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Prof. Irma Potenciano

She has won acclaim as one of country's most durable divas, having enjoyed a multi-faceted career that has formidably spanned over four decades. Since she made her first public debut at age 16 as soloist of the Filipino Youth Symphony Orchestra under the late Maestro Luis Valencia, she has indeed made her mark not only as a singer but also as a teacher and as an actress on both stage and screen. Her first teacher was her mother, the former Purita Liwanag, a prominent figure in local operatic circles. She, next, studied with foremost mezzo soprano Asuncion Loangco Lopez, Madame Olga Eisner of New York, USA, Pavarotti's teacher, Arrigo Pola; Jose Mossessgeld; Salvacion Oppus Yniquez , Jovita Fuentes and a string of other teachers.

Her desire to share her talents and develop more Filipino musical artists have moved her to join the faculty of the UST Conservatory of Music. While engaged in the formation of Filipino singers, she has also concertized extensively in the different parts of the world. Memorable career highlights include lead or supporting roles in operas like Bizet's "Carmen"; Gounod's "Faust", Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites; Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Mozart's Le Nozze di figaro and in La Boheme, Tosca and Turandot - all by Puccini. She was in cast of Felipe Padilla de Leon's El Filibusterismo when it was premiered in 1970. Likewise, she starred in operettas like Strauss' Die Fledermaus and Lehar's The Merry Widow. She also did zarzuelas and operatorio.

Her other activities include her work as President and Chair of the Dr. Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center and as Member of the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Her wide range of interests can be seen through her membership in diverse associations ranging from New York Opera Guild, Philippine - Austrian Cultural Society to Mandaluyong Rotary Ladies Association and the Philippine Orchid Society.

Known as the "Total Performer", on stage, her fresh voice soars with excellent technique, her innate musical sense sharpened by rigorous training and experience. Prof. Irma Potenciano gives herself up to her music.


  • UST Alumni Association, Inc.
    TOTAL Awards Night and Alumni Homecoming Souvenir Program
    March 13, 2000
    Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Makati City