Warmly known as Mr. C, born Raymundo Cipriano Pujante Cayabyab on May 4, 1954 in Manila, Philippines. Ryan’s mother was an opera singer; she died when he was only 6, while his father fight to sustain him and his three siblings. His mother’s wish was that no one of her children would make music as a line of work; knowing how tough life is for a musician with insufficient income.
Ryan Cayabyab firstly took up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. But at the same moment, he searched for an employment to sustain his studies, and sooner join with then-Senator Salvador Laurel as accompanist for the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Chorale Ensemble. Noting his incomparable ability on the piano, the Senator presented him a scholarship that would allow Ryan to alter his course and hold learning in music.
Cayabyab afterward graduated from the UP College of Music earning a Bachelor of Music, Major in Composition degree. Following that, he became a complete professor for the Department of Composition and Music Theory in the UP Diliman for about two decades.
At the twist of the century, he was about to take his family and transfer abroad, but when presented by Danding Cojuangco, President of the San Miguel Corporation, a authority post that would give him full way in producing and performing new music that would carry out a new wave to the Philippine music scene, he acknowledged the proposal.
Ryan Cayabyab is a prominent Filipino musician and the existing Executive and Artistic Director of the San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts. His works vary from specially made full-length ballets, theater musicals, choral pieces, a crowd set to unaccompanied chorus, and orchestral pieces, to salable recordings of popular composition, film scores and television specials.
Now, he is presently in his 7th year as Executive and Artistic Director of the San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts.