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May 22, 2019

PAGSASABUHAY: Performance and Life Education in the 21st Century (Overall)

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PAGSASABUHAY: Performance and Life Education in the 21st Century
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Guang Ming College, in collaboration with the Philippine High School for the Arts-Theatre Arts Program, presents Pagsasabuhay: Performance and Life Education in the 21st Century to be held on May 25, 2019 (8:00 AM-9:00 PM) at Fo Guang Shan, Mabuhay Temple, 656 P. Ocampo St. Malate, Manila.

The PAGSASABUHAY aims to probe into the meeting points between Humanistic Buddhism and Performance, to explore the sphere where both disciplines could inform and open channels for integration, and to present the unique characteristics and processes that both institutions abide with in the practice of performance-making. The Philippine High School for the Arts-Theatre Arts Program fosters research into culturally-responsive performances and Guang Ming College cultivates performances informed by Buddhist wisdom and virtues.

Featuring Dr. Michael Tan, Chancellor, University of the Philippines, Diliman as the keynote speaker of the conference.

Interested participants may register in this link: http://tiny.cc/l5bq4y
For more information, please contact our secretariat at [email protected]

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Featuring Dr. Michael Tan, Chancellor, University of the Philippines, Diliman as the keynote speaker of the conference.

Dr. Tan has been a speaker at local and international conferences where he talks of the many applications of the social sciences, from HIV/AIDS prevention, to an improvement of education. His talks also bring in the personal dimension where academic theories are explained as tools for facing the challenges of daily living across human life cycles, from raising children to caring for the elderly.
His areas of concentration are in the cultures of health and wellness, gender and sexuality, anthrozoology, culture and ethics, Southeast and East Asian studies, linguistic anthropology and One Health (integration of human health, animal health and environmental studies).

PAGSASABUHAY: Performance and Life Education in the 21st Century

FACULTY PANEL

Chair of the Faculty Panel : Paul Alexander Morales Chair, Performing Arts DepartmentGuang Ming College

Plenary Session B: Faculty PanelPaper Presenter

Mr. JK Anicoche (Visiting Master Faculty, Philippine High School for the Arts)

Topic: Responsive Pedagogies: On Teaching Artistry

JK Anicoche is a performance-maker and educator working at the intersection of art, culture and development work. He was the artistic director of contemporary cultural laboratory Sipat Lawin Ensemble and festival director of Karnabal: Performance and Social Innovation.Recipient of Davis Peace Prize 2019 for his “community performance for peace” projects in Mindanao, Ginebra Ako Para sa Entablado Award 2018 and Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Grant (2018-2019) supporting his research on performance and civic engagement in New York City. He was granted the Saison Foundation International Artist Fellowship Japan (2016), MONSOON Asia-Australia-Europe Performance Residency Australia (2015), and Japan Foundation Asia Center’s HANDS Creativity and Disaster Education Inter-Asia (2015, 2019).

Mr. Fredyl Hernandez (Visiting Master Faculty, Philippine High School for the Arts)

Topic: Anak na di papaluin, magulang na papaluhain?!? Ang Estetika ng Dayalogo ng Adbokasiyang Pandula ng PETA ARTS Zone Project

Fredyl B. Hernandez is a theater artist-teacher who started his formal training at the Philippine High School for the Arts. He is a senior member of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) in which he served as Associate Project Director of ARTS Zone Project, a theater and cultural advocacy program on children’s rights and positive discipline. He is also a faculty member of the Design Foundation Department of the School of Design and Arts, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. He is finishing his MA in Art Studies (Art Theory and Criticism) at the University of the Philippines Diliman. His recent scholarly engagements include creative project presentations at the Articulating Artistic Research @ SYMBIONT at the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) Asia Regional Congress, Hong Kong 2018 and 7th World Chinese Art Education Symposium at The Education University of Hong Kong; and Hybrid Practices: Methodologies, Histories, and Performance at the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta.

