Article from Philippine Reporter newspaper of Hermie Garcia
TORONTO - The Josie de Leon School of Performing Arts ribbon cutting ceremony and “Student Showcase” held on Dec. 17 was such a delight to witness.
Held at their Scarborough location, the ribbon cutting ceremony was headed by Miss Josie de Leon and husband Mark Crescini. Their honorary guests were Ms. Marilen Patricio, Mr. Eugene Habon, Mr. Henry Lee and Cultural Attache of the Philippine Consulate, Ms. Janet Hizon.
The simple ribbon cutting ceremony was then followed by a “Student Showcase.” The program started with congratulatory messages from Josie’s long time friends in the music industry like Mon David, Nyoy Volante, Arthur Manuntag, Jackie Cuyuca- Loyzaga , Leander Mendoza and Vernie Varga , to name a few.
Jessica Mica Ambat was one of the new promising talents featured at the “Student Showcase” by the Josie de Leon School of Performing Arts on Dec. 17 in Scarborough, Ontario.
Miss de Leon welcomed and thanked everyone. She recounted her own experience of having trained at the Center for Pop Music Philippines and how important it is to have the proper training to be a better performer . She also happily and proudly mentioned that one her first students, Haze Joy Tulod won the Global Pinoy Idol and she will be competing in the Philippines to represent Canada in the Grand Finals.
Josie opened up with Natalie Cole’s “Orange Coloured Sky” that displayed her singing prowess and class. Students followed up with numbers singing and acting their feelings while on a “Train Station” and “School” setting which made Henry Lee, one of the honorary guests, to comment “It’s like watching Glee live! Its so delightful.”
During the intermission, one of the students who was lined up for the next “Student Showcase,” Ashley Suuva, sang “Someone Like You” that made one say “wow what a voice, she is surely in good hands with Josie as her mentor.”
Christmas songs filled the second half of the program. Josie headed the finale promising her students that she will always be there for them and how proud she was for their awesome performances that night.
The Josie de Leon School of Performing Arts ( JDLSPA) has officially opened in Scarborough and Mississauga and it is indeed a great training ground for any aspiring performer of any age.