Philippines wins Children's Choice award in Prague Quadrennial 2011

News from the Philippine delegation to Prague Quadrennial 2011

Philippine delegation with its Children's Choice award
at Prague Quadrennial 2011 in front of the Philippine pavilion
As relayed by Rolando De Leon:

Philippines was adjudged a Children's Choice awardee at Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space and Design 2011.  Other Children's Choice awardees include Turkey and the Czech Republic.

Philippine national curator for PQ11 Rolando de Leon accepted the Rainbow Cormorant award hand-crafted by Czech schoolchildren who had been visiting the exhibition on field trips and casting their votes for their favorite pavilion.  Over 65 national pavilions and 76 student booths took part in this year's event, considered as the Olympics of Theater Design.

Student booth
Students, teachers, and family groups who visited both the Philippine national pavilion and the student booth put together by De La Salle University's Harlequin Theater Guild were unified in praising the quaint craftsmanship of De Leon's bamboo house, which highlighted costumes, photographs, and the retrospective publication on maquettes of various local productions and street fiestas, Angono's Higantes, Abel Iloko fabric,  and Darangen dolls from Mindanao.

Philippine student delegation to Prague Quadrennial 2011
The DLSU-HTG student booth was anchored on the mystical balete tree, around which the students and foreign guests wore costumes of elemental spirits from the Dinagyang, Ibon-Ebon, Calacatchara, Sosogon, and Uswag Surallah Lembuhong Festivals.

Photos from various nature festivals were also on display, as well as images from various student productions mounted by HTG, foremost of which was "Rizal My President" -- a hit among Czech people who hold the Philippine National Hero in high esteem.

Visitors to the Philippine pavilions were awed by the vibrant colors and textures used by the curatorial team, in stark contrast to the muted, techno-laden installations of the other countries.

The PQ Children's program was initiated this year to expand audiences and encourage more young people to view theatrical architecture as everyday phenomena for which artistic merit can easily be enhanced for staging purposes.

They made it happen
The Philippine delegation was generously supported by Air 21, ITI Earthsavers-UNESCO Dream Center Philiipines, International Container Terminal Services Inc, the European Desk of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Commission on Culture and Arts, Office of Senator Edgardo Angara, the Philippine Embassy in Prague, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Manila.

Sharing and teaching
A national tour of the components of the Philippine participation in the Prague Quadrennial will follow in July and August under the auspices of De La Salle University in cooperation with the SM SuperMalls and 90.7 Love Radio Davao. For details of the national tour, contact

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1 comment :

Will said...

I am from HTG and I am very happy that they have made it this far. I've witnessed how the representatives have to go through the eye of the needle in order to make it to Prague. Congrats to our country!