BAGUIO CITY: The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on Tuesday urged Benguet residents to exert more effort to safeguard their culture and arts for the benefit of the future generation.
Speaking at a media forum held at the Veniz Hotel here, NCCA sub-commission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts sector head Renee Talavera noted that among the provinces in the North, Benguet is the most active in preserving its culture and arts particu- larly of the Ibaloi and Kankana-ey.
At present, there are more than 10 Schools of Living Tradition established in the different parts of the province.
NCCA supports the establishment of School of Living Traditions where a living master or culture specialist teaches skills and techniques of doing a traditional art or craft.
With the rich and diversified culture of the country, Talavera pointed out the need to exert
more efforts and for the communities, civil society groups, local government units and barangay officials to also help in safeguarding traditional arts and crafts.
“This is really a challenge for us as the masters of art are getting older. We hope that they are willing and still have the physical capability not only to pass the knowledge but to train new masters, as once the master dies the culture will also die,” Talavera said.
She encouraged local communities, civic organizations like performing groups and women’s groups, local government units and barangays to help in safeguarding the traditional arts in their locality as NCCA is ready to provide the support given that there are local groups that would initiate the project.
NCCA Public Affairs Office Head Rene Napeñas and Committee on Dance member Rebecca Nulud also attended the forum to promote NCCA’s call for project proposals for the Commission’s competitive grants for 2015.
Napeñas said NCCA has allocated a P300 million budget next year, with P95M set to fund qualified proposals in line with the defined priority projects of NCCA’s 19 natio- nal committees.
Deadline for the submission of competitive project proposals will be on August 31.
Proposals must capture the aspiration of the arts and culture community as depicted in NCCA’s 21st century vision of “Filipino culture as the wellspring of national and global wellbeing”.
Aside from the forum, NCCA also spearheaded a proposal for a writing workshop for around 50 invited groups/individuals.