KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb. 10 (PIA) -- Dance and Rondalla workshops, arts exhibits and one-act plays will underscore South Cotabato’s celebration of February as National Arts Month.
Provincial Tourism Officer Cesar Sulit Jr., said the month-long celebration will kick off on Saturday, February 11, at the KCC Mall of Marbel with the opening of a visual arts exhibit at the mall’s activity area.
“The exhibits will feature paintings of the visual artists in the province. Local fashion designers will also showcase their designs,” Sulit said. The exhibits will run until February 26.
Sulit said this is the first time in many years that the visual artists of South Cotabato have decided to come together to promote their works.
Meanwhile, the South Cotabato Performing Arts Ensemble will also spearhead workshops on folk, contemporary and hip hop dances and Rondalla music for teachers, students and out-of school youth on February 16 to 18 at the Protech Center along Alunan Avenue, this city.
Aside from basic dance steps and movements and other rudiments, the dance workshops will also include training on choreography.
On the other hand, the workshop on playing Rondalla instruments is intended to sustain this kind of musical presentation. At present, there are only three Rondalla groups existing in South Cotabato, Sulit added.
Rondalla is an ensemble of stringed instruments played with pick.
No registration fees are required to attend the aforementioned workshops, the provincial tourism officer said.
The Arts, Culture, Tourism and Sports Promotion Unit will also hold basic and advanced dance and music workshops of choreographers and musicians on February 26 to 28.
These particular workshops aim to establish choreographers and musicians in schools and communities in preparation for the street dancing competitions of the Tnalak Festival in July.
"We want to train the school-based and community-based choreographers on the movements and music of the three street dancing categories: Tboli and Blaan dances, Maguindaon dances, and Kapatagan dances performed by the Christian settlers," Sulit said.
He emphasized that the provincial government wants the street dancing performances during the Tnalak Festival will authentically represent the cultures tribal groups of South Cotabato.
The provincial government has earmarked P408,275 for the National Arts Month celebration, locally called as “Tubas Taliambong “ 2017 roughly translated as “Harvest of the Arts.”
Apart from the aforementioned activities, the Apat Sa Taglamig Stage Play Productions, Inc., a group of local theater artists, will be staging its 5th Drama Festival: Dose, 12 Reasons & More to Fall in Love Again” at the KCC Mall of Marbel.
It will feature four one-act plays on the following schedules:
“Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala” by Eljay Castro Deldoc. An adaptation of Dean Francis Alfar’s short story, “The Kite of Stars.”
February 11 & 25, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM
February 12 & 26, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Kwesi M. Junsan’s “The Smell of the After Storm”
Ryan Arenga’s “Luna” and
Leo Dominic Padua’s “Ikalimang Berdeng Lobo”
February 18, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM
February 19, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
February was declared National Arts Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 683 signed by Pres. Corazon Aquino on January 28, 1991. (AMZLim and DEDoguiles-PIA 12)