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September 6, 2012



In line with its mission to promote regional arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Outreach Program undertakes Ugnayan sa Sining, an exchange tour of local artists and artistic groups that have shown significant achievements in the performing arts.
Now on its third year, Ugnayan aims to encourage and support deserving regional artists and artistic 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 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, 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 (MSU) in General Santos City from August 23-26.
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 professionals, 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. 

Under the exchange program, YATTA 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 the Mindanao problem through 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.

For more information about Ugnayan, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department at 8323674 or 8321125 locals 1708-1710.

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