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The National Commission For Culture And The Arts Shares Plans For Arts Month

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) recently held a press conference at the historic walled city of Intramuros. In their headquarters, the NCCA announced the planned events for the upcoming National Arts Month (NAM) this February.

The NCCA is the leading government agency for arts and culture. It is led by its chairman, National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, who was present at the event. Almario, together with the rest of the NCCA team, outlined the multi-venue series of events for the 2019 NAM celebration.

This year’s Arts Month is titled "Ani ng Sining," and is spearheaded by the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts (SCA), led by commissioner Teddy Co. According to Co, the name of the event emphasizes “the richness of artistic endeavors in the Philippines, and the passion of Filipino artists and cultural workers.”

The press event was also attended by the NAM 2019 Arts Ambassadors Pia Wurtzbach and Ian Veneracion, and Music Ambassador KZ Tandingan.




Month-long event

"Ani ng Sining" is a month-long affair, with a wide array of activities and events, composed of seven flagship projects from the national committees of the SCA. The flagship projects will each highlight an aspect of the arts: Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Dramatic Arts and Visual Arts.

The NCCA will hold a number of opening ceremonies for NAM in the National Capital Region (NCR), as well as in Visayas and Mindanao. For NCR, Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila, will host the February 3 opening, while for the rest of Luzon, the opening will be in Bagac, Bataan, on February 11.

For the other regions, there’ll be opening ceremonies in Bago City, Negros Occidental, on February 1; for the Visayas and Koronadal City, South Cotobato, ceremonies will be held on February 15.

Art and culture fans can expect a plethora of activities on February, such as exhibits, workshops, shows, lectures, concerts, and tours all over the islands.

The National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts will present "Loob at Labas: Talakayan at Pagpaparangya" from February 22 to March 21. The event is an exhibit and forum that will travel around the country to enhance appreciation and awareness on Philippine architecture.

The National Committee on Cinema, headed by Teddy Co, will hold the eleventh installment of "Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival," a non-competition film festival highlighting the best films in the regions. It will start February 23 to March 1 at Foundation University in Dumaguete City.

For the dance category, the National Committee on Dance, headed by Shirley Halili-Cruz, will be holding a month-long traveling dance concert series, named "Sayaw Pinoy." The tour will bring different forms of dance, such as classical ballet, folk dance, and contemporary and modern dance.

The National Committee on Dramatic Arts, spearheaded by Rossana Q. Palm will hold "Tampok," which aims to gather and document the pioneers and key theater practitioners in the islands. There will also be various dramatic performances, workshops, and discussions. The events will be held from February 27 to March 1 in Malabon City (NCR); February 26 to March 1 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños; February 28 to March 2 in Bohol; and from March 2 to 4 in Ozamis City.


The NAM 2019 Ambassadors with the NAM Artistic Committee, NCCA ODED Marichu G. Tellano and NCCA Chairman Virgilio S. Almario | Photo by Faith Yangyang


For the literary arts, Dr. Hope S. Yu’s committee will hold "NAMnamin," an interdisciplinary event involving writing and the culinary arts. The event will be held on February 25 to 27 at The Orchid Gardens, San Fernando, Pampanga.

The National Committee on Music, headed by Mauricia D. Borromeo, will have the "Musicapulan: Music of the Philippine Islands." The event will feature performances, lectures, and workshops. The events are going to be held in different venues: Baguio City on February 8; Catbalogan City on February 1 and 8; Dumaguete City on February 23.


Executive Director Rico S. Pableo Jr. opens the NAM 2019 Press Conference | Photo by Faith Yangyang


For the visual arts, Edgar Talusan Fernandez, will spearhead the "Philippine Visual Arts Festival" in Manila from February 4 to 7. The event will have workshops, art talks, exhibits, and other activities that will highlight the work of visual artists in the Philippines.

For the culminating activity, a long standing NAM tradition will be held, the "Ani ng Dangal" (Harvest of Honors) awarding ceremonies. The award recognizes artists who have earned international awards and accolades during the previous year.


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