By Glen S. Ramos
MANILA — The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has bestowed the prestigious Lamp of Culture and Arts Awards to Professor Pedro “Edru” Abraham for his exemplary works as a musician.
The awarding was held earlier this month at the Philippine Center of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute in Manila.
Abraham, one of the recipient of the award is a native of Cagayan province and a resident of Tuguegarao City.
He is a versatile artist, exceptionally talented in the field of music including composing, choreography, acting, dancing, and even producing and directing theater plays.
Earned his Bachelor of Arts in Speech & Drama degree at the University of the Philippines – Diliman where he also completed his Master’s Degree in Art History.
Professor Abraham has written and produced more than 500 projects on TV, radio, theater and also founded the famous “Kontemporaryong Gamilan Pilipino” music group in 1989.
He received notable awards throughout his career including the ‘Most Outstanding Performance Artist in Performance Art’ in the International Awards for Arts and one of the “Gintong Medalya” awardees in the Dangal ng Lahing Cagayano Awards of 2018.
Currently, he is a consultant and lecturer at the Department of Arts Studies, UP Diliman and still continues to pursue his advocacies in the realm of arts, dance, and music, human rights, rights of indigenous people, and ecological conservation.
The good professor retired in 2012. (ai/mtvn)