The leadership of the MSU-IIT Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) in the Arts and Culture notched another milestone with its “powerful” presence as a guest university in the current Asia Pacific Bureau (APB) Drama Festival in Taipei, Taiwan.

The APB festival gathers some of the more prestigious universities in the Asia Pacific presenting their theatre companies and sharing pedagogies in performance training. The UNESCO International Theatre Institute (ITI) – affiliated APB is an international organization of universities that offer education in the performing arts.

Host is the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), a sprawling high-end facility of arts education in the Beitou hills overlooking the city.

The festival which started last August 31 and ends in Sept. 4 has invited the universities of Chulalongkorn (Thailand), National School of Drama (India), Shanghai Theatre Academy (China), Brunei Darussalam, Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Victorian College of the Arts (Australia), TNUA (Taiwan), and two Philippine universities, the MSU-IIT and Ateneo de Manila, among 15 other universities.

Multi-awarded IPAG Artistic Director and Founder Steven P.C. Fernandez, D.F.A., is one of five speakers who keynote the pedagogical processes used in the region. The Director’s Forum where Fernandez presented a conceptual pedagogy entitled “Tooling from the Roots” acknowledges his contribution to be the “most substantial.”

Accompanying Fernandez is IPAG performing “Crossing Poetry,” a production IPAG’s current repertoire, accomplishing an invitation that further stamps the Guild’s distinguished international reputation.

Joining the company at the APB festival are choreographers Leilani Fernandez and Melvin Pascubillo, Kenn Erwin Velasquez (dance master), Kassandra Suazon, JV Espenido, Blesy Cece, and designer Vicmar Paloma.

IPAG’s participation is made possible by the support of the MSU-IIT, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and IPAG, with a grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

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