Rosalina Abejo

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Sister Maria Rosalina Madroñal Abejo, RVM (July 13, 1922[1]:2 – June 5, 1991) was a Filipino composer and conductor. She was born in Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental in the Philippines, and died in Fremont, California. She is the first Filipina composer and conductor, and a nun of the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary. Her aunt, the late Sister Maria Rosario Madroñal, RVM was her first music teacher. She studied composition at the Philippine Women's University, and in 1977, she moved to the United States, where she studied at Eastman School of Music and The Catholic University of America. She taught composition and music theory at Kansas University and St Pius Seminary in Kentucky. Before this she travelled extensively in order to fund-raise, and to attend international music conferences. In 1972, Abejo wrote Overture 1081, when martial law was declared by Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines through Proclamation No. 1081.[1]:6, 8 Abejo has received a number of honours, including the Republic Culture Heritage Award (1967), Philippines' Independence Day Award (1973), and being elected President of the Philippine Foundation of Performing Arts in America in 1980.[2] She is interred at Irvington Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, California.[3]


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  2. ^ Lucrecia R. Kasilag. "Rosalina Abejo", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed September 12, 2006), (subscription access).
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