is the youngest of the three sons of Philippine immigrant parents
Amador and May (De Pano) Evangelista. Amador joined the U.S. Navy as his ticket
out of the Philippines and served for 20 years before succumbing to cancer at the
age of 45.
Eldest son Norman was born in the Philippines, but was there only briefly before the family moved to the US. Andre and Marius were both born in the San Diego area. The family travelled around as military families do, finally settling in Cypress, California, where Marius attended Cypress High School. While Norman went on to UCLA, Andre and Marius both settled on Cal State Long Beach where Marius obtained a B.S. degree in Microbiology.
All three boys played instruments in their high school bands. After high school, they joined the young adult choir in church where Marius got his start singing. Marius' interest in singing grew when his mother's sister, Daisy De Pano Parungao, a well-known choir director in the Philippines, emmigrated to the U.S. and began giving Marius voice lessons. This stirred Marius' interest in opera, which led to his enrollment in the Cal State Fullerton opera program. Marius has also had lessons with famed vocal coach Seth Riggs.
Daisy later died of cancer. But she is a factor in this album. If you read the bios of Melody Versoza and Jubel Obien, you'll see the surprising and unexpected connection these girls have to Marius through Daisy.
Marius was also drawn to the teaching profession. He never used his degree in Microbiology. Instead, he became a substitute teacher, then worked as an assistant teacher in Special Education. He also took night classes at Cal State Dominguez Hills where he obtained a Masters in Education.
Marius is now a credentialed Special Education teacher at Western High in Anaheim, CA. He has since sung at several events for Western High and the Anaheim Union High School District, thus becoming the unofficial official tenor of the Anaheim Union High School District.