Lucio D. San Pedro

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Lucio San Pedro
Born Lucio D. San Pedro, Sr.
(1913-02-11)February 11, 1913
Angono, Rizal, Philippine Islands
Died March 31, 2002(2002-03-31) (aged 89)
Santa Teresita Hospital, Quezon City, Philippines
Resting place Angono, Rizal
Nationality Filipino
Other names LSP
Occupation composer, teacher
Known for National Artist of the Philippines for Music, composer of hymns like Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno
Spouse(s) Gertrudes San Pedro (née Díaz)
Children Rhodora San Pedro
Bienvenido San Pedro
Ma. Conchita San Pedro
Ma. Cristina San Pedro
Lucio San Pedro, Jr.

Lucio D. San Pedro (February 11, 1913 – March 31, 2002) was a Filipino composer and teacher.


San Pedro came from a family with musical roots and he began his career early. When he was still in his late teens, he succeeded his deceased grandfather as the local church organist. By then, he had already composed songs, hymns and two complete masses for voices and orchestra. After studying with several prominent musicians in the Philippines, he took advanced composition training with Bernard Wagenaar of the Netherlands. He also studied harmony and orchestration under Vittorio Giannini and took classes at Juilliard in 1947.

His other vocation was teaching. He has taught at the Ateneo de Manila University, virtually all the major music conservatories in Manila[citation needed], and at the College of Music of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he retired as a full professor in 1978. He later received the title Professor Emeritus from the University in 1979.[citation needed] He also became a faculty member of the Centro Escolar University Conservatory of Music in Manila.

National Artist[edit]

On May 9, 1991, President Corazon C. Aquino proclaimed San Pedro a National Artist of the Philippines for Music.[1]

Personal Life[edit]

He married Gertrudes Díaz with whom he had five children: Rhodora, Bienvenido, María Conchita, María Cristina and Lucio, Jr.


San Pedro died of cardiac arrest on March 31, 2002 in Quezon City, at the age of 89. Many peers from the Order of National Artists attended his tribute at the Tanghalang Pambansa, including: Napoleón Abueva, Daisy Avellana, Leonor Gokingco, Nick Joaquín, Arturo Luz, José Maceda, and Andrea Veneración. He is buried in his hometown of Angono, Rizal.


  1. ^ National Commission for Culture and the Arts. (n.d.). National Artists of the Philippines. Manila: National Commission for Culture and the Arts.