PASEA 2024

We would like to congratulate the UP College of Music faculty, students and alumni who presented during the recent ICTMD Study Group on the Performing Arts of Southeast Asia (PASEA) held last June 20-26, 2024 at Iloilo City!


Clement Acevedo, University of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines) Interpretive Considerations in Nicanor Abelardo’s Nocturne and Fantasia Impromptu

Krina Cayabyab, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and University of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines) Authentications and Exploring the Scene of Jazz in the Philippines

Lisa Decenteceo, University of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines) Sonic Frictions in Quiet Affirmations of Igorot Indigeneity

Janine Josephine Arianne Liao, University of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines) Nicanor Abelardo's Panoramas (1932); The Filipino Identity in Colonial and Diasporic Encounters

Hiroko Nagai, Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines) Yakapin ang Kulay: Identity Politics in Original Pinoy Music in the 21st Century Philippines

Arwin Q. Tan, University of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines)Alternative Modernities in the Marginal Theaters of Late 19th Century Colonial Manila


Hermie F. Cartagena, University of the Philippines Visayas (Philippines) The Lanug of the Tultog: Search for the Singing Bamboo

Sol Maris Trinidad, University of the Philippines Diliman (Philippines) From Archive to Film: The Himig Himbing Lullaby Project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines


Isidora Miranda, Vanderbilt University (United States of America) La Mascotte’s Travels: Innocence and Empire on the Lilliputian Stages of Manila

Mercedes M. Dujunco, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong) The Enactment of Two Kinds of Subrituals Within the Gongde Ritual of Merit in China and Three Southeast Asian Countries

UP CMu is proud of you!


UP Percussion Ensemble Holds Comeback Concert

The UP Percussion Ensemble had their concert entitled "Rhythmic Horizon" last June 20, 2024 at the UP Theater lobby. Under the direction of Kevin Castelo, the group performed various repertoires with a very wide variety of percussion instruments.

Photo and text by: Sir Kevin Castelo


"Buwan Ang Tanglaw: An Asian Music Concert Under the Full Moon"

April 23, 2024 saw a large crowd of UP Diliman community members and other guests gather for “Buwan Ang Tanglaw: An Asian Music Concert Under the Full Moon” at the College of Science Ampitheater.

The warm, summer evening was filled with colorful soundscapes and cultural presentations that highlighted the Indonesian gamelan, Japanese koto, Maguindaon kulintang, Cordillera gangsa ensemble, Philippine rondalla, and musics from Thailand and India. Performers included UP Padayon Rondalla, UP TUGMA, Sarah Samaniego and Gebvelle Sega of the UP Dance Company, Jed Retuta, the Mahasarakham University Cultural Group of Kham Riang, Thailand, and the ensemble of Guru Gina Rajkumari of Assam, India.

Part of the UP Diliman Arts and Culture Festival of 2024 titled “Pamamalagi at Pamamahagi,” “Buwan Ang Tanglaw” is presented by the Musicology Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music, in partnership with the UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts

Photo and text by: Lisa Decenteceo


The UP College of Music launches Hamon ng Himig

Hamon ng Himig, the UP College of Music's extension partnership with the Office of the President, Office of Student Development Services and Office of Student Affairs was successfully launched last April 8: Free guitar and choir lessons for students in dorms across ALL UP campuses nationwide! Honor and excellence through service to the university and the nation by sharing the transformative power of music.

Photos by: Dr. Patricia Silvestre


Dr. Patricia Silvestre is the new Dean of the College of Music

Last March 18 was the oathtaking of the 15th Dean and third woman Dean of the College of Music, Dr. Patricia Silvestre. It was a memorable musical night with performances by UP Dance Company, UP Tugma, Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Theresian Chorale and others.

Text by: Crystal Rodis-Concepcion
Photos by: Jecman Bautista


Krzysztof Kaczka Holds Flute Masterclass

March 11 was the Flute Masterclass of Polish Flutist Krzysztof Maciej Kaczka. He worked with six students who played their prepared individual pieces in front a full house audience at the Mini Hall in UP College of Music. Krzysztof also performed a world premiere of “Monologue” written and dedicated to him by composer Xing Yu.

Photos by: Jecman Bautista
Text by: Rodney Ambat


Dr. Christopher Hughes Holds Workshop with UP Symphonic Band

Last March 7, the Winds and Percussion Department of UP College of Music held a Band Workshop of Dr. Christopher Hughes from Ithaca College with The UP Symphonic Band. He worked on the First and Second Military Suite of Gustav Holst with UPSB performing very well to the delight and satisfaction of Dr. Hughes.

Photo / Text by: Rodney Ambat


UP-UBC Laptop Orchestra Culminates in “SIGNAL:ES” Concert

The UP-UBC Laptop Orchestra during the finale of the concert. From left (3rd from top row) are the movers of the project, Dr. Maria Christine Muyco and Prof. Angel Baguilat; 2nd row from the top includes David Drucker and Dr. Keith Hamel; missing in the photo is Dr. Bob Pritchard, also an important force in the collaboration. Fifth from that row is Professor Emeritus Josefino Toledo of the COmposition and Theory Department. The top row are the leading executive committee members of the Composers of New Music (CONEMUS) Hans Gabriel, 2nd from left; and Gester Sibal, seen 4th from left side. Below Hans is Joseph Gerona, the CONEMUS documenter. The rest are students from UP and UBC.

