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organist of the Pasay Catholic Church when they moved in. When he was ten, he composed a piano piece entitled, "Glissando Waltz". He became so keen and inspired about music by his mother's genuine support. At 13, he composed the "Salute", a military march that was also Rodolfo S. Buenaventura- is the first Filipino composer who received an honory degree from a government recognized music school in the United States. He is also remarkable for his pianistic and compositional know-how by extemporizing a piano composition at the spur of the moment. He was born on 15 May 1909 in Singalong, Manila. At the age of six, he had his formal piano lessons. After 2 years, he played fourteen pieces and six encores for his recital.In that same year, he became the He graduated with Teacher's Diploma on Pianoforte and a Teacher's Diploma in Science and Composition. He taught in his Alma Mater, the UP Conservatory of Music. He became the researcher and official composer of the Philippine government-inexile, as appointed by President Quezon where he was commissioned to write a symphony and an opera published. At 14, twenty-six of his compositions were listed by the United Publishing Company Inc.

Julian Felipe

natutong tumugtog ng piyano at kinalaunan ay naging organista rin siya sa simbahan ng San Pedro. Bukod sa pagtugtog ng piyano ay nagkatha rin siya ng mga awiting gaya ng Mateti el Santesismo, Cintas y Flores at Amorita Danga. Nagkamit siya ng karangalang diploma bilang pagkilala sa kanyang kakayahan dahil sa mga awiting ito. Pansamantalang isinantabi ni Julian ang musika nang siya ay sumanib sa kilusan ng kalayaan sa Kabite. Naaresto at nakulong siya noong Hunyo 2, 1898 ngunit nakalaya rin naman. Kinuha siya ni Heneral Aguinaldo bilang isang piyanista at kompositor. Nang ihayag ang Unang Republika ng Pilipinas noong Hunyo 12, 1898 sa balkohahe ng bahay ni Heneral Aguinaldo sa Kawit, Kabite ay iwinagayway ang watawat ng Pilipinas kasabay ng pagtugtog ng martsang kinatha ni Julian Felipe. Dahil dito ay hinirang siya ni Heneral Aguinaldo bilang direktor ng Pambansang Banda ng Unang Republika ng Pilipinas. Sa larangan ng pulitika si Julian ay nanilbihan bilang konsehal ng lungsod ng Kabite, Kabite noong taong 1902. Siya ay binawian ng buhay noong Oktubre 2, 1941. Makapal na panitik==Maaring tignan=

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Si Julian Felipe ay kinikilala bilang maykatha ng Lupang Hinirang ang pambansang awit ng Pilipinas. Ipinanganak siya noong Enero 28, 1861 sa Lungsod ng Cavite, Cavite at siya ang bunso sa labindalawang anak ng mahirap na mag-asawang sina Justo Felipe at Victoria Reyes. Si Julian ay nag-aral sa isang pampublikong paaralan sa Binondo, Maynila. Dito siya

were "Nasaan Ka Irog," "Magbalik Ka Hirang," and "Himutok." He died in 1934 at the age of 41, leaving a collection of more than 140 works

Nicanor Abelardo was born in

San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan. His mother belonged to a family of artists in Guagua, the Hensons. He was introduced to music when he was five years old, when his father taught him the solfeggio and the banduria. At the age of 8, he was able to compose his estoryahe first work, a waltz entitled "Ang Unang Buko," which was dedicated to his grandmother. At the age of 13, he was already playing at saloons and cabarets in Manila. At age 15, he was already teaching in barrio schools in San Ildefonso and San Miguel Bulacan. All of these happened even before young Abelardo finally took up courses under Guy F. Harrison and Robert Schofield at the UP Conservatory of Music in 1916. By 1924, following a teachers certificate in science and composition received in 1921, he was appointed head of the composition department at the Conservatory. Years later, he ran a boarding school for young musicians, and among his students were National Artist Antonino Buenaventura, Alfredo Lozano and Lucino Sacramento. In the field of composition he is known for his redefinition of the kundiman, bringing the genre to art-song status. Among his works

Francisco Santiago (January 29, 1889 September 28, 1947), was a Filipino musician, sometimes called The Father of Kundiman Art Song. Santiago was born in Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines, to musically-minded peasant parents, Felipe Santiago and Maria Santiago. In 1908, his first composition, Purita, was dedicated to the first Carnival Queen, Pura Villanueva, who later married the distinguished scholar Teodoro Kalaw. Santiago's masterpiece was the "Concerto in B flat minor" for pianoforte and orchestra. His most famous piece "Kundiman, (AnakDalita)", was sung upon the may apat nah tanga pang lima ang bumasa. His other compositions are the kundiman "Sakali Man", "Hibik ng Filipinas", "Pakiusap", "Ang Pag-ibig", "Suyuan", "Alaala Kita", "Ikaw at Ako", "Ano Kaya ang Kapalaran?", "Hatol Hari Kaya?", "Sakali't Mamatay", "Dalit ng Pag-ibig", "Aking Bituin", "Madaling Araw" and "Pagsikat ng Araw". He was named UP Emeritus Professor of Piano, on May 25, 1946. When the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music was celebrating its 30th anniversary, the patriotic musician died of a heart attack. He was

buried at the North Cemetery, Manila. A hall in the Head Office of BDO( former PCIBank Twin Towers) was named in his honor as the Francisco Santiago Hall. It was mainly used for kundiman contests of the Makati City Government and the awarding of Service Awards of the former Equitable PCIBank and PCIBank.

