Passages: UP ARCO’s 20th Anniversary and Reunion Concert

The UP ARCO (formerly known as the UP String Chamber Orchestra) will be holding its 20th Anniversary and Reunion Concert entitled, “Passages” under the baton of master violinist, Prof. Edna Marcil Martinez.

The concert will be held on October 4, 2018 (Thursday), 6:30 p.m. at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP College of Music (UPCMu), Diliman.

The UP ARCO is the String’s Orchestra of the University of the Philippines. Established in 1998, UP ARCO is one of UPCMu’s resident performing groups and has been playing beautiful musical “passages” at concerts for two decades already. Its conductor, Prof. Martinez holds the distinction as the first viola graduate of the UP College of Music.

Tickets cost at PhP 1,000, 700, 500, 300, and 250. For inquiries, kindly look for Ms. Lovely Masaquel at: 981-8500 local 2633 or 0997-7814482.

Kundiman Redux Feat the Ripieno Ensemble

The UP College of Music (UPCMu) will be holding “Kundiman Redux,” the second concert of the AHA Concert Series Season 2 on September 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP College of Music.

The concert will feature the Ripieno Ensemble composed of gifted students and alumni from the UP College of Music. Founded in January 2015, the Ripieno Ensemble is known for its performance on Philippine and Southeast Asian contemporary music. The Ripieno Ensemble is the official ensemble of the Manila Composers Lab (MCL), a non-profit organization established in 2008 comprising young composers dedicated in the development of a new music culture in Southeast Asia.

One of the highlights of the concert is the rendition of Nicanor Abelardo’s Bituing Marikit performed on his very own piano. Adding a modern artistic version of the kundiman, the concert will also feature spoken word artists Sofia Paredes and Bianca Bonifacio.

Tickets cost at PhP 500.00 and 250.00. Students and senior citizens can avail a price discount. For ticket reservations and inquiries, you can call 926-0026 or email:

Invitation to the Centennial Closing Concert of the UP College of Music

To mark its 101st anniversary, the UP College of Music (UPCMu) will hold a closing concert for its centennial celebration (1916–2016) on September 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium (AHA), UP Diliman. The concert will showcase UPCMu’s mission in teaching of the art of music performance as well as in inculcating research on Philippine music and dance, which greatly influenced the Filipinos national cultural consciousness.

The concert features the works of past teachers of the college, which will be interpreted by well-known resident groups such as UP Tugma, UP Dance Company, UP Concert Chorus, UP Jazz Ensemble, and UP Symphonic Band. The concert will be led by current professors of the college: Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, Dr. Ramon Acoymo, Dr. Raul Casantusan Navarro, Prof. Augusto Espino, Prof. Ena Aldecoa, Prof. Rayben Maigue, Prof. Janet Aracama, Prof. Rodney Ambat, Prof. Angela Baguilat, and Prof. Alegria Ferrer.

Previously, the UPCMu celebrated its College Week from September 5 to September 8. Some of the activities for the College Week were a parade, film collaboration from Conemus X, and Music Night featuring several guest bands. On that same week also, the Keyboard Department launched the 2017 Piano Competition Renowned pianist, Leonor Kilayko sponsored the competition to discover new young talented musicians. Meanwhile the UP Center for Ethnomusicology shall spearhead the Jose Maceda Centennial International Symposium from September 25–27, 2017 in commemoration of his 100th birth anniversary.

With its vision to become “the best music school in the Philippines” and “produce excellent and well-rounded professional musicians,” UPCMu has produced nine National Artists for Music namely: Ramon P. Santos (1941–) Francisco Feliciano (1941–2014), Jose M. Maceda (1917–2004), Andrea O. Veneracion (1928–), Lucio San Pedro (1913–2002), Felipe Padilla de Leon (1912–1922), Jovita Fuentes (1895–1978), Antonino R. Buenaventura (1904–1996), and Antonio J. Molina (1894–1980).

The concert is free and open to the public. For inquiries, you can get in touch with the administration office at: 926-0026.