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HIGA’D, in the garden, by the river

By RJS and Bryan Edulzura

Ana Marie’s Iris and Lotus

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.

Bird’s eye view of the Llorente’s garden.

Paintings, sculptures, installations and stone arrangement will be viewed by the following participating artists: Jonathan Honculada, painter and landscape artist; Bobby Cielo, theater artist and creative consultant; Ana Marie Llorente Satta, an Italy-based Butuanon painter; Ernesto Benolirao, scuptor, and Eva Honculada, a suiseki (stone arrangement) artist/landscaper.

In music, Titing Trinquite’s SINAG, a neo-ethnic band will perform, and Agusan National High School Special Program of the Arts(for Dance) under Lorejane Enriquez-Zamora will present its select repertoire.

A special guest artist to be featured is Claudio Pompili, an Australian-based Italian classical music composer and engineer. His music will be heard throughout the festival.

Artwork of Jonathan Honculada

On May 3, at 3 p.m., Yoga, Body Wind Exploration and meditation session will be conducted.

Interested participants are advised to bring yoga mats.

On May 6, the last day of the festival, at 3 0’clock pm, a poetry-reading and interaction will be held. All events are open to the public.

The festival is organized by Anita Consing-Llorente Art Center, Butuan Poetry Society in association with Butuan City Tourism Office and Bai Magazine and as media partner. Vangie Pena-Domenisi is the event organizer.

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