Not even the heavy rains and strong winds, the resulting fluctuating electricity coming from an old generator, the threat from an “intelligence report“ circulating via text messages saying that UP Diliman was the next target of a terrorist group, nor the uncomfortable temperature inside the performance hall could prevent the UP College of Music from starting its centennial celebrations aptly titled Sandaang Taon ng Himig at Tinig: Pagpupugay ng UP Kolehiyo ng Musika on September 4, 2016 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium in UP Diliman.

 The events started with the setting up of the College Fair Booths and Exhibits at around 11am. Then the General Alumni Homecoming took place early in the afternoon. This was followed by cocktails at around 4pm while the UP Jazz Band led by Prof. Rayben Maigue played, giving a festive musical atmosphere. It culminated with the Centennial Concert and the Centennial Awarding Ceremony at 5pm.

The full house concert showcased the selected works of 10 National Artists in music produced by the college, namely Andrea Veneracion, Antonino Buenaventura, Antonio Molina, Jovita Fuentes, Jose Maceda, Lucrecia Kasilag, Felipe De Leon, Francisco Feliciano, Ramon Santos, and Lucio San Pedro. Their masterpieces were performed by renowned artists from the eight departments of the college and by the 100-member UP Orchestra -- especially formed for the occasion -- conducted by Prof. Edna Martinez. In the middle of the first part of the concert, Dr. Jose Buenconsejo, dean of the college, welcomed the audience with a sort of “time travel” to the glorious past since the establishment of the UP Conservatory of Music on September 4, 1916 at Calle R Hidalgo in Quiapo, Manila and ended with a wish that the Lord would give the college another fruitful one hundred years in the future. The Centennial Awards was interspersed between the concert repertoire.

The Centennial Awardees included Profs. Fides Cuyugan Asencio, Imelda Ongsiako, Perla Zabat Suaco, and Esteban Villaruz for the “Ulirang Artista at Guro” category; Ms. Maria Concepcion Rongavilla (Admin), Ms. Florinda Santos (REPS), and Prof. Gemma Filipina Malicdem (Faculty) for the “Gawad Fernando Canon”; Prof. Leticia del Valle for the “Gawad Ruby Mangahas (Extension Service)”; Prof. Raymundo Cipriano Cayabyab for the “Gawad Lucio San Pedro (Composition)”; Dr. Joel Magus Navarro for the “Gawad Reynaldo Paguio (Conducting)”; Prof. Augusto Espino for “Gawad Regalado Jose (Keyboard)”; Prof. Mauricia Borromeo for “Gawad Eliseo Pajaro (Music Education)”; Dr. Corazon Dioquino for “Gawad Jose Maceda (Music Research)”; Prof. Sergio Esmilla, Jr. for “Gawad Cayetano Jacobe (Strings)”; Prof. Ma. Cecilia Valeña for “Gawad Aurelio Estanislao (Voice)”; and, Prof. Enrique Barcelo for “Gawad Antonino Buenaventura (Winds and Percussion).”

With clenched fists, the celebration on that day ended with the traditional singing of UP Naming Mahal by Nicanor Abelardo rendered by the UP Symphonic Band which was conducted by Prof. Rodney Ambat, chair of the Conducting Department.