Marie Fides DC Topico
Marie Fides DC. Topico graduated Cum laude in the University of the Philippines College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She started playing the octavina when she joined the Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School Rondalla. The group later won the first prize in the Rondal-Awit Competition 2011 held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. This ignited her interest in music continued her passion. She joined the Banduria Solo Category of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in 2010 and reached the Regional Level.
In 2011, she entered the College of Music and took classical guitar lessons under Mr. Solaiman Jamisolamin. She immediately joined the UP Rondalla as a bandurria player. The group was led by the renowned banduria player Ms. Elaine Espejo-Cajucom. The group performed in various festivals not only in the Philippines but also in Thailand, India and Taiwan.
She is currently a member of GuiGuil (Guitar Guild), a college-based guitar ensemble under the Music Education Department, and a member of the Padayon Rondalla, a group formed in 2016 which already performed in the Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival in July to August 2016 held in Yilan, Taiwan and the Chen Ding Nan’s 10th Death Anniversary Memorial Concert on November 6 of the same year.
Aside from being a performer, she is also a Rondalla instructor, and guitar/ukulele teacher in various schools.