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Cecile Guidote Alvarez (Theater Philippines) – WikiPeaceWomen

Cecile Guidote Alvarez (Philippines)


“I envision a world free from poverty, pollution, ignorance, injustice. This must be done through culture so that it is peaceful. We have to develop minds and hearts that care and share.”

Cecile Guidote Alvarez (born 1943) founded the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta), a pioneering theater group that honed creative artists and audiences through children’s, college, and community theater. For 38 years, Peta has depicted social issues through original Filipino plays, using the language of the masses and alternative theater spaces. Today, as Executive Director of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Cecile has been described as a “cultural caregiver”.

Cecile Guidote Alvarez has served the Filipino public for years through the arts as a theater artist, producer, director and founder of cultural movements. As a 16-year-old talent of the Paulinian Players Guild, she was tapped to join the Ateneo Summer Graduate School Theater, where she was exposed to a theater workshop with disabled children at the National Orthopedic Hospital. Seeing the children emerge from hopelessness to confidence, Cecile discovered the power of the arts to transform the marginalized youth into creative individuals. At 18, Cecile directed the award-winning TV series, “Teenagers”, which tackled problems of the youth. From this early exposure to theater arts, Cecile envisioned a theater not just for entertainment, but also as a significant social venue that could articulate the aspirations of the Filipino people. From 1964 to 1967, she pursued graduate studies at the State University of New York and the Trinity University in Texas. She returned to the country in 1967 with her graduate thesis entitled “Prospectus for a National Theater” which envisioned a Philippine national theater movement. This became the basis for the Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta) that Cecile founded and directed in 1967. For 38 years, Peta has honed creative artists who made successful careers in the Philippine theater and movie industry. The pioneering theater movement has regional chapters involving children’s theater, college theater, community theater and traditional arts. Currently, as Executive Director of the National Commission for Culture and Arts, Cecile continues her lifetime commitment of “cultural care giving” by providing free arts training to street children, the disabled and indigenous youth. Cecile attests that “the arts are a peaceful and powerful means of transmitting values.”

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Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) – “Stage of the Nation”

Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA)

After celebrating its golden anniversary and the milestone of receiving a Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2017, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) welcomes its 51st theater season with another breakthrough.

From September 2018 – June 2019, PETA devotes all aspects of its artistic and teaching practice to “Stage of the Nation”, a creative campaign that hopes to utilize the arts and engage artists to contribute to the discourses that concern our nation.

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PETA is among the recipients of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Widely considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Asia, the Magsaysay Awards are typically given to paragons in government service, public service and community leadership. But in a rare distinction for an organization in the arts and culture sector, PETA was lauded for “its bold, collective contributions in shaping the theater arts as a force for social change, its impassioned, unwavering work in empowering communities in the Philippines, and the shining example it has set as one of the leading organizations of its kind in Asia.”

Five decades of making Philippine theater history

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Through the years, PETA has remained as one of the top theater organizations in the country. In it’s almost 50 years in the industry, the company has developed a multitude creative theater artists who believe in PETA’s vision of empowering a citizenry through theater arts. It has also built a network of partners who value culture as medium for change, and believe that theater can be a tool for education, social change and development.

Public and private schools nationwide
400
NGOs and community-based organizations
45
Student theater groups
25
Local government units
20
Local and International donor agenicies
10
Local and international and education organizations
25
Media partners
35

 PETA has distinguished itself as a pioneer in stimulating and advancing progressive, critical and creative arts, rooted in the realities and dreams of the Filipino people.

– Terre des Hommes Germany in Southeast Asia (TDHG)

 ICCO has been supporting PETA for many years because we think PETA is an effective instrument for the development of democratic culture in the Philippines. PETA, in a very creative way, stimulates a critical reflection on important issues of Philippine society.

– Interchurch Organization For Development Cooperation (ICCO has been supporting PETA)

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  • Address: The PETA Theater Center No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila Quezon City, Metro Manila 1112 Philippines
  • Phone: 632-725-6244
  • Fax: 632-722-6911 or 632-410-0821
  • Email: petafr@petatheater.com  Philliipe
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