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Sometimes, all it takes is a helping hand given at the right moment. One semester can make the difference between a student continuing and eventually finishing his studies at UP, or stopping his schooling in order to work. The trouble with the latter is that they rarely get the chance to complete them.

It is because of this that our NGO, Ex Libris Philippines, organized our "Concert For A Cause" fundraising activity last May 21, 2010. We're now looking for beneficiaries for our scholarship project. We seek undergraduate students who need financial assistance to continue their studies at the University of the Philippines for the first semester of A.Y. '10-'11. (Partial and complete scholarship grants for one semester will be granted based on the applicant's need)

Do you know of any deserving U.P. student of good moral and intellectual standing (preferably no INC's or 5's, with a GWA of 2.00 or higher), who REALLY NEEDS this one semester tuition fee grant? If you do, please send their contact information and any other pertinent info (e.g. references, mini bios) to Gabriela Francisco gabitwin@gmail.com (09209470835) or Tata Francisco teachertata@gmail.com (09209470861) (or any other Ex Libris Philippines member you know).

Thank you so much! Please reply if you know someone---anyone---an orgmate, collegemate, friend, or classmate. A UP student who you think is deserving, and who really needs the financial aid. Just a name (or several names!) and contact number/s will do---and of course, a few sentences (personal recommendation) will be a great help. Please forward this to your teachers/students, family and friends; perhaps they may know of people who need this scholarship. Thank you so much!

For more information about Ex Libris Philippines, please go to http://exlibrisphilippines.multiply.com

For interested applicants, please submit the following:

4 pcs. 1x1 ID picture
Copy of parents' most recent ITR
Copy of TCG (a CRS printout of grades will do)
3-4 names (with complete contact info) for references
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Our NGO, Ex Libris Philippines, a SEC-certified, nonstock, nonprofit organization of book enthusiasts, is raising funds in order to help send deserving but financially challenged UP students to school. Our last two fundraising projects held March 2007 and April 2008 have funded the education of seven deserving students at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

We are now holding our third fundraising project for our NGO's Scholarship Project. This year's fundraising project is a Concert for a Cause, with performances by soprano Gabriela Francisco (BM Voice Summa cum laude and Valedictory Address Speaker during the UP Centennial Commencement Exercises 2008), her twin sister Tata Francisco, together with faculty and alumni of the UP College of Music (including award-winning guitarist Franco Maigue, award-winning oboist Franz Miguel Ramirez, Keyboard Department chair Prof. Carolyn Cheng, and pianist Raymond Sanga). All funds to be raised will go to the Scholarship Project. The concert will be on May 21, 2010, Friday, 6 p.m. at the UP College of Music, Nicanor Abelardo Hall.

Treat yourself to a night of music and magic, and help out in a good cause, too! You'll be helping send students to school. Please also help spread the word to your friends and family, and invite them to come as well!

Tickets are at Php 300.00 each. For tickets, please contact Tata Francisco at 0920-947-08-61, or Gabi Francisco at 0920-947-08-35. You can also email us at teachertata@gmail.com, or gabitwin@gmail.com.

By simply forwarding this email to your friends, you'll be helping us A LOT already. Please help us spread the word about this Concert For A Cause! Thank you so much!

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Gabriela M. Francisco, soprano: Gabriela M. Francisco is a part time lecturer at the UP College of Music, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree (major in Voice) in 2008. She is also a teacher at her grade school alma mater, Regina Maria Montessori. She is also a co-founder and Treasurer of Ex Libris Philippines, a nationwide and government-recognized NGO for book enthusiasts which holds yearly fundraisers for their scholarship program which aims to help send deserving U.P. students to school. She believes that through the pursuit of her greatest passions (music, literature, and education) man is ennobled and helps his fellow man in return. She has sung in several recitals and was the soprano soloist in the Philippine premiere of J.S. Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio) with the Metro Manila Community Orchestra (MMCO) under the baton of Maestro Chino Toledo. She has sung lead and supporting roles in various operas, such as Madame Silverpeal in Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor and Papagena in Die Zauberflote, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Rossini's Don Pasquale, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Gluck's Orpheus and Euridice, Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and Freundin in Schoenberg's Von Heute auf Morgen.

