The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. and OIC-executive director Adelina Suemith, is gearing up for the celebration of National Arts Month (NAM) in February.
The organizer of NAM since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991, NCCA for this year chooses the theme “Pride of Place.” This year also, instead of holding the Philippine Arts Festival—the celebration of NAM for several years—the premier national arts institution is spurring local government units, schools and non-government organizations to mount events in their communities for the celebration.
The aim is to promote “local culture and arts scene and featuring the talents, performances and creativity of the many artists and arts groups in the seven arts.” With this, the activities and events will be spread out from Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao, comprising of performances, exhibits and workshops. Several projects are festivals of different art forms, involving several activities.
The opening program of the arts month will happen on February 1 at the Rizal Park’s Open-Air Auditorium in Manila. Visitors can join the pocket workshops on drawing and caricature-making while short films and documentaries on Filipino architecture will be shown in the afternoon.
In the evening, people will be able to watch performances of Novo Concertante, Sinukwan Kapampangan Performing Arts, Xtreme Dancers from South Cotabato and Halili Cruz School of Ballet. An excerpt of a komedya, an old Filipino theater form, will be mounted, as well as a balatagsan, the Tagalog poetic “joust,” and a modern rap session, at the Concert at the Park venue of Rizal Park, in partnership with the National Parks Development Committee.
NCCA’s NAM celebration will be highlighted by the Ani ni Dangal awards, which will happen on February 12 at 6 p.m., at the Old Senate Hall of the National Museum of the Philippines. It will be headlined by iconic actress and politician, Gov. Vilma Santos, who won the Best Actress trophy at the 2014 Dhaka International Film Festival for the Jeffrey Jeturian film Ekstra.
The Ani ng Dangal (meaning, harvest of honors) Awards recognizes artists, cultural workers and works that have earned international awards and accolades during the past year.
Photos of the awardees’ trophies, clippings and ephemera will be featured at the Ani ng Dangal exhibit, which will be unveiled at the event. The exhibit will also be mounted at the SM North Edsa from February 13 to 20, SM Megamall from February 21 to 27, and at the Rizal Park at February 28.
Finally, the closing ceremony of NAM will also happen at Rizal Park on February 28, at 6 p.m. featuring performances by Novo Concertante, Sinukwan Kapampangan Performing Arts, Xtreme Dancers, A Team and guests representing the different arts. All Saturdays and Sundays of February will also be filled with performances at the same venue.
For more details, contact Rene Sanchez Napeñas, head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office at 0928-5081057 or 527-5529. E-mail email@example.com or visit our website at www.ncca.gov.ph.