Professor Dr. Verne de la Peña

Professor Dr. Verne de la Peña

Professor LaVerne de la Peña is the Dean of the College of Music at the University of the Philippines and the Director of the UP Center for Ethnomusicology. He obtained his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii. Research areas include Benguet Kankana-ey, Tagalog, and Filipino hiphop. He has presented papers and lectures on burial rites and prestige feasts in Buguias Benguet as well as repartee singing and drinking events in Sariaya Quezon.


Professor LaVerne de la Peña received Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in composition from the University of the Philippines, and has written for various media, including chamber, choral, dance and theatre. His works have been published and performed in parts of Asia and America.

His most recent work is Putri Anak, a theatre piece premiered at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in April of 2017. The work fuses the Philippine Spanish colonial genre called komedya with Southeast Asian stylistic elements. As a member of the faculty in the University of the Philippines College of Music, Professor LaVerne de la Peña handles graduate and undergraduate courses in World Music, Philippine Music and Musicology. He has given lectures and seminars in the same areas all over the country and internationally.


He is also music director of Tugma (Tugtugang Musika Asyatika), a student ensemble specializing in Philippine and Asian music.

Dean, 

College of Music, 

University of the Philippines, 


Director of the UP Center for Ethnomusicology

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