Galila Arts Festival, another first in Pangasinan, March 10-19

By March 5, 2023People & Events

ON the heels of the successful Anakbanwa Creative Residency Program, 4th District Rep.  Christopher de Venecia is bringing in another first in his district —the Galila Arts Festival 2023 from March 10 to 19 that will seek to again whip up the tastes of art lovers not only in the province but also to bring Pangasinan closer to become the haven of creative arts in the country.

In a round table discussion with local media last February 28, De Venecia and Jodinand Aguillon, the festival director. said the two-week activity will be replete with a kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, songs, music, dances, stage performances by young artists and upcoming talents in the creative arts.

The 10-day arts festival is a collaboration of his office with the local governments of Dagupan, Mangaldan, San Fabian, San Jacinto and Manaoag.

De Venecia, the top advocate of creative arts in Congress, said the Galila Festival of Arts is his own way of promoting the Fourth District as a top tourist destination in Pangasinan.

Sponsored by the DOT, Metro Bank, the two-week Galila Arts Festival opens up with Bizarts Program, on March 10, which will bring together commerce and creativity by match-making local artists with Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises in Dagupan, Mangaldan, San Fabian, San Jacinto and Manaoag.

Then there is the Kariton Project, a roving community caravan bringing books and art supplies closer to those who need them most. It also features a creative activation by Puppet Theater Manila and local and entrepreneur Tia Simms of Stay Stoked highlighting one of the district’s most beloved icon—Carabao.

Aguillon said Kariton will debut as part of the Pindang Festival in Mangaldan on March 10 and March 13 will become part of the opening festivities of the Darayat Festival in San Fabian, and will do other pit stops throughout the Galila Festival.

On March 10, the festival will bring local legend, Insyong Tamayo, a songwriter and stage actor,  and the country’s premier theater troupe Third World Improvise together in one stage to provide a night for a laugh out loud experience in a collision between heritage and hilarity.

The “Sarag Mi” exhibition, honoring the works and impact of local artist Norma Llongoren  and 30 other female artists from Pangasinan will be opened in celebration of the Women’s Month to be held at the Mac Arthur House in Dagupan on March 11. (Leonardo Micua)

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