Celebrating the Arts: Empowering, Asserting, Reclaiming

Celebrating the Arts: Empowering, Asserting, Reclaiming

by Steven Patrick Fernandez

The MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology celebrated National Arts Month giving attention to the Arts as our vehicles for empowerment.

Dubbed Alampat, the Cebuano term for ‘arts’ and the ‘intelligence or brilliance of the mind’, with the theme “Panulong: Asserting Identities, Reclaiming Space”, the events realized partly the Master Plan of the Culture and Arts Studies Center coordinating with the Cultural Development Office and the Institute’s cultural groups and its constituents.

Alampat was another opportunity that paralleled the Institute’s thrusts of giving the Arts its mandate in a university. The various activities aimed at empowering local communities, revealing and strengthening cultural identity and cultivating local artistic expressions.

The celebrations opened February 4 with Pasi-una, an impressive collaborative performance by the resident cultural groups at the Institute lawn.

Art Talks provided the avenue to discourse on art production. It featured two of the country’s eminent scholars: UP Prof. Emeritus Basilio Esteban “Steve” Villaruz and Mr. mêLe Yamomo. Prof. Villaruz, also Artistic Director Emeritus of the 25-year-old UP Dance Company, spoke on “Shaping Moves and Sculpting Minds: Ethnicity in Choreography”. Mr. Yamomo, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Performance, and Sound Studies at the University of Amsterdam presented his work on “Sonic Entanglements, Auditory Migrations: Listening to the Colonial Archives through Translocal Ears”.

Tatlong Araw ng Tugtugan, a regular in past years’ arts celebrations and organized by the Echoes Band, provided the venue for local bands to perform.

Film enthusiasts were treated to Film Screening and Forum organized by the Kalilas Film Guild which screened award-winning short films composed by students. The event also showcased the works of three home-grown directors: Mr. Bagane Fiola, Ms. Kiri Dalena, and Mr. Gutierrez “Teng” Mangansakan II who also shared their creative process after the screening of their obras.

Highlight of the 2019 Alampat was the collaborative finale Pagpadayon featuring individual talents and the resident and performing groups Octava Choral Society, Kalimulan Cultural Dance Troupe, Echoes, Kalilang Cultural Ensemble, Ringkaran, Dance Society, and the Integrated Performing Arts Guild. Engaging the Iligan community in its art advocacy, MSU-IIT took to performing out of its base at the Robinsons Place Iligan, an auspicious occasion to wrap up the arts month events last February 24.

Keynoting Pagpadayon was Mr. Christian G. Aguado, Iligan City Cultural Director who offered to open venues for support from local government.

Directing the productions was John Michael Lagura, Alampat Festival Director and Former Associate Artistic Director of the IPAG.

Topics : arts  alampat  sining  culture  creations  performance arts

Celebrating the Arts: Empowering, Asserting, Reclaiming

“Storytelling” and “Dula-Tula” for Institute’s Celebration of National Literature Month

by Contributed News

The MSU-IIT hosts the 2018 National Literature Month (NLM) on April 24-25, 2018 at the Mini-theatre and at the Kalinaw Hall of the Institute for Peace & Development of Mindanao (IPDM).

The nation celebrates NLM by virtue of Presidential Decree 986 signed on February 10, 2015 by then President Benigno Aquino III.

The NLM celebrates Francisco ‘Balagtas’ Baltazar Day and honors other national writers like Emilio Jacinto and the National Artists for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera, Cirilo F. Bautista, Virgilio Almario, F. Sionil Jose and the late Jose Garcia Villa, Edith Tiempo, and Francisco Arcellana, among others.

Last year the Institute celebrated NLM emphasizing the Spoken Word Poetry or, what is popularly known among the young as ‘Hugot’.

Stellar performances by some of the pioneers of the Spoken Word Poetry in the country like Kooky Tuason and Lourd de Veyra, Vim Nadera and Joel Toledo were held at the Gymnasium. Their local counterparts joined them through the performances of their own compositions in Sebuano and in Filipino.

This year’s celebration will have the participation of children of evacuees, members of the Iligan National Police Office and women troopers of the Philippine Army’s Task Force Ranaw.

Workshops and a showcase will follow a forum on playwriting, poetry and on storytelling for children by invited writers Santiago S. Diokno, Rebecca T. Añonuevo and Genaro Gojo Cruz.

Diokno is scion of the prominent Diokno family in Manila. He is a prize-winning playwright, architect, contractor-businessman and a media practitioner. He finished a degree in Mass Media and Literature from De La Salle University and a degree in Architecture from the California College of Arts in the US.

Añonuevo is a prize-winning poet and in 2013, she received the SEA (Southeast Asian) Write Award from the King of Thailand. She finished her doctorate at the De La Salle University where her dissertation was adjudged the best. At present, she is President of the Navotas Polytechnic College. She has published six collections of poetry and she runs her own publishing company. She and her lawyer-husband, JP Cuñada were former writing fellows of the Iligan National Writers Workshop.

Gojo-Cruz is likewise a former writing fellow to the Iligan National Workshop. He is a faculty of the Department of Literature of the De La Salle University. A prize-winning poet in his own right, he has published sixty (60) books of stories for children.   

The Institute’s resident cultural groups, the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) and the Kalilang Traditional Cultural Ensemble will perform during the NLM program.

The NLM celebration is funded by the National Commission for Culture & Arts and the Institute. The Project Director is Dr. Christine F. Godinez Ortega.

Topics : Literature  NLM  NCCA  National Artists  Spoken Word Poetry  performance arts