Studies Abroad

Soon after becoming the first recipient of the UNESCO fellowship for music composition in 1956, Rosendo departed for the US, Europe, and elsewhere to study with some of the most prominent musicians of the century. This page highlights his travels of Europe and Asia before permanently residing in America in 1963.


He composed the background music for J. Arthur Rank Films at Pinewood Studios in London, England, where he worked with Muir Mathieson and Malcolm Arnold. Among his teachers here were Humphrey Searle and conductor Norman Del Mar.

Rosendo and the Queen Mother: a moment never to be forgotten…

Rosendo was guest composer and conductor of the Guildhall School of Music Symphony Orchestra in a Royal performance for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

While visiting England, Rosendo enjoyed some sight-seeing:

Westminster Bridge.
Big Ben at background and House of Parliament

Buckingham Palace.
Indeed, a very unique seat!

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

He had the unique opportunity to meet and interact with major figures in music, politics, etc. One such politician was Ambassador Leon Ma Guerrero III, one of the foremost Filipino nationalists of his era, and a novelist as well.

Posing with Ambassador Leon Ma Guerrero, Philippine Embassy

He rubbed elbows with some of the most respected artists in England: Denis Matthews, pianist, Harry Blech, violinist/conductor, Benjamin Frankel, composer

Schmoozing with British Colleagues
From left to right: Denis Matthews, pianist, Rosendo Santos, Harry Blech, conductor, Benjamin Frankel, composer


Waiting for the Pope on January 1, 1957

Rosendo seized the opportunity to visit the Piazza San Pietro, Vaticano (St. Peter’s Square), Rome, Italy. New Year’s Day, January 1st, 1957, at 11:50 A.M. he had a photograph taken waiting for Pope Pius XII to come out from his window and bless the world.


At the Don Quixote Monument. Madrid, Spain


At the Princess Gardens with Edinburgh Castle at background. Edinburgh, Scotland


Posing in Bangkok.

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