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March-June 2012 · For Artists and Cultural Workers · ISSN 0119-5948

Official Newsletter of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts

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Vol. XV, No. 2, March-June 2012 ISSN 0119-5948

The agung is a knobbed metal gong of the Philippines used in various communal rituals. Suspended in the air by rope or metal chains, the musical instrument is also employed by some indigenous groups as a means to announce community events, and as an indicator of the passage of time. Agung is published quarterly by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Felipe de leon, Jr. chairman eMeliTA V. AlMosArA, Ceso iV executive director MArlene ruTh s. sAnChez, MnsA deputy executive director

Rene Sanchez Napeñas editor-in-chief Roel Hoang Manipon managing editor Mervin Concepcion Vergara art director

Marvin Alcaraz photographer Niña Elyca Rabadam contributing writer Leihdee Anne Cabrera Sharon Arawe paio staff May Corre Tuazon circulation

Abigail Lazaro Mark Gregor Dela Cruz Archie Jane Diamante Skyzx Shannah Labastilla Ma. Crisedna Magsumbol Bernadette David PMED correspondents

About the cover The 18th-century Cathedral of San Jose in Romblon, Romblon, is one of the 37 colonial churches declared as National Cultural Treasures Photo by Jose Zulueta

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and culture which leads the annual month-long celebration of Filipino cultural and artistic wealth and legacy.


he less-trodden province of Romblon was chosen as the opening venue for this year's celebration of National Heritage Month by the NCCA, the government agency for arts

National Heritage Month

Since the signing of Proclamation No. 439 on August 11, 2003, declaring the month of May as National Heritage Month "in recognition of the need to create among the people a consciousness, respect, and pride for the legacies of Filipino cultural history, and love of country," the whole country is given a chance to highlight and appreciate its cultural treasures. It is also an occasion to raise awareness on their significance. Leading the celebration is NCCA's Subcommission on Cultural Heritage (SCH), headed by Regalado Trota Jose. This year, the theme is "Taoid: Crossing, Caring, Carrying on..." aimed at giving us "a glimpse of the legacies of the past and how it remains to shape the present and the future." It is also "a recognition and celebration of the different aspects of our national cultural heritage--our traditional art forms and practices, important cultural structures both movable and immovable, and other objects of national importance whether tangible or intangible." Primarily known as the country's leading producer of quality marble, the province of Romblon is also home to many heritage sites. Located at the southern part of the Luzon island

Right: The 18th-century Cathedral of San Jose in the capital town of Romblon, one of the 37 colonial churches declared as National Cultural Treasures. Above: The capital town of Romblon

romblon Opens Celebration of

Photos by Amelia Lee

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At the launching of the National Heritage Month celebration in Romblon, Romblon, are local offcials of Romblon province. Also present are NCCA Chairman Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr. (fourth from right), SCH Commissioner Regalado Trota Jose (fifth from right), SCCTA Commissioner Joycie Dorado-Alegra (second from right) and NCCA legal counsel Atty. Beatrix Angeles. Leading the provincial officials are Gov. Eduardo Firmalo (third from right), Vice Gov. Manuel M. Madrid (sixth from left) and Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Samuel Romero, representing Congressman Eleandro Jesus Madrona of the lone district of Romblon.

cluster, the province is composed of 20 islands strewn on the Sibuyan Sea, with the islands of Romblon, Tablas and Sibuyan as the major ones. It is composed of 17 municipalities, namely, Alcantara, Banton, Cajidiocan, Calatrava, Concepcion, Corcuera, Ferrol, Looc, Magdiwang, Odiongan, Romblon, San Agustin, San Andres, San Fernando, San Jose, Santa Fe and Santa Maria. Being in the center of the Philippine archipelago, Romblon has become the center of supplies distribution for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. With abundant natural and cultural heritage, the NCCA together with local government officials would like to create a broad based awareness campaign for the heritage to be valued, owned and used by the people. Among the heritage sites in the province are the 18th-century Cathedral of San Jose in the capital town of Romblon in Romblon Island, one of the 37 colonial churches declared as National Cultural Treasures; Fort San Andres; the old municipal hall; 18th-century Spanish bridges; and heritage houses. The launch happened on May 1 and 2, 2012. An exhibit at the Romblon Capitol Building began the activities. Set for 3 P.M., the exhibit was accompanied by a culinary festival, a weaving demonstration and a marble sculpture demonstration. This was followed by a press conference. The formal opening was held at 6 P.M. graced by NCCA chairman Felipe M. De Leon, SCH Commissioner Regalado Trota Jose, SCH committee heads and members, SSCTA Commissioner Joycie Dorado-Alegre, Romblon governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, vice governor Manuel Madrid, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Samuel Romero, representing congressman Eleandro Jesus Madrona of the lone district of Romblon and other local officials. A serenata at the St. Joseph's Cathedral was held 8 P.M. It featured homegrown band

1622: Unang Usbor, which sang "Kabataang Subatey," "Pailig" and "Oho;" tenor Marc Dexter F. Famini, who sang "Litrato nga Luma;" Ella Marie B. Muros, who gave a reading of the poems "Ikaw Lang Handum Ko" and "Mamay;" and Salvacion Malayo, who sang "Ang Imo Guintog-an nga Gugma," "Maghirupay Kita" and "Lumabay nga daw Aso." The following day, there was a tour of heritage sites in the town of Romblon, including St. Joseph's Cathedral, the old Spanish cuartel, the old municipal building, Fuente de Belen, 18th-century Spanish bridges and selected old houses. The tour continued, visiting a mable quarry site, Fort San Andres, Fort Santiago and a secret tunnel. The day ended with a lecture on the experience of the Tam-awan Artists' Village in Baguio by Chit Asignacion. The National Committee on Museums with representatives from the National Museum and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines proceeded to Banton Island the next day to assess its cultural properties. Aside from the grand launch, there were also other National Heritage Month activities. The Cultural Mapping and Planning Workshop, facilitated by heritage management expert Eric B. Zerrudo, was held in March and April. Participated in by cultural workers, tourism officers and teachers of Romblon, the workshop aimed to "document the significance heritages of the province, not just as a cold reference of future generations but to adapt them in contemporary contexts towards the creation of a meaningful and enriching life of every Romblomanon." Conducted in Romblon and Odiongan, topics included heritage and development and natural heritage (March 22 to 23, 2012), built heritage (March 29 to 30), documentation of intangible heritage (March 30 and April 20), local history and movable

heritage (April 20 to 21), and heritage and cultural tourism (April 27 to 28). A capacity building workshop is also in the planning in the areas of festival management, facilitated by Elmar Ingles; visual arts by Nemesio Miranda; theatre arts by Edward Perez; and music by Angelo Aquino. There will also be workshops and lectures on local history writing, establishing an art gallery or artists' village, proper conservation practices for built heritage, establishing an archives office and preservation of archival documents, library awareness and appreciation with storytelling using local stories, and establishing a museum and basic museology, to be conducted by the six committees of the SCH. The SCH has decided to extend the celebration up to the end of the year with activities being lined up throughout the year. The closing of the celebration is set for December. The NHMC steering committee is composed of Regalado Trota Jose, head of SCH and the National Committee on Archives; Imelda Loste, head of the National Committee on Art Galleries; Dr. Maria Nela Florendo, head of the National Committee on Historical Research; Antonio M. Santos, head of the National Committee on Libraries and Information Service; Dr. Jaime C. Laya, head of the National Committee on Monuments and Sites; and Dr. Antonio Julian Montalvan, head of the National Committee on Museums. The NCCA Plan/Policy Formulation and Programming Division is headed by Marichu Tellano. The Heritage Section is headed by Urbana Cadiz, while the project director of the National Heritage Month celebration is Bely R. Ygot. The National Heritage Month was also celebrated by the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. (FHFI), headed by Armita Rufino and Araceli Salas, with a lineup of activities that included exhibits, performances, heritage tours and traditional santacruzans.

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NCCA Holds

Grandest Dance Event with Dance Xchange

in Celebration of the National Dance Week and the International Dance Day


he NCCA held the country's biggest dance spectacle, the Dance Xchange 2012: The Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival, from April

27 to 30, 2012, in Cebu City, in partnership with the provincial government of Cebu led by governor Gwendolyn Garcia. Spearheaded by the National Committee on Dance (NCD), headed by Shirley Halili-Cruz, Dance Xchange 2012 gathered more than 1,000 delegates and dance experts from the best dance companies, both local and international, for a grand celebration of dance that included activities such as a forum, dance workshops conducted by dance directors/dancers from participating countries (which was attented by more than a thousand participants), masters classes, a cultural tour, festival of dance performances and concerts at the Cebu International Convention Center in Cebu City, the Sugbo Cultural Center, Ayala Center, J Center, and outreach perfromances in Danao City, Bantayan Island, Carcar, and Talisay City.

The officials of the NCCA, National Committee on Dance and Cebu local government grace the opening of Dance Xchange: (from left) NCD member Grace Perez, NCD member Edna Ledesma. NCD member Dolores Suzara, NCD member Corazon Agustin, NCD vice head Larry Gabao, NCD secretary Mariant Villegas, National Museum director Jeremy Barnes, CCP president Raul Sunico, NCCA executive director Emelita Almosara, NCD head Shirley Halili-Cruz, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon Jr., DepED Usec. Alberto Muyot, National Library director Antonio Santos, Secretary of the Philippine House of Representatives' Committee on Basic Education and Culture Maria Josefina Ricafort, NCD member Odysso Oyales, NCD assistant secretary Rodel Fronda, NCD member Junjet Primor and NCD member Pepito Mosquito

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From left: The Big Dance Company from England; University of San Carlos Dance Troupe; Kaagan Dance Theater Collective; Kim Kyung Hoi Dance Troupe of Gangwon University from South Korea; and Hwa Yi Ethnic Perfroming Arts

With this year's theme, "Cultural Connectivity Through Dance," the event aimed to "strengthen network among dance groups in the ASEAN and beyond; enhance knowledge and skills of the dancers, dance teachers and choreographers on dances of the different countries; showcase the unique dances of each country to enhance cultural understanding; provide venue for interaction and facilitate learning among dancers, directors, dance teachers, choreographers; and harness the potential of the Philippines to be a cultural destination in Asia." Dance Xchange is also in celebration of International Dance Day, created under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris and held all over the world by the International Theater

Institute (ITI) on April 29, and the Philippine National Dance Week, which is on the 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." "In order to realize this mandate, the National Committee on Dance has been organizing the National Dance Congress and elevated it to the level of an international dance celebration dubbed the Dance Xchange: The Philippine International Dance Festival from 2008 to the present," said Halili-Cruz. "My regular participation in different international dance events

Overall festival director and NCD head Shirley Halili-Cruz, P/PFPD chief Marichu Tellano and PMED head Adelina Suemith

Delegates pose on stage with officials of the NCCA and the National Committee on Dance including NCD head Shirley Halili-Cruz and NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. after a successful gala night at the Sugbu Cultural Center

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had been my inspiration to initiate Dance Xchange...I believe the Philippines has a very rich culture that deserves appreciation by other nationalities. Dance Xchange is for us a window to the world not only for dancers but for foreigners in general and an opportunity to harness the potential of the Philippines to be a cultural destination in Asia." Dance Xchange has been held for four years now--2009 in Dumaguete City, 2010 in Roxas City, Capiz; and 2011 in Metro Manila. Foreign groups included the Big Dance Company (England), IOV Indonesia Youth Section of Avara Indonesia, Alan and Becky Dance Group (Hong Kong), a group from India, Akademi Seni Budaya and Warisan

Kebangsaan or Aswara (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Era Budaya Papar (Sabah, Malaysia), Banditpattanasilpa Institute (Thailand), Kim Kyung Hoi Dance Troupe of Gangwon University (South Korea), and Dance Horizon Troupe (Singapore). They were joined by local companies including Bayanihan, the Philippine National Folkdance Company, Halili-Cruz Ballet Company, Powerdance, PNU Kislap Sining Dance Troupe, LPU Lahing Batangan Troupe, Sinukwan Kapampangan Performing Arts, Ballet Philippines, USA Kawilihan Troupe and ADS School of Performing Arts, ZNHS Melengas Dance Ensemble, Kaagan Dance Theater Collective, Father Saturnino Urios University Dance

Company, MEV Dance Company, Madayaw Cultural Ensemble, Hwa Yi Performing Arts, Saint Louis University Dance Troupe, University of San Carlos Dance Troupe, and University of Cebu Dance Troupe. A ceremony, held at the CICC Exhibition Hall and graced by NCCA officials and Gov. Garcia, introduced the participants and formally opened the festival with the unveiling of logos. This ushered in four days of performances, workshops and fora. Guest speakers in the dance forums were NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., Debbie McRitchie, Joseph Gonzales, Jaime Antonio and Nestor Jardin. Closing the festival was a dance extravaganza at the Ayala Center Cebu.

