HONTIVEROS, Eduardo. b. Molo, Iloilo City, 20 December 1923; d. 15 January 2008. This Filipino Jesuit musician was educated at Manila High School and the San Jose Seminary (1939-45). He entered the Society of Jesus in 1945, took novice’s vows in 1947, studied theology in the USA, and was ordained in 1954. He is known as ‘the father of Filipino liturgical music’. In October 2000, Pope John Paul II conferred on him the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice bestowed on clergy and laypersons who have served the church in distinctive ways. The President attended his funeral, and posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Merit.
Hontiveros’ music is sung all over the country’s Catholic churches, and...
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