The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors, under founder/conductor Ed L. Manguiat, comes to Dumaguete City for a series of concerts at the Luce Auditorium titled Lakbay-Musika on JUNE 16 and 17! This is part of the group’s 37th anniversary concert tour.For inquiries and ticket reservations, you may call the Silliman University Culture and Arts Council office at (035) 422-4365 or 09173235953.


Welcome to the 55th Cultural Season of Silliman University and Dumaguete City!

The Culture and Arts Council begins another chapter in its storied history by showcasing the best in music, theatre, dance, film, the visual arts, literature, and many others for the new school year, going on with its mandate to shape culture and the arts not just for the Silliman University community but also Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental.

There have been many turning points in the more than fifty-year history of the Culture and Arts Council in Silliman University: the group’s founding as the Cultural Affairs Committee in 1962 by a ragtag bunch of culture lovers led by the buxom wife of an American missionary; the building of the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium in 1974, which became the primary venue for the group’s cultural shows; the institution of a cultural fee in 1989, which led to the formalization of culture as a mandatory component in every Sillimanian student’s education…

It has been a history marked by countless dynamic turns, enlivened by people of passion. Because art, first and foremost, traffics in passion – it is the currency of the business, and the CAC would not have been anything without that sense of risky resolve to bring to life artistic expression.

Something of that dynamic turn came quietly in 2006, in the waning days of summer before the official start of the school year in Silliman University. Dr. Ben S. Malayang III has just been newly-installed as the eleventh President, and much of the campus was in ferment – there were feelings that things were moving along, that much of the future for Silliman University was there for the shaping.

In May of that year, Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez became the Chair of the CAC, a position she once held in 1989-2001, and she quickly assembled a membership to the committee that seemed to defy, or at least ‘redefine,’ the mechanisms with which things were usually done in the business of culture in the university.

The CAC had traditionally been a small group of like-minded people with membership culled from the various colleges and departments in campus, complete with token representations from the community, the alumni, and the student body. And traditionally, its chairperson was the present Director of what was then the School of Music and Fine Arts, which would soon become the College of Performing Arts in 2001, and later the College of Performing and Visual Arts in 2006.

But the CAC that began to work in 2006 was a group that had ballooned to accommodate many fresh faces, culled not just from the university’s rank and file, but also from the larger Dumaguete community – and along with that came an injection of fresh ideas, many of which proved revolutionary: a more compact marketing effort, a balance in cultural programming, and a reach towards the institutionalization of a calendar marking off distinct cultural seasons, each one fully-formed before the start of any school year. It was, in other words, the CAC growing into sophistication, and in the years since then, its efforts would accumulate to elevate the group and Silliman University to a higher national profile, which would eventually lead to Dumaguete becoming a main cultural hub in the country, a mandatory stop for many of the Philippines’ top cultural performers and groups. Dumaguete, of course, had always been like that – but after 2006, it became even more so.

By 2007, upon the urging of President Malayang, the CAC also began to lay the groundwork for a system of cultural work – clarifying functions, setting parameters, and defining goals – in line with the mission and the vision of Silliman University, and guided by the university’s new thrusts centering around Faith, Instruction, Research, and Extension – or FIRE. The ultimate goal was to efficiently and effectively spread culture, not only to the constituents of Silliman University, but to the whole region as well, and with Faith in mind, the CAC tasked itself to pursue this goal by strengthening its foundation, by ‘building bridges,’ and by ‘expanding territory.’ It was outreach with a cultural blend, Silliman-style.

In 2016, to recognize the important cultural work of the CAC and its impact on the community, it underwent a name-change, graduating from a Cultural Affairs Committee to a Culture and Arts Council, under the guidance of Diomar C. Abrio as Chair.

The CAC’s experimentations with packaging culture have always been an exercise of gleeful risk-taking. It has proved one thing: Dumaguete can carry culture like the best of them. It has earned its reputation as being arguably the only group moving for the furtherance of art and culture on this side of Negros Island.

Welcome to a further celebration of culture.

All tickets and season passes for main events at the Luce Auditorium shows are available for sale at the CAC office at the College of Performing and Visual Arts Building. For ticket reservations and other inquiries, call (035) 422-4365 or 09173235953.


