|IPANALO ANG TOTOO: Pepe Goes To Market Arts Festival
||[Jun. 5th, 2008|02:15 pm]
This coming June 19, 2008 marks the 147th birthday of National Hero Jose Rizal. The significance of commemorating Rizal’s birthday is made more urgent in the light of the socio-political-economic challenges that our country is currently facing. Even in his own time, Rizal determinedly stood for the same issues. And using his creativity and artistic capabilities, he defended and committed to TRUTH as the main foundation of nation building.
A group of artists and cultural workers led by the Artists Welfare Project Inc. (AWPI), People’s Assembly For Genuine Alternatives Against Social Apathy (PAGASA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), National Commission for Culture & the Arts (NCCA) and the Station Square East Commercial Corporation, all converged to plan and implement a unique and meaningful celebration of our hero’s birth anniversary aptly billed as PEPE GOES TO MARKET: Sining Selebrasyon ng Birthday ni Rizal which will be held at the Market, Market! Mall from June 19-21, 2008. The celebration will be a three (3) day Arts Festival where artists from all disciplines converge for choral performances, band concerts, film screenings, art exhibitions, theater productions and an artists market which will all be opened FREE to the public. There will also be the First Philippine Vision Café for the youth, where students from everywhere can gather, share and exchange their visions of the future of our beloved Philippines. The festival will surely be an educational and highly interactive event for the whole family and the general public.
On a personal level, I'd like to invite everybody to the Philippine Vision Cafe, something we've been feverishly working on for the past few. It's scheduled for two one-hour sessions on June 20 and 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. We're in the process of inviting students from various high schools and universities across the metro, so you can think of it as a massive kapihan at chikahan-slash-speed dating exercise. :)
The Philippine Vision Cafe is a forum where the youth can come together and freely articulate among themselves a vision for the Philippines. Its process of emergent dialogue is based on the premise that people, if given a chance to radically participate, have the wisdom and creativity within themselves to face the most difficult challenges. Driven by questions that matter, participants engage in animated discussion in small groups. In this relaxed, non-hierarchical setting, every opinion is important.
As a challenge to the supposed apathy pervading Filipino youth culture, the Philippine Vision Cafe will allow the youth themselves to speak out on issues they truly care about. Rizal once famously said that the youth is the future of the nation. With this in mind, we frame the future not as a faraway abstraction but as a concrete reality where each citizen has a role to play.
This is to be the first of many Vision Cafes, a step towards a national process of visioning. By starting it with the youth, we hope to plant the seeds of deep-seated cultural change for the Philippines.
The schedule of the festival can be found here. For more information, do visit www.pagasa.net.ph.
I hope you guys can come. If you feel that this is something worthwhile, pass it on. If you or your organization wants to be part of it, all the better. Just email me at email@example.com. See you there! :)