Mabuhay Singers

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The Mabuhay Singers were a group of singers from the Philippines that was formed in 1958. Some of the members went on to become soloists like Cely Bautista, Raye Lucero, Naning Alba, and the late Rene Evangelista, among many others.

The group was formed by the Villar Recording Company as a merged group from two vocal trios, namely Tres Rosas, composed of Carmen Camacho, Nora Hermosa, and Raye Lucero; and the Lovers Trio, composed of Chi Lucerio, Floro San Juan, and Ador Torres. Filipino singers like Ruben Tagalog, Cely Bautista, Ric Manrique, Jr., Rita Rivera, Don David, Flor Ocampo, Noel Samonte, Betty Rivera, Phil Llamas, Robert Malaga, and Everlita Rivera joined the group briefly.

The Mabuhay Singers recorded more than 100 albums; some were released internationally. The albums contained traditional and modern Filipino music in major languages of the Philippines, and some songs in English and Spanish. In 1973, the Philippine Records Association awarded a citation for the group for their best-selling albums. The Christmas song "Mano Po Ninong! Mano Po Ninang!", co-written by Torres, was originally recorded by the group.[1]

Discography

  • Halina't Umawit
  • Maligayang Araw
  • Mabuhay Singers Sings Pandangguhan, Dahil sa Iyo and Others
  • Sariling Awit (1971)[2]
  • Perlas ng Silangan (1971)[3]
  • Bakasyon (1972)
  • Kami Po'y Paskuhan (1973)

Awards

Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
1969 Awit Awards Vocal Group of the Year N/A
Album of the Year "Mabuhay Singers Sing Pandangguhan, Dahil sa Iyo and other Philippine Songs"

References

  1. Gil, Baby. "The greatest Filipino Christmas carols", Philstar.com, Philstar Global Corp., December 19, 2016. Retrieved on July 14, 2020. 
  2. Salazar, Oskar. "From the Music Capitals of the World: Manila", Billboard, Billboard Publications, Inc., April 17, 1971, p. 52. Retrieved on July 14, 2020. 
  3. Salazar, Oskar. "From the Music Capitals of the World: Manila", Billboard, Billboard Publications, Inc., May 8, 1971, p. 64. Retrieved on July 14, 2020.