The Jesuit-run Ateneo produced its first successful composer in the person of Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros, SJ, whose works (first published in the 1960s) were used in various Catholic rites throughout the country (among his familiar compositions is the Papuri sa Diyos). Other Jesuit priests and religious men followed suit, among which were:
Manoling Francisco, SJ - composer of Hindi Kita Malilimutan ("I will never forget you", based on Isaiah 49); Tanging Yaman ("Precious Treasure") (which became the theme song of a Filipino film of the same title); and "Sa 'Yo Lamang" ("Only yours"). These three songs were covered by popular singers in the Philippines and, perhaps, are the most commercially successful songs published by the JMM.
The JMM has also published music by non-Jesuits, some of which were alumni of the Ateneo. Among these include Jandi Arboleda, Norman Agatep (of Bukas Palad Music Ministry) and Paulo Tirol (of... Read More