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Maria Rosalina “Ria” Villena-Osorio is one of the most sought-after composers, arrangers and musical directors in the Philippine music scene, known for her beautiful and innovative arrangements that bridge the musical divide between orchestral, jazz, world, rock and pop music.

An accomplished pianist, she has arranged for and performed with a wide range of musicians and musical groups, including The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philippine Youth Symphonic Band, The Metro Manila Community Orchestra, The Manila Symphony Orchestra, The Cebu Peace Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bob Aves World Jazz Group, Jeremy Monteiro’s All Star Jazz Band, Mel Villena’s AMP Big Band, Lea Salonga, Bamboo, Aiza Seguerra, Ogie Alcasid and Yeng Constantino, among others.

Ria has also arranged and composed for numerous TV productions, including the opening theme song of the “Be Careful With My Heart” TV series, and music for Amazing Race Philippines season 1. She was also a resident arranger for The Voice of the Philippines, Season 1, as well as The Singing Bee, Philippine Idol, and Twist and Shout.


Ria is always trying to push boundaries, especially when it comes to exploring musical possibilities and creating new music that incorporates both Western and indigenous Filipino elements and sensibilities.


SELECTED MUSICAL WORKS

Orchestral/Symphonic Compositions and Arrangements

orchestra arrangements for Playlist 35: Lea Salonga’s 35th Anniversary Concert

orchestra arrangements for 3D: Martin Nievera’s 30th Anniversary Concert

arrangements for the Hong Kong Philharmonic tribute to Leslie Cheung (2013)
orchestra arrangements from films of Leslie Cheung

Binibining Pilipinas 2013
orchestra arrangements for the ABS CBN Philharmonic, featuring Martin Nievera

“Be Careful With My Heart”
virtual orchestra arrangement for the TV series

Amazing Race season 1
music for the reality TV show series

“Maging Sino Ka Man” (2012)
Orchestra arrangement for the TV Series, Juan de la Cruz Superhero, sung by Martin Nievera

“The Way You Look Tonight” (2012)
Orchestral arrangements. Performed by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra for TV Patrol’s 25th Anniversary Concert.

“Coelitum,” “Inay/Stella Maris,” “Heart of Jesus Meek and Mild” (2012)
String orchestral arrangements for Jesuit Communications (JESCOM)’s upcoming album.

“The Rose,” “The Way You Look Tonight” (2011)
Orchestral arrangements for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

“Bahay Kubo” (2012)
Symphonic arrangement. Commissioned and performed by the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band.

“Sarung Banggi,” “Sitsiritsit/Leron Sinta Medley” (2007)
Symphonic arrangements. Commissioned and performed by the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band.

“Andre Dionisio Medley” (2011)
Orchestral arrangement. Performed by the Manila Symphony Orchestra and Tricia Jimenez.

“Memory” (2011)
Orchestral arrangement. Performed by the Lea Salonga and Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

“RPG: Metanoia Film Score” (2010) (co-written with Gerard Salonga)
Original orchestral and MIDI music score. Performed by FILharmoniKA. Best Musical Score, PASADO Awards. Finalist, Best Musical Score, Golden Screen Awards. Nominee, Best Musical Score, Metro Manila Film Festival.

“Nonot Kamo Kanako” (2007)
Orchestral arrangement. Performed by the Peace Philharmonic Orchestra of Cebu.

“Trees” (2005)
Original composition. Philippine representative to the Asian Composers’ League Young Composers Competition, Thailand.

“Tagulaylay” (2005)
Original composition. Commissioned by the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), contest piece for the Voice category. Lyrics written by Dong Abay.

“People Are Strange,” “River Dance” (2002)
Orchestral arrangements. Performed by the Metro Manila Community Orchestra.


Pop/Rock/Jazz/World Musical Direction and Arrangements

Power of Two: Aiza Seguerra and Charice Pempengco (2013)
Musical director/arranger, together with Troy Laureta

BY Request: Bamboo Manalac and Yeng Constantino concert (2013)
Musical Director/arranger together with Jack Rufo

The Voice of the Philippines 2013
Resident arranger

KZ Tandingan’s album, “KZ Tandingan” (2013)
album arrangements

Aiza Seguerra’s Bente Singko: 25th Anniversary Concert (2012)
Musical Director together with Mike Villegas

Ogie Alcasid’s “EDSA Revolution” (2011-2012)
Musical Director for Ogie Alcasid’s concert series.

Ogie Alcasid’s “OPM2GO” (2012)
Musical Director for Ogie Alcasid’s launch concert.

Piolo Pascual’s “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako” (2012)
String orchestral arrangements for ABS-CBN’s “Little Champ” teleserye theme song.

Aiza Seguerra’s “Sana Maulit Muli” (2012)
String orchestral arrangements for ABS-CBN’s “Sana Maulit Muli” teleserye theme song.

Aiza Seguerra’s “Be Careful With My Heart” (2012)
String orchestral arrangements for ABS-CBN’s “Be Careful With My Heart” teleserye theme song.

Aiza Seguerra’s “Mundo Man Ay Magunaw” (2012)
String orchestral arrangements for ABS-CBN’s “Mundo Man Ay Magunaw” teleserye theme song.

Krizza Neri’s debut album, “Krizza” (2012)
String orchestral arrangements.

Sitti Navarro’s “Ang Aking Awitin” (2011)
Musical Director, arrangements for Sitti Navarro’s anniversary concert.

Bamboo Manalac’s debut solo album “No Water, No Moon” (2011)
Rock and orchestral arrangements.

Jovit Baldovino’s “Forevermore” (2011)
Pop arrangements.

Erik Santos’s “Awit Para Sa ‘Yo” album (2011)
Pop arrangements.

Juris Fernandez’s Album, “Forevermore” (2011)
Pop arrangements and orchestrations.  Released in the Philippines and Singapore

Jeremy Monteiro’s All Star Jazz Band (2009)
Jazz arrangements for Singapore artist Jeremy Monteiro’s All Star Jazz Band live concert.

The Company’s “Quick Change” (2009)
Musical Director, arrangements for The Company’s concert.

“Singing Bee” (2008-2009)
Resident arranger for the ABS-CBN TV series.

“Philippine Idol” (2006-2007)
Resident arranger for the ABC5 TV series.

“Kumpas” album, various artists (2008)
Rock orchestral arrangements.

Johnny Alegre’s “Eastern Skies” album (2007)
Jazz orchestral arrangements.

Lea Salonga’s “Inspired” album (2006)
Pop orchestral arrangements.

Bamboo, “Light Peace Love” album (2006)
Rock arrangements.

“Anti-Corruption Song Writing Competition Concert” (2006)
Musical Director, arrangements for the contest/concert sponsored by the Office of the Ombudsman.



Awards/Nominations
- 2011 PASADO Awards (Pampelikulang Samahan ng Mga Dalubguro/Film Educators/ Society) - BEST MUSICAL SCORE, RPG METANOIA
- 2011 Golden Screen Awards - NOMINATED FOR BEST MUSICAL SCORE, RPG METANOIA
- 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival, NOMINATED FOR BEST MUSICAL SCORE, RPG METANOIA



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