50 years on, PETA continues to empower communities

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Posted at Sep 12 2017 02:20 PM

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MANILA - The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) was recognized in this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, dubbed Asia's equivalent of the Nobel prize, for "empowering communities for development through theater arts."

As the group celebrates its 50th year, PETA continues to remain relevant by raising awareness on social issues with its productions.

“Theater has something to do with developing people in society. Theater is something you can do to do social good… The idea really from the very beginning of PETA is not just to do theater for artists, it’s really to make theater accessible to everybody,” Beng Santos-Cabangon, executive director of PETA said in an interview on ANC’s “Early Edition” Tuesday.

Cecilia Garucho, president of PETA, said the company’s success could be attributed to Filipino artists who stood by the company through thick and thin.

“There’s hardly any support but they’re (artists) there. It’s their passion, their commitment, their love for the arts that keeps them going against all the odds,” she said.

Garucho said she hoped the recent recognition would inspire PETA to work with more theater groups not just in the Philippines but across Asia.

-ANC Early Edition, September 12, 2017