Now on its 11th year, “Sayaw Pinoy,” one of the seven flagship programs during the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will once again showcase the wonderful dance traditions of the Philippines in key areas all over the country. PAF is part of the celebration of the National Arts Month (NAM) in February.
The longest-running and most attended program of PAF, Sayaw Pinoy is led by Shirley Halili-Cruz, head of the National Committee on Dance of the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts.
The project provides opportunities to young Filipino dancers to bring their skills to the stage through workshops and dialogues with different artists. It also allows small dance organizations to learn from different professional dance companies. This way, they may find and express their cultural identities through dance.
There will be various performances on different dance forms such as indigenous dances, folk dances, classical ballet, modern and contemporary dances and hip-hop, and a lot more.
Finally for 2014, Sayaw Pinoy will tour major venues in different cities of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao making it a true celebration of colorful and festive dance traditions
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, headed by its chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., 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.