Since Silliman University’s founding in 1901, a very important part of campus life has been its cultural fare. Every week, there is always a concert, a literary workshop or poetry reading, a play, a dance, an exhibit, a film showing, or some other cultural activity taking place in a number of exhibition halls and performance spaces, such as the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium and Gallery, the Woodward Little Theater, the Guy Hall Music Sala, the Silliman Hall Gallery, the Amphitheater, the Main Library, the Gymnasium, the Audio-Visual Theater, the End House Gallery, the Silliman Church Catacombs, and others. Before the Luce Auditorium’s completion in 1975, Shakespearean plays were regularly presented in the Amphitheater, and prestigious performing companies such as Le Grand Ballet Classique de France and such musical luminaries as pianist Susan Starr have performed in the Gymnasium.

In 1962, the Cultural Affairs Committee [CAC] was formed under the able chairmanship of Prof. Miriam G. Palmore, who was the former director of the School of Music and Fine Arts (now the College of Performing Arts). Among the famous artists and performers in those early years of the Luce Auditorium included the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance Company, Taipei Children’s Choir, French concert pianist Nicole Delannoy, German violinist Denes Zsigmondy, American soprano Julia Finch, Swiss pianist Nicole Wickihalder, Filipina pianist Cecile Licad, American violinist Stanley Plummer, and popular local singers such as Pilita Corrales who was then a singing superstar in Australia. Silliman’s own artists and performers also dominated the cultural landscape, including the Men’s Glee Club under the baton of maestro Albert Faurot, the Silliman Young Singers and the Luce Choral Society under Mrs. Isabel Dimaya Vista, the Silliman Dance Troupe (now the Kahayag Dance Troupe) under Mrs. Lucy Jumawan, the Aldecoa Family Ensemble, and the Portal Players under Mr. Amiel Y. Leonardia.

The CAC, under the leadership of chairpersons including Mrs. Isabel Vista, Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez, Dr. Laurie Raymundo, Ms. Eva Rose Repollo, Prof. Joseph B. Basa, and Prof. Diomar Abrio has continued its mission to bring to Silliman University and the Dumaguete community various cultural representations aimed at exposing them, especially students, to all the arts – with a subsidized fare, perhaps the most generous of its kind in the country, allowing students and the Dumaguete community to see cultural presentations by such national companies as Ballet Philippines, Philippine Educational Theater Association, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Manila, Dulaang U.P., the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Repertory Philippines, Tanghalang Pilipino, the Bayanihan National Dance Company, the Ramon Obusan National Dance Company, the New Voice Company, and others.

Part of the functions of the Cultural Affairs Committee is also to help promote Philippine culture by especially promoting Filipino artists, and to screen or audition University performing groups who wish to perform outside and inside of the University.

The CAC was renamed the Culture and Arts Council in 2016.

REGULAR SHOWS

June 2017

THE U.P. SINGING AMBASSADORS IN LAKBAY-MUSIKA

With Edgardo Lumbera Maguiat, founder/conductor

The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) is one of the Philippines’ foremost choral groups. In its 37 years of existence, UPSA has consistently brought honor and prestige to the country, having won several grand prizes and various awards in competitions all over the world. Its triumph in the Guido d’Arezzo”= Polyphonic Competition in 2001 in Arezzo, Italy, qualified UPSA to compete in the 14th European Grand Prix (EGP) for Choral Singing in 2002, the most coveted choral prize in the world. This makes the choir one of the only four Filipino choirs (with the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Ateneo Glee Club, and UST Singers) to attain eligibility to contend in the world’s most coveted choral prize. UPSA Conductor Ed Manguiat founded the group in 1980 as a freshman dormitory choir at the State University. He has studied under world-renowned choral musicians and trained under respected names in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting in the Philippines. He has also won various international conductor’s awards in choral competitions. The UPSA was elevated to the Hall of Fame at the 25th the 2012 ALIW Awards in the Philippines for winning its 3rd Best Choral Group (2011, 2010, and 2002) given by the Aliw Awards Foundation, the pioneer in giving tributes for excellence and achievements in the live entertainment industry. Also, UPSA was the official entry of the Philippines to the 2005 UNESCO International Music Prize in Paris. It was named the Best University Choir in 2012 and 2004 at the “Who’s Who in the Philippines” 19th and 27th Consumers’ Choice Awards, respectively.

SHOW INFORMATION:

16 JUNE 2017
Friday at 8:00 PM Gala
For season pass holders

17 JUNE 2017
Saturday at 3:00 PM Matinee
and 8:00 PM Gala

Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium
Silliman University, Dumaguete City

Tickets available at P200, P300, and P500. All tickets and season passes for main events at the Luce Auditorium shows are available for sale at the CAC office at the College of Performing and Visual Arts Building. For ticket reservations and other inquiries, call (035) 422-4365 or 09173235953.

