Who Are Some Famous Filipino Composers?

Some famous Filipino composers include Allan Pineda Lindo, Levi Celerio and Nilo Alcala. Pineda and Celerio both compose music for live performances, and Alcala primarily composes for film.

Pineda is most famous for being a member of the hip-hop group Black Eyes Peas alongside will.i.am, Fergie and Taboo. He was born in 1974 in the Barangay of Sapangbato, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, to a Filipina mother and an African-American father. Pineda, who goes by the stage name apl.de.ap, composed songs for the Black Eyed Peas and many other major and independent label musical acts.

Celerio was born in 1910 in Tondo, Manila, Phillipines, and died in 2002. Despite the turbulent time the country was facing during his youth, he pursued his love of music, which ultimately allowed him to study at the Academy of Music in Manila under a full scholarship. He went on to become the youngest composer associated with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and he also maintained a prolific career as an independent songwriter.

Alcala was born in 1978 in Lucena City, Philippines. During his short career, he has received numerous awards and recognitions for his compositional work. In the 24th annual Metro Manila Film Festival, he won Best Movie Theme Song for the film "Homecoming" from Filipino director Gil Portes.