The Angelos' performances
abroad make Filipinos proud
By WALDEN SADIRI
December 11, 2009
The Angelos hold their trophy as
Awit Awardee for Best Performance
in a Concert.
Only a sophomore in show
business, the all-male group The Angelos already performed
in 18 concerts here and abroad, has released their second
album in America and has won the 2009 Awit Awards for Best
Performance in a Concert. And that’s just the beginning
for the group that plans to honor the Philippines even more
by showcasing their vocal prowess around the world.
Slowly making their name
known to different parts of the US, Canada and Asia with their
well applauded and standing ovation performances, The Angelos
was given birth to during the solo concert of one its founder
and member, classical singer and painter George Sison Tagle.
“When Il Divo became
popular years ago, I decided to put up a group like them since
there wasn’t one yet in the Philippines. It was a risk
because I didn’t know how the people would accept us.
But I just had a good feeling that such group would succeed,”
As expected by George, introducing
the first classical-pop group, The Angelos, did have its birth
pains. On its first year they had to audition for new singers
as two of the original members left.
Fortunately for George, he
found new and young talented singers in Paolo Libiran and
Louie Abaigar which completed The Angelos that included him
and Miguel Aguila.
“My vision is to make
The Angelos a world-class performer not only in the Philippines
and Asia but also in other parts of the world. With the new
members, I could say that we have good chemistry on stage.
We’ve become more than friends too that we never had
Our shows abroad helped us
with our bonding and it developed our friendship,” expressed
The Angelos has remained
as vibrant as ever in their performances as their repertoire
include more “crossover arrangements” of songs
from the classical and pop genre. Injecting solo spots for
each of the member has also given their audience a chance
to discover their individual talents like dancing, piano and
guitar showdowns and solo Classical singing.
“As a group, we are
four voices. We harmonized well together and blend well. But
as individuals, we want to showcase what more we can do as
performers. And our audience likes our solo acts too,”
Aside from their recent award,
one of the more memorable shows The Angelos had in the past
months was performing during the birthday celebration of former
US President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta, Georgia. And for the
group, that night was an overwhelming experience as they sang
“You Raised Me Up” for the former president.
The Angelos too were invited
back to Macau to perform at the Fisherman’s Wharf Convention
Center on Saturday, Dec. 12, for the 10th anniversary celebration
of Macau SAR. Then they will perform at the Hong Kong Dragon
Center on Dec. 13 to 14.
They will be back in the
Philippines in time for their launching of The Angelos’
first Christmas album at the Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon
City. The album would showcase their vocal styling in songs
like “O’ Holy Night,” “When The Child
Is Born,” “Pasko Na Sinta Ko,” “Ave
Maria,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
as well as a Christmas Medley to name a few.
All about harmony, the group’s
album is partly inspired by Christmas carolers who abound
during the Yuletide Season. The group wishes to capture such
essence in their album that could be enjoyed by everyone.
So as individuals, what has
the group given them?
“I was able to meet
different people all over the world. We always had standing
ovations and that makes me very proud of The Angelos. Right
now, The Angelos caters to all, from the adult to the young
listener. Our group has evolved and we’re able to reach
out to more markets than before,” replied George.
For Paolo, “Traveling
to different countries, I was able to learn different cultures.
In terms of experience, I can say I’ve become a better
performer. When I joined the group, I was nothing. I was just
a blank slate but now I’ve learned a lot!”
While Louie, who has since
tried his luck entering mainstream showbiz, said that The
Angelos came as a blessing to him.
“I could say that there’s
a big development in me as a singer. The Angelos has contributed
the biggest to my growth as an artist. I’ve experienced
a lot through our shows abroad. It has improved my character
and perception in life. I was fortunate that I was given this
chance to put in application what I learned for four years
at the Conservatory of Music,” he exclaimed.
The distinct sound, improvements
and growth of The Angelos are also attributed to Prof. Renato
Hebron, the group’s voice coach and musical director.
Bottomline with The Angelos
is that they will continue performing classical and pop songs
to also entice the younger generation to experience classical
music in their shows. They hope to bridge the gap between
the old and the young music aficionados with their “crossover
As to why the group seemed
to be performing more abroad than in the country, they said
that such opportunity knocks only once so they always grab
invitations to perform in other countries. In May 2010, they
leave again for their shows in the US and Canada. But before
that, they would have major shows here in February and March
with an orchestra conducted by renowned composer and conductor
So what does the Awit Award
they received means to The Angelos?
“It only means that
we have to work harder and prove ourselves more that we deserve
the award. The award has become a challenge for us,”