The Rondalla Pioneers of the South

Father Jose Bosch was a mentor like no other ….

  • Mission: To preserve Cebu’s cultural music by passing them on to the youth with the help of a private partner bringing events into the next level in tourism, real estate, and education attracting foreign investments into the province.
  • Vision: The Rondalla Pioneers of the South aims to leave a legacy that everything is possible if talents are nurtured to enhance people’s lifestyles – and produce world-class Filipinos.
  • Purpose: Paying forward the provisions of Father Jose Bosch to the Rondalla Pioneers by adopting his advocacy in providing educational scholarships and enhance it with international opportunities to potential youths in need.

Nov. 18, 2019

Fr. Randy Figuracion                                                                          Fr. Keith Belcina
Fr. Joriz Calsa                                                                                      Mrs. Naila Ylaya – Beltran

Sustainable Rondalla Preservation for Family Empowerment in the Community
Prepared by The LPR CO-OPElena Grace G. Flores/ Representative
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9162075114/ 09236424589elenagraceflores@gmail.com

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Background: The LPR CO-OP (The Rondalla Pioneers of the South Initiative)………………….. 1
Our Mission……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 2
Collaborative Partnerships………………………………………………………………………………………..    2
The Issue at Hand…………………………………………………………………………………………………….      2
Sustainable Community Development … Nurturing A Place of Worthwhile Opportunities…2
Areas of Development (Education, Economic, Cultural, Tourism, Health & Wellness)……….   3
Development Project (Mama Margaret Training Center)………………………………………………       3
Steps………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………        3
Significant Matters…………………………………………………………………………………………………..         3

Background:
The LPR CO-OP comprises of the Lourdes Parish Rondalla alumni is Father Jose Bosch-inspired group working together to bring this cultural music into the international level. The initiative’s strategy is based on working with both the government and business sectors -particularly in the field of Tourism, Cultural Preservation, Real Estate, Retirement, Health and Wellness, and other private institutions.

The idea of the CO-OP began as discussions for models to give back, revitalize and sustain the return of the alumni to help nurture the youth for community development generally were explored.

Last Oct. 28, 2019, the board of directors were voted for to comply to the government’s organizational requirements. Currently, the group practices every Monday at the PPC Bldg., Conference Hall. It is also taking part as members of the Music Ministry accompanying the regular mass every Sunday at 6:30 AM. It has participated in special events also called out by the Youth Rondalla instructress, Naila Ylaya-Beltran.

The CO-OP’s goal is to continue the works of the late Father Jose who provided education to children willing to serve the church through music. Thus, producing capable community workforce that augments the lifestyle of the community, economic-wise other than the CO-OP members.

At the present time, the CO-OP is in the process of registering the association to qualify for the local and national government supports. Temporarily, it secures a place at the PPC to establish continuity for the organizational process. However, it seeks to have a close partnership with Lourdes Parish to provide the CO-OP with a school-like or training center set-up such as the Mama Margaret Training Center where it is legally registered and operate as a training, meeting, and mentoring facility at no cost if possible.

Our Mission
The Mission of the CO-OP is to mobilize, equip and facilitate collaboration among public, private and other willing partners to bring about neighborhood/family transformation through music.

Collaborative Partnerships
The CO-OP continually develops partnerships with business leaders, service providers, as well as the city and civic leaders nationwide. It is now collaborating with the 888 News Forum and the PPC through its President, Elias Baquero to help build awareness of the Rondalla cultural preservation and promotion. Plans for specialized events for the international markets are also in the line-up. This is through the business partners of Elena Grace G. Flores Education Services namely; Danielle Michiele Francesca Ahumada for the Americans and Yuji Kobayashi for the Japanese but not limited to.

The Issue at Hand
According to a news report last Sept. 18, 2019, there have been 17 to 18 cases of teenage suicides per month in Cebu and the number is rising. The internet age has drastically changed the world’s ways of life. Thus, mental illnesses that trigger depression which is the common cause of suicide has become rampant. Since all human beings are prone to such conditions, nurturing the youth through music and social interactions is a big thing. Music touches the soul and the LPR alumni would like to be involved in what we do best. That is using our acquired knowledge through our professions and the experience we had with a mentor like Father Jose who made us what we are today.

Sustainable Rondalla Preservation for Family Empowerment in the Community

LPR, the rondalla pioneers of the south is leveraging its efforts and expertise to address SUSTAINABLE community development by organizing activities in line with the goals of the church and the government in making the Cebu specifically within the Lourdes Parish vicinity a place of opportunities. The Youth Rondalla of the Lourdes Parish would then have a support system for their instruments, costumes, gigs and other needs as agreed upon.

Sustainability
Our vision is to help facilitate opportunities to the members of the CO-OP and related groups or individuals to create a neighborhood where basic needs are being met without outside donors and where the community itself can provide the means and opportunities for individuals to grow and achieve their potential.

It is evident that changing the way a neighborhood exists in all four of these catalytic areas is essential to creating long-term, sustainable change. Therefore, talks with the following divisions for potential partnerships are now ongoing where willing partners are identified.


