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Current Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) Director Dr. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo “Vim” Nadera Jr. (standing, far right) poses with PHSA alumni and students during a press conference at the CCP on May 25, 2017. (Photo: Kiko Cabuena/CCP)

PHSA celebrates 40th year with production at the CCP

To commemorate the Philippine High School for the Arts’ (PHSA) history and legacy of art education for the Filipino youth, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in cooperation with the PHSA and the PHSA Ibarang Alumni Association, will present a multidisciplinary production, titled PHSA@40: Ibarang Alumni at the Forefront of Arts Education, at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) on June 10, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. 

This show aims to highlight the significant contributions of Ibarang alumni in art education in the various art forms.

Established on June 11, 1977, the PHSA is the only arts-oriented secondary school in the country. It is located at the National Arts Center in Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna province. PHSA graduates are called Ibarang, a coined word referring to a legendary tribe of Filipino artists.

The PHSA Ibarang Alumni Association Inc. believes that it is fitting to officially launch and publicize the school’s 40th-anniversary celebrations at the CCP, where the PHSA was originally conceived as its attached agency.

This event aims to deepen public awareness on what the PHSA has achieved since its establishment, with the focus on its history and role as the country’s premier high school with arts-focused education, and on the legacy of the PHSA’s arts-education programs, as proven by its alumni.

More important, this event is an avenue for Ibarang artists to express their gratitude to their alma mater and the Filipino people for the privilege and honor of having been iskolar ng bayan (scholars of the country) during their years of stay and study at the PHSA, and the various opportunities that opened after their graduation.

This sense of gratitude can be best expressed by the Ibarang artists’ sharing with and handing down the PHSA’s legacy of art education to the next generation of budding Filipino artists.

In a press conference at the CCP on May 25, 2017, award-winning poet and current PHSA Director Dr. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo “Vim” Nadera Jr. presented the programs lined up in celebration of the PHSA’s 40th anniversary and the Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars (Ansyas).

He invited elementary-school students from all the provinces in the Philippines to apply for admission to the PHSA and later on become artists who will contribute to nation-building.

During the press conference, PHSA alumni from the jubilarian batches shared how the school helped them grow into artists and art educators who are now handing down its legacy of art education to the next generation of Filipino young artists. PHSA students and alumni also spoke and performed at the event.

For more information about the event, call Atty. Sim Zuniega at (632) 817-7998 or 752-4310.

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