The festival brought together 60 international artists to perform and share various bodies of work in theater, visual arts, film, video, and photography which have contributed to consciousness-raising and other advocacy initiatives in the Mekong communities. The event gave special focus to children and youth sector’s works, their participation and contributions to various development initiatives in the sub-region.
The Philippines was especially chosen to perform at the festival because of the powerful message of the play. The plot revolves around two characters: Ismail (a Muslim) and Isabel (a Christian), who lived in a village called Dilangawen, an atypical place in Mindanao where Muslims and Christians once settled peacefully until it collapsed due to the pressures of violence and war.
Mirroring similar events facing the country today, the play also exposes the plight of children and the ill effects of war on them, their families and their environment. Typical of PETA’s plays, "Ismail at Isabel" uses storytelling and familiar humor to engage its audience. Director Maribel Legarda mixes traditional dance and modern music with games and contemporary art forms like shadow puppetry.
Catch "Ismail at Isabel" at SM Taytay on January 22 (10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and SM Fairview on January 29, 30, 31 (10 a.m. and 3p.m.) Call PETA 7256244/4100821/0917-8044428.
Singapore Airlines is the official carrier of the Philippine delegates to the Mekong Arts and Media Festival.