PROF. SIEGFREDO BALDEMOR CALABIG (KA FRED)
Prof. Siegfredo Baldemor Calabig (affectionately referred to as Ka Fred) comes from a musically inclined family based in the town of Paete in Laguna province, noted for its skilled craftsmen and artisans. In fact, the town’s name, Paete, was named after “paet”, the Filipino word for a carpenter’s chisel.
His first music teachers were his very own parents. His mother taught him how to read notes (solfeggio) when he was seven years old while his father (himself a professional musician and carpenter) taught him how to play brass instruments, particularly the trumpet and the French horn starting as early as nine years old. Together with his two other brothers, Ka Fred would join his father’s brass band and get exposed to the life of a musician. Because his family could not afford to send him to the Conservatory of Music and pursue his dream career, he went on to obtain a degree in secondary education.
He was hired as a music teacher at the high school department of the then Philippine College of Commerce (now the Polytechnic University of the Philippines) and was requested by the high school principal, Mrs. Gloria R.Talastas, to start an orchestra.