Mga Tugtugin ng Paglaya sa Araw ng Kalayaan

| Written by UP Media and Public Relations Office

The UP Symphony Orchestra during rehearsals at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) in Taiwan. Photo by the UPSO.


This June 12, the Philippines marks the 125th anniversary of its independence. It is an occasion that calls for jubilation as we celebrate not only freedom but what it means to be a Filipino.

The University of the Philippines Symphony Orchestra (UPSO) and the UP College of Music will mount “Mga Tugtugin ng Paglaya” on June 10, 2023, 6:00 PM, at the UP Theater as an early Independence Day concert. The works to be featured include Lucio San Pedro’s Alamat ng Lahi and Kayumangging Malaya, Nicanor Abelardo’s piano concerto, Ryan Cayabyab’s Mi Ultimo Adios, and more.

The UPSO will be joined by two faculty members of the UP College of Music: pianist Clement Acevedo, and baritone Raymond Leslie Diaz.

This one-of-a-kind concert also marks the launch of the 60-piece UPSO Chorus made up of choristers from various colleges, institutions, and campuses of UP. The chorus will be led by chorus director Noemi Binag.

From left: Prof. Clement Acevedo, pianist; Dr. Raymond Leslie Diaz, baritone; and Ms. Noemi Binag, chorus director of the soon-to-be-launched UPSO Chorus.


Established by the UP Board of Regents during its 1337th meeting on August 30, 2018, the UPSO serves as the official system-wide orchestra of the University of the Philippines, supported by the UP System Fund and hosted by the UP College of Music. Known fondly as “Ang Orkestra ng Bayan”, the UPSO serves as a repertory orchestra for musicians, a laboratory orchestra for Filipino composers, and a training orchestra for young conductors.

Under the direction of Maestro Josefino “Chino” Toledo, the orchestra maintains a roster of 65 members exclusively from within the UP community, including alumni, students, faculty, and staff, from all UP campuses. It is the only orchestra in the country that regularly performs Filipino, Asian, contemporary, and new works in addition to the standard orchestra repertoire.

Mga Tugtugin ng Paglaya” is FREE and open to the public. For crowd control purposes, please register in advance at

Learn more about the concert and the works to be performed on UPSO’s Facebook page and Instagram account.