Philippine High School for the Arts needs YOUR help!

PHSA is similar to Philippine Science High School, except that it focuses on the arts. It is located at the National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna and has served as a haven for aspiring young artists who would be future leaders in the socio-cultural transformation of our country.

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In
September, super typhoon Milenyo wrecked havoc to several major infrastructure
of PHSA. Some of the remarkable Locsin-architected dormitories
and classrooms were also damaged.

Unfortunately, PHSA is also a government institution. Thus, funding
for its rehabilitation must come from the government. PHSA has already
asked the help of the local government units concerned. It has also
sought the help of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the
Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

While these government agencies have extended some help, PHSA is still
suffering the effects of the storm. The students were required to have
their semestral break as soon as the roads became passable. They only
returned to school on November 5. Up to now, the National Arts Center
still does not have electricity and water supply. They are reliant on
a generator which is turned on only at limited hours during the
evening. The kids have to draw water from drums outside their rooms so
they can take their baths. They hold their classes outside their
classrooms so that they will have sufficient light.

The PHSA community, composed of alumni, students, parents, teachers
and staff, has embarked on fund-raising activities to help the
government in the rehabilitation of PHSA. One of the fund-raising
activities is the homecoming concert of PHSA graduates.

The Benefit Reunion Concert for the Milenyo-hit PHSA will be held on
01 December 2006 at the Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable PCI Bank
Tower 1, Makati Avenue corner dela Rosa streets, Makati City. ENTRANCE
TO THE CONCERT IS FREE. Donations are sincerely requested. There will
also be an exhibit of artworks of past and present PHSA students at
the foyer. CDs and artworks will also be sold.

Performers for the Benefit Reunion Concert include Vienna-based
pianist Aries Caces, Belgium-based soprano Fiona de Ocampo and
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In September, super typhoon Milenyo wrecked havoc to several major infrastructure of PHSA. Some of the remarkable Locsin-architected dormitories and classrooms were also damaged.

Unfortunately, PHSA is also a government institution. Thus, funding for its rehabilitation must come from the government. PHSA has already asked the help of the local government units concerned. It has also sought the help of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

While these government agencies have extended some help, PHSA is still suffering the effects of the storm. The students were required to have their semestral break as soon as the roads became passable. They only returned to school on November 5. Up to now, the National Arts Center still does not have electricity and water supply. They are reliant on a generator which is turned on only at limited hours during the evening. The kids have to draw water from drums outside their rooms so they can take their baths. They hold their classes outside their classrooms so that they will have sufficient light.

The PHSA community, composed of alumni, students, parents, teachers and staff, has embarked on fund-raising activities to help the government in the rehabilitation of PHSA. One of the fund-raising activities is the homecoming concert of PHSA graduates.

The Benefit Reunion Concert for the Milenyo-hit PHSA will be held on 01 December 2006 at the Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable PCI Bank Tower 1, Makati Avenue corner dela Rosa streets, Makati City. ENTRANCE TO THE CONCERT IS FREE. Donations are sincerely requested. There will also be an exhibit of artworks of past and present PHSA students at the foyer. CDs and artworks will also be sold.

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Solares, violinist Lorenzo Raval, flutist GJ Hernan Gomez, banduria
player Rowena Bicaldo, pianists Katherine Fernandez-Asis, Miguel
Castro, Milkos Zalameda, Jonathan Arevalo Coo, Virginia
Gomez-Arambulo, Melissa Geronimo, Marianna Fajardo, Veronica
Gomez-Tan, Reubel Rodriguez-Uy and Harold Galang, sopranos Karlene
Denolo and Ethel Alon and Tenor Chrios Borela (who is also the
assistant choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers) will also be
performing. (I\’m the production and stage manager.)

The concert will be hosted by Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2000 and PHSA
Visual Arts alumna Nina Ricci Alagao.

I hope you can attend this free concert so you can see the talents of
PHSA alumni.

If you wish to help rehabilitate PHSA, you can send donations to:

Account Name – PHSA-PTSC, Inc.
Account No. – 3131-0374-56
Bank – Bank of the Philippine Islands, Vito Cruz Harrison Branch 313
Bank address – BPI Building, Pablo Ocampo corner Maytubig Streets,
Malate, Manila, 1004 Philippines
Swift Code – BOPIPHMM

You can send donations even after 01 December 2006. Kindly fax your
deposit slip to +6327500863 c/o Fe Ferriols.