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AseAn-China Weavers:

The Homo faber,

Forum on ASEAN-China Weavers

By Rene Sanchez Napeñas

Held in Ilocos

"Weaving will be a very good instrument for peace and harmony among people. The stronger the sense of community, the stronger weaving traditions are. The moment weaving disappears in our community, that means there will be no sense of community. If we neglect our traditional weavers, then we are actually neglecting ourselves as human communities," so says NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr. in his opening remarks for the Forum on the Plight of Traditional Weavers from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and China held last March 20 to 23, 2012, at the Plaza del Norte, Balacad, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. Traditional weavers, weaving designers, as well as government officials from the ASEAN member states attended the fourday event initiated by the ASEAN-COCI (Committee on Culture and Information), and supported by the NCCA, the local government of Ilocos Norte, and the ASEANChina Joint Cooperation Committee.

Prof. de Leon, together with Hon. Pan Feng, Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, and Mr. Arief Maulana, Cultural Officer of the ASEAN Secretariat, gave messages during the formal opening ceremony. Maulana stressed that the association hopes that the forum can further promote people understanding and friendship that is mutually beneficial to both countries and peoples. An exhibit of the various textiles brought by the weavers themselves followed the opening ceremony, which featured the diverse colors, texture, and creations from ASEAN and China. Chairman de Leon stresses, "Human beings are basically creators, co-creators of the Divine, we are not machine, we are not machine, we are not animals, we are people, that means we are the maker, homo faber. And any creative act is a healing ritual. The more we create, the more we are healed." Emilie Tiongco, conference chair, said

that the event is a very good opportunity for weavers to come together as they have a lot of commonalities--with the same problems and solutions at hand. Tiongco added that the forum is an opportune time for weavers to exchange experiences with one another as weaving is a slowly disappearing tradition in Southeast Asia and China. Dr. Norma Respicio, project director, emphasized the importance of the various activities done for the participants such as lectures, workshops, and site visits to the towns of Sarrat and Paoay, among others. During the plenary for day 1, country presentations were made by a representative from each of the participating countries, while lectures were given during the second day, including the following talks: Organizing Weaving Communities by Ms. Charito Carriaga (Philippines); Training Program for Traditional Weavers (Mr. Wanwiwat Ketsawa of Thailand); Evolution of Chinese Silk Brocades by Prof. Zhou Jiu of China; Product

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the creator

Development and Marketing by Ms. Noridah Binti Johan of Malaysia; and Issues in the Protection of Intellectual Property by Dr. Jesus Peralta. Workshops included breakout sessions of the three groups: the weavers, the marketing and design experts, and the government officials and NGO's. Plenary presentations of the groups followed during the last day of the forum. Said outputs were submitted to the ASEAN and other concerned agencies. Welcome dinner was hosted by Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos at the Malacanang of the North, while the Department of

NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr. with the delegates and weavers of the Forum on the Plight of Traditional Weavers from ASEAN and China

Tourism (DOT) ­ Region I led by Director Martin Valera and Paoay Mayor Bobby Clemente hosted the succeeding dinners, at the Sitio Remedios and Paoay Church vicinity, respectively. A tour of the heritage town of Vigan, Ilocos Sur was done through the courtesy of Vigan Mayor Eva Marie Medina, while DOT led the tour of Ilocos Norte. Also present during the opening ceremony were H.E. Madam Malai Halimah Yussof, Brunei Ambassador of the Brunei; Ms. Norkhalilah Jahi Roslin, Vice Consul of the Brunei Embassy; H. E. Madam Malavvieng Sakonhninhom, Lao Ambassador; Vilavvanh

Xaysomvang, Third Secretary of the Lao Embassy, Mr. Ruoyu Zhang, Attache Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy; Hon. Teresita V. G. Barsana, Assistant Secretary ­ DFA Office of ASEAN Affairs; and Mr. Edsel Barba, Executive Director, DFA Office of ASEAN Affairs, among others. Ms. Adelina Suemith, Chief of the Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division, was also present during the event with other members of the NCCA secretariat while Ms. Maricel Diaz, head of the International Affairs Office of the NCCA, led the coordination and planning for the said forum.

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NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. having with a toast with NCCA Writers' Prize winners, NCLA officials, Tagay 6 performers and special guest, renown writer Ricky Lee (rightmost)

nCCA Awards

The NCCA, through its Plans, Project Formulation, and Program Division Institutional Programs, held "Tagay 6," the awarding ceremony for the 2011 NCCA Writers' Prize, on February 24, 2012, at the NCCA lobby. The guest of honor and guest speaker is Ricky Lee, one of the country's leading and most prolific screenwriters. Lee; NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon Jr.; and Dr. Juliet Mallari, National Committee on Literary Arts regional representative for Central Luzon, representing NCLA head Dr. Priscilla Macansantos, led the awarding ceremony. Awarded were Telesforo S.


ng mga Alon" while Aguilos read Gonzales's "Tigbaliw" and Salvacion's "Bughat." Lara Moscardon Maigue provided musical intermission. The judges were Dr. Erlinda K. Alburo, Lourdes Barcenas and Orlando Magno for novel in Cebuano; Paz Verdades Santos, Dr. Carlos Aureus and Kristian Cordero for essay in Bicolano; Dr. Genevieve Asenjo, Joel Labos and John Barrios for short story in a Panay language; Merlie Alunan, Dante Rosales and Antonino S. De Veyra for poetry in Waray; and Glecy Cruz Atienza, Dr. Jesus Peralta and Roberto Mendoza for play in Filipino.

Sungkit, Jr. for his project Ang Agalon sa Mga Balod for novel in Cebuano; Janis Claire B. Salvacion for her entry "Lalay Han Tagoangkan" for poetry in Waray; Alice Tan Gonzales for her Hiligaynon project "Alimango Kag Iban Pa Nga Sugilanon" for short story in a Panay language; and Abdon M. Balde, Jr., for his project "Sa Runa Kan Ibalong: Paghaman sa Epikong Bikolnon" for essay in Bicolano. Actors Bodjie Pascua and Kalila Aguilos read excerpts from winning works. Pascua read Balde's "Sa Lupain ng Ibalong: Pagbuo ng Epikong Bikol" and Sungkit's "Ang Panginoon

Kalila Aguilos

NCLA member Dr. Julietta Mallari

Guest of honor Ricky Lee

Lara Moscardon Maigue

Bodjie Pascua reads winning works

NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr.

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Ani ng dangal honors Artists and Concludes a harvest of the Arts

The NCCA presented Lea Salonga, Boy Abunda, Jerico Rosales and 29 others with the Ani ng Dangal awards on February 28, 2012, at the Malacañan Palace with Undersecretary for the Office of the Executive Secretary Michael Frederick Musngi, representing Pres. Benigno Aquino III, as guest of honor. Ani ng Dangal Awards 2012 is a recognition given to artists who have received international awards and accolades last year. The awarding ceremony serves as the culminating activity of the month-long National Arts Month celebration held every February. Abunda's talk show The Bottomline was recognized as the Best Talk Show for 2011 in the 16th Asian TV Awards. Rosales, on the other hand, starred in the international movie Subject: I Love You that had a world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California on, April 30, 2011, where Rosales won the best actor trophy. "The NCCA has been awarding the Ani ng Dangal to Filipinos who have achieved excellence in the field of arts internationally. After five years, the NCCA continues to recognize Filipino artists who reap these international honors. They inspire other artists to achieve similarly for the elevation of the arts of our country," NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr. said in a statement. Other recipients of the prestigious award are Ellen Ramos, Rica Arevalo and Sarah Roxas, Joy Larenas, Michael Manalastas and Gym Lumbera, Sheron Dayoc, Liza Diño, Paolo Dy, Jeffrey Jeturian, Auraeus Solito, Rianne Hill Soriano and Remton Siega Zuasola for cinema; The Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Boyz Unlimited Dancers and HaliliCruz Ballet Company for dance; The Adventist University of the Philippines Ambassadors Chorale Arts Society, Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, Cebu Chamber Singers, Mandaue Children and Youth Chorus, Ilocos Norte National High School Samiweng Singers, Tristan Ignacio and Imusicapella for music; and Jamille Bianca Tan Aguilar, Gerry Alanguilan, Niccolo Cosme, Cherrie Marie de Guzman-Ipapo, Eric Olympia Fajut, Reynaldo C. Mondez, Trisha Co Reyes, Rodel Tapaya, Jesus Tejada, Maria Angelica Tejada, Jamia Mei Tolentino, Justen Tolentino, Danny Victoriano and Jophel Ybiosa for visual arts. The Ani ng Dangal trophy is a stylized sarimanok sculpted by National Artist for Visual Arts Abdulmari Asia Imao.

The awardees of Ani ng Dangal with NCCA's National Committee on Visual Arts head Nemesio "Nemi" Miranda; NCCA Youth Ambassador Dingdong Dantes; National Committee on Cinema head Dr. Mike Rapatan; NCCA chairman Felipe M. de Leon, Jr.; Undersecretary for the Office of the Executive Secretary Michael Frederick Musngi, representing President Benigno Aquino III; National Artist for Film Eddie Romero; Lea Salonga; and National Committee on Dance head Shirley Halili-Cruz

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Philippine Arts Festival

The Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) was launched at the Rizal Park in Manila on January 29, 2012, with art workshops, kite making and flying, a short parade and a program replete with interesting performances. PAF is NCCA's way of celebrating the National Arts Month, which has become a nationwide occasion every February since 1991. Being the government's lead cultural agency, the NCCA has been spearheading its celebration with big events. In 2008, it launched the Philippine Arts Festival with the theme of art in public spaces, indicating its aim of bringing the arts closer to the people. Initially PAF events were mostly in Metro Manila, but with a conscious effort to make PAF nationwide and reach more people, many events take turns in being held in the regions. PAF primarily comprises the flagship projects of the seven committees of NCCA's Subcommission on the Arts, representing the seven fields of the arts--architecture and allied arts, cinema, dance, dramatic arts, literary arts, music and visual arts. The line-up of events and activities include performances, exhibitions, forums, competitions, workshops, conferences, screenings, etc. This year, the theme is "Tradition and Innovation." The opening served as a glimpse of what are offered for the whole month and attempted to echo the theme. By the lagoon in early afternoon, tents were set up for art workshops, attended mostly by students--origami conducted by Maureen Araneta; animation by Grace Dimaranan; dance by members of the National Committee on Dance; theatre by Vanessa San Juan; poetry by Michael Coroza; aqua drumming by Paul Zialcita; and kite making and flying by the Saranggola group. The Saranggola group flew large and intricately designed kites near the Quirino Grandstand. Then, workshop participants, facilitators, NCCA employees and artists paraded around the lagoon with drumbeaters and dancers, heralding the start of the program at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium. Directed by Shirley Halili-Cruz, head of the National Committee on Dance, the opening program was a stimulating selection of performances meant to highlight the seven arts. Said to be a ritual, the opening dances revolved around the theme of the four elements of ancient belief--earth, water, air and fire-- to denote a common notion of tradition, that is, the old, the past. But it is something that guides and gives inspiration. The Kampampangan Sinukwan Performing Arts, the Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe, the Philippine Normal University Kislap Sining Dance Troupe and the Halili-Cruz Dance Company danced the elements. They ushered the core of the program, the introduction of the seven arts with performances to represent them. For visual arts, two dancers from the HaliliCruz Dance Company took to the

A rousing start for the

By Roel Hoang Manipon Photos by Marvin Alcaraz

stage while prominent Angono artist Nemesio "Nemiranda" Miranda, head of the National Committee on Visual Arts, painted them before the dance end. The theatre group Artist Inc. staged a comic sketch called "Alayb pa si Lolo" to show a glimpse of the dramatic arts. For dance, the PNU Kislap Sining Dance Troupe and the Halili-Cruz Dance Company performed a folkdance and a Neo-Classical one, respectively. For architecture, Joseph Erwin Valerio drew figures on sand on lighted glass--a bahay kubo and skyscrapers. Poet Teo Antonio recited two of his poems in Filipino--"Barong Tagalog," inspired by a poem by Jose Corazon de Jesus about the Filipino garment for men, and "Sinisinta Kita," inspired by the folk song "Leron, Leron, Sinta." For music, two interesting groups performed--Iloilo-based Armor Rapista with the Starglow Cultural Group playing bamboo instruments and gongs, and Paul Zialcita and his group making music out of water containers. The program culminated with performers and NCCA officials gathering at the stage declaring the start of the National Arts Month, encouraging the people to make noise, and inviting them to take part in the numerous events of the Philippine Arts Festival. The NCCA P/v PFPD is headed by Marichu Tellano. The Arts Section is headed by Ferdinand Isleta. PAF deputy festival director is Vanessa Marquez-Nicolas.

