The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its chairman, Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr., and OIC-executive director Adelina Suemith, will lead the entire nation in a “dance rally” in numerous parts of the country to celebrate International Dance Day and National Dance Week.
Dubbed the “Yugyugan para sa Kultura ng Bayan,” the dance rally is slated on April 29 simultaneously in various locations including Angeles City in Pampanga, Baguio City, Cebu City, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro City, Batangas City, and Manila (Rizal Park). It is organized by the NCCA’s National Committee on Dance (NCD) headed by Josefina Guillen.
According to Guillen, Yugyugan will be participated by hundreds dancers, choreographers, school troupes and companies together as one at exactly 4 p.m. Performing the song “Ako ay Filipino,” these Filipino dancers will be joined by movers from other parts of the world as well. The NCD choreographed the movements to the over 100 participants.
Yugyugan will also express its artists’ passion on the promotion of culture and the arts as the event advocates for cultural heritage preservation.
The celebration of International Dance Day was created under the auspices of Unesco in Paris and held all over the world by the International Theater Institute (ITI) on April 29.
On the other hand, the Philippine National Dance Week is celebrated every fourth week of April every year as declared by Proclamation No. 154 “to bring together dancers to demonstrate and realize the function of dance in the society and in the rest of the world.”
For more information, contact the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information head Rene Napeñas at 527-5229 and 0928-5081057, or visit www.ncca.gov.ph.