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January 29, 1889

MANILA, Jan. 29 — On January 29, 1889, Francisco Santiago, the first Filipino to finish a masteral and doctoral degree in music, was born in Santa Maria, Bulacan.

Despite his poverty, Santiago, composer, pianist and teacher, finished his studies in piano in 1917, and became a piano instructor when the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music was established of the same year.

Also called as Father of Kundiman Art Song, his composition Kundiman, Anak Dalita, the first art song kundiman, was sung by the Royal Court of Spain upon the request of King Alfonso II in 1917.

His masterpiece “Concerto in B flat minor” for piano forte and orchestra was presented at the Chicago Music School, where he received his doctorate degree in 1924.

Upon returning to the Philippines, he became director of the UP Conservatory of Music from 1930 to 1946. He also directed the music for such films as Manileña, Madaling Araw, and Pakiusap.

He died on September 28, 1947 at the age of 58. He was later given a posthumous award as Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan by the City of Manila.

Also on this same day in 1997, President Fidel V. Ramos signed into law RA No.8248, which strengthens the science and technology (S&T) program.

This law further Strengthened the S&T Program of the Government and supplemented the appropriation for the S&T Scholarship Program for poor but talented students under RA 7687.

Scholarship privileges include tuition and other school fees inclusive of outright grant for consumables of technician awardees; book allowance; clothing allowance for first year awardees, transportation allowance; monthly living allowance; group health and accident insurance every semester/term; and additional privileges during summer, if required in the curricula of the scholars.

These students shall serve the country after completion of their courses on full-time basis along their fields of training by rendering service to their provinces or municipalities. (PNA)


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