Benguet university focuses on theater arts

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Sunday, February 26, 2012


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Benguet State University is focusing on theatre arts.

Last week, thespians gathered for the 6th Tanghal Festival backed by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Luzon Arts and Culture Network Inc., Datu Lubay Center Inc., Dap-Ayan Ti Kultura iti Kordilyera, UP-Tanghalang Bayan ng Kabataan sa Baguio and Tanghalang SLU.

BSU played host to the groups advocating for a higher appreciation for artistic talent at the ATI-CAR for the annual festival of national universities, colleges and community-based theatre group in sync with the celebration National Arts Month dubbed as “Tradisyon at Inobasyon”.

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Municipal Administrator Charles Canuto said, “Theatre is one way of supporting culture.”

The three-day activity included workshops on technical theatre, heritage-based pedagogy, indigenous based theatre, scriptwriting and stage, and different themes were symbolized in the 11 plays shown in the festival.

Values and lessons from the lives of cultural gods were portrayed in Tanghalang SLU’s “Ang Kagila-gilalas na Buhay ni Lam-ang,” BSU Dramatic Club’s “Ang Alamat ni Apo Anno” and Cordillera Theatre Group’s “Lumawig.” Obon di Malayad of Mt. Province gave way to the recently organized Cordillera Theatre Group based in BSU.

Social issues regarding oil price hikes, activism, abuse of natural resources and suicide were presented in “Banggerahan” by the Colegio de San Juan De Letran-Department of Culture and Arts of Calamba, Laguna, “Apaw” by the Teatro Dingal of RMTU, Iba, Zambales, “Gayon” by the Sorsogon Community-based Theater Group Inc., “Signos sa Karimlan” by the Dulaang Sanghaya of Laguna State Polytechnic College, “Alayb pa si Lolo” by the Korido Theater Ensemble, and “Tatlong Libong Bayani ng Ibalong” by the Sining Banwa Albay Performance Inc. of Taysan, Legazpi City.

These plays combined provoking monologues, dances and songs. The Korido Theatre Ensemble for their part encouraged audience participation.

Candid struggles of being a student was portrayed in “Ang Pakikipagsapalaran ni Juan Dela Cruz” by the the Tanghalang Bayan ng Kabataan sa Baguio of UP-Baguio and “Isko, Iska, Bakit, Baby?” of the Umalohokan, Inc. of UP Los Baños. (Malen Catajan)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 27, 2012.

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