By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing
Father Saturnino Urios’ December 2 epic musical, “The Crossing” is this year’s Butuan lone most memorable theater output and could easily be proclaimed one of Mindanao’s latest landmark production.
The musical’s vibrant flow and visuals engaged the the audience particularly the young who easily related to the life and struggles of what local history claimed the ‘Apostle of Agusan.’
The musical is directed by Richard Vilar, one of Mindanao’s acclaimed director and cultural worker who is a Butuanon himself.
‘The Crossing’ is his homecoming assignment after many projects all over the island and Southeast Asia. (Earlier he did a compelling play on the indigenous people of Agusan Marsh in Agusan del Sur.)
The one hour and 30 minute musical is produced by Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) and is slated to tour ( in a year or two) in two Agusan provinces. It is definitely an original output worth following.
In cinema, the Caraga ‘Movie for Peace’ student (short) film festival closed December 1 with three winning select films picked from six finalists.
‘Iktad’ of Saint Francis Xavier College of San Francisco,Agusan del Sur ran away with best picture.
Another Saint Francis Xavier College entry, ‘Bana,’ won second best picture. ‘Tuktok,’ of Caraga State University (CSU)-Cabadbaran landed third best picture.
The student film-making competition was participated in by two state universities of the region and several colleges.
The announcement and awarding of the winning films was part of the culmination program of the Mindanao Week of Peace, Nov 26-Dec 1.
It was organized by the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC),DILG ,Coseram, NCIP, OPAPP ,PIA-Caraga and the religious.
In the pop-culture front,the concert of singing sensation Lani Misalucha with Arnel Pineda wowed and stormed Butuan audience, Dec 18.
The audience politely asked for more and Misalucha obliged.