Pecha Kucha: The Art of Concise Presentation

BRINGING social issues to light in creative ways allows for the youth to become more involved, and Pecha Kucha is one such avenue.

Staged by Dakila Davao Collective, a group pushing for various advocacies, the city’s first Pecha Kucha Night was held last Saturday, August 15 in partnership with Java Jive coffee shop at Quirino.

Originating from Japan, Pecha Kucha is the method of presenting twenty slides of a certain topic for twenty seconds each, and presentations outside of Japan need to obtain licenses to officially be called “Pecha Kucha Nights”, which Dakila Davao Collective said they obtained.

The first Pecha Kucha Night: Minute Movies – Telling Big Stories Through Short Films gathered interested participants to meet with accomplished Davaoeño artists who headed the talks, and the roster of speakers were Bagani Fiola, credited with the film Sonata Maria and is currently part of the Davao Ngilngig Films 2015, Maki Serapio, who scored the music for Sonata Maria earning him the Best Sound Design from the Young Critics Choice awards in Manila, Gian Enrique, filmmaker and winner of a city government-sponsored short filmmaking contest, and Jad Montenegro- Amor, musician and a frequent presence in the city’s indie band scene.

“We focused on filmmaking to present various interpretations of modern day heroism,” said Kara Ahorro, operations and communications officer of Dakila Davao Collective.

The group says while different art forms are used to present pressing social issues, such as climate change, women empowerment, internet rights, and the like; membership to Dakila Davao Collective is not limited to people who dabble in traditional or multimedia arts.

“If you are really passionate about something, you do not have to be intimidated because in our community we have to be solid,” said Melissa Claire Barrera, president of Dakila Davao Collective.

Asked if there will be more activities from the group soon, Barrera said they are awaiting the go signal from their central office as to which particular social issue to present, but assured that more Pecha Kucha nights are in store for the passionate, artistic, and eager Davaoeños.

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