Capiz prov­ince hosts two cel­e­bra­tion for arts month: NCCA sayaw pi­noy and fi­esta tal­iambong

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

THE Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Cul­ture and the Arts (NCCA) headed over to Visayas for a dual cel­e­bra­tion: Sayaw Pi­noy, its flag­ship event for dance and Fi­esta Tal­iambong, one of the is­land’s col­or­ful feasts—both were staged from Fe­bru­ary 13-15 at the peak of the cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional Arts Month.

Sayaw Pi­noy is the fruit­ful ef­fort of Ms. Shirley Halili, na­tional com­mit­tee on dance and Ms. Marichu Tel­lano, the deputy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of NCCA. The event gath­ered the best dancers from Lu­zon, Visayas and Min­danao and had show­cased award win­ning grooves, tra­di­tional dances and con­tem­po­rary steps.

While Fi­esta Tal­iambong is a re­gional event that gath­ers indige­nous and con­tem­po­rary art groups in Western Visayas to show­case works on vis­ual arts, mu­sic, cin­ema, lit­er­ary arts, theater arts, and dance. Lead by Alphonsus Te­soro, the com­mis­sioner for Na­tional Com­mit­tee for Cen­tral Com­mu­ni­ties of NCCA, and also serv­ing as Capiz’ tourism of­fi­cer, the fes­ti­val put up multi-dis­ci­plinary ex­hibits and per­for­mances, with high­lights for Jovita Fuentes, the first Na­tional Artist for mu­sic; com­prised of a singing com­pe­ti­tion in Fe­bru­ary 14 un­der her name and a vo­cal con­cert night as a trib­ute to her legacy in Fe­bru­ary 15 which was held in the heart of Roxas city.

The events started on Fe­bru­ary 14 in Sapian Na­tional High­school Cov­ered Gym, at­tended by stu­dents, teach­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic alike, fill­ing ev­ery space of the area. The day was wel­comed by Ms. Michelle del Rosario, the Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor. She graced, “These events are cel­e­brated to in­stil in us the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of cul­ture and the arts.” Then the au­di­ence swayed to the songs of Katchry Jewel Gol­bin, and even sang along with Dante Be­ri­ong and Sa­muel Cezar Ru­bido, sang­gu­ni­ang bayan mem­bers of An­tique. What in­creased the hype of the event was the Apo ni In­day, Balik—Ati Tribe of Ak­lan. They came rag­ing on masked with black makeup and dressed in eth­nic pieces, they made all cor­ners of the gym up­beat. Then fol­lowed was the Padagyaw dance of Bung­suan Na­tional High­school.

Af­ter­wards, Sayaw Pi­noy be­gan, that left the au­di­ence in awe with the per­for­mances of PNU Sik­lab Sin­ing Dance Troupe, Halili Cruz of Bal­let, Sinuk­wan Ka­pam­pan­gan, Ka­gayon Dance Troupe, Sayaw ni An­to­nio of Cuar­tero Na­tional High­school, Si­lak and Sarayawan Dance Com­pany. Ron­dalla per­for­mances of Pi­lar Com­mu­nity, Ta­paz Com­mu­nity, Capiz Na­tional High­school and Cañores of Panay also shared their artistry in mu­sic. Fur­ther­more, Capiz also put women in front with LODI: an all women-per­for­mances. PPOP: an all women-dance of Capiz Na­tional High­school, the all women-live band of Inzo Ar­naldo Vil­lage In­te­grated School, Ati Com­mu­nity of Du­marao, Capiz, and cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tions of Panay Bukid­non of Ta­paz, Capiz and Capiz Fed­er­a­tion of Per­sons With Dis­abil­i­ties, were proud and loud as they took the stage.

For the fi­esta’s take on vis­ual arts, lo­cal stu­den­try par­tic­i­pated in YESO TAL­IAMBONG: Chalk Art in Pub­lic Spa­ces. They col­ored the gym­na­sium’s en­trance with a large chalk art de­tail­ing Fi­esta Tal­iambong. More­over, Pinta Capiz Vis­ual Art Ex­hibit was show­cased in Robin­son’s Place, Roxas and was then moved to the gym­na­sium. Paint­ings of fishes, fish­er­man and other shades of hu­man­ity were dis­played, in­flu­enced mostly by the lo­cal folks of Capiz, as the prov­ince is the coun­try’s seafood cap­i­tal.

As the fi­esta in­ten­si­fied the cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional Arts Month, Capiz of­fered more. In the af­ter­noon, a mu­si­cal feast was held, ti­tled as Saludo—Capiz hon­ored the Capis­non artists and per­form­ing groups. Up­beat per­for­mances from CAPSU Main Choral, Dag­way Sigma­hanon Inc., and Likhaw­i­tan were all show­cased, with a heart-pump­ing drum shed in­ter­mis­sion of XAMPH.

In the 14th and 15th, Sayaw Pi­noy toured Capiz and its per­form­ers danced their way from Capiz State Univer­sity to Ivisan Civic Cen­ter, Ivisan—with a rhythm sim­i­lar to a dance and the prov­ince served as a mu­sic to ev­ery step—a suc­cess­ful syn­ergy of this year’s Na­tional Arts Month.

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