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Philippine High School for the Arts

The Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) is a specialized public high school in the Philippines offering arts-focused education established in 1978 by virtue of Presidential Decree 1287.[2] An attached agency of the Department of Education, it consults with the Cultural Center of the Philippines for policy and program implementation of its arts program. Aside from the Basic Education curriculum prescribed by the government, it offers various specializations in the field of arts.

Philippine High School for the Arts
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National Arts Center
TypePublic arts high school
EstablishedJune 11, 1977 (Enacting Legislation in 1978)
Campus DirectorDr. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera Jr
CampusNational Arts Center, Mount Makiling
Color(s)Blue, Red and Yellow               
Budget₱135.67 million Php (2018)[1]
AffiliationsDepartment of Education, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Cultural Center of the Philippines

Entrance to the school is highly competitive: at any given time, it has a small population of 130-145 students to ensure high quality of instruction.[3] Students accepted into the PHSA are given full scholarship and living assistance.[3][4] Its campus is located in the National Arts Center in Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna.


Academics and Student LifeEdit

Every year, the school opens its application process through the Annual Nationwide Search for Young Arts Scholars (ANSYAS). Applicants must be graduating Filipino elementary school students not more than 14 years old with outstanding abilities in the arts.[4] Once accepted, students undergo basic education classes in the morning and specialized instruction in the afternoon.[5] There are currently five fields of specialization that the school offers:[6]

  • Creative Writing
  • Dance (Folk and Ballet)
  • Music
  • Theater Arts
  • Visual Arts

It is estimated that the government spends around Ph₱ 500,000.00 (US$11,000 in 2012) per student in his or her stay in the school.[7] Upon graduation, scholars pursuing higher education are obligated to enroll in an arts course. Similar to other specialized schools, graduating batches have names. The first batch that graduated in 1979 was named in honor of National Artist Guillermo Tolentino.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Rowena Arrieta, concert pianist
  • Leila Florentino, singer who played leading role in the Broadway-run of Miss Saigon.[8]
  • Grace S. Nono, singer, ethnomusicologist, and cultural activist
  • Diwa de Leon, film composer, musician & YouTube artist
  • Raymond Red, filmmaker and recipient of Palme d'Or award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for his short film 'Anino'
  • Adjani Arumpac, filmmaker, art writer, 37th Gawad Urian winner (Best Documentary Film) for 'Nanay Mameng'
  • Candice Adea, principal dancer of Ballet Philippines
  • Jean Marc Cordero, principal dancer of Ballet Philippines
  • Anino Shadow Play Collective
  • Makiling Ensemble, musical band
  • Sipat Lawin Ensemble, independent theater group
  • Gerry Leonardo, CCP 13 Artists Awardee (sculptor) and Visual Arts teacher at Philippine High School for the Arts
  • Don Salubayba, CCP 13 Artists Awardee (painter, surrealist)
  • Jan Leeroy New, CCP 13 Artists Awardee (public artist, fashion designer, production designer for film)
  • John Cinco, professor of Computer Graphics at Farleigh Dickinson University
  • Marc Vincent Cosico, recipient of Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Award for Sculpture
  • Carlito Seneres, graphic designer and Visual Arts teacher at Philippine High School for the Arts
  • Cilette Liboro, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs: ANC Chief Operating Officer
  • Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, theater, film, and television actress
  • Robert Lascano Joaquin - Head of the Visual & Performing Arts Department Brent International School Baguio
  • Karl Castro - Book Designer Three-Time Grand Prize Winner National Book Design Competition
  • Nina Ricci Alagao - Visual Artist, Professional Model, Make-up Artist Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2000


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  2. ^ "Presidential Decree no. 1287: Creating the Philippine High School for the Arts". Government of the Philippines. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b "School Profile". Philippine High School for the Arts. Archived from the original on 9 December 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Department of Education Memorandum no. 159 s.2011" (PDF). Government of the Philippines. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  5. ^ Maribojoc, Raymond (17 August 2004). "The Philippine High School for the Arts: Arts on a Mountain". Philippine Star; Newsflash. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Basic Education at the Philippine High School for the Arts". Philippine High School for the Arts profile. Cultural Center of the Philippines. Retrieved 31 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Fajardo, Rorie (4 January 2011). "The Gifted Give Back". Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Search is on for next batch of Filipino world-class artists". Philippine Information Agency. July 30, 2008.

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