / European Tour 2005
2005 Workshop with schoolchildren at Tahanang Pinoy, Athens, GREECE/ European Tour 2005
2005 Choral workshop with 'Filipina', a FIlipino church-based choir in Bern, SWITZERLAND
2005 Serenading the residents of STADT LUZERN BETAGTENZENTRUM WESEMLIN WOHNHEIM, a home for the aged, Luzern, SWITZERLAND | European Tour 2005
2005 Workshop with Silvestre Papa Choir, Sora, ITALY | European Tour 2005
2005 At MAISON de RETRAITE de VILLE in Villè, FRANCE | European Tour 2005
2005 Workshop with Le Petit Choeur, Strasbourg, FRANCE | European Tour 2005
2005 At the CANCER INSTITUTE in Aviano, ITALY
2003 Fundraising for children of the BANTAY BATA FOUNDATION, Forbes Park, Makati
2003 'Breakfast with the Streetchildren', Philamlife's annual outreach program
2002 A visit to HOSPICE PACHECO, a home for the aged in Brussels, Belgium
2002 Cultural presentation at the INSTITUTE de SAINTE-HENRI and INSTITUTE SAINTE-UNION, Charleroi, Belgium
2002 At a home for the aged in Namur, Belgium
2002 & 1995 UPSA visited twice the residents of the Arhus Home for the Aged in Arhus, Denmark
1994 UPSA visited the ward patients of a hospital in Ilocos Norte during its Ilocos Concert Tour
1992 Fun time with the children at the PINK SISTERS ORPHANAGE, a home for abandoned children, New Washinton, Aklan
1991 A special appointment and gathering with the prisoners at a penal complex, Cebu City
1987 Choral clinic at Camarines Sur National Highschool, Naga City, Bicol Region