For two consecutive years, Batangas State University has been hailed as the winner of Balintataw Teatro ng Mamamayan: Community Development Contest by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region IV-A. This year’s play entitled, “Nalimot sa Alaala” was enacted by the residents of Barangay San Pedro, Batangas— one of the adopted barangays of the university.
The competition, spearheaded by DWSD IV-A, aimed to capacitate the communities in CALABARZON in communicating local development issues through drama. This year’s winning piece, on the other hand, stressed the importance of youth and elderly welfare. It also tackled the roles of the youth in elderly care thus showing the significance of bringing young people and seniors together.
BatStateU’s Dulaang Batangan, headed by Mr. Mark Emmanuel S. Magsino, trained the actors— involved mostly by children— in the community. It was directed by Ms. Roshelle Villena, Senior Member of Dulaang Bataan, with help from other community members of the barangay.
The awarding ceremony was held on June 24, 2019 at the Lecture Room, International Affairs Office, CITE Building, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City. It was attended by officials from DSWD IV-A and BatStateU, and community leaders and members of Brgy. San Pedro.
Hon. Lorenzo A. Burog, Barangay Captain of Brgy. San Pedro, expressed his gratitude to BatStateU and DSWD for helping their community address their concerns to a larger audience and for supporting them throughout the competition.
Asst. Prof. Cecil L. Dimasacat, Director for Culture and Arts, and Asst. Prof. Armando V. Mendoza, Jr., Director for Extension Services, also gave their congratulatory messages to the participants and the people behind the stage play.
Mr. Joseph Constantine J. Arceo, Information Officer of DSWD IV-A, also took the stage to share how the competition brings positive impacts to the lives of the people in different communities. He emphasized the importance of hearing one’s voice and heart in order to make a difference in the society.
The University and Brgy. San Pedro received a check worth of Php 60,000.00 from DSWD IV-A. Ms. Chezka Mae Castillo of Brgy. San Pedro was awarded “Best Actress” and took home Php 5, 000.00, also from DSWD IV-A.
A year ago, BatStateU has chosen Brgy. Talahib Pandayan among their adopted barangays to participate in the contest. Their stage play entitled, “Liwanag sa Dilim” won the hearts of the judges.