Ms. Katherine Sabate (Associate Professor, Department of Performing Arts, GMC)

Topic: Transformative Pedagogy: Learning And Experiencing Buddhism As A Cultivation In Creating And Performing Arts

Katherine Mae G. Sabate is currently the Program Coordinator and Associate Professor for Performing Arts of Guang Ming College Manila, the fifth member of Fo Guang Shan International University Consortium. She is also a Cum Laude graduate of Bachelor in Theatre Arts and a candidate of MA Theatre Arts at the University of the Philippines Prof. Katte is also a versatile theatre practitioner – she is a dramaturg, a director and an actress for the theatre. She is also an actor for film, TV and digital ads. As a scholar and researcher for Performance & Theatre Studies, her articles and papers were recently published and presented in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, USA, Paris, and Portugal. She is convinced that performance is a powerful medium to bear influence and education of cultures, histories and of faith, as well as healing to the human soul and societies.

Mr. Julian Tuyo (Student Life Officer and Teaching Assistant, Department of Buddhist Studies, GMC)

Topic: Revisiting Yanagi’s Unknown Craftsman: The Japanese Insight into Beauty

Julian Paniza Tuyo is a teaching assistant in the Department of Buddhist Studies of Guang Ming College and an officer of the Office of Student Life. He graduated as a full scholar from Guang Ming College with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies and the recipient of the Outstanding Student Scholar in the field of Buddhist Studies. He received various awards in the field of leadership, journalism, public speaking, and debate. Some of these awards include the Vice President Leadership Award given by His Excellency Vice President Jejomar Binay, Most Outstanding Student Awardee by the First Midland Rural Bank of Iloilo, and the Golden Pen Awardee in Journalism given by the Regional English Circle of Western Visayas. He attended various conferences in and outside of country such as the Paris Climate Change Agreement in the Senate of the Philippines, International Seminar on Life in Chan in Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung Taiwan, Angat Kabataan Camp 2017 in Pampanga State Agricultural University, and the Fo Guang Shan Monastic Retreat Program in Fo Guang Shan and Fo Guang University. Julian also worked as an Assistant Technical Director and Lights Director of Fo Guang Shan Philippines Educational Recital: Flip 2016 held at Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Technical Staff of Siddhartha the Musical during the 2019 Taiwan Chinese New Year Celebration. Aside from putting much of his time in studying Buddhism and Philosophy, he is also a self-motivated poet who writes mostly in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Filipino, and in English. He is one of the fifteen fellows of the 2018 Iyas National Writers Workshop of the De La Salle University which paves the way for him to collaborate with fellow writers from all over the Philippines. During his spare time, he likes to read books and talk about socio-political issues.

STUDENT PANEL

Chair of Student Panel: Maria Teresa Jamias Resident SHS Faculty, Theatre Arts DepartmentPhilippine High School for the Arts

Maria Teresa S. Jamias is an actor, director-dramaturg, acting teacher/coach, filmmaker, voice talent, contemporary dancer-choreographer, hair cutter and machinator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philippine Studies (Theater Arts and Film) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and is currently completing her Masteral studies in Theater Arts. She has been a Visiting Master Teacher in the PHSA since 2009. This school year, she took on the position of Resident Faculty of the Senior High Theatre Arts Program. Tess is a founding member of the pioneering independent performance companies, Dulaang Talyer and the KOLAB Co. She was a member and teacher of the Actors’ Company of the Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theatre company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Tess was an Asian Cultural Council Fellow, a Shizuoka University of Arts and Culture Visiting Researcher and a Japan Studies Scholarship Organization Scholar. She continues to espouse and undertakes research in performance.

Plenary Session C: Student PanelPaper Presenter

Mr. James Lanante (Philippine High School for the Arts)

Topic: (Re)introducing Lineyte-Samarnon Culture to the Youth of Tacloban City through Performance

James Lanante is a Grade 12 Theater Arts student from the Philippine High School for the Arts and member of its resident theater arts company Dulaang Sipat Lawin (DSL). He has been part of DSL’s productions such as Ang Pinakamakisig sa mga Nalunod sa Buong Daigdig, Makikitawag Lang Ako, Ang Reyna at ang Mga Rebelde, Three Sisters, Mga Lukaret ng Intramuros, Ang Unang Aswang, BANTAYOG, Nagwawalang Gubat, and Z; excerpts from Rhinoceros, Antigone, Paano Man Ang Trip Mo, and Lihis.

