In celebration of Arts Month in February, the Institute’s resident cultural troupes are performing within the campus and off campus this month while the Department of English, College of Arts & Social Sciences with funding from the National Commission for Culture & Arts (NCCA) host HALAD 4, a literary festival as a satellite project of the NCCA’s Taboan 5: Philippine International Writers Festival.
The Kalimulan Cultural Dance Troupe performs during the Department of Tourism Region 10’s Pasundayag Northern Mindanao in Iloilo City on February 16-22, 2014 also upon the request of the City Mayor Celso G. Regencia.
The Institute Resident Theatre Company, the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) as part of its 36th Theatre Season remounts “Suga Tula” at the Mini-theatre on February 8-16, 2014.
On the other hand, a two-day celebration dubbed HALAD 4 which turns four years old this year holds literary activities in the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) will be held in late February 2014 at the Mini-theatre.
On Day One, a Lecture Seminar on the Importance of Teaching Literature is held for teachers and students of MSU-IIT and for the general community.
The topics during this Lecture-Seminar which will also include teaching demonstrations by the lecturers are: “Teaching Poetry”, “Teaching Fiction”, and the “Teaching of the country’s Regional Literatures”.
Day two includes Literary Readings of works by Mindanao writers and other works by writers from the regions, and a Poetry Slam Competition for beginning writers.
The Poetry Slam Competition is open to beginning writers (students and professionals who have been published at least once locally or nationally. The participants submit five poems which they will recite during the competition. The winner will be judged by local writers and selected members of the audience. There will be a series of rounds to eliminate participants until only one is left. After all the participants have read their works, the host will ask the judges to give their scores. The participant with the lowest score will be eliminated. The winners will receive cash prizes.
For reservations and for more details of the Poetry Slam Competition, please contact the Halad 4 Project Director, CASS Assistant Dean Prof. Sittie Noffaisah Pasandalan or Prof. Jean Graciela E. Penola, Chair of the English Department, CASS. CGO for OC-OPI