Ateneo Cultural Laboratory 2013: The Kalibo-Boracay Connection Launched

December 21, 2012

The Ateneo Cultural Laboratory (ACL) 2013: The Kalibo-Boracay Connection was launched at the Leong Hall Auditorium on 10 December 2012 at 4:30-6:00 pm. To enliven the occasion, the Mandaluyong City Ati-Atihan Crew danced an Ati-Atihan number, accompanied by students of Mr Skilty Labastilla, while the Company of Ateneo Dancers evoked a summer beach party. Dr John Paul Vergara, Vice-President for the Loyola Schools, gave the welcome remarks. Shortly after, Dr Fernando Zialcita, Director of the Ateneo Cultural Laboratory, extended an invitation to all the students to attend the ACL that will run from 15 April to 8 May 2013.

Dr Zialcita listed the themes of the 2013 ACL: (1) the cultural and especially medicinal uses of particular plants, (2) traditional food recipes and culture, (3) festivities and games, (4) folk healing and massage, (5) life-stories of sinamay and piña weavers, (6) 19th-century stone churches built by Filipino parish priests, (7) a tour script for Kalibo, and (8) teaching modules on Aklanon heritage.

At the program’s end, Ms Monique Querubin and another Planet-Zip dancer performed a spectacular fire dance outside Leong Hall.

The ACL is run by the Cultural Heritage Studies Program of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in partnership with the Department of History and the Fine Arts Program. For the 2013 ACL the partners include the Kalibo Municipal Government, the Aklan Provincial Government, the Aklan Provincial Tourism Office,  and the Aklan Historical and Cultural Society.

The ACL is funded and supported by the Institute of Philippine Culture, School of Social Sciences. Reservations should be made at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel 4265990; 4266001 local 5270 and 5271 or with Dr Zialcita <>.
The ACL 2013 Logo may be downloaded below.