Francisco Santiago

Francisco Santiago (January 29, 1889 – September 28, 1947) was a Filipino musician, sometimes called The Father of Kundiman Art Song.

Santiago was born in Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines, to musically-minded peasant parents, Felipe Santiago and Maria Santiago. In 1908, his first composition, Purita, was dedicated to the first Carnival Queen, Pura Villanueva, who later married the distinguished scholar Teodoro Kalaw.

Santiago's masterpiece was the "Concerto in B flat minor" for pianoforte and orchestra and his most famous piece "Kundiman, (Anak-Dalita)".

His other compositions are the kundiman "Sakali Man", "Hibik ng Filipinas", "Pakiusap", "Ang Pag-ibig", "Suyuan", "Alaala Kita", "Ikaw at Ako", "Ano Kaya ang Kapalaran?", "Hatol Hari Kaya?", "Sakali't Mamatay", "Dalit ng Pag-ibig", "Aking Bituin", "Madaling Araw" and "Pagsikat ng Araw". He was named UP Emeritus Professor of Piano, on May 25, 1946. When the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music was celebrating its 30th anniversary, the patriotic musician died of a heart attack. He was buried at the North Cemetery, Manila. A hall in the Head Office of BDO (formerly the PCIBank Twin Towers, head office of PCIB) was named in his honor as the Francisco Santiago Hall. It was mainly used for kundiman contests of the Makati City Government and the awarding of Service Awards of the former Equitable PCI Bank and PCIBank.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 29th, 1889 (Santa Maria), Died September 28th, 1947

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1919 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, arranger

Notes: Sometimes listed as Prof. F. Santiago.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-22608 10-in. 3/6/1919 Aray! Victor Band Band composer  
Victor B-23958 10-in. 4/22/1920 Malayan Victor Band Band composer  
Victor BVE-53884 10-in. 6/27/1929 Ay kalisud Nati de Arellano Female vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor BVE-55120 10-in. 7/12/1929 Ikaw at ako Nati de Arellano Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick AMM711 10-in. Nov. 1929 Sakaliman Tomas Esteban ; Pilar García Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick AMM822 10-in. 2/9/1931 Bartek tuleng Candido De León ; Fermin Ramos ; Francisco Santiago Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio leader, composer  
Brunswick AMM824 10-in. 2/9/1931 Dung gial Candido De León ; Fermin Ramos ; Francisco Santiago Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio leader, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Santiago, Francisco," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109469.

Santiago, Francisco. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109469.

"Santiago, Francisco." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109469

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