Members of the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts or YATTA bound for Singapore were presented before the City Council and Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo in a simple send off ceremony at the session hall Wednesday morning.
They also performed their newest theater piece “Dagit” showcasing indigenous instruments before the assembled legislators led by Vice-Mayor Franklin Esmeña Jr., Councilors Alan Gel Cordova, Karissa Tolentino, Agustin Miguel Perdices, Estanislao Alviola, Lilani Ramon, Michael Bandal, Manuel Arbon and Lionel Banogon. City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Antonio introduced the group to the members of the City Council.
The ten young artists Audrey Gail Dales, Onna Rhea Quizo, Flintzel Dyan Diao, Diane Flores, Benjie Kitay, Japsy Callet, Rojan Talita, Loushan Pis-an, Mellard Manogura, Krystelle Banogo and their teachers left on the same day for Singapore (via Cebu ) to represent the Philippines at the Asian Youth Theatre Festival scheduled on October 15-16. They will be one of the 10 spectacular youth theatres from across Asia to be showcased with its theme “Cultural Diversty”.
The Asian Youth Theatre Festival aims to provide a bridge between cultures enabling young people to discover their past, challenge their present and carve out their future. As the world becomes more globalized and technology pervades our every being, it looks at how culture defines us or questions if we are moving towards a ‘Lost’ culture, where lines are blurred and history erased.��
YATTA is a youth-focused theater organization based in Dumaguete City founded in 2005 after a group of young people were trained by PETA artist-teachers Dessa Quesada Palm and Jeff Hernandez. It has since performed original theater productions in Bisaya for the community as well as proscenium theater (more notably Hoy Mata Na!, Kikay Kalaykay, Leon Kilat, Rape Buzz, Taytayan ni Favian, Kaluwasan sa Damgo ni Greta, Aah Bakus!, Lagab-Love, Alkanseng Alkansiya, and Scharon Mani).
YATTA was formally registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2009. It is accredited by the Dumaguete City and the province of Negros Oriental, and is a member of TABOK (Central Visayas Theater Network). YATTA has implemented projects for and with PETA, the United Evangelial Mission (UEM Germany), the Consuelo Foundation Life Skills Program, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Dagit is directed by Dessa Quesada-Palm, Assistant Director Onna Rhea Quizo, Choreograper Nikki Cimafranca, Musical Scorer by Levi Alaban, Musical Director Jon Riam Quizo, Production Designer Aziza Daksla, Props Master Rojan Talita