Composed of selected schoolchildren reanging from 6-15, the University's official children's
choir has achieved national and international prominence having toured Europe, the United
States, Canada and Asia.

Founded on September 21, 1971, by Flora Zarco Rivera of the U.P. College of Music, the U.P. Cherubim and Seraphim was intended to be a laboratory for experiments on children’s choral singing in the Philippines. In the 34 years of its existence, the choir has championed the development of a unique Filipino repertoire for children, regularly commissioning new works and drawing on the expertise of artists from various colleges of the University. It shares this repertoire with children all over the nation in the form of live performances, workshops, recordings as well as appearances on television for various networks. The group also serves as the laboratory choir for the U.P. College of Music, regularly lending its services for student recitals. Finally, it acts as a service choir for U.P. concerts, programs and other official functions. Its present director is Prof. Elena Rivera Mirano, Ph.D. of the U.P. College of Arts and Letters.


Prof. Elena Rivera Mirano
U.P. Cherubim and Seraphim

Elena Rivera Mirano is a Professor in Art Studies at the College of Arts and Letters, U.P. Diliman. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, “cum laude”, an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a PhD in Philippine Studies from the same university as well as a Master of Arts in Humanities from Stanford University. A scholar in the domain of Philippine music and culture, she has written Subli: Isang Sayaw sa Apat na Tinig/One Dance in Four Voices (National Book Award, arts category, Manila Critics Circle, 1989),and Ang Tradisyonal na Musikang Pantinig sa Lumang Bauan, Batangas. (Gawad Chancellor, humanities category, University of the Philippines, 1998). She has served as performer and executive producer of “Kumintang: mga Awitin ng mga Tagalog sa Batangas” and “Awit ni Pulau.”