• Sayaw Pinoy opens in Roxas City

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    SAYAW Pinoy, known as the longest-running and most attended event during the annual Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) organized by National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), opened on January 30 in Roxas City, Capiz province.
    The festival will go on tour to different parts of the country this month, as part of the celebration of the National Arts Month (NAM) every February.

    Sayaw Pinoy provide opportunities to young Filipino dance groups all over the country to showcase their talent. It also gives emerging dance organizations to have an opportunity to perform and learn from professional dance companies. This serves as an avenue for NCCA’s engagement with municipalities
    that may have been difficult to reach and in the past.

    Now on its 11th year, the flagship project of the NCCA’s National Committee on Dance (NCD) under the dynamic leadership of Shirley Halili-Cruz, will stage performances of different forms of dance such as indigenous dances, folk dances, classical ballet, modern and contemporary dances and hip-hop.

    Thus, Sayaw Pinoy will reach out to the people with excellent performances that will open the consciousness and engender empathy to the plight of the victims of calamities and war. It hopes to bring out generosity to continue to share resources for the victims, especially the children.

    In the different Sayaw Pinoy venues, the audience are encouraged to donate new notebooks, pens, pencils, paper and other school supplies, that will be donated to school children in the disaster affected areas of Capiz, Bohol, Iloilo and Zamboanga. There will also be dance therapy workshops conducted for children.

    Halili-Cruz has established partnerships with SM Malls, National Parks Development Committee, and local government units to host this year’s Sayaw Pinoy.

    The following will be the date and venues for Sayaw Pinoy:  on February 1 to 2 in Capiz;  on February 8 in SM Aura Premiere at 2 p.m. and at SM Mega Mall at 6 p.m.; on February  9 in SM Mall of Asia at 2 p.m. and in the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium at 6 p.m.; on February 14 and 16 in SM Cebu, Ayala, and Mandaue City; on February 15 and 16 in SM Davao  (Ecoland and Lanang); on February 15 in SM Marikina; on February  22 in SM Rosales; and on February 23 SM Pampanga and SM Marilao.

    Sayaw Pinoy will now be a venue and opportunity to enjoy and be a part of these dance concerts and support the goal to rebuild lives.

    Since the Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991 was signed, this declared February as NAM. And through the declaration of NCCA as the country’s prime agency for the arts and culture, the organization has been spearheading this annual celebration.

    The different NAM activities of the NCCA were consolidated and given a certain format, coming up with the PAF. Now, the PAF consists of the flagship projects of the seven committees of the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts—architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater and the visual arts.

    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 ncca.paio@gmail.com.

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