Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A glimpse of Acosta's Universe

by Sarah Katrina Maramag for Philippine Online Chronicles

Like any poet, musician, and thespian,  Ericson Acosta has had many names, portrayed various roles, and assumed numerous identities.

He was Gerry Escultura, playwright of Alay Sining’s Monumento, which he also directed and where he played the lead role of Andres Bonifacio. He also acted in several other theater productions in UP, including the UP Repertory Company’s Sa Sariling Bayan directed by Soxy Topacio, and Dulaang UP’s Green Bird directed by the late Ogie Juliano.

As writer and editor of the UP Philippine Collegian during the 1990s, he was also known as Ereksyon Pacasta in the paper’s lampoon issue. He edited the paper’s breakthrough F1 Literary Folio where his poem “And So Your Poetry Must” was first published. He has worked in the media as a segment writer for ABS-CBN’s Wanted TV Patrol, and assistant entertainment editor of the Manila Times.
He has written and composed most of Alay Sining’s more popular songs that student activists continue to perform to this day. Later on, he would continue composing more songs under the moniker “acostauniverse."

Acosta was also the former chairperson of the campus alliance STAND-UP (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP) and a member of the UP Amnesty International. He also helped in the re-establishment of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) during EDSA II.
In recent years, he has worked closely with the peasant sector as a cultural worker and human rights researcher and activist. (continue reading)

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