(SPOT.ph) Performing a dance routine onstage, smearing paint on canvas, and weaving together metaphors are all part of an ordinary day for the students at state-run Philippine High School for the Arts, housed in the National Arts Center on Mt. Makiling in Los Baños, Laguna. After all, the curriculum followed by the country's first and only secondary school dedicated to the arts is geared towards harnessing their students’ talents in music, theater, folk dance, ballet, creative writing, or the visual arts—depending on each young artist's interests.
The school recently announced its Annual Nationwide Search for Young Art Scholars, which starts this September. All students at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) are given full scholarships from Grade 7 through Senior High School. There's also free board and lodging in the kubo-inspired cabins on campus (with home leave on the weekends), monthly stipend, and basic health care. Aside from these privileges, Ibarangs (a name that the members of the PHSA community fondly call themselves) learn from the maestros in Philippine art and visiting professors from abroad, spend their days with like-minded high school students, and are given the chance to represent the country and the school in international art festivals, competitions, and exchange programs.
Application for scholarship is open to current Grade 6 students who are not older than 14 years old upon enrollment for school year 2017-2018. Requirements include a fully accomplished PHSA Scholarship Application Form, photocopy of birth certificate, copy of Grade 5 or 6 report cards, and a one-page resume citing accomplishments in the art field of interest.
Auditions for the nationwide search for young artists are held in regional testing centers in Masbate, Legazpi City, Angeles City, Nueva Ecija, Laoag, Cagayan, and Laguna from September to November; Tacloban, Bohol, General Santos City, and Butuan in October; and Metro Manila in December.
For more information, contact the Office of the Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars through 049-576-4100 and 0917-866-3097.