University of the Philippines (UP)

In July, 1947, the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music experienced an unprecedented increase in enrollment, and began offering a new curriculum revised largely through the efforts of then-director, Prof. Ramon Tapales. In connection with that year’s enrollment, a scholarship competition was held on June 14, 1947, and among the contestants a few special scholarships were awarded—Rosendo was the recipient of the Bedana Scholarship composition award, a full stipend to attend the University of the Philippines as a student.

Monday, Oct. 15, 1951–UP Conservatory of Music presents a Composition Recital featuring the works of Conservatory Students.

While attending as a student, then later as faculty member, he won many prizes (tilts):

1. October, 1947: “U.P. Alumni” March Song Contest sponsored by the U.P. Conservatory of Music Alumni Association on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the foundation of the conservatory.

2. January, 1951: “The U.E. March Contest” –The University of the East: composition to fit the lyrics written by Dean Jose M. Hernandez

The published manuscript of Rosendo’s winning entry.

3. June, 1951: “The Philippine Republic March” –written on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Philippine Independence.

Accepting a congratulatory handshake from Dr. Herbert Zipper, conductor of the Manila Symphony; chairman of Republic March Contest Committee.
Accepting a congratulatory handshake from Dr. Herbert Zipper, conductor of the Manila Symphony; chairman of Republic March Contest Committee.

4. April, 1952: “National Scout Song Contest”: The Boy Scouts of the Philippines Hymn

The corrected manuscript posted in the July-August, 1952, issue of Philippine Scouting

5. August, 1953: “Song Contest of the Manila Symphony Society for the Harvard Glee Club”

Two Folk Songs published by the Harvard Glee Club
Two Folk Songs published by the Harvard Glee Club

In 1953 the Manila Symphony Society co-sponsored with the Harvard Club of the Philippines a contest in arranging Philippine songs for male voices to be sung by the Harvard Glee Club in the United States. The winners, who received cash prizes, were Rosendo Santos Jr. of the U.P. conservatory of music and Romgn Salvacibn, for their arrangements of Sampaguita and Lulay respectively. These arrangements were given twenty-seven performances (in Tagalog) from coast to coast in the United States by the Harvard Glee Club under Professor G. Wallace Woodworth in 1953-54, thus helping to make Filipino music better known abroad.

From student to professor:
He graduated with a Bachelor of Music from U.P. in April, 1952. He then immediately joined the faculty at U.P.

The University of the Philippines Administration Building.

U.P. College of Music Library:

Rosendo’s portrait (third from the right) displayed at the UP-Diliman Music Library.

Pic of library with his picture on display with the descriptor: “Among the notable documents in the archives and special collections are: Filipino composers and College’s resident performing groups individual files; band, orchestral, vocal, and instrumental scores; miniature orchestral scores; clipped newspaper and periodical articles on music; and other archival materials, e.g. anniversary programs, program notes, recital programs, and biographies/photographs of distinguished alumni, e.g., Prof. Nicanor Abelardo, Prof. Aurelio Estanislao, et al.”

Delta Lambda Sigma Hymn (1958):

Established in 1957, Delta Lambda Sigma sorority is an organization of UPLB female students united with a common goal as determined light seekers. The members have determination to attain scholastic eminence, loyalty and leadership in country and university, and spirit of willingness to cooperate. Rosendo composed the “Delta Lambda Sigma Hymn” in 1958 which continues to be used. This is a gorgeous presentation of the hymn arranged by Ily Matthew Maniano and with the vocal coaching of Gary Fabricante:

U.P. 79th Anniversary Concert: Tribute to 4 Composers:

On Thursday, September 7, 1995, U.P. College of Music celebrated their 79th Anniversary with a concert honoring 4 of the school’s most notable composers: Ramon Tapales (1906-95), Eliseo Pajaro (1915-84), Hiliarion Rubio (1902-85), and Rosendo Santos (1922-94). Featured compositions by Rosendo included: Maharlika Overture, Flute Solo (On Philippines My Philippines), Balitaw (for two cellos), and Fanfare For Joy. Below are the inserts to the program:

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