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The  Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG)
is a leading Philippine dance and theater company whose world-acclaimed productions integrate the dance, music, and arts traditions of the South where it is based. IPAG has represented the Philippines in over 100 cities worldwide, and is today Philippine Theater’s most-performed and most-traveled group.

Resident theatre company of the MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), IPAG has significantly contributed to a robust culture-and-arts environment. As catalyst that has enhanced a consciousness for Philippine Arts, IPAG has spread out its influences that cover creative production, education, craft enhancement, the management of creative resources, and social advocacy.

IPAG works have engaged thousands around the country and the globe. In almost four decades, it has used the performing arts to link our peoples. Its celebrated repertoire has performed in most parts of the Philippines and in over a hundred cities, among these in Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland, Europe, and Asia enthralling large audiences and building goodwill for the Philippines.

IPAG has drawn acclamation for its innovative productions that integrate dance, music, literature, and the visual arts created from the Hispanic, Islamic, native and cosmopolitan artistic expressions of the southern Philippines where it is based. Its signature dance idiom is based on the pangalay, inspired from the dances of the Sulu Archipelago (introduced by its Founding Chairperson Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa) where the performer in motions of the hands and body like the sea seem to glide through space.

The Guild was founded in 1978 by its Artistic Director Steven P.C. Fernandez and dance researcher Amilbangsa, its founding Chairperson. It is recipient of various awards and endowments from international and national bodies that have acknowledged IPAG’s contributions. Corollary to these are the awards that have recognized the works and artists associated with the IPAG including the Palanca, CCP Gantimpala, CCP Pilak, Fookien Times, U.P. Likhaan, Umpil’s Gawad Francisco Balagtas, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award to its Founder Amilbangsa.

IPAG has been featured in international and national media, most notably the 2004 Philippine Yearbook of the Fookien Times, Living Asia-Isla documentary, LA18 TV, the Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, the Harvard Asia Quarterly, Xtreme Singapore syndicated TV, Knowledge Channel, in numerous anthologies, and in most national broadsheets, among many others.

It has participated in major cultural events here and abroad among these the CCP National Theater Festivals, the many International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) and CIOFF festivals, the 2006 Hawaii-U.S. Centennial events, the Washington DC International Dance Festival, the CCP National Drama Competitions (where it won), the ASEAN Ramayana Plus in Bangkok, Asia Meets Asia in Tokyo, and the UNESCO-ITI Asia Pacific Bond of Theatre Schools in Taipei, Ho Chi Minh, Shanghai, and Singapore. In the Port-sur-Saone Festival in France, IPAG emerged as the winningest country among 12 other foreign representatives.

IPAG’s prominence as one of the more dynamic performance companies in the Philippines today is well acknowledged. It presents a Theatre characterized by a distinguishable form, of movement, color, poetry, rhythm, and a presence that captivates.

 

Awards

2004

CCP Pilak, awarded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines for outstanding cultural work

2003

Awarded an endowment by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for Repertory development support

2002

Grand Prize and most awarded group, Concourse de Chanson Internationaux,
13th International Folkloric Festival, Port Sur Saone, France

International festivals representing the Philippines in the 2002 World Cup, South Korea,
Taiwan Intl. Festivals, and festivals in France, Belgium, and Spain. Featured artist group for
Philippine National Day in Monte Carlo, Monaco

2000

Selected one of 10 theater groups all over the country to be featured in Sambayan 2000,
the Arts and Culture Festival of the NCCA, with the collaborative production

How the Women of Joaquin Met Lawanen
Awarded an endowment by the NCCA for administrative support

1998

Philippine representative to the various folkloric festivals in Spain, Portugal, and France

Selected by the American Association of Community Theater (AACT) to represent the Philippines  in the 1998 International Theater Festival in Michigan USA

Awarded an endowment by the NCCA a one-year administrative support

1997

Philippine representative to the various folkloric festivals of the Association Culturelle Echanges Internationaux

1996

European performance tour (June-August) and selected Philippine representative to the 5th International  Folkloric Festival in Holten, Netherlands and the Stockton Riverside International Festival, UK

Selected one of the country’s best repertory companies to be featured in the 2nd National Theater  Festival of the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Outstanding culture and arts group awarded by the Iligan City Government

1995

Production Grant Award for the dance-musicale Datu Matu, a 1992 CCP Playwriting Grant Award

1994

Philippine representative to the Singapore Festival of the Arts 1993 Production endowment  from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for the February Arts Month

1992

Selected one of the country’s best repertory companies featured in the 1st National Theater Festival.

1991

CCP Production Grant Award: Sinulog (Isang Pagdiriwang), later re-titled Buhay,Pag-ibig at Kamatayan:  Mga Kwentong Mindanao

1990

CCP Production Grant Award: Batang Pro

1989

Winner, CCP National Drama Competition and Mindanao representative to the showcase of winners

1988

CCP Production Grant Award: Sarimanok

CCP Touring Grant Award: Ranaw: Isang Alamat
CCP Training Grant Award for a Workshop on Southern Philippine Dance and Music

1987

CCP Touring Grant for Artist Exchange Program: Ranaw: Isang Alamat

1986

Sarimanok wins in the U.P. LIKHAAN

Patas is one of three outstanding plays, CCP Playwriting Workshop

1985

Ranaw: Isang Alamat wins third place in the CCP Playwriting