The National Arts Month came to a grand close as the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) ended February with a bang through the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) themed “Art on the Edge.”
Spearheaded by the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts, PAF highlighted the advancements achieved in different art forms, the innovations, the modern evolution of art and the artistic creations in the peripheries.
Initially held only at the National Capital Region, PAF activities were held all over the country, especially in the regions, to reach as many people as possible.
The opening ceremony, held in Roxas City, Capiz last January 31 was met with colorful celebration of performances and activities.
The National Committee on Dance partnered with SM Malls to hold Sayaw Pinoy, the longest-running NAM project with a full-house audience in every performance, all over the country for a month-long celebration. It opened on January 31 in Roxas City, Capiz, alongside the opening of PAF.
Sayaw Pinoy is a touring dance concert showcasing the different dance forms (folk, ballet, hip-hop and contemporary) by various dance companies performing back to back with upcoming dance groups. It aimed to highlight the dance icons in the major venues of the event in the different cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It was led by its project director, Shirley Halili-Cruz.
Meanwhile, the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts, headed by Architect Gerard Lico, held several exhibitions, conferences, lectures and competitions on Philippine architecture and allied arts—collectively called Achi[types/texts] 2014—around Metro Manila. It held exhibitions in SM Aura in Taguig, SM San Lazaro, SM Pampanga, SM Iloilo, University of the Philippine Diliman, Metropolitan Theater, and GT Toyota Asian Center
Under the helm of Dr. Miguel Rapatan, the National Committee on Cinema organized the sixth installment of Cinema Rehiyon 6 Cagayan de Oro City from February 18 to 21. It held screenings and forums that focused on the film productions from the regions. Independent filmmakers from Baguio, Pampanga, Calabarzon, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Zamboanga and others showcased their latest films.
The National Committee on Literary Arts, steered by Dr. Priscilla Macansantos, mounted the Taboan 2014: Philippine Literary Arts Festival in Subic Freeport Zone from February 24 to 26. Taboan gathered writers, teachers and students for forums, lectures, a book fair, literary readings, performances, arts and crafts exhibits, cultural tours, other satellite projects, and an awards ceremony for outstanding writers from the regions.
On another note, the National Committee on Music, headed by NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon Jr., mounted the music festival Taal-Tunugan in Iloilo City from February 24 to 26. The music festival, which toured around the area, featured new musical ensemble who were trained using musical instruments made from scraps and other recycled materials.
Tanghal 2014, theater festival which highlighted the works and achievements of community and university-based theater groups, was held in Bohol from February 22 to 25. It is the flagship project of the National Committee on Dramatic Arts under the guidance of its project director, Lutgardo Labad.
Using arts as instrument of healing, the National Committee on Visual Arts, led by its former head Nemesio Miranda, chose Tacloban as the site for the Philippine Visual Arts Xtreme (PVAX) in light of the recent disaster. It was held from February 20 to 23. Originally called Philippine Visual Arts Festival, PVAX was a gathering of visual artists from all over the country for a lineup of activities including conferences, exhibitions, competitions, workshops, painting sessions, tours, and many others.
Ani ng Dangal Awards
Over 60 artists from different fields of arts were conferred the Ani ng Dangal Awards by the NCCA at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila last February 2.
Now on its sixth year, the Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honors) Awards recognizes artists who have earned international awards and accolades during the past year and aims to highlight the artistic brilliance of the Filipinos. The annual event is part of PAF 2014, NCCA’s grand event in celebration of the National Arts Month.