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The exhibit "Salumpuwit, Bangko, Silya, Atbp: a History of Chair in the Philippines" opens at the UST Museum led by National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts head Arch. Lico


The National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts, headed by Arch. Gerard T. Lico, held Archi[types/text] 2012, a multi-venue event consisting of traveling exhibitions, a lecture series and a design competition, which explores the many facets of architecture and the production space in Philippine life. This was the third run of Archi[types/text]. One of the featured exhibits was "Salumpuwit, Bangko, Silya, Atbp: a History of Chair in the Philippines" at the UST Museum. This underscored the evolution of chairs, not only an essential element of interior design, and explored the deep social and political resonances of the use of chair and the practices associated with the act of seating in the Philippine interior environments. "La Vida Verde: the Landscape Architecture of National Artist IP Santos" traced the professional career, iconic works and aesthetic principles that governs the heart of works of National Artist Ildefonso P. "IP" Santos Jr., whose pioneering works branded him his peers as the "Father of Modern Philippine Landscape Architecture." "Istilo: Elements of Philippine Architectural Styles" graphically surveyed the various historical styles that prevailed in the country.

The exhibit "Imperial Manila: American Colonial Architecture and Urbanism, 18981942" was mounted at the Rodriguez Hall of Manila City Hall from February 9 to 29, 2012, featuring photographs, blueprints and other images of the massive urban transformation during the 19th century which aimed at concretizing US imperialism in the Philippines. "Paco Urban Memory" was an exhibition about the history and architecture of Paco and its surrounding environs shown in the eight panels with photos and description of the century-old buildings, houses, establishments, parks, sites and landmarks in the community. This was mounted in line with the implementation of a livelihood through the arts program done in the redeveloped Paco Market Building. Other exhibits mounted were "Panglabas" and "Anatomiya/Arkitektura." Aside from the exhibits, there were other components. The Disenyo Dialogues: An Exchange of Ideas Between Young Designers was conducted in three schools of architecture in the country--University of the Philippines Diliman's College of Architecture, College of Saint Benilde's School of Design and Arts, and University


of San Carlos's College of Architecture and Fine Arts--in collaboration with Disenyo. Disenyo a group of young Filipino architects who write an online journal on architecture and meet once a month to discuss the issues of contemporary Filipino architecture. The Dialogues in CSB's School of Design and Arts and University of San Carlos's College of Architecture and Fine Arts happened on February 22, 2012 and February 29, 2012 respectively. Speakers included Paul Joseph Blasco, Sudarshan Khadka, Adrian Alfonso, Pearl Robles and Miggy Limgenco. ACARE 11: Annual Conference on Architectural Research and Education was hosted by the Architecture Department of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology of De La Salle University in Dasmariñas, Cavite, with the aim of exploring the relationship between architecture and other disciplines such as the arts, sciences, humanities, economics and politics to develop new approaches to real world problems. These various offerings hope to educate and boost the interest of both architecture and non-architecture students to what the art can offer, showing the significant part architecture plays in Philippine art and Philippine life.

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From left: National Committee on Cinema head Dr. Miguel Rapatan; actress Cherrie Gil; directors Peque Gallaga and Celso ad Castillo sharing their experiences on filmmaking; festival director Manny Montelibano; actors Mark Gil, Epi Quizon, Rez Cortez, Ronnie Lazaro and Joel Torre guesting at the forum about actors

The regional

The National Committee on Cinema, headed by Dr. Miguel Rapatan, and Crossing Negros Cultural Foundation, led by Peque Gallaga, mounted Cinema Rehiyon 2012, now on its fourth year, in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, from February 8 to 12, 2012. Cinema Rehiyon is the culmination of a year-long search for the best of regional cinema through the agency's Cinema in the Regions project in which regional film festivals have been established to give a venue to the young filmmakers in the regions to screen their works. Since its inception in 2009, Cinema Rehiyon is the only film festival in the country and perhaps even in Southeast Asia that showcases a varied harvest of regional filmmaking. Both veteran and budding independent filmmakers get to interact not only with each other but also with the masters of Philippine cinema who annually grace Cinema Rehiyon to share their expertise and valuable life lessons that only seasoned filmmakers and actors can give. The festival has also become a venue where foreign festival programmers can handpick films that can be potentially screened in international film festivals around Asia, Europe and the United States. Cinema Rehiyon is a one-stop-shop for a tour of our nation. Adhering to a strict policy to showcase only films from the regions in their native languages, this year's lineup put forward the flavors, colors and sounds of the entire archipelago. In partnership with the city government of Bacolod and other private institutions. Cinema Rehiyon 2012 gathered 70 delegates. A total of 65 films were screened at Cinema 6 of Robinsons Movie World, which were free to the public. Close to 4,000 people went to see the films during the four-day film festival. International film festival programmers Max Tessier, Joel Shepard and Philip Cheah were also present to scout for films that can be screened in their respective festival circuits. The program of the first day was composed of the films of the Visayas Region, jumpstarted by Bacolod short films that dealt with the supernatural, limbo and mystery. These were followed by the Samar/ Leyte/Bohol/Dumaguete with Noriel Jarito's Waray in the City; Cebu films with "Saranghae, My Tutor;" "Biyernes, Biyernes," a series of short films by Cebu's best independent filmmakers that captured a Friday in the life of eight characters; the IloIlo/Antique/Cebu shorts; and the Cebuano feature film Di Ingon' Nato by Brandon Relucio and Ivan Zaldarriaga. It was Luzon's turn on the second day with entries from Pampanga, Calabarzon region (the best from Pelikultara), Nueva Vizcaya (Mes de Guzman's neorealistic feature Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa), Palawan (Busong by Aureaus Solito), Bicol (Gayuma by Alvin Yapan and Alemberg Ang from Camarines Sur) and Baguio (three films

Flair and Flavor

from the Ay Apo Festival). The Mindanao segment featured Zamboanga films, Teoriya by Zurich Chan, Cartas dela Soledad by Teng Mangansakan and Crossfire by Arnel Mardoquio. The last day of screenings featured films from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao--the docu-drama from Pangasinan, Lawas Kan Pinabli by Christopher Gozum; Nueva Ecija's Subkal by Cedric Banjawa; Mindanao short films; Bacolod's Amok by Lau Fajardo; Jay Abello's Pureza, a documentary about the sugar industry of Bacolod. Aside from film screenings, there were forums and talks. Seasoned film directors Peque Gallaga and Celso Ad Castillo sat down and talked about their lives as filmmakers and their hopes for the new generation of film practitioners. Veteran actors Cherie Gil, Mark Gil, Joel Torre, Ronnie Lazaro, Epi Quizon and Rez Cortez and Bacolod actor John Arceo also graced the occasion and talked about their craft. Martha Atienza gave an artist's talk at Orange Gallery to expound on how she came about producing Gilubong ang Akong Pusod sa Dagat. The films of Cinema Rehiyon 4 were brought to the barangays as part of the outreach program called Cine de Barrio. Three barangays-- Barangay 19, Villamonte and Punta Taytay--watched screenings in their respective barangay gyms through an overhead projector. Aside from these three barangays, there were also eight pre-festival barangay screenings from December 2011 to January 2012. Clarissa Chikiamco curated the 10 video art installations that were exhibited at the lobby of the Negros Museum and Orange Gallery in Art District. As another new component of Cinema Rehiyon, this endeavor seeks to erase the boundaries between visual arts and cinema. With hopes to renew this form of exhibition, the featured works show how video can be projected in more ways than one and how film viewing can be experiential. Nine video art installations that were produced from 1994 to 2011 were restaged at the lobby of the Negros Museum for the Killing Time exhibition, which featured video artists Tad Ermitao, Gerry Tan, Yason Banal, Maria Taniguchi, Kiri Dalena and Kaloy Olivades. Orange Gallery hosted Martha Atienza's Gilubong ang Akong Pusod sa Dagat, a three-channel video installation showing the differences between seafarers and fisher folks of Bantayan Island. For the second time NCCA screened the silent film Brides of Sulu. An outdoor screen was set up in the middle of Art District on February 10. Mel Araneta and his band provided live musical scoring for the film with their brand of ethnic-electronica music. Three Cebu short films were also screened during that evening before the main feature. -- Bernadette A. David

Staff and delegates of Cinema Rehiyon 2012



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Above, middle: Tanghal 6 festival director Edward Perez; NCCA deputy executive director Marlene Ruth Sanchez, MNSA; and NCDA member Mary Carling from Sagada lead the press conference of Tanghal 6 in Baguio City. Above, left: Theater experts from Germany, Israel and Austria meet with the artistic directors of CCP's resident companies as part of the international component of Tanghal 6. Tanghal 6 is participated in by differtent university- and college-based theater groups and held all over the archipelago

The National Committee on Dramatic Arts, headed by Lutgardo Labad, and the Datu Lubay Center held the 6th Tanghal: National University and College-Based Theatre Festival at the University of Makati in Makati City, Benguet State University in Baguio City, Mindanao State University in General Santos City and Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. The flagship project of the NCDA for PAF, Tanghal is an annual theater festival for college- and university-based theater groups in the Philippines, moving around the regions to showcase the harvest of best performances of university theater companies. Unlike the previous Tanghal festivals, this year's Tanghal had two distinct characteristics. It was region-based, being implemented in four regions across the country; and it was participated in by communitybased theater groups. Tanghal had four components: performance, interactive forum, theater workshops and conference/consultation. Tanghal had 33 participating groups, whose plays were categorized into Entablado (main entries, 45 minutes to an hour) and Sulyap (fringe,15 to 30 minutes). In the NCR, staged were "Kahapon, Ngayon, at Bukas" by the Collective Arts of Students and Thespians (CAST) of University of Makati; "Pitong Hampas sa Likod ng Mesiyas" by the Navotas Polytechnic College; "Para Los Jovenos" by Tanghalang Ateneo of the Ateneo de Manila University for Entablado; and "Ang Pokpok at ang Parokyano" by the Molave Theater of PUP; "Balot" by Our Lady of Perpetual Help College; "Panatang Makabayan" by Pamantasan ng Bayan; and "Sa Piling ng mga Bituin" by SuhayFil (PUP) for Sulyap. In Luzon, Entablado entries were "Ang Kagilagilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Lam-ang" by Tanghalang SLU of Saint Louis University; "Ang Pakikipagsapalaran ni Juan Dela Cruz" by Tanghalang Bayan ng Kabataan sa Baguio (UP Baguio); "Tatlong Libong Bayaning Ibalong" by Sining BanwaAlbay Performance Collective (Taysan, Legazpi City); "Isko, Iska, Bakit Ba?" by Umalohokan (UP Los Baños); and "Aliguyon" by BSU Dramatics (Benguet State University); while Sulyap entries were "Banggerahan" by the Department of Culture and Arts (Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Calamba, Laguna); "Apaw" by Teatro Dingal (Iba, Zambales); "Gayon" by the Sorsogon Community-Based Theater Group (Sorsogon); "Chinayao" by Obon di Malayad Mountain Province; "Signos sa Karimlan" by Dulaang Sanghaya (Laguna State Polytechnic University) and "Alayb pa si Lolo" by Korido Theatre Ensemble. In the Visayas, staged were "Kaluwasan sa Damgo ni Greta" by Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts, a community-based theater group in Dumaguete City; "Tawag sa Bantayan" and "Tamblot" by Antequera

