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30 November 2006

milenyo destroys philippine high school for the arts

i gathered from my friend trina pineda-tinio and her aunt irene that the philippine high school for the arts (phsa) on mt. makiling (in los banos, laguna) had been devastated by typhoon milenyo. i was shocked to hear horror stories of phsa students holding on to their precious instruments as they escaped the school site at the height of the devastation. many of these students were unable to bring with them their other precious belongings--photographs of family members and friends, books, clothes, and other basic necessities. these students were also unable to eat properly until days after the typhoon. they simply held on to their instruments as they ran away. and yet, the incident was left nearly unreported in the papers and on television.

though i am here in canberra, i am urging friends and acquaintances in manila to attend a free concert entitled mt. makiling musicians stage benefit reunion concert for milenyo-hit phsa. the event is being organized by the philippine high school for the arts parent-teacher-staff council, inc. and musika ibarang - phsa music alumni association on friday, 1 december 2006, 7:30 p.m, at the francisco santiago hall, of equitable pci bank tower 1 (makati avenue corner horacio de la costa street, makati city) through a venue grant from the manila chamber orchestra (mco) foundation and equitable pci bank.

the concert will be hosted by phsa visual arts alumna and bb. pilipinas universe 2000 nina ricci alagao. musika ibarang will highlight the homecoming of the following artists: austria-based pianist aries caces, belgium-based soprano fiona de ocampo and italy-based pianist jourdann petalver.

philippine-based performers for the benefit reunion concert include: my cousins jay (flutist german jay gomez), gigi (pianist virginia gomez-arambulo) and veron (pianist veronica gomez-tan); violinist-conductor jeffrey solares; violinists lorenzo raval, isidora miranda and ralph taylan; cellist nino llorin; banduria player rowena bicaldo; pianists katherine fernandez-asis, miguel castro and milkos zalameda; pianists jonathan arevalo coo and melissa geronimo; pianists marianna fajardo, reubel rodriguez-uy and harold galang; sopranos karlene denolo and ethel alon; counter tenor chris borela, assistant choirmaster of the philippine madrigal singers.

entrance to the concert is free but donations are sincerely requested.

kindly write check donations to PHSA-PTSC, INC. there are also other options for donations.

for more information, contact musika ibarang (phsa music alumni association) through katherine fernandez-asis +639209102920 or jonathan arevalo coo +639212172617 or the phsa-ptsc through joe datuin +639176157302, issa calinawan +639209216872, fe ferriols +639178001811 or rey wong +639175456653. email queries may be sent to fe.ferriols@beacon-frontline.com or khakibirdinus@yahoo.com.

for almost 30 years, the philippine high school for the arts (phsa) on mt. makiling has served as a haven for aspiring young artists who would be future leaders in the socio-cultural transformation of our country. it has prepared and graduated hundreds of scholars who have taken leads in their respective fields of arts. after super typhoon milenyo destroyed phsa's facilities last september 2006, phsa students and teachers are still holding classes with no electricity and water supply. 1970s phsa buildings designed by philippine national artist leandro locsin were damaged heavily. phsa alumni, students, parents, teachers and staff, are now being compelled to raise funds to help the government in the rehabilitation of phsa.

it would be a total waste for filipinos to allow phsa to lose its steam and deteriorate. please spread the good word about phsa's fundraising and free concert.

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bb. pilipinas universe 2000 and phsa visual arts alumna nina ricci alagao
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the philippine high school for the arts after the storm

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Blogger the amateur ear said...

Why did I hear of this just now? Yesterday was 1 Dec. 2006.

Sat Dec 02, 08:53:00 AM 2006  
Blogger wendell said...

i only got to know about it days ago. as you can see, i am based in australia and i have no immediate access to the goings-on in manila.

i was out of town for a week--attended an international conference where i had been required by my university to read a paper. i also took foreign delegates around. i didn't have enough time to read emails, write entries to my blog, etc.

when i returned to canberra three days ago, i had to attend to errands, bills, and my dissertation! i didn't have enough time to write until thursday midnight.

the point of my entry is-indeed, there is a free concert. but most importantly, phsa needs donors. even after the concert, phsa will need donors to help reconstruct the school site.

Sat Dec 02, 12:37:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's sad news about PHSA. But the foxy Nina Alagao will bring a smile to any forlorn reader.

Sun Dec 03, 09:50:00 PM 2006  
Blogger wendell said...

howie! sad news indeed for the phsa. but nina should have been at the height of it all. she can easily demolish a storm.

thanks for dropping by!



Sun Dec 03, 10:59:00 PM 2006  
Blogger the amateur ear said...

Oops, I didn't read that part about the concert being free.

Mon Dec 04, 08:06:00 AM 2006  
Blogger wendell said...

no worries. they will be holding more concerts for the fundraising. hopefully, i'll get to post the info way ahead of schedule.



Mon Dec 04, 12:17:00 PM 2006  

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