THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through its sub-commission Philippine Cultural Education Program (PCEP) and in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), will hold the grand national finals of the 9th Diwang: Sagisag Kultura ng Filipinas via Zoom and Facebook Live @pcepofficial on December 8 at 1 p.m.

‘Diwang: Sagisag Kultura ng Filipinas’ intends to propagate and
strengthen Filipino culture through video lessons by student-teachers,
songwriting, balagtasan and modules by active teachers all over the
archipelago. IMAGE FROM NCCA
‘Diwang: Sagisag Kultura ng Filipinas’ intends to propagate and strengthen Filipino culture through video lessons by student-teachers, songwriting, balagtasan and modules by active teachers all over the archipelago. IMAGE FROM NCCA

Divided into four categories — Gawad PCEP Para sa Pinakamahusay na Video Lesson ng Gurong Mag-aaral, Diwang Kapaskuhan: A Christmas Songwriting Development Competition, Balagtasan and Culture-based Module Making — the contest attracted 339 individuals and groups from DepEd regional offices. Winners will be awarded with trophies, certificates and cash prizes.

Gawad PCEP intends that symbols or hallmarks of the Filipino culture be incorporated in the teaching of Filipino, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Values Education, Music and Arts, Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), and Physical Education and Health.

It aims to train student-teachers in the use of cultural symbols and embodiments in creating video lessons; create new forms of arts that reflects Filipino culture through songwriting; propagate balagtasan in schools and communities; encourage teachers to incorporate Filipino culture in their modules; and involve communities, artistic groups, LGUS, and private and public schools in the Diwang competition.

A flagship project of NCCA since 2013, the program director is Dr. Joseph Cristobal with component heads Prof. Alvin Ringgo Reyes for Gawad PCEP, Prof. Mark Anthony Carpio for Diwang Kapaskuhan, Dr. Vim Nadera for Balagtasan and Dr. Orlando Magno for Module Making.

While culture was embedded in Philippine education when DepEd was DECS (Department of Education, Culture and Sports), NCCA has been taking the lead in propagating it with its limited resources and power as the government's de facto cultural department.

Visit https://philippineculturaleducation.com.ph for more information.