Executive Committee

Dr. Milagros O. How


Banaue International Music Composition Competition

Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project

The Mother of TOFARM, Dr. Milagros O. How is a fervent advocate for the advancement of Philippine Agriculture and giving recognition to the country’s heroes: the farmer.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. Due to her outstanding contributions in uplifting the lives of Filipino farmers, she was conferred a doctorate degree in Humanities, Honoris Causa, by the Angeles University Foundation in 2013. In her continuous pursuit of further knowledge in the field of agriculture, Dr. How is currently studying Agriculture, major in Soil Science at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños.

Dr. How is currently the President/CEO of Universal Harvester, Incorporated, a leading manufacturer, distributor, and exporter of organic and inorganic fertilizer in the Philippines. As a businesswoman, she has had remarkable accomplishments in the chemical, fertilizer, shipping, food, and travel industries.

She has spearheaded various projects that have truly improved the lives of 8 million Filipino farmers. Some of these projects were the establishment of several training programs, agriculture scholarships, local and international study tours, advocacies, TOFARM Film Festival, Technology Advancements, farmer communities empowerment, research programs on crops fertilization method.

Adding to these is being the founder of TOFARM, the Philippines’ most prestigious recognition body for The Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines; which also paved way to other award-giving bodies wherein the arts (photography, movie, and music) celebrate Philippine agriculture – The TOFARM Photo and Infomercial Contest, TOFARM Film Festival and TOFARM Songwriting Competition.

Recently, together with the local government of Banaue, she has spearheaded projects to help restore the Banaue Rice Terraces namely, Banaue International Music Composition Competition and Banaue Coffee Table Book.

Achievements and Recognitions:


  • Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, conferred by the Angeles University Foundation (AUF), May 2013 

  • 2013 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year - Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines (October 16, 2013; Rizal Ballroom, Makati Shangri-La Hotel)

  • Woman Starpreneur 2014 - Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship "Go Negosyo" (March 2014)

  • 2014 Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA), Outstanding Category (November 2014)

  • 2015 Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA), Social Empowerment Category (June 19, 2015; Macau, China)

  • Special Award by the Philippine Regulatory Board of Chemical Engineering - Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for her valuable contribution of eight (8) chemical manufacturing plants to the Industry (June 21, 2015)

  • 2016 Class of Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women (May 9-12, 2016; Shanghai, China)

  • Panelist, International CSR Summit 2016 (AREA) - Smart Partnership - The Role of The Public and Private Sectors in Institutionalizing Sustainability (June 24, 2016; Resorts World, Sentosa, Singapore)

  • Gawad Kaagapay Awardee of Landbank of the Philippines (August 10, 2016; Diamond Hotel, Manila)

  • Entrepreneur of the Year in the Agriculture Industry - Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2016 (December 1, 2016; Dusit Hotel, Thani, Makati City)

  • World Peace Advocate Awardee of Rotary Club, District 3830 (February 23, 2017; Sofitel, Manila)

  • Honorary Adopted Daughter of Banaue Ifugao by the people and Local Government Unit of Banaue (April 28, 2017; Banaue, Ifugao)

  • UPAA Distinguished Alumna Award in Corporate Social Responsibility (August 19, 2017; Ang Bahay ng Alumni Diliman, Quezon City)

  • Top CSR Advocates in Asia - Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) (October 26, 2017; InterContinental Hotel, Singapore)

  • Awardee of the Hibiscus Centennial Series for the Women In Social Entrepreneurship Awards of University of the Philippines Los Baños“Hibiscus Rosa-Sinesis” (Dr. Milagros O. How) February 9, 2018

  • Natatanging Pangkalikasan Award for the production of the film “High Tide” Guild of Educators, Mentors and Students (March 5, 2018; Parañaque)

