The Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) joins 12 iconic Philippine Theatre companies featuring the best of Philippine Theatre in the 4th National Theatre Festival (NTF) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

The festival, Philippine Theatre’s most important event in the last decade, gathers leading practitioners from November 8 – 18 in forums, workshops, exhibits, and performances to benchmark the state of Theatre in this generation.

The IPAG is the flagship cultural company of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT). IPAG has had the most and one of the oldest appearances in this gathering being selected also in the first and second festivals in 1992 and 1996, respectively.

IPAG features Uwahig, a multi-media deconstruction of M’ranao and Bukidnon epics written and directed by MSU-IIT Professor and IPAG Artistic Director Steven P. C. Fernandez, which also represented the Philippines in the 2006 UNESCO-ITI Festival, the 2007 Taipei Int’l Festival of the Arts, and next year, the APB Drama Schools Festival in Vietnam.

Uwahig performs on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Experimental Theatre) of the CCP.(Another play by Fernandez, Isa Pang Kawing, will also be featured by the Xavier Stage of Xavier University in the festival, Nov. 15 at the same venue, a group directed by MSU-IIT alumnus Hobart Savior.)

The IPAG delegates include: Fernandez (Head), Zayda O. Macarambon (representing the Cultural Development Office), Arlem A. Abanes, Lilybeth C. Maraon, Vicmar Paloma, Hermie  M. Dico, Jr., Melvin P. Pascubillo, Filemon B. Blanco, Leilani Monterola-Fernandez, Kenn Erwin A. Velasquez, Blecy M. Cece, Jennie Lou F. Vergara, Wenna Balaido-Damulo, Shiela L Canete, Imelda Tarhata Macarambon, Michael Paul C. Gabo, and Savior.

(Photo credits: Kimo Laylo, Dan Capistrano, IPAG)

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