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Introducing our COVID 19 Booking Protection

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 4:50 PM

June 2020

With the future of events not clear at the moment, we want to assure you that you can still plan and book the musicians for your events with the complete FLEXIBILITY, should plans change because of the COVID 19.

For all our bookings, including all booking made before and after March 15 2020, our policy and contract allows you to reschedule the date at any time for free, or exchange your booking deposit for credit towards any future booking should the event circumstances change.

Our deposit for new bookings will also be reduced to Php4,000 (from Php5,000) to help with your cashflow at this uncertain time. This will be in place until July 2020, at which point we will review whether to extend the policy.

If you decide to cancel the booking because of COVID 19, you will receive the full value of the deposit you paid as a direct refund.

To take advantage of this offer, simply contact us at [email protected]

Anima Choir and Strings at Magallanes Church (St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish) Wedding Music

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 3:05 PM


Here are some of our wedding performances at Magallanes Church also known as St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish.

We augment the church equipment with our own set of mics and mixer, at no added cost. So if you get your musicians, make sure they know how to adjust to the church's technical provisions so they can be heard balanced, and you can maximize your group's talent. Currently, most of our setups are at the left side of the church, facing the altar, where the keyboard and Commentators are situated.

Here's us singing Panalangiing Maging Bukas Palad, for the Offertory part of the wedding ceremony.

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Some years back, the choir was regularly situated at the church's choir loft. Nowadays, you need to secure a clearance form the church first to use the euipment setup at the choir loft. Here's Anima Choir and Strings performing a bridal march request back then, Paradise by Coldplay.

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Here's another one video of us (a bigger group of 8 singers and 4 instruments) performing Ryan Cayabyab's Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka.

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We'll have more video to follow.

Wedding Music Tip no. 8: " Where to put in the program flow if a guest will render a special song for the couple"

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 4:40 AM

I received a message from one of our clients inquiring about this, so:


If you know that a guest will be singing a special song and will request the musicians to provide accompaniment, let your musicians know in advance what song and which version the guest will be singing. Then we recommend the top two following parts of the program where the guest can be introduced by the host to render the special number:


a. After the last song of the musicians' dinner music set - this ensures that all the settings of the musicians' instruments are still turned "on", plus this makes the transition to the next portion of the program to either AVPs, or speeches; or


b. After the first or second well-wishers/speakers - provides a musical break in a set of speeches.

Wedding Music Tip # 7 How to add drama to your Bridal March music

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Wedding Music Tip no. 7: To highlight the Bridal March music, we usually recommend the music for the Processional of the Entourage to be in instrumental only. The added layer of vocals in the Bridal march music after the 6-minute instrumental music for the entourage provides the contrast that makes the Bridal March music stand-out and be more memorable.

Wedding Music Tips series on Facebook (1 to 6)

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Last September 3, we launched our Wedding Music Tips series at our Facebook page. Since a lot of our clients are also using Facebook, we thought of introducing the Tips there to reach more audience, backed by the most popular social media today. So far, we have managed to post our first 6 wedding tips. And we're posting them all here as a way to compile them and make them more accessible to you. Here they are:

Wedding Music Tip no 1: Know the wedding music policy of your church/ceremony venue. Ask if there are particular restrictions for Processional of the entourage, Bridal March, and pictorials. Are some parts of the mass to be recited? Or can those parts be sung? Ask these items before you book the venue (or immediately after reading this post), and ask them again 2 months before your wedding date to note if there have been changes. Happy preps! (Sept 3 2012)

Wedding Music Tip no 2: If you have a Bridal March song in mind already, get in touch with your wedding musicians. Ask the group if they can do it. Get inputs on how it will be rendered as your Bridal March song. It should be rendered to fit the "slow-walk feel" to add drama to your once-in-a-lifetime march down the aisle. (Sept 4 2012)

Wedding Music Tip no 3: It's good to plan with your wedding musicians your Bridal March song, especially if your church venue has a short aisle (like Magallanes church). Are there particular parts of the song you want included? For comparison, in Magallanes Church the Bridal March will be around 2mins, while in St. James Alabang, it will be around 4mins. Planning ahead prevents those awkard moments when the Priest is ready to start the ceremony but the choir is still the middle of their song. (Sept 4 2012)

