Last May 4, 2016 at the ROC, Bahay ng Alumni, the UP College of Music Alumni Association Board of Directors had their first board meeting and elections. Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra was elected as chairman of the board followed by officers of the executive committee: Ms. Luz Corazon R. Roque, president, Prof. Jocelyn T. Guadalupe, vice-president, Mr. Neal C. Robles, secretary, Ms. Ma. Edelquinn Lueleen S. Beltran, treasurer, Prof. Arwin Q. Tan, auditor, and board members Professor Emeritus Basilio Esteban S. Villaruz, Prof. December R. Valenciano, and Mr. Arnaldo N. Custodio. The agenda of the first meeting were the goals and action plans for the next two years and the alumni activities for the centennial celebrations in September 2016.

 

 

 

Speech of Dean Jose S. Buenconsejo in the 9 April General Assembly of the
UP College of Music Alumni Association

09 April 2016
Abelardo Hall
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City


Fellow Alumni of alma mater, UP College of Music, good evening. I welcome you to this memorable event where we finalise and approve the constitution of the UP College of Music Alumni Association and elect leaders who will affirm their commitment to the revitalisation of our organisation. Foremostly, we believe this association to be a space for our continuing personal and professional growth as alumni of the College, as musicians, composers, educators, and as creative and deep thinkers of Philippine music. Thank you so much for your presence this evening. It's indeed a great pleasure to see you in Abelardo Hall Auditorium again, a place where all of us, in the past, had gone through and a place which will continue to be dedicated to the cause of Filipino music. In 2013, we marked the 50th year of the inauguration of this place, Abelardo Hall Auditorium, and this year, on the 4th of September to be exact, we will mark the one hundredth year of an institution which, without denying, had been a great part of our lives. In what way would remembering this institution be meaningful to us at present? Why would connecting that past to our individual presents significant to us now? Read more

 

 

 

View more Photos

....................................................................................................................................................................................................................

 


MESSAGES OF KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

05 March 2016
Abelardo Hall
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City



Dr. Ramon P. Santos
National Artist in Music
Emeritus Professor of the UP College of Music


Atty. Ramon Maronilla, Dean Jose Buenconsejo, fellow alumni,

While still a student at the UP Conservatory of Music, my only motivation was to learn as much as I could, pursuing diligently my passion for composition and conducting, studying my solfegge, harmony, dictation, as well as other subjects like languages - Spanish, German, French, even winning First Prize at the Spanish Declamation Contest sponsored by the Department of European Languages. Even before I graduated, I was already conducting different choirs, and directing operettas like the “Mikado and Trial” by Jury Gilbert and Sullivan, “Mapulang Bituin” by Rosendo Santos and “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. I was still a student when I won the prestigious Bonifacio Centennial Composition Contest Symphonic Ode category in 1962 (with a whopping prize of Ps. I,000) at the awarding ceremonies held at the Luneta Grandstand. During my entire student life, I never thought about earning a living or making money out of music. I was just bent on pursuing knowledge and excellence in my chosen field of endeavour as well as related areas of learning. And up to now, I still aspire to discover new horizons in the field of music and the arts, whether it is in creation, performance, scholarship, education, or administration.
Read More
....................................................................................................................................................................................................................

 

Attorney Ramon Maronilla
President, UP Alumni Association

"A pleasant good morning to all. Thank you Dean Jose Buenconsejo for inviting me as guest of honor and speaker in today's Alumni General Homecoming of the UP College of Music.

Before I start my talk, I must admit that the law profession is miles apart from the world of music. Although many lawyers, male and female alike, were gifted with the talent for music. The gift of musical talent whether voice or string gave a significant advantage in their profession. Some became instant celebrities in their organization because of their melodious voice or strings expert in guitar or whatever instrument. This gift of music became the basis of promotion or even winning the love of their sweethearts. But I am fortunate, though I am not a gifted singer, to have a daughter who is a graduate of the UP College of Music. Her name is Virginia. She was a UPCM representative in the student council. She finished DCPMA diploma in voice and graduated Bachelor of music in music education. She went to New York and taught at St. Ignatius of LoyolaGrammar School and finished Kodaly training in NY University. I I am proud to say that my daughter has given scholarship to two (2) students after she graduated from the College of Music, [one of whom is] Andrea Mae Tamano  who graduated cum laude and valedictorian of her class in 2008. As a Junior faculty, she helped train piano minor students. She was part of UP Rondalla and Musika Sophia. She taught piano for 15 years and was the first Filipino who passed the audition for the master's program of the Kodaly institute in Budapest.
Read More
 

 

 

Click here for more photos

 

.............................................................................................................................................................................................................
 

 

 

 

Important Announcements

General Election of the Board of Directors will be on Saturday April 9, 2016 5pm at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium.