today, january 30, 2008, the tanghalang bayan ng kabataan sa baguio (tabak-baguio), a baguio wide theater organization and the only theater organization in up baguio, that promotes a nationalist, scientific, mass oriented and creative culture through braecthian theater is celebrating their 23rd anniversary.
every student from this university has their own memories of this organization especially during their freshman years. who would forget, ang pakikipagsapalaran ni juan dela cruz? a satyric play about the story of each UP baguio freshman students that depicts their primary journey from passing upcat, admission, enrollment, looking for houses, the everyday life in the university and the social issues that awaits them as bagong iskolar ng bayan.
for me, you are not from UP baguio if you don't know tabak. although i may say that tabak-baguio has their ups and downs. nonetheless compare to other organizations just spawned the university, they've remained, survived and strongly willed to continue.
i have my own share of colorful memories and experiences within this organization. i met a lot of people and even gained handful of my closest friends from here. i remember my first audition as a visual artist for it has four pools: writers, theater, visual arts and music pool. i passed the audition and remained to be an active member during my entire stay in college. eventually, i just found myself acting in theater, writing scripts and even spearheaded a musical album a couple of years back. thus, i was really thankful to tabakl for it brought me to other potentialities or fields that i didn't realize would be possible. this i am speaking not only on my behalf but to other individuals too that were able to discover their artistic side.
in relation with their 23rd anniversary celebration, tanghalang bayan ng kabataan sa baguio will mount a theater play entitled, katigong palasya (featuring a prinsesang hindi tumatawa ni louie sevilla) in february 27 to 29, 2008 6 pm at the bulwagang juan luna, university of the philippines-baguio, governor's pack road, baguio city.