UP Music Turns Gold in Diliman Campus on September 24

The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music or Abelardo Hall turns gold in age in Diliman campus. To mark this moment, a gala concert billed “Abelardo Hall: Celebrating 50 years, 1963-2013” is slated on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 6:30 P.M. in the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. This concert hall is the last of the infrastructures built jointly during the time of UP President Carlos P. Romulo and the USAID.

In the concert are works by Filipino composers who graduated from the UP College of Music, a number of who are National Artists in Music, such as Antonino Buenaventura (Sa Dakong Silangan), Nicanor Abelardo (Cavatina, Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Mutya ng Pasig), Lucio San Pedro (Sa Mahal Kong Bayan, Sa Ugoy ng Duyan), Felipe de Leon, Sr. (Sa Nayon Ko​​​​​), Rosendo Santos, Jr. (Bella Ilongga), ​​​​​​IIly Matthew Maniano (Doxologia), Nilo Alcala II (Sa Silong Ng Langit), and Ramon Santos (Awit). JS Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor (arranged for two pianos), BWV 1056​​ and Gordon Goodwin’s “Samba del Gringo”​​​​​ and “The Jazz Police” will complement the almost all-Filipino music programming. The concert will be highlighted with palabunyibunyan performance by the venerable Maguindanaon kulintang teacher of the College Aga Mayo Butocan with Kanapia Kalanduyan.

Featured in the concert are faculty members of the College such as Rodney Ambat (UP Symphonic Band), Mauricia Borromeo, Pia Margarita Dino-Balasico, Carolyn Kleiner-Cheng, Janet Aracama (UP Concert Chorus), Eric Barcelo, Mark Carpio (UP Madrigal Singers), Lester Demetillo (UP Guitar Ensemble), Nathan Neil Manimtim, Jamisolamin Solaiman, and Raymundo Maigue (UP Jazz Band and UP Percussion). Mature and highly musical students such as Nikka Mae Lopez, Gerphil-Geraldine Flores, Malvin Bethooven P. Macasaet, Stefanie Quintin, Bianca Camille Lopez, Tomas Umberto Virtucio, Jr., ​​​​Aaron Rafael B. Aguila, III and members of the ​​​​U.P. Dance Company such as ​​​​​Angela Betina Carlos, Angela Sebastian, Jeiel Hernandez, Minette Maza, and Aries Joy Manlapaz will render some parts of the program, along with distinguished alumni of the College such as Dr. Raul Sunico and Rudolf Golez. The famed violin virtuoso Joseph Esmilla will make a special appearance, performing Abelardo’s Cavatina with Mr. Golez.

The concert is free to the public, with the first 250 seats reserved for invited guests and the last 250 given on a first-come-first-served basis. For further details, please call Josie Baradas at 9818500 local 2639 or 9296963.

Seeing-Sounding Social Transformation

The University of the Philippines College of Music and College of Mass Communication will have a jointly-organized conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Abelardo Hall in UP Diliman. The academic conference is entitled Seeing-Sounding Social Transformation in (The Music of) Philippine “Theaters” and it will be held from September 18-20, 2013 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium and Plaridel Hall in the College of Mass Communication. This is an interdisciplinary conference in the humanities and performing arts that explores the relationship between what is seen-heard in public and society. In particular, the conference interrogates the critical role of theaters (including music, song, and dance) as tangible representations of sociopolitical processes in public spaces and as an expression of Filipino peoples’ historical experience, identity, and aspiration.

Plenary speakers for the conference are Dr. Ramon P. Santos and Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson. The speakers are Jocelyn Guadalupe, Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes, Amparo Adelina C. Umali, III, Nikki Briones Carsi-Cruz, Arwin Q. Tan, Ma. Alexandria Iñigo-Chua, Jazmin Badong Llana, Basilio Esteban S. Villaruz, Verne dela Peña, Eulalio R. Guieb III, Mi Hyun Oh, Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Matthew CM Santamaria, Resil B. Mojares, Vicente L. Rafael, Marian P. Roces, Raul C. Navarro, Teresita G. Maceda, Apolonio B. Chua, Jonas U. Baes, Lara Katrina T. Mendoza, Roselle Pineda, Ma. Patricia B. Silvestre, Crisancti L. Macazo, Reuben Ramas Cañete, Eufracio C. Abaya, Myra Beltran, Patrick F. Campos, José S. Buenconsejo, Nick Deocampo and Roland B. Tolentino.

An environmental music concert featuring the compositions of Jose Maceda, Ramon Santos and Jonas Baes entitled Ading, Quadrasyon, at Patangis-Buwaya will be held on the evening of September 19, at 6:30 in the evening, free admission. On the 20th, “Andres Bonifacio: Ang Dakilang Anakpawis,” a musical play by Jerry Dadap and Dionisio Salazar will be presented, with Alegria Ferrer as the stage and music director. Tickets for this show will be available at the gate and are priced at PhP 300 with special discounts for students and senior citizens.

For inquiries regarding the conference, please call Josie Baradas at 9818500 local 2639 or 9296963.


The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music features new creative works by members of its two resident groups: UP CoNeMus (Composers of New Music) and the UP Dance Company in a concert on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:30PM. Billed KATHAIN 2 this concert presents works that integrate sounds, movements, and ideas. Creations (Kathain) by the faculty of the Department of Composition such as Katherine Trangco, Ma. Christine Muyco, and Chino Toledo will be performed along with those by Michael Bulaong, Melita Cruz, Timothy Pacpaco, Jordan Peralta, Jairus Saldajeno, and Karl San Jose. Patterned sound colors and textures of these compositions will complement with or against the dynamic patterned body movements conceptualized by choreographers of the UP Dance Company such as Jeiel Hernandez, Eunice Velasco, Gebbvelle Selga, Michael Barry Que, Angela Sebastian, and Michael Barry Que.

Tickets to the show are priced at PhP200 with special discounts for students and the elderly. For further details, please call Josie Baradas at 9818500 local 2639 or 9296963.