July 2017

TAIWAN BAMBOO ORCHESTRA IN THE SOUND OF BAMBOO

The Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra (TBO) was founded in 2011 by music teachers and music major students in Taiwan. The group is strongly supported by the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, National I-Lan University (Taiwan) by providing the group with the bamboo instrument developed by Dr. WU Shih-Yin. TBO is the first registered orchestra using bamboo music instruments in Taiwan. The group was organized to continuously develop as well as popularize the bamboo music in Taiwan and in other parts of the globe. The group gives much efforts in crafting bamboo instrument capable of producing sounds similar to Chinese or western music. The group is also aimed to establish network with enthusiasts, institutions and organizations with deep appreciation on bamboo music. Aside from sharing excellent bamboo music, TBO through their numerous concerts also aimed to increase the visibility of bamboo music in Taiwan. Since its founding in 2011, TBO had more than 30 performances. In 2011 and 2012, TBO was invited to participate in the Tamparuli Bamboo Music Festival in Sabah, Malaysia. TBO was the official representative of Taiwan in Tunog-tugan: First International Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival held in Dipolog City, Philippines in February 2013.

SHOW INFORMATION:

28 JULY 2017
Friday at 8:00 PM Gala
For season pass holders

29 JULY 2017
Saturday at 10AM Special Show
Saturday at 3:00 PM Matinee

Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium
Silliman University, Dumaguete City

Tickets available at P200, P300, and P500. All tickets and season passes for main events at the Luce Auditorium shows are available for sale at the CAC office at the College of Performing and Visual Arts Building. For ticket reservations and other inquiries, call (035) 422-4365 or 09173235953.

August 2017

THE FAIRY DOLL

A Ballet for children with music by Josef Bayer; featuring special guest dancers Timothy Paul Cabrera, Janine Mytel Arisola and Cyril Aran Glory Fallar (formerly of Ballet Philippines).

SHOW INFORMATION:

21 AUGUST 2017
Monday at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium
Silliman University, Dumaguete City

Tickets available at P200, P300, and P500 for gala and P200 and P300 for matinee. All tickets and season passes for main events at the Luce Auditorium shows are available for sale at the CAC office at the College of Performing and Visual Arts Building. For ticket reservations and other inquiries, call (035) 422-4365 or 09173235953.

SILLIMAN PERFORMS PRESENTS BROADWAY, OUR WAY

An evening of scenes, songs, and dances from popular and Tony award-winning Broadway musicals from the 1950s to the present. With direction and choreography by Miguel Braganza. Silliman Performs is an annual cultural extravaganza featuring artists and cultural groups from Silliman University, usually held during the Founders Day celebrations.

SHOW INFORMATION:

24 AUGUST 2017
Thursday at 8:00 PM Gala

25 AUGUST 2017
Friday 8:00 PM Gala
For season pass holders

26 AUGUST 2017
Saturday at 8:00 PM Gala

Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium
Silliman University, Dumaguete City

Tickets available at P200, P300, and P500. All tickets and season passes for main events at the Luce Auditorium shows are available for sale at the CAC office at the College of Performing and Visual Arts Building. For ticket reservations and other inquiries, call (035) 422-4365 or 09173235953.


September 2017

ABS-CBN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT

With Maestro Gerard Salonga, conductor

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is a joint venture of ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings. The orchestra is composed of 40 musicians under the baton of Music Director Gerard Salonga and the guidance of Executive Director Mickey Munoz. The orchestra was created for the sole purpose of connecting and reinstating symphonic music into the lives of the Filipino people and its younger generation. The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, through its live performances, aims to retain this part of our culture that has always been appreciated since time immemorial. The orchestra wishes this culture to thrive for future generations and dreams of inspiring the youth to continue this endeavor. The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra regularly reaches out to the general public through its Educational Outreach programs, with ach program designed to cater certain age groups who are and will be interested in symphonic music or knowing more about the orchestra as a musical ensemble.

