The Arts of Ritual and Play: Toledo’s Misa Lingua Sama Sama at Abelardo Hall Auditorium

The University of the Philippines College of Music cordially invites the public to the enticing concert Misa Lingua Sama Sama on Thursday, 8 October 2015, 6:30PM at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. The concert is part of the College’s special series that anticipates the 100 years of UP College of Music in September 2016.

Misa Lingua Sama Sama is the newest contemporary art music by composer Prof. Josefino “Chino” Toledo for choir. It sets the different sections of the Mass Ordinary and Proper ( Simula: Omnes Chorus, Kristo Kyrie, Gloriya, Kredo, Santo Sanctus, Pater Namin, KorDei, Humayo Na: Ite Missa Est) plus the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 104, which will be used as the transition material to the sections.

Each section was composed separately from years 2012-2015, specifically for Ateneo Glee Club, Technological Institute of the Philippines Choral Society, St Scholastica’s College Chamber Choir, choirs of University of the Philippines (UP) Los Banos and UP Manila, Aleron Male Choir, and UP’s very own Philippine Madrigal Singers and the College’s contemporary vocal ensemble Auit. These choirs have used Toledo’s pieces as part of their repertories in international competitions in Europe.

Composed a capella, sonic interest in the work primarily lies in group vocal techniques and colors, with minimal accompaninent of percussion instruments that singers themselves play.

The whole work, to be performed for the first time with a new choreography by the UP Dance Company, is inspired by the trance-like religious practice of “speaking in tongues,” which is characterized by a mixing of languages at extremes–High and Low or Latin and the vernacular–often to the point of the non-intelligibility of both. This is the concept of heteroglossia, which the piece vividly manifests as in the juxtaposition, layering, and segmenting of words, an effect that plays around notions of orthodoxy and heterodoxy. Toledo, however, believes his work is accessible; the whole piece is permeated with chanting and the evocation of ritual and play that are the essences of arts in human cultures.

For affordable admission tickets priced at 300 pesos only (discounts for students with valid IDs and Senior Citizens), please call 926.0026 (look for Lolit or Yvette).

Contemporary Philipine Choral Works at UP Music

The University of the Philippines College of Music, in cooperation with the Asian Composers League and the Philippine Choral Directors Association, presents original contemporary Filipino compositions for choirs in a concert billed “LikhAwit” at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium on Thursday, 13 March 2014, 7:00 o’clock in the evening. These choral compositions are by some of the Philippines’ finest Filipino composers such as Ramon Santos, Josefino Toledo, Maria Christine Muyco, Laverne Dela Peña, Jonas Baes, Mary Katherine Trangco, Feliz Anne Macahis, Jude Edgar Balsamo, Robin Estrada, and Von De Guzman. Their works will be interpreted by Ateneo Chamber Singers (Jonathan Velasco, conductor), UP Manila Chorale (Emmanuel de Leon, Jr.); UP Los Baños Choral Ensemble, (Romel Lomarda); Aleron, (Christopher Arceo); Samiweng Singers, Ilocos Norte National High School, (Sherberk Frez Cabrales) Philippine Vocal Ensemble ( Joel Aquino); Mandaluyong Children’s Choir (Sebastian Trinidad), AUIT and Himig Sanghaya (Mary Katherine Trangco).

Tickets are at 200 pesos each, with 25% discount to students and senior citizens. For details, please contact the UP College of Music (02) 929-6963.


Hearing the poets’ voices in UP music


​The University of the Philippines College of Music presents a special concert on Friday, February 14, 2014, 6:30 pm, Abelardo Hall Auditorium, which extols the voice of the poet who is heard in the creation and performance of the art song genre. The concert features Ms. Rica Nepomuceno, an Italian-trained soprano and teacher of voice in UP College of Music. She will interpret a rare program of all-Filipino art songs set to the varied poetry of National Artist Bien Lumbera, Marra Lanot,Aloysius Baes, and Rolando Tinio. Ms. Nepomuceno will be accompanied on the piano with pianist Jourdann Petalver who also trained in Italy and who teaches in the College.


