The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Cultural Exchange Department (CED) brought to the MSU-IIT the 2013 Ugnayan sa Singing Exchange Tour.
The MSU-IIT through its Mindanao Creative Writers Group-Iligan National Writers Workshop (MCWG-INWW) conducted the Seminar-Workshop on Creative Writing at the CEd Amphitheatre on September 24-26, 2013. This is part of the Exchange Tour between the INWW and the Juliana Arejola Fajardo Workshop sa Pagsurat Bikol.
According to the CCP’s Senior Cultural Officer Michael Francis Gomez, the Ugnayan sa Sining aimed to promote cultural exchanges between cultural organizations in the regions. The program began in 2006 as an immersion program for visual artists and choreographers in Batanes, Cagayan de Oro and in Bukidnon. In 2010 the exchanges were between cultural organizations for dance interpretations in Bulacan and in Baguio, and the following year it was for music where the venue was in Iloilo. In 2012 it was for Theater in Dumaguete and General Santos cities. This year it is in the literary arts between Iligan and Camarines Sur, Bicol.
The writers who travelled to Camarines Sur to conduct a workshop in creative writing in August 2013 were panelists and alumni of the INWW: Victorio N. Sugbo, Marcel Milliam, Zola Gonzalez Macarambon, Rogelio Garcia and German V. Gervacio.
In MSU-IIT, multi-awarded writer Kristian Sendon Cordero, Merlita Lorena Tariman, Lorna A. Billanes, Stephen Prestado and Victor John M. Loquias gave interdisciplinary, multi-media lectures on “Bagay sa Tula”, “Writing for Children”, “Writing from Myths” and “Indigenous Philosophy and Literature” as well as critiqued during the workshop sessions the literary works of some of the 35 student-participants from various colleges.
The MSU-IIT Resident Theatre Company, the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) performed its famed number “Sinulog Suite” in part, to also help celebrate fiesta week in Iligan during the opening program.
Dr. Marie Joy D. Banawa, Dean of the College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS) lauded the efforts of the CCP and the Institute in conducting the seminar workshop here even as the Chair of the Steering Committee Dr. Christine Godinez Ortega, Office of Publication & Information (OPI) Director said that the students should expect to learn the problems and techniques of craft for writers and for readers, enhance their enjoyment in reading literature as a result of the seminar workshop.
Other groups that performed during the seminar-workshop were the AB Filipino majors for Sabayang pagbigkas (speech choir) acting out Gervacio’s poem, Ang Sigwa (the typhoon –Sendong) directed by Vic Tiosen. The performance won for the AB Filipino the first prize during the recently-held Palakasan. Meanwhile the AB English majors also performed their prize-winning entry to the Chamber Theatre competition during the Palakasan, “The Lottery” directed by Jean Graciela E. Penola.
The following offices sponsored Ugnayan sa Sining in MSU-IIT: Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Office of Publication & Information, Cultural Development Office, the Department of Student Affairs, the Departments of English and Filipino and other Languages of CASS, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development, Silahis, the Official College Student Newspaper, the MCWG and MCWG.
Mr. Herminio S. Beltran, Jr. Director of the CCP Intertexual Division (formerly the Literary Arts Division) invited the writer participants during the seminar-workshop to submit their works for possible publication in the CCP official journal, ANI. (See separate announcement) OC-OPI
Photos courtesy of Silahis:
Some of the activities during the Seminar-Workshop on Creative Writing: 2013 Ugnayan sa Sining
(1) Stephen Prestado of Ateneo de Naga University gives a lecture on “Writing from Myths”
Photo courtesy of Silahis
(2) Film maker and Multi-awarded and multi-anthologized writer Kristian Sendon Cordero lectures on “Bagay sa Tula”
Photo courtesy of the CCP
(3) Victor John M. Loquias shared his research with student participants during his lecture on the “Indigenous Philosophy and literature.
Photo courtesy of Silahis
(4) The IPAG performs the Sinulog Suite” during the opening program of the Seminar-Workshop on Creative Writing
(Photo German V. Gervacio)