SHOW INFORMATION:

28 SEPTEMBER 2017
Monday at 8:00 PM Gala
For season pass holders

29 SEPTEMBER 2017
Tuesday at 8:00 PM Gala

Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium
Silliman University, Dumaguete City

Tickets available at P200, P300, and P500. All tickets and season passes for main events at the Luce Auditorium shows are available for sale at the CAC office at the College of Performing and Visual Arts Building. For ticket reservations and other inquiries, call (035) 422-4365 or 09173235953.

EXHIBITS

Details to follow.


ALBERT FAUROT LECTURE SERIES

Details to follow.


EDDIE ROMERO FILM SERIES

Details to follow.


WORKSHOPS AND EXTENSION PROGRAM

15-16 June 2017
A Choral Clinic with Maestro Ed Manguiat and UPSA

28-29 July 2017
Bamboo Instrument Workshop I & II with the Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra

14-15 September 2017
Band Instruments Workshop with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra 

Date to be arranged
Songwriting Workshop with Jem Robert Talaroc

Functions of the Culture and Arts Council


In line with the mission and the vision of Silliman University, the Culture and Arts Council designs and follows an annual cultural program guided by Faith, Instruction, Research, and Extension (or FIRE). The cultural program’s foundation is built on the three basic thrusts of education, namely Instruction, Research, and Extension – but it is Faith which binds these thrusts together for the efficiency and success of the Council’s goals.

The ultimate goal of the CAC is to efficiently and effectively spread culture, not only to the constituents of Silliman University, but to the whole region as well. With Faith in mind, the Committee will pursue this goal by strengthening its foundation, building bridges, and expanding territory.

The Council has the following general functions:

  1. To be in charge of bringing to Silliman University and the Dumaguete community various cultural representations aimed at exposing them, especially students, to all the arts.
  2. To help promote Philippine culture by especially promoting Filipino artists.
  3. To screen and/or audition university performing groups who wish to perform outside of the university and make proper recommendations to the University President.
  4. To screen and schedule all cultural presentations at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium, Silliman Gymnasium, Woodward Little Theatre, Silliman Assembly Hall, Amphitheatre, or elsewhere on campus. All student activities should be cleared with the Student Personnel Office.
  5. To promote local talent by inviting other schools and institutions in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental to perform at Silliman University.
  6. To provide a showcase for cultural research and for documented material icons and relics for public viewing.
  7. To make available funding to various arts groups of Silliman University or colleges in the university who may need support for projects, which are cultural in nature.
  8. To sponsor local, national, and international performers to schools in specific towns within the province of Negros Oriental.
  9. To continue the Fine Music Program, which is done once a week.
  10. To introduce Summer Creative Workshops, which include drama, dance, painting, drawing, creative writing, theatre acting and directing, photography, and Rondalla classes.
  11. To archive all programs, posters, CD and DVD recordings of all shows, exhibits, lectures, and fine music for documentation.
  12. To set aside a room at the Luce Auditorium or elsewhere which will house these documents and will exist as the Cultural Archive of the Culture and Arts Council.

Members of the Culture and Arts Council


The Silliman University President shall appoint the Cultural Officer of the University who will act as chairman of the Culture and Arts Council. Upon recommendation of the Cultural Officer and the endorsement of the same by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President will also appoint all the Vice-Chairs and Members of the Council not later than May previous to the school year they are to serve.

Diomar C. Abrio, University Cultural Officer and CAC Chair
Betsy Joy B. Tan, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Honorary Chair
Ian Rosales Casocot, Vice Chair for Literary Arts and Cinema
Mark Ian Caballes, Vice Chair for Music
W Don Flores, Vice Chair for Visual Arts
Sonia B. SyGaco, Vice Chair for Theater Arts
Aljana Cheene Limuaco, Vice Chair for Dance and SU Faculty Association Representative
Moses Joshua B. Atega, Vice Chair for Campus and Community Participation 

Members of the Council

Annabelle Lee Adriano, Community Extension and Marketing Representative
Rogen Ferdinand Alcantara, Church Affairs Representative
Kris Dave Austero, Theatre Arts Representative
Renelito Caballo, SBE High School Representative
Glynis Casiño, SU Staff Association Representative
Lymben Comecilia, SBE Elementary School Representative
Rodolfo Juan, Archive Representative
Allison Cruyff Ladero, SU Student Government Representative
Profetiza S. Lim, Community Extension Representative
Mathilda Limbaga-Erojo, Music/Ethnomusicology Representative
Leo Mamicpic, Community Extension and Alumni Affairs Representative
Charmaine Melaño, Information and Publication Representative
Alana Leilani C. Narciso, Literary Arts Representative
Dessa Quesada-Palm, Theatre Arts and Community Extension Representative
Marcia Salcedo, Finance Representative
Angelo Sayson, Dance Representative
Jacqueline Veloso-Antonio, City Tourism Office Representative 

