Antonio Hila

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Antonio Hila
Nationality: Filipino
Field/s of Study: Philippine music critic, writer, and historian

Antonio Hila is a well-known Philippine music critic, writer, and historian. He is known as a cultivator of vocal talent in the Philippine opera scene, and was the music teacher of Gary del Rosario, considered one of the greatest tenor voices in the Philippines. 

Hila graduated from the University of Santo Tomas. He is a full professor at the Department of History of De La Salle University, and holds the Remedios Bosch Jimenez Chair in Music Studies. He is the public relations officer of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists.   “Philippine Music: A Historical Overview” was Hila's lecture and video presentation delivered at the University of Hawaii on June 13, 2009, as part of a celebration focusing on Philippine music and food. He spoke about music and history as mutual discourse in cultural studies of the Philippines. The presentation was praised by Dr. Ricardo Trimillos, chair of the Asian Studies Program and ethnomusicology professor at the university.   He has written various books on Philippine music, including Music in History, History in Music, which discusses the Filipino practice of basing local folk songs on music brought in by Spanish and later American colonizers. He said that “[They] only got the gist [of such songs] and gave it a native taste.”  


Conferences attended

  • Speaker, Training-Workshop on Culture and Heritage Awareness in Naga City: On the Road to Cultural Vibrancy. NCF Auditorium, Naga College Foundation, Naga City, 25-26 October 2008 
  • Speaker, “The Life, Time, and Music of Julio Nakpil”. Bahay Nakpil, Quiapo, Manila, 6 September 2006
  • Speaker, “Focus on Cavite and Beyond: Local History in the Context of National History”. Rolle Hall of Cavite State University, Indang, Cavite, 21-23 October 2004


List of publications

  • ’’Musika: An essay on Philippine music’’. (Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas: 1989)
  • ’’The Historicism of Teodoro Agoncillo’’. (UST Pub. House: University of Santo Tomas, 2001)
  • ’’History in Music’’. (University of Santo Tomas, 2004)
  • ’’The Musical Arts in the New Society’’. (Marcos Presidential Center, 2007)
  • ’’Music in History, History in Music’’. (University of Santo Tomas Pub. House, 2004)
  • ”Retro Pinoy Band Conquers Hawaii”. ‘’Asian Journal’’. 27-29 June 2007




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