Arts month highlights localities


THIS year’s National Arts Month (NAM) is set to emphasize localities and their arts and artists. With the theme “Highlighting local cultural genius to promote pride of place,” NAM is spearheaded once again by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

In Manila, the Lyceum of the Philippines (LPU) is holding the “Kultouravan: The Lyceum of the Philippines Cultural Caravan involving students and artists. Several cultural activities will also be held in Intramuros and Rizal Park for on February 2, 4 and 9 to 14.

In La Union, the Saint Louis College of San Fernando will hold the “Tawid Taoid: Bridging Cultures” on February 9, 10 and 20 to promote arts and culture to students.

Performances will include local culture while exhibits will feature the works of visual arts students. Launching in campuses, the works will tour the province for wider audience.

“Panagkaysakaysa: Ti Umili Ti Kultura Ken Sining” will be mounted in Burgos, Ilocos Norte from February 16 to 21 promoting the town’s heritage through different art forms.

For the whole month of February, the town of Liliw in Laguna, which is known for its slipper-making industry, will hold the “Sining Tsinelasan sa Liliw.” The event aims to tell legends and stories about the local industry through theatrical presentations and an exhibit at the Plaza Gat Tayaw Covered Court.

In southern Luzon, the Ligao National High School of Ligao City in Albay will have “Hablon: Habi ng Sining sa Paaralan at Komunidad” comprising forums, workshops and a theater performance by selected students from February 21 to 26.

The Kanlaon Theatre Guild will recognize the artistic contributions of artists and cultural groups and institutions in the province of Negros Occidental through “Ani: A Harvest of Traditional and Contemporary Artistic Expressions” on February 18 and 19. It will include the performance of “Circulo,” a “breakdance theater” with the members if Critical Breakdance, a Bacolod-based hiphop/break dance crew; the sarsuwela Gugma nga Indi Mapunggan; a musical by Armin Paredes on the 1898 Al Cinco de Noviembre event; the play Baganihan, Si Iska nga Permi Handa and Pedro Kalungsod; a fashion show focusing on the local wraparound skirt patadyong; and a monologue by an Ati group. Also in Bacolod City, “Ani Dos” will highlight the harvest of creative works of the Maskara Theatre Ensemble, Santermo Writer’s Group and the La Salle Chorale with the special participation of the Jean Baptiste Dance Company.

Farther south in Mindanao, Xavier University of Cagayan de Oro City will hold “Panaghugpong 7: Xavier Arts Festival” until February 25. This year’s edition of the school’s annual arts festival will feature a visual arst exhibit, theatre performances, dance, choral music, string and wind instrument ensemble performance and lectures.

Two literary events will happen in Bulacan and Camarines Sur. The town of Baliuag in Bulacan will pay tribute to one of its most prominent writer, fictionist, playwright and poet in Filipino Pedro Dandan, who was born in Baliuag. His works will be showcased in musical and dance performances in different parts of the town in a program called Linagin ang Ugnayan ng Bayan at Pamayanan para sa Likhang Sining ng Mamamayan.

On the other hand, Bikol literature will be spotlighted in the fifth mounting of the Pintakasi Kan Literaturang Bikolnon on February 20 in Pili, Camarines Sur, spearheaded by the Altamarino Clasio High School. The event will include the Aklat Ani Bikol Book fair, a creative writing workshop, and a poetry reading and literary performance session in an effort to promote Bicol literature and hone the skills of Bicol writers.

Aside from these local art events, outreach performances are set in Balanga, Bataan on February 20, and in Malolos, Bulacan in February 23. Ani ng Dangal exhibits will be featured in SM North EDSA on February 13 to 20, and SM Megamall in February 21 to 27.

For more details, contact Rene Sanchez Napeñas, head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office at 527-5529, or Visit


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