Advisory Board

Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez, Chair
Glory Abueva-Tobias, Member
Jane Lupisan Belarmino, Member
Glynda T. Descuatan, Member
Isabel Dimaya-Vista, Member
Lorna P. Makil, Member
Myrna Peña-Reyes, Member

Ticketing Information


All shows at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium require tickets with properly assigned seat numbers. Theater rules require us to disallow double-seating or standing in the aisles. We recommend that all patrons arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes before show time. While latecomers can be seated (and only during suitable breaks in the program), the CAC reserves the right to resell (or give away, as the case may be) a seat if the ticket holder is more than 15 minutes late. Tickets for all shows are available at the Culture and Arts Council Office at the College of Performing and Visual Arts Building II and at the theater lobby before every show. Because ticket prices are subsidized by Silliman University, the price range for Culture and Arts Council shows are comparatively cheaper to their Manila or Cebu counterparts, usually in the following range: PhP150, PhP 200, PhP 250, PhP 300, and P500.

SEASON PASSES. Season passes are issued twice in the whole cultural season: at the start of the first semester of the current school year, and at the start of the second semester again of the current school year. There are two kinds of season passes available: (1) For Students, and (2) For General Audiences. Season passes are now available at the College of Performing and Visual Arts Office for PhP 2,000. There is a 25% discount for senior citizens and Silliman University faculty and staff.

LOST PASSES. You may still attend the performance of your choice even if you have misplaced your season ticket. We will be happy to replace it. If you do not have your pass on the showdate, just show up at the theater and we will have our ushers seat you in the theater. We will need proper identification cards, however, for these circumstances.

NOTICE FOR SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF. Silliman University students, faculty, and staff can charge their tickets to their tuition or payroll. Please ask the CAC Secretariat for more details.

FOR BULK ORDERS. Persons or institutions interested in buying tickets in bulk will be given a discount. Please ask the CAC Secretariat for more details.

GIFT CERTICATES. Culture and Arts Council gift certificates can make the perfect gifts for your friends who are into culture and the arts. Each Php 500 gift certificate is redeemable for two tickets to any show from June 2017 to March 2018. Certificates cannot be redeemed for cash and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Treat certificates as you would cash. Interested parties should call the CAC office.

For ticket reservations and other inquiries, call (035) 422-4365 or 09173232953.

About the Luce Auditorium


The Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium, the largest fully-functioning theater outside of Metro Manila, was built in 1973 and completed in 1975 at a cost of P4.4 million from funds provided mainly by the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. of New York. Counterpart funding was raised by Silliman University through its alumni, faculty, staff, student body, business community, and from friends here in the Philippines and abroad. The balance was donated by the United Presbyterian Commissions, with significant help from the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia based in New York City. The Luce Auditorium was formally inaugurated on the 6th day of October, 1974 with ceremonies dedicating the facility to the memory of Claire Isabel McGill Luce (1923-1971), wife of Henry Luce III, President of the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Silliman University’s vision for the Luce is for this world-class facility to continue serving the academic community and the country in the best possible way. In 2008, the Luce Foundation provided additional funds to refurbish the Auditorium, updating its facilities to meet the strictest standards in theater. Work on the premises was completed in July 2008. The University works to maintain and preserve the Luce Auditorium as a center for Culture and Arts in the Central Visayas region, and to continuously cultivate and promote the passion of theatre, music, dance, and other forms of art expression among the students of the university as well as the larger community.

Sponsorship and Contact Information


FOR SPONSORSHIPS: The Culture and Arts Council accepts individual and corporate sponsorships for the cultural season. For more information, please ask the CAC Secretariat for the Sponsorship Kit.

FOR INTERESTED PERFORMING GROUPS, ARTISTS, AND CULTURAL WORKERS: The Council also accepts proposals for various cultural shows, performances, exhibits, publications, and others. Ask the CAC Secretariat to obtain a copy of the Project Proposal Form.

Address: Culture and Arts Council, College of Performing and Visual Arts Building II, Silliman University, 6200 Dumaguete City, Philippines

Telephone: (035) 422-4365 or 09173232953. 

Email: cac@su.edu.ph

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