The Maningning Miclat Art Foundation Inc. (MMAFI) announces the livestreaming of “Ginugunita Kita,” a performance art faturing Maningning Miclat’s poems set to music by composer Jesse Lucas. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Foundation will also launch the Maningning stationery line starting with a boxed set of 12 greeting cards and 2023 desk calendar featuring 12 of the artist’s paintings (available for sale starting Sept. 29 via Lazada).
Miclat, author, trilingual poet, prize-winning artist, translator and art teacher died Sept. 29, 2000 at the age of 28. MMAFI was founded on April 15, 2001.
“Ginugunita Kita,” which was performed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in 2015, started streaming on Sept. 3 via the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation YouTube channel.
It features 11 of the poems by Maningning published in her trilingual book of poetry, “Voice from the Underworld” (Anvil Publishing, 2000). The book was a National Book Award finalist for poetry in 2001.“Ginugunita Kita,” says the show’s director Roeder Camañag, “is all about poetry and the creation of emotive response. From the poetry of the life of a poet to the poetry of interpreting the poems of someone you love and the poetry of putting the right music to amplify the auditory experience of powerful images embedded in a poem.”
“Ginugunita Kita” had its gala world premiere at the Aldaba Hall, University Theater, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City in May 2015. It garnered the 2015 Aliw Award for Best Performance in a New Concept Production for Banaue Miclat-Janssen, while Camañag was nominated Best Director. MMAFI also announces the holding of the 2023 Maningning Miclat Poetry Competition which will accept entries on April 15, 2023 with the theme “Pagtatagumpay sa Pandemya”/”Triumph Over the Pandemic.”