Butuan’s ace theater artist comes home

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing Richard Dian Vilar is a director, playwright, actor, choreographer, set and costume designer, creative lecturer/storyteller, even a museum curator. He is acknowledged not only in Mindanao but internationally. Vilar is currently home (in Butuan) to mount an original Butuan-inspired dance-musical, “Soog Butuan” to be shown August 2 at the FSUU gym. Though based in Davao City, Vilar is a proud Butuanon Manobo who grew up in the city, studied in Butuan Centr...

Anoy Catague: Butuan’s ‘national artist’

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing The paintings are Anoy Catague’s s current works featured in “Merging currents," a group exhibition of select Davao artists. I know I would be biased. But I should be. After all, Anoy Catague and I have been together through thick and thin. As he started to be recognize as a painter, I was behind him, believing in his potential (and he likewise was behind me). We were buddies and colleagues supporting each other. Well, we joked, we probably had no cho...

The Spectacle of Our Heritage

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing No doubt about it, this year's Balangay Festival float parade is the finest. Having seen previous Balangay parades before, last Friday's marked a big improvement in terms of aesthetics. A reflection, I believe, showing a definite maturity of understanding and belief of the ancient boat as a true symbol of what it stands for. Since the beginning when it was adapted as the symbolic icon of Butuan, I noticed a sense of confusion and uncertainty, both fro...

Mutya Hong Butuan Talents Night: Endless dancing but where are the talents?

By Monette C. Ventura I was sitting on the fourth row while waiting for the Mutya hong Butuan talents night competition. I was with family and neighbors because it was supposed to be a barangay affair. All the candidates came and represented their respective villages-the barangays-all over the city. Everyone, I suppose, came to cheer their candidates, but to us, small group of neighbors and relatives, our candidate was the prettiest and the most talented! As always, speeches f...

Grace Nono on my mind

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing If you ask me, my favorite Pinoy female singer of all time is Grace Nono, who in case you don't know is a native of Agusan del Sur. I am sure you hardly know her because she is not on pop radio and TV, but who cares, she's a sensible singer and musician original and visionary, very much unlike many others who are copycats of so-called Hollywood divas. So, when she was featured recently in the lifestyle section of a national daily last month, I was proudl...

‘Siargao’ movie to begin filming this May

By Ben Serrano The filming of the movie titled “Siargao” which will be shot entirely on Siargao Island, the surfing and game fishing capital of the country will start this May. Award winning film maker Paul Soriano, in an exclusive interview, said his movie “Siargao “ which will star Jericho Rosales and actress Anne Curtis with other popular teen idols will be submitted as official entry for the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival. Entire cast have to stay in Siargao for entire durat...

HIGA’D, in the garden, by the river

By RJS and Bryan Edulzura Higa’d, in Butuanon means “by the river” and in this case, an art festival in a garden. Butuanons for the first time will experience in the long years an "explosion" of the arts, from visual, music, dance and poetry and even Oriental fitness practice. The festival, as announced previously opens April 30, at 3 0'clock in the afternoon at Anita Consing-Llorente Art Center in F. Durano and Noli Me Tangere Streets. It will close on May 6. Paintings, s...

Poetry Society cooking an art festival

  By RJS and Bryan Edulzura Since the Poetry Society of Butuan is composed of professionals with various interests in the arts, it's inevitable it comes up with an art exhibition from active artist-members. Though an informal hobbyist group organized five years ago, they meet every second saturday of the month, mostly outdoors. "We started in a farm, under the Rambutan trees, up a hill," says Vangie Pena-Dominise, the festival coordinator and one of the pioneers who is a ...

A Restaurant for Health-conscious Crowd

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing "Let food be your medicine" goes the ancient Oriental healing wisdom and practiced today by a growing lifestyle change community of Butuan. "By lifestyle change we begin with food we eat, an honest to goodness body and mind stretch, peace and meditation sessions," says Atty. Gluce Jayma, a Butuanon Oriental wellness advocate who, along with others, runs Ashram Spiritual Institute in Davao city. In Butuan, Ezeil Cervantes, known to friends as cancer warri...

Bada Torralba navigates from subdued to vibrant colors

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing Butuan's homegrown lady painter and art visionary finds herself evolving in terms of color,subject and perspective and gamely embracing it. Her friends,followers and regular patrons affirmed it and are equally excited to own a piece or two."They teased me I've become lighter to be with now. Maybe a reflection of some inner transformation?" She asked, though more to herself. So yes, out with heavy and gloomy stuff and in with warm and vigorous strokes. Th...


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