and Punta Cruz Cultural Collective, community-based theater groups in Bohol; "Ciento Cincuenta: Mga Bagong Kabanatang Noli at Fili by USA Little Theater of the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City; "Room Service" by Maskara Theater Ensemble of University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City; "Pagkamatayni Mr. Dela Cruz" by Teatro San Antonio of St. Anthony's College in Antique; "Circulo" by Kanlaon Theater Guild of the College of San Agustin, Bacolod City; "Ang Taririt ng Ibong Adarna" by Silliman University; and "Estatwa" by Binhi. In Mindanao, performed were "Antigone" by Teatro Guindengan of La Salle University, Ozamis City; "Uwahig" by Integrated Performing Arts Guild of MSU-IIT, Iligan City; "Isa Pa: Dalawa" by Xavier Stage (Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro; "Tecla" by Teatro Ambahanon by Ramon Magsaysay Memorial College, General Santos City; "Dula Ta" by MSU Kabpapagariya Ensemble of MSU General Santos City; "Invocations" by Teatro Ambahanon; and an untitled work by Pagdungawan Theater Guild (Mati, Davao). The performances were accompanied by interactive forums, which provided a venue for artists to interact with each other and exchange ideas and processes in staging plays after each performance, engaging the audience in the appreciation and critiquing of the productions. Most of the workshops/seminars conducted have been offered since Tanghal began in 2007. However, notable workshops were conducted this year such as the ones on "Malikhaingguro" (heritagebased pedagogy workshop for teachers by Rica Palis) acting (Rasa Box by Felimon Blanco), introduction to Noh, Asian traditional and contemporary theater, and play analysis. Conferences were also held in the four regions facilitated by the NCDA members, directors (advisers) and organizers. Theater aesthetics, the concerns and directions of university theater groups and the festival theme "Tradisyon at Inobasyon" were among tackled. Among of the highlights of this year's Tanghal is its international and educational component. Resource persons from the International Playwrights Forum of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) were hosted in Manila, Bacolod and Iloilo, who interacted and shared their experiences in playwriting, dramaturgy, gender and social development. IPF secretary Ursula Wardenberg from ITI Switzerland, Andrea Zagorski of ITI Germany, Magdalena Zira of ITI Cyprus with August Melody Andong from IPF Philippines held the 2012 Philippine Discussion and Workshop Series, starting with a meet and greet with selected artists hosted by the Cultural Center of the Philippines on February 16.-- Skyzx Shannah C. Labastilla, with reports from Ma. Theresa C. Belleza

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he historic and culturally rich province of Pampanga played host to the Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival, from February 9 to 11, 2012. The flagship project of the National Committee on Literary Arts, headed by Dr. Priscila Macansantos, for the Philippine Arts Festival, Taboan is an annual gathering of writers from all over the country in celebration of the written word through differetn activities. Taboan is on its fourth year. In 2009 the first Taboan was set in Metro Manila. Taboan 2010, which was also the year in which the Taboan Awards were introduced, happened in Cebu while Taboan 2011 was in Davao City. "With each Taboan, we want to bring more writers, especially from the regions, into the national writing community, to dispel the notion that the only interesting and significant writing comes from Manila, or comes only in English or Filipino. This is an integral task of nation building, this sharing and weaving of not only individual works but of the Filipino imagination, of how we see and represent ourselves as members of the same large family. Taboan is also a rare opportunity to broaden and deepen the personal friendships among writers that ultimately lead to a better understanding of what the other's labors are all about," wrote fictionist and NCLA member Jose Y. Dalisay in his The Philippine Star column (February 13, 2012).



National Committee on Literary Arts head Dr. Priscila Macansantos and Taboan festival director Dr. Juliet Mallari (extreeme left) lead the awarding of the Taboan Awards to writers of Luzon


in pampanga

With theme "History and Literature," Taboan events included a conference and a book fair, the Taboan Awards and cultural night. The conference was held at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone, headlined by National Artists for Literature Virgilio Almario, Bienvenido Lumbera, and F. Sionil Jose. Almario talked about Jose Rizal as a writer and cultural icon, but also emphasized Andres Bonifacio as an equally important figure. Lumbera and Jose discussed Central Luzon writing. Lumbera focused on Tagalog writer Lazaro Francisco and the revolutionary activities of the region, while Jose predicted the blurring of regional distinction. The conference was broken into smaller sessions taking place simultaneously, where writers discussed the writings of writers under 35, the making of a Filipino aesthetics, the role of history, regional writings, the writings of women, the teaching of literature, the teaching of writing, traditional texts in contemporary times, writing as a profession, writers' workshops, science and nature writing, the role of the Internet, among others. Another highlight of Taboan is the Taboan Awards, which are given to writers for their contributions to the development of language and literature in their regions. Eight writers from Luzon--two from northern Luzon, two from southern, two from central and two from Pampanga--were presented with the 2012 Taboan awards during the

cultural night at the Systems Plus College Foundation (SPCF) Theater in Angeles City. Honored were Teo Antonio, a poet who has helped keep the balagtasan (poetic joust) alive; Jose Bragado, Ilocano poet and fictionist who has published 20 novels and over 60 short stories, among others; Querubin D. Fernandez, Jr., Pampangan poet laureate and Parnassian; Juan S.P. Hidalgo, Jr., Ilocano poet, painter, fictionist and novelist who has helped form GUMIL, an association of Ilocano writers; Rodolfo Laxamana, Pampangan folk minstrel or polosador; Rogelio Mangahas, poet, editor, educator and one of the pillars of modern Filipino poetry; Maria Lilia F. Realubit, Bicol writer, researcher, teacher and literary historian; and Benilda Santos, poet, critic, editor and professor of literature in Filipino. The awarding ceremony was punctuated by poetry reading and performances by Michael Coroza, Marcel Milliam, Norma Camins-Conti and SPCF students. There was also a crissotan (poetic joust in Pampangan) by Jaspe Dula, Paul Batac and Romeo Rodriguez. As fitting end to the literary feast, the writer delgates were treated to a cultural and food tour of Pampanga. With Dr. Juliet Mallari as festival director, Tabaon was also supported by Systems Plus Foundation College, the Clark Development Corporation, and the local governments of Angeles City and Pampanga.

Photo by Roel Hoang Manipon

The of Gongs, Bamboo and healing

The National Committee on Music, together with the Musicological Society of the Philippines, held an arts therapy workshop for the victims of typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and an annotated performance concert of a gongs and bamboo ensemble in Iloilo. These served as the committee's contribution to the Philippine Arts Festival as they prepare for the First Asian Festival of Gong and Bamboo Music. Originally planned for this year to be set in Cagayan de Oro, the festival was moved to next year because of the typhoon that devastated northern Mindanao in December 2011. Two events were held to help typhoon victims through arts therapy, promote appreciation of gong and bamboo music; and prepare the activities of the main gong and bamboo music festival for 2013. of marriage; tongngatong (stamping tubes), played during house blessing and christening of a child; pata-tag (xylophone blades), an initiating instrument for the male children to test their skills in music playing; the saggeypo (stopped pipes), played during the bodong (peace pact) celebration; ballingbing (bamboo buzzers), played in the rice fields during the maturity of the plants to gain a bountiful harvest; and the gangsa (flat gongs), played during wedding, festivals and other celebrations to thank and honor Kabunyan. From Mindanao, Sa Tabok Cultural Ensemble of Bolton Elementary School, Davao City, performed "Pakaradyan" which started with the basic binalig rhythm usually played during wedding while the girl dances pangalay to the rhythmic melody of the kurintang and dabakan; and "Sinayawan" accompanied as well by dabakan and the tanggunggo. The sagayan is a ritualistic dance trying to call the warrior spirit mabaguer mamá with the yellow musua (kerchief ) and is danced to drive off the evil spirit. The highlight of the concert was the bamboo ensembles of Iloilo represented by the winners of the 2011 Tultugan Festival of the local government of Maasin, Iloilo. Tultugan is a Hiligaynon and Karay-a word for the indigenous bamboo drum, used centuries ago by the natives of Panay in isolated areas to communicate with each other. The Maasin Tultugan Festival was initiated by Mayor Mariano Malones, Sr. in 1999 as part of the municipality's vision to promote the bamboo not only as a material but more importantly as a cultural resource. The more important instrument of the competing groups of the Maasin Festival is the tultugan instrument from which the name of the festival was derived from. Those who performed were 2011 Tultugan Festival champion Maasin Central Elementary School Ensemble, St. James Catholic High School bamboo ensemble and Siwa-lo National High School. The USA Troubadours, the resident choir of the University of San Agustin, also performed.


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Over a month and a half after the disaster, Daop-Sining, an arts therapy workshop, was conducted in several evacuation sites of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The workshops were conducted in 13 evacuation sites of Cagayan de Oro from January 27 to 29, 2012, and in 14 sites of Iligan City from January 31 to February 2, 2012. Six workshops were conducted: "House of Comfort," facilitated by Alma Quinto, which aimed to provide venue for women and young adults to share and process their experiences through textile collages and group sharing; "Creative Movement," facilitated by Monica Santos, which provided tools that could help the participants process personal experiences through the use of body movements; "Tugtugan," facilitated by Bajo Zaldua, which enabled the participants to create sound and music using recyclable materials; "Visual Arts," facilitated by Rhyan Casino, which provided the participants an avenue to bring out their experiences and personal perspectives through drawing; "Integrated Arts," led by Sunni Noel, Pepito Sumayan and Lakan Bunyi, which provided participants an avenue to express and process personal experiences through games, drawing, movements, theatre and group discussions; and "Volunteers/Facilitator Training," facilitated by Lakan Bunyi, which equipped the participants with knowledge on how to handle crisis situation through the use of arts.

preparation for the festival

The preparation for the First Asian Festival of Gongs and Bamboo Music for 2013 is already under way. It will be in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, with satellite performances of gong and bamboo ensembles in Iloilo. -- Archie Jane L. Diamante


The annotated concert "Tunog-tugan 2012" was held at the Music Hall of the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City on February 28, 2012, featuring gong and bamboo ensembles from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Among the guests of the concert were NCCA Commissioner Alice Panares, then NCCA acting executive director Adelina M. Suemith, Maasin mayor Mariano Malones Sr., and Rev. Fr. Pederito Aparece, representative of the University of San Agustin. From Luzon, the Cordillera Music Tutorial and Research Center, headed by Benecio Sokkong, performed the pattanggok (striking half-tube), played by the groom during the eve

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Through a photographer's lens

Clockwise from top left: Hwa Yi Ethnic Performing Arts, Alan and Becky Dance Group, Power Dance, Halili-Cruz Ballet Company, The Big Dance Company, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company and Kaagan Dance Theater Collective

Dance Xchange 2012: The Philippine International Dance Workshop and Festival

April 27 to 30, 2012 Cebu City, Cebu

Marvin Alcaraz has a wide expertise in still photography and editing. He currently works full time at the NCCA where he covers major culture and arts events anywhere in the country. He also specializes in studio and wedding photography. He also did the rounds in the metro by covering major current events and happenings, as he used to work in one of the major publications in the country.

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National Heritage Month Opening Celebration in Romblon

May 1 to 2, 2012

Clockwise from left: fishing boat at the Romblon port, a worker in Romblon's marble quarry site, St. Joseph's Cathedral, banca on Sibuyan Sea and a ritual performed during the opening of National Heritage Month

Jose Zulueta is an artist/ photographer who regularly exhibits his works in major galleries in Metro Manila. He took his degree in fine arts at the University of Santo Tomas. He has joined art exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. He will soon launch a book on outstanding Filipino visual artists.

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Sayaw Pinoy:

More than 31,000 people all over the Philippines came and watched Sayaw Pinoy, the touring dance concert of the National

Dance for All

Troupe, Marikina Dance Guild, Bayanihan, the Philippine National Folkdance Company, Douglas Nierras Powerdance, Airdance, UP Dance Company, UE Silanganan Dance Troupe, LPU Dance Troupe, Next to Innocence and Sinukwan Performing Arts and Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe. In the Visayas leg, Sayaw Pinoy shows were brought to San Miguel, Leganes, Oton, Guimbal, San Joaquin and SM City Iloilo in Iloilo; and Dumalag, Dumangas and Roxas City in Capiz, featuring the Halili Cruz Ballet Company, Sining Bulakenyo, MEV Dance Studio, Leonora S. Salapatan National High School Dance Troupe, San Miguel Elementary School, Melengas Dance Ensemble, Leganes Elementary School Performing Arts, Don Felix Serra National High School Dance Troupe, Don Felix Serra National High School Special Program for the Arts, The Radicals Hip-Hop Crew, Anni Sartorio Divina Gracia, University of San Agustin Dance Troupe, Dumangas Elementary School Performing Arts, St. Martin Elementary School, Capiz State University Dance Troupe, Filamer Christian University Silak Dance Troupe and Our Lady of Grace Christian Academy Dance Troupe.

