Feb 8, 2019 | Press Release

February 8, 2019

COINCIDING with the 50th Anniversary of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the CCP Outreach Program kicks off its Ruby Year this 2019 with a performance series at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) featuring four regional collaborative productions.

From 2014-2017, the CCP Cultural Exchange Department (CED) under its program entitled “Ugnayan sa Sining” successfully mounted and toured four collaborative productions which highlighted the cultural expressions and traditions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. For 2019, the productions will be presented at the CCP Little Theater starting February to October.  The Mindanao collaborative production opens the series with its “PANAGHABI:  Weaving Mindanao’s Triumphs in Life” specifically on February 15 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.

Written and directed by Hobart Savior and assisted by Leonardo Bing Carino, Panaghabi showcases mythical and some mortal women, whose stories bestow the qualities of strength and fertility, sources, givers and takers of lives, mothers, nurturers of nature, and weavers of dreams, faiths, traditions and celebrations.  These women are Fu Dalu (T’boli), Mebuyan (Bagobo), Matabagka (Bukidnon), Potri Rainalaut (Meranao), Maguindanao and B’laan women. Bayang Barrios plays as the dream weaver. She strings the present from the past and weaves the tapestry of a well-dreamt future. The strings are played by the RMMC Teatro Ambahanon of Gen. Santos City.  The local nuances of tone, timbre, sound, rhythm, melody, beat and harmony will be played by the Mebuyan of Davao. The Helobung Community Dance Troupe (Tboli’s of Lake Sebu) will perform their T’nalak Ritual Dance and Madal Tahaw in vignettes. Kabpapagariya Ensemble of MSU-General Santos City will perform the Maguindanao’s Hope and B’laan vignettes.  And the RMMC Teatro Ambahanon will perform distilled and deconstructed images of Potri Rainalaut and Matabagka.  Movement improvisations shall be played by select artists from the Sining Kambayoka Ensemble of Marawi City and Kagten Performing Arts of General Santos City.

After the CCP run, Panaghabi moves to MSU Tawi Tawi College of Technology and Oceanology (TCTO) in Bongao, Tawi Tawi City from February 17-21, 2019.  The move-over engagement is part of the Kaisa sa Sining (KSS) partnership recently forged by the CCP and the MSU TCTO.

The 2019 Ugnayan sa Sining performances @ the CCP are offerings of the center to commemorate its 50th Anniversary and the 40th Year of its Outreach Program and are intended for the students and local communities who have limited or no access/means to experience live cultural engagements at the CCP.

For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department at 832-1125 locals 1708-1709.

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