Celebrate April as the birth month of Lino Brocka with the late National Artist’s most accomplished films that continue to resonate with this year’s conduct of Philippine elections, namely, Gumapang Ka sa Lusak, Sa Kabila ng Lahat, Miguelito, Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita and Hahamakin Lahat.
“It’s not really music. Not in the strictest sense,” says National Artist for Music, composer, ethnomusicologist, and UP University Professor Emeritus Ramon Pagayon Santos. He’s referring to his area of research—non-Western indigenous expressive traditions included in the genre called “ethnic music.”
UP’s newest National Artist for Music shares his childhood memories of UP, what he learned from the UP College of Music, and what UP can do to promote a love for original Pilipino music (OPM).