To mark the National Arts Month (NAM) in February, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will hold “Philippine Visual Arts Festival (PVAF)” in Tacloban City, Leyte from February 20 to 24.
PVAF, one of the seven flagship programs of NCCA for its Philippine Arts Festival (PAF), will gather visual artists from all over the country for a lineup of activities including conferences, exhibitions, competitions, workshops, painting sessions, tours and many others.
The festival is led by Nemesio Miranda, head of the National Committee on Visual Arts of NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts.
The music of ‘Taal-Tunugan’
Another flagship program under PAF is the “Taal-Tunugan” led by NCCA chairman himself, Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr. who also heads the National Committee on Music.
Taal-Tunugan will showcase a new musical ensemble made from scraps and other recycled materials that will be toured around the country.
It is aimed at resonating the sounds and music found in different communities in the Philippines that utilize locally crafted musical instruments.
‘Taboan’ goes to Subic
Meanwhile, the “Taboan 2014: Philippine Literary Arts” is slated at the Subic Freeport Zone from February 24 to 26 as part of the monthlong celebration.
This is the landmark project of the National Committee on Literary Arts of NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts headed by Dr. Priscilla Macansantos for the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF).
Taboan 2014 will gather writers, teachers and students for forums, lectures, a book fair, literary reading, performances, arts and crafts exhibits, cultural tours, other satellite projects, and an awards ceremony for outstanding writers from the regions.
Tanghal takes center stage anew
The last among the seven flagship projects of PAF is “Tanghal.” For 2014, the theater festival aims to underscore the works and achievements of community and university-based theater groups.
It will be led by Lutgardo Labad, head of the National Committee on Dramatic Arts of the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts.
National Arts Month
The Philippines celebrates NAM during February since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991. As the country’s main agency for the arts and culture, the NCCA leads in celebrating NAM with the Philippine Arts Festival.
For 2014, PAF has taken the theme “Art on the Edge,” highlighting the advancements achieved in different art forms, the innovations, the modern evolution of art, and the artistic creations in the peripheries.
Spearheaded by the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts, PAF comprises mainly the flagship projects of the seven committees of the subcommission—architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater, and the visual arts. It aims to highlight the artistic talent and brilliance of the Filipino people. Initially centering around the National Capital Region, PAF activities will be held all over the country in order to reach as many people as possible.
With private and government agencies as partners, PAF 2014 promises to be an exhilarating celebration of the arts with workshops, exhibitions, forums, performances, and many other events participated in by numerous artists.
For more details on the activities and schedules, contact PAF Media Director and NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) head, Rene Sanchez Napeñas at (632) 527-2192 or at 0928.5081057. Log on to www.ncca.gov.ph or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.