Dulaang UP Baguio goes to Benguet

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The gift of theatre is being given by the University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio.

A series of performances will mark the birth of a new tradition for UPB, aiming to spread and preserve the culture in the Cordilleras by offering the play “Sayaw ng Panahon” in various municipalities in the province and the region.

“The Dulaang UPB seeks not only to revitalize the theater tradition on campus but also to provide training in various aspects of theater work. A significant aspect of its mission is promotion of Development Theater at the grassroots level, with community groups learning the rudiments of theater as a vehicle for the expression of vital issues,” director Dennis Gutierrez said.


The play is about Banting, a Kankanaey from Mt. Tagpew. “Sa kanyang pagtungo sa Baguio upang mag-aral, natuto siyang makisalamuha sa mga kapwa taga-Kordilyera at maging sa mga taga-kapatagan. Pangarap ni Banting na makilala ng lahat ang kanyang minanang kultura. Kasama ang grupo ng mga modernong mananayaw na taga-Kordilyera, binuo nila ang Tribal GenX Dancers. Sasali sila sa isang malaking talent competition.”

The story is about the journey of a group of youth to embrace their inherited culture in the midst of modernity.

“Sayaw ng Panahon” is the stage adaptation of Danilo Antalan’s 2012 Palanca Award-winning short story in Iluko, “Dagiti Sala Ti Panawen.” After its successful run last year, new scenes were created while some sequences were adjusted to fit the technical requirements of the tour.

In Kapangan, the cast performed for elementary pupils and high school students of Barangay Taba-ao.

The tour is supervised by DUPB head Doris Wilson and was made possible by Professor Jimmy Fong.

Performances in La Trinidad, Baguio City, as well as Sagada are being lined up after the success of the Kapangan tour.

“We hope that one day, they would look back and remember that once upon a time, during their young life in Kapangan, a group of performers came and told them the story that made a difference in their lives,” said Gutierrez.

Cast for the tour were Tribal GenX Dancers: Franz Kiven Astibe, Vince Louise Ayuda, Rachel Anne Baconawa, Julius David, Randell Kollin, Jessica Tabilin and Karizza Reyes, Talent Competition: Christian Ursua, Sheena Marie Cantor, Edselle Mae Ramat, Cristy Ann Linga, Ruben Carlo Valdez, Mariah Jean Rueda, Eliza Amboy, Pia Emmanuelle Xandra Rebibis, Patricia Mae Geraldo and Papa Boom, Tagpew residents: Nikka Paula Gaffud, Samantha Palanca, Michael Navarro, Hazlyn Paat, Pat Geraldo and stage managers Lanica Anne Añover and Lany Louisse Ramos.

Production staff for the tour were headed by props and costumes heads Michael Navarro and Jay Ann Espanola, while makeup was done by Aprilyn Velasco. Technical staff are Krystel Anne Fuentebella, January Atencio Turla, Hiela Grace Tamba, Novie Grace Jayme, Alyana Grace Mamauag, Berna Thea Cruz, Krizia Mae Ferrer and Conrad delos Reyes, while promotions was done by Kislev Yusay.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 06, 2014.

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