Celebrating the artistic brilliance of the Filipinos
ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - February 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Stepping in the first week of February, it is worth noting a major celebration that mirrors the spirit and character of a human race. And for Filipinos, we observe February as the Arts Month.


As the country’s driving government agency for arts and culture, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) initiates the celebration under the theme Ani ng Sining and is conceptualized under the aegis of NCCA's Subcommission on the Arts (SCA). The name accentuates the wealth of artistic undertakings in the Philippines and the enthusiasm of Filipino artists and cultural workers.

The month-long Ani ng Sining will offer a wide cluster of occasions and activities aimed at commending an abundant reap of Philippine arts just as moving Filipinos to immerse in and welcome the decent variety of social articulations, insights and creativity.

Philippine Arts Festival will be made out of the flagship projects of SCA's seven national panels—Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Dramatic Arts and Visual Arts—which will be held in various venues everywhere throughout the nation. For the entire of February, expect plenty of activities such as exhibits, workshops, concerts, tours, lectures, and others occurring in various parts of the country.

Headed by Teddy Co, the National Committee on Cinema will hold the eleventh installment of Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival, a non-competition film festival which features the some of the best works in the regions. The celebration has been bringing issues to light on the endeavors on and advancement of filmmaking in the distinctive areas, and giving stage to these movies, a large portion of which in nearby dialects and demonstrating socially established accounts, to be shown and increased in value by a more extensive gathering of people.

The National Committee on Dance, headed by Shirley Halili-Cruz, will stun the general society with the month-long voyaging dance concert series "Sayaw Pinoy" in various parts of the country. The dance tour unites distinctive dance forms, for example, classical ballet, folk dance, contemporary and modern dance as the country’s top dance companies perform with the local dance troupes of host cities and municipalities.

The National Committee on Dramatic Arts, headed by Rossana Q. Palm, will hold Tampok, convergences which aim to gather and document the pioneers and key theater practitioners in the regions. There will be performances, workshops and discussions.

The National Committee on Literary Arts, head by Dr. Hope S. Yu, NAMnamin, a convergence of food and literature.

The National Committee on Music, headed by Mauricia D. Borromeo, will hold Musicapuluan: Music of the Philippine Islands, a music festival with performances, lectures and workshops that will celebrate our local music.

The National Committee on Visual Arts, headed by Edgar Talusan Fernandez, will mount the Philippine Visual Arts Festival. It will include workshops, art talks, exhibits and numerous activities that will highlight the works of visual artists around the country.

At the University of the Philippines Cebu, today, February 7 at six o’clock in the evening is the opening of the 43rd Jose Joya Arts Awards and Exhibition with older sister Josefina “Josie” Baldovino and three grandchildren of the late national artist Jose T. Joya gracing the event, and an opening salvo from the Philippine Arts 1 students. The exhibit is from February 7 to 28, 2019.

Truly a month filled with artistic expressions, looking forward as we celebrate our works and aspirations, reminding us as a people of great artistic history.


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