PIA News Service - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

PHILTOA to conduct road show presentation

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (07 July) – The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) in cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DOT) will take the center stage as it brings back the conduct of the series of roadshow presentations in the country.

Dubbed as the “21st Philippine Travel Mart,” the activity, which is anchored on the theme “WOW, I Love Philippines” is slated on September 3 to 5, 2010 at the Megatrade Hall, Building B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Meanwhile, to ensure its success, PHILTOA will be conducting series of road show presentations in key areas within the country. In Caraga Region, the schedule of the presentation is on July 14, 2010 at Luciana Convention Center here.

Part of the agenda includes (1) AVP presentation of the event, (2) detailed presentation of activities and mechanics, (3) presentation of collaterals, (4) open forum, and (5) on site registration, among others.

The road show presentations aim to take Philippine Tourism beyond the usual and instill in the Filipino people the sense of pride and nationalism. This activity also aims to gather around 200,000 local and foreign corporate block buyers and individual travelers present during the event. (PIA-Caraga)


PHSA now accepts scholars for SY 2011-2012

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (07 July) – “The Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) search for scholars for academic year 2011-2012 is now open,” thus said Cleofe Cabauatan, Registrar and Coordinator of the 2011 Annual Nationwide Search for Young Scholars.

In a press statement, Cabauatan said, PHSA is now screening the applicants to continuously search for artistically talented children who will be given special training in the field of dance (ballet and folk), creative writing, music, theater and visual arts.

The scholars are awarded free tuition, free board and lodging, monthly stipend, and a chance to represent the country and the school in local and international festivals, competitions and exchange programs with partner institutions and countries.

The scholarship is open to all graduating Grade VI and Grade VII pupils from both the public and private schools.

In DepEd Memorandum No. 32, series of 2010, Sec. Mona Valisno enjoins Bureau Directors, Regional Directors, Schools Division and City Superintendents, Heads of Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools to take part in this undertaking by informing the elementary graduating pupils regarding the matter.

Applicants must be Filipino citizens who show outstanding ability in dance (folk dance or ballet), music (instrument and voice), theater, visual arts, and creative writing. They must be proficient in oral and written language both in English and Filipino. Good health condition is also a requirement.

Also, they must be willing to study in a boarding school, and determined to pursue a college degree in the fine arts or architecture, music, dance, theater, creative writing, journalism or any related courses upon graduation from PHSA. As to the age requirement, applicant must not more than 15 years old.

Interested applicant may directly send their accomplished form and other requirements by mail or by personally bringing them to the Annual Nationwide Search for Young Art Scholars Committee, Philippine High School for the Arts, National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, College 4031, Laguna.

Applicants who will qualify in the preliminary examination will be notified by PHSA for further assessment and live audition at a specified Regional Test and Audition Center. The PHSA will announce the exact location of the audition centers by mail.

Deadline for the submission of applications is on August 30, 2010. For further inquiries, please call at telephone number (049) 536-5971 or email at
phsa@laguna.net.

PHSA is a government-run secondary school for artistically gifted and talented adolescents which is implementing a special secondary education curriculum and support programs committed to the conservation and promotion of the Filipino artistic and cultural traditions.

Since 1977, PHSA strives to develop the expertise and potentials of young artists-scholars, faculty and staff as cultural workers capable of and and dedicated to achieving the programs focused on the development and enhancement of a truly Filipino orientation characterized by an unwavering pride in the Filipino people’s artistic and cultural traditions as well as a firm commitment to serve the greater majority of Filipinos.

Aside from academic and artistic trainings, PHSA provides its students with opportunities to develop their social skills that will contribute to their development as total persons. (PIA-Caraga)