PETA’s Online Activities Will Your Family Cope This Quarantine
by Inside Manila Team, May 08, 2020 5:59pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
Quarantine season is tough for every Filipino citizen and our economy. It isn’t easier for the the Filipino households. It’s great to have our family around during ECQ, but parents now also juggle their work obligations while grappling with their new roles as teachers and playmates of their children.
With this difficulty at hand, The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) provides families some options to help manage their home life while giving them a chance to experience theater from their own households.
The company recently introduced its Let’s Get Creative Plus online workshop, with the Children’s Theater Online pilot class opening this May 18. Participants ages 8-10 will engage in a 5-day online course, involving various creative activities that are hallmarks of PETA’s pedagogy. These are creative movement, music exploration, visual arts, and improvisation.
Moreso, children can safely socialize and interact with their fellow kids even in this time of physical distancing and quarantine.
PETA continues the free iteration of the Let’s Get Creative series on Facebook Live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00-4:00 P.M. Quarantined social media users of all ages are invited to participate in hour-long creative sessions on a wide variety of topics such as makeup application, music composition, improvisation, visual arts, crafts, and storytelling, among others, taught by PETA’s roster of artist-teachers.
The quarantine and the threat of COVID-19 pose particular challenges that require deeper understanding. In line with this, PETA also launched Talk Tuesdays, a webinar series focused on the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and other related topics.
The organization also provides further opportunities for family bonding and entertainment through its Streaming and Storytelling Sundays. The company’s rich vault of past productions is opened up and revived for the enjoyment of new audiences. Past livestreamed shows include beloved classics William and Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.
Through these online efforts and more, PETA aims to uplift human connections during a time of isolation by bringing the theater’s spirit of joy and community – from live to the virtual world – until the curtains rise for the Filipino people again.