University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 02 February 2018 17:05

UPLB-based arts school stages ruby jubilee concert


“Science enhances the mind, but arts and culture nourish the soul,” said Dr. Serlie Barroga-Jamias, vice chancellor for community affairs, during the 40th anniversary of the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA).

The statement proved to be true as performances from PHSA enthralled people of all ages at the Los Baños Municipal Hall on Jan 22. PHSA ended its year-long celebration of its ruby jubilee with a concert entitled “4 na dekada ng sining: a musical and dance celebration” featuring the stellar talents that the School has produced through the years.

Among them were world-renowned musicians, soprano and Philippine Madrigal singer Bianca Camille Lopez, pianists April Dawnena Merced-Misa and Josue Greg Zuniega, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Ralph Waldo Taylan, and classical and folk dancers Al Garcia and JM Cabling.

They performed together with PHSA students in a series of performances worthy of a grand stage. Their audience, including students from Los Baños high schools, were regaled with renditions of classical pieces such as “Let the Bright Seraphim,” an uplifting aria from the oratorio “Samson”; “Leron Leron Sinta,” a folk song as arranged by Lucio San Pedro; “Romanza Andaluza” by Pablo de Sarasate; “Sa Kabukiran” as arranged by Redentor Romero; and “Makikiliti Kang Totoo” from the SarswelaWalang Sugat.” Garcia also choreographed “Tinire,” which combined the grace of classical dance and the rhythms of folk dance and was performed by PHSA students.

Dr. Jamias, who represented Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., expressed appreciation for PHSA’s role and contribution to the UPLB community. The two institutions have shared a home in Mt. Makiling ever since PHSA decided to lease UPLB grounds. She recognized how they made the UPLB campus home to both the arts and sciences.   Dr. Jamias encouraged Los Baños institutions and residents to continue giving their support to the esteemed school, saying “If there is a gem in Mt. Makiling, then we should nurture it.”

The event was also attended by Los Baños councilors Josephine Sumangil-Evangelista and Jay Rolusta, tourism officer Rommel Maningas, and DepEd district supervisor Dr. Allan Hostalero.

PHSA was established in 1977 to hone artistically inclined students in theater, creative writing, visual arts, dance, and music.

The concert was organized by PHSA in partnership with the PHSA Ibarang Alumni Association and the Municipal Government of Los Baños, Laguna. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)