Andrea Veneracion

Famous Filipino Artist in Music Category: Andrea Ofilada Veneracion or "Ma'am OA", as she is affectionately called was born on July 11, 1928. She is a Filipino choral conductor and a National Artist for Music in the Philippines. She is the Founding Choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and is internationally recognized as one of the finest conductors, pedagogues and musicians of our time. She was also an adjudicator in numerous international choral competitions and was an active force in choral music before her massive stroke in 2005.

In 1997, Andrea Veneracion was awarded the TOFIL (The Outstanding Filipino) Award for Culture and the Arts For her contributions to the development of choral singing in the Philippines.

Eventually in 1999, Ma'am OA was named National Artist for Music, the highest cultural award bestowed by the Philippine government for an individual. In addition, the Philippine Madrigal Singers was named one of the Resident Artists of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.