February is National Arts Month in the Philippines. Various arts and cultural activities are staged in different cultural institutions and key locations all over the archipelago. We will provide more information about the activities once available. 

As an arts hub and a cultural center, UP Diliman (UPD) stages different artistic and cultural activities such as theatre productions, dance performances, puppet performances, installations and exhibits to name a few as it participates in the celebration of the arts month every February. As an academic institution, UPD also convenes colloquiums, symposiums or conferences. As stated earlier, the 2018 UP Diliman Month is Kat(h)awan or the celebration of the body as a discourse, a text and a performance.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) celebrates the arts month through the Pasinaya. Program for the 2018 Arts Month will soon be available through the center’s website. 

Social Activities

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. Based on Eimear Mcbride’s haunting novel and Annie Ryan’s monodrama stage adaptation, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing tells, in fragmented, poetic, and partly ambiguous language, the tragic life of a Girl, who has been repeatedly abused by his uncle, loses her beloved brother, grapples with the wicked religiosity of her mother, and increasingly finds herself in that corner of her life where no option is left. Directed by José Estrella and adapted for the stage by Rody Vera, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is a harrowing piece that lays bare in no delicate terms and the appalling iniquity of sex and power.

Price: Free (for Presenting delegates only); 10.00 Euros (for non-Presenting Delegates)
Duration: 3 hours (including cocktail after the performance)
Date: 21 February
Meeting Time: 6:30 PM
Meeting Place: Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater Lobby

UP Diliman Tour. Every year, thousands of people from across the nation and the around the world visit the 493 hectares of the UP Diliman campus. The Diliman campus prides several sites of interest and other cultural sites such as museums and performance spaces.

Price: Free (Pre-registration required)
Number of Participants: 20 participants per scheduled tour (minimum of 10 participants)
Duration: 3 hours
Date: 20 and 24 February
Meeting Time: 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM (20 February); 3:30 PM (24 February)
Meeting Place: Villamor Hall (University Theater) Canopy

Corregidor Island Tour. Officially called Fort Mills during the American era but was also commonly referred to as “The Rock” for its terrain and fortifications, Corregidor Island is strategically located at the mouth of Manila Bay. It is the biggest of the heavily fortified islands that make up the harbor defenses of the capital. The island played a pivotal role during the Pacific War.

Proposed Price: 65.00 Euros
Number of Participants: 20 participants only
Inclusion: Transportation from UP Diliman to Manila Bay and back to UP Diliman after the tour, round trip ferry ticket from Manila Bay to Corrigedor Island and back to Manila Bay after the tour, buffet lunch, historical tram tour and tour guide
Duration: 9 hours
Date: 24 February (Saturday)
Time of Departure from UP Diliman: 5:00 AM
Meeting Point: Quezon Hall (Administrative Building)

Old Manila Tour. A visit to the Intramuros or the Walled City of Old Manila, Fort Santiago, the San Agustin Church, one of the four baroque churches in the Philippines listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, Casa Manila and the Cultural Center Complex.

Proposed Price: 50.00 Euros
Number of Participants: 40 participants only (Minimum of 20)
Inclusion: Bus to and from UP Diliman and Old Manila, buffet lunch at Barbara’s Restaurant, entrance fees to Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Cultural Center of the Philippines, other sites and tour guide.
Duration: 8 hours
Date: 24 February (Saturday)
Time of Departure from UP Diliman: 8:00 AM
Meeting Point: Quezon Hall (Administrative Building)

Please visit this page regularly for tour updates.

Photo credit
Corregidor: https://michaelyapphotography.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/corregidor-island/
Old Manila: https://www.tripsavvy.com/walking-tour-of-intramuros-1629751