On 9th Dance Play Fest, MCGI Youth Urged to “Go on a Higher Level of Service to God”

Thousands who attended and watched the ninth edition of the Dance Play Festival witnessed the showcase of theatrical prowess by different participating divisions on June 10, 2018 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Assistant to the Overall Servant, Brother Daniel Razon, gives his opening remarks for this momentous Danceplay event. (Photo: PVI Paulo Reccion)

Organized by the Theater and Dance Ministry (which is Teatro Kristiano in the vernacular), the Dance Play’s theme this year centered on Ecclesiastes 12:1, which reads:

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them.’”

Assistant to the Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon graced the event and gave the opening remarks on the value of fostering love of serving and performing one’s duty in the Church.

“According to the measure of our faith, we have our different roles to fulfill in the Church (referring to Romans 12:3)”, said Kuya Daniel, then expounding on the importance of having the satisfaction from hearing and obeying God.

Bro. Daniel then called on the youth participants of the festival to “Go on a higher level of service to God.”

Bicol Region Wins Festival Top Prize

Bicol Division Teatro Kristiano participants pose for a picture as they celebrate their victory as Best Danceplay 2018.
(Photo: PVI Paulo Reccion)

Bicol Region bagged multiple awards for their dance-play “Anino” or “Shadow”, an orchestration of silhouettes of the characters/actors, objects and cut-out sets that created cinematic feels both on the wide LED screen of the Convention Center and onstage.

Supported by captivating music and dexterity, the enthralling shadow play created a new kind of dramatic space while at the same time explored new theatrical disciplines. The combination of all these forms resulted in an inventive and innovative dance-play, leaving a lasting impression on the judges and the audience.

“Anino” also earned for Bicol Region the Best Director Award for Bro. Nino Medrano, Best in Music, and Best Male Lead Performer for Bro. Raymund John Samson.

Last year, Cavite Region won the Best Dance-play of 2017.

The first, second and third runners-up this year are as follows, respectively: NCR Division for “Paalala” or “Reminder”, Quezon Marinduque for “Oras Mo, Kabataan” or “Your Time, Youth”, and Cavite Division for “Remember Him” or “Alalahanin Mo Siya.”

Members of the Teatro Kristiano from the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as abroad, may not be able to perform live on stage, but their pre-recorded videos were played on the big screen. Hence, the Best Dance-Play in Video category.

In this category, it was the Mindanao Division who bagged the Best Dance-Play of the Year. The Teatro Kristiano of Japan took home the 1st runner-up while Palawan earned the 2nd runner-up.

Under the Poster Making category, NCR’s “Paalala” or Reminder earned the most positive reactions or People’s Choice Award. The Best Poster Award went to the Quezon Marinduque for their dance-play “Oras Mo Kabataan” or “Your Time, Youth”.

NCR’s poster entry “Paalala” or Reminder earns People’s Choice Award.
Quezon Marinduque’s poster entry “Oras Mo, Kabataan” or “Your Time, Youth” wins Best Poster Award.

The evening’s panel of judges comprised of MCGI Representative Bro. Danny Navales, Sis. Ruth Soriano, and Bro. Arnold Sanchez.

With God’s help, this year’s 9th Dance Play Festival proved to be a successful event and another artistic achievement for the MCGI’s Theatre and Dance Ministry.

Sis. Leslie Longboen and Bro. Joshua Dionisio hosted the Dance Play Fest.

Written by Marvi Delfin

MCGI’s ‘Teatro Kristiano’ Holds 9th Edition of Dance Play Festival

The Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) Theater Ministry (or ‘Teatro Kristiano’ in the vernacular) are all set for the 9th Dance Play Festival on June 10, 2018 at the ADD Convention Center, Apalit, Pampanga.

File Photo. The Central Apalit Teatro Kristiano posed with the “C” hand sign for a group shot after earning the third place, during the 8th Teatro Kristiano Dance Play Festival held on May 28, 2017 (Photo: Bro. Ihsaias Marin, Photoville International)

Set to begin at 5 p.m. (PHT), the Dance Play Festival is expected to showcase performances rich with spectacular choreography, role-playing and tableau. The theatrical presentation from the participating divisions are expected to feature narrative stories mixed with repertoire of movements.

As mentioned in the audio-video presentation from the Theater Ministry, the participating divisions include Quezon-Marinduque, Central Apalit, Cavite, LBMR (Laguna, Batangas, Mindoro, and Romblon), Bicol, Bulacan, Rizal, Pampanga, National Capital Region, North 1, North 2, Palawan, Mindanao and Japan.

Inspirational Message through Dance Art

This year’s theme is centered on the Bible verse, Ecclesiastes 12:1 which reads: “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;”

As early as May, participating divisions were already preparing and readying to present an outstanding dance play. All striving to be unique and faithful to the theme, the participating divisions made sure that the productions were carefully crafted.

“In our division, Bulacan, we brainstormed in order to come up with sets of concept and storyline. It was quite challenging period when it comes to merging different suggested ideas. Yet, we hope to perform our best, with God’s help and mercy,”said Sister Tracy Advincula, one of the performers from Bulacan Division, in an interview.

Sister Tracy then added that the theme is timely for Christians, especially for the youths, that is, to always regard and reflect upon the righteousness of God.

All for the Glory of God

The Theater Ministry has been one of the bigger Youth groups in MCGI comprised of thousands of youths whose main line of duty is focused in the performing arts with the tagline, “To Entertain, Enlighten, Educate, and Evangelize for the Glory of our God”.

Together with the Music Ministry, Teatro Kristiano performers complement the opening production during the regular International Thanksgiving service. (Photo: Photoville International)

Alongside with the Music Ministry, the members of Teatro Kristiano complements hymns and songs of praises in every Church events through their graceful movements and dance choreographies.

“Most people use their talent only to please human eyes. As Christians who are taught with righteousness, we utilize the art of dancing to praise and worship God. He gave us talents, thus, we use it to glorify His Name,” said Brother Adrian Oquendo, the National Teatro Kristiano coordinator and one of the event organizers.

Brother Adrian further invited MCGI brethren and guests to come and watch the upcoming festival. He noted that this event will also help boost and encourage the members of TK to pursue their duties in the Church, with God’s help.

Admission is free and open to anyone who wants to attend the Dance Play.

Written by: Mary Jane Yonzon