Prof. Josefino Chino Toledo

Artistic Director

Banaue International Music Composition Competition


International Award for the Arts recipient and T.O.Y.M. awardee Josefino Chino Toledo is a recognized figure in Asian contemporary art music scene. Currently a professor of music composition, and a University Artist III at the University of the Philippines; Executive Director of Miriam College Center for Applied Music: and Music Director / Conductor of Metro Manila Concert Orchestra and Grupo 20/21 Modular Music Ensemble.
He studied music composition at the University of the Philippines, Cleveland Institute of Music – Case Western University in the U.S., and at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris. He also attended conducting courses with Pierre Boulez in France and the U.S.
The music compositions of Chino Toledo are regularly performed in international festivals, concerts, music competitions and recitals in USA, Canada, Lithuania, Brazil, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and several Asian countries.
The world premiere of his composition “SULYAP SA SIMBAHAN NG QUIAPO MULA SA KALYE ECHAGUE” at Lincoln Center, New York was critically praised by the New York Times and New York Concert Network. While Toledo’s critically acclaimed opera “San Andres B” received Philstage / Gawad Buhay awards for Outstanding Musical Direction, and Outstanding Original Musical Work.
His music has been described as “pure and powerful”, and has been cited for its fusion of contemporary western language and Southeast Asian aesthetics. Music critic Rosalinda Orosa described him as “a composer-conductor of considerable worth” and “…an ingenious, remarkably original composer of singular creativity and imagination.” Toledo’s music is “characterized by great energy and often bears a relationship to the traditional music of Southeast Asia.“


As a conductor, Toledo is noted for conducting premiere performances of works by Filipino composers as well as other Asian composers. As the artistic and music director of the 1997 and 2015 Asian Composers League Music Festival in Manila, he was cited for remarkably conducting the premiere of dozens of contemporary music compositions during its week-long festival. He was also the music director and conductor of the Philippine gala presentation at the 2005 Aichi, Japan and at the 2010 Shanghai, China World Expositions. Toledo likewise conducted the world premiere and other performances of the Indonesian contemporary opera “Tan Malaka” in Jakarta, and performances of new works at the Philippine Centennial Celebration; Art Summit Festival in Indonesia; Pacific Soundstream Festival; Federation Music Week in Melbourne, China – ASEAN Music Festival in Nanning, China, and several festivals in Japan. In 2005, He was appointed as associate artistic director and conductor of “I’mpulse” – 1st Asia-Europe Music Camp by the Asia-Europe Foundation. Toledo’s critically acclaimed and long-running “Music Underkonstruction” project for young Filipino composers, with the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra has been cited for its worthwhile contribution to the Philippine contemporary music scene and musical composition environment.
Toledo’s conducting has been described as “clear and expressive”; and “like weaving a musical magic”. According to Philippine art critic and National Artist Leonor Goquingco, “Toledo is one of the (Philippines’) finest and best conductors ever.”

Among his awards are the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship Award in Italy; 2014 Natatanging Guro (Outstanding Professor) – University of the Philippines (UP) Gawad Chancellor Award; UP Centennial Professorial Grant; One UP Grant; UP University Artiust III (2009-2017); ASCAP-Raymund Hubbel Award in Composition; 2017 Bayani ng Malolos; PMPC Star Award for Best Music; The Golden Screen Award for Best Music; Outstanding Distinguisged Alumni Award from Far Eastern University; and Chancellor Award/s for Outstanding Musical Works from the University of the Philippines. Toledo is cited in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2000ed.-UK) 20th Century Composers of Asia (2002–Tokyo); Komponisten der Gegenwart (2003– Berlin/Munich); Philippine Encyclopedia for the Arts (CCP); Who’s Who in International Music (England); and Who’s Who in Australasia and Far East (England,).
Toledo’s works also include music for theater, films, scoring libraries, orchestrations and arrangements for different performing forces, and revisions and editing of Philippine Sarsuwelas.


Luz Corazon Roque

Competition Coordinator

Banaue International Music Composition Competition

LUZ CORAZON ROQUE graduated from the University of the Philippines with baccalaureate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Music, major in Voice.
As a singer, she has been featured soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metro Manila Symphony Orchestra and Manila Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member and soloist of the Philippine Madrigal Singers for more than ten years, aside from teaching at St. Scholastica’s College, UP College of Music Extension Program and the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music (AILM).
She was Program Director of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) besides being Chair and member of NAMCYA Panel of Judges on several occasions through the years.
Currently, she sings with Koro Madrigal, the Alumni of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. She is President of the UP College of Music Alumni Association and music consultant and resource person for the Banaue International Music Composition Competition. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of DCCD Engineering Corporation.