In celebration of the National Arts Month, the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), will once more offer the Makiling Inter-Cultural Arts Festival (MAKILINC) on 1-7 February.

Day 1 will be opened by the Los Baños City Mayor Caesar Perez who included the event in the second quarter program of the Lost Baños Quadricentennial Commission chaired by Councilor Jay Rolusta. Filipino and foreign guests will be welcomed by the Pistang Sining sa Makiling director, Victor Emmanuel Flor, through a series of performances of PHSA Resident Companies such the Anino Shadowplay Collective, Kuwit, Maquiling Ballet, Musika Ibarang, Sanghiyas Pangkat Mananayaw, and Sipat-Lawin. PHSA Director IV, Vim Nadera, will talk about the history of MAKILINC that began in 2014.

Day 2 will be held at the UPLB D.L.Umali Hall with Prof. Felipe de Leon, National Commission for Culture and the Arts as the keynote speaker. Members of the audience will be received by UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, UPLB Office for Initiative in Culture and the Arts (OICA) director Ma. Theresa Arejola, and Sining Makiling Gallery curator Romeo de la Cruz who also arranged special sessions with Arts Research and Training Institute in Southern Tagalog (ARTIST) Inc. headed by Edward Perez and other local artists organized by Alex Baluyut and Precious Leaño.

MAKILINC 2 is included in the first Los Baños Arts Festival.

For 2015, MAKILINC arts faculty includes Edru Abraham who teach gamelan and mime, Gim Gwang Cheol who will tackle modern Korean art, Michael Coroza who will revive balagtasan, Rama who will introduce pangalay, Evamaria Schaller who will deal with experimental art, and Ian Victoriano who will share his secrets about scriptwriting.

After three days of seminar-workshop there will exhibits and presentations during the closing ceremonies which will be graced by Cultural Center of the Philippines’ president, Dean Raul Sunico; Undersecretary Lino Rivera of the Department of Education; and other members of the PHSA Advisory Council composed of Dean Charito Bitanga-Peralta, Dean Mauricia Borromeo, Chris Millado, Nicolas Pichay, Denisa Reyes, and Rody Vera.

For details, please call Lyza Amat (#09175456656) or Shirley de Quiros (#09193551080).

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