University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 01 March 2018 17:00

Ph High School for the Arts concludes National Arts Month at UPLB


“Art plays an integral role to an individual’s experience of the world. It makes us humans. It gives us that humanity. It makes us whole.” This was how Dr. Serlie Barroga-Jamias, vice chancellor for community affairs, underscored the importance of the arts in education.

Her message was a fitting conclusion to the 5th Makiling Inter-cultural Arts Festival or MAKILINC V, the Philippine High School for the Arts’s (PHSA) annual event for National Arts Month. PHSA concluded the week-long exploration of various art forms on Feb. 24 at the DL Umali Auditorium by showcasing their outputs in a culmination program.

This year’s workshop mentors included Joey Ayala who engaged students in songwriting; Ony Carcamo who introduced the basics of ventriloquism; Alex Flett who mentored for visual/conceptual art; Aishwarya Manivannan who helped students combine grace and strength through Silambam, a weapons-based martial art; Inshallah Montero who helped creative writing students translate their ideas in film; and Ching Ching Wong who guided students in exploring space through dance.

Dr. Jamias, who represented UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., commended PHSA for initiating the mentorship event and allowing students “to be trained by the masters,” which she claimed was the highest form of education. She recognized the ability of the arts to affect humans and shape students beyond the measurements of science. “This form of artistic mentoring will ensure that we will continue producing not only brilliant artists, but citizens with hearts, souls, and humanity,” she said. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)