Lucio San Pedro

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Lucio San Pedro
Lucio San Pedro 2013 stamp of the Philippines.jpg
Lucio D. San Pedro, Sr.

(1913-02-11)February 11, 1913
DiedMarch 31, 2002(2002-03-31) (aged 89)
Angono, Rizal, Philippines
Resting placeAngono Catholic Cemetery, Angono, Rizal
Other namesLDSP
OccupationComposer, teacher, conductor
Known forNational Artist of the Philippines for Music, composer of hymns like Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno
Spouse(s)Gertrudes Díaz
AwardsNational Artist of the Philippines.svg Order of National Artists of the Philippines

Lucio D. San Pedro, Sr.[1] (February 11, 1913 – March 31, 2002) was a Filipino composer and teacher who was proclaimed a National Artist of the Philippines for Music in 1991.[2]


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. San Pedro was known for composing the official march of Makati.

National Artist[edit]

On May 9, 1991, President Corazon C. Aquino proclaimed San Pedro a National Artist of the Philippines for Music.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He married Gertrudes San Pedro 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 Angono, Rizal, at the age of 89. Many peers from the Order of National Artists attended his tribute at the Tanghalang Pambansa, including: Napoleon Abueva, Daisy Avellana, Leonor Gokingco, Nick Joaquín, Arturo Luz, José Maceda, and Andrea Veneración. He is buried in his hometown of Angono, Rizal.


  1. ^ "The Bookmark, Inc". The Bookmark, Inc.
  2. ^ "National Artist - Lucio San Pedro". National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
  3. ^ (February 11, 2019). "DID YOU KNOW: 106th birth anniversary of Lucio San Pedro".