Photo © 2018 Joseph Legáspi


Paulo's musical life began as a self-taught accompanist for Masses and retreats during his high school years in Manila; and it was soon after joining Hangad in his freshman year of college that he got his first shot at vocal arrangement, orchestration, and composition. Over the next two decades of playing for church, his musicianship grew, as did a strong sense of spirituality, gratitude and service rooted in music. 

Today, Paulo attributes the expressiveness and honesty of his theatre music to his background in liturgical music. Conversely, he brings his training and experience in musical theatre writing into his liturgical music, to create music for worship and prayer that is exciting, honest, and fresh.

Scroll down or click one of the buttons below to learn more about Paulo's work in liturgical music.

In 2019, Paulo joined the family of Oregon Catholic Press, one of the largest publishers of Catholic music in the United States, with OCP's publication of his song "Wonderfully Made." Inspired by Psalm 139, "Wonderfully Made" was written in 2010 for Hangad, and it has since been updated for publication by OCP.  

Preview the song in the video produced by OCP below.

Purchase the sheet music and MP3 here.


Saint Peter's Mass was commissioned in 2015 by the Campus Ministry Office of Saint Peter's University, the Jesuit university of New Jersey. The Mass premiered in April that year, and studio recording by the Saint Peter's University Schola followed months later.

In 2018, Saint Peter's Mass was simplified for congregational use at St. Aedan's: the Saint Peter's University Church. These videos were produced to help the congregation learn the music.

If you would like to purchase Saint Peter's Mass for use in your parish, please contact Paulo.

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Originally written for and recorded by Hangad in 1998. Updated in April 2020, in the second month of the COVID-19 quarantine.

Paulo continues to write original liturgical music, mostly for use at Saint Peter's University and St. Aedan's: The Saint Peter's University Church. Watch these videos to hear selected works. 

If you would like to purchase the sheet music for any of these songs, please contact Paulo.

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"One Thing I Ask", based on Psalm 27, from Hangad, the group's first album, released in 1998.

Founded in 1991 by seniors at Ateneo High School, Hangad (the Filipino word for "desire") is a group of friends bound by their common desire to know God, and help others know God, through music.


Paulo was an active member of Hangad from his freshman year at Ateneo de Manila University in 1995 up to his move to Boston in 2012. During these 17 years, he sang, played the keyboard, and wrote and arranged songs for eight studio albums produced by Jesuit Communications, numerous concerts and concert tours in and outside the Philippines, Sunday Masses, and parish workshops. 

Today, Hangad's music is used for Masses, retreats and personal prayer by Filipinos all over the world. Paulo continues to write and arrange music for Hangad. 

Hangad's music is published by Jesuit Communications Philippines. Browse and purchase their music here.


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© 2019 by Paulo K Tiról. +AMDG.

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