Maria Cecilia Calleja Maronilla, the daughter of Mariano Sasis Maronilla and Rafaela Calleja was born on February 1, 1900 in Libon, Albay. At 18, she joined the Daughters of Charity and was the first nun who enrolled at the UP Conservatory of Music under Dr. Antonio Molina. On February 1932, she rendered her senior recital.
Sor Cecilia was assigned head of the Department of Music at Sta. Isabel College, Intramuros, Manila and then Sta. Isabel, Naga City. An heiress to a sizeable family fortune, she financed the construction of the Music Building of Sta. Isabel, Naga City. She was a full-time department head and professor of Music where she trained many students in piano.
Family History Research Notes
1. Biographical data was based on entries in the official website of Libon, Albay.
2. The image was a submission from Adrian A. Maronilla. He found the Sta. Isabel College Annual for 1969 and took an snapshot with his phone camera.
3. Maria Cecilia Calleja Maronilla’s Family Tree can be found on Geni.com.