Antonino R. Buenaventura

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Antonio Buenaventura also known as Colonel Antonio Buenaventura, was born on 4 May 1904 in Baliuag, Bulacan. He inherited his interest in music and military from his father, Lucino Buenaventura. He was born to a family of musicians and actively involved in the band.

He had formal music lessons in Solfeggio when he was in grade IV. He learned how the band instruments sounded through observation and experimentation. He organized a seven piece school orchestra, a children's group in his school.

In 1922, he composed two pieces, a march and a foxtrot entitled "Only You". He was admitted as clarinetist to the University of the Philippines Symphony Orchestra. He was a student in composition and conducting and the captain of cadet corps of the university when he organized the first student orchestra, the UP Junior Orchestra.

After he completed his Teacher's Diploma in Composition and Conducting in the University of the Philippines (UP), he was appointed faculty member of the Conservatory of Music. He was the UP President's Committee on Folksongs and Dances when he composed the "Pandanggo sa Ilaw", a dance accompaniment.

In 1937, he was commissioned to the military service where he became a music instructor and band conductor at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City in 1939. He was also appointed as the assistant conductor of the Manila Symphony Orchestra. He was designated the 'Municipal Symphony Orchestra's co-conductor and toured in Hongkong, Japan, Guam, and Hawaii in 1948. He also organized the University of the East Student Orchestra.

In his compositions, he tries to capture the Filipino spirit as a whole. He also composed short piano pieces to full-length ballets.


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



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