UPVTC Celebrates Katbari Arts Festival 2017
The University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College thru the Division of Humanities and Physical Education celebrated the National Arts Month of February 2017 with the annual Katbari Arts Festival. The month-long celebration was filled with a series of culture and the arts events. This is for enlivening the community with notable artistic presentations by faculty and students as well as by several guest artists.
The celebration opened with a Zumba Dance Exercise participated in by students, faculty, and staff of UPVTC on February 13. This was followed by Tagay-Sangkay: Food and Wine Festival displaying cuisines of different cultures of the world (February 14). On the morning of February 16, kaRunFuntan: Fun Run, a run for human rights was participated in by members of the UPVTC community. On the evening of the same day, the Division held an open-mic night entitled Mapagpalaya, which staged various spoken word and acoustic performances. The Division through UP Ideopraxist (student organization of all BA Communication Arts students) also hosted an Arts Quiz Bee for high school students in the city and for students of UPVTC.
The celebration also included several lecture-forums by notable resident and guest artists: February 22, Performing Life/Living Performance: Performance Studies as Discipline and Field of Knowledge, with Prof. Joycie Dorado Alegre, faculty member of the Division of Humanities, as resource person; February 23, An PaglarahanInop ha Pintura: Selected Myths and Legends of Leyte, a lecture-forum and exhibit by Prof. Dulce Anacion (a multi-awarded visual artist and faculty member of the Division of Humanities) and speeches from Dr. Victor Sugbo (former faculty member of UPVTC-Division of Humanities), Dr. Marietta Arinto (retired professor in English and Arts of Leyte Normal University), Mr. Nemesio Baldesco (UMPIL awardee), and Dr. Rolando Borrinaga (local historian and faculty member of UPM-SHS, Palo); February 24, Ulyab: Puniashan Kahuwasan (Spark Up, Dawn of Redemption) A Music, Poetry, and Performance Forum by guest artists Dr. Dinah Roma (National Book Awardee) and Ms. Alegria Ferrer, Soprano (Aliw Hall of Fame Awardee). Ulyab: Puniashan Kahuwasan was followed by a poetry and musical performance event in the evening with guest artists Mr.Nemesio Baldesco and special performances from Prof. Merlie Alunan (UPV Professor Emeritus and multi-awarded poet) and UP An Balangaw Performing Arts Group. The month-long celebration was concluded by the most anticipated environmental theatre performance Kalarakan 2017 with this year’s title Naliaw: Nabitik (The Enchantment of Awakening into the Circus of True Love). The spectacular show was organized by Theater Arts 109 (Directing) Class under the tutelage of Prof. Joycie Dorado Alegre.
The theme of Katbari Arts Festival 2017, “Larabhan Pangabathanaton Katungod” (Burning Passion for our Rights) is in response to the alarming status of extra judicial killings and other human rights violation in the country. It is also a way of raising social awareness through the arts among the audience. The theme also serves as a message that each one has to take hold and protect their respective rights with ‘burning passion’.