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Ryan Cayabyab

Ryan Cayabyab, born Raymundo Cipriano Pujante Cayabyab but affectionately known as Mr. C, is a Filipino musician and was the Executive and Artistic Director of the defunct San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts. He was also a resident judge for the only season of Philippine Idol in 2006.

His works range from commissioned full-length ballets, theater musicals, choral pieces, a Mass set to unaccompanied chorus, and orchestral pieces, to commercial recordings of popular music, film scores and television specials.

Cayayab’s current project includes the Ryan Cayabyab Singers (RCS), a group of seven young adult singers comparable to his prior group Smokey Mountain in the early ’90s. After FreemantleMedia decided not to renew the Philippine Idol franchise, Cayabyab transferred to rival show Pinoy Dream Academy (season 2), replacing Jim Paredes as the show’s headmaster. PDA 2 started on June 14, 2008.

Ryan Cayabyab is 2004’s Gawad CCP Awardee for Music. On February 2, 1999, he was selected as one of the 100 awardees of the CCP Centennial Honors for the Arts .

Ryan Cayabyab was also the Executive and Artistic Director of the San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts. He was the conductor of the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra (SMPO) and the San Miguel Master Chorale (SMMC). Under his direction, the SMPO and the SMMC have recorded seven award-winning albums to date: Great Filipino Love Songs (2004), Great Original Pilipino Music by Ryan Cayabyab (2004), The Sacred Works of Ryan Cayabyab (2004), Pasko I and Pasko II (2005), Great Original Pilipino Music from the Movies (2006), and Dancing in the Rain (2006).

Other Information

  • Birth name : Raymundo Cipriano Pujante Cayabyab
  • Also known as : Mr. C
  • Born : May 4, 1954
  • Origin : Quezon City, Philippines
  • Genres : classical, Manila sound, jazz, religious
  • Occupations : conductor, composer, arranger, pianist, singer
  • Instruments : piano, multitrack recording (for his “One” series of albums)
  • Associated acts : Philippine Madrigal Singers, Ryan, Ryan Musikahan (TV show), Smokey Mountain, San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra, San Miguel Master Chorale, Philippine Idol, Pinoy Dream Academy 2

Discography

  • Great Filipino Love Songs
  • Great Original Pilipino Music by Ryan Cayabyab
  • Paski I
  • Pasko II
  • Spolarium the Opera
  • The Filipino Classics
  • The Sacred Works of Ryan Cayabyab
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Great Original Pilipino Music from the Movies
  • Dancing in the Rain
  • One
  • One Christmas
  • One More
  • Roots to Routes (Pinoy Jazz II)
  • The Silver Album

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