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A Pinoy Guide to International Scholarships

Are you a Pinoy interested in studying abroad?

Planning to apply for an international scholarship? Listen to our 4 artguros sharing their in-depth how-to insights, information, tips and tricks to getting that scholarship to study in another country.

Our host Carmel Lim Torres interviews four scholars from four different international scholarship opportunities available to all Filipinos.

Amos Manlangit is currently a Fullbright Scholar taking his PhD studies at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, USA where he will be staying for the next four years. is a Fine Arts graduate and Masters’ degree holder in Special Education from the University of the Philippines (UP). He is currently pursuing his PhD in Art Education at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, under the Fulbright Program. He works on the intersection of the arts with a variety of disciplines covering critical disability studies and art education, social empowerment, and other areas where creativity plays a pivotal role in exploring new ground. His deep interest and experience in the education of the gifted and talented led him to pursue research work in arts-and-special education. Amos has participated in fellowships and mobility grants to connect with artist-educators globally and generate conversations on this subject. He was a recipient of the British Council’s Connecting Through Cultures (CTC) Professional Mobility Grant UK-South East Asia in 2020, a presenter at the 13th SAMBHAV Arts Conference 2018 in India, a delegate at the 1st Arts and Disability International Conference (ADIC) last 2018, and a Fellow in the Arts for Good Cultural Exchange Program 2019 in Singapore. He seeks to grow the inclusive arts practice in the Philippines and South East Asia, an emerging profession and field of study enabling better access to the arts among diverse populations. To aide mainstreaming efforts, he is actively affiliated with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), the National Art Educators’ Association (NAEA), International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), Teaching Artists – Asia, Expressive Arts (EXA) Philippines, Art Ventures and Advocacy Network (ArtVan), Quezon City Kabahagi Center for Children with Disabilities, and the Boundless Possibilities Foundation. In 2019, he successfully completed his term as the 60th president of the Rotary Club of Quezon City (RCQC).

Grace Reoperez talks about her 4-month stint as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the Danish School of Education in Copenhagen, Denmark where she was a visiting research scholar while completing her PhD studies. Teacher Grace specialized in Reading Education in her masters and doctoral degrees which she both took at College of Education at the University of the Philippines where she is currently handling graduate and undergraduate courses at the Reading/Literacy Education Area. She was a former Erasmus Mundus visiting and research scholar at the Danish School of Education in Copenhagen, Denmark. Outside of teaching, she serves as board director of the Reading Association of the Philippines. She is also involved in a number of volunteer work mostly about the teaching of reading. On the lighter side, she enjoys cooking, travelling, and she loves cats.

Phoebe Beltran-Almazan shares about her teacher training program as a Monbukagakusho Japanese Government Scholar and her time as a Filipino scholar in Okayama, Japan. Teacher Phoebe as she is fondly called, is a faculty member of the College of Education at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. A licensed interior designer and professional teacher,  she also earned her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, Certification Program in Education, and master’s degree in Education Major in Curriculum Studies in UP DIliman. Prior to joining the UP College of Education, she was a Monbukagakusho Japanese Government Scholar under the Teacher Training Program at Okayama University, served as an art teacher in several institutions, and was also a middle and high school principal for a progressive international school. Her curriculum consultancy work includes instructional design, curriculum planning and evaluation, and teacher training in basic, tertiary, global citizenship, and professional education. Moreover, she is the founding president of ART Ventures and Advocacy Network (ARTVAN), a founding officer and board member of Philippine Pastel Artists, Inc. (PPA Inc.), and an active member in several art and professional groups such as Philippine Art Educators Association (PAEA), Kababaihan sa Sining at Bagong Sibol na Kamalayan (KASIBULAN), Philippine Botanical Art Society (PhilBAS), Philippine Flora Art Society (PhilFAS), Tagapagtaguyod ng Sining at Kultura ng Pilipinas (TSKP), Curriculum Studies Association in the Philippines, Inc.  (CSAPI), Asia Pacific Research Association  on Curriculum Studies, Inc. (APRACSI).

Cathy Lasam Ballo gives insights about her time in in the UK on her Centenary Masters Scholarship towards completing her Masters degree in Art Education at the esteemed Institute of Education at University College London. Cathy is an artist, educator and advocate. She is the founder of,  an initiative that engages, empowers and inspires teachers towards lasting positive change in the Philippine education system through the arts. She is currently on her sabbatical as Principal one of the leading arts & design schools in the Philippines where she servesd as both a school leader, and visual arts teacher. A multi-awarded cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines; Cathy has exhibited her paintings and paper sculptures in the Philippines and abroad. As a teaching artist, Cathy’s background has proven invaluable in the field of education. Cathy is a licensed professional teacher and has taught  and mentored students of all ages spanning a teaching career of nearly twenty years. Her paper sculptures, paintings and installations have been spotlighted in several exhibitions of note, including solo shows at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, NCCA Gallery, the Corredor, and One Workshop Gallery. Her current works as an artist focus on Filipino culture, narrative and identity, and has been featured in various broadcast, print and online publications. Cathy is currently an active member of the International Teaching Artists Collaborative, UK and has given international talks and workshops on the power of art education in Singapore, Dubai and Oslo. She is also a fellow of Australia Art Council’s International Art Leaders program.

From this wealth of experience from our artguros, learn insider information about these scholarships from those who have achieved these scholarships themselves – from how to prepare, how to apply, how to sustain your scholarship and your future prospects when you complete your international studies.

Would you like to ask questions about these scholarships? Comment your questions below and our artguros Phoebe, Grace, Amos and Cathy will answer as best they can, to help you out on your international studies journey.

This podcast goes live! on March 24, 2023, at 10AM Manila time. +8GMT

Read more information about these scholarships, and find links to more funded study-abroad opportunities at our Teacher Resources section.

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