On This Day, May 5

On This Day, May 5, 2019, is the 15th death anniversary of Jose Maceda, a National Artist for Music.

Jose Maceda was born on January 31, 1917, and passed away on May 5, 2004.

A composer, musicologist, teacher, and performer, he explored the musicality of the Filipino deeply. Maceda embarked on a life-long dedication to the understanding and popularization of Filipino traditional music.

Maceda’s research and fieldwork have resulted in the collection of an immense number of recorded music taken from the remotest mountain villages and farthest island communities. He wrote papers that enlightened scholars, both Filipino and foreign, about the nature of Philippine traditional and ethnic music. His experimentation also freed Filipino musical expression from a strictly Eurocentric mold. (source)



Ryan Cayabyab was born. He is a National Artist for Music. He has scored films such as Agila (1980), Karnal (1983), Hihintayin Kita sa Langit (1991), and Ang Lalaki sa Buhay ni Selya (1997).

Ryan Cayabyab is the most accomplished composer, arranger, and musical director in the Philippine music industry since the bloom beginning the 1970s. His learned, skillful, and versatile musical style spans a wide range of genres: from conservatory or art compositions such as concert religious music, symphonic work, art song, opera, and concerto to mainstream popular idioms in the music industry and in live contemporary multimedia shows (musical theater, dance, and film). Being very visible in the national media (once a TV host of a long-running arts and culture series and recently a judge in reality TV singing competitions), Cayabyab is a household name. His compositions reflect a perspective of music that extols the exuberance of life and human happiness, thus capturing the very essence of our Filipino soul. (ncca)



On this day in 1869, Filipino painter Fabian de la Rosa was born in Paco, Manila. He studied painting at the Escuela Superior de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado in Manila, and at the Academie Julian in Paris, France.

Fabian de la Rosa was born on May 5, 1869, and passed away on December 14, 1937.

He was a prominent Filipino painter during the American colonial era. He is a winner of the gold medal in the St. Louis Exposition for his painting Planting Rice.

He is known for painting landscapes, portraits, and everyday scenes with women and is regarded as the country’s foremost painter during the American period. He also taught painting at the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts. He died on Dec. 14, 1937. (edhistoryph)