“NECRO RITES FOR LATE NATIONAL ARTIST FRANCISCO FELICIANO AT CCP”
THE late National Artist for Music Francisco Feliciano was given a tribute by family and friends in a necrological ceremony held on September 25, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater), followed by an interment held at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Feliciano died on September 19 at the age of 73.
Among those who attended the necrological ceremony were National Artists Bienvenido Lumbera, Abdulmari Asia Imao and Benedicto Cabrera, National Commission for Culture and the Arts Officer in Charge-Executive Director Adelina Suemith, and CCP president Raul Sunico.
Feliciano’s daughter Julette-Marie Feliciano-Batara spoke in behalf of the family.
Proclaimed National Artist for Music in 2014, Francisco Feliciano was known for propagating “Asianness” in his works. He combined Filipino culture, the Western and Asian musical idiom in his operas, ballets, orchestral works and hymns. Many of his choral compositions were performed by the best choirs in the country, such as the world renowned Philippines Madrigal Singers, UST Singers and the Novo Concertante Manila, and won for them numerous awards in international choral competitions. As a performer, Feliciano also brought the Philippines at par with the rest of the European and American worlds. He was invited to conduct the major orchestras of Europe and America, most especially in Asia, a strong indication that his conducting abilities were highly respected by his western counterparts. Feliciano’s philosophy in music was multiplied through his lifelong mission of propagating a new language for religious music, more realistically fulfilled by his numerous students at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, which he founded in 1981. (Photos by Kiko Cabuena and Orly Daquipil)