Local barangay kids star in Christmas production

Local barangay kids star in Christmas production

by UA&P News Desk on January 7, 2011 - 4:22 pm

BIGGKAS Christmas Production

Civics Desk-BIGGKAS and UA&P student organizations brought the holiday spirit early with their Christmas variety show featuring over 80 fourth-grade public school students last December 16.

Celebrating the Filipino Christmas traditions through the University of Asia and the Pacific’s (UA&P) cultural legacy of community service and solidarity, the performance served as an outreach activity for the grade school students of the University’s adopted community Barangay San Joaquin, Pasig City.

Trained by student leaders from UA&P clubs and organizations namely I-Mic, SABIO, I-SA, ITech, Dulaang ROC, Viare and Squadra, young students showcased their theatrical flair as they performed sing-and-dance renditions of Ryan Cayabyab’s holiday compositions of which some are Kumukutikutitap, Anong Gagawin Mo Ngayong Pasko, and Sino Si Santa Klaus.

To express the theme “Isang Paskong Pinoy,” the play entitled Bata, Nahanap Mo Na Ba Ang Pasko? looked into different typical Filipino family Christmas culture and attitudes through the eyes of the young.

Hindi dahil sa akin (Santa Klaus), sa makukulay na palamuti, sa ganda ng dekorasyon, sa kasarapan ng pagkain, o sa dami ng kapamilya mo matatagpuan ang Pasko. Ito ay pagsasabuhay ng pagmamahal na galling kay Jesus. [Christmas is not about Santa Claus, the vibrancy and beauty of decorations, the delicacy of food, nor the number of family members you celebrate with during the occasion. It’s about living the love of Christ],” one of the characters in the play said on stage.

Civics Desk student assistant Lorelie Yap found herself not only gladly helping in the production, but also in a “fulfilling experience” of reaching out to the kids.

“Seeing how happy they are playing their part is something else greater. The joy they reciprocate when you help is a lot different and that is what makes it so fascinating,” Lorelie said.

BIGGKAS, which stands for Basa Isip Gawa Galing Katekismo Arte Sports, is a socio-civic university-wide program of UA&P spearheaded by the Civics Desk of the Office of Student Affairs. The program intends to educate public grade school students on these areas of culture through workshops and tutorial sessions.

The Christmas event also served as a thanksgiving program for the parents, the student volunteers and the sponsors of the event, namely the Jollibee Foods Corporation, Granny Goose Tortillos, San Miguel Corporation and Emperador Distillers, Inc.  #

Text and photo by Jireh Pihoc, I CAS

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