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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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.