Music, in any genre, can express tons of things about a person. It’s personality, history, and the way they live, there’s a beat for every person that can tell a story. For children, whatever status they’re in, they also have some stories to tell, songs to sing. And despite of poverty and harsh environment they have, hope still arise and dreams can still come true.
Just like what Ayala Foundation’s flagship education program is doing, CENTEX offers bright children from underprivileged families access quality primary public education. It aims to bring hope for children to be what they want to be, regardless of their poverty.
This year, CENTEX celebrates its 20th anniversary, and to mark this occasion Ayala Foundation, in partnership with the Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative, is hosting “MAD4Arts,” a benefit concert for the CENTEX After-Hours Program on May 9, 2018, at the Ayala Museum, Makati City.
Serving as musical director for this concert is Maestro Ruggero Barbieri, former music director and principal conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He will be joined by acclaimed violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata and the Pundaquit Vurtuosi, which is the resident chamber orchestra of CASA San Miguel.
“MAD4Arts” also showcases the talent of CENTEX students who went through the arts program. Five CENTEX alumni, personally trained by Bolipata himself, will be performing with the Pundaquit Virtuosi, while a CENTEX Manila alumna will be lending her voice to the event through a song number. Alumni of the STEPS Dance Program will also be performing at the event.
“Art plays an important role in the holistic development of children,” said Ruel Maranan, President of Ayala Foundation, “which is why the After Hours Arts Program has helped our CENTEX students become more confident young men and women.”
“We at the Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative believe in the importance of providing the under-privileged youth a brighter future and have pursued Education, whether in the classroom or the arts as its advocacy.,” said Lourdes Orosa, general manager of the Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative. “We are honored to partner with Ayala Foundation to promote the After Hours Arts Program at CENTEX.”
Founded in 1998, CENTEX has two campuses—one in Tondo, Manila, and the other in Bauan, Batangas. Aside from these two schools, The program has also trained over 800 teachers from 20 public elementary schools across the country, thus effectively bringing the CENTEX education model across the country.
CENTEX gives students the opportunity not only in academics, but also to hone their talents in the arts, particularly in music and dance. Through the after-hours art program, students excel not only in academics; they also hone their skills in other areas of learning and development.
Tickets for MAD4Arts are now available at the Ayala Museum lobby (tel. no. 759 8288). They are also on sale at all Ticketworld outlets, or at ticketworld.com.ph (tel. no. 891 9999).