Ms. Chrystelle Atienza (Philippine High School for the Arts graduate)

Title: Using Theater Games as a Tool for Teaching Community Children: An Introductory Course on The Six Hats of Critical Thinking Skills by the De Bono Group

A young theatre educator and actor, Chrystelle Atienza strives to empower people through her craft. As a former member of Dulaang Sipat Lawin, the resident theater company of Philippine High School for the Arts, she has been part of numerous productions as an actor, director, and stage manager. Currently, she is studying BS Human Ecology at the University of the Philippines Los Banos. She continuously works towards her passion, Arts Therapy, by engaging in different communities through workshops. Chrystelle envisions a better society of people with open hearts to share, listen, and, dream together.

the Eggheads: Tomas Santos, Ainah Remonte, Kyrie SamodioGrade 11, Theatre Arts Department Philippine High School for the Arts

Title: Pa-Lagay

Egg·head /ˈeɡˌhed/ (n.) ; a highly educated person who may not know much about real life. They are Ainah Remonte (Aries), Tomas Santos (Virgo), and Kyrie Samodio (Scorpio), Grade 11 Theater arts majors from the Philippine High School for the Arts. They want to expand and challenge perceptions on theater and performance by instigating and engaging in discourse with people in different walks of life. This is their first performance lecture.

Shena Marie Pacano
Department of Buddhist Studies
Guang Ming College

Topic: Examining Connection between Performers and Production Team: Seeing the Beauty of Interconnectedness in Buddhism Perspective

Shena Marie Pacano is a graduating student of Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies at Guang Ming College (GMC), Manila. She is a recipient of Venerable Master Hsing Yun Educational Trust Fund and was awarded Outstanding Scholar of Buddhist Studies last June 2018. She strives to be globally competitive by working as a student assistant while studying, learning Mandarin beyond the classroom and attending local and international conferences. Despite heavy academic and assistantship loads, Shena finds time to participate in religious activities like the interfaith group in order to stay emotionally sound and spiritually healthy.

Kit Brian Valderrama
Department of Buddhist Studies
Guang Ming College

Topic: Meditative Performance: A Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Kit, a recipient of Venerable Master Hsing Yun Educational Trust Fund, is a fourth-year student of Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies at Guang Ming College (GMC), Manila. Recently, he presented along with his partner their ongoing thesis paper entitled: Assessing Animal Welfare: A Comparative Study of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Concept of Karuna and Peter Singer’s Animal Ethics in 2019 National Philosophical Conference last February 6-10, 2019 in Baguio city. He was previously a course representative of GMC’s student government. He goes beyond excelling academically by actively participating in various local conferences like Women’s Celebration on Life and Faith in Quezon City, Angat Kabataan Youth Camp in Pampanga City and the Interfaith Harmony Week/Peace Camp in Antipolo City. Kit also attended international retreats like the Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat and the International Youth Seminar on Life and Chan and academic activities like the 2017 Southbound Exchange Program, which were all held in Taiwan. Because of these immersive experiences, and Kit’s dedication to learning, he has become an achiever.

Ricca Regala and Abigail Delgado
Department of Buddhist Studies
Guang Ming College

Topic: Non Self : Applying Meditation towards
Performance Making

Abigail Marie Delgado is currently taking up her Bachelor’s degree in Buddhist Studies at Guang Ming College, Manila. She is a recipient of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Educational Trust Fund receiving a full scholarship and free Chinese classes. Currently, she is the associate editor of Guang Ming College’s official newspaper “The Chant” and the vice president of Guang Ming Bodhisattvas Organization. Moreover, Abigail also participates actively in different school activities locally and internationally. She participated in international conferences in Taiwan, was a delegate to the South Bound Student Exchange Program in Fo Guang University, attended interfaith activities in the Philippines and volunteered at Fo Guang Shan branch temples.

