Tanghal Theater Festival 2013 will be held at the Bicol region, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro and the National Capital Region (NCR) in February 2013. The festival will feature different regional theater groups as it emerged to be active in the past years.
The seventh installment of Tanghal will feature the rich legacy of Philippine theatre and will focus on major drama forms and groups that can be considered as major icons in the field of theatre in the country.
These icons will be selected on the basis of their regional uniqueness, inventiveness, impact, and continuing influence through centuries of theatrical deveopment in the Philippines. These icons include indigenous theater rituals, sarsuela, comedya, moro-moro, linambay, religious dramas, PETA, Tanghalang Pilipino, Tanghalang Mulat, among others. Also, National Artists for theatre will be part of the icons such as Daisy Avellana, Rolando Tinio, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero, Severino Montano, Honorata “Atang” dela Rama, Lamberto V. Avellana and Salvador Bernal.
Aside from featuring the icons and performances, there will be seminars, workshops, talks and exhibits. Another festival and conference about Asian community theater and the creative industries will be part of Tanghal 2013 to enhance the Asian heritage in the art of the drama.
The Tanghal theater festival is an annual celebration of Philippine theatre held every February as part of the NAM along with other activities of NCCA’S Subcommission on Arts.
The NAM was initiated in 1991 when Presidential Proclamation 683 was signed declaring February as National Arts Month. The NCCA, the country’s prime agency for the arts and culture, has been spearheading the celebration, initially with activities centering around the NCR until they spread out to the regions. Currently, activities of the NCCA during NAM are held in different parts of the Philippines.
The different NAM activities of the NCCA were consolidated and given a certain format in 2007, coming up with the PAF. Now, the PAF is mainly comprised of the flagship projects of the seven committees of the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts--architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater and the visual arts.