Sunday, January 10, 2010

National University and College Theater Festival opens Feb. 1

To highlight the outstanding theater achievements of university-based theater groups, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, through its National Committee on Dramatic Arts headed by Dr. Glecy Atienza, will be holding “Tanghal,” the fourth National University and College Theater Festival, on February 1-5, 2009, as part of the Philippine International Arts Festival.

The event will showcase six exceptional theater performances by select campus-based theater groups, followed by a conference featuring international guest artists, who will discuss with school theater groups a campaign to form a National Student Theater Alliance.

The fourth “Tanghal” aims to formally recognize the importance of university and college-based theater programs in the Philippines.

This year's event will take place in the National Capital Region; the three previous theater festivals were held in the provinces. The first “Tanghal” was held in Iloilo City in 2007 and was hosted by the University of San Agustin and the Teatrokon Western Visayas Theater Network.

In 2008, “Tanghal” moved to Zamboanga with the Western Mindanao State University and the local government unit of the City of Zamboanga playing hosts. The third leg of the theater festival was held at Laguna, hosted by Colegio de San Juan Letran in Calamba, in cooperation with the Arts Research and Training Institute in Southern Tagalog, Inc., Linang Laguna Theater Network and the Lusong Luzon Theater Network.

The Philippine International Arts Festival, on the other hand, is held every February per Presidential Proclamation No. 683, signed by former President Corazon Aquino in 1991. The program is currently undertaken by NCCA, headed by its chairman, Dr. Vilma Labrador, and executive director, Cecile Guidote Alvarez. Commissioner Ricardo de Ungria, head of the Subcommission on the Arts, is the festival director of PIAF 2010.

For details, call Rene Napeñas, Head of the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office and PIAF Media Director, 5275529, 0927-5582656, 0928-5081057. Or Vanessa Marquez, PIAF Deputy Festival Manager, 5272209 or 0918-6380412. Or call 5272192 (loc. 612-615), email or visit

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