Pagkarahay Art Workshops and Art Talks


The Pagkarahay Arts Camp and Festival featured lectures and workshops in different fields of art. These workshops were held in Social Hall and Research Center of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture.

Facilitators included leading artists in the in the field of visual arts, dance, theater, music, film, and creative writing. From February 24-25, 2018, more than 10 workshops were offered to students, teachers, and cultural workers of Camarines Sur.

Music Workshop with Bobby Balingit

Philippine punk icon Bobby Balingit delivered his Sound Vibrations Workshop to CBSUA senior high school students. Afterwards, he jammed with the CBSUA University Band together with his percussionist Omni Saroca, and he performed his iconic songs giving the audience a mini-concert experience.

Visual Arts Workshop with Emmanuel Garibay

Filipino painter Emmanuel Garibay gave a crash course on art history to CBSUA students. From gothic period up to contemporary art, the painter talked about how art was being used to convey ideas. He also tackled how popular images shape the worldview of the people.

Dance Workshop with Al Bernard Garcia

Dancer-choreographer Al Bernard Garcia from the Philippine High School for the Arts led a dance workshop for more than forty participants from different parts of Bicol. His high-powered and exhilarating dance workshop encouraged free movement and creativity.

Art Marketing Talk with Bernadette De Los Santos and Paul Orpiada

Owner of Café Des Artes Bernadette “Bidibidi” De Los Santos and Executive Director of Karaw Craft Ventures Paul Orpiada shared their knowledge on how to be creative and at the same time earn money in their “Art Marketing Talk.”

Bernadette De los Santos talked about the importance of creating your own brand as an artist, and Paul Orpiada shared his philanthropic business model that gives livelihood opportunities to less fortunate people.

Mural Painting Talk with Archie Oclos

Multi-awarded artist Archie Oclos shared his experiences in doing street paintings and murals in different parts of the country. He talked about his creative process on making public art that tackles socio-political issues.

He told the story behind his murals in Bonifacio Global Center, Krus na Ligas in Quezon City, and Binondo that shows the plight of farmers and indigenous people.

Artist Welfare Talk with Jenny Bonto

Jenny Bonto of Artist Welfare Philippines (AWPHI) discussed importance of artist's well-being. As self-employed individuals, she encouraged participants to get a health card. She spoke about the efforts of Artists Welfare Project Inc. to assist artists in the acquisition of HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) card.

Art Talk: Intersections and Challenges (Literature and Cinema) in Bikol by Kristian Cordero

Palanca awardee and Bicolano poet Kristian Cordero gave a situationer on the current state of art production in the Bicol region. He also shared his creative process in literary writing and filmmaking. His entertaining and informative lecture was delivered in mixed Bicol, Filipino and English highlighting the diverse influences prevalent in the region.

Theater Workshop with JK Anicoche

Actor-director-educator and current artistic director of Sipat Lawin Ensemble JK Anicoche gave an interactive contemporary theatre workshop to Central Bicol State University students. Aside from fun-filled workshop experience, participants also learned how art can be used to create a positive impact on society.

Street Art Talk with Dex Fernandez

Thirteen-artist awardee Dex Fernandez talked about the story behind his iconic, many-legged Garapata character. A well-traveled international artist, he recounted his experiences as an artist including his art residency in New York and his exhibits in Singapore, Tokyo, and Indonesia among others. He also presented videos of his art-making process.