At least 2,500 delegates from 112 State Universities and Colleges (SUC’s) will be taking part in the 7th Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) National Culture and the Arts Festival which will be held at Bicol University (BU), Legazpi City, Albay on November 30 to December 2, 2015.
PASUC, an association of public tertiary institutions in the Philippines which includes all state universities and colleges under the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has identified Albay province and BU to be the official host of this year’s festival. With the theme, “Transforming the Landscape of Culture and the Arts in the Public Higher Education Institutions,” the event aims to pool together delegates coming from the 17 regions in the country composed of administrators, coaches, trainers and student-participants to compete in the 24 cultural-artistic events in five major venues.
Headed by PASUC President Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, in-cooperation with PASUC Regional President Dr. Modesto Detera of Sorsogon State University, and all SUC presidents of the host region, the festival is a national scholastic competition conducted by the SUCs throughout the country to determine the champions who will represent PASUC in other intercollegiate or interscholastic socio-cultural-artistic events.
Student-participants will compete in various competitions in four general categories: Musical competition (chorale, instrument solo, vocal solo, vocal duet, and pop solo); Performing arts (radio drama, sweet and short play); Dance competition (indigenous dance, contemporary, hip-hop, and folk dance); Literary competition (story-telling, essay writing, extemporaneous speech, pagsulat ng sanaysay, dagliang talumpati at pagkukuwento); and Visual arts competition (on-the-spot painting and charcoal rendering). Special categories are Quiz Bowl and the Search for Mr. and Ms. PASUC 2015.
Dr. Baby Boy Nebres, regional and university focal person of the festival said that BU is honored to be this year’s host. He also revealed that the university has rigorously prepared for the event, determined to show the best of Region V to the rest of the 16 regions. “This is the first time for Bicol to be chosen as the host region of the PASUC festival. One of the reasons why we were chosen is because we have won Ms. PASUC for three times. Another is because of the strong support of the governor of Albay. We want to show the best of Bicol University. Who knows, we could be the next host for SCUAA 2017-2018,” he said.
The annual festival aims to provide opportunities for tertiary level students who are skilled and talented to participate in socio-cultural competitions, and to develop among them the character of excellence and appreciation of the Filipino culture, aesthetic values, knowledge, understanding and socially desirable traits. (Suzene Cajegas)