In the Mindanao leg, Sayaw Pinoy

performances were held at the Bernardo Carpio National High School, University of Southeastern Philippines, Nikkei Jin Kai International School, Davao Merchant Marine Academy, SM City Davao, Central Mindanao University, Aurora in Zamboanga del Sur and Pagadian City, featuring the Halili Cruz Ballet Company, Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe, Mindanao Association of Dance Sport Enthusiasts, PNU Kislap Sining Dance Troupe, Madayaw Cultural Ensemble, Kaagan Dance Theater Collective, Melengas Dance Ensemble and TUP Kalinangan Dance Troupe. Sayaw Pinoy features indigenous/ traditional dance, folk dance, ballet, NeoClassical dance, modern/jazz dance, contemporary dance and hip-hop. In one show, the audience is treated to a variety of dance forms in the Philippines. As such, it has inspired and challenged local groups to continue to hone their local dancers. It has also acted as the NCCA's ambassador reaching out to remote areas. Indeed, Sayaw Pinoy in its own right has brought arts and dance closer to the people.

Performers of Sayaw Pinoy in Guimbal, Iloilo

Committee on Dance, headed by Shirley HaliliCruz. On its tenth year, Sayaw Pinoy is the longest-running activity of the Philippine Arts Festival. Sayaw Pinoy makes quality performances accessible to the audience in the different municipalities and cities in the country. It brings in the new and upcoming dance groups from the different localities to provide them potential exposure, which will encourage skills and capability enhancement of the individual dancer and of the group as a whole. Thus, Sayaw Pinoy is both a showcase of talents of the top companies in the country and a breeding ground for emerging artists. This year, Sayaw Pinoy mounted 25 shows featuring 35 dance groups. In the National Capitol Region, Sayaw Pinoy was held on February 5, 12 and 26 at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium, and February 14 and 15 at Star Mall branches, featuring Halili Cruz Ballet Company, Ballet Manila, PNU Kislap Sining Dance Troupe, TUP Kalinangan Dance

From left: Ilongga ballerina with her endition of "Black Swan;" maglalatik dance of San Joaquin youth; Melengas Dance Ensemble; Sining Bulakenyo; performer from Iloilo; and Halili-Cruz Dance Company

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The province of Rizal, particularly the town of Angono, reinforced its claim to be the art center of the country and strengthened its art tourism thrust by hosting the 2012 Philippine Visual Arts Festival (PVAF), the flagship event of the National Committee for Visual Arts (NCVA) for the Philippine Arts Festival. In the past years, PVAF was held in the resort island of Boracay. When Nemesio "Nemiranda" Miranda, a native of Angono, became the head of NCVA, the festival was held in the Art Capital of the Philippines, so-called because of the presence of many art galleries and artists. Angono is also the home of two National Artists--visual artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco and music artist Lucio San Pedro. PVAF extended the celebration to other towns of Rizal such as Taytay, Antipolo and Binangonan. The Philippine Visual Arts Festival: The Rizal Experience started on February 17, 2012, with a festival opening at the St. Clement's Church of Angono and the opening of The Rizal Experience Exhibit at the Event Center of SM City Taytay, in which PVAF delegates from all over the country submitted their works interpreting the PAF theme, "Tradition and Innovation." It was also a competition where Irish Glory Galon from Bohol won for her entry Message Sent. The exhibit opening was graced by Andrea B. Ynares, wife of Rizal governor Jun Ynares; NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr.

Art experience in rizal

and NCCA ambassador Boy Abunda. Abunda remembered Angono when he went to the town to interview San Pedro for Philippine Panorama magazine. On the other hand, De Leon remembered Taytay because his father, a National Artist, conducted trainings for the bands here. In Angono, the One Angono Exhibit was mounted at the Bloomingdale Covered Court. On February 18, the Neo-Angono Artists Collective held "Folktaglyphs" with theme "Tracing Resonant Cartographies Through Contemporary Eyes," gathering tattoo artists for exchange of ideas, a seminar and competitions at the Angono Municipal Gym. The seminar included topics "Safety Concerns in Body Arts" by Dr. Joey Eufracio; "Tattoo as Fine Art" by Rakel Natividad; "Mga Imahen sa Folklor at Kwentong Bayan ng Angono" by Ligaya Tiamson-Rubin; "Meaning and Tattoo Patterns of the Cordilleras and Cave Markings of the Angono Petroglyphs" by Dyani Lao; and "Tattoo Techniques" by Myke Sambajon. The tattoo competition dealt with the themes of Philippine folklore and myths, particularly Angono's; Angono history and traditions; and images from the Angono petroglyphs. Different galleries and museums in Angono were open with their own exhibits, which visitors and participants could visit-- the Nemiranda Arthouse, the Blanco Family

Photos by Marvin Alcaraz

Museum, the Second Gallery, Atelier Gallery, the Angono Regional Pilot School for the Arts and the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs Museum. Art workshops were also conducted, aimed at schoolchildren, at the SM City Taytay and Nemiranda Art Camp. On February 19, the PVAF national conference was held at the Thunderbird Resort in Binangonan where Miranda gave a brief history of art making in Angono and Angono mayor Gerardo Calderon talked about the local government's programs in Angono. Delegates broke into groups to discuss issues and concerns. Thunderbird Resort was also host of nude sketching sessions. Other sessions were also held such as on-the-spot landscape painting in Daranak Falls in Tanay, another on-the-spot painting in Anitpolo City and on-the-spot nature painting in Talim Island in Binangonan. Aside from delegates from different parts of the Philippines, a delegation from China came to participate in the festivities. The Chinese delegation was composed of Tang Yi, vice director of Chong Qing Culture Exchange Center; Feng Bin, director of the Chong Quing Art Museum of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute; artist Li Jie; artist Zheng Jiedong; artist Hei Peili; artist Liu Guanru; and Wu Tianxi, a reporter from the Chongquing Evening News.

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"Reflections" by Egai Talusan Fernandez opened on March 5, 2012, at the NCCA Gallery in Intramuros with an artist talk on March 14. The image and medium comprise the creation of reflection, but it is the process of looking that constructs meaning and representation. Seeing objects at different perspectives and junctures changes not only the experience but also the production of reality, formation of identity, and establishment of ideology. In this exhibition, the use of mirrors as a medium and as an element in the image provides various forms of seeing/looking that reinforces the concept of reflecting. Fernandez reverberates his four decades of artistic practice in Reflections as he looks back with his oeuvres, re-inventing and re-working them to present contemporary subjects and current concerns. He has developed new philosophies that encroached on his art production, as he now sees things in different light through his continuous reflections. Edgar "Egai" Talusan Fernandez (b. 1955) studied at the College of Fine Arts of the Philippine Women's University where he majored in commercial art and interior design. His career in painting started in 1974, mostly working on abstraction. His talent was immediately recognized when he won the grand prize for his work Civilization in the painting contest sponsored by Compro Philippines in 1976. It was his membership in the Center for the Advancement of Young Artists in 1976 that stimulated his sociopolitical orientation. He was one of the founding members of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines,



of Egai Talusan Fernandez

from the NCCA Gallery

Artist Egay Talusan Fernandez, NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon Jr., NCCA executive director Emelita Almosara and NCCA deputy executive director Marlene Ruth Sanchez, lead the opening of the exhibit

and together with other artists he co-founded the group Kaisahan. He received a travel grant in France in 1981 and focused on Filipino migrant workers as a theme for his Metro series. One of the most flexible artists from the social realists group, he succeeded veering from abstraction to realism with underlying social context and employed various non-traditional media and techniques. "Reflections" runs until April 30, 2012.

Fernandez's works Ode to Venus and Mars, Peace Be With You, and Reflection, all in acrylic on canvas

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The senior Tradigital Fine Arts students of the Adventist University of the Philippines presents "Quinta Art 2," a group exhibition featuring the works of young artists Alyssa Marie Africa, Jordan Altoveros, Samia Cheree Ayap, Donald Borja, Karen Care Cadapan, Jeremiah Digo, Jeffry Dulce, Jerick Forth Esperanza, Francess Nicholeen Labrador, Charles Kristian Javier, Danica Anna Jimenez, Cenon Norial III, Merlita Regencia, Levi Adrian Rodrigo and Yvettes Sumagaysay. With Jonathan Olazo as guest curator, "Quinta Art 2" opened on March 19 with special guests NCCA executive director Emelita Almosara and Silvana Ancelloti-Diaz, art director of the Galleria Duemila. Quinta is from the Latin word quintus, plainly translated as "fifth." The word was chosen because the senior fine arts students will soon be over their four-year academic education and training, and it's time for them to bear the fifth level which discloses the outcome of their creative, complex, imaginative minds and hard work. The artworks set out to express the completion of their artistic inculcation and their personal progress by making them visible to the public. By all means, it's necessary for these young artist to experience and be prepared for the world that they are about to undergo, that degree which they will be in after all the endeavors they made, the fifth stretch, quinta. The Adventist University of the Philippines is a private institution of higher learning, striving towards academic excellence and Christian values. It is located in Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite. The 165- hectare university is on an elevated area overlooking Laguna de Bay. It was established in 1917 to provide quality Christian education to Adventists, non-Adventists, native and foreign students. It has accumulated a fair amount of awards in different aspects of academic formation, primarily in the field of art. With its motto, "on ever onward," the Tradigital Fine Arts students have garnered awards from different prestigious art competitions within the country. For more information, contact Mimi Santos of NCCA Gallery at 527-2192 loc. 512 or you may send an e-mail inquiry at [email protected] The NCCA Gallery is located at ground floor of the NCCA Building, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. Viewing hours is Monday to Friday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

The NCCA secretariat went to the La Mesa Eco Park for activities such as tree planting to celebrate Women's Month, led by Marichu Tellano, head of P/PFPD and chairperson of NCCA GAD

nCCA Celebrates Gender Awareness Month

Employees of the NCCA secretariat took the time out to celebrate Women's Month on March 31, 2012. Activities were lined up at the La Mesa Nature Reserve and Eco Park in Quezon City. Attendees listened to the discussion and short lecture, "The Role of Women in Weathering Climate Change" by Carol Bello of the International Affairs Office of the Philippine Commission on Women. The morning activities included a tree planting session and a guided walking tour. This was organized by the Gender Awareness and Development Committee, chaired by Marichu Tellano, head of the Plan/Policy Formulation and Programming Division (P/ PFPD) of the NCCA.

The nCCA and project Grantees sign MoA

The NCCA held an orientation on project implementation on January 31, 2012, at the Silid Darangen, third floor of the NCCA Building, for the grantees for projects in the National Capital Region. The orientation coincided with the singing of memorandums of agreement between the prime government institution for the arts and culture and the grantees. The NCCA regularly awards grants to notable artistic and cultural projects. Other orientations and signings were held all over the country--February 3 in Davao City, February 6 in Cagayan de Oro City, February 11 in Palawan, February 13 in Bacolod City, February 15 in Iloilo, February 17 in Bicol and February 28 in Zamboanga del Sur. The orientations were led by Marichu G. Tellano, chief of the Plan/Policy Formulation and Programming Division (P/PFPD) of the NCCA, and discussed topics such as the nature and functions of the NCCA, and the guidelines for the implementation of the projects and the release of funds.

Marichu G. Tellano, chief of the Plan/ Policy Formulation and Programming Division (P/PFPD) of the NCCA, and filmmaker and scholar Nick Deocampo (right) at the Silid Darangen of the NCCA

Senior Tradigital Fine Arts students of the Adventist University of the Philippines with special guests Silvana Ancelloti-Diaz, art director of the Galleria Duemila, and NCCA executive director Emelita Almosara

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The NCCA has forged partnerships with television networks to reach the viewing public and tell them about the rich culture of our country and the artistry of its people. These are the efforts:


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The Dalena sisters (top, right) and the Lee brothers (above, middle) are featured in the first episode of Art Republik, with producer Betty Uy-Regala (above, left) and Edric Calma, Knowledge Channel manager (above, right) .

