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Making the country aware that it is the leading performing arts company in these parts today, the MSU-IIT’s Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) completed eleven performances of 3 productions, all well-attended in various venues around the country in the first 6 weeks of this Tiger Year.

Tales From Mindanao, perhaps Philippine Theatre’s most-traveled dance theatre production, wowed full-house audiences in the Mountain View College (Jan. 25, Valencia, Bukidnon), Ateneo de Naga (Jan. 27, Naga City, Camarines Sur), and the Lipa Cultural Center (Jan. 28, Batangas).

Excerpts from this string of dance vignettes opened the National Arts Month celebration at the Xavier University gym last Feb. 10, honoring the contributions of National Artist for Dance, Ramon Obusan.

In Manila, IPAG exhibited its sophistication in the development of its dramaturgy through SugaTula, a multi-medium performance of poetry and dance, at the Blackbox of the spunk School of Design and Arts of the St. Benilde College.

IPAG was one of seven outstanding theatre companies, screened by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, to participate in theiTanghal National Theater Festival for the Philippine International Arts Festival.


SugaTula, overwhelmed two full standing-room-only audiences last Feb. 1, and was consequently adjudged a top choice among viewers and participants at this festival. The impact was attributed to the how the performances captured the power of the poetry of the Mindanaon and Visayan writers the show appropriated. Distinguished writers whose works were performed were Christine Godinez-Ortega, Anthony Tan, German Gervacio, Ralph Semino-Galan, and Marjorie Pernia-Evasco.

SugaTula re-ran in a 4-performance series at the MSU-IIT Mini Theatre last Feb. 8 and 9.

Meanwhile, IPAG is setting the stage for its next production,Suhi, reshaping the Greek classic Oedipus Rex to fit into our settings. The adaptation combines conventional drama with digital multi-media in a Post Modern environment, a work-in-progress merging the explorations of the Stagecraft class of Director Steven P.C. Fernandez and the IPAG. Dramatic readings are set March 6, at the MSU-IIT Mini-Theatre.

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