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Renato E. Madrid (pen name)

Born on 16 September 1940, Msgr. Rodolfo Escalon Villanueva (known as the writer Renato E. Madrid ) is a priest of the archdiocese of Cebu and is perhaps more famous in the Visayas as a composer of liturgical music and plays both in English and Cebuano. His higher studies led to a Master's in English at the University of Sto. Tomas as well as a Master's in Music at the State University in Moncato, Minnesota, apart from his Philosophy and Theology at the San Carlos Seminary in Cebu. Apart from his famous liturgical works which include choral compositions, masses, musical drama and a three-movement piece for pipe organ, his published literary works include Devil Wings (1997); Mass for the Death of an Enemy(2000); and Southern Harvest (1996). His awards include numerous Palancas and a National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle. He is at present resident professor of Music and English at San Carlos Seminary College, has taught at the Silliman University school of music, the University of San Carlos graduate school, and is a lifetime visiting faculty at the Dipolog and Dumaguete Seminaries.

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