San Miguel, Bulacan
Nicanor Abelardo is a Filipino composer who composed over a hundred of Kundiman Songsespecially before and during the World War II.Born in San Miguel de Mayumo (now is San Miguel, Bulacan in February 7, 1893, Nicanor Sta.Ana Abelardo was introduced to music when he was five years old, when his father taught himthe solfeggio and the banduria. At the age of 8, he was able to compose his first work, a waltzentitled "Ang Unang Buko," which was dedicated to his grandmother. At the age of 13, he wasalready playing at saloons and cabarets in Manila. At age 15, he was already teaching in barrioschools in San Ildefonso and San Miguel Bulacan. All of these happened even before youngAbelardo finally took up courses under Guy F. Harrison and Robert Schofield at the UPConservatory of Music in 1916. By 1924, following a teacher
s certificate in science andcomposition received in 1921, he was appointed head of the composition department at theConservatory. Years later, he ran a boarding school for young musicians, and among his studentswere National Artist Antonino Buenaventura, Alfredo Lozano and Lucino Sacramento. In thefield of composition he is known for his redefinition of the kundiman, bringing the genre to art-song status. Among his works were "Nasaan Ka Irog," "Magbalik Ka Hirang," and "Himutok."He died in 1934 at the age of 41, leaving a prolific collection of more than 140 works.As a composition major at the University of the Philippines, he also composed the melody for the university's official anthem, U.P. Naming Mahal.The building housing the College of Music in UP Diliman (Abelardo Hall) is named in hishonor.