National Artist for Music Andrea Veneracion passed away in her home in Cubao, Quezon City.
Veneracion was born July 11, 1928 to Macario Ofilada and Raymunda Carriaga, a voice teacher. She was 84 when she died last Tuesday night, July 9.
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 said 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 University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers, succeeded in becoming the only Asian choir to win all the biggest prizes in the world of choral competition.
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 was a mentor to many young singers who have become successful vocal soloists and choral directors.