Necrological rites for National Artist Andrea Veneracion Sunday

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The Cultural Center of the Philippines will pay tribute to National Artist for Music Andrea Veneracion in a necrological ceremony on July 14 at 9 a.m. at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

Veneracion passed away on Tuesday night in her home in Cubao, Quezon City.  She was 84.

She will be cremated on July 11. Her remains will be brought to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral at 40 Lantana St., Cubao, Quezon City.

Veneracion’s death comes two days before her 85th birthday on July 11 and a month before the first Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Competition and Festival opening on August 7.


Organized by the CCP, the Festival is the first international choral festival in the country and is being held to mark the 50th year of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Veneracion, who was known as Tita Andy in the arts and cultural community, 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 was named National Artist for Music in 1997. She was cited as an “exemplary choirmaster and vocal pedagogue” who was always at “the forefront of the development of choral music in the Philippines.”

Veneracion received many awards for her expertise in choral music and performance.  She was a long-time professor at the UP Conservatory of Music and a mentor to many young singers who have become successful vocal soloists and choral directors.

Veneracion was born July 11, 1928 to Macario Ofilada and Raymunda Carriaga, a voice teacher.

For more information about the CCP necrological ceremonies for Andrea Veneracion, call the Office of the Artistic Director at 832-1125 local 1121.

EUDEN VALDEZ

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