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National and College Theater Festival to open


To highlight the outstanding theater achievements of university-based theater groups, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through its National Committee on Dramatic Arts headed by Dr. Glecy Atienza, will be holding “Tanghal,” the fourth National University and College Theater Festival from February 1 to 5 as part of the Philippine International Festival (PIAF).
The event will feature a showcase of six exceptional theater performances that will be followed by a conference featuring international guest artists that will tackle the contributions of theater groups in the universities and colleges all over the Philippines in the hopes of forming a National Student Theater Alliance. The fourth Tanghal is aimed at marking the importance of university and college-based theater programs in the Philippine history.
This year’s fourth Tanghal is slated to take place in the National Capital Region (NCR), at the De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde as the three previous theater festivals were held in the provinces. The first Tanghal was held in Iloilo City in 2007 and was hosted by the University of San Agustin and the Teatrokon Western Visayas Theater Network. In 2008, Tanghal moved to Zamboanga with the Western Mindanao State University and the local government of the City of Zamboanga playing hosts. For the third leg of the theater festival, Tanghal was held at Laguna, hosted by Colegio de San Juan Letran in Calamba in cooperation with the Arts Research and Training Institute in Southern Tagalog Inc., Linang Laguna Theater Network and the Lusong Luzon Theater Network.
The PIAF is annually held every February as per the Presidential Proclamation 683 signed by former President Corazon Aquino in 1991 and is currently undertaken by NCCA headed by its chairman, Dr. Vilma Labrador and its executive director Cecile Guidote Alvarez. Commissioner Ricardo de Ungria, head of the Subcommission on the Arts, is the festival director of PIAF 2010.


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