Los Cantantes de Manila
Los Cantantes de Manila is a community choir composed of students, young professionals and devout musicians. LCDM displays the versatility of the Filipinos by performing serious music from the works of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy to the dance music of Beyoncé. Since its foudation in February 2014, the choir has among others been devoted to learning new vocal skills.
Under the baton of the award-winning conductor, Mr. Darwin Vargas, LCDM won multiple competitions in the national choral scene in competitions like the MBC National Choral Competition, National Music Competitions for Young Artists, 3rd Las Pinas Choral Festival, among others. The group made a jumpstart in the international choral arena when they won the Grand Prize in the 2015 Busan International Choral Festival and Competition in Busan, South Korea. In 2017, LCDM joined the famous International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf in Germany and won the 1st Prize. Recently, the group won two Gold Prizes at the Singapore International Choral Festival 2018. The choir also worked with Prof. Josef Doeller, former conductor of the world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir and also received trainings from other famous international conductors. Los Cantantes de Manila presents itself as the Filipino cultural ambassadors of goodwill.
Darwin B. Vargas
His love for choral music started at an early age of 16 when he joined Victorino Mapa High School Youth Choir. It was during those days that he became interested in the fine nuances of the art of singing. In his early college days, Darwin Vargas joined ‘A Cappella Manila’ and was trained by the brothers Rodel and Noel Bugarin. He became assistant choirmaster in 2004. Since 2005 he conducts several famous choirs in the Philippines. He visited many countries around the globe. In Europe he followed masterclasses with several European teachers. At home in the Philippines he organized a lot of masterclasses himself with famous international conductors. In 2014, Darwin founded Los Cantantes de Manila, a community choir that has its home base in a small chapel in one of the slums of Manila.