Thank you so much! Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Abie Co, Theater Arts and Creative Writing, Batch Rizal (1991)

“,0] ); //–>Performers for the Benefit Reunion Concert include Vienna-based pianist Aries Caces, Belgium-based soprano Fiona de Ocampo and Italy-based pianist Jourdann Petalver.Violinist-conductor Jeffrey Solares, violinist Lorenzo Raval, flutist GJ Hernan Gomez, banduria player Rowena Bicaldo, pianists Katherine Fernandez-Asis, Miguel Castro, Milkos Zalameda, Jonathan Arevalo Coo, Virginia Gomez-Arambulo, Melissa Geronimo, Marianna Fajardo, Veronica Gomez-Tan, Reubel Rodriguez-Uy and Harold Galang, sopranos Karlene Denolo and Ethel Alon and Tenor Chrios Borela (who is also the assistant choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers) will also be performing.

The concert will be hosted by Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2000 and PHSA Visual Arts alumna Nina Ricci Alagao.

I hope you can attend this free concert so you can see the talents of PHSA alumni.

If you wish to help rehabilitate PHSA, you can send donations to:

Account Name – PHSA-PTSC, Inc.
Account No. – 3131-0374-56
Bank – Bank of the Philippine Islands, Vito Cruz Harrison Branch 313
Bank address – BPI Building, Pablo Ocampo corner Maytubig Streets,
Malate, Manila, 1004 Philippines
Swift Code – BOPIPHMM

You can send donations even after 01 December 2006. Kindly fax your deposit slip to +6327500863 c/o Fe Ferriols.

Thank you so much! Your help will be greatly appreciated.

[from Abie Co, Theater Arts and Creative Writing, Batch Rizal (1991)]

Get off the Holiday Rollercoaster!

Christmas season is a rollercoaster of stress and spending. By the end of the ride, you exit with a hoarse throat, empty wallet, frazzled nerves and shaky legs. For many, the short ride is not one of exhilarating joy but of stomach turning stress (“I need to find the perfect gift!” “Forget the credit card bill… There’s always the mid-year bonus…”)

Holiday spending has become a symptom of our consumption driven society’s lack of self-restraint. It doesn’t have to be this way. Stop and take steps to actually enjoy the holidays this year. Here are a few suggestions care of Diane McCrudy, an experienced financial planner with over 25 years of professional experience under her belt:

1. Make a spending list based on hard numbers, not emotions. When you have hard numbers in front of you, you’ll be less likely to overspend out of guilt or desperation or just simple ignorance of how much you’ve already spent. If you find that you can’t afford a big holiday this year, then don’t. Postpone it to next year.

2. It’s OK to break your holiday spending traditions. All too often, we try to outdo ourselves in getting the PERFECT (read: usually expensive) Christmas present for our loved ones. If money is tight this year, just warn your family and close friends in advance. You never know, they might just be in the same predicament. =)

3. If your extended family wants to cut back, suggest some money-saving ideas. Start of tradition of “grab-a-gift games”, set price limits of settle on a gift-to-kids-only policy.

4. Think edible, biodegradable, or readable or… homemade! Try not to add to the bulging closet of dust-collectors. Most people appreciate gifts like sugar cookies and a nice bottle of wine. My gift this Christmas is Desto’s Leche Flan, a melt-in-your-mouth flan whose secret recipe has passed down at least 3 generations in my husband’s family.

5. Favor holiday activities over holiday stuff. Think about what means the most to you during the holidays. Is it the gifts in your stocking… or the time you share with loved ones? There are so many activities that the family can enjoy… like the fireworks display in the Ayala Malls or the tree-lighting ceremony at the village park.

6. Create new traditions. As a young parent, I try to build memories for my son to savor and treasure. Creating your own traditions is far more rewarding than going along with the expensive, stressful status quo of giving and receiving lavish gifts.

This holiday season, simplify and relax. Enjoy your holidays! =)