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Bridging The Gap series

Bridging the Gap aims to develop a classical music festival in Cebu City. These events are part of a larger effort to bridge the gap between the local government, local organizations, and between communities within Cebu City, by engaging our audience in a collective environment of shared aspirations. It is Omnilogy's hope that the Festival will garner attention and sponsorship that will allow it to become a regular cultural event with a widening circle of artistic contacts and youth development for Cebu City. Omnilogy's mission is to increase patronage of arts and culture in Cebu City. The primary aim of Omnilogy Inc. is to provide empowerment opportunities for people living in poverty-stricken communities primarily in Southeast Asia through arts, culture and recreation as well as promote philanthropy and advocate friendship across and between cultures in cooperation with local organizations. The promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism in the community is an essential part of the success of Omnilogy. Omnilogy aims to create at least 1000 philanthropists in the Philippines by 2015.

Bridging the Gap Series was launched in December 2008 by Matan Porat's Classical Piano Performance with vocals by Minstrels Rhythmn of Hope for Omnilogy's Christmas Tribute Benefit Concert held at Marcelo Fernan Press Center in Lahug, Cebu City. Omnilogy aim to launch the Music Festival by December 2010 by a team of talented and successful international young musicians, trained in the US (i.e. Julliard, Mannes and Manhattan School of Music) and were former residents of International House. These performers are graduates and attendees of the best conservatories throughout the US and Europe. As an overview of the music festival, we are offering a 10-day teaching residency in Cebu. These musicians will work with local music schools, foundations and non-profit organizations in Cebu City. The primary beneficiaries will be audiences belonging in poverty-stricken communities in Cebu City. The format of the residency consists of master classes and presentations in at least three music schools.

Last April 6, 2009, Omnilogy hosted a fundraising concert at Merkin Hall, New York to launch our One Humanity advocacy. This August 3-7, 2009, Omnilogy Inc. in cooperation with YMCA, Rotary Club of Talisay, Cebu Music Learning Center and Peace Philharmonic Philippines, will host a week-long Piano Workshop at the (Batig) Peace Philharmonic Philippines Music Institution. The workshop will culminate on a One Humanity: Bridging the Gap Across Cultures and Between Cultures Benefit Dinner Concert at Marco Polo Plaza Hotel. 

Why classical music? Classical performance creates that collective space that promotes an environment of shared aspirations. One of the languages used is music in order to communicate the need to promote mutual and collective respect between societies. While a fair number of social and cultural events and programs exist for those who exist in the higher economic strata of the community, there is woefully little for the underprivileged to do and even less to inspire them to acquire skills or abilities to help them rise above the poverty level. Without an outlet of cultural and social activities, the underprivileged are left to feel that there are no opportunities and live with little or nothing to aspire to. The direct result of this is a self-perpetuating state of poverty. Bridging the Gap Series Program aims to reverse this process. Through this program, we hope to encourage not only the underprivileged to aspire to do great things and recognize that there is life beyond poverty, but to engender a culture of Philanthropy within Cebu by providing opportunities for the privileged to donate and volunteer in philanthropic activities. Bridging the Gap Series Program is Omnilogy's brainchild. People who are in poverty often overlook the peace and serenity that one can get from music appreciation. Classical music and modern dance performance are not widely appreciated in poverty-stricken communities as their living conditions are surrounded with havocs and stresses. Basically, their primary agenda is to struggle and survive their daily lives. Furthermore, access to this kind of music is considered a luxury for many. There is a misconception that classical music can only be appreciated by the elite. Advocating music appreciation and the performing arts can be a powerful communication tool. It has the potential to inspire and provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere amidst the havoc of one's daily life. Learning and participating in classical performances encourages discipline and patience. By working together, we hope that we will eventually be able to provide opportunities for these children and engage them in direct communication with music as a universal language.