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Natatanging Gawad Urian kay TITO AREVALO

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The haunting aria of Sisa in Noli Me Tangere, the plaintive song of Dyesebel, the playful children's chorus of Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo, the romantic "Irog, Ako ang Mahalin" from Pedro Penduko, the effusive "Ikaw ang Mahal Ko” from Paltik, the dramatic musical score of El Filibustismo: these are some of the most memorable music ever written for Filipino movies.

The composer is Tito Arevalo, scion of the famous Ilagan clan sarswelistas. Born Eustacio Ylagan in Manila on March 29, 1911, Arevalo (his mother's maiden name) was introduced early to composing by his father, Hermogenes Ilagan, who is known as the father of the sarzuela. He would hear his father hum the melodies he was composing in his study. Early in his youth, he appeared as part of the chorus in his father's sarzuela, most notably Dalagang Bukid. Along with his brother, Gerardo de Leon, he played the piano as accompaniment to silent movies. This later proved helpful to his career as he was continuously improvising melodies for the action on the big screen.

As show business was then considered only as a sideline by the Ilagan clan, Arevalo decided to study law. He passed the bar in 1938. As a student, he appeared as bit player in movies like Ang Dangal. He graduated into lead roles with Ama'tAnak, Gerry de Leon's second feature, and Joaquin Pardo de Tavera's Ang Tiktik. Also during this time, he worked as a musician in many of Escolta's top niteclubs.

Arevalo joined the National Bureau of Investigation as a lawyer when Joaquin Pardo de Tavera founded the agency before the war. During the war, the Japanese abolished the office and he found himself composing music for many of the stage shows popular at that time.
His first efforts at musical scoring were with films of his brother — Estrellita and Panambitan. He also composed the theme of Parlatone's first picture, Diwata ng Karagatan.

After the war, he was lured away from his NBI job by Fernando Poe, Sr. He scored many of Royal Productions' presentations: Aawitan Kita, Lola Basiang, Sanggano, Kasalanan Kaya? He also acted in several films but found the job tiresome. By the middle fifties, he concentrated on musical scoring.

Tito Arevalo worked for many companies: Sampaguita, Premiere Productions, Everlasting, PMP Productions, Tamaraw. Among his outstanding efforts are Diego Silang (for which he won the 1951 Maria Clara award), Buhay Alamang, Huwag Mo Akong Limutin (Famas’60),Apat na Kasaysayang Ginto, Day of the Trumpet, Daigdig ng mga Api.

He also broke new ground. In Sawa sa Lumang Simboryo, the folk song frames the action of the movie. His songs are never intrusive but are subtly woven into the scene. In the early sixties, he experimented with dissonance for action films.

Along with such leading scorers of his generation as Constancio de Guzman, Santiago Suarez and Miguel Velarde, to name a few, Arevalo formally broke away from the tradition of using available canned music. Like his contemporaries, he started composing new songs, writing orchestration and creating musical scores for the movies. He became one of the leading figures of his time as he began to approach music as an essential element of the artistic film; composing an appropriate theme and using music as an integral part of the entire film. Arevalo has always believed that music should be effectively cued at the right time and at the right moment in the film. Arevalo has endeared himself to the movie industry, especially to the more progressive-minded filmmakers of his time, for having experimented with music as an integral part of the action or narrative. His is a legacy of musical scores which are appropriate to the theme and genre, as well as with the various requirements of the film. He developed in the process film music that has become an indispensable part of the entire picture.

Presently, Arevalo continues to fulfill his duties as a member of good standing of the Film Music Directors' Guild and as Director of the Filipino Composers and Publishers, an organization he helped establish many years ago, which is now affiliated with leading international groups and has helped constantly raise local standard of music writing and scoring.

He has won the FAMAS award for best musical scoring several times, in Noli Me Tangere (19 61), El Filibusterismo (1962), Lilet,(1971) and the Asian Film-fest award for Igorota. It is with pride and distinction that the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Filipino has conferred on Tito Arevalo the Natatanging Gawad Urian for his achievements and contributions as a musical scorer in the Filipino film."