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Feb 27, 2018

Enhancing Talents to Create Paths to Social Change

Greetings from Ang Misyon Inc.!

We are happy to present to you how far has Talim Island gone in the past four years. 

Talim Island is reaching out to more children!

Today, we have touched the lives of 29 scholars in two of the barangays in Talim Island. Our commitment to the community has helped these children enhance their talents whose parents' livelihood are fishermen, factory workers, drivers, labourers, security guards, sewers and teachers. We have seen lives of our beneficiaries changed for the better.

Our mission is not only to enhance the musical talents of these children but to ensure that they will also contribute to social change by means of values formation and counselling.

This year, we would like to encourage more children to be part of our mission.

Talim Island's Major Event

In September 24, 2017, Talim Island held its first public recital at their local chapel. With the direction of Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth administrator and Talim Island mentor, it was a successful one-hour varied program of solos, duets and ensemble. The scholars’ parents, relatives and neighbors from Barangay Tuna and Balibagowere very enthusiastic to see the children of Talim Island showcase their talents who started as beginners since the satellite opened in April 2014 and now called The Orchestra of Talim Island Youth.

To better appreciate our accomplishments in 2017 and 2018, please open our infographic report attached.


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Jan 6, 2017

PROSPERITY, PROGRESS, PERFORMANCE

Voyage to the Satellite Showdown
Voyage to the Satellite Showdown

PROSPERITY THROUGH PRESERVATION The Laguna Lake Basin is where lie the needs and means of living of the people, not only of Talim Island, but also of all the lake shore municipalities of Rizal and Laguna. It takes a lot of courage and perseverance to take charge of dismantling large fish pens, whose registered owners have been reported to be ghost or dummy proprietors of Korean and Chinese businessmen. Madame Secretary Regina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), ordered the demolition of these fish pens upon Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to lessen these large structures, so as not to undermine the small fishermen.

Not soon enough, DENR Secretary Lopez also plans to convert Laguna Lake into an eco-tourism zone. As an initial effort, DENR is looking into manoeuvring domestic wastes from all households around Laguna Lake, including Talim Island, relocating their destination so as not to reach the water. By then, the poor fishermen will have the priority to their entitlements. Currently, President Duterte reiterated his call to dismantle ‘illegal’ fish pens that have flourished in Laguna de Bay, even threatening the use of military force to help protect the small fishermen.

PERFORMING AT ANG MISYON’S 2016 SATELLITE SHOWDOWN The much awaited annual Satellite Showdown was held at the UNILAB’s Bayanihan Center in Pasig City last November 30, 2016. This was the third gathering of Ang Misyon’s satellites coming from different parts of the Philippines, showcasing performances by the thirteen youth orchestral ensembles established since Ang Misyon’s founding in 2012.

It was one of the most remarkable experiences of the Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth’s members. On the chilly & breezy Wednesday morning, they came all the way from the island via a passenger boat to the mainland fishing port, where two rented jeepneys took them to the performance venue. They also experienced for the first time a fabulous buffet lunch at the Lee Hak Korean Restaurant. All expenses were paid by Ang Misyon.

This was the real challenge for the kids: from a long journey trying to compose themselves from grogginess to be able to perform well in the event. The three-minute performance was a great accomplishment for the Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth. It was a privilege to join all the other orchestras including Ang Misyon’s flagship ensemble The Orchestra of the Filipino Youth. It was amazing to see almost 600 young musicians, bonded together mainly by music, discipline, and the core values infused by Ang Misyon.

IAN NHOEL & VANA: THE OTIY’S ASSETS The source of strength of the Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth is the individual commitment, the responsibility of learning and mastering the music parts, and the contribution of each member being the look-out for each other so that no one gets lost during the rehearsals and performances.

Ian Nhoel is one of our best members. He is so committed to the orchestra. He practices the responsibility of being the concert master. He was 12 when he joined the orchestra. His mother was a public school teacher and his father was an Overseas Filipino Worker stranded in Saudi Arabia for three years, jobless, and uncompensated. The father just arrived last July with the aid of the Philippine government, and the dilemma that awaited him in the island is that his only son hopes someday his passion for music will take him to college. Ian Nhoel also excels in academics and is consistently on the top of his class. He never fails to practice before entering the rehearsal hall and he continues to practice when he gets home.

We spoke about Vana in April 2015. Vana has been really admirable ever since and has become a role model to many in the orchestra. She dares to practice at night under the light of a candle. Her family has managed to survive without electricity in their home for several years now. Vana’s deprivation has never been a hindrance to her dreams, but rather she has been transforming deprivations to become means to aim higher and tools to strive harder. She even borrowed a pair of shoes from her cousin just to be able to join in the Satellite Showdown but saying: “Akong bahala sa inyo paglaki ko (I’ll take care of you when I get older)!”

After their Satellite Showdown performance, Ang Misyon‘s managing director Ms. Tinky Cruz, surprised each member with a Christmas gift: a new pair of shoes. And Vana was the most delighted to received her new pair of shoes.

