By Gabriela Baron
The Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) celebrated its 42nd anniversary at the Cultural Center of the Philippines recently.
Highlighting the anniversary celebration was a reunion concert, titled “Tipanang Ibarang” that featured both its alumni and current students.
Among the performers who joined the celebration include UP Filipiniana Alumni Dance Group, Ballet Philippines, Ballet Manila, PHSA Maquiling Ballet, PHSA Musikang Ibarang, and PHSA Sanghiyas Pangkat ng Mananayaw.
National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario underscored the importance of PHSA in honing the student-artists’ talent and critical thinking.
“Napakahalagang tungkulin ng PHSA bilang pangunahing institusyong katuwang sa paghubog ng kamalayan, talino, at husay ng mga kabataan sa sining at kultura,” Almario said.
(PHSA plays an important role in honing young people’s enthusiasm, critical thinking, and talent.)
“[PHSA] has risen to the challenge of proving its worth because its graduates have consistently contributed to the enrichment of the Philippines arts,” said PHSA alumnus and Palanca Hall of Famer Nick Pichay.
The concert was held to “thank the Filipino people for supporting the ‘iskolar ng bayan’”.
“We are happy to share and impart the same legacy to the next generation of Filipino young artists,” said PHSA Ibarang Alumni Association in a statement.
PHSA is a government-run secondary school for artistically gifted and talented students. It implements a special secondary program committed to the conservation and promotion of the Filipino artistic and cultural traditions.