BALON DAGUPAN NEWS
AT the coming 2nd Children’s Summit in Dagupan, the city government and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Conservatory of Music along with the Department of Education (DepEd), will stage the ‘Musika Laban sa Droga’ to encourage school children to focus on music instead of illegal drugs.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez along with UST’s Camp Director Herminigildo Ranera and principal bassoonist of UST Orchestra, and the city’s consultant on music Rodolfo ‘Pong’ Mendoza, held a consultation meeting on Nov. 7 at the city museum with the Department of Education (DepEd) officials headed by Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo.
Bravo was joined by Education Program Supervisor for Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) Diosdado Cayabyab, MAPEH Head Teacher Maribel Diolazo and the principals of different public and private schools in the city.
Initially, the program, under the guidance of UST, intends to gather all music teachers and educators in the city and introduce them to a Post-College Bridging Program, that aims to further enhance their knowledge and expertise in music education.
Under the program, the city also aims to invite children who would like to be part of the Balon Dagupan Youth Orchestra initiated by Mayor Fernandez.
“We are expecting more than 22,000 children to participate in this activity. A survey with regards to the musical interest of the children shall be conducted and afterwards we will train them so they can be part of our Balon Dagupan Youth Orchestra,” said Fernandez.
Once trained, the Balon Dagupan Youth Orchestra will be given an opportunity to perform with the UST Orchestra for a concert. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)