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Productions of six regional theater groups were featured today, Feb. 19, online as a highlight of the four-day 8th Kuris Theater Festival.

The festival is among the major features of the National Arts Month celebration spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Medusa by the Performance Lab and Over a Cup of Coffee by the Maskara Theater are among the productions that will be featured online as part of the 8th Kuris Theater Festival.

The six groups and their respective plays are The Performance Lab (Small Town Paradise), Kanlaon Theater Guild (Lara Kag Mga Bakwits) Kalingaw Theater Hiligaynon (Uning):

Mask Ensemble (Mama Ko Ya), Binhi Creatives (Liwayway) and USA Little Theater (Rehas Kag Pader).

Five other productions will be staged at 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Feb. 20.

Maskara Theater Ensemble (Over a Cup of Coffee), Twin Bill Theater (Dancing Lessons), Teatro Agustino / Fuel factory (Café Special 3), Iloilo Prima Galaw ( and Hubon Buglasanon (Gugma Kag Taliambong).

Giving messages in the 10 a.m. activity tomorrow are Dr. Felimon Blanco, chairman of the NCCA Committee on Dramatic Arts; Dennis Gupa, of the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society; and Thai Ho Le, president of the SEACHS.

Four more performances will be presented during the 2 to 5 p.m. closing program on Feb. 20.

These are Ermil by the Performance Lab – and in collaboration with the Women Playwrights International-Philippines, Peglau by the Pasundayag Theater Company, Medusa by the Performance Lab and WPIP, and Lavender Lacerna by Maskara Theater Ensemble.

Closing speakers are NCCA Deputy Executive Director Marichu Tellano and Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, president of the International Theater Institute-Philippine Center.

The festival opened on Feb. 17 with Dr. Anton Juan, head of the International Playwrights Forum Philippine Center, as keynote speaker.

Also giving messages were Ma. Theresa Bellaza, secretary general of Women Playwrights International-Philippines; Chris Millado, vice president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Dr. Elsie Coscolluela, Palanca Hall of Fame awardee; and Glenn Sevilla Mas, an award-winning playwright. – AVDC