Natasha M. Francisco, soprano: Natasha Francisco graduated from the UP College of Arts and Letters with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing, magna cum laude, in 2007. Tata has been a soprano soloist in several performances in the Ateneo de Manila High School, where she spent two years teaching English to second year high school boys. Tata traces her musical roots to the time when she was a soloist of the De La Salle Zobel High School Chorale. She was a semi finalist in the Solo Voice Category B for the 2002 National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA). She was also a performer in the UP Grand Alumni Homecoming in 2006, performing alongside the likes of Pinky Marquez. She has performed at the CCP Main Theatre in Leoncavallo's opera, Pagliacci, and has sung in a performance of Rossini's Petit Messe Solenenelle, among many other shows. Last year, she sang in a concert spearheaded by Dulaang Sibol's Mr. Onofre Pagsanjan, "The Four Sopranos."

Carolyn Cheng, piano: Carolyn Kleiner Cheng holds a Bachelor of Music degree, major in Piano from the University of the Philippines, summa cum laude, and a Master’s degree in Piano from the New England of Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, with distinction. She was a prizewinner in the MSO Young Artists’ Competitions when she was only 16. The following year, she became the national Yamaha champion, going on to become Southeast Asian champion. She has played with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the MSO Symphony, Concert in the Park and has given solo recitals both in the Philippines (Paco Park, Goethe Institute, etc.) and abroad (Boston, Philippine Center in New York). A sought-after accompanist, she has accompanied numerous vocal artists such as Noel Velasco, Joel Navarro, Josephine Roces, Nomer Son, and Priscilla Magdamo, various choral groups such as the U.P. Concert Chorus and even young pianists such as Oliver Salonga. She has also been an adjudicator in the NAMCYA Piano Competitions. Highly involved in music education, she has been trained in the Dalcroze, Kodaly and Suzuki Methods. She is connected with the Immaculate Conception Academy and Children’s Talent Education Center. At the U.P. College of Music, she is presently Chair of the Keyboard Department, teaching piano majors and minors, and teaching Dalcroze and Kodaly to music education majors.

Raymond Sanga, piano: Raymond earned his Bachelor of Music Major in Piano, Cum Laude, from the UP College of Music. He started formal training in classical singing at the college’s extension program in 1994 and played various lead roles in musical plays by Dulaang UP-UP Sining Pangkabataan entitled “Engkantado” and “Bisperas ng Pasko.” He was the boy soprano soloist in Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms”, performed at St Scholastica’s College, Manila. He started piano lessons at Guy Simondac’s music school in San Pedro Laguna as a teenager. From 1997 until 2003 he was an active member of the Himig Sanghaya Chorale, the official choral group of Laguna. In 2004, he participated in the 1st Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was a finalist in the UP Centennial Piano Competition in 2008 and is the resident pianist of Musica Sacra Filipinas.

Franco Maigue, guitar : Franco Raymundo Moscardon Maigue is First prize winner of the 2004 Metro Manila Community Orchestra Concerto Competition and top prizewinner of the 2002 and 2009 National Music Competitions for Young Artists. Aside from being a captivating solo performer, he is an active chamber musician, having been a member of several groups including the UP Guitar Orchestra, Kithara Quartet, Abelardo Guitar Quartet and the UP Jazz Ensemble. He finished his Bachelor of Music degree at the UP College of Music, Cum Laude.

Franz Miguel Ramirez, oboe : "Mikko" is a sought after soloist as well as an orchestra and chamber musician who has worked with both international and local conductors. He is a National Music Competition for Young Artists Champion, as well as being the Principal Oboist of Filharmonika under the baton of Gerard Salonga. In 2007 he was a member of the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra. He has been the featured artist in the Bravo Filipino segment of DZFE The Master’s Touch. He recently had a solo concert at the GSIS Museum, entitled “Romances,” and he was accompanied by Mary Anne Espina on the piano. He has also been a featured soloist at the International Bamboo Organ Festival. He was recently awarded his Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music from London, with Distinction.
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After months of preparation, it's finally happening!

