HAMPASAN: EraGascon’s Advocacy for the Local Arts Scene


12485808_1707380279484827_1143825251772601732_oEGMM in cooperation with SELDA-DOS present:

‪#‎HAMPASAN‬ (An Open Art Jam!)

JANUARY 31, 2016 9PM at SELDA-DOS (Visayas Avenue, Tandang Sora, QC)


To register, send us a message here on Facebook or contact EGMM thru Pat Gascon- 0915 912 9919 and/or Joshua Chan- 0917 677 5141

BE PART OF THE #HAMPASAN Community!!! See you all on the 31st and let’s all end January together with one love, one passion, one advocacy, one community, #HAMPASAN!!!


What is #HAMPASAN?

HAMPASAN is the brain-child of two women who were inspired to use the artistry evident in people, as their way of promoting the beauty and diversity present today in the Philippines. Hampasan is not just a talent show and to prove it, the title was not chosen because it sounded cool, it actually means more than it has to offer;

Hampasan is a Filipino term for ‘hit’. Being common knowledge, to hit/get hit, emits/provokes a feeling. The show is centred in on this. Willing artists are given an open platform to express their selves through any type of medium. The concept behind “Hampasan” is that we would like to showcase a kaleidoscope of people who are present right now, those we come across and see every day and to realize that we actually don’t. This show’s goal is to have a two-way conversation between the artist and the audience; for the artists to hit the audience emotionally by letting them feel what they feel, by relaying their story and of course to express their selves. In turn, the audience would hit back to their performers with their presence during their acts of art.

It’s not a stagnant type of event. It (HAMPASAN) can be found anywhere. It can be done anywhere and it could be done in any way. No two shows are the same, just like no feeling is the same. KAYA TARA NA!! MAG-HAMPASAN NA!!


Images from HAMPASAN’s FB Page



ALT+ART: The Art of Alternative Theatre

For many, the theater arts scene in the Philippines has recently been an elitist’s haven. What is left with the common working class man, with the high prices of tickets, a lack of courses or programs teaching theatre, and most especially the height of television, cinema and social media as forms of entertainment?

These bastards are illegitimate children of performance, of the stage, of the glimmering lights of the “pinilakang tabing”. Let’s go back to where the stage is biggest – the streets, the communities, the masses.

ALT+ART promotes not the “best” in the most elitist competitive sense that fuels the general scheme of local mainstream theatre, but all the alternative, collegiate, community and lesser-known groups who pound their way without enough manpower or money to create a lasting product that is part of a long tradition of performance.

ALT+ART is here to promote the works of artists who strive for their art  delivering messages only seldom heard to the majority of masses not only for them to be able to witness stories of the marginalized but also to inspire them to collaborate and make art together as a community.

ALT+ART serves the artists that serve the community. And thus, we begin this endless journey.


  • ART+ALT is Gio Potes, an artist and critic borne out of the gay and ferocious UP Repertory Company of UP Diliman.