Francisco Buencamino

the Buencamino Music Academy in 1930, and had Nicanor Abelardo as one of his students. He also became a musical director for sarswela productions, and composer of music for films produced by Sampaguita Pictures, LVN, and Excelsior.

Francisco Buencamino belonged to a family of musicians. He was born on November 5, 1883 in San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan. His father Fortunato, a church organist and band master, taught him music at a very early age. His mother Luisa, meanwhile, was a singer. At age 12, he could already play the organ. His early exposure to music was complemented by education in composition and harmony at the Liceo de Manila, where Marcelo Adonay, an eminent composer and conductor in the late 19th century, served as his mentor. After graduating from the Liceo, Buencamino composed a number of Tagalog operettas or sarswelas, including Marcela (1904), Si Tio Selo (1904), Yayang (1905), and Pangakong Hindi Natupad (1905). Buencamino taught at the Ateneo de Manila in the early 1900s. He also taught at the Centro Escolar de Seoritas and headed its Music Department for 30 years. He founded

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Juan F. Nakpil

Among Nakpil's works are San Carlos Seminary, Geronimo de los Reyes Building, Magsaysay Building, Rizal Theater, Capitol Theater, Captain Pepe Building, Manila Jockey Club, Rufino Building, Philippine Village Hotel, University of the Philippines Administration and University Library, and the Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna. He also designed the International Eucharistic Congress altar and improved the Quiapo Church in 1930 by erecting a dome and a second belfry. He was hailed as a National Artist for Architecture in 1973.[1]



Juan Napkil died in Manila, Philippines in 1986.


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Juan F. Nakpil (18991986) was a Filipino architect, teacher and a community leader. In 1973, he was named one of the National Artists for architecture, and tapped as the Dean of Filipino Architects. He was one of eight children of the Philippine Revolution veterans Julio Nakpil and Gregoria de Jesus (who married the former after the death of her first husband Andrs Bonifacio).

Vittorio Giannini and took classes at Juilliard in 1947. His other vocation was teaching. He has taught at the Ateneo de Manila University, virtually all the major music conservatories in Manila[citation needed], and at the College of Music of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he retired as a full professor in 1978. He received the title Professor Emeritus from the University in 1979.[citation needed] He also became a faculty member of the Centro Escolar University Conservatory of Music in Manila. On May 9, 1991, President Corazon C. Aquino proclaimed Lucio D. San Pedro a National Artist of the Philippines for Music.[1] He died of cardiac arrest on March 31, 2002 at the age of 89. A number of national artists attended his tribute at the Tanghalang Pambansa, including: Napoleon Abueva, Daisy Avellana, Leonor Gokingco, Nick Joaquin, Arturo Luz, Jose Maceda, and Andrea Veneracion. He is buried in his hometown of Angono, Rizal.

Lucio San Pedro (February 11, 1913 March 31, 2002) was a Filipino composer and teacher. He was born on February 11, 1913 in Angono, Rizal, the Philippines. He is known in the Philippines as the composer of the popular lullaby Sa Ugoy ng Duyan (in collaboration with Levi Celerio) and the symphonic poem Lahing Kayumanggi. He taught composition at a number of colleges and universities, including the University of the Philippines College of Music, where he served as chairman of its Composition and Conducting Department from 1970 to 1973. Lucio came from a family with musical roots and he began his career early. When he was still in his late teens, he became a church organist, taking over the job after the death of his grandfather. By then, he had already composed songs, hymns and two complete masses for voices and orchestra. After studying with several prominent musicians in the Philippines, he took advanced composition training with Bernard Wagenaar of the Netherlands. He also studied harmony and orchestration under

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lessons was violin and solfeggio under Celestino de Vera, then a member of his father's orchestra. He attended the Escuela Catolica de Nuestra Padre Jesus Nazareno in Quiapo. He continued high school and college at San Juan De Letran where he obtained abachelor of arts degree in 1909.
Antonio Molina.

Complying with his father's wishes he pursued a Bachelor of Laws initially at the UST. He transferred in his second year of law studies to the Escuela de Derecho de Manila, where he finished his studies. He attained a teacher's diploma in violincello at the UP Conservatory of Music in 1923.

