• NCCA celebrates 30th anniversary

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    Honors ‘The Times,’ organizations and individuals supporting its mission

    It has been 30 years since the late President Corazon Aquino signed Executive Order No. 118 into Republic Act 7356 to establish the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Following three decades of honing, supporting and promoting the heart and soul of the country, the organization best known today as NCCA fittingly shared the milestone in honoring individuals and organizations supportive of its mission and endeavors in a glittering ceremony at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel on May 17.

    (From left) NCCA Commissioner for the Arts Teddy Co, Ogie Alcasid, Angela Javier Cruz representing Dingdong Dantes, Peach Lopez representing Aiza Seguerra, Congress Representative to the NCCA Board Gigi Ricafort, Enchong Dee, Piolo Pascual and NCCA Executive Director Rico Pableo Jr.

    Among those recognized for their contribution in the propagation and development of Filipino culture and the arts include movie and TV personalities Piolo Pascual, Enchong Dee and Ogie Alcasid who partook of the celebration despite their busy schedules.

    Print media partners with Department of Tourism Undersecretary Falconi Millar (extreme left) and NCCA Executive Director Rico Pableo Jr. (second from right); The Sunday Times magazine deskman Arlo Custodio accepts the recognition on behalf of The Manila Times (second from left)

    Celebrities who sent representatives to accept the awards in their honor were Dingdong Dantes as Youth Ambassador, and National Youth Commission chairman and National Literature Month Ambassador Aiza Seguerra.

    Pillars of the NCCA Awardees with National Library of the Philippines Director Cesar Gilbert Adriano (extreme left) and NCCA Executive Director Rico Pableo Jr. (second from left), Ramon Santos, Shirley Halili-Cruz, Felipe de Leon Jr., Christopher Rollo and Lutgardo Abad

    Pillars of the NCCA National Committees (heads of the National Executive Council) were loudly applauded for bringing honor to the country through their works and leadership, namely Felipe de Leon for Music, National Artist Ramon Santos for the Arts, the late Eddie Romero for Cinema, Shirley Halili-Cruz for Dance, Glecy Atienza for Dramatic Arts, Lutgardo Labad for Dramatic Arts, and Christopher Rollo for Visual Arts.

    NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office Team led by PAIO Head Rene Napeñas (fifth from right) with Commissioner for Subcommission on Heritage Fr. Harold Rentoria (second from left), Commissioner for Suncommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts Alphonsus Tesoro and NCCA Executive Director Rico Pableo Jr.

    For the Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts, the following were recognized, Al-Anwar Anzar, Consuelo Paz, Eufracio Abaya, Alphonsus Tesoro, Kate Botengan, Alicia Magos, Nagasura Madale and
    Norma Sharief.

    Recognizing broadcast media partners

    From the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage they were: Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, Jaime Laya, Melquiades dela Cruz, Emelita Almosara, Regalado Trota-Jose, Fr. Harold Rentoria, Araceli Salas, Maria Luisa Camagay, Rosa Vallejo, the late Antonio Santos, Angel Bautista and Eustacio Orobia.

    The author (third from left) receiving the recognition on behalf of The Manila Times as Distinguished Print Media Partner

    For the Subcommission on Cultural Dessemination: Narcissa Munasque, Alfred Gabot, Mario Miclat, Rodrigo Cornejo, and National Artist Virgilio Almario who is NCCA Chairman [who extended his wishes for the Commission through a video message from Venice, Italy as he was attending the 57th Venice Art Biennale].

    UP Singing Ambassadors

    Moreover, NCCA recognized its media partners as well, with The Manila Times among four dailies given the honor for print. GMA Network and ABS-CBN led Television honorees along with TV5, UNTV and PTV 4, and DZBB and DZRH radio.

    Finally, SM Supermalls was given a Citation for Private Organization for its endless support for NCCA’s project both as a venue and partner in its projects.

    Actor Piolo Pascual

    NCCA executive director Rico Pableo led the evening’s event, which also had as one of its highlights sand artist Joseph Valerio expertly using his medium to form the 30th anniversary logo of the agency.

    The event ended with the powerful combination of voices of Dulce, Bituin Escalante, Ima Castro, Frenchie Dy and Joey Ayala in a grand production number.

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