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May 22, 2019

PAGSASABUHAY: Performance and Life Education in the 21st Century (Plenary Session C: Student Panel)

STUDENT PANEL

Chair of Student Panel: Maria Teresa Jamias Resident SHS Faculty, Theatre Arts DepartmentPhilippine High School for the Arts

Maria Teresa S. Jamias is an actor, director-dramaturg, acting teacher/coach, filmmaker, voice talent, contemporary dancer-choreographer, hair cutter and machinator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philippine Studies (Theater Arts and Film) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and is currently completing her Masteral studies in Theater Arts. She has been a Visiting Master Teacher in the PHSA since 2009. This school year, she took on the position of Resident Faculty of the Senior High Theatre Arts Program.

Tess is a founding member of the pioneering independent performance companies, Dulaang Talyer and the KOLAB Co. She was a member and teacher of the Actors’ Company of the Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theatre company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Tess was an Asian Cultural Council Fellow, a Shizuoka University of Arts and Culture Visiting Researcher and a Japan Studies Scholarship Organization Scholar. She continues to espouse and undertakes research in performance.

Plenary Session C: Student Panel Paper Presenter

Mr. James Lanante (Philippine High School for the Arts)

Topic: (Re)introducing Lineyte-Samarnon Culture to the Youth of Tacloban City through Performance

James Lanante is a Grade 12 Theater Arts student from the Philippine High School for the Arts and member of its resident theater arts company Dulaang Sipat Lawin (DSL). He has been part of DSL’s productions such as Ang Pinakamakisig sa mga Nalunod sa Buong Daigdig, Makikitawag Lang Ako, Ang Reyna at ang Mga Rebelde, Three Sisters, Mga Lukaret ng Intramuros, Ang Unang Aswang, BANTAYOG, Nagwawalang Gubat, and Z; excerpts from Rhinoceros, Antigone, Paano Man Ang Trip Mo, and Lihis.

Ms. Chrystelle Atienza (Philippine High School for the Arts graduate)

Title: Using Theater Games as a Tool for Teaching Community Children: An Introductory Course on The Six Hats of Critical Thinking Skills by the De Bono Group

A young theatre educator and actor, Chrystelle Atienza strives to empower people through her craft. As a former member of Dulaang Sipat Lawin, the resident theater company of Philippine High School for the Arts, she has been part of numerous productions as an actor, director, and stage manager. Currently, she is studying BS Human Ecology at the University of the Philippines Los Banos. She continuously works towards her passion, Arts Therapy, by engaging in different communities through workshops. Chrystelle envisions a better society of people with open hearts to share, listen, and, dream together.

the Eggheads: Tomas Santos, Ainah Remonte, Kyrie SamodioGrade 11, Theatre Arts Department Philippine High School for the Arts

Title: Pa-Lagay

Egg·head /ˈeɡˌhed/ (n.) ; a highly educated person who may not know much about real life. They are Ainah Remonte (Aries), Tomas Santos (Virgo), and Kyrie Samodio (Scorpio), Grade 11 Theater arts majors from the Philippine High School for the Arts. They want to expand and challenge perceptions on theater and performance by instigating and engaging in discourse with people in different walks of life. This is their first performance lecture.

Shena Marie Pacano
Department of Buddhist Studies
Guang Ming College

Topic: Examining Connection between Performers and Production Team: Seeing the Beauty of Interconnectedness in Buddhism Perspective

Shena Marie Pacano is a graduating student of Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies at Guang Ming College (GMC), Manila. She is a recipient of Venerable Master Hsing Yun Educational Trust Fund and was awarded Outstanding Scholar of Buddhist Studies last June 2018. She strives to be globally competitive by working as a student assistant while studying, learning Mandarin beyond the classroom and attending local and international conferences. Despite heavy academic and assistantship loads, Shena finds time to participate in religious activities like the interfaith group in order to stay emotionally sound and spiritually healthy.

