Fil-Can Idol ’08

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Name: Ayesah Sumague Masalunga

Age: 27

City: Westmount

Hometown: Rizal, Laguna Philippines

Country: Canada

Occupation: Domestic Diva

Companies: The Antoniou’s

Interests and Hobbies: Singing, Cooking, Watching TV, Surfing the net..

Movies and Shows: all kinds of light romance/comedy movies…

Music: rnb, rock, soul ballad…pretty much everything as long as their nice to hear!!!

Maria Ayesah Sumague Masalunga the " ULTIMATE RIZALIAN DIVA "

Maria Ayesah Sumague Masalunga the " ULTIMATE RIZALIAN DIVA "

Rizalian Diva Maria Ayesah Sumague Masalunga on one of her show performances at Montreal Canada

Rizalian Diva Maria Ayesah Sumague Masalunga on one of her show performances at Montreal Canada

Artistically Gifted Ziv B. Astronomo…Proudly BatangRizal…

PHSA

The search is on for the next batch of Filipino world-class artisists

The search is on for the next batch of Filipino world-class artists

Ziv Astronomo

Ziv B. Astronomo

The Philippine High School

for the Arts is a public high school for gifted and talented adolescents. It combines the secondary education level program with a special curriculum that recognizes and develops highly talented and exceptionally gifted artists for the preservation, enhancement and promotion of Filipino Heritage.

PHSA aims to develop the potentials of young artists, its faculty and staff as cultural workers that are capable in achieving programs that are focused on the development and enhancement of the Filipino people’s artistic and cultural traditions as well as the commitment to serve the majority of Filipinos. The school also provides its students the opportunity to develop their social skills alongside of pure academic and artistic trainings.

The school continues to innovate programs that directly address the socioeconomic, political and cultural realities in the country, in line with its firm belief that the artist plays a big role in nation-building.

  • Creative Writing which includes Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting and Journalism both in English and Filipino.
  • Dance which includes Classical and Modern Ballet, Folk Dance, Improvisation, Composition and Staging.
  • Music which includes theory, Composition, Solo instrument, Ensemble, Chorus, and Solo voices.
  • Theater Arts, Acting, Stage Management, Technical Theater, Theory and History of Theater, Dance Theater and Directing.
  • Visual Arts which includes Visual Perception, Sculpture, Photography, Art Appreciation, Materials and Techniques and Computer Art.
Nick Astronomo w/ son Civ Astronomo at the Philippine High School for the Arts, Arts Center of the Phil.Mt. Makilang Los Banos, Laguna

Nick B. Astronomo w/ son Ziv B. Astronomo at the Philippine High School for the Arts, Arts Center of the Philippines Mt. Makiling Los Banos, Laguna at the Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars may 18-22, 2009

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I-Witness / GMA7 documented a nerve-wracking and dazzling real-life reality show, but did not stage it — a public high school did. The school is the only one of its kind, the famed Philippine High School for the Arts in the secluded woods of Mount Makiling in Laguna, the alma mater of such arts luminaries as Raymond Red and Grace Nono.

For the first time in its history, the PHSA called for a live audition of aspirants for 40 annual scholarships, worth 300,00 pesos per student per year.

Howie Severino and his team immersed themselves in the week-long auditions on PHSA’s mountain campus, and focused on the lives of three applicants as they go through an emotional roller-coaster in a tranquil environment. Applicants become friends while competing as rivals for limited spots.

Ziv B. Astronomo is a shy home-taught classical guitarist from Brgy. Pook Rizal, Laguna who lost his mother to breast cancer five (5) years ago. Finally feeling at home in a school, he faces the prospect of rejection because another classical guitarist who is auditioning may be even better than he.

Interviewed and congratulated by GMA7 anchor/reporter Howie Severino to be featured in next months Eye Witness, Proud BatangRizal Civ Astronomo enjoys the  " Tears of His Success "

Interviewed and congratulated by GMA7 anchor/reporter Howie Severino to be featured in next months episode of Eye Witness, Proud BatangRizal Ziv B. Astronomo enjoys with ” Tears of His Success ”
BatangRizalOrg members and a Proud Father Nick Astronomo interviewed / congratulated by GMA7 anchor / reportwe Howie Severino

BatangRizalOrg. member and a Proud Father Nick B. Astronomo interviewed / congratulated by GMA7 anchor / reporter Howie Severino

BatangRizalOrg. supports now National Artist Civ Astronomo of Brgy. Pook

BatangRizalOrg. supports now National Artist Ziv B. Astronomo of Brgy. Pook

Philippine High School for the Arts

PHSA slates “Tayo na sa Makiling”

The Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) held its second phase of assessment activities for PHSA scholarship hopefuls on 18 to 22 May 2009 at the school’s Mt Makiling campus Los Banos, Laguna where in our kababayan Ziv Astronomo from Brgy. Pook passed with flying colors in a heavy contested nationwide search for Young Arts Scholars that only thirty five (35) of them qualified . From as high as 4000 aspirants, the participants numbering 99 were shortlisted during the 2009 Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars held in sixteen Regional Audition Centers (RAC) from February to March this year.

