Vicente Villarin

1st Miss Universe Poster

Vicente Villarin Cordero was born on October 27, 1912, to the founder of the Meycawayan Institute and sponsor to educational programs for the underprivileged, Gregorio Cordero and Teresa Villarin.

A born musician with no formal music lessons, Vicente Villarin created his first composition at the age of 10 and began performing with a live band by age 18. He dedicated and personally composed "The Girl in Dreams I See" to the 1st Miss Universe, Armi Kuusela, in 1952. A few other compositions were "The Calling," dedicated to Ceding Osorio in 1931 and "Admiring a Filipina," composed at 17 and dedicated to the Princess of the Manila Carnival, Dolores Santamaria, in 1929.

A world-wide traveler, Vicente Villarin shared his music living in Hong Kong and Shanghai through the early 1930's until he moved to New York City in 1971.

The father of nine children, he died at the age of 88 in 2000.

"I think of a whole collection as a kind of composition...similar to the way he (Vicente Villarin Cordero) would compose."

Joanne Cordero Reyes, WWD September 4, 2008