In celebration of its 433rd Founding Anniversary, the Province of the Batangas has prepared many events to highlight its annual Ala Eh ! Festival. Presented by the Municipal Government of Taal and the Province of Batangas, take a look at this year's Ala Eh! Festival in a capsule:
Batangas Theater and Dance Conference is set to open next week July 23, 2014 in Lipa City.
This conference sponsored by Lipa Actors and Dance Company, LTN Events, with the support of Canada Arts Council and our community partners, is first of its kind in the area and poised to be a major arts event in the province. The current list of speakers includes Mr. Dennis Gupa (MA Theater Arts UP Diliman, MFA Theater Directing University of British Columbia), Mr. Alvin Tolentino (Artistic Director Alvin Erasga Dance Company, international contemporary dance artist), Jonathan Tsang, Lighting Designer/Technical Director, Vancouver BC Canada and Tony Esteban of Academy of Production Technology PH.Conference components will focus on a lecture workshop about the practice of theatre in Philippine Community, contemporary dance class and technical theatre workshops. It will be held in Canossa Academy and Lipa Ballet School on July 23 -26 with a welcome program for participants and guests followed by program sessions which includes lectures, workshops, presentations, and performances.
The conference culminates with a performance highlight featuring Alvin Erasga Tolentino Dance Company COLONIAL.
Just recently Batangas Theater and Dance Conference announced that ALIGMA DANCE COMPANY joins their official event partner. Aligma Dance Company or ADC is a popular modern and hiphop dance organization in Batangas. They won several national hip hop competitions including the World Supremacy Battlegrounds in 2012 – National Level. Since, the group became the most influential hiphop dance organization in Lipa City and the Batangas Province. The group is currently involved in their community works using dance training in youth leadership and networking while expanding professional horizons in dance. (credits to LTN )
As part of the celebration of the 10th World Blood Donor Day with the theme “Every Blood Donation is a Gift of Life”, Philippine Red Cross – Batangas Chapter in partnership with TV Patrol Southern Tagalog will be having an In-house Blood Donation this coming June 22, 2013, Saturday 8am to 5pm at its Chapter Training Center.
The heightened activities, while marking the 'World Blood Donor Day' which is observed every year will raise awareness for the need of safe blood and blood products and to thank the voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life - saving gifts of blood. This will also focus on the value of donated blood not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and have a healthy life.
Assistant Professor and Theater Director from University of the Philippines Los Banos will hold a three-day intensive acting workshop for Lipa Actors Company in Lipa City.
DENNIS GUPA, a graduate of MA Theater Arts from Diliman and also Director-in-Resident at Ma-Yi Theatre Company in New York, will share an acting & performance technique from French actor, mime and acting instructor JACQUES LECOQ that is based on physical work, mainly on improvisations. The workshop entitled “ENSEMBLE DEVISING VIA LEQOC TECHNIQUE FOR FILIPINO ACTORS” will be shared to Lipa Actors Company for the first time. According to Mr. Gupa, “I have not shared it outside UPLB, since the time i got the training in NYC…”
This workshop is part of a month long arts festival dubbed as SINING TAG-ARAW SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL sponsored by Lipa Actors Company. It will be held on May 15-17, 2013 at Museo De Lipa. Also, this project is part of LAC Actors Development Program with the support of the NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR CULTURE & ARTS through its Speakers Bureau / Outreach Programs.
Sining Tag-araw is presented to you by Lipa Actors Company, Lipa City Culture and Arts Council together with partners LTN Events, Lipa Ballet School, Art-Cool-It your one-stop DIY shop, http://www.batangashub.com and the National Commission for Culture and Arts. LAC has reserved three-slots for non-LAC members. For those interested, just send your letter of intent to email@example.com with contact numbers 0928-7269345 / 0906-2503033.
A musical concert featuring singing priests of the Archdiocese of Lipa, local guests performers, and the UST Orchestra, will be held on 19 April 2013, 6:00 p.m. at Canossa Academy Gymnasium, Lipa City.
Dubbed as #Kada, A Musical Concert, this benefit show for the Commission on Healthcare,the Sick and the Needy is expected to help maximize the healthcare programs of the Commission.
Presented by Lipa Medix Medical Center in cooperation with KAIBIGAN Foundation and LTN Events, www.batangashub.com is inviting everyone who wants to extend "a little help to your friends" to watch #Kada. The Commission on Healthcare, the Sick and the Needy has been helping many people in need of healthcare services in the province.
List of some institutions and organizations who will be conducting summer workshops with good and credible programming.
Summer is now official. Even though we are still enjoying the cold weather in Lipa City, summer is approaching undeniably. Students will soon lock their notebooks and forget waking up early to attend a 7:20 flag ceremony. Parents even get excited because they already paid all school fees. Also, the tasking math tutorial will bid farewell for now.
