About the Composer

Restie Aquino Umali (View Compositions)

June 10, 1916 - 1998

Birth Place: Paco, Manila
Father: Benedicto Umali
Mother: Eulogia Aquino

Restituto Umali, a teacher of choral arranging and orchestration at the UST Conservatory of Music, majored in Composition and Conducting at the UP Conservatory of Music, and Commerce at the Jose Rizal College. He even passed an electrician’s course at the Philippine School of Arts and Trades before embarking on a rewarding career as a musical scorer for movies. He studied harmony with Felipe P. De Leon. Umali won the FAMAS best music awards for the films “Sa Bawat Pintig ng Puso,” “Pinagbuklod ng Langit,” “Mga Anghel na Walang Langit,” and “Ang Alamat.” He also garnered the best music awards for “Bitter-Sweet” at the 1969 Manila Film Festival and “Ang Agila at Ang Araw” at the 1973 Olongapo Film Festival. His most popular songs are: “Saan Ka Man Naroroon,” “Alaala ng Lumipas,” “Ang Pangarap Ko’y Ikaw,” “Sa Libis ng Barrio,” “Di Ka Nag-iisa,” and “Paano Kita Lilimutin.” He arranged the performance of Maestro Federico Elizalde’s Manila Little Symphony aired on radio stations DZRH and DZPI, apart from his stint as musical director of Sampaguita Pictures.