In commemoration of the National Arts Month, spearheaded by the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA)through Presidential Proclamation 683, talent will once again take center stage in the celebration of the 15th Lasallian Arts Month.
Themed “Take Courage,” the exciting line-up of activities encourages students to speak up and engage to create art that empowers and heals. The commemoration is led by the Office of Culture and Arts (OCA) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB).
The festival commences with BazaArt Fair’s impressive array of locally crafted artworks, fashion pieces, and gourmet finds by emerging artisanal entrepreneurs. The booths are open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Greenway Square of the College’s Taft Campus until Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
Art is Here will fill the three campuses of Benilde and some areas along Vito Cruz Street with a series of unplugged performances by homegrown award-winning artists groups namely Dulaang Filipino, Coro San Benildo, Saint Benilde Romançon Dance Company and Karilyo Shadow Play Team every Friday from Feb. 7 until 28, 2020.
Meanwhile, Dance Surge 4: Workshops allows for the exploration of the various genres of dance under the mentorship of professionals. Classes for ballet, classical ballet, urban, contemporary and locking are set on Friday, Feb 7, 2020. Femme and duo choreography plus additional batches for urban and ballet will be on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Sessions will be at the Dance Room, Multi-Purpose Hall, and Augusto-Rosario Gonzales Theater at the Taft Campus.
Art Ammo lectures will dwell on current socio-political issues. The highlight of the Lasallian Arts Month, the Art and Data Against Disinformation and the Philippine War on Drugs, will feature progressive Filipino activist rappers Calix and BLKD and playwright and screenwriter Mixkaela Villalon of Sandata, a group that combines research and the arts in tackling the drug war.
The team will share the story behind their album Kolateral and its original tracks that reflect accounts of tokhang victims in a public forum and performance on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the ARG Theater at the College’s Taft Campus.
Student-artists Payb Biglete and Salve Dagñalan from Karilyo Shadow Play Team will speak on the integral power of art in community engagement in a talk titled Art and the Community on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the ARG Theater at the College’s Taft Campus.
A play May Hiwaga sa Ating mga Kwento will immerse the audience in the magical legends and folktales that have shaped the history and culture of Bagac, Bataan. It is written and directed by Arts Management student and Dulaang Filipino member Joan Cabuñag.
Students of the Jaime Hilario Integrated School-La Salle (JHIS-LSB) were tapped for the presentation. The drama is set for Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at the gym of Jaime Hilario Integrated School-La Salle (JHIS-LSB) in Bagac, Bataan.
The festival will also gather dance teams from around the metro for the Dance Surge 4: Inter-High School Competition title on Saturday, February 22, 2020, 6 p.m. at the Theater of the School of Design and Arts (SDA) Building. The competitors, who will be battling in the categories of hip-hop and solo and group contemporary, will vie for cash prizes, medals, and partial scholarship grants.
The 15th Lasallian Arts Month is open to the public.
For more inquiries, visit the Benilde Office of Culture and Arts on Facebook or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.