In celebration of the National Arts Month, the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) will offer the third Makiling Inter-Cultural Arts Festival (MAKILINC) on 1-7 February 2016.

            Day 1 — from 9AM onwards — will be opened by National Artist Ramon Santos of the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology.

Filipino and foreign guests will be welcomed by the Pistang Sining sa Makiling director and PHSA Deputy Director Ronaldo Abuan, 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. After lunch, at 2PM, it will resume at University of the Philippines Los Baños’s Umali Hall with UPLB Vice Chancellor Serlie Jamias, UPLB Office for Initiative in Culture and the Arts (OICA) director Ma. Theresa Arejola, and Sining Makiling Gallery curator Romeo de la Cruz.

            For 2016, MAKILINC workshop facilitators includes the following artists who share the same vision and mission to give an alternative learning experience while promoting emerging and emergent, even dying, art forms like the Balagtasan last year and Kundiman this year:
Diwa de Leon is a multi-awarded composer, arranger, film scorer, and live musician.  Born to a musical family, he wrote his first composition at 5 under the tutelage of his father. Diwa has won awards for his film scores. As a live musician, Diwa has performed in the USA, Germany, China, Sweden, and Malaysia. As a founding member of the world music band, Makiling, Diwa has co-produced and recorded three albums with the band. He graduated valedictorian from the Philippine High School for the Arts in 1997, and finished his Bachelor of Music in Composition at UP College of Music.
Fausto Grossi was born in Arce (Lazio), Italy in 1954. He became a licensed sculptor in Frosinione, Italy and the U.P.V. of Lejona in the Basque Country, Spain where he lives and develops his artistic activity in Bilbao since 1992. He is a multidisciplinary artist, cook, performer, writer, and graphic designer. A cultural manager, he organized such activities as the Biennial of Experimental Poetry in Euskadi. He is also a mail artist, internationally appearing in several anthologies of visual poetry. Grossi has participated in several events in Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and United States.
A  kinesiology student of Rebecca Monet, Riza Lim is a master herbalist, holistic health practitioner, brain programmer, and life coach who studied in Japan, India,  Mexico,  Nepal, Palau, Thailand, Tibet, and USA. A philanthropist, Riza volunteered her services at the Holy Angel University’s Corazon Aquino Center for Hope and Wellness and at Gawad Kalinga’s enchanted farm in Bulacan and Tuloy Bahay Bata Foundation.  A television and radio show host, she is currently working on two books on healing called Kimut or small movements and Pangisnawa or breath.  Riza owns the Om Suala Yoga, Yogi Café, and Orissa Garden of Wellness.
Ray Lucero Purugannan Cabailo finished Bachelor of Music at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is the original member of  Mabuhay Singers created in 1958 by the Villar Recording Company, To form it, she with other Tres Rosas members — Carmen Camacho and Nora Hermosa – had to merge with the Lovers Trio — Chi Lucerio, Floro San Juan, and Ador Torres. Ruben Tagalog, Cely Bautista, Ric Manrique Jr., Rita Rivera, Don David, Flor Ocampo, Noel Samonte, Betty Rivera, Robert Malaga, and Everlita Rivera joined them for a time. With the Mabuhay Singers, she had recorded more than 100 albums.
Marta Moreno Muñoz is a performance and video artist with a background in experimental theatre and other time-based arts. Graduating in 2002 with a M.A in Fine Arts, her work has focused on “feminine” subjectivity, among others. She is at present in a transitional stage, exploring the complex interchange between performance art and cinematic language. She has lived, produced and engaged in artistic works in Spain, UK, Turkey, India, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Singapore, The Philippines, and exhibited internationally. Currently nomadic, she is researching for her Ph.D. dissertation Art as an Experience of Dissolution of the Self and directing The Unifiedfield.
Denisa Reyes is one of the recipients of the 2015 Gawad CCP Para Sa Sining for dance. She is remembered for the Neo-Filipino dance series that has served as the platform for Philippine contemporary dance. Her important works for theater include Diablos, Asong Ulol, Paglayang Minamahal, Mabining Mandirigma, Lapu-Lapu, Once On This Island, Mulan, and Stageshow which won the 2012 Gawad Buhay! for Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Choreography in a Musical. She has gone beyond choreography for the theater by directing Hubad and Sa Isang Hindi Natatanging Umaga, At Ang Mga Ulap Ay Dahan-Dahang Pumaibabaw Sa Nabubulok Na Lungsod.
On Feb.5, after three days of seminar-workshop, there will be 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, Rody Vera, and, of course, Denisa Reyes.
            For details, please call Ms. Cleofe Cabauatan #09189017662.
Attached are some of the articles about MAKILINC.