The World Costume Festival 2013 held in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur last summer was a tremendous success. It drew the attention and interest of international designers from different parts of the globe. More importantly, it achieved its aim of being a grand exposition and showcase of theater costumes, design and space realized in actual theater productions.
The week-long festival was organized by Sinag Arts Foundation, with award-winning Filipino artist Rollie de Leon at the helm as project director in partnership with the Office of Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina of Vigan. GMA-7 Regional TV, through Oliver Amoroso, also provided strategic support for the duration of the festival.
Incidentally, the festivity coincided with the annual Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts, making it a two-in-one event.
Regional Philippine festivals were accordingly represented: Ati-Atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan, Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo, Masskara Festival of Bacolod City, Tawo-tawo Festival of Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Sinulog Festival of Cebu City, and Kaamulan Festival of Bukidnon, as well as the local festivals of Vigan, Longganisa Festival and Kalesa Festival. Not to be outdone, the Gayem Parade also showed off their gay wares in the opening activity along the historic Crisologo Street.
For the delegates and international tourists, it was not only a pleasure trip but also an educational tour as they witnessed the showcase and learned from each other.
The president of the Organization of International Scenographers and Theater Architects and Technicians (OISTAT), Louis Jannsen of The Netherlands, presided over the summit “OISTAT Meets Southeast Asian Scenographers”.
Asian countries, notably Indonesia (with the most number of designs), Japan and Bangladesh brought several entries in the different contest categories. The grand champion, Afif Ghurub of Indonesia won the Golden Kneeling Carabao trophy.
The festival was a prelude to a bigger international event, the World Stage Design Festival to be held September 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.