The Xavier University (XU) through its Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) successfully held the “Artekultura 6: Panitikan, Kultura at Kalusugan” at the XU Little Theater.
Artekultura is a flagship project under XCCA under its Cultural Education Program and is supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). This year’s topics were anchored on the physical and emotional health through children’s literature.
The resource persons were Palanca Awardees, Dr. Ma Elena Paulma and Dr. Luis Gatmaitan.
Dr. Paulma highlights the depth of children’s stories that greatly influence the growth of an individual through his community and his intimacy with others through her talk “Soul Food in Children’s stories.” Featured children’s stories during her talk include the Velveteen Rabbit, the Runaway Bunny and the House of Hermit Crab. The content of these stories stirred the child within us all and created realizations of one’s being and becoming.
Upon hearing the stories, the audience were like transported to time in their childhood and created a deeper insight into their lives.
Dr. Gatmaitan, on the other hand, emphasized on the considerations in writing children’s books. His books on hygiene through his “Tito Dok” character supported the aim of the lecture in the context of health (kalusugan). The audience were shown a short animation adapted from his book Duglit. The animations brought an example of how a story is materialized through the type of audience and the information being provided to the viewers.
The XU Little Theater catered 210 participants; these include the faculty and students of Xavier University and other Schools in Cagayan de Oro. Xavier University’s School of Education provided the most number of participants in the said event. Participants are looking forward for another enriching lecture in the next Artekultura.