​The art of song is a marriage between poetry and music. Words (the medium of poetry) carry the poet’s voice which is separate from the voice of the song’s narrative’s protagonist in whose voice the singer, in turn, attempts to relive in performance. It is this complex layering of voices that makes the appreciation of art song a challenging act of listening for the singer is but a medium for the different kinds of voices emanating from the text and melodies. Students in literature are strongly encouraged to contemplate and relish on this fusion of voices by the poet, composer, and singer.


​Admission ticket to the concert on February 14 is Php 200. Students with valid IDs are entitled 50% discount and senior citizens, 20%. For details please cal 929-6963 or 981-8500 loc 2629 or email Eva at





The guitar faculty of the Department of Strings and Chamber Music, University of the Philippines College of Music will present an evening of classical guitar music entitled “Kundiman at Iba Pa” on Thursday, November 21, 6:30 pm at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium.

In the concert are the four guitar teachers of the College such as Lester Demetillo, Jose Valdez, Nathan Neil Manimtim, and Solaiman Jamisolamin. They will interpret works by Nicanor Abelardo First Nocturne, Antonio Molina’s Rondo in F Major, Francisco Santiago’s Pakiusap, Julian Balita’s Parang Maghapon Lamang, Ramon Tapales’ Mindanao Orchids, Ernani Cuenco’s Kalesa, Angel Peña’s Iyo Kailan Pa Man, Aga Mayo Butocan’s Binalig and Tidtu A Bagu, Josefino Chino Toledo’s Kal’bit, Ramon Santos’ Abot Tanaw, Augusto Espino’s Improvisasyon, and Jose Valdez’ Philippine Medley.

Lester Demetillo and José Valdez are icons in the art of classical guitar playing in the country, while Nathan Neil Manimtim and Solaiman Jamisolamin are young guitar teachers of the College. Nathan Neil Manimtim recently received his master’s degree in music from Illinois State University and is currently the chair of the Department of Strings and Chamber Music.

Admission ticket to the November 21 concert is Php200. Students with valid IDs are entitled to 50 percent discount and senior citizens, 20%. For details, please call Josie Baradas at 929-6963 or 981-85-00 loc. 2639.


Arwin Tan Conducts Novo Concertante in UP Music

The University of the Philippines (UP) College of Music opens its 2nd semester of faculty concerts with Arwin Tan conducting the Novo Concertante Manila on Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:30 in the evening, at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium. The concert is entitled “15 CHEERS,” to highlight the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the founding of Novo Concertante Manila, which had its premiere performance at the historic AHA Auditorium during Tan’s student days as a choral conducting major.

The choir will feature compositions and arrangements by Ralph Hoffmann (Salve Regina), Jay-el Viteño (Unang Halik), Francisco Feliciano (Pamugun), Eudenice Palaruan (Koyu no Tebulul), Ken Steven (Angele Dei), Javier Busto (Sagastipean), among others. The programme showcases the ‘beautiful sound colors, fantastic virtuosity, and careful attention to dynamics, balance, sound, rhythm, and intonation’ that the choir has constantly tried to achieve, as hailed by international music critics from Hungary, South Africa, Israel, U.S.A. and Sweden.

Novo Concertante Manila has been a three-time “Ani ng Dangal” awardee from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for their outstanding achievements in international choral competitions. Currently positioned as number eight in the World Rankings of the Top 1,000 choirs by Interkultur, Germany, the choir has won the top prizes in prestigious international choral competitions in Spittal an der Drau, Austria; Torrevieja, Spain; Phuket, Thailand; Takarazuka, Japan; and Guangzhou, China. The choir has also been actively involved in their out-reach projects, helping churches and communitites raise funds for their livelihood upliftment projects.

Tickets to the show are priced at PhP300 with special discounts to students and the elderly. For further deatils, please contact Josie Baradas at 9296963 or 9818500 loc. 2639.


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.


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.