Jovita Fuentes

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Jovita Fuentes, the great diva, is the first female National Artist for Music in 1976. Her significant contributions are the publication of the song of Filipino compositions and the organization of the Boys Town Band Concert.



A theater artist, she made a name in European operas portraying the role of Cio-cio-san in Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Teatro Municipale di Piacenza. She was given the unprecedented award of "La Embahadora de Filipinas a su Madre Patria" by Spain. Also responsible for producing operas in the Philippines. She became the chairperson of the Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines. An internally acclaimed artist, she also made performances in Manila, Japan,, United States. She was the first Filipina who had sung all over the world.

She also sang for charitable organizations to raise funds with San Lazaro Hospital, Abiertas House of Friendship, La Liga de Damas Catolicas, Convento de Monjas Carmelitas, and the Casa de Buen Pastor.

Organizing a Filipino Symphony Orchestra

The establishment of the Music Production Foundation by an act of Philippine Congress was due to her influence and appeals. It was signed into law by President Ramon Magsaysay and was funded by the government. With the foundation's accomplishment and successful productions under her as the appointed chairman, Republic Act No. 3630, that appropriated P900,000 a year as the government's aid to the Music Promotion Foundation in order to organize, develop, and maintain a Filipino symphony orchestra and a Filipino opera company was signed by President Diosdado Macapagal.

She continued to be a dynamic leader in the filed of music as she was working with musical clubs and organizing concerts. The chairperson of Music Promotion Foundation Board of Trustees, she became the president of the Artists Guild of the Philippines, head of the voice department of the UP Conservatory of Music and of Holy Ghost, and the president of the Associacion de Damas de Caridad of Sta. Isabel College, to mention a few.


  • National Artist Award for music in 1976
  • Diwa ng Lahi awardee in 1975
  • on of the "outstanding Women of the Philippines" in 1967
  • Voice Teacher of the Year in 1952
  • Presidential Merit in 1958 for her achievements in music


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  • de Guzman,Jovita V.,Vicente A. Santiago,Remedios T. de Leon and Teresita E. Erestain. Women Of Distinction; Biographical Essays on Outstanding Filipino Women of the Past and the Present. Philippines: Bukang Liwayway, 1967
  • Human Development Sector. Sulong Pilipina! Sulong Pilipinas! A Compilation of Filipino Women Centennial Awardees. National Centennial Commission -Women's Sector. Taft Avenue, Manila:1999



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