CHUA, Maria Alexandra I.

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Music (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines), 2017
  • Master of Arts in Music, major in Musicology (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines), 2000
  • Bachelor of Music, major in Piano (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines), 1991

Research Highlights

  • Hispanic Sacred Music in early Nineteenth-Century Bohol, Philippines
  • Music Transculturation and Hybridity in Nineteenth Century Urban Colonial Manila
  • Beginning of Music Printing and Publishing in Nineteenth Century Manila, Philippines
  • Hispanic sacred music of the Monasterio de Santa Clara in Intramuros, Manila
  • The Appropriation and Transculturation of Hispanic Villancicos
  • Music in the Context of Philippine Modernity, Transculturation and Cultural Nationalism in Colonial Philippines

Research Interests

  • Historical Musicology
  • Music Transculturation
  • Philippine Modernity
  • Music Hybridity
  • Cultural Nationalism
  • Filipino Transcultural Music Genres

Major Recognitions

  • Silver Series Awardee, University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 2010
  • Outstanding Students of UP Award “Parangal sa Magaaral”, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, 2013

Professional Activities

  • Research Fellow, Departamento de Musicologia, Facultad Geografia y Historia, Universidad Complutense, Madrid (AY 2015-2016)
  • Participant, IIAS Macau Winter School (2013)
  • Guest Speaker, First Meeting of the Sociedad para Estudio de Musica de Isabelina, Madrid Spain (2016)
  • Guest Lecturer, Macau Ricci Institute
  • Recipient of Sumitomo Grant (2003)

Selected Publications

  • Kirial de Baclayon ano 1826: Hispanic Sacred Music in 19th Century, Bohol, Philippines published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2010 ISBN 978-971-550-603-8
  • “Music of the Galleons: Intercultural Exchange in Early Modern Manila” Angara, Edgardo, Ner, Sonia P. (eds) The Manila Galleon: Traversing the Pacific, Rural Empowerment Assistance and Development (READ) Foundaion, Inc., 2012
  • “Philippine Music in the Context of Hispanization and Christianization.” Diagonal: Journal of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, 4, Copyright 2010, Regents of the University of California (International Publication E-Journal)
  • “Calenda, Suroy, Altares, Bolibongkingking, et. Al: The Hispanic Musical Traditions of Loboc, Bohol”, Musika Jornal, Vol. 4, 2008