CENTEX students join Likha-Likasan Concert

STUDENTS from the Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX) After Hours Music Program participated in the Likha-Likasan concert on April 20 at the Bonifacio Global City Centrale Amphitheater in Taguig.

The Likha-Likasan concert was a season-ender concert organized the by Creative Alternatives for Social Action (CASA) San Miguel Foundation and Starbucks Philippines, bringing together students from the various arts programs funded by Starbucks Philippines, in connection with the global Earth Day celebration.

Taking part of the Likha-Likasan concert were the 22 violinists and two cellists from CENTEX performing “Ode to Joy,” which comes from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

In addition, the short film Mikoy produced by four CENTEX Manila alumni was shown during the concert. The alumni also took part in the shadow play performance during the show. Earlier in March, the four alumni took part in CASA San Miguel’s filmmaking and shadow play workshops.

The After Hours Music Program aims to develop students with musical aptitude and talent. Now on its second year, the program has 24 primary grades students studying violin and cello under renowned Filipino violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata and teacher apprentices from Pundaquit Virtuosi, CASA San Miguel’s resident string ensemble. For school year 2012-2013, the CENTEX After Hours Music Program was funded by Starbucks Philippines.

CENTEX is a project of the Department of Education and Ayala Foundation Inc., supported by corporate sponsors and local government units. It aims to provide bright but economically disadvantaged children with education whose quality is equal to that of the best private schools in the country. Two CENTEX schools–Tondo, Manila, and Bauan, Batangas–have roughly 1,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade Six.

To support CENTEX and its programs, visitwww.ayalafoundation.org/donate.php

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