Rouse the fire as the Ateneo de Manila High School launches its 13th Annual Fair- ALAB. For two days, let all hell break loose when sparks fly along the High School grounds. Join the many contests and enjoy the wide variety of booths the fair has to offer. And let the rays of the sun break the silence in SINAG, a rock concert that burns the boundaries with bands like Sandwich and Taken by Cars. Catch the stars of TALAB, as 13 pairs of models take lighting the sky to a whole new high. Stay a while longer to catch special guests like Chris Tiu, Robi Domingo, DJ's Mo Twister and Grace Lee, and many more. ALAB---NOT JUST ANY FAIR. ALAB is dedicated to helping out the Tulong Dunong Scholarship Program, which sends poor but deserving high school students to schools such as the Ateneo, Miriam and St. Scho. 

We're doing this for a cause, for SCHOLARSHIP. Be there.


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Mr. Onofre Pagsanghan's brainchild. :) Do come join us for a musical evening! 
6:30 PM, Feb 6, 2009 Friday @ Dulaang Sibol
Four Sopranos: Ms. Jen Concepcion (Math), Ms. Meng de Guia (CLE), Ms. Tikya Roldan (Arts), and moi from English. 
Guest Artist: Father R.B. Hizon, S.J. 
Accompanists are Mr. Jude Roldan and Mr. Jampao Reyes! 
Hosted by Mr. Nald Galinato and Mr. Enzo Flojo of English!
Tickets at Php 200. Pls. contact Mr. Ronald Galinato of English for details.
(All proceeds of this concert will go to scholarship :))
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7 days til Soph Night!
Support Soph Night! Please help spread the word. All proceeds will go to the AHS' Tulong Dunong Scholarship Emergency Fund.
SUBWAY. 11.15.08
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One of the perks of being a teacher is that you still have the same breaks that you once had as a student. Sembreak. Christmas break. And a "summer break" (which is a misnomer, because, as any busy student would know, it's actually the time of the year when you are actually BUSIER with different, not necessarily academic matters...anyway...back to my point) 

It's hard to believe that it's sembreak, at long last.

Not that there's nothing to do. Actually, even though I'm going up to Baguio tomorrow with the family for a week, I'm bringing along...*drumroll please* PAPERS TO CHECK. Haha. What's new? :) I have tremendous backlog to plow through. But since I won't be teaching during the break, the checking load seems so much more...manageable.

I've actually developed a way of making checking FUN: bring papers to a cafe, set checking pens beside a fragrant cup of coffee, arrange papers and paper clips neatly behind a plateful of chocolate cake, and THEN start to check. Now, imagine if that cafe were the Starbucks branch in Camp John Hay...aaahhh....

I'm planning on getting A LOT of checking done over this break. :)

But what I'm really looking forward to is getting time to SLEEP. Just this morning, I woke up at seven. SEVEN. Can you imagine? What luxury, what joy! I can bask in many other such mornings as this. :)

I'm also looking forward to getting some READING done. So that's checking + sleeping + reading, all to be done in the beautiful city of Pines. BAGUIO, HERE I COME! :)

Enjoy the sembreak, everyone!

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Yesterday was Duffy-Delaney Day, or Teachers' Day at the AHS.

A most unforgettable day, indeed. I am not ashamed to admit that I openly cried in front of my students. :) They were good tears. Thank you to the students who made their teachers' day very special.

And thank you to the DDD Committee (special mention: Enzo and Ernie) who made the rest of D3 EXTREMELY, CRAZILY FUN for all us teachers! Karaoke singing for four hours = WHOA

I'll let the pics do the talking. What a day.

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Best way to combat stress. Ever.

Although arcade games come a close second. That's Death Star Commander Joel Falgui on the console. :)

With Sir Joel, Enzo and Vinz

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The past Friday sent at least three minor epiphanies my way, most of them revolving around the general theme of "the second year of teaching." Yet Friday was a relatively light day for me, all things considered.

For one thing, my Friday started out quite leisurely. Instead of running around in agitation before the stroke of 7:45 a.m. (which, for some reason or another, I have found myself doing more constantly these past few weeks)---for once, this Friday, I just had to meet with a few students, deliver some instructions, and then retreat back to my cubicle to prepare for my classes with ten minutes to spare. Ah, the luxury of it. Those few precious minutes at the start of the day with which I could sit down and think...I missed having them. Those few minutes of clarity, of focus---they come rarer these days.

