Jovita Fuentes was an opera singer and the first female National Artist for Music
Jovita Fuentes made her name in European operas portraying the role of Cio-cio-san
in Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly. After that, she appeared in many operas in
Europe. An internationally acclaimed artist, she was at that time the first Filipina
to have performed extensively around the world.
In the Philippines she became the chairperson of the Music Promotion Foundation of
the Philippines with the purpose of developing and maintaining a Filipino symphony
orchestra and a Filipino opera company.