Ricca Marie Regala is currently a graduating candidate taking up Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies at Guang Ming College, Manila. She is a recipient of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Educational Trust Fund receiving a full scholarship. She was able to enhance her leadership and writing skills as a news editor and associate editor of the school newspaper. She was a former member of the Guang Ming Harmonies, GMC’s choir group and currently a member of the Guang Ming Bodhisattva Organization. Furthermore, she was a delegate to the Fo Guang University – Student Exchange Program in Yilan County, Taiwan. Other than this, she also participated in international conferences in Taiwan, participated in 11th Word Cup Philippines Campus Journalism Masterclass, attended Interfaith Programs in the Philippines and volunteered at Fo Guang Shan’s branch temples. Ricca Marie was also a student assistant in Guang Ming College Registrar Office for almost two years.

Wincy Ramilo
Department of Performing Arts
Guang Ming College

Topic: Depicting Violence Against Women: A Devising Project inspired by Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s prayer for Oppressed Women

Wincy Ramilo is a candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Theater and currently the Council Master of Dharma Theater Ensemble, the resident theater company of Guang Ming College which was established last 2016. She has been directing various performances inside and outside GMC. She directed the Star and Cloud Play Festival – Faith which won the Best Play award and was also restaged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines during Pasinaya. She headed various international performances like Sounds of the Human World Concert in Taiwan and Chinese New Year Celebration. She was also awarded as Outstanding Artist in Theater for the S.Y 2017-2018 and awarded as Best Actress for the Short Film entitled “Igsoon”. She attended the 5th National Student Research Conference held in Tagaytay and awarded as Best Presenter for her ongoing creative research entitled “Violence Against Women: A Devising Project inspired by Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Prayer for Oppressed Women.”

PAGSASABUHAY: Performance and Life Education in the 21st Century

Teacher’s Training Exchange

Topic: The Experience And Practice Of Mindfulness Meditation Through The Expressions And Improvisations Of Movement And Dance

Facilitators: Al Bernard Garcia & Abbey Carlos
Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Guang Ming College

Abbey Carlos is a dance artist with a passion for teaching and performing. A graduate of the Philippine High School for the Arts (Ballet) and the University of the Philippines-Diliman (Bachelor of Music in Dance), Abbey has performed in dance productions and festivals in the Philippines and abroad. She received her Master in Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Iowa in 2018, where she was awarded the Iowa Arts Fellowship and taught as a teaching assistant with the Dance Department. Abbey is currently the Program Coordinator for Dance and Company Manager of the Performing Arts Companies.

Al Bernard Garcia is a Manila-based dance artist and choreographer who was born in Tacloban City, Leyte. A graduate of Philippine High School for the Arts (Folk Dance Major) and University of the Philippines’ College of Music (Dance Major). A Guang Ming College faculty since 2015, founded Guang Ming Dance Project (GMDP) in 2016, currently the resident choreographer of GMDP.

PAGSASABUHAY: Performance and Life Education in the 21st Century

Student’s Workshop Exchange

Topic: TechnOdyssey

Facilitators: Grade 8 students, Theatre Arts Department
Philippine High School for the Arts

The Class continuously learns the values and practice of basic technical theatre through creative learning engagements. It is composed of Grade 8 students Theatre Arts majors at the Philippine High School for the Arts, namely, Rechelle Balasoto, Dwyn Quejada, Abigail Ravalo, Avigail Sulibet, and Felicity Wenceslao. The Technical Theatre class is taught by Sir Sigmund Pecho.

Topic: Viewpoints and Mindfulness in Performance

Facilitators: Gian Carlo Navarro & Richard Moscare
Department of Performing Arts
Guang Ming College

Gian Carlo Navarro-A candidate of Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Guang Ming College, Philippines. Scholar, Artist, Graphic Designer, Researcher. In 2016 he presented a research paper in Singapore entitled “With Dharma”: The Active Efforts of I.B.P.S Manila in Resolving Prejudice through Culture and Education and Propagation of the Dharma”. Meanwhile, the paper he will present today has been accepted in the 15th International Conference on The Arts in Society that will be held in Galway, Ireland next year.