And then, one of my sections had their field trip, so I only had to substitute for another teacher for another section---no teaching involved there---and meet two of my own three. And since we were finishing up a story, and a lesson, I ended up doing light activities (on the part of the teacher, at least :)) like giving a quiz, and the worksheet for them to accomplish as a seatwork and homework. I didn't use my voice much, and I realized that it was so good just to be able to have a solid voice at the end of the day. And after I met my last class, I couldn't help but sing to myself a bit as I walked back to the workroom, just RELISHING the feeling and the knowledge that my voice was still there. :)

The rest of Friday was spent on a very productive meeting, after which my boss talked to me (and yes, I realize now that that was the catalyst for the ephiphanies :)). And after that, for the first time in FIVE WEEKS, I was able to put aside the papers I had to check and all the other work that needed to be attended to, and just put on my running shoes and go out into the sun and grass, and JOG with a friend. Never mind that as soon as we hit the field, it started to rain. Hahaha. We went to Moro and jogged there instead, and I got to see a certain Mr. T (clue: his name starts with a T and ends with a U, haha).

Friday was a good day, indeed! (And not just because of the Mr. T Sighting)

But now for the ephiphanies!

1) One good day makes up for a whole string of "bad" ones. That single enjoyable Friday  rendered the other string of gray, overloaded days obsolete and...inconsequential. :)

2) Always make time for exercise. We must always take care of our health! I realized that I had become quite unfit due to lack of exercise, so much so that I have been experiencing BACK PAINS (still am, actually) since Thursday that force me to walk, sit and recline in very awkward positions. :( This is baaad. Will make time to jog again this week.

(So if you see me walking like I am in pain, then it means I am...)

3) Weariness makes itself obvious (and is actually infectious). I was told that apparently, quite a number of people have noticed a considerable "drop" in my energy level as compared to last year. I've also noticed that, more and more frequently, I am being asked if everything is OK. I was a bit surprised because I had not thought my tiredness (due to my "bad days") was obvious. And okay, okay, I admit it. My pride is hurt because I don't like it when my face spells H-A-G-G-A-R-D. Grrrarrr. :)

Thus far, that's a bit of what the second year is like: a mix of good days and bad days. And the good days---when you get to think, and plan, and execute better; when the boys are a bit more well-behaved than usual and when you are not forced to get mad; when you get some time to leave work behind and just run with the wind; when you see a certain crush-able celebrity in person (still can't get over it! hehe)---far outweigh the bad.

Here's to more good days! (And more Mr. T sightings... :))

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(My moderating class' KFD gimmick; all proceeds will go to the Katipunan Fund Drive and fund the Ateneo High School's outreach programs)

 Taken from http://ikfd08.multiply.com



Notebooks never looked this good.
Hitting the Ateneo High School on Monday, Sept 22, 2008.
Hurry! Buy now while stocks last!
7 and 1/2 x 9 3/4 ''
Let's go 2I! Awoo!
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Alive!! Yes! :)

Two months of my second year of teaching over. One would think that things would have gotten 'easier' now that it's not my first year of teaching anymore, but that's not the case! :) In addition to my usual teaching load, I'm a class moderator now as well as an 'org' moderator (FairCom), and I'm still taking M.A. classes. And look how those few words can't seem to encompass all the drama, excitement and exhiliration of these past two months. It's been an action-packed and very educational two months, to say the least. ;)

There's just too much going on in real life that I can't put it all down. Which is a pity, really, because I'm afraid if I don't set all the happenings down somewhere, I'd forget them. :( 

I just recently bumped into an old college professor during a book launch, and she gently reprimanded me for doing too much LIVING and not enough writing. You see, in our earliest Creative Writing classes she (and other professors) told that us that we needed to go out and LIVE first before considering doing any writing. So. Ah. Hm. I'm definitely doing the LIVING part right now. :) Lots and lots of it!

But yes. Henceforth, I vow to keep on blogging so as not to lose the writing completely. :) (Hear that, Ma'am C? hehe)

I recently looked at my past journal entries from a year ago and marvelled at the fact that, despite the obvious chaos that was college existence, I insisted on MAKING TIME to write. So! No more excuses. :) 

Hello, blogging! Remember me? :)

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