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Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island

by Ang Misyon, Inc.
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Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island
Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island
Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island
Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island
Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island
Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island
Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island
Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island
Teach Classical Music to poor kids of Talim Island

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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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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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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Talim Island Lakeshore
Talim Island Lakeshore

How the power supply affects the community

The people of Talim Island were used to frequent brownouts and fluctuation of power supply, affecting the entire island’s livelihood and domestic necessities. One can only admire the people’s readiness during these circumstances. They easily adjust to the situation when the power supply runs off. There are deep wells for an alternative source of potable water, firewood for cooking, and gas lamps to light their homes.

On the other hand, merchants have taken advantage of the situation. They bought lake commodities for less than the actual market value. But that is more essential because of the unavailability of cold storage for their catches.

Education

Internet access is an advantage to students in mainland schools compared to the island. School buildings in every barangay have provisions by the local government. Here, they rely only on books provided for them as research materials. Fortunately, the students here are focused on their studies and other school activities.

Not all barangays in Talim Island have their own school. At least three or more share the same school grounds. Since the island is composed of lake shores, up-hills, and forests, the students walk thru trails with boulders of stone along the lakeside and others crossed the rugged up-hills.

Health

In the 1970s, the entire island was equipped with a floating clinic, with a doctor and health aid staff. They would rove around servicing not only the sick but orienting the healthy on how to prevent sickness. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the floating clinic was abolished. That was merely assessed as a political decision.

As of now, there is only one small hospital located in Barangay Subay, but not sufficient enough to do the hospital operations. There have been many reported incidents wherein patients died during their way to the hospital, travelling by boat.

With the help of the Department of Health (DOH), a possible Dengue outbreak was prevented by giving full Dengue vaccinations to schoolchildren. Dengue is a very common illness during the rainy season. The DOH also encouraged the inhabitants to plant root crops, vegetables, and fruit trees, and reaped whatever they sowed. Feeding programs have been also of great help as much as the medical missions.

Island Festivals

The natives of Talim Island are mostly Catholics. The annual thanksgiving festival is held every 29th of June. Since fishing became the main source of living, they believe that they could get a good harvest for a year if they celebrated the feast of St. Peter, the patron saint of the fisherman.

The Mission continues...

Ang Misyon continues extending their magnanimous support through Global Giving by giving free music lessons and free snacks. The attitudes of the Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth’s members have positively improved if compared to the time we organized the group, when they were full of fear & insecurity. We have infused self-discipline, boosted their morale, and continually teach the children how to dream big. We are looking forward to more moments when we can change another child’s life!

Planting is for Good Health
Planting is for Good Health
Feeding Program
Feeding Program
St. Peter's Festival
St. Peter's Festival
Musicians with Education
Musicians with Education

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Talim Island Aquaculture
Talim Island Aquaculture

Know more about TALIM ISLAND
Talim Island is extremely rich in resources that can sustain the natives of Talim Island for a lifetime. But can it be utilized properly without the technical know-how? Aquaculture in Laguna Lake attributes the largest resources in terms of income, employment and livelihood. To attain its full potential, every person who is engaged in this business must know the economic analysis and severity of problems that will be encountered during the process, like water pollutants, occurrence of storms, and numerous environmental aspects. This industry is the most profitable business and economically important to the community.

Bamboo Crafting
Several opportunities may adhere to the natives of Talim Island. If only everybody had the motivation to cultivate their talents and skills. Information and training must be infused and it is of great help. There were Non-Government Organizations who attempted to invest, but for a very short term only, maybe because of the factors affecting the business. One cause of failure is the fluctuation of electricity wherein the power supply automatically shuts down whenever the wind blows at maximum. The other is the availability of transport services and the possibility of the unforeseen event that will happen during the course of crossing the lake to the mainland.

Tourist Destination
If you happen to explore Talim Island, you can go hiking and climb the peak of Mt. Tagapo, also known as the “susong dalaga” or the “maiden’s breast” mountain because of its conical shape. It is approximately a two-hour trail walking through the island’s bamboo forest. When you reach the peak after trekking, you will be rewarded with the panoramic view of Laguna de Bay and the cities that surround it.

Long term support
The Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth is now heading towards two years of existence, with the continuous support of Ang Misyon and GlobalGiving's magnanimous donors. Each member assimilates new music knowledge with the help of teachers provided by Ang Misyon. They also experienced how to perform in front of huge crowds when they joined the annual Satellite Showdown, showcasing the performance of 12 satellites of Ang Misyon last November 30, held at the Metrotent Metrowalk in Pasig City.

The same month, Ang Misyon distributed jackets and blankets to all the members of the Ang Misyon Talim Island satellite as Christmas gifts, in anticipation of the weather condition of Talim Island during Christmas season.

Many admire the advocacy of Ang Misyon that they volunteered to share their knowledge to the members of the orchestra, by joining our weekly lessons starting last January.

Extension of support
Recently, Ms. Tinky Cruz, managing director of Ang Misyon, donated hundreds of her old books for the community, beneficial as research material for the students in elementary and secondary levels. There is very limited access to the Internet in Talim Island compared to the mainland.                              

Spotlight on Ezekiel: A Musician at Heart
Ezekiel is the third among the four siblings of her parents. Her father is a family driver in Manila, supporting two college students in the mainland and two elementary students in the island, including Ezekiel. She graduated from 6th grade last March 31,2016 and considered as the most improved member of the Orchestra of the Talim Island Youth. She is very good in sight-reading notes, excels in every lesson, and attentive on every piece assigned to her. In December 2014, she was eager to experience her first Satellite Showdown. The night before the performance, Ezekiel volunteered to remind the members of their departure time from the island. Unfortunately, the boat left without anyone noticing her presence until they arrived at the wharf. She was left behind and spent the entire day in tears. I was informed that she was scolded by her mother and was even slapped because she came home late for dinner that night, having forgotten the time due to her despair. She was thereafter prohibited to go with her co-members. But later, I talked to her mother about it to instead be proud because Ezekiel could have a very good future in music, and eventually she conceded to allow her to continue participating in the program. Currently, she plays in the 2nd Violins section and after school she teaches her co-members as well. She was a recipient of a brand new violin from Ang Misyon.

Bamboo Crafting
Bamboo Crafting
Maiden's Breast Mount Tagapo
Maiden's Breast Mount Tagapo
Satellite Volunteers
Satellite Volunteers
Books Donations
Books Donations
Ezekiel
Ezekiel

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Ang Misyon, Inc.

Location: Pasig City, Manila - Philippines
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Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz
Pasig City, Philippines

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