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July 16, 2013


The late National Artist for Music Arts Andrea O. Veneracion was given a tribute by family and friends in a necrological ceremony held on July 14 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater), followed by an interment held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Veneracion died on July 9, 2013 at the age of 84.

Among those who attended the necrological ceremony were National Artists Napoleon Abueva and Bienvenido Lumbera, National Commission for Culture and the Arts chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr., CCP president Raul Sunico and CCP board chair Emily Abrera, and Mrs. Imelda Marcos.

Veneracion’s daughter Chiqui Veneracion spoke in behalf of the family.

Proclaimed National Artist for Music in 1999, Andrea O. Veneracion was cited as an “exemplary choirmaster and vocal pedagogue” who was always at “the forefront of the development of choral music in the Philippines.” Also known as Tita Andy in the arts and cultural community, Veneracion founded the acclaimed Philippine Madrigal Singers in 1963.  Under her wing, the group, formerly known as the UP Madrigal Singers, succeeded in becoming the only Asian choir to win all the biggest prizes in the world of choral competition. Today, the Madrigals are acknowledged as the standard and measure of choral excellence in the country. Veneracion received many awards for her expertise in choral music and performance. She was a long-time professor UP Conservatory of Music and was a mentor to many young singers who have become successful vocal soloists and choral directors.

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