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PIA Press Release
2009/02/28

"One Visayas, One People, One Destiny" fest takes off in Cebu on March 1

Tacloban City (February 28) -- In an unprecedented move to unite as One Visayas, the Regional Development Councils of Region 6 (Western Visayas), Region 7 (Central Visayas) and Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) will conduct starting March 1 up to March 8, the "One Visayas, One People, One Destiny" festival, at the Cebu International Convention Center.

The Festival which will showcase the arts and culture of the three Visayas regions, will be opened at 10:00 o'clock in the morning with no less than Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo expected to be in attendance. After the ribbon cutting, the Regions will present their symbols to the President or to Tourism Secretary Ace Durano.

Before the cutting of the Ribbon, a Holy Mass will be offered at 9:00 o'clock in the morning with all the delegations from the three Regions headed by RDCC Chairpersons, Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia of Reg 7, Antique Governor Sally Perez of Reg 6 and Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento of Region 8, in attendance.

As conceived, the Festival will mainstream "Kultura Bisaya" fostering ties that bind Regions 6, 7 and 8. The festivity will feature the Visayas seven arts namely, architecture, dance, theater, music, visual arts, literature and film; arts and craft; tourism products, festivals and culinary arts.

In a meeting sometime in August of 2008, the Regional Development Councils 6, 7 and 8 officials decided to establish the One Visayas after agreeing that it is time Visayans acknowledge the cultural bond that connects the islands, despite being separated by seawaters.

There will be a street dancing that starts at Mandaue City Hall to the CICC in the afternoon. Each province will send at least one festival contingent. The start of the festival showdown is at 7:00 o'clock in the afternoon.

For the exhibits, each province will be provided booth to showcase the best it can offer in terms of practices, tourism, products, services and others.

Another designated area is set to feature works of the provinces' artists. This was conceived as a venue to give the undiscovered artists the needed exposure and for them to sell their art. A fee of P15,000 for the both is required since selling is allowed in this area.

Each festival day will highlight one form of art in the Visayas. Theater Arts will be featured on March 2 and to be showcased are "Komedya", kasanag batok sa sugal of Antique; "Dagohoy, the Musical" of Bohol; and "Inodoro," musical production on waste management of Calbayog City.

For March 3, Literature, Theater and Dance will be highlighted. To be presented are "West Visayan Maritime Traditions" lecture by Dr. Alicia Magos of Antique; "Mystical Siquijor" lecture on healing arts by Dr. Virgie Miquialba; "Calbayog Lakub" pasundayag san local nga arte, kutura ug bahandi for Samar province; and Dance Concert, Leyte Kalipayan Dance Company of Tacloban City, Leyte.

Dance will be featured on March 4 and the presentations will include Folk Arts Dance Concert of Capiz; "Poseidon" by Teatro Amorseko of Negros Occidental; and Balangiga Encounter 1901of Eastern Samar.

Music will be the talk of the day on March 5 with the "Tunog Karay-a" and "OKM Concert" of Antique; Sopranos of Capiz; and a lecture on "Cebuano Languages as Heritage" by Dr. Erlinda Alburo. This will be followed by a book launch: "A Dictionary of Bisayasn Arts, Cebuano, Hiligaynon and Waray," with the author, Dr. Alburo.

In the evening of March 5, the "Pasundayag, Kulturang Southern Leyte" will be presented with the music of Mike Hanopol.

March 6 will feature Architecture and Fine Arts and showcased will be the "Heritage Sites and Structures of Cebu" lecture by Arc. Melva Java; "Marketing for Artists" lecture by Dr. Ed Hallar; buyers night and cocktails.

March 7 will feature Visual Arts and other forms of arts while March 8 will feature the closing ceremonies. (PIA 8) [top]

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