Nationally and Internationally Renowned Artists and Writers to Gather in Calbayog for the 11th Maharlika Sunrise Festival

Calbayog City – Waray-Waray language and culture will be given center stage at the 11th Maharlika Sunrise Festival.

The Maharlika Writers and Artists Federation (MWAF), which promotes environmental care and progressive change in the nation through art and literature, will bring its three-day roving Festival to Calbayog City this November 21-23.

The theme of the 11th Maharlika Sunrise Festival is “Waray Waray Naman”. The Festival literature states that the “festival will serve as an avenue to tell the world that waraynons do have their share of art geniuses.”

Florence Cinco, an award winning artist who serves as Vice President of MWAF, was instrumental in pushing for the Maharlika Sunrise Festival to be brought to Samar and Leyte. Mr. Cinco and fellow Calbayognon Aimee Adalla, the Executive Director of the Maharlika Sunrise Festival, played key roles in organizing the Festival on behalf of MWAF.

The objective of the Maharlika Sunrise Festival, according to its literature, “is to ensure a continuing national cultural movement to showcase all aspects of arts in the country.”

To achieve this objective, the Festival will feature art for kids, yoga and meditation, a drum circle, fire dancing, a dance, theater and acoustic concert featuring Waray music and composition, visual and digital art exhibits of Waray artists and Waray inspired works, and symposiums and workshops covering indigenous culture, creative writing, poetry or siday, music, cinematography, and visual arts.

The Festival will launch with a motorcade at 7am on November 21, and will take place in various venues, including the Convention Center (November 21, 9am-2pm, 4pm; November 22, 9am), Christ the King College Auditorium (November 21, 9am), Christ the King College AVR (November 21, 10am), NWSSU (November 21, 1pm), Nijaga Park (November 21, evening; November 22, 8am onwards), Pilot Central School (November 22, 10am), and the Brgy Matobato coastal area.

Among the line-ups of artists, musicians, and writers to be featured in the Festival include the following:

· Florence Cinco, award winning artist and sculptor

· Ferdinand Doctolero, award winning visual artist, painter, graphic designer, illustrator and fine arts professor

· Billy Pomida, three-time national awardee watercolor artists

· Lois Winter, International Artist

· Katrin de Guia, author of KAPWA—The Self in the other (2007 First Book Award finalist)

· Professor Shermon Cruz, professor of political science and public administration at Northwestern University and Northern
Christian College in the Philippines

· Ms. Charo Nabong-Cabardo, Director- Tandaya Foundation

· Engr. Peter Allan Mariano, Chairman and Creative Director of Catalonan Inc.

· Nemesio “Totoy” Baldesco, Jimmy Y. Balacuit Special Awardee on Poetry in 17th Iligan National Writers Workshop

· Bobby Balingit of The Wuds

· Ysagani Ibarra – Composer of Asin

· Johnny Alegre, multi awarded jazz singer and composer

· Ka Heber Bartolome

· Tribal Bands from Region 8 and other regions

The Maharlika Sunrise Festival was first held in Cebu City in 2004, then again in 2013 for the 10th Anniversary, and has been held in Boracay (2005), Dumaguete (2006), Baguio (2007), Pampanga (2008), Quezon City (2009), Laoag (2010), Ilo-Ilo (2011), and General Santos (2012).
Nationally and Internationally Renowned Artists and Writers to Gather in Calbayog for the 11th Maharlika Sunrise Festival

-, April 7, 2023

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