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‘Panaghoy sang Kabataan’

Ninfa Leonardia

“Panaghoy sang Kabataan” is a one-act dance drama featuring the CAJDEN Teatro Hugot that base creative outputs from real life stories of children whose rights are being violated.

It is produced by the Christian Advocates for Justice and Development in Negros (CAJDEN) under the direction of Milton Dionzon, and in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Dionzon shared that it is a greaterchallenge for him “to work with this 5 th batch as they are more vulnerable, disturbed, and have a lot of concerns. They are also more kulit and need to work on focus and crafting. I hope though that this play made an impact and allowed them to go towards a direction of healing, in a way.”

NCCA Project and Monitoring officer Bryle Suralta expressed affirmation of the performance in terms of first, the message that is representative of the local community in terms of social realities; two, that the audience readily identify with the scenes culled from real stories based on the reactions of the well attended performances; and third, of the CAJDEN initiative that translates contemporary struggle into creative expression.

CAJDEN was founded as a people’s faith-based social development institution, working in prayerful communities for justice and development, peace, gender-equity, and ecological balance society. It commits to organizing, educating, mobilizing, and facilitating lay awareness of their God-given gift to participate actively in the realization of God’s Kingdom. The study on child labour in 2010-2011 which was assisted by DKA Austria lays a foundation in addressing the problem of child labor, which has been embraced by CAJDEN.

“Panaghoy sang Kabataan” was staged at St. John Paul II Cultural Center of the Sacred Heart Seminary in Bacolod City on November 29-30.*

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