The Asia Pacific Bureau (APB), UNESCO-International Theatre Institute, has voted the MSU-IIT Integrated Performing Arts into its roster of members, as announced by the Board of Directors after its meeting in the current APB festival in Saigon, Vietnam.
IPAG is currently in Saigon representing the Philippines. Another Philippine member school is the Ateneo de Manila University.
Members are nominated and these nominations are seconded before the APB Board of Directors deliberate and vote.
IPAG’s election was unanimously voted on along with that of Hoseo University of South Korea. Representing The MSU-IIT, IPAG Artistic Director Steven P.C. Fernandez, DFA, now is a member of the Board of Directors.
|Director Steven P.C. Fernandez, DFA|
Aubrey Mellor, international director and Senior Fellow of the La Salle in Singapore, nominated the IPAG, duly seconded by Luy Le Doung, Director of My Phat Center and current Festival Director.
IPAG joined as Guest School last year in the APB’s festival at the Taipei National University of the Arts. Now a full-fledged member, IPAG will send its Director to annual meetings hosted by member schools. The 2014 Director’s meeting will be held in Shanghai, China and the next festival is slated in Seoul, South Korea.
The APB as an adjunct of the UNESCO-ITI that aims to provide opportunities for inter-cultural collaborations among schools with performing arts components.
Member schools come from countries across Asia and the Pacific. Prominent among these are Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), National Institute of Dramatic Arts (Australia), HK Academy of Performing Arts, Shanghai Theatre Academy, National Academy of Chinese Theatre Art, Indonesia Institute of the Arts, University Sains Malaysia La Salle College of the Arts (Singapore), among others.
The election of IPAG to the APB UNESCO-ITI underscores the IPAG presence in the international arena being a member of the CIOFF, IOV, and Association Cultureil Internationale Exchanges (world Folkdance Organizations), the International University Theatre Association, among other international networks.
The Guild is recognized as the Philippines’ most-travelled repertory company having represented the country in over 100 festivals worldwide. Contributed by IPAG
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