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August 24, 2012

CCP Outreach Program Undertakes Ugnayan Sa Sining

In line with its mission to promote and propagate regional arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Outreach Program undertakes Ugnayan sa Sining, an exchange tour of local artists/groups who have shown significant achievements in the performing arts.

Now on its third year, Ugnayan aims to encourage and support deserving regional artists/groups to further develop, and promote local arts and culture in their communities and other regions.

Since it was first launched in 2010, the project has already featured four regional art groups who not only presented their original creative works but also facilitated an exchange tour with their partner organizations from other regions. The Sining Bulakenyo (SIBUL) - a folk dance troupe from Malolos, Bulacan conducted a cultural exchange with the St. Louis University Dance Troupe of Baguio City. In 2011, another two regional art groups were presented under the same program - the CPU Handbell Choir of Iloilo City and the Tagum City Comprehensive National High School Rondalla from Davao del Norte.

For 2012, the program beneficiaries are the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts (YATTA) of Dumaguete City who will present their theater production entitled Kaluwasan Sa Damgo Ni Greta at the Mindanao State University in General Santos City from August 23-26. Tackling the issues of teenage sexuality, rape and gang violence, Kaluwasan sa Damgo ni Greta talks about the importance of upholding one's hopes and dreams; that the youth today have the right to choose because this will inspire and empower them to take action.

YATTA was established in 2005 to promote youth participation and respect for young people’s rights through advocacy work using theater. Mentored by Dessa Quesada-Palm (senior artist-teacher of the renowned Philippine Educational Theater Association), its members are composed of young professional, university and high school students, and out of school youth. It has produced “informances” and other advocacy pieces on issues such as human trafficking, violence against women and children, discrimination, children with disabilities, solid waste management and the environment, climate change, children’s rights, among others. In 2008, it garnered the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations award bestowed by the National Youth Commission and a Senate Office.

YATTA on the other will receive and host the MSU Kabpapagariya Ensemble in Dumaguete City who will present their original play “Dula Ta” from September 13-16. Dula Ta is considered the most powerful Mindanao play these days. It depicts Mindanao problem from the eyes of children. Children love to play but Dula Ta goes beyond that. The literal meaning of Dula Ta is “let’s play” but as the story unfolds onstage the audience begins to have a different interpretation of the true meaning of the title. The MSU-Kabpapagariya Ensemble is the official performing arm of Mindanao State University in General Santos City. The troupe serves as the Ambassador of Goodwill of the university to showcase the dominant culture of its immediate environment and to fulfill the institution’s mandate by its cultural extension activities. Kabpapagariya is led by the MSU Gen.Santos Cultural Officer Alma Celesthia Dumalag-Aguja, Artistic Director Prof. Romeo F. Narvaez, OPESCA Director Prof. Leonardo Palmes and University Chancellor Atty . Abdurrahman T. Canacan.

Aside from the performances, the CCP Cultural Exchange Department (CED) will also facilitate an interaction between the two regional groups to achieve a more dynamic and productive exchange not only of regional art forms but also regional culture, traditions and heritage.

While the CCP Outreach Touring Program provides opportunities to professional and outstanding artists/groups, there is also a need to extend support to deserving community or school based groups, many of whom have already proven their artistic capabilities in various venues and occasions such as the UP Madrigal Singers, UE Chorale, MSU Sining Kambayoka Ensemble, MSU-IIT Integrated Performing Arts Guild and many more. It is therefore imperative for the CCP Outreach to extend its services to the future pride of the Philippine performing arts.

Contact Details:
For more details, please call CCP Cultural Exchange Department at (63 2) 832-3674 or (63 2) 832-1125 locals 1708-1710.
Cultural Center Of The Philippines (CCP)
CCP Complex

Roxas Blvd. cor. Pablo Ocampo Sr. St., CCP Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

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