A COMMUNITY based theater group in the locality may be formed soon with the help of artists from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) of the Philippines who are here in Baguio City for a weeklong free stage workshop at the University of the Cordilleras.

NCCA’s head trainer-convenor Rebecca Razo, artistic director Dan Razo of Sorsogon community based theater group, and trainer and associate expressionistic artist Rey Karlo Valladolid are personally handling the training that started on July 3 and will end on July 7 with some Communication students of the university as participants.

The facilitators are from community based theater group, a cultural affiliate of NCCA-NCCP and the National Theater Organization

Event organizer and Noble Home Manager Jefferson Marbella of Noble Trends Unbound (NTU) said the participants are expected to fulfill the goals of the project and apply the workshop module lessons through a recital in the culminating activity. As an offshoot, the creation of community based theater group in the villages of the Summer Capital is also expected.

The main goal of the said endeavor is for the perpetuation of cultural legacy and professionalization of the cultural industry.

The theater workshop is presented by private company NTU, civil society organization NTU Foundation, UC, Association of Barangay Councils of Baguio, covenant city church from the religious organization, and private individuals.

The once vibrant theater arts in Baguio City back in the 80’s may be revive again in this pursuit with the students involvement and support from great artists from NCCA and theater enthusiasts.

Theater actor and filmmaker Ferdie Balanag said theater in Baguio was very much alive back in the late 80’s with the UP Baguio’s Tabak (protest theater), UP Baguio’s Teatro Kabute (experimental theater), Baguio Colleges Foundation’s Tropang Paltok (street theater), Baguio City National High School’s Teatro Ranyag, and Dulaang UPCB.

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