The Original Pilipino Performing Arts Foundation (OPPA), founded through the Resorts World Cultural Heritage Foundation, Inc., recently announced its new batch of “Maarte” scholars for the current school year, increasing its number of current scholars to 49. Over the past three years, the foundation has granted a total of 59 scholarships.
The foundation initiated the “Maarte Series” campaign that started during the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year that aimed to raise awareness among the youth about the merits of pursuing a career in the performing arts. The campaign’s name was devised as a wordplay that can appeal to the youth to emphasize that Philippine performing arts is alive and well in the country.
The new batch of the “Maarte” are seven students who applied for scholarships and passed the rigorous screening process and pursue formal education in the performing arts via courses offered by the foundation’s partner schools, namely Roberta Marie Santos (Bachelor of Arts in Production Design, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde); Arjay Rosales (Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde); Brio Mikhail Divinagracia (Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde); Zackary Joseph Flynn (Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, MINT College); Mica Mille Becerro (Bachelor of Music in Voice, University of Santo Tomas); Vincent del Rosario (Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, St. Scholastica’s College); and Vanessa Ellaiza Jean Celestial (Master of Music, Trombone, University of Santo Tomas).
OPPA continues to nurture its scholars with relevant workshops on the performing arts while providing financial aid for their education. Most of the scholars are now either representing the country in international competitions or performing abroad with professional artists. This year the foundation’s first two scholars are set to graduate since the foundation started its scholarship program in 2016.
For more information on OPPA and its scholarship program, visit www.oppafoundation.org.