But new concerns are coming up like where to spend family vacation. The big question today is how to spend the summer break with exciting and worthy activities for the family. There are hundreds of options around. And there are individuals and organizations who offer a summer program and workshops for everyone to enjoy.
Then, if you already booked a resort for your holy week vacation you better reserve some slots for your kids’ summer adventure. I have prepared a short checklist for parents on how to choose the best program for your children.
INTEREST Know your child’s interest. Do not enroll her to a cooking class if your daughter wanted
to do jetes in ballet. School has been very tiring for them for 10 months. So why not give them the freedom to choose a program where they can really enjoy their summer.
FACILITY Fly-by-night organizations will conduct workshops and fly away with your money.
Choose organizers who have been doing workshop for years. Check their portfolios; do they have a registered company name and or at least a decent office for you to lay down your concerns?
OUTPUT With regard to workshop programming, credible teachers are concerned with
measurable learning output. Do not be blinded by one-shot mall popularity or a day of sports competition. For example, a dance program should not only end on recital. Students deserve more than that, they should be given proper guidance and career option if they wanted to do dancing all their life. A novice dance teacher cannot do that, it takes an established school or a dance director who is knowledgeable in the industry. Now, if your child just want to attend one shot dance lesson, then it might not be his or her interest. So you let them explore.
WORKSHOP PROGRAMMING It is like choosing the best school for your children. Try to conduct a
little research on the facilitator and/ or organizer. It takes credibility to teach. Do not let your child be handled by inexperienced hands. Many workshop organizers are claiming they can teach dance or ramp modeling but with little training, or conduct a sports clinic without certificates. Mind your investments to your child, your money worth, and the time your kids will spend should not go into waste. Inquire on the workshop modules and you can start making decision from there.
Here is a list of some institutions and organizations that will be conducting summer workshops with good and credible programming;
Canossa Academy They have summer workshop for their students under the Gifted & Talented
Education Program in the field of Arts, Sports and Academics
De La Salle Lipa Every year they are conducting workshops in performing arts, sports and other
Lipa Actors Company Dubbed as the sole community based theater organization in Lipa City, they
have a yearly summer workshop audition on their Actors Apprenticeship Program. And this year they will host an interdisciplinary arts festival I believe the community will enjoy.
Lipa Ballet School This year they will offer Theater Arts as part of their dance curriculum. Also a
Taekwando Program took place in their studio year round.
Madz Dance Academy Also one of the pioneering dance school in Lipa, this school offers ballet and
modern dance lessons
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Fresh from their Arts Month stint performing in Bicol, Manila, and in different places in Batangas, the Lipa Actors Company is now poised for their third season finale. Essaying the works of Sophocles, the company will be staging Oedipus The King in an exciting dance theater production. This sole community based theater organization in the province is known for fresh and dynamic works on stage always dubbed as pioneering theater work in Batangas. With their signature performance still earning positive reviews around, the company is now set to do an entirely different show this time performing a dance theater. According to an interview with Joemar Sustento LAC Associate Artistic Director;
“Excited kaming lahat sa show na ito dahil kakaibang panlasa ang gagamitin namin dito.”
Adding more excitement to the group is that their Artistic Director Luisito Nario will be also creating dance pieces for the play. Mr. Nario is one of the most sought after local choreographer before he concentrated to theater in 2010.
“Matagal-tagal na ring hindi gumagawa si Sir Lui ng sayaw, kaya parang come back niya ito as choreographer” Sustento adds.
Creating the production design is Sustento who has been doing design for LAC since 2011. The music will be coming from LAC Music Department headed by very promising composer Mr. Kio Callado.
The company will be attending contemporary and classical dance training at Lipa Ballet School as part of their preparation. LBS is a partner school of LAC for its 4th season. Together with Lipa Ballet School, the company will premiere a ballet theater production Ang Luha ni Kumintang, Sayaw at Pag-ibig coming August this year. Yet creating milestones for local community, Sustento explains;
“Hindi naman namin iniisip na kami lagi una kasi hindi naman talaga kami nakikipag-unahan… Kumbaga, bahagi ito ng programa ng grupo. Kung sa palagay ninyo kami ang nauna, salamat po. Pero ang mas gusto namin ay kung kami talaga mauna, sana may sumunod sa mga adhikain naming ipag-tagumpay ang Batangan Talent…”
As festival director and trainor Luisito Nario, Theater and Dance Practitioner, Consultant, Performance Director, Choreographer and Dancer is sharing an innovative way for your kids, teens and the community to appreciate and practice arts. A fellow of CCP Arts Program in Master Class for Directing Theater, and having a long list of background in the field, Lui is the person behind the success of many theatrical productions, the most recent of which is the Ang Luha ni Kumintang presented both in Lipa, CCP and at 7th National Theater Festival.
“Ang Luha ni Kumintang which had forward-thinking direction and choreography by Lui Nario, remisniscent of theater luminary Dexter Santos’ revolutionary work “ –The Philippine Star, March 2, 2012.
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