We organize festivals to bring artists together, highlight the role of arts and culture in community and nation-building, and enjoin the public to actively participate in the ongoing conversation about local culture, identity and development.
WHAt WE DO
Project Bakawan was a collaborative art event sought to increase awareness of environmental issues. Using the bakawan or the mangrove tree as a central metaphor, this festival highlighted the importance of symbiotic relationships to the preservation life. Various artworks and performances emphasized the power of interconnectivity, inspired by the capacity of mangrove networks to nurture marine life and protect inland areas from storm surges.
The festival coincided with the 2015 celebration of the National Arts Month. Project Bakawan engaged artists and the academic community to formulate an acute analysis of our environmental situation and come up with creative responses to the ecological crises.
The University of the Philippines-Diliman was specifically chosen as the festival venue, in recognition of the university’s role in building communities and breeding future leaders of the country. At the heart of the project was the Vargas Museum, which hosted most of the art events including performances, film showing and exhibitions.
The theme Paghilom (healing/ renewal) alludes to art and art production as a shamanistic act of healing the earth, healing oneself, and returning to wholeness.
This three day art camp and festival featured a series of performances, art exhibits and educational activities designed to raise awareness on the potential of art as an instrument for community-building and social transformation.
The Union Theological Seminary in Dasmariñas, Cavite served as the venue partner for the Paghilom Arts Camp and Festival 2017.
Artletics Inc, in partnership with the Sagurong Artist Society and the Kintab Arts group, launched Pagkarahay Arts Camp and Festival on Feb. 24-25, 2018 at the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture(CBSUA) in Pili, Camarines Sur. The festival is a continuation of Paghilom. It featured art talks and workshops, installation art, performances and public murals. More than 800 Bicolanos participated in the 2-day festival.
The Pagkarahay Art Camp and Festival is a continuation of the Paghilom Arts Camp and Festival that was held in Cavite last February 2017. These projects aim to celebrate art and the creative process as forms of healing and transformation that restores wholeness in society. Pagkarahay is a Bicolano term, that refers to the “state of wellness” or “recovery”. Organizers of the Pagkarahay Art Camp and Festival envisioned the event as an invitation for local artists to go back to their roots and view their past in connection with the present and the future. Like Paghilom, it wants to bring artists together to highlight the role of arts and culture in community and nation-building, and to enjoin the public to actively participate in a necessary conversation about local culture, identity, and development.
This project was made possible with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, the Municipal Government of Pili, Camarines Sur, Pili Office of Tourism and the Department of Agriculture Camarines Sur, and the generous contributions of Sarong Banggi Organisation International Inc, Art Cube, Art Verité, Dr. Alex Tan, Atty. Butch Perez and Ms. Fe Ong-Tengco.