Today, August 31, We commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of National Artist
for Music Lucrecia R. Kasilag.
On August 31, 1918, Lucrecia R. Kasilag was born.
She was proclaimed national artist for music in 1989.
She received many accolades such as the Presidential Award of Merit as woman composer in 1956, and the Presidential Award of Merit and gold medal for leadership and outstanding contribution to music and the arts in 1960.
Her body of work consisted of more than 200 compositions which combined Eastern and
Western styles, incorporating indigenous Filipino instruments in orchestral productions.
In 1976, she became the first female president of the CCP. She also served as the dean
of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) College of Music for 25 years, and
chairperson of the League of Filipino Composers for 35 years.(PCW)