PHSA offers scholarship for artistically gifted children By Carlo P. Gonzaga

The Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) is now accepting applicants for the 2011 annual nationwide search for young arts scholars for school year 2012-2013 until November 30.

The search aims to screen and develop artistically gifted and talented children. Through the implementation of a special secondary education curriculum and support programs, the school could provide the country with a continuing source of artists and leaders with the aim to conserve and promote Filipino culture and traditions.

According to Cleofe Q. Cabuatan, registrar and coordinator for Region 4A, said the scholarship audition and examination for Calabarzon area is on December 17 at the PHSA campus, National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Banos.

The search is open to all artistically gifted and talented children who are: Filipino citizens; with an outstanding ability in an art discipline; a graduating Grade 6 or 7 pupil; not older than 14 years; proficient in oral and written Filipino and English; willing to study in a residential school; no debilitating illnesses or systematic and/or communicable diseases; and determination to pursue a college degree in dance, creative writing, architecture, fine arts, music, theater arts, journalism, or any related courses upon graduation from PHSA.

Successful applicants will enjoy the privileges of: free tuition; board and lodging with weekend home leave with the parents or with a designated legal guardian; classes with master teachers; a monthly stipend; and the honor to represent the school in international festivals, competitions and exchange programs. The grant is renewable every year for four consecutive school years upon satisfaction of academic and non-academic requirements.

According to PHSA, reproducible application forms are available free of charge from any of the following: PHSA, National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, College 4031, Los Banos, Laguna; Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Pasay City; Regional and Division, Culture & Arts Office of the Department of Education (DepEd); National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), Folk Arts Theater, Pasay City; National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila; and from various art organizations, associations, and councils all over the country.

Applicants must send fully accomplished scholarship forms and other requirements directly to: The 2012 Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars, Philippine High School for the Arts, National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Banos 4031 Laguna.
For inquiries, write or call the Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars (ANSYAS), PHSA, National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Banos 4030, Laguna. Telefax (049) 5365971-73 and (049) 5362862, website: and email: (Carlo P. Gonzaga, PIA-Calabarzon)