PECHAKUCHA (PK) nights, which are informal gatherings where people get together and share their ideas about anything, is now back this semester after a one-year hiatus with the help of past speakers both inside and outside the campus.
Christian Renz Torres, one of the pioneer speakers of PechaKucha and a graduate from the College of Mass Communication in Silliman University (SU), is one of the volunteers for the revival of PK nights.
“People build their lives around a spectacle, so we should give them the stage for people to see. And everybody is smart. Well, smart about something. This is where we find out what,” Torres said.
Originally spearheaded by Asst. Prof. Ian Rosales Casocot, coordinator of the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center and faculty of the Department of English and Literature in SU, says that PK nights could be done in Dumaguete.
“PechaKucha for me began when I attended the first Cebu Literary Festival in 2014, and one of the segments there was a guy introducing a trendy talk format imported from Tokyo, Japan. You see, I love holding lectures — but one of my pet peeves are speakers who don’t know when and how to keep their audiences engaged, and mostly by talking too long. PK provided the format to do the kind of talk I wanted,” Casocot said.
Casocot also said that the talented, passionate people of Dumaguete would be able to benefit from PK Nights.
“And so I applied to PK HQ in Tokyo by sending them an application done in the form of a PK talk, and I got the license late in 2014. We went for as long as 11 volumes, with almost a hundred speakers total since then. It was a very popular run,” Casocot added.
When asked what to expectfrom PK nights this semester, Torres said to “expect fireworks. We need all the help we can muster.”
A PK Night will be held on Dec. 8 at the Localle Pallette and on Dec. 10 at the rooftop deck of Harold’s Mansion.
*For more details, please refer to PechaKucha Dumaguete’s Facebook page