Richard Ensomo Moscare is a Third Year, Theatre Arts Major student at Guang Ming College. Through his years, he has a lot of experiences in Theatre. He is the Head Stage Manager at the Dharma Theatre Ensemble, an official Theatre Company of the college. He is also the Lead voice (Bass) of Guang Ming Harmonies, an official chorale company of Guang Ming College. He has also done a lot of performances as a lead actor in many productions. Recently, he just had his performance in the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Pasinaya 2019, as a major character in Ralph Jade Tampal’s Faith. He played the character of Akmad. He is also a singer and musical actor as he played Tonton Julian in ”We Dance” adapted from one of the world’s best musicals, Once on this Island. He was the King Suddhodana in the Siddhartha the Musical play, Guang Ming College version and As Angel in RENT: The Musical. He also played various characters of William Shakespeare’s plays, King Oberon, Othello, Nick Bottom and Haring Lear translated by Nic Pichay from William Shakespeare’s King Lear. He was the Francisco (the servant) in Wanted: A Chaperon and Don Ramon in Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero’s Forsaken House that became his debut as a Theater actor. From these experiences, he learned the value of hard work, efficiency, and communication.

PAGSASABUHAY: Performance and Life Education in the 21st Century

Performances

PAGSARINGSING HA PUY-ANAN (RETURNING HOME)
A PROTOTYPE PERFORMANCE

As a child of Tacloban City, the Grade 12 researcher James Lanante felt that he has not been fully educated with the culture of Region 8. He had difficulty accessing Lineyte-Samarnon literary works in libraries and bookstores. Most of their traditional songs and dances are showcased only in commercially- sponsored events in the most inappropriate venues. When he started searching deeper, he found and appreciated the richness of their culture.

By creating a prototype performance that includes a creation myth, two folktales, traditional songs and folk dances from Eastern Visayas, this research project aims to help reintroduce Lineyte-Samarnon culture to others, most especially the youth of Tacloban City.

Production Details
Duration: 65 minutes
Synopsis: A young man re-searches the culture of his hometown Tacloban City through games, songs, dances, stories of creation, justice and a hero’s journey that mirrors his own voyage of self- discovery and defining home.
Suitable Age Group: General Patronage
Machinators
Students – James Lanante, Kyrie Samodio, Ainah Remonte, Tomas Santos, Mary Anne Caharop, Gabe Samaniego
Faculty – Christopher Aronson (Director), Teena Joy Cardenas & Tess Jamias (Research Thesis Adviser)
Language: Tagalog, Binisaya & English

MULAT: RAVES, RANTS AND PRAYERS

Mulat: Raves, Rants and Prayers is inspired from Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s prayer for oppressed women. A devised performance of vignettes that tackle violence against women guided by Buddhist perspectives on arts. Mulat as a devised performance employed accounts of VAW, creatively lead by prayers, images, poetry and songs. It depicts women’s aspiration to be free from nights of tears in their journey of sorrows, praying for everyone, men or women to cultivate the manner of virtuous, compassion and kindness.

There will no longer be nights of horror;
There will no longer be the chasing of nightmares;
There will no longer be pains of hell;
There will no longer be entanglement of tears.

Production Staff

Writer and Director: Wincy Ramilo
Dramaturg: Julian Tuyo
Stage Manager and Choreographer: Ghealyn Rose Undang
Assistant Stage Manager: Ivy Marie Mahinay
Technical Director: Charles Solano
Cast:
Mary Evangeline Recto
Qamille Jacinto
Jehan Andres
Mary Owen Flores
Cychaina Jontilano
Ladylyn Solano
Gladith Kate Navarro
Jay Ann Tondo
Cris Ann Yakit
Tesyl Kriz Claud

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