• Arts in the trains


    NCCA brings a taste of PAF to LRT Commuters of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2 were treated to sumptuous samplings of the arts on January 20 with “Ani ng Sining sa LRT Stations.”

    Through the partnership between the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), the event happened at the Doroteo Jose Station in Manila of LRT Line 1 and at the Cubao Station in Quezon City of Line 2, where artists, representing different fields, regaled the public with performances.

    At the Doroteo Jose Station, the award-winning Halili-Cruz Ballet Company, TUP Kalinangan Dance Troupe and JR New System displayed the grace and power of different kinds of dance—ballet, folk and hiphop. On the other hand, veteran painter Nemesio Miranda, or Nemiranda, did an on-the-spot painting session with a model, garnering admiration from onlookers.  Poet Vim Nadera staged a poetry performance that both elicited laughter as well as shocked the audience.

    Meanwhile, at the Cubao Station, Iloilo-based musician Armor Rapista and his band impressed commuters with his unqiue music, combining sounds from conventional, unconventional and traditional instruments. The National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts informed the public about the importance and beauty of architecture, specifically mosques, through a mini-exhibit of “Masjid.”

    On the other hand, Sipat Lawin Ensemble, a theater community formed by alumni of the Philippine High School for the Arts, dished out a short of but enriching theatrical exeperience.

    The “Ani ng Sining sa LRT Stations” serves as a prelude to and to drum interest for the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF), an annual flagship event of the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts in celebration of National Arts Month (NAM).

    The opening ceremony of PAF to be held in Roxas City, Capiz, on January 31 is not to be missed because it is a rousing start of the colorful celebration with performances and other activities that will afford attendees a foretaste of the seven arts and their sumptuous offerings.

    Also of importance is the second Likha Asya festival and conference on community theater, creative industries and community-based tourism, a cross-cultural exchange of experiences and expertise in the creative industries and cultural tourism between Lihok Bisaya, a cultural association of seven community-based cultural groups in the Visayas region, and similar groups in Asia striving for sustainable livelihoods.

    It may be the shortest month of the year, but expect February brim with wonderful events with the Philippine Arts Festival.


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