National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) continues to reach out to the international community and the Filipino community abroad through broadening the scope of its international cultural arm Sentro Rizal (SR).
From September, the Sentro Rizal has expanded with the inauguration of several new centers. SR Doha, in Qatar, was opened on September 20 while SR in Cairo, the first ever SR in the African region, was inaugurated on September 25. SR Agana, the latest addition to the centers, was inaugurated in Guam on October 11. To date, there are 21 Sentro Rizals established across the globe.
NCCA continued the expansion of the Sentro Rizal, with the support of the Office of Senator Legarda, for the remaining days of 2016 as it simultaneously inaugurated SR in Brunei and Milan on November 28, and the opening of SR in Rome on November 29.
Sentro Rizal is established and was recognized by virtue of Section 42 of Republic Act 10066 known as the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, which specifies a center “ whose main purpose is the promotion of Philippine arts, culture and language throughout the world.”
Sentro Rizal serves as a repository, inter alia, of materials on Philippine arts, culture and language, including but not limited to books, films, magazines, artworks, tourism promotion materials and the like. SR materials are made available to the public, both Filipino and foreign.
Aside from the provision of cultural materials, Sentro Rizal also organizes cultural programs and activities for Filipinos, especially for children overseas, to promote appreciation and understanding of Philippine culture and the arts.