Art Republik on Knowledge Channel

Art Republik airs on Knowledge Channel (Channel 42 on Sky Cable) every Tuesday at 8:40 P.M., with replays at the same time every Thursday and on Saturday at 2 P.M. This is a 30-minute program on Philippine arts and culture, profiling 51 artists from various art fields and two art collectors, or a total of 53 guests for its first season. The first season of Art Republik has 13 episodes anchored on themes based on cultural traits. These include close family relations with focus on siblings' relationships, respect, bayanihan, adaptability, hard work and responsibility, strong sense of community, commitment, courage, quality, sentimentality, excellence, and perseverance. For the first episode, Art Republik featured the Lee brothers and the Dalena sisters-- two families involved in the fields of independent film and the visual arts. "We created the show to provide an alternative program to the usual entertainment and political fare on television. TV is a powerful medium to inform and engage people. We hope that Art Republik could contribute in increasing the awareness on Philippine art to a wider public by presenting its creators, the Filipino artists, whose work reflect our culture," explained Betty Uy-Regala, producer of Art Republik. The show is produced through the Asian Christian Arts Association, Inc., a non-governmental organization, and partially funded by the NCCA.

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Tipong Pinoy and Sa Sariling Lupa on IBC 13

Tipong Pinoy is a 30-minute TV show hosted by Susan Calo Medina and singersongwriter Wency Cornejo. It shows unique Filipino practices, art, ideologies, faith and traditions. It was produced in 1998, during the administration of then NCCA chairman Dr. Jaime C. Laya. It is aired daily, Monday to Sunday, at 11:30 A.M. IBC 13 also airs Sa Sariling Lupa: Cultural Tourism Documentaries. It was produced in 1999 in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (then known as the National Historical Institute) and the National Museum for the promotion of cultural tourism in the Philippines, particularly its seven anchor destinations--Rizal/Laguna, Davao, Cebu, Baguio/Banaue, Laoag/Vigan, Bohol, and Palawan.

Artalk is hosted by Gemma Cruz-Araneta (top, right). NCCA executive director Emelita Almosara and chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr. are among the guests (above)

Artalk on Net 25

In partnership with Net25, this new TV series is aired every Thursday at 11 P.M. (with replays on Sundays at 2:30 P.M.) With 30 minutes each episode, it is a 13-part series of discussions that tackle the role of the 21st century artists and cultural workers, be they Moro, Lumad or Christian. This TV show hopes to mold the consciousness of the Filipino people and explore the cultural dimensions of our social problems, such as corruption, discrimination, and violence. Artalk is hosted by Gemma Cruz-Araneta, and its line-up of guests will include Boy Abunda, Randy David, Cong. Eric Tañada, Pepe Diokno, Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr, Dr. Isagani Cruz, and Dr. Nicanor Tiongson. This show is conceptualized and directed for television by former NCCA executive director Malou Jacob

Lakbayin ang Magandang Pilipinas on PTV 4

Produced by the municipality of Angono, Rizal, in partnership with the NCCA, this one-hour TV documentary program shows the positive side, innovations and exemplary practices of local governments in preserving and protecting the beauty of our country and the richness of our culture. It also shows the country's heritage and Filipino artistry. This show is aired every Saturday, from 8 to 9 A.M., and hosted by Angono mayor Gerardo V. Calderon.

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Subcommission on the Arts

Committees The SCA is made up of seven national committees: Architecture and Allied Arts, Cinema, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Literary Arts, Music and Visual Arts. The National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts is headed by Gerald Lico, with Rino Domingo Fernandez as vice head, Tristan Jovellana as secretary and Maylen Yaranon as assistant secretary. Members are Anna Marie Hernandez Bautista, Lorelei de Viana, Angeline T. Chuachiaco, Nathaniel A. Von Einsiedel, Zenaida Galingan, Wilfredo Sy, Ildefonso Torres and Jemma Semaña The National Committee on Cinema is headed by Dr. Miguel Rapatan, with Jose Antonio Garcia as vice head, Ramon Nocon as secretary and Marie Grace Dimaranan as assistant secretary. Members are Rez Cortez, Robert Arevalo, Elwood Perez, Emilio Abello IV, Eduardo Lejano, Lou Rafael B. Cañedo, Victoria Beltran, Jason Laxamana and Gutierrez Mangansakan The National Committee on Dance is headed by Shirley Halili-Cruz, with Dr. Larry Gabao as vice head, Mariant E. Villegas as secretary and Rodel M. Fronda as assistant secretary. Members are Edna Ledesma, Grace Perez, Rebecca Nulud, Ariel Llanillo, Patricio E. Primor, Jr., Dolores Suzara, Pepito O. Mosquito, Corazon Agustin and Odysso Oyales The National Committee on Dramatic Arts is headed by Lutgardo Labad with Edward Perez as vice head, Ma. Lourdes Josefa Lopez as secretary and Hobart Savior as assisstant secretary. Members are Robert Mendoza, Santy Leaño, Mary Carling, Romualdo Protacio, Felimon Blanco, Marvin Lai, Jazmin Llana, Fernando Josef and Romeo Narvaez The National Committee on Literary Arts is headed by Dr. Priscilla Macansantos, with Christine Godinez-Ortega as vice head, Haidee Emmie Palapar as secretary and Jhoanna Lynn Cruz as assistant secretary. Members are Jose Dalisay, Jr., Maria Luisa Reyes, Ma. Carmen Sarmiento, Elizabeth Raquel, Julietta Mallari, Carlos Arejola, Elsa Coscolluela, Phil Harold Mercurio and Fr. Albert E. Alejo, S.J. The National Committee on Music is headed by Prof. Felipe M. de Leon, Jr. with Joey Ayala as vice head, Rebecca Jose as secretary and Jocelyn Guadalupe as assistant secretary. Members are Jude Edgard Balsamo, Eugene delos Santos, Mary Ann Espina, Jose Soliman, Jr., Ma. Austregelina Espina, Divina Bautista, Arne Lubasan, Ronolfo Landero and Ernesto Zaldua The National Committee on Visual Arts is headed by Nemesio Miranda with Dennis Montera as vice head, Ma. Isabel Lopez as secretary and Al-Nezzar Ali as assistant secretary. Members are Renan Ortiz, Jose Tanedo, Yuan Moro Ocampo, Valente Villanueva, Mariano Montelibano, Rhyan Casiño and Chester Mato

Felipe de Leon, Jr. Head The NCCA has four subcommissions made up of 19 national committees composed of artists and cultural workers from both the public and the private sector, representing different cultural and non-government organizations. The Subcommission on the Arts (SCA) covers, but is not limited to, the areas of literary arts, visual arts, architecture, dramatic arts, broadcast arts, musical arts, dance and film. Every year, the SCA spearheads the celebration of National Arts Month every February through the Philippine Arts Festival. Mandate According to Republic Act No. 7356, "to encourage the continuing and balanced development of a pluralistic culture by the people themselves," the SCA is mandated to "(1) encourage and ensure the exercise of the freedom of expression by eliminating all forms of censorship inimical to cultural and artistic growth and development without prejudice to the rights of other people to develop their own culture, or to the enhancement of a genuinely Filipino culture; (2) extend financial and economic assistance such as subsidies, artist funds and social security to promote cultural development and protect artists and cultural workers; (3) ensure the decentralization of opportunities for creative expression through the establishment of local culture and art centers in various regions, with resources needed for artistic cultural activities; (4) extend recognition of artistic achievement through awards, grants and services to artists and cultural groups, which contribute significantly in the Filipino's cultural legacy; (5) promote the interests and welfare of artists and cultural workers by protecting their rights to intellectual and artistic properties as well as those of associations that shall promote and protect the economic and moral rights of artists over the country; (6) encourage and support research into Philippine artistic traditions which may be adopted for the creation of contemporary forms; (7) adopt measures and recommend legislations to protect the intellectual and artistic rights and properties of Filipino artists, cultural workers and other matters concerning culture and arts; and (8) explore and adopt the best possible structure of relationship between the public and private sector at the local level, taking into account varying socio-cultural situations." "Ensure that standards of excellence are pursued in programs and activities implementing policies," the subcommissions "shall encourage and support continuing discussion and debate, through symposia, workshops, publications, etc., on the highest norms available in the matrix of Philippine culture."

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Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination

Alice A. Pañares Head The Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination (SCD) covers the areas of language and translation, cultural events, cultural education and information. It holds the NCCA Communication Expo, organized by the National Committee on Communications. Mandate "To ensure the widest dissemination of artistic and cultural products among the greatest number across the country and overseas for their appreciation and enjoyment," the SCD is mandated , "with the cooperation of the Departments of Education, Culture and Sports, Tourism, Interior and Local Government, Foreign Affairs and all other concerned agencies, public and private" to "(1) cause to be established and developed an intensified arts education program at all levels of the educational system, public and private, to ensure meaningful arts integration across the school curriculum; (2) encourage and support programs through publication, exhibition, production, performance, staging, and reproduction of original Filipino creations; (3) coordinate and provide technical and/ or financial assistance for cultural events and related activities such as cultural festivals, competitions, lecturers, seminars, from and symposia; (4) encourage and monitor a comprehensive translation program which shall make works by Filipinos and selected foreign classics equally accessible to Filipino as well as international readers; (5) promote the popularization of information about artistic and cultural achievements and programs, in coordination with government agencies and on-government organizations and institutions; (6) reorient tourism programs to become an instrument for popular education of our people and other about the best of our heritage and creativity; (7) undertake a systematic collection of statistical and other data which reflects the state of cultural conditions in the country, to serve as essential quantitative and qualitative basis for formulating cultural policies; (8) create and support a sustained program of international cultural exchange, scholarships, travel grants and other forms of assistance; (9) promulgate standards and guidelines for the protection and promotion of Filipino artists, cultural workers and creative works in other countries; and (10) Encourage and support the continuous training of cultural workers and administrators by qualified trainers." Committees The SCD has three national committees: Language and Translation, Communication and Cultural Education. The National Committee on Language and Translation is headed by Dr. Mario Miclat with Virgilio S. Almario as vice head, Dr. Christian George Celestial Francisco as secretary, and Prof. Joel Bautista Labos as assistant secretary. Members are Dr. Corazon Lalu Santos, Dr. Roberto Buenviaje Torres, Vina Panlibutan Paz, Dr. Severino Saños Capitan, Dr. Aurora Esguerra Batnag, Dr. Imelda Pineda de Castro, Roberto Torres Añonuevo, Dr. Genevieve L. Asenjo. and Dr. Purificacion Delima. The National Committee on Communications is headed by Dr. Cecilia M. Dy, with Estrellita J. Tamano as vice head, Juan P. Dayang as secretary, and Lelia Chua Sy as assistant secretary. Members are Rodrigo G. Cornejo, Dr. David A. Genotiva, Daniel G. Fajardo, Ricardo C. Juliano, Leizl A. Deloso, Fr. Jonathan R. Domingo, Evangeline L. Pascual, Quintin P. Pastrana and Rolando Olog. The National Committee on Cultural Education is headed by Alice A. Pañares with Arvin Manuel dela Rosa Villalon as vice head, Roselle Velarde Pineda as secretary, and Glorife Soberano-Samodio as assistant secretary. Members are Victor Colina Sorellano, Joseph Jose Cristobal, Gregorio Ranar Jumao-as, Lyn Marie Loarca-Mapa, Juan Gepilga Gepullano, Sunnie Clemen Noel, Leonardo Rey Salazar Carino, Dr. Beatriz Gonzales Torno, Dr. Catherine Q. Castaneda and Jennifer Tupas.