Antonio J. Molina (1894-1980) was a National Artist of the Philippines. A musical great, he was considered the peer of two other great Filipino musicians Nicanor Abelardo and Francisco Santiago. His talent was prodigious: he was the first violincellist of pre-war times, a composer, conductor, pedagogue, and music administrator.

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His first composition was "Matinal" in 1912 and it is preserved in an unpublished volume "Miniaturas", Volume I. He did a professional work, as concert soloist, composer, and conductor in Hanoi, French Indochina (now North Vietnam). Back in the Philippines, he was appointed to teach harmony, composition, music history, and violincello at the UP Conservatory of Music]]. He was also the first Filipino composer who was invited to perform his works to Malacaang. From being a consultant in music education at the Bureau of Public Schools, he also became the dean of the Centro Escolar Conservatory of Music. He also founded the first chamber music group, the CEU String Quartet which


1 Early Life 2 Career 3 Personal Life 4 Awards and Distinctions 5 References 6 External Links 7 Citation

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Molina was born into a musical family Quiapo, Manila on 26 December 1894. His father Juan Molina was an influential government official who also founded the Molina Orchestra. His first formal music

was professionally organized and financed by its music school. As a conductor, he lead the first performance in the Philippines of Bach's Christmas Oratorio presented by the combined Knox and Central Church Choirs (1947), as well as the first performance Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, presented by the Manila Little Theater Group at the FEU Auditorium (1950). He is also remembered as the conductor of the first televised choral concert, featuring the Centro Escolar University Conservatory Chorus, over then DZAQ-TV Channel 3 (1953). As a composer Molina was credited with over 500 compositions, including:
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Antonio Molina Married his first wife Pilar Siauingco when he was 23. They had 6 children: Rosita, holder of a music teacher's diploma in piano; Exequiel, also known as "Lito" a journalist who was also known as one of the country's best saxophone players; Antonio Maria, a graduate in composition and choral conducting in the United States, and who, according to Molina, was a far better musician than his father and Monserrat, who holds a bachelor's degree in nutrition, but is a pianist. Molina remarried in 1965. His wife, Carmen Serrano, was a former student of his at Centro Escolar University. She holds a bachelor in music degree in music education and an AB degree from the Colegio de Santa Isabel. He died on 29 January 1980 at age 86 and was honored with a state funeral befitting a Philippine National Artist.

Hatinggabi, among earliest violin selections Malikmata, piano Ana Maria, zarzuela Misa Antoniana Grand Festival Mass Ang Batingaw, KundimanKundangan; (chamber music) Kung sa Iyong Gunita, Pandangguhan; (vocal music) Amihan, Awit ni Maria Clara Larawan Nitong Pilipinas, among others.

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A true pioneer, he was one of the first composers to incorporate pentatonic scales and ethnic instruments such as the kulintang, and gabbang in his symphonies. Molina influenced many prominent Filipino musicians including Lucresia Kasilag and Felipe Padilla de Leon.

Diploma of Honor, Manila Music Lovers Society, 1940 Commemorative medal and diploma, Department of Education, Health and Public Welfare, 1942

Choral Conductor of the Year and Music Researcher of the Year, Music Lovers Society, 1949 Honorary doctor of laws, honoris causa, CEU, 1953 Araw ng Maynila Award in music, 1969

Online registry of Filipino Musical Artists, including partial discography Accessed on 1 May 2009 National Commission on Culture and the Arts Profile of the National Artist Accessed on 1 May 2009 Short biography by National Historical Institute Accessed on 1 May 2009

Phi Kappa Phi Award and the UP Alumni Association Professional Award, 1972 Republic Cultural Heritage Award, in 1965 and 1972 National Artist of the Philippines, on 12 June 1973

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Samson, Helen F. Contemporary Filipino Composers. Quezon City: Manlapaz Publishing Company, 1976. CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art Volume 3. Manila: Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1994 Cornejo, M.R. Commonwealth Dictionary of the Philippines. Manila, 1939. Galang, Zoilo. Encyclopedia of the Philippines Volume 9. Manila: P. Vera and Sons Company, 1936. Manuel, E. Arsenio. Dictionary of Philippine Biography Volume 1. Quezon City: Filipiniana Publications, 1955.

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Lucrecia Roces Kasilag (August 31, 1918- August 16, 2008) was a noted composer, educator, cultural and arts administrator, and performing artist. She was named National Artist in Music in 1989. She pioneered the fusion of Filipino ethnic and Western music. She dared to mix indigenous Filipino instruments with Western orchestra in her prize-winning "Toccata for Percussions and Winds, Divertissement and Concertante," and the scores of the Filiasiana, Misang Pilipino and De Profundis. She was fondly called "Tita King".