Governor Bong Lacson lauded the European Union Delegation to the Philippines, headed by Ambassador Luc Veron, Negros Cultural Foundation, University of St. La Salle – Bacolod, and Masskara Theater Ensemble, for the successful partnership, through the staging of Teatro Europa in the province.
The USLS Masskara Theatre Ensemble’s showcased its interpretation of “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett, at the USLS Gallaga Theatre, tonight.It is one of the 18 universities in the country, which is privileged to be part of the prestigious Teatro Europa Third Edition, presented by the EU Delegation to the Philippines, together with EU Member States, its cultural institutes and partner universities.
The prestigious theatre festival serves as venue to showcase the best talents of the Filipino youth as they get engaged with the European culture.
Gov. Lacson said that the province is honored and grateful to have H.E. Luc Veron, who visited Negros Occidental not just for the Teatro Europa, but to also advance the importance of arts and culture in economic development through the establishment of partnerships and networks; and the possible collaborations on green issues such as solid waste management technologies, full circle recycling, and climate change crisis mitigation.
“May this visit be the start of stronger diplomatic relations and a more fruitful cultural exchange between Negros Occidental, the Philippines, and the European Union,” he said.
Meanwhile, Amb. Veron thanked the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City Government for the warm welcome of the EU Delegation.
He said that theatre is a fundamental part of Europe’s culture and heritage, and an effective platform to express the identities of Europeans and Filipinos.
“I am happy to see that this theatre festival has established itself as a dynamic platform for cultural exchange and collaboration with the Filipino youth.”, he added.