Levi Celerio• He wrote 4000 songs and remained poor. But that is something every man of his kind takes pride of.• His compositions range from Filipino folk songs to Christmas songs to love songs.• His name was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records for his leaf-playing feat.• He was known as the only man who could play music with a leaf.• He died on April 2, 2002.
Christmas songs: Pasko na Naman, Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, and Misa de Gallo.Love songs: Saan Ka Man Naroroon, Kahit Konting Pagtingin,Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal, Kapag Pusoy Sinugatan, and Ikaw.Folk songs: Ang Pipit, Tinikling, Tunay na Tunay, Itik-Itik, Waray-Waray, Pitong Gatang, Ako ay May Singsing, Alibangbang,Alembong, Galawgaw, Caprichosa, Ang Tapis Ni Inday, DungawinMo Hirang, Umaga na Neneng, Ikaw Kasi and Bastat MahalKita.His best songs combine great poetry, philosophy and passion. Theseare O Maliwanag na Buwan, Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak, Sa Ugoy ngDuyan, Bagong Pagsilang and Sapagkat Kamiy Tao Lamang.Levi also wrote nationalistic songs such as Ang Bagong Lipunan,Lupang Pangarap, and Tinig ng Bayan. Imagine the world withoutthese songs, and the Philippines would have been less known for itshappy, romantic and enthusiastic people.
Julián Felipe• A dedicated music teacher and composer, he was appointed by then-President Emilio Aguinaldo as Director of the National Band of the First Philippine Republic. He died in Manila.• As the composer of the music of the Filipino national anthem, now known as Lupang Hinirang.
NICANOR ABELARDO “Father of Filipino Sonata”• Abelardo was a prolific composer of the kundiman in the 1920s. His works Bituing Marikit, sarsuela, Dakilang Punglo, Kundiman ng Luha, Mutya Ng Pasig and Nasaan Ka Irog? had stirring, poetic lyrics which later evolved into movie theme songs. •Tribute •His composition Naku… Kenkoy!" (1930) combines the fox-trot and waltz with humor. Used as a tribute to thekomiks character, Kenkoy, His works have continued to draw interest even after his death in 1934. He composed more than 144 songs.
Antonio J. Molina Antonio J. Molina (1894-1980) was a National Artist of the Philippines. A musical great, he was considered the peer of two other great Filipino musicians Nicanor Abelardo and Francisco Santiago. His talent was prodigious: he was the first violoncellist of pre-war times, a composer, conductor, pedagogue, and music administrator.As a composer Molina was credited with over 500 compositions, including: Hatinggabi, among earliest violin selections Malikmata, piano Ana Maria, zarzuela Misa Antoniana Grand Festival Mass Ang Batingaw, Kundiman- Kundangan; (chamber music) Kung sa Iyong Gunita, Pandangguhan; (vocal music) Amihan, Awit ni Maria Clara Larawan Nitong Pilipinas, among others.A true pioneer, he was one of the first composers to incorporate pentatonic scalesand ethnic instruments such as the kulintang, and gabbang in his symphonies.
George Canseco•Multi-awarded composer Canseco had no formal training inmusic.•When Martial Law was declared in 1972, he turned tocomposing songs. His first composition was “I Will Never BeYours,” followed by “You’re all I Love.”•“Kapantay ay Langit” paved the way to numerous hit songs like"Kailangan Kita," "Ako Ang Nagwagi, Ako Ang Nasawi," "Ngayon AtKailanman," "Dito Ba" and "Langis at Tubig."•Canseco’s songs have helped most of our talented performers’ riseto fame. He has composed hits for singers like Basil Valdez, Kuhledesma, Sharon Cuneta, Dulce, and Pilita Corrales•He has won a total of 6 FAMAS Awards for Best Movie ThemeSong.the Artistic Achievement Award.•He was paid 1.5 million my Pres. Marcos for composing the song“Ako Ay Pilipino. “•He composed more than 193 songs.
Francisco Santiago •The Father of Kundiman Art Song•He was born in Santa Maria, Bulacan, on January 29, 1889•to musically-minded peasant parents. In 1908,•Santiagos masterpiece was the “cocerto de B flat minor" for pianoforteand orchestra. His most famous piece "Kundiman, (Anak-Dalita)", wassung upon the request of King Alfonso XIII before the Royal Court ofSpain.•His other compositions are the kundiman "Sakali Man", "Hibik ngFilipinas", "Pakiusap", "Ang Pag-ibig", "Suyuan", "Alaala Kita", "Ikaw atAko", "Ano Kaya ang Kapalaran?", "Hatol Hari Kaya?", "Sakalit Mamatay","Dalit ng Pag-ibig", "Aking Bituin", "Madaling Araw" and "Pagsikat ngAraw".•He was named UP Emeritus Professor of Piano, on May 25, 1946. Thenationalistic musician died of heart attack on September 28, 1947.
