College students interested to pursue a degree in Theater Arts may avail of a scholarship offered by the Original Pilipino Performing Arts (OPPA) Foundation, which provides full financial assistance to a related course at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB).
A Memorandum of Agreement was recently signed by the foundation, represented by its President Menchu Lauchengeco-Yulo and Vice President Michael Williams, and DLS-CSB, led by its president, Brother Dennis Magbanua FSC, and Vice President for Advancement Robin Serrano.
“We have excellent programs in the performing arts,” Magbanua explained. “In fact, through our roster of professors and mentors who are the movers of their respective industries, our students receive the best training, exposure, and experience in their chosen fields.”
Lauchengco-Yulo emphasized the scholarship was specifically designed to fill a need for professionally trained theater artists.
“We felt that this particular partnership is ideal. We chose Benilde for its unique mission to bring the real intricacies of the different industries inside the four walls of the classrooms.” she said.
OPPA Foundation guarantees employment within the next five years after graduation.
“For example, if their passion is in set design,” the OPPA Foundation President elaborated, “They may serve as an assistant or an apprentice, until they hone their skills to eventually become a full-blown set designer.”
OPPA Foundation was founded by the Travelers International Hotel Group Inc. as an avenue to institutionalize the advancement of the Philippine performing arts. It has an initial funding of P100 million for its projects and other endeavors.
The foundation has similar partnerships with University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, St. Scholastica’s College, and Meridian International College.
For details on OPPA, visit www.oppafoundation.org. For inquiries and information, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.