As part of their goal to establish a sustained playwright development program in Mindanao, the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) conducted “Sulat-Dula 3: A Playwriting Workshop” in Mindanao last October 23 to 25.
Sulat-Dula is XCCA’s flagship project for its Cultural Education Program that aims to bring the best culture and art practices closer to students, faculty and local governments in Northern Mindanao.
This year’s Sulat Dula brought distinguished playwrights Steven Patrick Fernandez, writer, critique, researcher, and executive and artistic director of Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) of MSU IIT; Rody Vera, executive director of Writer’s Bloc Inc., playwright, television scriptwriter and screen writer; and Layeta Bucoy, screenplay writer, columnist and playwright of Doc Ressureccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan, among others.
With the help of the resource persons, nine fellows were able to work on their plays during the workshop. These were Anna Liz Cabrido from Apat sa Taglamig Productions Inc in Koronadal City, South Cotabato who wrote Solteros; Estrella Alfabeto of Central Mindanao University, Bukidnon who wrote Scrapbook; Kristen Senajon of XU’s The Xavier Stage who wrote Sa Tabing Dagat; Michelle Dollaga of XU’s The Xavier Stage who wrote Closet; Vel Marie Santillan of XU’s Dulaang Atenista who wrote Sakay; Jim C Raborar of Apat sa Taglamig Productions Inc of Koronadal City, South Cotabato who wrote Hapakainan; Hermie Dico of IPAG MSU IIT who wrote Kwits; Dennis Flores from Cagayan de Oro City who wrote The Sin of the Father; and Gabriel Matthan Luceño from XU who wrote Aerodynamics of Relationships.
Through critiquing and one-on-one consultations with the professional playwrights, the fellows were able to showcase their plays through script reading. It was an inspiring event for the future playwrights to actually create a piece which will one day be seen and heard on stage.