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Subcommission on Cultural Heritage

Regalado Trota Jose Head The Subcommission on Cultural Heritage (SCH) covers libraries and information services, archives, museums, galleries, monuments and sites, and historical research. It spearheads the annual celebration of the National Heritage Month on May. Mandate "To conserve and promote the nation's historical and cultural heritage," the SCH is mandated to "(1) support, monitor and systematize the retrieval and conservation of artifacts of Filipino culture and history and all Filipino cultural treasures from all over the archipelago and other countries; (2) encourage and support the study, recognition and preservation of endangered human cultural resources such as weavers, chanters, dancers, and other craftsmen as well as the conservation and development of artistic, linguistic and occupational skills that are threatened with extinction; (3) support and promote the establishment and preservation of cultural and historical monuments, markers, names and sites; (4) encourage and support the establishment and/or maintenance all over the country of museums, libraries, archives, private or public, as repositories, respectively of all cultural/historical artifacts and artistic creation, printed works, archival records and all other materials indispensable to the study and evaluation of Filipino culture and history; (5) encourage the private sector to establish and maintain private museums and libraries; (6) encourage and support scholarly research into and documentation of Philippine cultural traditions, arts and crafts, as well as significant cultural movements, achievements and personalities especially in the literary, visual and performing arts; and in mass media, as well as the various aspects of Filipino culture; (7) encourage and support the writing of Philippine history from the Filipino perspective; and (8) encourage, support and systematize the audio-visual documentation of Filipino cultural expressions in the contemporary period." Committees The SCH has six national committees: Archives, Art Gallerie, Historical Research, Libraries and Information Services, Monuments and Sites, and Museums. The National Committee on Archives is headed by Prof. Regalado Trota Jose with Ma. Teresa S. Bondoc as vice head, Rosemarie L. Calaranan secretary and Raidis J. Basig as assistant secretary. Members are Arnulfo O. Junio, Remedios E. Ballesfin, Victorino M. Manalo, Florbella S. Bongalos, Ma. Luisa C. Del Pilar, Fr. Alfonso A. Araceli and Ronaldo C. Ferariza. The National Committee on Art Galleries is headed by Atty. Imelda W. Loste with Gerald Christian D. Yusi as vice head, Agnes A. Romero as secretary and Robert Bjorn Santos as assistant secretary. Members are Rhodora R. Salas, Danilo Sollesta, Susanne Tiausas and Maria Elena Catajan. The National Committee on Historical Research is headed by Dr. Maria Nela B. Florendo with Dr. Francis A. Gealogo as vice head, Dr. Jose Victor Torres as secretary and Dr. Erlinda K. Alburo as assistant secretary. Members are Carminda Arevalo , Prof. Oscar Evangelista, Prof. Rhina AlveroBoncocan, Dr. Augusto de Viana , Prof. Carlos M. Magtolis, Jr., Prof. Gil Gotiangco II, Dr. Calbi A. Asain, Dr. Maria Bernadette L. Abrera and Atty. Norma Maruhom. The National Committee on Libraries and Information Services is headed by Atty. Antonio M. Santos with Marilou P. Tadlip as vice head, Jonavie S. Quiambao as secretary and Benhur A. Asid as assistant secretary. Members are Namnama L. Lopez, Florita C. Cabato, Federico Billones, Fr. Paul M. de Vera, Yolanda E. Jacinto, Teresita C. Moran, Enrique T. Cayaban, Ma. Theresa Baylon and Nora Fe Alajar. The National Committee on Monuments and Sites is headed by Dr. Jaime C. Laya with Atty. Rose Beatrix CruzAngeles as vice head, Archt. Ma. Jocelyn B. Managhaya as secretary and Archt. Melva R. Java as assistant secretary. Members are Dir. Jeremy Robert M. Barns, Archt. Wilkie B. Delumen, Dir. Gilberto S. Reyes, Rev. Fr. Milan Ted D. Torralba, Atty. Lucille Kay E. Malilong-Isberto, Archt. Dominic O. Galicia, Archt. Michael T. Ang, Archt. John Joseph T. Fernandez and Archt. Christopher Stonewall P. espina The National Committee on Museums is headed by Dr. Antonio Julian R. Montalvan III with Myrna Jimenez as vice head, Archt. Veronica A. Dado as secretary and Icelle D. Borja as assistant secretray. Members are Angelita B. Fucanan, Al Valenciano, Alejandro Maralit, Alice Alaurin, Jose Paras, Jr., Jose Eleazar Bersales, Clemente del Castillo, Noel Rivera and Regina Mercedes Cruz.

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Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts

Joycie Dorado-Alegre Head The Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA) covers the arts and culture of indigenous groups and cultural communities of the country. The SCCTA is responsible for holding Dayaw: Indigenous Peoples' Festival every October. Mandate "To preserve and integrate traditional culture and its various creative expressions as a dynamic part of the national cultural mainstream," the SCCTA is mandated to "(1) help set up or encourage, monitor and subsidize companion systems at the regional, provincial and local levels, intended to develop traditional cultures such as arts/crafts centers, preferably in community settings apart from the usual museum settings, where exponents of living and crafts can practice and teach their art an enrich contemporary designs; (2) encourage and subsidize cultural research and the retrieval of cultural research information (e.g. folklore, dance, music, crafts) through the training of students, teachers, and cultural researchers, and their revitalization by practice and performance; (3) ensure that the ultimate beneficiaries of all research efforts, tourism programs and other activities affecting cultural communities are the people and cultural communities that are the subject of research, and that their cultures are nurtured rather than violated, damaged, or exploited; (4) ensure that relevant information is made available to legislators who introduce laws with cultural implication; and (5) encourage and support the continuous training of cultural workers and administrators by qualified trainers." Committees The SCCTA is made up of three national committees: Central Cultural Communities, Northern Cultural Communities and Southern Cultural Communities. The National Committee on Central Cultural Communities, which covers major cultural communities from Regions IV, V, VI, VII and VIII, is headed by Joycie Dorado-Alegre, with Merly C. Delfin as vice head, Renila Dulay as secretary, and Ruel Doce as assistant secretary. Members are Joel Francisco, Leoncio Banaag, Severino L. Mipa, Mario Resurreccion, Elias Valencia, Caroline Evangelio, Dr. Rolando Taha and Sofronio Gabuat. The National Committee on Northern Cultural Communities, which cover the major cultural communities from Regions I, II, III and CAR, is headed by Francis Degay, with Antonio Cayyog as vice head, Edwin Antonio as secretary, and Anastacia Viola as assistant secretary. Members are Napoleon Baltazar, Ellenora C. Aliguyon, Rosalie Joy Reyes, Maximo Garming, Edward Osingat, Brian A. Camhit, Nerie A. Roxas, Josefina Alfonso, Corazon D. Claveria, Conrado B. Bunagan and Elnora Dudang. The National Committee on Southern Cultural Communities, which covers major cultural communities from Regions IX, X, XI, XII, Caraga and ARMM, is headed by Al Anwar J. Anzar, with Analee Gomez as vice head, Reden Ulo as aecretary and Salem C. Demuna as assistant secretary. Members are Elmo Laidan, Modesto Pocol, Jenjen Jubasan, Ammalun A. Salahuddin, Gauden S. Sireg, Crismer Buntan, Sumael K. Abad, Leticio L. Datuwata and Abdulwahid Suhod Ibrahim Sr.

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Continuing the Tradition of Ilocano Pottery Making in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

The NCCA and the San Nicolas Express Bin-I Foundation-Ilocos Norte, Inc. conducted a 36-day training on pottery making from November 28, 2011 and concluded on February 6, 2012, through the School of Living Traditions (SLT) program of the NCCA at the newly-built San Nicolas Modular Production Center inside Barabar Elementary School. Fifteen students, from 12 to 15 years old, coming from the families of potters, participated in the training. San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte is long known for making pots and other terracotta products such as the banga (cooking pot), dalikan (clay stove), malabi (drinking jar), masiteria (flower pot) and lusob (well casing). In order to preserve the tradition and the industry, the SLT was established. The SLT, which was in a preparatory phase, was facilitated by two cultural masters: Santiago Pumaras, a public high school teacher, and Paulina "Nana Paul" Rangcapan, an accomplished parent and grandmother. Both are natives of San Nicolas and learned their traditional pottery skills from their parents. Nana Paul, at 82, is the oldest potter in town. She is considered an icon of San Nicolas pottery and known for producing perfect and long-lasting pots such as the banga and malabi. Students were taught the process of making pots: ceramics clay, mixing materials and tools; clay preparation; hand production methods; and firing the products through periodic kiln. At the end of the training they were able to produce banga, dalikan, masiteria, lusob and paguringan (charcoal stove). -- Mark Gregor P. dela Cruz

Dalikan, masiteria, banga and paguringan made by the SLT students (below, left). Cultural master Nana Paul seated at center with her family of potters (below, right). The SLT students of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte (bottom)

The umpak ka baye, native blouse of the Bagobo, made by the students of the SLT in Daliaon Plantation, Toril, Davao City, under the tutelage of Bae Arlyne Salazar

Making Bagobo Umpak Ka Baye and Accessories in Daliaon Plantation, Davao City

The NCCA and the Tribal Council of Daliaon Plantation conducted the continuation of the training on Bagobo umpak ka baye and accessories from April 15 to June 2011 at the Daliaon Plantation, Toril District, Davao City. In 2009, the preparatory training was held with 15 students under Bae Arlyne Salazar. The following year, the training continued with additional 15 students. In the first phase, students produced umpak (blouse) and other Bagobo traditional accessories such as suwat (headdress), ir'rat (headband), lolen (headdress), tik'kas (leglet) and al'len (belt). The continuation of training was to enable the students to finish their projects. Thirty-six Bagobo students, aged 10 to 25, from the barangays of Daliaon Plantation and Camansi were enrolled in the SLT. Salazar served as cultural master, assisted by Bae Elisa Erano and Bae Manuela Ondoy. The 36-day training covered the completion of outputs which involved refinement of embellishments and introduction of new designs. Aside from hands-on training, cultural sensitivity lectures were delivered by community leaders such as Datu Docris Daug, Datu Ricardo Cacanata and Datu Honorio Daug. Students were able to present 30 outputs. This phase gave them the opportunity to add more creative touches in their umpak. Some p[roducts were displayed in the Master's Creation Center during the visit of committee members of the Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination. The umpaks were brought by Salazar during her participation at the Manila FAME. -- Maria Crisedna Magsumbol

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Playing B'laan Musical Instruments in Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato

Forty-two grade-school students of Kalyong Elementary School in Kalyong, Landan, Polomolok, South Cotabato, participated in the School of Living Traditions (SLT) on playing the B'laan musical instruments held from July 5 to September 23, 2011. In the Department of Education's Division of South Cotabato, Kalyong Elementary School is one of the Indigenous People's Pilot Schools. Ninety-four percent of the pupils are B'laan, and the school admits an average of 200 pupils every year. As an IP pilot school in South Cotabato, Kalyong Elementary School indigenized its curriculum through integration of IP concepts and values in their teaching. To introduce B'laan youths to native instruments, the SLT was established. The training focused on four B'laan musical instruments: the falimak (gong), faglong (two-stringed lute), dawagay (violin-like instrument made of coconut shells), and sluray (bamboo zither). A cultural master was assigned for each instrument. Tonio Lino Dialoma taught dawagay while Emilio Gulalan Dialoma taught faglong. Sluray and falimak were taught by Michal Lakim Sinarin and Doming Diale Maladianon respectively. The students,from grades 4 to 6, chose their preferred instruments. Sixteen studied dawagay while 11 studied falimak. Fourteen studied sluray while nine studied faglong. Different musical pieces were taught to the students, and they were given a chance to create their own music. A musical showcase was presented by the students after the training. Kalyong Elementary School plans to create a group of B'laan instrumentalists from the pool of SLT students.-- Maria Crisedna Magsumbol

During the closing ceremony of the SLT, B'laan youths of Kalyong play indigenous musical instruments which they made

Cultural masters Datu Isidro Anac, Bae Bulingan Salinde and Ligalan Alin (top, right) taught children of Baracatan on making and playing Bagobo musical instruments

Making and Playing of Bagobo Musical Instruments in Baracatan, Davao City

The NCCA and the Baracatan Tribal Council held the preparatory phase of the School of Living Tradition on Bagobo musical instrument making and playing from October 2011 to January 2012 at Baracatan, Toril District, Davao City. Baracatan is one of the 25 barangays of Toril District, Davao City, at the lower areas of Mount Apo, with mostly Bagobo Tagabawa inhabitants. Bagobo Tagabawa's rich tradition of dances, songs, musical instruments making and playing is under threat of vanishing. Thus, the SLT was an important step in the continuation of such tradition and passing it to the younger generation. Sixteen students, 12 to 17 years old, underwent the trainings under three cultural masters: Datu Isidro Anac, Bae Bulingan Salinde and Ligalan Alin. The first two are siblings while the last is their cousin. Datu Anac's expertise is on making and playing togo, lantoy, koglong (lute), kulintang and tabogok. He is also skilled in playing the kumbeng (jaw's harp). Bae Salinde is a dance master. She taught the Bagobo war dance. Alin is a togo expert. According to them, they learned their traditional art from their parents. The 16 students were trained in making and playing Bagobo musical instruments such as the togo (bamboo zither), lantoy (bamboo flute), tabogok (bamboo instrument), kulintang (gongs) and gimbar (drum). They were also taught to perform a Bagobo war dance. -- Mark Gregor P. dela Cruz

