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Local artists gather at city arts fest

Eric Gerard D. Ruiz

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (DTI) launched the 2nd Dagit Arts Festival last Feb. 25-28 at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete.

This festival is one of the “Kisaw Dumaguete” activities of the City Government of Dumaguete through the City Tourism Office for the National Arts Month celebration.

Crystal Jane Regala, one of the organizers of the event, said that the name of the festival was derived from the word “dumagit” which means “to snatch.”

“[The] idea [of this arts festival] is to collaborate with artists, crafters, and makers all in one event wherein [they can feature their works in DTI’s trade fair,]” Regala said.

Regala expressed that they didn’t only invite artists from Negros Oriental, but also from Siquijor.

She explained that the usual DTI trade fair only included foodrelated products and crafts. Regala added that they never had the chance to incorporate local artists before.

The festival featured artworks of, among others, Dino Lezama, Xteve Abanto, Raul Taburaza, Hersley Ven Casero, and Einstein Maulad.

Showcased artworks included paintings, sculpture, ceramic products, music, craft items, fashion merchandise, and souvenir items.

One of the exhibitors was Nice Ka Productions, a group of Fine Arts students in Silliman University who sold stickers, bags, paintings, t-shirts, and “zines.”

Ella Somblingo, a representative of the group, said that with their craft, this event helped them promote their products and earn money.

Aside from selling products, activities like hand tooled leather workshop, newspaper bag workshop, and live music and acoustic night by the Belltower project, occurred during the four-day festival.

The art festival was held in partnership with Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, City Tourism Office, and the City Government of Dumaguete.

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