About the Composer

Antonino Ramirez Buenaventura (View Compositions)

May 4, 1904 - January 25, 1996

Birth Place: Baliwag, Bulacan
Father: Lucino Buenaventura
Mother: Leocadia Ramirez

National Artist for Music, 1988

By extensively using folk materials in his works, Antonino Buenaventura helped pave the way for the establishment of a national identity in Philippine music. Educated at the University of the Philippines and the Institute of International Education in New York, he formed the UP Junior Orchestra in 1929, the first collegiate orchestra in the country. Buenaventura also restored the Philippine Constabulary Band, which was reputedly the only band that could sound like a symphony orchestra, to its former position of one of the world’s best military bands. A founding director of the University of the East School of Music and Arts, he co-conducted the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Manila during its Asian and Hawaiian tour, and represented the Philippines at the general meetings of the International Music Council (IMC) in Rome in 1962 and Hamburg in 1964. He received first prize in the following competitions: 1934 National Heroes Day Composition Contest; composition contest to mark the Philippine Commonwealth’s first anniversary in 1936; 1941 Baguio Music Festival; and national music contest to commemorate the Philippine Republic’s first year in 1946.