2018, August 31. Lucrecia R. Kasilag, National Artist for
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LUCRECIA R. KASILAG BIRTH CENTENARY -
National Artist for Music
Lucrecia Roces Kasilag is an educator, composer, writer, researcher,
lecturer, performer, and cultural administrator. She devoted all her
professional life to the development of Filipino music and the
growth of Filipino musician.
“Tita King,” as she was fondly called, was Chairperson of the League
of Filipino Composers for 30 years. She steered her fellow composers
towards the attainment of national identity in their works by
organizing music festivals and participating in conferences and
festivals of Asian music. Her creative efforts spawned a prodigious
output of more than 250 compositions of all types, many of which
synthesized the myriad influences in our culture.
As music directress, researcher, and composer for the Bayanihan
Philippine Dance Company, her distinctive and dynamic treatment of
folk and ethnic music has served to complement and heighten the
dance repertoire of this world-acclaimed dance troupe.
Tita King was Dean Emeritus of the Philippine Women’s University
College of Music for 25 years. During her term, she founded the
Philippine Music Ensemble to illustrate the many facets of
Philippine Music – ethnic, traditional, and contemporary.
In her 17 years as president of the Cultural Center of the
Philippines and 3 more years as special consultant, Tita King, has
through her leadership and achievements, forged lasting and
important cultural links with the rest of the world. A measure of
the value of her life-long commitment to the arts is found in the
numerous awards, decorations, citations and academic honors she has
Dr. Kasilag has untiringly worked to raise the level of music
education and appreciation in the country, striving to integrate the
making and enjoyment of music in community life. Through her
devotion to her art, she has added important new dimensions to our
musical traditions. More importantly, she has re-awakened our people
to the worth of Filipino musician and his music.
Lucrecia R. Kasilag was proclaimed National Artist for Music in 1989
by President Corazon C. Aquino.