Google pays tribute to Baliwagenyo National Artist and Guinness Book of World Record Holder, Maestro Levi Celerio on his 108th birthday celebration today – April 30, 2018.
Guinness Book of World Record recognized Maestro Levi Celerio as the only man who could play a song using a leaf. He has been invited to the American Talk Show, The Merv Griffin Show where he played together with various 39 artists using only his leaf as instrument.
Known for his compositions played using leaves, Maestro Levi Celerio is a National Artist for Music and Literature from Baliwag Bulacan. Under the Proclamation No. 1114 of President Fidel V. Ramos with the citation that reads “(his music) was a perfect embodiment of the heartfelt sentiments and valued traditions of the Filipino”, Maestro Levi Celerio was hailed as a National Artist on October 9, 1997.
A violinist, lyricist, composer and a total musician, he is the youngest member of Manila Symphony Orchestra and has wrote over 4000 songs for Christmas, folk dances and traditional celebrations. His top-notched Christmas song composition are Pasko na Naman, Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon (Ang Pasko ay Sumapit), and Misa de Gallo.
He is also the lyricist behind the famous OPM songs like Saan Ka Man Naroroon?, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal, Kapag Puso’y Sinugatan, and Ikaw, O Maliwanag na Buwan, Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak, Sa Ugoy ng Duyan, and Sapagkat Kami’y Tao Lamang, while his folk songs include Ang Pipit, Tinikling, Tunay na Tunay, Itik-Itik, Waray-Waray, Pitong Gatang, Ako ay May Singsing, Alibangbang, Alembong, Galawgaw, Caprichosa, Ang Tapis ni Inday, Dungawin Mo Hirang, Umaga na Neneng, Ikaw Kasi, and Basta’t Mahal Kita. Celerio also wrote nationalistic songs such as Bagong Pagsilang, Lupang Pangarap, and Tinig ng Bayan.
Maestro Levi continues to conduct concerts in the country. He died at the age of 91 on April 02, 2002 where he receive a full military honor as a National Artis. His remains lay in Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Today’s Baliwag town song includes his name as patronage to his contribution to Filipino Music and the recognition and awards he gave in the country. Baliwagenyo musicians continue to give credit and pride to Maestro Levi Celerio as often heard with the Dugong Baliwag, Pusong Baliwag Lyrics “Maestro Levi Celerio, dangal at Yaman ng Musika”.
*Pictures grabbed from the Internet (Credit to the Owner)