Kit Brian Valderrama
Department of Buddhist Studies
Guang Ming College

Topic: Meditative Performance: A Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Kit, a recipient of Venerable Master Hsing Yun Educational Trust Fund, is a fourth-year student of Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies at Guang Ming College (GMC), Manila. Recently, he presented along with his partner their ongoing thesis paper entitled: Assessing Animal Welfare: A Comparative Study of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Concept of Karuna and Peter Singer’s Animal Ethics in 2019 National Philosophical Conference last February 6-10, 2019 in Baguio city. He was previously a course representative of GMC’s student government. He goes beyond excelling academically by actively participating in various local conferences like Women’s Celebration on Life and Faith in Quezon City, Angat Kabataan Youth Camp in Pampanga City and the Interfaith Harmony Week/Peace Camp in Antipolo City. Kit also attended international retreats like the Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat and the International Youth Seminar on Life and Chan and academic activities like the 2017 Southbound Exchange Program, which were all held in Taiwan. Because of these immersive experiences, and Kit’s dedication to learning, he has become an achiever.

Ricca Regala and Abigail Delgado
Department of Buddhist Studies
Guang Ming College


Topic: Non Self : Applying Meditation towards
Performance Making

Abigail Marie Delgado is currently taking up her Bachelor’s degree in Buddhist Studies at Guang Ming College, Manila. She is a recipient of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Educational Trust Fund receiving a full scholarship and free Chinese classes. Currently, she is the associate editor of Guang Ming College’s official newspaper “The Chant” and the vice president of Guang Ming Bodhisattvas Organization. Moreover, Abigail also participates actively in different school activities locally and internationally. She participated in international conferences in Taiwan, was a delegate to the South Bound Student Exchange Program in Fo Guang University, attended interfaith activities in the Philippines and volunteered at Fo Guang Shan branch temples.

Ricca Marie Regala is currently a graduating candidate taking up Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies at Guang Ming College, Manila. She is a recipient of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Educational Trust Fund receiving a full scholarship. She was able to enhance her leadership and writing skills as a news editor and associate editor of the school newspaper. She was a former member of the Guang Ming Harmonies, GMC’s choir group and currently a member of the Guang Ming Bodhisattva Organization. Furthermore, she was a delegate to the Fo Guang University – Student Exchange Program in Yilan County, Taiwan. Other than this, she also participated in international conferences in Taiwan, participated in 11th Word Cup Philippines Campus Journalism Masterclass, attended Interfaith Programs in the Philippines and volunteered at Fo Guang Shan’s branch temples. Ricca Marie was also a student assistant in Guang Ming College Registrar Office for almost two years.

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Wincy Ramilo
Department of Performing Arts
Guang Ming College


Topic: Depicting Violence Against Women: A Devising Project inspired by Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s prayer for Oppressed Women

Wincy Ramilo is a candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Theater and currently the Council Master of Dharma Theater Ensemble, the resident theater company of Guang Ming College which was established last 2016. She has been directing various performances inside and outside GMC. She directed the Star and Cloud Play Festival – Faith which won the Best Play award and was also restaged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines during Pasinaya. She headed various international performances like Sounds of the Human World Concert in Taiwan and Chinese New Year Celebration. She was also awarded as Outstanding Artist in Theater for the S.Y 2017-2018 and awarded as Best Actress for the Short Film entitled “Igsoon”. She attended the 5th National Student Research Conference held in Tagaytay and awarded as Best Presenter for her ongoing creative research entitled “Violence Against Women: A Devising Project inspired by Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Prayer for Oppressed Women.”

Teacher’s Training Exchange

Topic: The Experience And Practice Of Mindfulness Meditation Through The Expressions And Improvisations Of Movement And Dance


Facilitators: Al Bernard Garcia & Abbey Carlos 
Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Guang Ming College

Abbey Carlos is a dance artist with a passion for teaching and performing. A graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts (Ballet) and the University of the Philippines-Diliman (Bachelor of Music in Dance), Abbey has performed in dance productions and festivals in the Philippines and abroad. She received her Master in Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Iowa in 2018, where she was awarded the Iowa Arts Fellowship and taught as a teaching assistant with the Dance Department. Abbey is currently the Program Coordinator for Dance and Company Manager of the Performing Arts Companies.

Al Bernard Garcia is a Manila-based dance artist and choreographer who was born in Tacloban City, Leyte. A graduate of Philippine High School for the Arts (Folk Dance Major) and University of the Philippines’ College of Music (Dance Major). A Guang Ming College faculty since 2015, founded Guang Ming Dance Project (GMDP) in 2016, currently the resident choreographer of GMDP.

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