Levi Celerio's music immortalized in fashion

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2012 11:33 AM | Updated as of Jun 11 2012 07:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Fashion meets music in a new clothing line that pays tribute to National Artist Levi Celerio, who is best known for being a leaf player.

Local fashion brand Freeway recently launched its Levi Celerio collection, the seventh in its limited edition "National Artist" series.

The line includes modern tailored dresses, print graphic tees, woven tops and accessories printed with words and lyrics from Celerio's famous works such as "Sa Ugoy ng Duyan," "Saan Ka Man Naroroon," "Ikaw Ang Mahal Ko," "Ang Daigdig Ko'y Ikaw" and "O Maliwanag ang Buwan."

Pilita Corrales, who had worked with Celerio, performed the National Artist's composition "Ang Pipit" as a form of tribute during the launch.

Described by Freeway as "galactic," pieces from the new line mainly come in shades of dark blue, black, white and brown.

Other National Artists previously featured by Freeway include Nick Joaquin, Ang Kiukok, Jose Garcia Villa, Ramon Valera, F. Sionil Jose and Vicente Manansala.

Leaf player

Born in Tondo, Celerio was the youngest member of the Manila Symphony Orchestra, thanks to a scholarship at the Academy of Music in Manila.

He is famous for making music out of a simple leaf, holding a Guinness World Record for this feat.

During his lifetime, Celerio wrote over 4,000 songs, which mostly express love and nationalistic sentiments. Several of these have been used in local movies.

In 1997, he was proclaimed National Artist for Music and Literature.