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Thristan Mendoza

Musical Artist

Thristan Mendoza (born 1989) is a Filipino autistic savant and marimba prodigy. Thristan "Tum-Tum" Mendoza was born 1989 in Quezon City, Philippines. He was enrolled at the Philippine Montessori Center and was diagnosed as autistic at the age of two and a half. During the same year he began to play. In 1997 the University of the Philippines presented him as a gifted child prodigy. He is now a college student majoring in percussion. He has three siblings (Rainier, Victoria Angela, Victorina Francesca) Thristan Mendoza, or "Tum-Tum" as he is fondly called, is an internationally-recognized marimba virtuoso. He was diagnosed with autism at age 2 1/2. With inborn perfect pitch, he learned to play the marimba at age 5. Born in 1989 in Quezon City, Philippines, he is now a 6th grader in the regular curriculum at a traditional school, the O.B. Montessori Center. He also did excel in the Japanese Kumon method of mathematics but had to be withdrawn from Kumon to shift his concentration to other subjects as he was far ahead of his other classmates in his math abilities. Tum-Tum has earned numerous national and international awards for his prodigious musical ability with the marimba. In 1997  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1989

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