Photo: Garry Sibal
Text: Franz Mallari


Learning to Make Sense of Sensors and Multi-Media Musicking

A successful masterclass was held at the Mini-hall University of the Philippines-College of Music (CMu) on February 22, 2024, by University of British Columbia (UBC) Music Technology professors They discussed their recent researches, explorations, and resulting electronic compositions primarily featuring non-invasive motion-reactive music in hardware and software applications. Former CMu dean Dr. LaVerne dela Peña welcomed Dr. Keith Hamel and Dr. Robert “Bob” Pritchard, recalling their 2 nd visit after the pre-pandemic international linkage with the UP College of Music. Hardware music specialists Bob talked about his experiments in using Sleeve Hand Responsive User Garment (SHRUG) and presenting music compositions using these technologies. On the other hand, music programmer Keith talked about his game-like piano work with technology-heavy content. He introduced the the “Notability” freeware notation software that he developed through the years and talked about its open source possibilities. Students and members of the UP community engaged with the professors, discussing their compositions and the latest advancements in music technology at both UBC and UP.

The Masterclass was opened to the public. Not only was it attended by students from the University of the Philippines (UP) and guests from the University of British Columbia but also professors from the Computer Science departments such as Carlo and Leroy Florendo; as well as film scorer and sound artist Teresa Barrozo.

The collaboration between UBC and UP CMu aims to introduce new music-making technologies through Max/MSP and the Kinect Controlled Artistic Sensing System (KiCASS), and this was showcased through the event "Signal:es: Sounding Bodies in Motion" at the Black Box of Gimenez Gallery Hall, UP Diliman on February 29th at 7 pm.


Emergence: A Freshmen Mini Concert

The UP Tiklado presented the Keyboard Department freshmen batch 2023 in their debut recital "Emergence: A Freshmen Mini Concert," on March 1, 2023 at the Minihall.


Kana Omori Holds Percussion Masterclass

Last February 19, 2024, the University of the Philippines College of Music Winds and Percussion Department organized an exclusive Percussion Masterclass in collaboration with the Percussive Art Society (PAS) Philippines chapter. The guest artist Kana Omori is an international marimbist, percussionist, and composer from Japan.

In the first half of the masterclass, Kana Omori played her marimba arrangements of Libertango by Astor Piazolla, Flight of the Bumble Bee from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan, and an old Japanese folk song called Sakura. In these arrangements, Kana Omori demonstrated the 6-mallet technique, and the use of multi-percussion instruments also while playing the different voices on the marimba.

With sufficient time in the latter part of the masterclass, three percussion students played solo pieces, and was coached by Kana Omori. Different musical approaches and techniques were shown to the students, which is a big help to improve their playing.

Written by:
Kevin Castelo


Chinese New Year Celebration at the UP College of Music

The UP College of Music belatedly celebrated Chinese New Year on Tuesday, Februrary 20, 2024 at the Maceda Garden. Performance classes on the Chinese sizhu and Korean samul nori, solo performances on the dulcimer yang qin by Chinese music instructor Mr. Vicente Ongsiako, and on the zither guzheng by piano student Gabriel Federico, along with the newly formed UP-based Chinese music ensemble Kim Hwa led the festivities. Our dance students also joined the fun, leading a noise-filled dragon dance around the Abelardo Hall with Dean Patricia Silvestre, College Secretary Dr. Jocelyn Guadalupe, Musicology Department chair Dr. Arwin Tan, and many members of the CMu community. Snaking through the halls, the participants collected stuffed ampao envelopes from generous CMu offices, enlivening the college with cacophonous blessings and optimism for another prosperous lunar year.


UP CMu Alumnus Ruben Federizon Holds Homecoming Lecture

On February 16, 2024, a successful homecoming lecture was held by one of the college’s distinguished alumni, Mr Ruben Federizon. His compositions and arrangements have been promoting Filipino music in festivals and competitions worldwide.


Exploring Asian and Western musical connections between Turkish and Philippine music education with Sezen Özeke

From November 20 until December 1, 2023, the UP Center for Ethnomusicology (UPCE) (through University Research Associate II David Dino Guadalupe) and the Music Education Department of the UP College of Music (CMu) (through chairperson Asst. Prof. Anna Patricia Carranza) hosted Dr. Sezen Özeke, a music education professor from Bursa Uludağ University, Türkiye and a board member of the European Association for Music in Schools (EAS). Dr. Özeke’s visit was sponsored by the World Expert Lecture Series (WELS) program of the UP Office for International Linkages (OIL), which supports...



In honor and in memory of all those who have passed especially during this pandemic, the UP Symphony Orchestra and the UP Madrigal Singers come together on November 26, 2021 to perform the Philippine premiere of the monumental Camille Saint-Saëns’ Messe de Requiem, Op. 54. They...

Friday November 26, 2021 7pm
available until December 5, 2021


This October, the UP Symphony Orchestra reaches out to the young and young at heart with a 45-minute animated production, “Kathang Likas.”

Online Premiere:
7 PM October 29, 2021

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