History

Aklateko originated from Bibliotheque Improvisation Group, an all-artist group founded in September of 1994 in Manila.  The founders were then student Homer Fernandez, PNU Librarian Ms. Elinore de Castro and dramatist Dr. Gloria Andrade.  The original group was composed of university students interested in drama, music, dance, literature and painting.   The group had been able to produce over 50 improvised stage musicals, 3 original musicals with music composed only in one night, over a dozen impromptu comedies presented in provincial schools in Luzon and Metro Manila.  In 1997 the original group set up painting workshops and exhibits that lasted until year 2000.  In 1998, the group showcased an original Rizaliana musical called VIAJE DEL ALMA, written by Professor Miguel Cobaria, with music and lyrics by Albert Tacud, exclusively for the Knights of Rizal and in the same year published several improvised newsletters that featured the poetry of some of its members.cropped-collage1.jpg

In 2001 the original Bibliotheque Group presented the original musical by Homer Fernandez and Albert Tacud entitled FARMHOUSE EXPERIMENT at the Philippine International Convention Center and toured in Cavite City.  In 2003, the group moved to Dasmarinas, Cavite and was renamed AKLATEKO under the leadership of Joemarie Sanclaria.    In 2004, the new group conducted workshops in schools for special children, orphanages and homes for the aged.  MANANG BIDAY the zarzuela was conceived in 2005 and run for many performances until 2007.  From 2008 to 2010, the group served in many elementary schools in Dasmarinas, Cavite, conducting theater and painting workshops for children.   In 2012, the group became a regular project managers at Sitio Malabon and the Radiology Department of the DLSU Medical Center (winning championships for 5 consecutive years).  In 2016, Joemarie and Homer joined the Singapore-based Hands for Hope Foundation in conducting workshops for the sexually trafficked children and psychologically challenged boys at PREDA Foundation.  At Sitio Malabon, the group is in charge of teaching Art to the kids.  In January 2017, the project LIBRENG TYANGGE PARA SA MGA BATA was born.

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