The list of finalists for the 21st Aliw Awards was recently announced by its president, Mrs. Rema Manzano. Included in the list for the Best Cultural Group category is the Dagway Sigmahanon, a community-based theater from Sigma, Capiz.
Awards night is slated at the Fiesta Pavillon of the Manila Hotel on Nov. 11.
Dagway Sigmahanon, Inc or DSI, which has become the most-sought after cultural group in Capiz and in the country in recent years, is into advocacy on social issues through the performing arts. Performers are out-of-school youth, students and professionals.
The group’s artistic director, Alphonsus Tesoro, said he was happy of this recent turn of events. Tesoro is also the tourism officer of captivating Capiz.
DSI has performed in major performance venues in the country like the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For its significant contributions in community development, DSI had received several National Awards. Among these are 2005 Gawad Galing Pook Award, Trailblazing Program conferred by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, 2007 Alab ng Haraya Awards, and Culture and Arts Promotion Category conferred by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts(NCCA).
It is also a recipient of 2004 Highest Award for Excellence conferred by the Capiz provincial government.
DSI is one of the performing groups representing Visayas in the Theater Olympics of the Nations, a component of the 31st UNESCO International Theater Institue World Congress which was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last May 25,2006.
The group likewise represented the Province of Capiz in WOW! Philippines (2003,2005), Intramuros, Manila, 2006 and 2007 Western Visyas Regional Tourism Assembly as well as in various theater festivals in the country.
Aside from Tesoro, the DSI’s artistic team also includes choreographers Symour Castillon and Ahdiemar Baylon; stage managers Benjamin Lavapie and Rene Jinio; production manager Rey Vincent Yap’ company manager Rolly G. Miguel; theater leader Ivy Blancaflor and Ruel Doce as president of the board of trustees.
by: Gerry T. Pagharion, The Capiz Times
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