Huseng Batute: Balagtasan highlights Filipino literary culture

By Jhoanna Marie B. Vergara, BSED I

Depicting the richness of Filipino literary culture and outlining the brilliant life of Jose Corazon De Jesus, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presented the Balagtasan Play “Ang Pagbabalik-Tanaw sa Unang Hari ng Balagtasan” at the Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, St. Bridget College, Batangas City, August 14.

Atty. Sylvia M. Marasigan, chief of the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, stressed in her opening remarks that Batangeños are devoted to the art of De Jesus, Balagtasan. In addition to that, she stated that the audience are privileged to witness the play, not only because it is for free, but also it is the first time for CCP to present outside their center.

The event highlighted the Balagtasan piece of Bulaklak ng Lahing Kalinis-linisan, in which the actors mixed modern lines and actions. The play also showcased various masterpieces of Jose Corazon de Jesus, popularly known as “Huseng Batute” such as poems like Pakpak, Pakiusap, Dalagang Pilipina, Isang Punong Kahoy and Ang Pamana. Additionally, songs, music and speeches like Arimunding-mundin, Manggagawa, Anak ng Dalita, Aking Bayan, Madaling Araw and Bayan Ko were also exhibited during the presentation.

The event ended with a remark by Jose Antonio S. Leviste II, Vice Governor of Batangas, wherein he emphasized that there is no better way to promote language than to appreciate it.

The play was organized by the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office in partnership with St. Bridget College, Rotary Club of Downtown City, Samahang Batangueña, Batangas Medical Society. The event was hosted by multi-awarded performers and artists, Vim Nadera and Elle Velasco.