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Published on Feb 17, 2007
Performance by Sta. Maria Grand Chorale in the 200th year (Bi-Centennial) celebration of Sta. Maria, Bulacan 1792-1992. Accompanied by Comiso Family Strings Ensemble. Chorale & Strings arrangement by May "Memen" Belarmino. Francisco Santiago was born in Santa Maria, Bulacan, on January 29, 1889 to musically-minded peasant parents, Felipe Santiago and Maria Santiago. He was the first of their three children. His parents had the same surname but they were not related by blood. At age seven, he took solfeggio lesssons under an uncle, Matias Magracia, a country violinist, who took him along to haranas or serenades during moonlit nights. But his parents did not like him to be a musician. It was after his father died that he was given open encouragement to study music. He became popular in his hometown as a boy singer in the school and in the church.