15 countries unite for 13th IFCL in Manila


Dance, music, arts and poetry from 15 countries are coming over to Manila to mark the 13th International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC). With the commitment to bring together the different cultures of the world in one festival, the 13th IFLC will be held on March 3 at the Newport Performing Theater in Resorts World Manila.

Participating nations include the USA, Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Indonesia, France, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Madagascar, Mongolia, Romania, Tanzania, Tajikistan, and Germany.

The festivities will kick-off on March 2 at the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport where a welcoming reception will be hosted by the Department of Tourism. It will be followed by jeepney and bus tours within Manila. These local jeepneys will be decorated by local artists.

Participants will be performing with their colorful national costumes. A gala dinner for foreign and local dignitaries is to commence in the evening.

The main event on March 3 at Newport will be filled with performances by participating nations showcasing their culture, art and tourism.

Themed “World Languages & Cultures” as an extended version of the original theme “Colors of the World,” IFCL invited major languages like English, Spanish and Chinese for integration into the competition.

Participants for the international competition are selected and can compete in 19 categories and age groups. The Philippines will be represented by 12 students competing against delegates from other countries.

As an annual international cultural event-competition, IFCL aims to contribute to the linguistic and cultural diversity of the Philippines by encouraging and motivating students in secondary schools, colleges as well as adult learners to showcase their knowledge, skills and cultural uniqueness in a friendly contest.

It also provides a venue to develop understanding and respect among cultures, to promote better understanding of each country and enrich multicultural diversity.

For the first time, IFCL Festival’spre-qualification is sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Center, in cooperation with the Integrative Center for Alternative Development Foundation in Manila and co-organized by the Pacific Dialogue Foundation and the Turkish Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc.

This event is in partnership with the Department of Tourism, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, National Youth Commission, Philippine Army-CMOG, University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Department of Education, PTV4, GN, Bases Concersion and Development Authority, Megaworld International and Chef Tony’s Gourmet Popcorn.

For more information, contact Sylvia Torres Villalobos 571-3910 or 0905-5182923. E-mail inquiries to svillalobosturkishchamber@gmail.com.


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