The Lopez Museum supports Ang Misyon’s Sistema for the Filipino Youth

In celebration of National Artist for Music and Literature Levi Celerio, the Lopez Museum and Library invited the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY) to perform alongside the High Chair group in an event called Off the Ground on 27 April 2013. Over 120 guests were treated to an afternoon of classical music, visual art, and literature within the gallery spaces of the museum, where they witnessed a special collaboration between established artists and our future classical music professionals.

Raymond John de Borja, Marlon Hacla, and Franz Joel-Libo-on read from their latest books They Day Daze, Glossolalia, and Humigit-Kumulang, while fourteen musicians from the OFY accompanied soprano Elainne Marie Vibal, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Music.

The OFY forms part of Ang Misyon’s Sistema for the Filipino Youth, an after-school program that offers children from deprived communities the opportunity to develop their musical talents and achieve their full potential towards a career in Classical Music performance and education.  The children are handpicked from various existing ensembles, and offered free music education with a curriculum that covers Music History, Music Theory & Fundamentals, Basic Piano, Basic Conducting, One-on-One Lessons on the instrument of concentration, group or sectional workshops, and Chamber Music. They are also granted rehearsal and transportation allowances, instruments, meals, and uniforms.

Sistema for the Filipino Youth is mentored by its Co-founder and Artistic Director Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, an internationally renowned concert pianist and child prodigy. It is also mentored by current and former members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ms. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, the OFY’s resident conductor who is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines College of Music with a Master of Music degree from Yale University, and Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.


Through programs like Sistema for the Filipino Youth in collaboration with the Lopez Museum and Library as a center of Filipiniana Arts and Letters, the Lopez Group supports arts and culture with a vision of strengthening national pride and consciousness toward nation building.