College of Music at the “Intellectuals, the Public Arena, and the Nation”

  • Marking the 150th birth year of Apolinario Mabini and Isabelo de los Reyes, the College of Mass Communication, in partnership with the College of Music, College of Arts and Letters, College of Fine Arts, College of Social Science and Philosophy, School of Labor and Industrial Relations, and the Archeological Studies Program, held a conference entitled “Intellectuals, the Public Arena, and the Nation.” The conference was held from September 22 to 24, 2014, with the Recto Hall Conference Room serving as the main venue of the various panels where keynote addresses by Dr. Resil Mojares, Dr. Merlinda Bobis and Dr. Ramon Guilermo were given. There were a total of fifty eight papers presented at the conference, and the College of Music was represented by eight presentors on Philippine music and Filipino musicians who played the role of intellectuals in the civic societies of the late 19th century until the third quarter of the 20th century.

    The first panel on music was entitled “Music and Nation Acress History,” which was held on September 22, 2014. David R. M. Irving, a lecturer in Music at The Australian National University, started with his paper, “Music and the End of Empire in Late 19th-and Early 20th-Century Manila.” This was followed by Ma. Edelquinn Sy-Beltran with her paper on the Bañas collection at the National Library, entitled, “The Public School Teacher as an Intellectual: the Historicism and Nationalism of Raymundo Bañas (1894-1969).” The third presentor was Raul C. Navarro, the Coordinator of the Graduate Program of the College of Music, with his paper, “Apat na Taong Pagsikat ng Nakapapasong Araw: Musika sa Filipinas sa Panahon ng Hapon, 1942-1945.” The final paper for this panel was presented by Lara Katrina T. Mendoza, whose discussion on popular rap music by the group Gloc-9 resonated the crucial and radical role of intellectuals in modern society, with her paper entitled, “Gloc-9 as public Intellectual: Dapper, Didactic, and Cool.”

    The second panel on music, held on the third day of the conference, was aptly titled, “Musicians as Intellectuals.” The first paper was presented by Arwin Q. Tan, entitled “Bridging the Gap in Cultural Capital: Jose Zamora’s Tagalog Translation of a Spanish Music Theory Book Breve Explicacion de los principios Elementales de la Musica from Late 19th Century Manila.” This was followed by the Dean of the College of Music, Jose S. Buenconsejo, with his paper, “Jose A. Estella’s Music Archive: From Costumbrismo to Nationalism in Music, 1890s to 1930s.” The third paper was read by Maria Alexandra Iñigo-Chua, entitled, “Musical Representations of a Marginal Intellectual at the Time of the Philippine Revolution: A Study of Selected Piano Works of Julio Nakpil.” The last paper on the panel was “Francisco Santiago: Utilizing Filipino Folk Music in the Academic Art Music Genre” by Antonio C. Hila.

    The growing number of paper presentations by scholars from the College of Music and other affiliated institutions, indicates the thriving of researches being undertaken in the field of music. This is a welcome addition to the fulfillment of the new thrust of the University of the Philippines, which is to be the main center of intellectual advancement in the country through researches, publications and conferences.

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