Deeply rooted in a fishing village on the coast of Zambales in the Philippines, Casa San Miguel was founded in 1993 by acclaimed Juilliard School-trained concert violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata.
As an oasis for art, music, and Filipino culture, Casa San Miguel is the first of its kind.
With a hybrid learning pedagogy consisting of learning and teaching, aspiring artists of all ages are able to develop their skills and form deep connections with one another.
Through a system of mentorship, 13-year-olds like Zildjian are encouraged to pass on their love for music to younger children.
At San Miguel, everyone is welcome, “it is a therapeutic place for kids. It is also a healing space for artists.”
For Zildjian, half a lifetime at Casa San Miguel has cemented her love for playing the violin and teaching music.
“My day is incomplete without music. It is how I express my feelings and emotions”, she said.
Even as the school continues to train and prepare students for a spot at the top art and music institutions in the nation, Casa San Miguel’s primary mission is to help all children explore their passions and transform the arts into a medium of self-expression.
After more than 2 decades, people continue to visit, teach, and reside at Casa San Miguel, making it a unique and important focal point for the intersections of art, education, music, and culture in the Philippines.
It is home to a vibrant hub of artists and music lovers of the next generation.