"If every Filipino would sing in a choir, he or should would learn to sing in harmony, and there would harmony and shared national spirit and passion among all Filipinos."
This movement of a Singing Philippines drew inspiration from the work of Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion, founder of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and National Artist for Music. As she went on outreach tours with the Madz in different parts of the country, they gave out workshops, lecture-demonstrations and cliniquing sessions to self-taught musicians and choral conductors. These sessions were practical, experience-based programs that aimed to equip participants with the skills to successfully organize, set-up, develop and sustain choirs. The aim was two-fold: aside from developing higher standards of the singing, the guiding objective to encourage the innately-musical Filipinos to join choirs. It was both a mission not just to raise choral standards, but to first spread the gospel of choral singing.
Since the early 1970s, the annual outreach programs to the provinces have continued, with the support of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for the Arts. Many choir conductors, singers and choirs who have no opportunity or means to come to Manila benefit from those local workshops and training programs.
The late Andrea Veneracion designed her successor, Mark Anthony Carpio to continue with the mission not just of leading the country’s premier choir, but also to carry on the ongoing mission of developing choirs, conductors and singers all over the Philippines.