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Ipag dance

Photo: Robert Booc

The Integrated Performing Arts Guild

The rich cultural heritage of Iliganons come from the Lumad, Hispanic-Christian and Muslim influences.

An effort to showcase Iligan's cultural traditions is manifested in the street dancing, Kasadya, highlighted by the traditional diyandi, eskrima and the street drama, the Sinulog. Check out the Fiesta page to learn more about them. Iligan's artistic circles wish that Sinulog will one day go back to its traditional form so as to keep intact the Iliganon cultural character.

Today, Iligan's artists and other cultural workers have organized and hope to institutionalize the Iligan arts festival of poetry, drama, performances, photo and art exhibits, art and film workshops during the annual fiesta celebration every September 29. Iligan is home to nationally acclaimed cultural groups - the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (Ipag), the Kalimulan and the Kariala Gong Ensemble.

Iligan's image as a source of power and as an industrial center of the South has eventually changed. Iligan's artists, academics and the general community of various persuasions have joined hands in promoting Iligan's cultural heritage of Lumad, Muslim and Christian cultures.

About the IPAG.
With a repertoire of over 40 full-length productions performed in extensive tours, IPAG has significantly contributed to Philippine National Theater.
Its productions have drawn much acclamation from critics and audiences.picture IPAG has developed a signature dance theater format based on the pangalay, an indigenous dance form that is the Philippines' closest claim to classical dance.
IPAG was founded in 1978 by its present Artistic Director Steven P.C. Fernandez and dance researcher Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa. It is recipient of various national awards and endowments that have acknowledged IPAG's contribution to contemporary Philippine Theater.
Founding members include Juliet Celeste F. Malit (Choreographer), Ricardo Jorge S. Caluen (Associate Artistic Director), Nenita Cristobal-Eya, and Rafael Mijares (Production Manager).
Leading one of the dynamic theater movements in the Philippines, IPAG is resident theater company of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology.

Kariala

Photo: Robert Booc

The Kariala Gong Ensemble.

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