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Organizers & Participants


Walter Clark

Prof. Walter Clark (UC Riverside), professor of musicology and chair of the Music Department, is a specialist in Spanish and Latin American music and formerly a member of UCR's Rondalla Ensemble. He is the founder/director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music, the author of several books and numerous articles, and the editor of a new series from Oxford University Press, Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music.  He received his doctorate from UCLA, where he studied with Robert Stevenson, and also holds advanced degrees in guitar performance.  

William Summers

Prof. William Summers (Dartmouth), who received his doctorate from UC Santa Barbara, will present his findings concerning the cultivation of music in historic Manila (1571-1898). His archival research over the last decade has unearthed significant parish music collections, archival evidence of the existence of imported music from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, and the extensive and elaborate urban infrastructure that brought about an urban arts culture in Manila, on a par with most medium-sized cities in Spain and Europe. He will also present his findings on the intersections between theatrical presentations and music.



Cassandra Chua

Prof. Cassandra Chua (University of Santo Tomas) will discuss the remarkable, four-volume music collection published by the Poor Clare sisters, Manila (1870-74).  This was the most extensive body of sacred and liturgical music to be published in the Philippines. Its circulation to all parts of the country had a profound impact upon music for almost a century. Professor Chua will also discuss her oral history project with the cantoras of Loboc parish, Bohol, an undertaking that has recovered both the music history of a parish, and the intricate way people who live with natural disasters deal with the transmission and continuity of their culture.

Regalado Trota Jose

Prof. Regalado Trota Jose (University of Santo Tomas) will discuss the unique features of church architecture in the Philippines, including "earthquake baroque," and also present his findings on the production and use of bells in the life of Philippine communities throughout the archipelago.

Elena Mirano

Dr. Elena Mirano (University of the Philippines) will speak on the Subli, a form of traditional celebratory festival from Batangas, and also on her pioneering efforts that resulted in the publication of the first life-and-works study of a Filipino composer, Marcelo Adonay.

Patricia Silvestre-Brillantes

Prof. Patricia Silvestre-Brillantes (University of the Philippines) will speak about the importance of Spanish chronicles as documentation of Filipino contributions to the celebratory life of key neighborhood churches in 18th-century Manila, and also on her extensive research on the feast of the Black Nazarene celebrated annually in Quiapo. This is a thick, historically based discussion of this legendary event in the religious life of the principal suburb of Manila that has been celebrated for more than 200 years.

Ted Milan Torralba

Rev. Ted Milan Torralba (Office of the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines) will present his research on the establishment of the Cultural Heritage movement in the Philippines, both within the Roman Church and through community and governmental agencies. He will also explain the historical and current theological foundations for cultural preservation as they apply to all regions and religious traditions within the Philippines. He provides an essential link between the historic use of art within the Church in the Philippines, and the continuing effects of this historic stance on contemporary Church Rite, Ritual and Spectacle.  He is a member of the Philippine National Commission of Culture and the Arts.