Chorus Paulinus

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Chorus Paulinus
The Chorus Paulinus U.S. Concert Tour in 2001
Background information
Origin Quezon City, Philippines
Genres Classical
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Philippine Madrigal Singers or MADZ
Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Website Chorus Paulinus

The Chorus Paulinus or CHOPA is a choir in the Philippines. It is known for its a cappella-style blending of voices that creates a sound reflective of its high choral standards.


Arnold Zamora (born February 10, 1961) is a Filipino musician from Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines who has carved for himself a name in the national music industry as a singer, composer, arranger and conductor. As a seminarian at the UST Central seminary, he founded the Psalterion Choir. At the University of the Philippines, he joined the Philippine Madrigal Singers or MADZ and is the founder of the Chorus Paulinus.[1] He is also the founder and music director of the Singing Priests of Tagbilaran.[2]

He currently works for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in San Francisco, California, United States.[3][4]


Book cover of Blessed Be God, A Cappella of the Chorus Paulinus


Album information
Chorus Paulinus (SLO) (2001)
  • Released: 2001 Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA, (United States)
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  • Disc 1
    • "Anima Christi" - Ryan Cayabyab (6:50)
    • "O Magnum Mysterium" - Morten Lauridsen (6:27)
    • "Lead, Me Lord" - Gerry Paraiso, arranged by Robert Delgado
    • "The Battle of Jericho" - arranged by M. Hogan
    • "La Guerre" - C. Janequin (5:58)
    • "Con Te Partiro" - F. Sartori/arranged by Chito Tapnio (4:33)
    • "Duerme Negrito" - A. Yupanqui/arranged by E. Sole (3:30)
    • "Shenandoah" - arranged J. Erb (4:17)
    • "Makendonska Humoreska" - arranged by Todor Skalovski (3:15)
  • Disc 2
    • "Pobreng Alindahaw" - arranged by T. Regalario (2:51)
    • "Iyo Kailan Pa Man" - A. Pena /arranged by R. Federizon (4:26)
    • "Beh! Buti Nga" - arranged by A. Nepomuceno (2:02)
    • "Ikaw" - George Canseco/Louie Ocampo/arranged by Arnold Zamora (5:16)
    • "Paraiso" - Ryan Cayabyab/arranged by JC Merino (4:03)
    • "With You" - S. Schwartz/arranged Fred de Santos (3:28)
    • "Man in the Mirror" - Michael Jackson/arranged by Chito Tapnio(4:07)
    • "I Believe I Can Fly" - R. Kelly/arranged by Chito Tapnio (5:06)
    • "'70's Medley" - arranged by Dale Francisco (8:14)
    • "Let It Be" - John Lennon/arranged by Ryan Cayabyab (5:00)
    • "Do That To Me" - arranged by Chito Tapnio/Arnold Zamora (5:02)
    • "Cat's Meow" - G. Rossini (4:28)
  • Recorded by: Roger M. Phillip
  • Mastered by: Mike Leahy
  • Produced by: Mike Soliman
Blessed Be God, A Cappella
  • Released: 1999, Philippines
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    • "I Will Sing Forever" - Music by Manuel Francisco
    • "Prayer for Generosity" - Music by Manuel Francisco
    • "Take and Receive" - Music by Manuel Francisco
    • "Anima Christi" - Music by Jandi Arboleda
    • "Tell the World" - Music and lyrics by Trina Belamide
    • "One More Gift" - Music by Manuel Francisco
    • "Blessed be God"
    • "Light of a Million Mornings" - Music and Lyrics by Mark Germeil and Mark Hayes
    • "Great Jubilee" - Music and Lyrics by Carlo Magno S. Marcelo
Joy of Christmas
  • Released: 1999, United States
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    • "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" - Chorus Paulinus, Traditional, Word Music, a division of Word, Inc.,
    • "A Christmas Prayer" - Chorus Paulinus (Joan Risso, DartPro), Vocal arrangement: Arnold Zamora, Instrumental Arrangement: Arnold Zamora and John Johnson
    • "It's Christmas Time" - Chorus Paulinus (Young and Stillman) Dart Pro Music, Arranged by Arnold Zamora and Frederick de Santos
    • "Christmas Is My Favorite Time of the Year" - Chorus Paulinus (Joan Risso) Dart Pro Music Vocal arrangement: Arnold Zamora, Instrumental arrangement: John Johnson, Larry Santiago and Arnold Zamora
    • "Jingle Bells (Calypso)" - Chorus Paulinus (Pierpont)
    • "Holy Child of Love" (Joan Risso) Dart Pro Music, Arranged by Arnold Zamora
    • "Silent Night" - Fr. Floro Arcamo & Chorus Paulinus, (Joan Risso), DartPro Music, Arranged by Arnold Zamora
    • "Carol of the Bells" - Chorus Paulinus, (Leontovich/Wilhousky) Carl Fisher, Inc.
    • "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - Daniel Santiago, Saxophone (Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane/EMI Feist Catalog Inc, Arrangement and Instrumentation: Arnold Zamora
    • "Be My Santa Claus" - Fr. Melchisedech "Edick" Monreal (Arnold Zamora) DartPro Music, Drums: Brandon Cadigan
    • "Christmas in San Francisco" - Fr. Floro Arcamo & Singing Priests of San Francisco (Bob and Dessa Zuckerman) DartPro Music, Instrumentation: Larry Santiago
    • "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" - Chorus Paulinus, Traditional
Executive Producers: Delia Panelo and Tessie Madrinan
Engineered by Larry Santiago at J Lab Studios, San Francisco, CA, United States
Copyright © 1999 DartPro Records


