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The Institute’s Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG), recognized as the country’s most travelled repertory company, launched its 40th Season with a concert dubbed IPAG Jamming.
IPAG was established in August 1978 by Steven P.C. Fernandez and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa. Under the helm of Vice President Manaros Boransing, the MSU-IIT provided the opportunities for its surge as a major university. The programs included the development of a robust arts and culture presence, an environment that consequently nurtured what was to grow into the IIT’s dominating presence in Philippine Letters today. Programs were under the jurisdiction of the Cultural Development Office, then a section of the Department of Student Affairs.
Ushering in the Ruby Anniversary of Southern Philippines most notable performing company, the concert featured musical numbers from IPAG productions. Featured too were the Octava Choral Society (Director: Ernesto Zaldua), the Institute’s resident choral group, and Echoes Band (lead: Wawa Maglinte).
In its repertoire of the last four decades are some fifty full-feature productions that have reached over a million audiences in over a hundred performances in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and U.S. Mainland. IPAG has extensively toured the country, its works receiving wide acclaim through published reviews, features in anthologies including the CCP Encyclopedia of the Arts and the World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theater, and major awards like the CCP Pilak, Palanca, and its most recent — the UMPIL Pedro Bucaneg.
Its pioneering organizers include Ricardo Jorge S. Caluen (Associate Artistic Director), Juliet F. Malit (Resident Choreographer), Rafael Mijares (Production Manager), Nenita Cristobal-Eya, Denis Orellana, Santos Perocho, Jr., James Tevar, and Zayda O. Macarambon who headed the cultural office.
A line-up of productions, road shows, and workshops highlight the 40th Season.