Assistant Professor, Department of Musicology
College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Residence Phone: (632) 724-2222
Cellular Phone: (Office) 920-5301, Local 4376


Master of Arts, Spanish Bachelor of Music, Musicology, UP College of Music

Ma. Patricia Brillantes-Silvestre has degrees in Musicology (BM, cum laude) and Spanish (M.A.) from the College of Music and College of Arts and Letters, respectively, from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She also obtained a Diploma Básico de Español como Lengua Extranjera from the University of Salamanca, Spain, through the Centro Cultural de la Embajada de Filipinas (now Instituto Cervantes). Her background in music and Spanish has led her into scholarship in the areas of Historical and Urban Musicology involving the Spanish heritage, and Fil-Hispanic music and culture.

She has written a number of papers for various symposia both local and international. Among these: "Retrieving the Past: Translation in Musicology" - Conference on Music History and Paleography, Bohol, 1998 "Heightening Musicological Awareness" – Conference/Workshop on Heritage Musicology; Bohol, 2000 "Reliving the Antipolo Virgin's Journeys: Translation in Musicology" – MUSIC COLLOQUIA, College of Music, 2000 "Intramuros and Quiapo: Convergence and Concelebration, Past and Present" – Philippine Musicological Society's 1st Meeting, UP College of Music, 2002 "A Chronicle of Transformation: Quiapo Music From the Colonial Period to Contemporary Times" - 14th Annual Manila Studies Conference, Intramuros, 2004 "Bajo las Campanas : Spain's Imprint on Philippine Music – New Perspectives on its Continuity in the 21st Century" – Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro, 2008 "Reliving the Music in the Journeys of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje" and "Music in the Heart of Manila: Tradition, Change and Continuity", University of California at Riverside and Dartmouth College, Hanover, 2008.

Published works are: "Liturgical Music" and a number of entries in the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Encyclopedia of the Arts, Music Volume, Manila: 1994 "Chronicles of Music in the Heart of Manila" in Quiapo: Heart of Manila, ed. F. Zialcita, Quiapo: 2006 "Music in Quiapo from the Colonial Period to Contemporary Times: Tradition, Change and Innovation" in DIAGONAL (Journal of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music), College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, University of California at Riverside, 2008 "Music and History in the Manila of Marcelo Adonay" in The Life and Works of Marcelo Adonay (historical essays and critical edition ), University of the Philippines Press, 2009 "Reliving the Music in the Journeys of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje: Aspects and Impressions of Antipolo Baroque to Twentieth-Century Manila" – in MUSIKA JORNAL 5, Center for Ethnomusicology, UP Diliman, 2009.

Prof. Silvestre was formerly with the UP Madrigal Singers, with which she has gone on local and international concert tours, and with AUIT, a vocal chamber ensemble specializing in modern Filipino choral music. She was active as keyboardist, vocalist and musical director for theater groups. She has done fieldwork, research and writing for diverse music-related projects such as the Order of the National Artist Awards, Philippine Folklife Program held at the Smithsonian Institution (at which she was also presentor) and the Many Musics Action Program (for the Americas, Iberian nations and the Caribbean) of the International Music Council. Her masteral work is a translation and critical analysis of source readings on Philippine music in the Spanish language, including writings by Pedro Paterno, Manuel Walls y Merino and Fray Pedro Murillo-Velarde.