Ramon Pagayon Santos
Santos in 2016
Ramón Santos

(1941-02-25) 25 February 1941 (age 83)
Known for

Ramón Pagayon Santos (born 25 February 1941)[1] is a Filipino composer, ethnomusicologist, and educator[2] known for being the Philippines' foremost living exponent of contemporary Filipino classical music,[1][3] for work that expounds on "the aesthetic frameworks of Philippine and Southeast Asian artistic traditions,"[3] and for finding new uses of indigenous Philippine instruments.[3]

A University Professor Emeritus of the composition and theory department at the College of Music of the University of the Philippines Diliman,[4] he was proclaimed National Artist of the Philippines for music in 2014.[2][4]

Work as ethnomusicologist

In 1976, Santos began doing fieldwork among folk religious groups in Quezon, collecting and documenting their music.[1] He later also did similar fieldwork among the Ibaloi, Mansaka, Bontoc, Yakan and Boholano peoples.[3] The Philippines' National Commission on Culture and the Arts notes that as a result, Santos' compositions beginning in this period in his professional life were characterized by "the translation of indigenous musical systems into modern musical discourse."[1]


Some of Santos' compositions include:


Santos was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1987.[2][6]

He was one of six people added to the roster of National Artists of the Philippines in 2014.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Ramon P. Santos - National Artist for Music". National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Government of the Republic of the Philippines. Archived from the original on 20 November 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Limos, Mario Alvaro (2 August 2019). "Get to Know All the National Artists of the Philippines". Esquire Magazine Philippines. Archived from the original on 12 August 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Nicolas, Jino (13 April 2016). "Ramon Santos: A much-needed boost for contemporary music". BusinessWorld. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b Ramon P. Santos, PhD: University Professor Emeritus, Composition and Theory Department. College of Music, University of the Philippines Diliman. Accessed June 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ramon Santos and Francisco Feliciano: Contemporizing Filipino musical traditions". 29 June 2014.
  6. ^ Lucrecia R. Kasilag. Santos, Ramon Pagayon. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed June 2014. (subscription required)
  7. ^ [s.n.] (22 June 2014). New National Artists declared. Philippine Information Agency. Accessed June 2013.