After World War II, La Consolacion College Bacolod was the center of culture and arts education in Negros Occidental. The establishment of its auditorium in 1945 set the stage for the flourishing of talents in speech and drama whilst producing some of the Philippines’ prominent screen actors like Susan Roces and Odette Khan. Its music department was the first of its kind. And what’s more, the Fine Arts program it also pioneered continues to be the only degree offering in the province.
After 100 years, LCC Bacolod will invigorate this legacy through the establishment of the Center for Music, Arts, and Culture or simply, the CMAC.
The CMAC will provide avenues for harnessing and enhancing the creativity and multiple intelligences of the youth, thereby fostering the development of a well-rounded multi-skilled, multi-talented, and multilingual Negrense.
The LCCB-CMAC aims to regain the ground for integrated education and specialized training in music, arts, and culture, through which the children of Negros Occidental will be honed with well-rounded personality that will equip them to pursue successful careers and meaningful lives in the 21st century.
On March 12, 2021, the launching of the CMAC became the highlight of the 102nd Foundation Day celebration.
The LCCB-CMAC will deliver music, arts and culture appreciation lessons integrated in the LCC Bacolod curriculum beginning in Basic Education up until College. It will also offer short-term and specialized classes taught by qualified artists and musicians.
This project needs a studio to provide a flexible space for various classes. LCC Bacolod has dedicated what used to be an exhibit room to be converted into a studio. The area has a sprawling floor made of reclaimed wood from what used to be the Dance Hall. All it needs are some renovations which include the installation of sound system, repainting of the walls, repair of the flooring, and installation of appropriate lighting fixtures.
The old pianos and other musical instruments from the Music Department will be restored to be used for classes and recitals.
Finance Staff and Photographer Jimmy Ong captures musicologist Marc Christian Chua during his violin solo performance at the launching of the Center for Music, Arts, and Culture.
Chua first learned music in LCC Bacolod’s Music Department under the tutelage of the late Miss Bella Rivas Galang. He then went on to study at UP Diliman’s College of Music and earned a scholarship in China’s Nanjing University and later in Germany where he furthered his music education.
Chua’s performance was a tribute to his late teacher, for whom the program was dedicated. He will be among the CMAC’s faculty in music.