June 22, 2012—Through the efforts of PJ Lhuillier Foundation Incorporated (PJLFI), the UP Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) were given more reasons to sing. The UPSA, with its founder and conductor Ed Manguiat, officially received a total of P500,000 financial assistance for their upcoming 2012 European Tour and Competitions.
As an act of gratitude, the UPSA serenaded everyone present during the check turnover, especially Amb. Philippe Lhuillier and Mrs. Edna Diago Lhuillier who were also celebrating their 44th Wedding Anniversary on that same day. Inspired by the talent and passion of Singing Ambassadors, Amb. Philippe decided to add another P300,000 to the initial donation making the total donation of P800,000.
The UP Singing Ambassadors is now on their 30th year sharing music and bringing honor to Filipinos in both local and international scenes. They were recognized as ALIW Awards’ 2002 and 2010 Best Choral Group, won the Grand Prize in the 2001 International Guido d’Arezzo Polyphonic Contest in Italy and brought home top prizes in the 2008 Bèla Bar Bartok International Choir Competition in Hungary.
Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop has been the leading pawnshop chain in the Philippines with over 1,500 branches across the country—from Aparri to Tawi-Tawi. For 25 years now, Cebuana has been true to its slogan “Walang Kapantay Magpahalaga” through the incomparable services that the company offers to its customers- this includes — pawning, local and international remittance, insurance, bills payment, e-load, collection, and foreign exchange. Founded in 1987 by the current Philippine envoy to Portugal, Ambassador Philippe Jones Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier is currently managed by its President and CEO, Jean Henri Lhuillier.