Last October 24-27, Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) partnered with our organization, Bisdak Pride Inc. (BPI), a human rights group for persons with different sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and trained almost twenty advocates for gender equality, especially those affected and survived super-typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) for a Theater Forum in Bantayan Nature and Eco Resort, municipality of Bantayan, Cebu.
As the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of thePhilippines, TP maintains its highest standards in artistic discipline, technical skill and professional conduct. They focus not only in honing skills for onstage performance, but also in developing an active audience through use and nurture of the native language as its primary medium for its productions and by bringing performances to various parts of the country in partnership with several institutions such as World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
TP has been involved with various United Nations agencies, notably WHO and UNICEF for various developmental undertakings. They are once again partnering with UNICEF with its Theaterfor Development in a Post Haiyan Context. For this project, we are glad that TP is collaborating with us to mount and perform a 30 minute play (with theme of DisasterRisk Reduction, Child Protection and Adolescent Health & Sex) using Theater Forum, an interactive theatre form, in several affected communities throughout theVisayas region.
As a human rights organization, whose membership includes a significant portion of marginalized young adolescents affected by Haiyan, we are confident that we can contribute, in whatever way for the realization of this project since the issues are directly in-line with our commitment and advocacy. And even before typhoon Yolanda altered the northern Cebu towns, our organization already conducted developmental activities for the betterment of local communities.