PASAY, Philippines — Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. (TIHGI), owner and operator of Resorts World Manila, announced the formation of Original Pilipino Performing Arts (OPPA) Foundation, yesterday November 10, 2015 at Maxims Hotel, Newport City, Pasay. OPPPA aims to organize efforts in institutionalizing the advancement of Philippine performing arts as it starts with an initial funding of up to P100 million.
“There is a vibrant tradition of performing arts in the country and a considerable number of groups devoted to the craft,” said Kingson Sian, Chairman, OPPA Foundation. “Still, there is a lot more work to be done in order to gain wider public interest and truly establish the Philippines as a global center of live entertainment.”
This challenge, as well as the wealth of homegrown talent and the enormous potential for growth of this art form in the Philippines, inspired Dr. Andrew Tan (Founding Chairman) to create and spearhead the establishment of OPPA.
“OPPA’s vision is to make the Philippines globally acclaimed for its excellence in the performing arts. We aim to achieve this through initiatives built around three major pillars: supporting local artists through grants and scholarships, nurturing the industry through more opportunities for development, and elevating its standards and capabilities by providing global expertise and resources,” Sian added.
Resting on a solid foundation of values comprised of excellence, innovation, and integrity, OPPA aims to lend a hand to budding artists by way of scholarship grants in their respective fields—be it production design, dance, voice, scriptwriting, acting, among others.
Initial partner schools include: University of the Philippines; St. Scholastica College; College of Saint Benilde and Mint College.
Together with OPPA’s Founding Chairman, Dr. Andrew Tan, the foundation’s board of trustees are Kingson U. Sian (Chairman), Isidro G. Garcia (Vice Chairman), Maria Carmen L. Yulo (President), Marilou A. Almaden (Treasurer), Michael Stuart Williams, Marcos Genciano A. Manalang, and .
With the renewed interest in local performing arts, OPPA is ready to embrace its role in promoting the performing arts through close collaboration with the academe and industry.