LUCRECIA ROCES KASILAG (1918 - 2008)
Lucrecia Roces Kasilag was born in San Fernando, La Union, in 1918 and studied at the Philippine Women’s University and at St. Scholastica’s College before further study at Eastman School of Music. She occupied a leading position in music in the Philippines as a composer, a teacher, a writer and an administrator. She was president and artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex and was dean emeritus of the Philippine Women’s University College of Music, which she headed for 25 years.
As a composer Lucrecia Kasilag was prolific, exploring, in particular, the possible conjunction of Eastern and Western instruments and material. Her work in music has been recognized at home and abroad by various official honours, and she frequently represented her country abroad at international conferences on music.