BUCAL brings ‘Duyan' to national stage

Monday March 11,2019

In line with its mission to be a catalyst for positive change, Bicol University College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL) brought to national stage its advocacy play that tackles environmental and socio-political issues in a series of stage performances held in Metro Manila.

 “Duyan” is a 45-minute play that brings to the fore the impact of environmental degradation and drug abuse on today’s youth. Top-billed by the first year BA Performing Arts students (BPEA), the play is a product of the Mobile Theatre advocacy project of BUCAL, funded by the Office of Senator Loren Legarda through the initiatives of the former Director of the then Institute of Communication Cultural Studies (ICCS), Dr. Ramona Inez Bustamante Raneses,

Following the success of its local staging in September 2018 at the BUCAL Amphitheatre, which was attended by various schools and universities in Albay, the College brought “Duyan” to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) last December 19, 2018 with a re-staging last this year, on February 2 in time for the Pasinaya CCP Open House Festival.

It was also staged at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Bulwagang Leandro Locsin last December 20, 2018 with a rerun on February 4 as part of the celebration of the National Arts Month.

On February 4, “Duyan” earned praises after its staging at the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Office and The Office of Vice President of the Philippines respectively.

PEZA Director General Charito Plaza, who is also a BU alumnus, hailed the “beautiful performance” of the students for its power to deliver a “very beautiful message which will remind every Filipino to take care of the environment and the country because this is the only home for the Filipinos.”

Vice President Leny Robredo also commended the College for the “insightful play,” even acknowledging that the university has always been an active partner in her advocacies.

In her speech during the National Arts Month opening ceremony, Ra?eses emphasized the power of cultural theatre presentations to push for worthwhile advocacies and encourage awareness on critical issues that confront contemporary society.

Dr. Leticia M. Lopez, BUCAL Dean, also echoed this statement, saying that through a theatre-based approach, BUCAL aims to use its creative capacities to mobilize people to take a stand on environmental and socio-political issues that continue to plague the country.

‘Duyan’ is set to inspire more audiences as it begins its second leg of its nationwide tour in the coming months. (Gladys G. Serafica, BUCAL)

During the performance of the play at the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines

photo credit: from the FB page BU Performing Arts Group, During the presentation of the play "Duyan"

photo credit: from the FB page of the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines, Photo taken after the performance of the play "Duyan."