had a most unique childhood. His father, a Methodist pastor (now
a Bishop), encouraged his sons to follow in the footsteps of
their mother, who was a classically-trained singer, and sing
during church services. The youngest in the brood of five boys,
Edward was already singing harmony as part of The Granadosin
he grew up, and boy, did he grow. He majored in Voice at the
U.P. College of Music under
the tutelage of Prof. Andrea Veneracion. Joining the world-reknowned
Philippine Madrigal Singers in
1983, he established himself as one of the most memorable tenor
soloists of the group. Never has the group in it's history come
across a fine natural tenor with the gift of song. Edward took
part in many of the group's successful tours here and abroad.
Notable among these is their 1989 European Tour which earned
them all first prizes in international choir competitions.
On his own, he has made
some impressive gains too. As a solo artist in the commercial
music scene, he has sung with the very best in the industry.
He has had a solo Gospel album, and a couple with a group he
founded, Seven. Made up of, you guessed it, seven guys. The group
was known for their wit, as well as their singing. So when most
of the members immigrated to the U.S., III of A Kind was born.
Edward is still one of
the most sought after vocalists in the Philippines shining as
Vishvamitra in this year's staging of the musical "Rama
at Sita." He also interpreted "Mabuhay Ka, Pilipino",
winning song for the 1997 DBP Katha Himig Songwriting Contest,
and chosen as the theme song for the 1998 Centennial Celebration.
He continues to share his musical knowledge by teaching Voice
at Ryan Cayabyab The Music Studio.