The Pathways to Philippine Performance Practices and Creative Industries Mobility Program is an extramural program of the Department involving foreign students mobility to the Philippines. 

The program is an extensive academic encounter involving classroom learning, workshops, and academic field activities to foreign students. It is facilitated by the Department’s faculty members, affiliated faculty members from other departments and colleges, graduate and undergraduate students.

The program is designed to introduce Philippine culture to students from partner foreign institutions. Classroom learning encounters include modules on Philippine history, creative industries, traditional and contemporary performance practices in the archipelago. Workshops include indigenous creative arts/industries (i.e. borlas de pastillas, parol making, traditional dances, traditional theatre, and local cuisines). Academic field activities include filed visits to theater companies and focused ethnographic work in nearby provinces related to the creative arts, cultural performances and cultural industries.     

Modules are designed based on the needs of the requesting institution. The length of the program is 10 days. 

In January 2020, students of creative arts, media and performing arts from the University of New South Wales participated in the program. The students learned Philippine history, culture and society from lectures, workshops and tours in Intramuros (Old Manila), Escolta, Quiapo, Binondo (Chinatown), the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.

UNSW students reacting to the academic lecture on the first day of the program.
Performing the convention of the batalya in the traditional theatre form komedya
A forum at the Ishmael Bernal Gallery of the UP Film Institute
About contemporary arts in the Philippines at the Vargas Museum
Participating in a performance-tour in Intramuros organized by the members of the Sipat Lawin Ensemble
Traditional performances and dinner at Barbara’s
Chinatown tour
Workshop on traditional paper cutting in Malolos, Bulacan
A visit to the Barasoain Church
A student presenting his final reflections about the 10-day experience
A wonderful collaboration between UNSW and UP Diliman

For details, email the program leader at sptiatco@up.edu.ph or the program coordinator jcmendoza8@up.edu.ph.

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