Mga Tugtugin ng Paglaya sa Araw ng Kalayaan

| Written by UP Media and Public Relations Office

The UP Symphony Orchestra during rehearsals at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) in Taiwan. Photo by the UPSO.


This June 12, the Philippines marks the 125th anniversary of its independence. It is an occasion that calls for jubilation as we celebrate not only freedom but what it means to be a Filipino.

The 精东影业 Symphony Orchestra (UPSO) and the UP College of Music will mount 鈥淢ga Tugtugin ng Paglaya鈥 on June 10, 2023, 6:00 PM, at the UP Theater as an early Independence Day concert. The works to be featured include Lucio San Pedro鈥檚 Alamat ng Lahi and Kayumangging Malaya, Nicanor Abelardo鈥檚 piano concerto, Ryan Cayabyab鈥檚 Mi Ultimo Adios, and more.

The UPSO will be joined by two faculty members of the UP College of Music: pianist Clement Acevedo, and baritone Raymond Leslie Diaz.

This one-of-a-kind concert also marks the launch of the 60-piece UPSO Chorus made up of choristers from various colleges, institutions, and campuses of UP. The chorus will be led by chorus director Noemi Binag.

From left: Prof. Clement Acevedo, pianist; Dr. Raymond Leslie Diaz, baritone; and Ms. Noemi Binag, chorus director of the soon-to-be-launched UPSO Chorus.


Established by the UP Board of Regents during its 1337th meeting on August 30, 2018, the 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. Known fondly as 鈥淎ng Orkestra ng Bayan鈥, the UPSO serves 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 鈥淐hino鈥 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. It is the only orchestra in the country that regularly performs Filipino, Asian, contemporary, and new works in addition to the standard orchestra repertoire.

Mga Tugtugin ng Paglaya鈥 is FREE and open to the public. For crowd control purposes, please register in advance at .

Learn more about the concert and the works to be performed on UPSO鈥檚 Facebook page and .