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Date: September 19, 2017Posted by: Marionette Martinez

Prof. Carmencita Guanzon-Arambulo (BM 1958) received the Gawad Nicanor Abelardo for Outstanding Music Educators of the Philippines from the University of the Philippines College of Music on 15 September 2017.

Mrs. Arambulo received her BM degree Magna Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Music of St. Paul College of Manila in 1958. She is best known for introducing the Suzuki Method in the country and propagating it throughout the Philippines and other Asian countries. She is the founder and head of the Greenhills Music Studio, which counts many renowned musicians among its graduates.

Following is the acceptance speech of Mrs. A. as she is fondly called by her students.

I stand before you this evening feeling deeply grateful and blessed to be honored by the UP College of Music where I spent 31 years, served under five deans and taught generations of music students. My years here at UP College of Music were filled with great excitement, intellectual stimulation, enrichment, challenges, and fulfillment, doing what I love most— TEACHING MUSIC.

When I retired in 2007, little did I know that my world would expand as a Suzuki music method educator and missionary. I have been very busy teaching young children, training teachers and setting up programs in Suzuki piano, violin, cello, guitar, flute and early childhood education all over the country. Sometimes successful, sometimes, not. But I continue to dream that someday my efforts will bear fruit, believing that music will save our country and the world.

At present, I am still active travelling and training teachers in Asia being the only certified Suzuki trainer in piano in the region. I also conduct teacher certification examinations in piano and do assessments of children's graduation performances as part of my work. I enjoy doing all these on top of my family responsibilities, my private music studio and preschool.

I am still evolving. My mind has not stopped learning and discovering new ideas and continuing to improve my ways and update my teaching. At my age, I am getting to be more knowledgeable in technology. I continue to be inspired by the people I meet, my Suzuki colleagues and students, the frequent travels and the many concerts I attend. I also love doing food and nature trips. I am enjoying what I am doing.
I just arrived from Indonesia where I trained aspiring Suzuki teachers from Thailand, Hongkong, Korea, Philippines and Indonesia for 42 hours. It's so wonderful and energizing being with young people and sharing my many experiences with them! My calendar is almost fully booked for the year 2018.

I wish to thank the Gawad Nicanor Abelardo search committee, my beloved UP College of Music, and all the people who believed in me from the very start. I also thank my old teachers here and abroad, the St. Paul Sisters, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, my ever supportive and loving husband, Cesar, and all our children, the dedicated and hardworking teachers and staff in my music studio and preschool and all my students, past and present and their wonderful, nurturing parents. You have all contributed to what I have become.

Most of all, I thank the Lord, our God for using me as an instrument of His ❤️love, through music. To Him be all the glory! Maraming salamat po!