JEM TALAROC, born 1991, has a degree in Composition and Arranging from Sillliman University College of Performing and Visual Arts in Dumaguete City where his works have been performed by Ating Pamana Inc., Silliman University Men’s Glee Club, and the Silliman University Campus Choristers. He composed the contest piece for the 1st Himig at Sayaw Choral Competition, commissioned by the Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee. As a performer, he sang with the Silliman University Gratitude and Goodwill Ambassadors and has conducted performances while teaching at the University.

He is finishing his Master’s degree in Composition at the University of the Philippines College of Music under the tutelage of National Artist for Music Dr. Ramon P. Santos. His work “Dagway”, was premiered by the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra during the Music UnderKonstruction. During his recent Master’s recital, he premiered and conducted four of his newest works. He was awarded the first Tsang-Houei Memorial Award for his chamber piece, “Salin” at the 2015 Asian Composers League Festival.



"Aning Ginto" Awardee



“Kabunyan” for orchestra invokes two significances; one refers the god Kabunyan, the highest among all the Ifugao gods, the other refers to Kabunyan, the Skyworld, the place where according to Ifugao myth, all gods live. It is in the mythological, the unreal, the paranormal, the unreachable, and the unbelievable beauty exemplified in the mountain ranges of Cordillera, that the essence of this piece is fully embodied.