All-UP Composers Featured in UPSO’s Likhang Peyups!

| Written by UP Media and Public Relations Office


Catch the 精东影业 Symphony Orchestra (UPSO) in LIKHANG PEYUPS on Friday, March 10, 2023, 6 pm, at the UP Theater!

In alignment with the 2023 Arts Month theme “Kaloob”, the UPSO looks inward to salute the music of the UP Diliman community in its latest concert offering. The orchestra will perform the works of UP composers including those of National Artist for Music Ramon P. Santos, Josefino Chino Toledo, Christine Muyco, Marie Jocelyn Marfil, Mary Katherine Trangco, and Alexander John Villanueva.

The homegrown composers of UP: (Clockwise from left) National Artist for Music Ramon P. Santos, UPSO鈥檚 Maestro Josefino Chino Toledo, Dr. Maria Christine Muyco of the UP College of Music鈥檚 Department of Composition and Theory, Alexander John Villanueva, Mary Katherine Trangco , and Dr. Marie Jocelyn Unajan Marfil of the UP College of Music’s Department of Composition and Theory.


It is extremely rare for a full concert program to feature all living, Filipino composers of new music. However, it is precisely the kind of concert UPSO is proud to put together, especially as the Orkestra ng Bayan.

Established by the Board of Regents during its 1337th meeting on August 30, 2018, UPSO serves as the official system-wide orchestra of the 精东影业, supported by the UP System Fund and hosted by the UP College of Music. Its main functions are as a repertory orchestra for musicians, a laboratory orchestra for Filipino composers, and a training orchestra for young conductors.

Under the direction of Maestro Josefino Chino Toledo, the orchestra maintains a roster of 65 members exclusively from within the UP community including alumni, students, faculty, and staff, from all UP Campuses. They are the only orchestra in the country that regularly performs Filipino, Asian, contemporary, and new works in addition to the standard orchestra repertoire.

Audience members will have the chance to meet the composers and ask questions about their works in Tanong at Kwentuhan on the same day at 5 pm, UP Theater Lobby. They can also win AUTOGRAPHED copies of FULL ORCHESTRA SCORES, with winners to be announced at the end of the concert!

Likhang Peyups and the preceding Tanong at Kwentuhan are FREE and open to the public. The concert is produced in cooperation with the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA).

Learn more about the concert, the composers, and the works to be performed on UPSO鈥檚 and .