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Tanghalang Pilipino: Reaching out to a Barangay

Cultural Center of the Philippines’ resident theater company—Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) partners with Barangay San Lorenzo to bring about change. It is TP’s commitment to use theater as a potent tool in creating opportunities to develop humans to be responsible citizens of the country, and to start with the barangay is one noble act.

Tata Nanding, Tanghalang Pilipino’s artistic director is positive about the joint project that the theater company entered with Barangay San Lorenzo in Makati.

Under the leadership of its artistic director, Fernando C. Josef, who is fondly called as Tata Nanding to theater people, TP has been tapped by Barangay San Lorenzo Kagawad Marlene Clarissa Po to extend its theater technical expertise to the youth in particular.

Tata Nanding has this to say about the leaders of Barangay San Lorenzo, “The people here are very much socially aware.

“They truly recognize that culture and the arts play a vital role in the human development.”

TP believes that theater can be a powerful vehicle in shaping the minds of the people, which Josef thinks the efforts of Barangay San Lorenzo leaders is one that is notable, and at the same time worth emulating.

Po, the Kagawad hopes that through theater, it can stop corruption and she also intends to develop truthful governance even from her own barangay in San Lorenzo.

TP, for the first time created this theater outreach program for this barangay. It focused on visual arts, musical theater for teens, and for the mentally-challenged individuals.

Tanghalang Pilipino teaches mentally-challenged individuals in one of its theater outreach programs in San Lorenzo Village in Makati.

“It is a pilot project that aims to inculcate social responsibilities to local talented individuals. We hope to sustain this and be successful as well,” Tata Nanding adds.

With Tata Nanding’s exposures in Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), he wants to share to the community his long-term goal for this outreach—to produce more creative people, to advocate sense of truth and good values through visual arts, and to provide a platform for tackling social issues.

“This move of ours, will hopefully debunk the people’s perception about theater as ‘elitist’ and has no dynamic interaction with its audience.

“Even in our history, theater is something communal. Every theater production must be collaborative. There must be an exchange of ideas, and must foster feedback from its audience.”

TP and Barangay San Lorenzo’s next project together is a theater program for the ‘kasambahays’ (househelps).

TP’s 26th Theater Season (from 2012-2013) with its theme: ‘Truth and Consequence’ has these lineup of productions: Severino Reyes’s ‘Walang Sugat’ running in August, Layeta Bucoy’s ‘Walang Kukurap’ in September till October, Mario O’Hara’s ‘Stage Show’ in October, and Rody Vera’s ‘Ibalong’ to be staged in February to March 2013.

Tanghalang Pilipino 26th Theater Season features: ‘Walang Sugat’, ‘Walang Kukurap’, ‘Stage Show’, and ‘Ibalong’.

For more information, contact (632) 8321125 locals 1620 and 1621; Telefax at (632) 8323661 and mobile numbers +639177500107 and +639189593949 or email ccptanghalan@yahoo.com or visit its site tanghalangpilipino.gov.ph.


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