ANG MISYON’S ACADEMIC SCHOOL SUPPORT Ang Misyon, in cooperation with Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation, Inc. (PAAFI), has been providing academic support for selected Scholars of the OTIY. Last December 11, 2016, a Christmas party was given to the academic scholars of all thirteen Ang Misyon satellites. They were given grocery packs and cash assistance as well. They were very thankful for it was a great help.

GRATITUDE IS IN ITSELF A GIFT On behalf of Ang Misyon Talim Island and the Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth, we are profusely grateful to Global Giving and to the 30 donors who have contributed to our cause for the past two years. We wish you all a blessed & prosperous 2017!

Ang Misyon's 2016 Satellite Showdown
Ang Misyon's 2016 Satellite Showdown
Ian Nhoel & Vana
Ian Nhoel & Vana
Instruments for Playing, Shoes for Walking
Instruments for Playing, Shoes for Walking
OTIY Academic Scholars
OTIY Academic Scholars
The Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth
The Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth

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Oct 11, 2016

WITH MUSIC, YOU CAN SEND A BOY TO DO A MAN'S JOB

A native fisherman struggling vs. fishing magnates
A native fisherman struggling vs. fishing magnates

A FAVORABLE DECISION

In June 2016, the Philippines elected a new President of the Republic. President Rodrigo Duterte is widely known as a maverick leader, an anti-corruption czar, and an expert in peace & order. Immediately after assuming the office, he was determined to demolish all the fishpen structures owned by several fishing magnates in favor of the small time fishermen who rely only on lake products. The latter have been given the priority to utilize the vast of Laguna Lake.  

The President also enunciated that no permit will be granted full proprietorship of hectare by hectare fishpens. He vigorously pointed out the high-ranking government officials and big-time businessmen as the sole operators of these fishpens.

Although Laguna Lake supplies Metro Manila 70 tons of tilapya and bangus (milkfish) and 30 tons of bighead carps weekly, according to Agricultural statistics, these have to be fully controlled to benefit the low income families living in the island of Talim. But then again, treatment of water waste around the lake should also be strictly monitored, since such treatment is the lake’s number one cause of fish kills.

NATIONWIDE ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN

There has been a drug problem that has plagued the nation for decades. Unfortunately, previous governments simply ignored them. President Duterte has mandated to sweep the country off of this problem, even in small communities such as Talim Island. There was a reported shabu (methamphetamine) laboratory found in one of the barangays (barrios or districts) in Talim Island, which was allegedly owned by a Mayor. Instead of imprisoning the Mayor, he was forced to leave the country.

In addition, the Chairman of each barangay was obliged to surrender over 500 drug pushers & addicts identified in their drug watch lists, to the Municipality of Cardona & Binangonan Police Station. There have also been reported cases of drug incidents involving elementary & high school students.

Ang Misyon believes that we can help in this anti-drug campaign by taking the youth off the streets. Aside from receiving free Music education - which has the power to rehabilitate those with this addiction - and instruments, the Talim Island satellite has also been receiving books to occupy the kids’ minds with knowledge, as well as clothing which otherwise their families do not have the budget for.

JOMARI, A PROMISING VIOLINIST

Thirteen-year-old Jomari is the fifth of six siblings. His mother has been struggling to support them ever since his father left them two years ago for another family. His elder brothers and sisters managed to rent a small room in the neighboring town of Angono. His two sisters are still studying in college, taking advantage of the scholarship grants provided by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). His two brothers found their luck in a factory to support their daily needs, likewise, to be able to send an ample amount for their mother back in Talim Island. Not enough to cope with daily necessities, Jomari’s mother does the laundry of some neighbors, and housekeeping as well. A cause of concern drives me to include Jomari as a recipient of Philippine Asia Assistance Foundation Inc. (PAAFI) and Ang Misyon’s academic support. It‘s all worth it because Jomari excels in academics and is a consistent honor student. In fact, he won the first prize in a recent Math Quiz Bee. He battled with students from different schools in mainland Cardona.

From my point of view, Jomari is one of the promising violinists of the Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth. He plays 2nd violin and is ready to be assessed for a promotion to Ang Misyon’s flagship junior ensemble The Young Filipinos’ Orchestra (YFO).

THE PREPARATION

Upon the announcement of Ang Misyon’s upcoming Satellite Showdown, the Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth started to rehearse their piece for their presentation. The kids have a strong desire to show their grown up talents to other satellites, and of course to Ang Misyon, where they owe their knowledge in Classical Music.

All satellites will gather on November 30, 2016 at the Bayanihan Center, Unilab in Pasig City, showcasing about 600 young musicians around the Philippines. The annual scenario motivates these kids as young disciplined musicians showing the power of music that have changed their lives, freeing them from hunger, poverty, & illiteracy, thru the long-term support of Ang Misyon and the much-needed aid of Global Giving.

Donated Books & Clothes
Donated Books & Clothes
Jomari, a promising violinist
Jomari, a promising violinist
Showdown Preparations
Showdown Preparations

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