“I hope other Japanese will know more about Filipino. In the Philippines, there are many good things that I think we, Japanese, can learn from. If we look at the lighter side, we can create better understanding.”
This was what Japanese artist and composer Motohide Taguchi said after this afternoon’s Art-Culture Talk and Video Presentation entitled “Tungko 2016” held at F213.
As a response to the request of Unified Nomadic Artist-in-Residence Program in the Philippines, the Language, Literature, and Arts department of the Humanities and Letters Cluster accommodated Taguchi with his artist residency project called “Creating Ritual on the War Time Memories”. This was also done in cooperation with Teatro Humanidades, which gave an intermission number during the program.
Through a series of workshops with young local music groups and students of Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai last Nov. 23, 24 and Dec. 5, 2016, Taguchi created a musical piece in a form of ritual. He focused on the memories of wartime during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.
Prior to the workshops, he conducted interviews with local historians, war veterans, and survivors around Davao, to gather valuable information and references for the musical piece. The video documentation for these interviews was also shown during the program.
The Japanese composer expressed his opinion about young Filipino artists.
“I think, the young Filipino music composers are really talented. I know that some of them are now studying abroad, like in Germany and New York. Maybe after returning to the Philippines, they can contribute to the development of the musical industry,” Taguchi said.
Students from Humanities 111 classes were among the participants of the said talk. Second year BSA student Takashi Iwazaki shared his thoughts regarding the event.
“This session was something special for me. I learned that there are many Japanese influence and involvement in the Filipino culture. As both a Japanese and Filipino, I felt relieved that there are still people who have a brighter view of the Japanese-Filipino relationship,” he said.