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Filipino composer, conductor and teacher Francisco Feliciano was born at Morong on 19 February 1941. He studied at the University of the Philippines, at Berlin's Hochschule der Künste and at Yale University School of Music. His composition teachers included Krzysztof Penderecki and Jacob Druckman.
He was a National Artist of the Philippines for Music, and one of Asia's leading figures of liturgical music. His more than thirty major works include music dramas and operas, and his hundreds of works of liturgical music include hymns, settings of the mass and other songs used for worship. He also supervised the publication of an Asian hymnal consisting mostly of music by Asian composers. He received a John D Rockefeller III Award for Music Composition in 1977.
He was president of the Quezon City-based Samba-Likhaan Foundation: The Asian School of Music, Worship and the Arts.
Francisco Feliciano died on 19 September 2014, aged seventy-three.