1.) Real Estate/ Housing
The housing conditions contribute to residents’ well-being. Building a greater sense of safety, comfort, and community is essential. While international retirees are accommodated by the Ayala Land, cultural welcome by the LPR Rondalla is secured by Lotlot Tacoloy Pazon – while socialized housing provisions can be dealt with Roberto Tito Pacana of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc. of Cebu.

2.) Economic Development
People need jobs and communities need businesses as anchors to change the economic realities of a neighborhood. The CO-Op works with programs and initiatives around tourism, online start-ups as well as existing businesses to support our cause that would expose local talents to the international audience.  Talks are initiated with Alice Queblatin, the President of CATOS or the Cebu Alliance of Tour Operators Specialists and the Department of Tourism.

3.) Education
The quality of education a person receives has a huge impact on his or her life. We believe working with the community to help develop a cradle to career pipeline designed to maximize student learning and achievement at every level is critical to the long-term success of a neighborhood. Most of the members of the LPR Alumni are educators in their own rights.

4.) Health & Wellness
It is our intention to live a healthy lifestyle to be able to see this project through. Better access to quality food, health care, and recreation, after-work enrichment activities and better proximity to grocery stores, banks and other commercial amenities must be enjoyed by all members, pioneers or not. One can only share what she or he enjoys. Dr. Rene Obra, a well-respected psychiatrist in Cebu is kind enough to lend a helping hand when it comes to mind, body and well-being matters.

Next Steps

 · The Feasibility of the Mama Margaret Training Center for the Rondalla school.

· Expanding collaborative team among all LPR Rondalla members (Borrowing process for instruments, administration and mentoring volunteers)

· Creating organizational structure for the LPR-Church Partnership.

· Refining strategic transformation plan – does and don’ts for comprehensive guidelines.

· Marshalling resources where the church’s provisions for the center, instruments, and maintenance are crucial especially during the initial stage when businesses are yet to start.

· Implementing transformation program – as advised by the church and the Youth Rondalla instructress.

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The love of cultural music, discipline and perseverance were instilled in the young minds of the original members of Fr. Jose’s Rondalla at the Lourdes Parish Church, Punta Princesa, Cebu.

We Are One in Memory of Father Jose!

Starting October 25, 2019

Conference Hall, PPC Bldg., Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Meeting and Practice 8 PM to 10 PM

Regular Practice on Mondays

Mercy Lapiña
Mercy – Juniors 2 Secondary School Teacher at DepEd-Cebu City Division
Tisa – 09151626973/09324608849
Cyriel Pavo Lepiten
Cyriel – Seniors
Music Instructor – Guitar
Tisa – 09255077871

Now, We are Ready to Pay it Forward:

Ravel Balgos
Ravz/Rave – Auxiliary
Full Time Mom of 4… To & Fro Cebu-Manila. Manila-Cebu 57 Clarita Village – (0932) 486 8285
GLENDA M. BONTIGAO
Glen – Auxiliary
TISA II ELEM. / TEACHER
F. LLAMAS, TISA
09438255624
Bernadette Suico Beltran Abastas Bernadette – Juniors 2
Don Bosco High School – Tisa
09227067810

Elena Grace Giangan Flores
Grace – Auxiliary
Online Education/Marketing – Manila
09236424589/09162075114

Victor Fernandez
Victor – Auxiliary
Seaman – Manila
09351587298
Bobby Medalla
Manager at Evie Salon Studio
Bobby – Juniors 2
Cebu-Manila 09978870974
Leslie L. Abella
Leslie – Auxillary
Teacher 2/ Perrelos Elem. School Ocaña, Carcar City 09565544161
Ernesto Patiño
Lilit – Juniors 2
Tanchan Business Ventures, Inc.
Guadalupe 09228767004
June Ylaya
June – Seniors
Singapore and Philippine Airlines – Cebu
+65 8732 7139
PASTOR G. CABIZAS, JR
Pastor or Jun – Seniors
416 South Road, Basak San Nicolas, Cebu
09672669862
Medel Gatcho
Medel – Juniors 2
Retired Police – Minglanilla
09238839560
Fatima Sable
Fatima – Juniors 2
Cebu –
09435311003
Rebecca Caro
Bekay – Juniors 2
Cebu –
09222891923
Helen Cortes Quijano
Lhen – Junior 2 B6 L18 Tierra Nova Royale 1, Bagumbong, Caloocan City – Industrial Welding Corporation – 09328563261
Alma Tabar
Alma – Juniors
Buhisan, Cebu – Cebu City Hall
09438126426
SHELLA U. BROWN
SHELLA -JUNIORS 2
HOUSEWIFE – NORTH CAROLINA, USA
336-833-6607
Nena Fernandez Sevilla – Rabadon 
Annie – Seniors
Barangay Buhisan-Secretary
09335150510
Ramiro Canas
Tata – Juniors 2
Affiliation – TBA
Tisa – TBA
Amada Presbitero
Mady – Juniors 2
Cebu –
09353495423

Edgar Ylaya
Edgar – Juniors 2
Scotland – Cebu
09493320003

Fe Fiel Sanchez
Fe – Juniors 2
Cebu –
0910 862 2339