Rey Anthony Chiu
CORTES, Bohol, January 15, 2013 (PIA) –The National Arts Month (NAM) in February brings to Bohol he country’s best regional theaters and school based drama groups as the annual Tanghal Theater Festival opens curtains in the celebration of the Philippine Arts festival.
The National Committee on Dramatic Arts (NCDA) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Tanghal Festival Director Lutgardo Labad bared this through his facebook account.
Labad, who hails from Bohol said Tanghal is a flagship project of the NCCA-NCDA is their offer for the Arts Month 2013 which picks “Ani ng Sining” as theme and a subtheme “Celebrating Icons.”
Tanghal 2013 theme is “imadyinICONL: Mga Imahen ng Harayang Filipino” and combines emerging new community theater groups with the constantly active student theater organizations in a celebration of Filipino icons of Philippine drama, as it highlights theater groups which have shown promising futures in the past years.
While the festival moves all over the country’s regional centers from Luzon to Mindanao, Tanghal goes from Bicol University in Legazpi, Albay from February 11 to 13 to Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro from February 13 to 16 and then to the National Capital Region by February 18 to 20.
After this, Tanghal will stage and tour various heritage sites in Bohol from February 24 to 25, Labad announced.
Aside from the Tanghal theater groups performances, Boholanos would also witness special performances of “Damgo sa Gab-I sa Tunga sang Tig-adlaw, a multi-Visayan language adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will also be showcased in Bohol.
The production is among the country’s two collaborative regional productions created in 2012; one is “Biyaheng Luzon” and which will be performed in Bicol, he added.
This too as Tanghal 2013 features the rich legacy of Philippine theater by emphasizing on the major icons in the field of drama in the country.
“These icons will be selected on the basis of their regional uniqueness, inventiveness, impact, and continuing influence through centuries of theatrical development in the Philippines,” according to an NCCA press material.
Other than showcasing the icons and performances, the festival also brings in seminars, workshops, talks and exhibits.
Over this, another festival with its corresponding focused group conferences and workshops, about community theaters in Asia and the creative industries will form part of Tanghal 2013.
Likha ASEAN 1, aims to enhance the Asian heritage in the art of the drama.
Tanghal is NCCA’s vehicle to spread the knowledge of Philippine theater to a wider audience and aims to improve the dramatic skills and talents of young Filipinos from all over the country.
The festival will also be a venue for interaction among regional and university-based theatre organizations, NCCA said, as it coincides with its commitment to the preservation and the education of Filipino culture and arts. (30/hd/ncca)