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March 3, 2012

A Different Music Project to Inspire Filipino High School Students

Aral-Awit Rocks Public High Schools

February 26, 2012, 3:50am
Posted By Manila Bulletin
Nokia Philippines’ Bless Pagkalinawan (middle) and AFI’S, Marcela Claudette Sevilla  (third from right) with school beneficiaries thumb up for Project Araw Values program.
Nokia Philippines’ Bless Pagkalinawan (middle) and AFI’S, Marcela Claudette Sevilla (third from right) with school beneficiaries thumb up for Project Araw Values program.
MANILA, Philippines — Public high school students in Metro Manila were in high spirits during the launching of ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI) and Nokia’s new project for the Filipino youth as popular bands Callalily, Gracenote and 6 Cyclemind performd live at Commonwealth High School, Caloocan High School and Rizal High School gymnasium.
The project dubbed as “Project Aral-Awit or Araw (which also means “sun” in Filipino)” is a three-year music and values education program that aims to promote the values of honesty, self sufficiency and social responsibility through the creative use of music videos and AFI’s television program, “Pahina”, a show on Philippine literature that reflects the experiences and aspirations of the Filipino youth.


“We are truly glad that AFI and Nokia share the same passion for educational development and we hope that through this project, we can make a positive change among our youth,” said Marcela Claudette Sevilla, AFI E-media program director.
Close to 300 teachers trooped to Jade Valley in Quezon City last Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 for an intensive training. Pool of trainers headed by Quezon City assistant schools division superintendent Betty Cavo mentored Filipino and Values education teachers on video modules and values integration in classroom instruction.
VALUES THROUGH SONGS
Project ARAW also seeks to engage and inspire high school students to express positive values through songs.
A music orientation and workshop was conducted by premiere ABS-CBN arranger and composer Fred Ferraz who lectured students from recipient schools on basic songwriting and on the use of music as a powerful communication tool for change.
A songwriting competition culminated the workshop wherein six original Filipino compositions will be chosen which in turn will be produced into music episodes and will become part of the package that will be distributed to public high schools in the following year. Nokia mobile phones await six grand winners.
Through the project, 300 schools nationwide will be given access to multi-media learning through the provision of television sets, DVD players and 32 video modules on Philippine literature and values education.

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