About the Composer

Constancio De Guzman (View Compositions)

November 11, 1903 - August 16, 1982

Birth Place: Guiguinto, Bulacan
Father: Higino de Guzman
Mother: Margarita Canseco

Constancio Canseco de Guzman, acknowledged dean of Filipino movie composers and musical directors, grew up in Manila where he studied piano and composition under Nicanor Abelardo. He finished his BS Commerce degree at Jose Rizal College in 1928, and passed the certified public accountants board exam in 1932. He became the music director of movie production outfits like Sampaguita, LVN, Royal, Excelsior, Lea, and Tagalog Ilang-ilang. In 1948, his song “Ang Bayan Ko” and “Kung Kita’y Kapiling” bagged the gold medal at the Paris International Fair. The same song won for him the Awit Award for best Filipino lyricist.