(Same copy of this article was also published in Lifestylebohol (BoholChronicle) last March 16 this year and another will be published in ."The Boholenian 2013-2014 issue)
Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School pioneers in the Special Program in the Arts (SPA) implemented starting from SY 2000-2002. This special program offerseight courses in varied arts intelligences in Dance, Theatre, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Creative Writing (English), Malikhaing Pagsusulat (Filipino) and Visual and Media Arts. The only one in Central Visayas (Region VII), the DCPNHS SPA just recently celebrated its 14th solid year through a recital showcasing a repertoire of dances, stage acting, literacy, arts gallery and power point presentations of its Arts majors.
A Rich Harvest of the Arts
The Special Program in the Arts (SPA) of Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School (DCPNHS), now on its fourteenth years, presented a fruitful harvest of talents from the young artists through the determination and unconditional collaboration of the teacher –mentors. With the theme, Art on the Edge: Arts for Healing, Arts for All during the 2014 SPA Recital, the students showcased what they had developed and nurtured after a year of enhancement.
Officials from DepEd Tagbilaran City Schools Division headed by the Superintendent, Dr. Evangel Luminaras, as well as DCPNHS Secondary School Principal III, Mrs. Concepcion H. Bagotchay, and SPA Coordiantor Mrs. NAtividad A. Bagaipo, were there during the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Opening Program at the façade of the main building, with the presence of the DCPNHS SPA students and teaching staff: MRs. Flordeliza Ocio & Ms. Naneth Sevilla for Dance Arts; Mrs. Teresita Piquero and Mr. Clarito Alolo for Vocal music Arts; Mrs. Pricilla Farrah Anaviso and Marilou Bolotano for Theatre Arts; Mrs. Carmelita Dumagan and Sonia Araceli del Mar for Visual Arts; Mr. Rancy Jun Micabani for Instrumental Music; Mrs. Marlene Estorosas for Creative Writing English; Mrs. Maria Helen O. Chavez for Malikhaing Pagsusulat sa Filipino; and Mr. Benjamin Dumagan for Media Arts.
It was also graced by Mrs. Enriqueta B. Butalid of the Bohol Provincial Government’s Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD); Mr Lutgardo Labad of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; and Education Supervisor for Mathematics, Mr. John Ariel Lagura.
Various performances were staged by the SPA student performers. The first offering was played by the Instrumental Major students under the baton of Mr. Rancy Jun Micabani, who inculcated in his students’ young minds that “it is in music where one can purely express one’s self identity”. The group played to the tune of Pearly Shell, Got to Believe in Magic and Just Give Me a Reason.
The Vocal Music major students came next, under the well-cultivated voice mentoring of Mrs. Teresita Piquero. She keeps on pointing out to her students the line which goes “Constant correct practice makes perfect”and focusing on the word“correct for, to her, it is that word which leads to perfection. The crowd was pleased to hear them deliver the songs: Tilibum, Leron Leron Sinta and “Umulan at Kapiling Ka”.
The third part was given by the Theatre Arts students in their flash mob drama & comedy performance that were worthy of the standing ovation and cheers from the audience. It was followed by a medley of dance performances, Manang Biday, Paru-parung Bukid, Maglalatik, Kapiil Munsalam, We Found Love, Wait for You & Timber performed by the Dance Arts majors under the guidance of Mrs. Flordeliza Ocio & Miss Naneth Sevilla.
Placards with signs, “No to Pork Barrel, Ipatupad ang Totoong Reporma ng Lupa, Stop Oil Price Hike, Stop Women & Children Traffickikng”, were raised by the Creative Writing English class and Malikhaing Pagsusulat sa Filipino students pleading for justice and better governance in the country as they performed Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us, as popularized by the Cebu inmates. Lastly and final offering was from the Visual artist group as they bring the crowd in their “Magical World”. The visual artists colorful and creative canvases were also seen by the audience as displayed in the exhibit.
Without a doubt, the SPA students remained strong even after the recent tragedy that happened in our land. They stand hand in hand as they sung together the finale song; Heal the World in the belief that it is through the arts that broken hears may be healed. Indeed, DCPNHS SPA just proved their undeniable skills and talents in the arts, inspiring other people through their creativity.
The Special Program for the Arts students have proven their worth of producing great performances not only in the local scene, but throughout the Central Visayas Region as they grabbed the top spots during the recently – held, Regional Festival of Talents, specifically in Pinatahusay and Shadow Puppetry. They were also the silver winner for the OPM music, bringing with pride the voice of the Region 7 as they compete at the National Level this coming April 7 to 9, 2014 at Subic, Olangapo. SPA Coordinator Mrs. Bagaipo compared the students to “birds and eagles that fly free and soar high”.
PHOTOS: (Photo Courtesy by Kiselle Campecino)