Arts Awake: Nurturing Filipino talents

HUMAN beings are all born with the gifts, we all call talents, skills and abilities. While there are some individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their skills and talents and others have yet to go beyond mediocrity, all gifts have to be nurtured, shaped, formed and encouraged.

One of the best programs that seek to discover and develop musical talents among Filipino youth from all regions of the Philippines is the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

NAMCYA aims to discover outstanding young Filipino musicians through annual competitions, further develop their talents through workshops and training programs, and enhance the appreciation for and expand the performance of Filipino music through mandated competition repertoire programs and commissioning of new works. It also hopes to raise the awareness on the wealth of Filipino talents, as well as the depth of Philippine music in both its traditional and modern forms.

On July 16, 2016, accomplished musicians who have proven their brilliance both in the national and international arenas will perform in a concert featuring the works of Filipino and foreign composers. The concert is in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Dubbed #galingNAMCYA, the concert is a fund-raising event for the country’s most prestigious music competition for the youth for more than 40 years. The concert was named as such to let the people know that the performers came from NAMCYA, and show that they represent the wealth of talents that the competition attracts every year.
Performers include past NAMCYA winners, such as guitarist Carlo Antonio Juan, violinist Sara Maria Gonzales, violinist Chirstian Tan, viola player Kim Carl Mirandilla Ng, cellist Arnold Josue, pianist Gabriel Allan Paguirigan, pianist Luci Magalit, soprano singer Myramae Tapia Meneses, flutist Antonio Maigue, oboist Reynato Resureccion, Jr., clarinetist Ariel Sta. Ana, bassoonist Adolfo Mendoza, pianist Naomi Sison, and Jay-ar Mesa as guest French horn player.

NAMCYA secretary general Renato Lucas, who is also a past winner of the competition, feels excited to watch the talent winners perform on stage and show that the world-class Filipino musicians have been shaped by their experiences in the competition.

“Before all these talent contests that we see today on TV, there was NAMCYA. It was where excellent musicians were discovered and nurtured to become world-class performers. NAMCYA continues to do that, and we want everyone to know that NAMCYA’s advocacy is to help our youth develop musical excellence and promote Philippine music,” said Maestro Lucas.

#galingNAMCYA repertoire features masterpieces by Filipino composers such as Nicanor Abelardo, Bayani M. de Leon, Manuel Velez and Felipe P. de Leon Sr., as well as works by foreign composers Ludwig Van Beethoven, Paul Dukas and Felipe Poulenc.

For more information, please call 836-4928 or email namcya@gmail.com.

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