Maestro Rafael “Pike” Velasco is currently a resource teacher and choir conductor at August Ahrens Elementary School, where he organized the award winning “The Dream Makers’ Center”. He is the Music Director of Coro Filipino as well as Director/ Conductor of Banda Kawayan, both with the Filipino Community Center of Hawaii. He continues to train students of all ages in Philippine folk dances. In the Philippines he danced with the prestigious Bayanihan Dance Troupe.
He earned his Master of Arts in Education at the Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines; where he also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education as a Mayor’s scholar. From classroom teacher he was promoted to principal at age 27.
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment. I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth. Thousand unknown plants are noticed by me. When I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless.
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