Iloko-Bago cultures highlighted in ‘Tawid Taoid’ La Union

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“Tawid Taoid,” a showcase of Iloko-Bago performances, was celebrated in La Union as part of the National Arts Month from February 17 to 20.

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The travelling performance and exhibit showcases various arts mastered by the students of the Tawid Taoid partner schools which include the La Union National High School (LUNHS), La Union Special School for Culture and Arts (LUSSCA) in Santol, La Union, and Saint Louis College (SLC) through their Center for Culture and the Arts.

The opening ceremony was held at the Santol Town Auditorium on February 17 followed by the same set performed at LUNHS Don Pacoy Ortega Auditorium on February 18. The event closed at the Saint Louis College Gymnasium on February 20.

From the Tagalog term “tawid” and the Ilokano term for heritage, “taoid,” Tawid Taoid in La Union brings the National Arts Month to northern Philippines. It aims to bridge the diverse multi-cultures present and thriving in the La Union area.

Classic Iloko folk songs like the “Pamulinawen,” “Manang Biday,” and “Ti Ayat Ti Maysa Nga Ubing” were rendered by the melodic chorus of the SLC Chorale. Comedic drama presentations in Ilokano enliven the audience largely composed by students and the general public. Bago culture, the product of the intermingling of the Ilokano cultures from the lowlands and indigenous cultures from the uplands, is represented through theatrical performances by the LUSSCA.

Student performers hailed from the LUSSCA, the various programs under the Special Program of the Arts of the LUNHS, the Saint Louis College Chorale and its Samtoy Dance Troupe.

Along with these performances, a travelling exhibit featured metal sculptures and paintings by architecture students of the Saint Louis College and art students from the partner schools.

The Tawid Taoid is one of the 12 project grants for the celebration of the National Arts Month this February.

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Exciting art projects for summer
Even after spearheading the celebration of the National Arts Month in February, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) supports activities for the summer months of March, April and May.
The season of sun was officially kicked off by the Saamat Festival, organized by the Basilan Cultural Communities Association, from March 2 to 6 in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

From March 11 to 13, public librarians will gather in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, for the 2nd International Conference on Public Librarians, a three-day conference tackling the role of digital libraries in the regional integration era and its importance in providing digital library services.

Meanwhile in Baguio City, the Training Workshop on Disaster Risk Management for Libraries and Information Centers will be held from March 18 to 20 to minimize vulnerabilities and disaster risks for libraries and information centers as well as promote safety consciousness among Filipinos.

Watch Komedi at Eleksyon from March 16 to 28, mounted by the DLSU Harlequin Theater Guild. Written by Rody Vera and directed by Raffy Tejada, the satirical musical promotes voter’s education as well as educates the audiences on Philippine democracy and good governance.

From March 25 to 27, MAHLAP will hold the 27th National Congress and Seminar Training-Workshop in Davao City, emphasizing on the new standard evaluation tools being used by PAASCU, PACUCOA and ISO.

On March 31, Tawid di Litagwan will happen in Bauko, Mountain Province.

From March to June, Destiyero Theater Commune will mount Acts of Reclamation: Performative Criticisms in Manila. It is six-show dramatized investigation taking inspiration from video documents that became part of a collective consciousness of Filipinos.

In Holy Week, the first week of April, experience traditional Filipino Holy Week by trooping to Cainta, Rizal, to watch a senakulo. Mounted by Samahang Nazareno, this will be seven-night presentation that starts from Holy Monday to Easter Sunday focusing in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

From April to May, watch the commemoration of the Battle of Balisong in Pilar, Capiz, an annual pageantry depicting local history—the chivalry, bravery, courage and heroism of Pilar folks whose creative sprit defeated the Spanish colonizers/invaders at the Balisong Hill.
Also from April to May, Kamalig: Visayas Theater Craft Development and Capability Building Workshop will be held at the Negros Museum and University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The month-long workshop includes courses on playwriting, scenography, acting and directing. On the other hand, on April, May and December, Save the Babailan: Women Playwrights International will be held in Davao, Marawi, Iligan, Palawan and Bagui.

On the third week of April, join the celebration of the Kalan-Onon Festival in Sapian, Capiz. The festival portrays the way of living of Sapianons with street dancing and cultural parade at the start of the festival and the festival dance competition, which is the most anticipated activity, participated in by the barangays of the municipality
From April to November, Sining at Habi 2015 of the Luzon Arts and Culture Network will be mounted. It is an “interweaving and interfacing” of projects and activities among the cultural network in Luzon through collaborative skills training, research, performances and international conference. Among the events are Fluid States Conference; Malvar, musical theater production in Malvar and Tanauan, Batangas; and at the Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna; research about komedya in Ramon, Isabela; Sinopsining Arts Management Workshop; and the Mandudula Directing Workshop for Teachers.

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