Aspiring artists found a way of showcasing their craft as the city government held Batang Sining anew on May 8 to 12.
Batang Sining is an annual art workshop organized by the City Education and Excellence Development Office (CEEDO). For one week, elementary and high school students received free training on various art disciplines. The trainings covered the disciplines of modern dance, vocals, theater performance, photography, and visual arts.
CEEDO gathered artists from organizations like Tanghalang Tatsulok and Guhit Pinas to serve as trainers. This year was also the first time that a city department joined the pool of trainers. The City Management and Information Services Office (MISO) facilitated the training on photography and video editing.
Already on its 9th year, Batang Sining saw more participants than expected prompting its organizers to hold the workshop at the Bataan National High School (BNHS).
In his message at the Batang Sining launching ceremonies, Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia stressed that excellence in education could also be measured by one’s involvement in the arts.
While the city’s vision was focused on tech-based businesses, its mission was set towards a city with a “strong learning atmosphere”.
As proof, Batang Sining has produced more than 2000 artists from Balanga City. Some of these artists are beginning to create their own niche in the entertainment industry, like Shane Velasco, Mikhaela Puzon, and Daniel Ombao.
Velasco and Ombao both joined talent searches on national television; thus, creating a wider fandom.
Batang Sining’s culmination night allowed aspiring artists to showcase their talents right at Plaza Mayor.
Those who trained on modern dance, vocals, and theater performed live at Plaza Mayor; aspiring painters drew a “banga”-inspired mural, while young photographers used their own shots to create a new music video for Balanga City’s official hymn.
Successful graduates of Batang Sining can pursue their art trainings through some Balanga public schools that offer special programs for the arts. | Arli Joshua Atienza