Dubbed “Tayo na sa Makiling”, the graded workshops will be facilitated by the PHSA’s resident teachers and guest artists/educators. Also included are sessions on time management, study and library skills, dormitory living, and recreation activities.

The goal of “Tayo na sa Makiling” is to identify the most eligible aspirants who will be given scholarship by the school. Each qualifier will be given full Special Secondary Education scholarship for the School Year 2009-2010 which includes, among others, free accommodation, free meals, and a monthly stipend. Those who will not qualify will be placed in the Waitlist Category as probable replacements for those who will eventually decide not to accept the scholarship award.

A separate orientation on School Mandate, Scholarship Agreement, Manual for Scholars, Academic Support and Behavior Management Programs, Foster Care and Family Program, and other support mechanisms will be conducted for parents and legal guardians accompanying the participants.

Invitation to participate in the second round of tests and auditions to the 2009 Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars whoch will be held at the National High School for the Arts (PHSA) in Mt. Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna on 18-22 of May 2009

Invitation to participate in the second round of tests and auditions to the 2009 Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars which was held at the National High School for the Arts (PHSA) in Mt. Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna on 18-22 of May 2009

Artistically Gifted Ziv. B. Astronomo has been awarded a full Special Secondary Education Scholarship fot the School Year 2009-2010

Artistically Gifted Ziv. B. Astronomo has been awarded a full Special Secondary Education Scholarship for the School Year 2009-2010

Model Rizalian providing more than 100 jobs to our kababayans

SUMITSU SPRING AND METAL ENTERPRISES

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Mr. and Mrs. Freddie & Luz Puma the couple behind the success of Sumitsu Springs & Metal Enterprises

Sumitsu which was derived from one of the streets in Japan is owned by Mr. & Mrs Freddie R. Puma both native of Rizal, Laguna with business address of Blk. 15 Lot 1 Aurora Heights Subdivision, San Pedro, Laguna.
The company started as a small shop in 1996 with two production employees only. 1999 they had an expansion to accommodate additional equipments and 32 employees more. The business became successful with more customers/clients coming in to comply their needs. These are Honda Phils. Inc., Komyo Phils., Masuda Phils., Honda Parts Mfg., Kawasaki Motors, Sun Logistic, T. S. Tech rim Phils., A.I.C., Yutaka Mfg. Inc., Linkage, Gemphil Electronics, Technol Eight Phils.
Year 2003 they acquired a lot at Meridian Industrial Complex Brgy. Balibago Sta. Rosa Laguna and is now accommodating more than 100 employees mostly coming from our town Rizal, Laguna and is now known as SUMITSU SPRING & METAL ENTERPRISES production site.

He Dream a Dream

By MJ Subijano

Dream… Set your mind and dream its free…

This was the opening line of Engineer Gilbert Munda, Son of Mr. And Mrs. Romulo Munda of Brgy. Tala Rizal, Laguna

Gilbert is a graduate of Rizal Elementary School, valedictorian, class 82. It was in RES that he learned Dr. Jose Rizal was once a kid too, before he became a hero. And that a loosing pair of slippers was not really a lost but a sort of help to some one in need. He also learned that a poor kid like him can became a leader in the class.

He carefully molded his dream in high school at Rizal Community High School (now Cristobal S. Conducto Memorial National High School) . In their school year book batch 1986 he wrote that he wanted to be a Computer Science Specialist someday.

But it was not very easy to achieve that dream. College become a tough testing ground for him. This is when he thought that his dream would not come true because of insufficient financial means. He took a Civil Engineering Course at Laguna College in San Pablo City. He did not like it that much but he thought that it might lead him to realize his dream. But fate was against him. He was forced to stop schooling because of the two consecutive typhoons in the late 80’s that hit the country. His father’s crop as a farmer was destroyed.

Frustrated with what happened, he decided to try his luck in Manila. He worked as a factory worker in Rubber world , a stockman at Fair Center and a ship repairman in Manila Bay. It was all hard life for him.

But God is good and He always is. The golden opportunity came to him when a family relative helped and offer him seed money for college. For him, it was one of the the best miracle ever. He enrolled back to college and finished Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering (BSECE) from the University of the East in Caloocan City.

He started his career in ABS-CBN as an assistant in the Engineering department, then moved to PLDT as a telecommunications Engineer. Then one day, an opportunity to work overseas came. It was in 2000 when the internet and wireless network is booming in the United States. He tried his luck. Engineer Gilbert is now working in one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world. He is currently designing and engineering a state-of-the-art Fiber Optic Network in the mainland United States.

Today he is happily living with his wife Ailyn Suaze-Munda and two beautiful daughters Gxara Rezini and Almira Rezini in Frisco, Texas. Engineer Gilbert made his dream come true.

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