MANILA, APRIL 29, 2013 (INQUIRER) The World Costume Festival 2013, to be held April 26-May 2 in the heritage city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, is expected to be not only a pleasure trip but also an educational tour both for tourists and participants.

Delegates from all over the world will learn from each other about the culture and arts of each country, particularly the design of indigenous and modern costumes realized in theater and live performances.

This grand exposition and showcase of theater design and space will be a prelude to the World Stage Design festival to be held in September in Cardiff, Wales.

The arts event will also be highly competitive. Award-winning designers from different continents (Africa, Asia, Europe and South America) have signified their interest to participate in the event.

At stake for the winner is the Golden Kneeling Carabao Trophy, the highest festival award. Designed and sculpted by Joel Pragas, an engineer from Isabela, it is made of terra-cotta.

Other awards awaiting the winners are the Golden Burnai Jar, and gold medals. These will be given out during the GMA 7 Kapuso Fiesta celebration.

GMA 7, through Oliver Amoroso of GMA 7 Regional TV, will provide strategic support for the duration of the festival.

During the festival, the summit of the Organization of International Scenographers, Theater Architects and Technicians (Oistat) will convene in a conference called “Oistat Meets Southeast Asian Scenographers.”

Other side events set to take place are the Body-Painting Contest, Binatbatan Calesa Parade, Gay-Em Flores de Mayo, nightly fashion shows by fashion designers from Davao and international collaborative costume assemblage.

The World Costume Festival 2013 is being organized by Sinag Arts Foundation (with Rollie de Leon at the helm) in partnership with the heritage city of Vigan (through Mayor Eva Medina), coinciding with the annual Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts.

Preparations are under way for the World Costume Festival (WCF) 2013 to be held in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, from April 26 to May 2.

“WCF 2013 will showcase costumes designed for live performances such as theater, festivals and events,” says project director Rolando “Rollie” de Leon. “We have invited international and Philippine delegates, both professionals and students, to join us and exchange and share ideas for future collaborative work.”

The festival will feature lectures, conferences, workshops and master classes on costume-making taught by international experts.

It will also have a trade exposition and exhibit featuring Filipino and international fabrics and materials used in costume, fashion and accessories.

“The festival will showcase demonstrations on indigenous weaving traditions such as batik, abel, piña, etc. from different regions of the Philippines,” says De Leon.

Outstanding design

The festival will have a competition for Outstanding Design Costume. “The winner will receive a Golden Kneeling Carabao trophy, the highest honor of the festival.”

There will also be a body-painting competition—whose winner will have a chance to represent the Philippines in the World Body Painting Showdown in Austria in July.

WCF 2013 will be part of the city’s annual Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts.

A Unesco World Heritage Site for its Spanish colonial architecture, Vigan boasts of cobblestone streets where the festival’s costume parade will unfold.

First time

A set and costume designer, De Leon served as national curator for the Philippine entry to the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, an international theater festival considered as the largest scenography event in the world.

WCF 2013 will coincide with the annual international meeting of the Organization of International Scenographers Theater Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) Costume Design Group. De Leon is a founding member of OISTAT’s Philippine counterpart, the Philippine Association of Theater Designers and Technicians.

“OISTAT is a global and active organization of professionals and educators from seven continents who practice the discipline of designing for performance,” he says. “For the first time in the Southeast Asian region, OISTAT representatives will come to the Philippines to explore and learn Southeast Asian design practices.”

“WCF 2013 will also serve as the Philippines’ preparation for OISTAT’s upcoming World Stage Design festival in Cardiff, Wales in September,” he adds. “We plan to choose Philippine designs to represent the country in World Stage Design 2013.

“If we don’t chart the wide and stormy seas beyond the Philippines, we won’t be able to share the art and culture necessary to inspire every Filipino,” he says.

World Costume Festival to be held in Vigan, April 26-May 2 Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:16 am | Saturday, April 13th, 2013

A week ago, Philippines Grandest Festival, Aliwan Fiesta 2013, concludes giving Iloilo's Dinagyang the victor. Now, it is now time for the World Costume Festival that will start this April 26 and will happen in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

World Costume Festival is a very prestigious and big event wherein different cultures from the country and in the world will meet in one place. Each contender will feature their culture through dancing and showing their national costumes on the event.

World Costume Festival's strategic partner is GMA Network that will give additional entertainment to the people of Vigan and to tourists.

Along with the World Costume Festival, Vigan City's Binatbatan Festival will also be a part of Viva Vigan. These two events will be the biggest event of Vigan City for the year.

For updates about the Viva Vigan event, just tune-in to GMA Ilocos and GMA Network. You can also visit World Costume Festival website here...

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