May 14, 1876 - April 23, 1944
Birth Place: Santa Cruz, Manila
Father: Gregorio Abdon
Bonifacio Abdon took private lessons on the rudiments of solfeggio from a certain Mundong Bulag in Pandacan, where he grew up. He learned violin playing and composition from Ladislao Bonus, and conducting from a visiting conductor of the Italian Opera Company.
Bonifacio Abdon’s “Kundiman” was the first printed art song kundiman. This and “Awit ni Maria Clara” earned him the title “Father of the Modern Kundiman.” As the first musician to turn the kundiman into a vehicle for serious composition, Abdon gave it a formal structure, making it different from the performance style of folk songs. He also penned the zarzuelas “Saan Kayo Naroroon,” “Lihim at Pag-ibig,” “Ang Anak ng Dagat,” and “Ang Masamang Kaugalian.”