CCP presents the three-day festival with performances, book discussions, slam poetry, ...


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Cultural Center of the Philippines




April 5 - 7, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Various CCP venues



The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings back the Performatura: Performance Literature Festival on April 5-7, 2019. Free and open to public, the event will feature performances, poetry readings, literature classes, art talks, chanters from the regions, book discussions, slam poetry contest, film screenings, book fair, art exhibit, and interviews with renowned writers at various venues in CCP.

True to the CCP’s mission of bringing our country’s diverse traditions for the common Filipino to experience, entrance to the festival will be practically free. However, everyone is encouraged to donate a book which will serve as admission ticket. One book is equal to a whole day admission. The books will go to the CCP’s partner libraries.

Performatura 2019 is the CCP’s way of highlighting the rich tapestry of Philippine artistic traditions that leap beyond the written word while welcoming writers and performers from diverse communities of the country. Performatura 2019 is a performance literature festival celebrating the intersections of the written word and performance. The word Performatura is a mash up of the word performance and orature or oral literature. Orature is a term coined by Ugandan linguist Pio Zirimu who wanted to raise oral literature to the level of written literature. The festival’s director is poet and performer Dr. Vim Nadera, Jr.

Last Line, Lasting Lines 
The theme “Ang Mamatay Nang Dahil Sa Iyo” is an attempt to tackle the issue of changing the last line of Philippine National Anthem through literature and performances. The theme also alludes to issues that are relevant and being discussed in our society today. The first day of the Performatura is dedicated to literature in general and spoken word performances. Poets will have a battle of words in the first ever Performatura Slam Poetry Contest; Resil Mojares will be having one of his first interviews after receiving the National Artist for Literature Award last year; and Dumagats from Mauban, Quezon Province will stage the story of their local hero Gat Uban. At 12:00 noon, the literary group Kuwit of the Philippine High School for the Arts will lead a set of literary performances such as storytelling by the National Library of the Philippines Storytellers and Puppeteers. In the afternoon, a film by poet and performer Khavn dela Cruz will be screened for free at CCP Dream Theatre. US-based poet and visual artist Sam Roxas-Chua will teach Asemic Writing during the Literaturo segment. His art works will also be available for viewing.

KomiCoching and Tiempoets
The second day of the Performatura is in honor of the National Artist for Visual Arts and Dean of Illustrators Francisco V. Coching. As part of the first segment called CCP Café, the family through Lulu Coching and Marabini Coching Williamson will give an intimate portrait of Coching as father, uncle and lolo. Amassing more than five million views on Facebook in their radio broadcast, Eastern Samar National Comprehensive High School students will read Lapu-lapu, one of Coching works, in a dramatic fashion in front of a live audience. Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books Book Club will lead a book discussion about Coching’s El Indio. At 12:00 noon, Tadhana, a spoken word group, will lead a set of literary performances by women spoken word artists in honor of Coching’s women warrior characters such as Marabini. 

Noted komiks artists like Rico Rival, Randy Valiente and Shaun Garcia will give tribute to Coching through talks and art activities. Liwayway Magazine’s pride Ernie Patricio will share his techniques in illustrating komiks. Veteran illustrator Danny Acuna can be commissioned to do on-the-spot portraits at the CCP Main Lobby. Performatura visitors may view the ongoing Coching Birth Centennial Exhibit entitled “Nasaan ka na, Mara-bini?” written and curated by Alice Sarmiento.

The last day of the festival is in honor of the National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo in commemoration of her birth centennial. Fictionists and poets who were influenced by Tiempo will be having a tribute performance to their beloved mentor through poetry reading and talks. Featuring Tiempo’s life and works, an interactive centennial exhibit curated by Ateneo professor Danilo M. Reyes and artist Gwen Bautista will be launched.  Podcast producer Pakinggan Pilipinas will lead a series of readings of Tiempo’s works at 12:00 noon. Silliman University’s Kahayag Dance Company, opera singer Katrina Marie Saga and pianist Jasper Domingo will perform Bonsai, one of Tiempo’s most anthologized poem. Annie Pacana Lumbao shares her projection art based on Tiempo’s poem called City Man. Performance literature expert Azam Rais of Malaysia will showcase his talent while a workshop that will teach how to use Tiempo’s poem as a material for speech choir will be conducted by UP’s Dr. Belen Calingacion. Film critic Ed Cabagnot will discuss the milieu of Tiempo using the film A Nation is Born, believed to be the first film shot in Dumaguete.

CCP partnered with the Komiks Guild of the Philippines and Book Development Association of the Philippines for the three-day Komiks and Aklatan All Filipino Book Fair at the CCP Lobbies. The public will also be introduced to Estela Vadal, a robot that creates poetry for everyone.


  • Alma Anonas Carpio
  • Annie Pacaña Lumbao projection show
  • Carlos Mendoza Pizarro
  • Cris Go
  • Gemino Abad
  • Kahayag Dance Company
  • Alfred “Krip” Yuson
  • National Library of the Philippines
  • Pakinggan Pilipinas
  • PHSA Kuwit
  • PHSA Musika Ibarang
  • PHSA Sanghiyas Pangkat Mananayaw
  • Pinoy Storytellers Group
  • Remus Villanueva
  • Sam Roxas-Chua
  • Susan Lara
  • Tadhana Spoken Word Group


  • Ed Cabagnot
  • Dave Shaun Garcia
  • Danny Acuna
  • Khavn Dela Cruz
  • DM Reyes
  • Gwen Bautista


  • National Artist for Literature Resil Mojares
  • Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu
  • Ms. Lulu Coching
  • Ms. Marabini Coching Williamson
  • Ms. Rowena Tiempo-Torrevillas


  • Folklore of Gat Uban of Dumagat
  • Live Reading of F.V Coching Lapu-Lapu by Eastern Samar National Comprehensive High School Broadcasting Team 
  • Spoken Wordshop with Azam Rais


  • Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (2018) by Khavn Dela Cruz
  • Ang Paglilitis Ni Mang Serapio (2010) by Khavn Dela Cruz
  • A Nation is Born (1947) by Frederic Ullman Jr.


  • Opening of the National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo
  • Birth Centennial Exhibit 
  • National Artist for Visual Arts Francisco V. Coching Birth Centennial Show
  • National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo Birth Centennial Show
  • Aklatan All-Filipino Book Fair with Book Development Association of the Philippines
  • Estela Vadal Poetry Robot
  • On-the-Spot Drawing with Danny Acuna
  • Talinghagaan Performatura Slam Contest


  • El Indio by F.V Coching with Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books Book Club
  • Abide, Joshua and Other Stories by Edith Tiempo with Flips Flipping Pages


  • Asemic Writing Workshop with Sam Roxas-Chua
  • Komiks Illustration with Ernie Patricio
  • Poetry as Material for Speech Choir Workshop with Dr. Belen Calingacion