Utak, Puso Bayan at the Kamalayang Pilipino Arts Master Classes

08:39 PM September 28, 2019

Photo by William Sta. Clara

The Kamalayang Pilipino Arts Masters Classes 2019 which started last September 23, 2019 is currently being held at the Salvador Araneta Campus Victoneta Ave, Potrero, Malabon, Metro Manila. The six-day lecture / workshop is spearheaded by Dalubhasaan para sa Edukasyon, Sining at Kultura (DESK), Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation Inc. in partnership with De La Salle Araneta in Malabon City, Artists Welfare Project Inc., and with support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Participants, which include artists, cultural educators, teachers from Pasay, Manila, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Iloilo, and Pagsanjan, LGU cultural leaders from Malabon, Valenzuela and Dulag, Leyte, go through lectures in the morning and exercises in the afternoon. Exercises include activities using theater, dance, writing, visual arts and music in the context of Filipino consciousness that enables participants to be artistically and culturally ready to meet the demands of education and the challenges of the country’s creative industry.


The training is a collaboration of theories, history and workshops on the seven arts grounded on the Filipino values crucial in securing the national identity. The training highlights speakers who are elders and mentors in Philippine culture. At the end of the training workshop, participants will appreciate how art and culture continues to pivotal and crucial in nation building. They will also be equipped to be effective educators preparing globally competitive citizens keeping intact Kamalayang Pilipino values. Arming artists and teachers innate Filipino values and love for country, the 6-day training and workshop transforms each participant into a cultural educator fully grounded, empowered, confident and nurturing.

Photo by William Sta. Clara

DLSAU President and Trustee, Dr. Bjorn Santos welcomes National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera who leads the Kamalayang Pilipino lecturers. Other lecturers and facilitators include National Artist for Music Dr. Ramon Santos, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Dr. Jerry Respeto, Dr. Joey Baquiran, Mr. Michael Barry Que, Professor Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, Professor Alice Pañares, former NCCA Chairperson, Dr. Felipe M. De Leon Jr. and Tanghalang Pilipino Artistic Director Fernando “Nanding” Josef.


Photo by William Sta. Clara

Photo by William Sta. Clara

On its 3rd day, Kamalayang Pilipino participants enjoyed the Malabon Tricycle Tour that immediately brought in the flesh what the speakers discussed in the lectures. After meeting Malabon Mayor Lenlen Oreta, the group visited the San Bartolome Church built in 1622. They also met Ms. Baby Sy Juco, owner of the 150 year old Sy Juco mansion where they played a song or two at the grand piano. The group also met Angel Cacnio at the Angel Cacnio Art Gallery. He encouraged the young visiting artists, “Ipagpatuloy ninyo ang pagpinta dahil ito ay nakakapagpasaya ng mga tao.” The short field trip was made more meaningful with gastronomical experience of Nanay’s Pancit Malabon, Dolor’s Kakanin and Jamico’s Crispy Pata.

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