Vol. 8 No. 395
Sunday, April 8, 2012
   
  Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines



The Loboc Youth Ambassador Band
NCCA APPROVES P125THOUSAND GRANT FOR THE LOBOC SCHOOL OF MUSIC PROJECT

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has approved a P125,000.00 financial assistance to the Loboc Youth Education Association, Inc. (LYEA) under its Program for Artistic Excellence/Artistic Creation for the year 2012.

LYEA has submitted a project proposal entitled “Continuing Training Program for Loboc School of Music” which is a continuing training for school children to help revive and sustain the culture of music in Loboc. NCCA has continuously provided annual funding support to the Loboc Music Project since 2007 and is a major influence for the success of the project.

LYEA has established the Loboc School of Music as a vehicle to form The Loboc Youth Ambassador Band as a poverty reduction project of the Loboc Youth Education Association Inc., led by Argeo Melisimo and supported by the LGU Loboc, led by Mayor Leon A. Calipusan, Province of Bohol led by Governor Edgar M. Chatto , Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP), First Consolidated Bank, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). This project started in May, 2007.

All interested kids, both boys and girls, from grades 3 to 4th year high school and residents of Loboc, are trained in notes reading and instrumentation for FREE, and are provided with free musical instruments, solicited from patrons and donors. The objective is to support these kids to avail of free college education by becoming members in school bands in the province and elsewhere. Hopefully this will help in poverty reduction considering that education is the greatest EQUALIZER. To date, the project has more than 400 students who are individually provided with musical instruments. There are 118 members of the Loboc Youth Ambassadors who are now college scholars in Bohol Island State University, BIT-International College, Holy Name University and University of Bohol as members of their respective school bands for the school year 2011-2012. There are 38 additional new college scholars for the school year 2012-2013 or a total of 156 college scholars for the school year 2012-13.

The band is performing regularly every 8:30 in the evening every Friday and Saturday at the Loboc Children’s Theater. They are also performing by invitation in shows and concerts in the towns and cities in the Province of Bohol, other Provinces in the country and abroad.



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