Updated: Oct 9, 2018
A dream was ignited when Ven. Master Hsing Yun visited Chu Un Temple in Cebu. His love and compassion for the Filipinos built a safe space for budding artists not only in Cebu, but the whole Philippines.
Prince Siddhartha the Musical has been staged in different theatres and schools all over the world for eleven years and counting. The story of the life of Buddha has been portrayed by homegrown Filipino artists who also come from various religions. Despite this diversity, the cast are united in the goal of spreading Humanistic Buddhism to the people through performing arts. Ven. Yung Guang, the head abbess of Fo Guang Shan Philippines, has thought of extending the network of inspiring more Filipinos with the dharma by establishing a performing arts school. Guang Ming College, the first school built by Fo Guang Shan in the Philippines and the fifth of their university consortium has produced its first batch of performing arts graduates in 2018.
“Venerable Master Hsing Yun is always compassionate about the Filipinos' education.” -Ven. Yung Guang, FGS Philippines Head Abbess
Cebu is a home court to the cast of Siddhartha the Musical, and many other astonishingly talented individuals. To fulfill further the vision of Ven. Master Hsing Yun to fostering talents through education, Ven. Yung Guang has brought the opportunity to Cebuanos as Guang Ming Institute of Performing Arts-Cebu is on its way to making dreams come true.
Come March 2019, GMI Cebu will soon be housing Cebuano talents who have the heart for performing arts- singing, dancing, acting, costume designing, and many more. Currently, several workshops and classes have already been conducted, and surely, more will be offered to the gifted, talented and committed Cebuanos who are ready to take on the learning journey.
If you used to be the kind who would love to give your passion a try but are too afraid to do so, this may be your chance to shine. With inspiration, effort, and discipline altogether, you are ready to face the world doing the thing you love to do most. With your passion ablaze and GMI Cebu by your side, you will be the instrument to inspire the hearts and lives of other people. Get the right people to guide and help you in GMI and you shall #findyourlight.