Derived from a Japanese word meaning ‘chitchat’, PechaKucha is a presentation style in which twenty slides are shown for twenty seconds each – totaling to six minutes and forty seconds. This provides a concise and fast-paced presentation format powered by multiple speakers. The earliest PechaKucha was in February 2003, spearheaded by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein-Dytham Architecture. ‘Talk less, show more’ is the essence of a PechaKucha, it is a way for people to meet, show their work, and exchange ideas in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
The audience is usually from the design, architecture, photography, and creative fields, but also from academia. Most presenters are design professionals showing their creative work. Video art has also been presented at some events.
And PechaKucha Nights have been happening in the City of Love. Now on its fourth volume, PechaKucha Nights will be tackling the pressing social issues in the country today. Entitled ‘ISYUsero kag ISYUsera: The Rumors are True, the PechaKucha event will be on May 19, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at The Foodville in San Rafael Mandurriao. Some of the speakers will be Human Resource Operations Manager Josie Escanlar of Inspiro Iloilo who will talk about current issues concerning the BPO sector in the country, English teacher Rowell Salulog of Leonora Salapantan Nationa High School who will talk about issues in the educational system, writer and environmentalist Riza Ornos of Earthing Ph who will talk about environmental issues and zero waste management, Regional Coordinator Justin Bionat of Asia and the Pacific Youth Voices who will talk about gender rights issues, Vice President Irish Granada Inoceto of Iloilo Pride who will talk about gender discrimination, and Legal Officer Jc Bangoy who will talk about HIV and AIDS awareness. Benefits of the event will go to the Ati Community of Barangay Lanit in Jaro.
The event aims to ‘celebrate Ilonggo talent as it features local performers to perform in between talks’. It also aims to create an avenue for interaction among attendees and the speakers afterward. For more information about PechaKucha Night happening on May 19, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at The Foodville in San Rafael Mandurriao, visit @PechaKuchaIloilo on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.