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Meet Msgr. Rudy Villanueva, A Celebrated Musician and Writer

A trained composer and conductor, Msgr. Rudy is known for his great contributions to liturgical music.

No one has to be blamed for the foreign influences that have been penetrating the Filipino culture in this digital era. From the use of technology to living an artistic lifestyle, many of us desire to always be on-trend.

Admittedly, foreign influences help us diversify our mindset and be more creative. However, many would also say that these put pressure on the youth in terms of catching up to trends, which often results in a loss of interest and patience toward reading local books, listening to local songs, and knowing our local artists.

Take, for example, Msgr. Rodolfo “Rudy” Villanueva. How much does the youth know of him these days? (Read: Who is Abdulmari Imao, the inspiration behind the Imao Obra Typeface?)

Music and Faith

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Fr. Rudy Villanueva, playing his favorite kundiman at the pre-launching of Way Sukod ang Pagmahal: the Words and Music of Fr. Rudy Villanueva at the Marcelo Fernan Press Center, Cebu, Philippines. (Photo from Msgr. Rodolfo “Rudy” Villanueva Facebook)

Msgr. Rudy is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cebu who was born in 1940. He finished his degrees in Philosophy and Theology studies at San Carlos Seminary in Cebu, literature at the University of Santo Tomas, and music composition at Mankato State University in Minnesota. 

A trained composer and conductor, Msgr. Rudy is known for his great contributions to liturgical music. (Read: What Types of Music Are on the Pope’s Playlist?)

Most of his works are choral compositions, masses, musical drama, and a three-movement piece for a pipe organ which is known both in Visayas and Mindanao. 

His Literary Works

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Photo courtesy of subject

Apart from being known for his contributions to music, Msgr. Rudy is also known for being a “genius,” as his students would describe him in literature.  Under the pen name, “Renato E. Madrid,” he has published books and short stories about faith, music, and the Filipino culture.

Some of his works include Devil’s Wings (1997), Mass for the Death of an Enemy (2000), The Vicente Rama Reader: An Introduction for Modern Readers (2003), and Southern Harvest: A Collection of Short Stories (1996) — which received numerous Palanca Awards and National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle-Southern.

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