Storytelling session with Lola Basyang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO from Peta
Free story-telling sessions, stage plays, arts workshop, music at the park
INQUIRER.net / 04:35 AM November 23, 2016
Take a day off and make it a truly positive bonding experience with your kids!
On November 29, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) and Save the Children will turn Rizal Park into a creative playground for parents, teachers and guardians to enjoy happy moments with children.
Entitled #WeChoosePositive, this family festival will include a colorful array of activities, including a parade, workshops taught by Peta Artist-Teachers and storytelling sessions featuring Lola Basyang and Batang Lampara winners.
Catch or join the parade from Museo Pambata to Rizal Park with ‘Higantes’, lion dancers and marching band.
For parents and teachers who haven’t had time to visit the Museo Pambata, now is the time to see this museum for children before joining the parade to Luneta.
All these wonderful activities begin at 2pm.
Do not be mere spectators as your children explore their artistic skills. Be with them. Join the puppetry and visual arts workshop. Make this an opportunity to discover more about how your children think and to listen to what they could not say in words but could probably say through drawings or puppets.
Or participate in the music and rhythm workshop and make them ‘feel the love’ as you sing and clap your hands together to your own beats. If your children have always wanted to take a Peta workshop, this will be like a sampler for them as Peta Artist-Teachers will facilitate.
Play with mimes. Color art sheets. Fold papers and turn them into animated objects through the Japanese art of origami.
Listen to music with upcoming OPM and PhilPOP artists or listen to Lola Basyang and other children tell stories.
Sit back and relax to watch children films and videos from different parts of the globe.
Have a picnic at the park.
The choices are endless so you will always have something to do and enjoy.
At 5pm, two short plays that drive the truth on the effects of corporal punishment will be staged at the Luneta Open Air Auditorium. “Adobo Monologue” is a one-act play that follows a boy passionately cooking the Filipino favorite adobo and slowly reveals how his late father would often beat them up as children. Written by Jason Barcial and directed by Dudz Terraña, the monologue is bound to make you laugh and leave a pang in your heart at the same time.
One of the most lauded plays in this year’s Virgin Lab Fest was Dominique Beatrice La Victoria’s “Ang Bata Sa Drum,” also under the direction of Dudz Terraña. It will also be staged at the Open Air Auditorium.
Set in a home in Northern Mindanao, the play follows an after-school conversation between two siblings, one of which is literally placed inside a drum as punishment. If you weren’t able to see the play during its run, this is your chance to see it for free.
Musician Noel Cabangon will also share the stage with his son, Gab Cabangon, and his band, Kaleidoscope Eyes. This will all be punctuated with a grand fireworks display. The day will end with the commitment for the more positive parenting choice of childhood without violence and a spectacular display of colors in the sky.
Admission is free for all activities. Visual arts and music workshops have limited slots. Register in advance by calling Riz Ponti at 0915-67876053 or visit the Duyan or Peta Theater Center pages on Facebook and sending a message with your name, contact information, your workshop of choice and the age of your kids.
This event is also made possible with the support of PhilPOP Foundation and OPM. TVJ
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