The National Arts Month was celebrated for the whole month of February and was ended with a blast of colorful and cultural performances from various groups showcasing their prowess in the arts scene.
The concluding program for the month-long festival was held on February 28 at the Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium with performances led by the ethnic dance of the University of the Philippines Kontra Gapi’s ethnic dances.
Traditional and contemporary dances were also staged by various dance groups like the Unibersidad de Manila’s Sinag Lahi Dance and The Nuno Dance Troupe of Angono. They filled the stage with colorful folk dances, from Pandanggo sa Ilaw, Pandanggo sa Baso, Tinikling and jotas, to the folk dances of Cordillera.
J-crisis contrasted the traditional tone of the night when they delivered a heart-stopping performance of high-flying acrobatic hip-hop routines.
Ani ng Dangal honorees from the Halili-Cruz Dance Company came in their grand ballet routine and contemporary dance performance.
Awardee Liza Diño was accompanied by her partner Aiza Seguerra in a flamenco performance to the tune of “Makita Kang Muli.” Joanna Ampil sang one of her original singles from her latest album, as well as her rendition of the song “Memories,| a musical piece from the internationally acclaimed production, Cats.
Besides dance and musical performances, theatrical pieces were delivered by the Sining Banwa performers from Ligao National High School, Ligao, Albay and members of Artistic Inc. from the Southern Tagalog region. Sining Banwa rendered a dramatic performance commemorating the heroes of the famous Bikolano epic, Ibalon, while Artistic Inc. showcased a musical excerpt from their National Arts Month staging of “Sining Tsinelasan sa Liliw” which centred on the life of Apolinario Mabini.
Also, the Art Circle, a student organization from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, conducted the “SELF-E: Engage, Encourage, Express, Explore th rough Arts.”
The closing ritual was Sinukwan Kapampangan’s “Graci Angeles” performance in thanksgiving to the angels from which Angeles City was named.
As summer-time approaches, the NCCA returns the summer heat with various programs. The month is ushered in by performances from the Jilin Art Troupe for the commemoration of the 40th Philippines-China Democratic Relations. International delegates from various countries united in bringing cultural performances together in the 13th International Festival for Language and Culture.
For schedules on upcoming activities, contact Rene Napeñas, head of NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office at 527-2192 local 208, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.ncca.gov.ph.