Wedding Music Tip no 4: For the mass parts that will be sung on your wedding ceremony, please indicate "to be sung" and put a colored marker or a highlighter on it in the commentator’s and the priest’s copy of the misalette. This is to avoid those awkward moments with the mass flow between the choir and the commentator. On the day of the event, please provide the musicians with a copy of your missalette. (Sept 5 2012)

Wedding Music Tip no 5: For music during wedding vows: Check with your videographer if they will approve of putting live instrumental music as you exchange wedding vows, especially if they will produce an on-site AVP. They usually use portions here for the AVP. Also check with your church's policy and priest/pastor's preference on this. Some churches do not allow live music during the exchange of wedding vows. (Sept 11 2012)

Wedding Music Tip no. 6: For music for the church pictorials (after mass), we suggest a song selection of medium (not too upbeat) tempo be chosen. This is to give consideration to the Commentators and Coordinators who are announcing and organizing the succession of group pictorials of your guests, and the photographers who are giving important instructions to those who are having their pictures taken. (Sept 15 2012)

We'll be posting more Wedding Music Tips in our Facebook page. Have you visited our FB page lately? If not, you can click here.

Which of these wedding music tips do you find most useful? Yes you can leave a comment.

Also, feel free to share our site with your friends who will find these pieces of advice useful. 

(All our wedding tips are of original content. No copyright infringement.) 


Sacred Heart Makati Guidelines for Wedding Musicians and Singers - Update 2011

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Last June 2009, we posted here the guidelines issued by The National Shrine of the Heart of Jesus on wedding music for musicians, choirs and singers. This was meant to help the soon-to-be-weds prepare their wedding music. Well, here are the revised guidelines which they issued last year and became effective last October 2011. The cover letter reads:



The parish would like to inform you of the revised GUIDELINES FORWEDDING SINGERS/MUSICIANS. As per instruction of the Archdiocese of Manila– Commission on Liturgy, the Entourage and Bridal march are already part of theWedding Mass so liturgical songs must be played. Only two songs were approvedby the Commission on Liturgy, and these are: CANON IN D and BRIDALMARCH. Love songs are only allowed during picture taking.


The church will implement this instruction effective October 2011,and revisions have been made in our Guidelines for wedding singers/musician(please see attached). All hand-outs given before the said date are now void.The parish in-house soloist and organist have been informed of this instruction. No special requests will be granted regarding this matter.


Thank you for your kind understanding regarding this matter.





National Shrine of the Sacred Heart

#4 Sacred Heart St., San AntonioVillage

Makati City

Tel. No. (+632) 8956331



As for the attachment, you can download it here in our Downloads section. In case your song is not in their list, you can call the church directly to have it approved. Hehe, we are not connected with the church, this blog is just meant as an additional resource.

Adagietto - Mahler (Symphony No.5)

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Later today, Anima will be premiering its shortened adaptation of Gustav Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony No.5. Written in 1901 - 1902 and originally set for orchestra, Anima's adaptation will be in acapella and arranged by one of our in-house musical arrangers Abby Clutario.

The work was commissioned for the Bridal March and the setting will be in the rustic Caleruega Church in Nasugbu, Batangas bordering Tagaytay City. Anima octet choir of professional singers will be performing this one-of-a-kind bridal song request. As they say, one for the books!

Anima @ Lolo Dad's

Posted on May 27, 2010 at 3:34 AM

Anima will be featured in a 45 min set at Lolo Dad's tomorrow night, Friday May 28. Lolo Dad's is located at 6750 Ayala Avenue Makati City (yup, almost beside Starbucks 6750, perfect!). Jazz Nites will have Anima (1st set) and Johnny Alege with Humanfolk (2nd set). Incidentally, Abby our keyboardist also jams with Humanfolk.. (so there's the connection).