  • 1993 - National Chorale Competition (sponsored by Caritas Manila and DTI), Grand Prize winner
  • 1998 - Awit Para sa Bayan (Centennial Choral Competition), Best Choice Piece and Grand Prize winner
  • 1999 - I Concurso Coral de Ateneo, Best Mixed Choir
  • 1999 - UP Los Banos Choral Competition, Grand Prize Winner
  • 2003 - 1st Wedding Expo Philippines Choir Competition, 1st Runner-up [5]

Major concerts[edit]

  • March 1995 - Into the Light, UP Abelardo Hall
  • April 1996 - LAKAT (Lakbay Abot Kanta), CCP Little Theatre
  • March 1997 - The Journey, PhilamLife Theatre
  • December 1997 - An Evening with Chorus Paulinus, Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish
  • November 1998 - In Harmony, PCIB Tower II
  • April 1999 - Simply Chorus Paulinus (an anniversary concert), CCP Little Theater
  • April 2000 - Chorus Paulinus VIII, PhilamLife Theater
  • December 2000 - An Evening with Chorus Paulinus, Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish
  • April 2001 - CP@Nine, PCIB Tower I Theater
  • November 2002 - Chorus Paulinus...Ten Years After, Philamlife Theater
  • November 2003 - Himig Chorus Paulinus, Philamlife Theater
  • October 2015 - Sperare, Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish

Outreach programs[edit]

  • May 1995 - Into the Light, Key Cities of Bohol and Cebu
  • May 1996 - LAKAT (CCP Outreach), Visayas Tour
  • May 1997 - LAWIG (CCP Outreach), Mindanao Tour
  • April 1998 - In Harmony, Bohol Tour
  • May 1999 - U.S. Tour
  • May 2000 - Chorus Paulinus VIII, U.S. Tour
  • May 2001 - CP @ Nine, U.S. Tour
  • November 2015 - St. Therese's Story of the Soul, Clark County Library Performing Arts Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chorus Paulinus at Retrieved 21 January 2007.
  2. ^ Singing Priests of Tagbilaran Retrieved 25 January 2007.
  3. ^ Office of Religious Education & Youth Ministry San Francisco Parishes
  4. ^ Reverend Arnold Zamora at Retrieved 21 January 2007.
  5. ^ 1st Wedding Expo Philippines Choir Competition Retrieved 21 January 2007.

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