CCP holds festival of plays by women to mark Women’s Month

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in partnership with the Women Playwrights International-Philippines (WPIP), holds a three-day Festival of Plays by Women from March 6 to 8, 2020. 

The three components of the festival are: a forum in the morning, reading of women’s plays in the afternoon, and featured performances in the evening.

A “creators’ market” and interviews with renowned playwrights in various CCP venues with the theme “empowerment, diversity, and equality” are scheduled.

More than 20 speakers are expected to share their stories of empowerment through theater, dramatic readings, and talks, the CCP said. 

Among the speakers are Leticia Arbelo, an international theatre arts educator from Argentina; Achiro P. Olwochi, an international playwright and theatre artist from Uganda; Rosemary Johns, another international playwright from Australia; Bebot Rodil, faculty of MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology; Dessa Quesada-Palm, member of Silliman University Culture and Arts Council and vice president of WPI Philippines; Liza Magtoto, a well-known playwright from Metro Manila; Dr. Glecy Cruz Atienza, a professor and playwright from Metro Manila; Jehanne Mutin, a playwright from Marawi City; Elsa Martinez Coscolluela, a playwright from Bacolod City; Luna Sicat-Cleto, a professor and a board member of WPI Philippines; August Melody Andong, president of WPI Philippines; and Malou Jacob, playwright and founder/president of WPI Philippines.

Panel discussions on “Katarungan at Pagkapantay-pantay ng Kababaihan,” “Katarungan at Pagkapantay-pantay sa Dulaan” (Justice and Equality in Women and in Theater”); “Mandudulang Babae, Mandudulang Bagani’”(Female and Warrior Playwrights). and “Katangi-tanging Babae, Katangi-tanging Katha” (Exceptional Women and Story) will be held..

The goal of the festival is in line with the Philippine Development Plan so that the general public “will have greater awareness of our diverse culture and values,” the CCP said.

“There will be significant progress towards inculcating values for the common good, cultivating creativity, and strengthening culture sensitive governance and development,” the CCP said. 

The project also seeks to inspire women to write, visualize their own stories, and energize them to believe in their own talent in writing, producing and acting, it said.

This festival is the flagship project of the CCP’s Gender and Development (GAD) Committee for 2020. 

True to the center’s mission of promoting diversity and inclusion, the entrance to the fora, dramatic reading of stage plays, and the creators’ market are free and open to the public.

However, tickets for performances in the evening are priced at Php 200.

For details, please check: or follow the CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page at or call 8551-5959 or 0919-3175708. You can also send an email to

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