1.What musical event in UP do you look forward to or regularly attend? Why?
In UP Mindanao, students always look forward to the celebration of the February Arts Festival in which different art groups mount concerts. This is also a chance for other students to take part in the music scene in the University.
2. Name one or two composers, performers, (individual or group), or mentors from UP who have largely contributed to Philippine music. Discuss briefly his or her contribution.
Prof. Andrea Veneracion and Mark Anthony Carpio, choirmasters of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Their work with the Madz and the vision of Prof. Andrea Veneracion of a singing Philippines helped in the promotion of choral music and Filipino arrangers not just in the country but all over the world.
3. Aside from the current program offerings of the College of Music, what else, do you think, should the College offer or promote?
I would like the College of Music to go out and visit provinces in Mindanao and organize music camps for the marginalized population in geographically isolated communities.
I hope that the College of Music will offer short summer courses, or even degrees, in Mindanao for those who cannot afford to send their kids to Diliman. There are UP campuses in Mindanao that can host a College of Music degree program. For instance, UP Mindanao is hosting UPLB’s PhD in Development Studies program.