Diwa de Leon is a professional composer, arranger, ethnic instrumentalist, violinist, sound designer, recording artist, music teacher and all-around musician. He has worked with Joey Ayala, Grace Nono, Cooky Chua, Shaina Magdayao, Chin-Chin Gutierrez, Cynthia Alexander, Noel Cabangon, Bo Razon, Coke Bolipata, The Dawn, Dulaang UP and UP Concert Chorus to name a few.
He finished his Bachelor of Music degree, Major in Composition and Minor in Violin at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City under the tutelage of Dr. Ramon Santos, Josefino Toledo, Christine Muyco and Jonas Baes. He is also the valedictorian of Philippine High School for the Arts batch 1997 where he majored in Visual Arts.
In 1997, he and four highschool buddies co-founded Makiling, a world music band. They have been playing music locally and abroad since 1997. They have released 2 albums to date and an upcoming 3rd album in 2008.
In 2001, he was chosen to represent the Philippines at the ASEAN Youth Art Camp which was held in Kuala Lumpur and Pasir Salak in Malaysia.
As a composer and arranger, he is currently busy with freelance music work doing music projects for various clients, and the construction of his personal recording studio. He is also the main composer and arranger for most of Makiling’s songs.
As a violinist, Diwa has been performing with Makiling for 11 years to date. He also performs solo used to hold private violin lessons during weekends.
In 2007, he formed www.diwadeleon.com, a website to promote his services. He provides audio and music services such as composition, song/jingle writing, music scoring, and musical arranging for production companies on stage, television and film.
His most recent major works include the official theme music for Survivor Philippines GMA, the film score for indie films such as “Si Baning Si Maymay at ang Asong si Bobo”, "24K" by Ana Agabin and "Handumanan" by Seymour Sanchez, "5 Minutes" by Shandii Bacolod, "Himpapawid" by Raymond Red, "Kolorete" by Ruelo Lozendo, the musical "Ang Kiri" as commissioned by Dulaang UP, and numerous songs and pieces from Makiling’s upcoming 3rd album, Malakas at Maganda.
In 2008, he won the Cinema One Originals “Best Music Score” award for his work on the film “Kolorete” directed by Ruelo Lozendo.
In 2009, he was commissioned by Dulaang UP to arrange the classic sarsuela "Ang Kiri" with a reinvented style that suits the modern crowd. The play got standing ovations with a jampacked crowd. He also got nominated for “Best Original Music” at the 2009 Gawad Urian for his work at “Kolorete”, and a Cinema One Originals “Best Music” nomination for his work in “Si Baning Si Maymay at ang Asong si Bobo”.
For 2010, his projects include original songs for “Emir” a musical film directed by Chito Rono, ambiance music for the new Hotel H2O Manila, and arrangements for singer Jonathan Badon’s upcoming album. He will also begin his dream solo project simply called “Hegalong” as the working title.
Diwa comes from a highly musical family, his grandfather Felipe Padilla de Leon, Sr. is a National Artist for Music in the Philippines. He is now on a quest to create his best music composition yet.