What a better way to end the week with smooth wine and cool harmonies with jazzy piano interludes, so hope to hang out with you there tomorrow!

Santuario de San Antonio Parish Music Guidelines

Posted on June 3, 2009 at 12:00 AM


Santuario de San Antonio is a popular choice for holding big weddings, with long aisle for the Bridal March, airconditioned room and of course, good sound system.



                        Photo by Fol Rana


This church is along Mc Kinley Road, in Forbes Park Makati. Convenient locations for Reception near the church are Manila Polo Club, North Forbes Pavillion, Makati Shangr-La, The Peninsula Manila, The Blue Leaf,and The Loft at Manansala Towers.


They hold masses there Mondays to Sundays at 6pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30pm. So, weddings are advised to be finished there by 5pm Mondays to Fridays and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays to make way for Novena and Mass preps. Sometimes, weddings are held after the mass, around 7-7:15


Choirs and musicians are positioned at the left side facing the altar. Usually four microphones are provided for the choir, but an additional mic can always be requested if available and needed. Microphones and microphone stands are positioned in the choir area.


Choirs and musicians are allowed to use the piano beside the choir area.



For Anima Choir video of Santuario de San Antonio setup, click


Love songs are allowed for Processional of the Entourage, Bridal March, Contract signing, Pictorials and Recessional. The church does not allow any music during the vows.


The Choir and strings usually sing and plays for the following parts:

A. Processional of the Entourage

B. Bridal march

C. Alleluia

D. Offertory (must be liturgical)

E. Holy

F. Christ has Died

G. Amen

H. Our Father

I Lamb of God

J. Communion songs (must be liturgical)

K. Contract Signing and Pictorials

L. Recessional

Sacred Heart Makati's Guidelines for Wedding Singers and Musicians

Posted on June 2, 2009 at 11:31 AM



Each church has its own set of guidelines and policies, and you have to consider these when planning what songs to be sung/played on your wedding ceremony.


I just want to share with you the guidelines for wedding music from The National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary in Makati (more popularly known simply as SacredHeart). This document from Sacred Heart was emailed to us by one of our clients.




This serves as a guideline for our soloist and organist and also for their own musicians.

A.  Entrance Song / Entourage

B.   Bridal Entrance song

C.  Alleluia (not sung during Lentenseason)

D.  Offertory Song

E.  Great Amen

F.   Our Father (English/Tagalogversions)

G.  Communion Song

H.  Picture Taking (max of 4 songs/depending on time left)

I.     Recessional


From Alleluia to Communion, songs must be liturgical. Love songs can only be played at the Entrance, Bridal March, Picture Taking andRecessional. Below are examples of Liturgical Songs for their reference.


OFFERTORY (1 song only) - song must end upon completion of priest's preparation

( )   I Offer My Life                               

( )   One Hand, One Heart                

( )   Take & Receive  

( )  Blest Are You Lord, God of All Creation 

( )  All That I Am                        

( )  Paghahandog Ng Sarili

COMMUNION (1 song only)

( )   Tanging Yaman                           

( )   Sa'yo Lamang                              

( )   Panunumpa                                  

( )   The Prayer  

( )  Lead Me Lord 

( )  One More Gift   

( )  Come To Me                            

( )   Panalanging Maging Bukas Palad

The church is not too conservative when it comes to songs for Bridal March, which is a great news to those who will have their weddings here. Love songs are allowed for the Marches as long as the lyrics,  tempo and delivery do not disturb the sanctity of the church.



Welcome to our blog!

Posted on June 2, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Hi there,


Welcome to our blog, and we hope you can use the information that we will be sharing in our future articles.


Just an overview : 


We will be hoping to provide our readers tips when it comesto choosing the music, as well as musicians or artists for their wedding both in church and reception.


We will also be giving out suggestions for songs that can be used for Bridal March and First Dance of the Newlyweds, which are usually the hardest ones to be decided on.


And we’ll also try to give out guidelines on wedding music for some of the churches and venues, as well as a quick reviews and infos ontheir sound system.


And some more tips, news and infos ---- all about making your special day extra special.