The BERDE Theater Arts Guild (BTAG) of Handumanan National High School (HNHS) uses the theater arts as a method of advocating for the environment, particularly disaster preparedness, climate change, waste management, population development, among other topics.
According to group founder George De La Cruz, “Utilizing art as a medium of educating people facilitates learning.”
The program utilizes a variety of methods, including skits, dramas, dance, and pantomime; along with short films and documentary video.
De La Cruz said these approaches “deliver the most informative, interesting, and highly educational method of educating people, especially the younger ones.”
“Discovering talents and transforming them into public shows also converts education as an advocacy,” said the BTAG founder. “It purely establishes connectivity and relevance to an audience.”
Meanwhile, De La Cruz is coaching Joshua Montesino and Joshua Benas to represent the Department of Education and Bacolod City in the upcoming Commission on Population regional film festival in Iloilo City, set to run from August 16 to 18./WDJ