Felimon Blanco

COUNTRY Philippines

Felimon photo cred Jack Klester Lumacang

Felimon is the Founding Artistic Director of Teatro Guindegan, the Resident Theatre Company of La Salle University, Ozamiz City. From 2008-2013, Felimon also served as Mindanao representative to the National Committee on Dramatic Arts, part of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) – a national policy-making body of theatre leaders and practitioners from across Philippines. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2010, he was the Provincial Artistic Director-Designate of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Tourism, Culture and Arts Office, in charge in developing cultural and arts programmes for the province.

Aside from appointments, Felimon’s notable artistic involvements were in Uwahig by the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) in 2006. The play premiered at the UNESCO-International Theatre Institute’s 31st Theatre Olympics of the Nations in Manila in May 2006 and featured again at the 2007 Taipei Arts Festival, and was an official entry to the 4th CCP National Theatre Festival in Manila. In the same year, Felimon was also in My Sister…My Friend, a collaborative theatre workshop in Mumbai. His solo piece, The Last Tape, was performed as part of the “Waiting In The Wings” programme of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2006. In 2009, he performed his solo piece Lady from the City as part of ALSA BALUTAN: The 1st Philippine Monodrama Festival in Manila. That same year, Felimon also participated in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play - the inaugural play of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus (TETC), a theatre collective established by ITI alumni. He also performed in TETC’s second production, The Juggler’s Tale, featured as part of Esplanade’s The Studios series in 2011. In 2012, he performed in Luwasa Inahan, a devised environmental play as Philippine entry to Solo International Performing Arts Festival in Solo, Indonesia. In 2014, his dance theater piece Hugis performed by Teatro Guindegan was featured as Philippine entry to the same festival. Recently, his nonverbal play Patched, performed by Teatro Guindegan, was the Philippine entry to the 1st Ashirwad International Theatre Festival in Begusarai, Bihar, India.

Off the stage, Felimon was also a regular delegate to international programmes such as Asia Europe Foundation’s “Health on Stage: 10th Asia Europe Young Volunteers Exchange Program”, in Bangalore, India (2011); at Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan (2013); at 20th Performance Studies international Conference in Shanghai, China (2014) where he presented his paper “Hugis: Experimenting Asian Classical Forms in Contemporary Performance.”

In 2013, the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur awarded Felimon the 2013 Most Outstanding Zambosurian (Arts and Culture Category).

In September 2016, Felimon organised PARES: Mindanao Duo Festival in Ozamiz City which was attended by 5 university/college-based theater companies in Mindanao.

Photo: Jack Klester Lumacang