Jerry Dadap

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Jerry Dadap was the first Filipino composer who had given a concert featuring only his works at the famous Carnegie Recital Hall.

He was born on 5 November 1935 in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte. He was born to his mother's musical clan, to the best trombone player, Castor Amber who is his uncle, and his elder sister as his actual music trainer.

He started composing when he was studying in Silliman. Those compositions were solo songs and choral pieces which shows the influence in him of his mother's singing and his church activities. Back in Manila, he became a member of UP ROTC Band where he was at first assigned to play percussion and later learned to play the trombone. His first orchestral piece was his entry to the National Composition Contest with a symphonic poem and that won second place. He experienced teaching rondalla when he taught at the Ramon Magsaysay High School in Cubao.

His major works as composer-conductor was performed at the concert "LAHI" that featured works by the major composers in town.

Initially, his compositions are modern which worked out on diabritone chord.


  • Second Place, National Symphonic Poem Composition Contest sponsored by the UST Conservatory of Music Alumni Association, 1960
  • Citation as Outstanding musician, Committee on Annual Awards, UP,1960
  • First Prize, National Rondalla Composition Contest, sponsored by the Manila Times Publishing Company, 1967
  • International Awardee; Distinguished Service Award Medal from the International Order of Demolay (for composition of the Demolay Hymn), 1968
  • Award for Meritorious Achievement in the field of Music, as an outstanding son of the province of the Southern Leyte, 1968
  • Composer of the month, DZFE, May 1968
  • Southern Leyte Press Club Award, 1974


  • Samson, Helen F. Contemporary Filipino Composers. Quezon City: Manlapaz Publishing Company, 1976.



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