CCP holds “Batang Sining” workshop in Dagupan


THE city government, in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), conducted a five-day creative expression workshop dubbed as “Batang Sining” for pupils in Grades 4 to 7 at CSI Stadia on March 5-10.

The workshop that involved art teachers in the elementary as a feeder school for Special Program of the Arts at the Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS),

sought “to explore and experience the wealth of creativity in the arts and create an environment of peace, transforming lives, and nurture a new generation of artists and audiences.”

The five-day workshop involved storytelling, puppetry, theater skills, art-making and book-making, visual arts, poetry writing, music and dance.

Invited as resource persons were Luis P. Gatmaitan, a noted author of more than 50 books for children which had been translated to different languages; Jerelyn Develos, a champion storyteller in Filipino category in the 2006 “Salaysayan” Competition;  Mary Louise Macanaya-Alcantara, a soprano, music-educator, choral conductor; Joshua Tayco, a full time actor and is currently a scholar of Tanghalang Pilipino’s Actors Company;  Ronie R. Mirabuena, Officer-in-Charge of the Audience Development Division of Arts Education Department and Artistic Programmer for dance at the CCP; and, Salvador J. Ching, a multi-awarded visual, installation and performance artist;  Lino Matalang Jr., a video director for stage and international documentaries, , and Ian Darwin Wong, member of the CCP Audience Development Division of the Arts Education Department.

The “Batang Sining” is the first in the city under the auspices of the Culture and Arts Office led by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as honorary chairman, Dr. Lorna G. Bugayong as honorary vice-chairman, Councilor Jeslito Seen as executive chairman, Widmark F. Balmores as project director and with Zenaida L. Sinlao, Robert Aliguin Jr., Sheryl Villacorta and Maribel S. Diolazo as consultants. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/)

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