Freddie Aguilar-Ferdinand Pascual Aguilar-February 5, 1953 (age 55)-Singer-songwriter (composed 44 songs)-known works: “anak”, “Bulag, Pipi at Bingi,”“Magdalena”, “Olongapo,” “bayan ko”, “Trabaho,”and “Estudyante Blues.”Anak, This song about parents’ unconditional love fora wayward son was released in 56 countries andtranslated into more than 26 foreign languages.-“Bayan Ko” (theme song of anti-Marcos protesters )-awards: Cecil Awards for Folk Vocal Performance,Asia Star Award from the Korea .He composed more than 100 songs.
Joey Ayala-a contemporary pop music artist-Songwriter and columnist-an Economics graduate of the Ateneo deDavao University-combines the sounds of Filipino ethnicinstruments with modern pop music.-uses indigenous string instruments andmodern instruments like electric guitar,bass guitar and drums-known works: “tabi po”, "WalangHanggang Paalam" , "Wala Nang Tao SaSanta Filomena."-Awards:Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Award forSocial Artistry, Datu Bago Award,TOYM
Apo Hiking Society-Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society-famous group was organized in 1969-originaly composed of 13 members-ateneo de manila highschool-Daniel “Danny” Javier, 57, JaimeRamon “Jim” Paredes, 53; and Jose“Boboy” Garovillo, 53.-distinct Filipino culture and style-known works:“Mahirap Magmahal ngSyota ng Iba,” “Pumapatak ang Ulan,”“Nakapagtataka”, “doobidoo”-awards:The Best Group “cited by theAwit Awards”
Gary Granada-born in 1960 in Maco Davao(Compostela Valley)-finished valedictorian at MacoHeights and Maryknoll schools.-Metallurgical Engineering, Universityof the Philippines (kicked out of U.P.and has no college diploma)-known works: “Dam”, “Bahay”,“Mabuti pa sila”-works as voice and on-cam talent forPCIJ, DED,ABS-CBN, PROCESS,GMA Network and Ad Agencies
WILLY CRUZCruzs compositions "Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi" and "IllNever Ever Say Goodbye" respectively helped makeDidith Reyes and Nonoy Zuñiga popular.More accessibleHe also did the theme songs for the movies "KungMahawi man ang Ulap," "Maging Akin Ka Lamang,""Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga," and "Himala Ng Pag-Ibig."And his compositions, "Bituing Walang Ningning,""Sanay Wala Nang Wakas," "Bukas Luluhod ang mgaTala" and "Oras-Oras, Araw-Araw" made their markbecause the melodramatic progression of the balladsmade Sharon Cuneta more accessible to the masses.
Ryan Cayabyab• He is the most popular Filipino composer of modern times. Through the years, Ryan Cayabyab has gone into jazz, theater, and pop to cover all listening bases. He even incorporated ethnic music in “Misa,” “Kapinangan,” and “Maria Makiling.”• But like other composers, He endeared himself to the public through his radio-friendly compositions like “Araw Gabi,” “Iduyan Mo,” “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika,” “Kailan,” “Kumukutikutitap,” “Minsan ang Minahal ay Ako,” “Liman-Dipang Tao,” “Wala Kang Katulad,” and “Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka.”• Cayabyab’s works are often praised for their poetic yet easy to grasp word play mirroring the plight of the common people.• He composed more than 400 songs and still counting.
Jose Mari Chan • Jose Mari Chan (born March 11, 1945) is a Chinese Filipino singer, songwriter and businessman in the sugar industry. • Among his famous songs were “Tell me your name”, “Christmas in our hearts”, “Beautiful Girl” and “Constant change”. • He is known for his “Beautiful Girl” and become one of the most-respected and most-enduring singer-songwriter of the country. He is the only singer/composer/producer that has been bestowed lifetime achievement awards
Ely Buendia-Eleandre Basiño Buendía-born November 2, 1970--University of the Philippines, Diliman-writer and musician who gainedfame as guitarist, songwriter, andlead vocalist in the popular Pinoyrock band-Eraserheads, The Mongols, Pupil,-known works: “Pare ko”, “Ang hulingEl Bimbo”, “Ligaya”-"The Beatles of the Philippines"
Ogie Alcasid• singer, songwriter, comedian, composer, television host, actor, and entrepreneur.• His well known song were “Nandito Ako , Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang?, Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw, Pangako Sa yo’ and Ikaw Sana”.
Yoyoy Villame •Roman Villame, real name of Yoyoy, went a long way from being a public utility driver and a councilor from Cebu before finally recording his own music. •Yoyoy was known for his catchy novelty songs such as "Mag- Exercise Tayo," "Si Filemon," "Hayop Na Kombo," "Tarsan at Barok," "Philippine Geography," "Butsekik," among others.•His long list of hits and his entertaining style of musicearned him the title of "King of Philippine NoveltySongs“
Lito Camo• Lito Camo is a Filipino singer and songwriter. He established his reputation more solidly as a composer instead of being a singer which was his initial dream.• Known for his novelty hits, he is dubbed as reigning king of the novelty songs. He turned artists into an instant sensation because of his songs.• Among his famous composition were, Pera O Bayong, Bakit Papa, Spaghetti Song, Ms. Flawless, Igiling-Giling, Bulaklak, lagot ka!, In or Out, Wowowee, Dododo Dadada, Giling-Giling and Nakaka...