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the students' best works and theses. It is now on its 28th year but it was the first time for NCCA to co-present the event with the UP Architecture Forum, a student organization based in the College of Architecture. This year's Arkwiz focused on Filipino architecture. In competition were 30 teams from 16 different schools in Metro Manila and neighboring towns in Bulacan and Cavite. It had four rounds. Emerging as winners were Technological Institute of the Philippines' Manila Team A in third place; Technological Institute of the Philippines' Manila Team B in second place; and Holy Angel University Team A in first place. Participating schools included Adamson University, Bulacan State University,Central Colleges of the Philippines, De La Salle University Dasmarinas, Euglio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Technology, Far Eastern University, Feati University,Holy Angel University, Mapua Institute of Technology, National University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines Manila, Technological Institute of the Philippines Quezon City, Technological University of the Philippines and University of the Assumption. for the students and youth artists to enhance their skills and abilities in the field of music composition, production and performance; achieve peace, unity and harmony in Mindanao; and promote Tagum City as the music capital of Mindanao. This year's celebration featured seven competitions with categories open to barangays of Tagum City as well other interested participants nationwide. The competitions were Himig Handog (choral competition), Pasiklaband (battle of the band), Kasikas sa Dalan (drum, lyre and bugle corp competition), Avenida Musika (brass band competition), Rondal-Awit competition, Raprapan at Musikahan Competition, and Barangay Musikahan (community musical theater). The competitions were held at the concert hall and open arena of the New City Hall of Tagum City. A new component of the Musikahan sa Tagum Festival 2012 explored the multi-dimensional usage of information technology and the new media in creative industry and knowledge production. IT faculty and students from various learning institutions showcased their capabilities in developing application software that can be applied in the promotion of Tagum's creative industry. An exhibition on the history of Musikahan was on display at the New City Hall Exhibition Area. Alongside the Musikahan exhibit was an exhibit about the city of Tagum. The second floor of the New City Hall was the venue of the [email protected] IT's exhibition. The finalists of every competition were enjoined to participate in the outreach component of Musikahan in communities, public places such as malls, special homes, rehabilitation centers, jails and hospitals. Some of the venues were Davao Regional Hospital, Tagum Doctors Hospital, BJMP City Jail Canocotan, Davao del Norte Provincial Jail, DSWD Home for the Aged, Gaisano Mall, Gaisano Grand, and NCCC Mall of Tagum.

eighth lamiraw Workshop held

The 8th Lamiraw Regional Creative Writing Workshop (LRCWW) was successfully held on November 8 to 11, 2011, at the Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU) in Calbayog City, Samar. Sixteen writers from different regions and provinces attended the writing fellowship--Lawdenmarc Y. Decamora, Macabebe, Pampanga/ Angeles University Foundation; Ioannes P. Arong, Lapu-Lapu City/ Cebu Normal University; Shara O. Dionaldo, Musuan, Bukidnon/Central Mindanao University; Manilyn E. Cascaño, Capul, Northern Samar/ University of Eastern Philippines; Aiza B. Castillo, Capul, Northern Samar/Osmena Colleges; Jethro Magdaraog, Capul, Northern Samar/ UP Diliman; Jeremy Evardone, Palapag, Northern Samar/University of Eastern Philippines; Lesmes "Carlos" Ramonida, Carayman, Calbayog City; Raphael Dean Brown, Calbayog City/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Avin Carl Cruzada, Calbayog City/ Northwest Samar State University; Carmie Ortego, Tacloban City/ Leyte Normal University; Ma. Belinda Lora, Dulag, Leyte/ Eastern Visayas State University; Stephen Ramo, Tacloban City/UP Tacloban; Liberato Mabubay, Jiabong, Western Samar/ Samar College; Alfred Mark Rosete, Catbalogan City/Leyte Normal University; and Jeremy Balondo, Naval, Biliran/Naval State University. The resource speakers and panelists were Dr. David Genotiva, keynote speaker, from Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU); Dr. Marjorie Evasco from De La Salle University (DLSU); Prof. Merlie Alunan and Dr. Victor Sugbo from UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC); Janis Claire Salvacion from National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP); Jethol Paanod from Naval State University;

Phil Harold L. Mercurio from Northwest Samar State University; and Dante Rosales from Ibabao Arts Council of Calbayog City. Chito S. Roño, film director who is a native of Calbayog City, was the guest of honor during the culmination of activities. The Lamiraw workshop houses the annual Chito S. Roño Literary Awards which encourages Waray writers to write siday (poetry), susumaton (short story) and drama (play) in their mother tongue. The winners for siday category were Jhonil Bajado (third place) from Maydolong, Eastern Samar; Leonilo Lopido (first honorable mention) from Dolores, Eastern Samar; and Jeremy Evardone (second honorable mention) from Palapag, Northern Samar. Yvonne Esperas from Tacloban City won first prize for the susumaton category (Balay nga Damo It Portahan) while Efmer Agustin from Barugo, Leyte, was proclaimed first honorable mention for drama category (Tawoan). Cash prizes and citations were given away by Chito S. Roño himself during the awarding ceremony. The Lamiraw workshop is managed by the NwSSU's Office of the Arts, Social and Cultural Affairs (ASCA) headed by Dr. Gabriela T. Sabenicio and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs headed by Dr. Remedios T. Tomnob. This is annually funded by the NCCA.

Tagum City Celebrates Music

City Tourism Council of Tagum held the Musikahan sa Tagum 2012 from February 21 to 26, 2012, in Tagum City, Davao Oriental, with performances, competitions, exhibits and other activities.

holy Angel university Wins in Annual Arkwiz

The University of the Philippines Architecture Forum held the annual Arkwiz, an inter-school architectural quiz competition, on March 9, 2012, at the UP-NISMED Auditorium. This was part of the UP College of Architecture's celebration of Haraya, a week-long, end-of-the-year affair of various activities including a showcase of Musikahan sa Tagum started in 1998 as Tagum City's annual cultural festival, envisioned to celebrate the wealth of talents and the richness of music, arts and traditions; showcase Filipino excellence in music from traditional form to popular performance; generate support

A Celebration of Calabarzon Films

The second Pelikultura: The Calabarzon Film Festival was held in Los Baños, Laguna, from February

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22 to 24, 2012, featuring a film competition, an exhibition of noncompetition films and workshops. Pelikultura, a part of Cinema in the Regions project, is a Calabarzon-wide competition festival that provides a venue to showcase the cinema produced in the Southern Tagalog region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon). In her message, Katrina Ross Tan, festival director of Pelikultura said that "this year's theme, `Sine Sa'min,' is a call for Calabarzon filmmakers to go back to their roots and tell their home stories rather than flock the city and forget the stories that nurtured their imagination." The festival was attended by about 800 people, mostly students from different colleges and universities in Calabarzon and residents of Los Baños. This included the 25 delegates composed of professional and student filmmakers, actors and scriptwriters. Tan described this year's entries as "diverse in subject matter, bold and daring in using unconventional film techniques." Teddy Co, Cinema Rehiyon curator and Pelikultura judge, commented that in terms of quality Calabarzon films are second to Cebu, which he deems to be the best among Cinema Rehiyon films. This edition of Pelikultura is the organizer Pelikulab's preparation for hosting Cinema Rehiyon 5 in 2013. Fifteen short films--seven narrative films, four documentaries and the newly added four experimental films-- were selected for the showcase and competition. These shorts were selected from more than 50 entries from filmmakers residing in the region. Films were made in 2011, original and promoting the culture of the Calabarzon's provinces. There were 20 non-competing films consisting of five winning films from the first Pelikultura, 10 films from Binisaya film festival of Cebu, four other films from the region and an animation film titled "Kapitan Torpe" by TJ Cadiz, Animahenasyon winner. The screenings were held at the DL Umali Auditorium of UPLB The open-air screening was held at the Los Baños town proper near Laguna de bay. It screened Pelikultura 2012 winners and 10 films from the Binisaya Film Festival. This was to bring the films closer to the Los Baños community outside the university. The film festival also offered two-day filmmaking workshops on DLSR cinematography and filmmaking in the region with emphasis in writing and directing. Film workshops, which previously were only for the directors of the short listed films, were opened to other Calabarzon filmmakers, actors and writers who are mostly students. The two workshops were conducted by award-winning filmmakers from the Visayas, Christian Linaban and Arnel Mardoquio.

paco Becomes home to Arts and Culture

On February 2012, the Paco Market Activity Center became the seat of culture showcasing and promoting Philippine culture and arts through small format art workshops and performances as the Paco Collaborative Project was mounted from February 4 to 24, 2012, as part of the National Arts Month celebration. The Paco Collaborative Project aimed to launch Paco Market as the newest venue for performances, exhibitions and art interaction; recognize the value of art in the improvement of the community; and provide livelihood through the arts. The launching happened on February 4, 2012, wherein ABS-CBN Foundation, NCCA and the local government of Manila showcased the rehabilitated Paco Market. The event was graced by Manila mayor Alfred S. Lim; Gina Lopez, managing director of ABS-CBN Foundation; Maja Olivarez-Co, project director; and Victorino M. Manalo, NCCA Commissioner. It was also attended by the River Warriors, Students of the Special Programs for the Arts of Mariano High school in Paco, participants of Museong Pambata's International Conference on Climate Change and other guests. The Cardona Bottle Ensemble capped off the event with their performance using their bottle instruments. The ABS CBN foundation together with National Arts Month Secretariat scheduled daily activities from February 6 to 24, including nine arts and crafts workshops with four sessions each, scheduled throughout the month; seven lectures/sharing; four performances on weekends;five

On the last day of the festival, awards were presented to delegates--eight awards chosen by festival jurors and three awards chosen by the audience. Judges were Rolando Tolentino, member of Manunuri ng Pelikulang Filipino; Teddy Co, Cinema Rehiyon programmer; and Arnel Mardoquio. The Audience Choice Award for Experimental Category went to "Verdad Sobre de Pobreza" by Ellyrose Badel and Ma. Clariza R. Alcalde (Laguna); Audience Choice Award for Documentary to "Ang Tao sa Piso" by Matt Baguinon (Laguna); and Audience Choice Award for Narrative Category to "Ang Payaso at ang Prinsesa" by Kris Ann Dela Pena (Batangas). The Best Film awards went to "Verdad Sobre de Pobreza" (Experimental); "Tsarls The Movie" (Documentary) by Kevin Dayrit (Batangas); and "Bingwit" by Matt Baguinon (Laguna) and "Ang Payaso at ang Prinsesa" (Narrative). Best Actor was given to Richard Lacap in "Sekend" (Bart Andrew Mendoza, Laguna) while Best Actress to Regina May Martinez in "Luka" (Pol Singson, Laguna).

performances; two activities for the youth; an exhibition entitled "Paco Urban Memories" curated by Gerald Lico and Lorelei De Viana; a tour of Paco by Carlos Celdran; and screenings of five films supported by the NCCA. These activities were geared toward livelihood education and training and as Olivarez-Co said, to "introduce to the masses the kind of art beyond what they see on Wowowee." The arts and crafts workshops included rubber stamping by Jamel Obnamia and Manolo Sicat; terracota art making Sabana Lluch-Dalena; paper mache by Himas Organization; kite making by Insurance Manila; beads accessory making; and water hyacinth handicrafts by Kaye Tinga; and wood stamping. Workshops included on theater arts by the Manila Mobile Theater Foundation, landscape painting by Edgar Fernandez, and hip-hop by Next to Innocence. On the other hand, lectures were Introduction to terracota art by Rosalia Torralba; theater appreciation by Alex Cortez; natural healing by Nona D. AndayaCastillo, music appreciation theory by Bombie Custodio, livelihood through music by Olivares-Co, and Paco urban memories architecture by Gerald Lico and Lorelei De Viana Performances by the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band, Skarlet, Mike Coroza, Teo Antonio, Vim Nadera, Cardona Ensemble, Raul Sunico, Andrew Fernando and Busker were mounted. The culminating event on February 24 was a classical concert with pianist Raul Sunico and baritone Andrew Fernando. -- Abigail Lazaro and Archie Jane L. Diamante

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Emelita V. Almosara takes her oath led by NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. on her first day of office as NCCA executive director. Present were (from left) NCCA administrative OIC Joseph Bernan Corpuz, NCCA deputy executive director Marlene Ruth Sanchez, and Almosara's family

Emelita V. Almosara

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"Culture and the arts serve as the moving spirit in nation building. They are important components required for any country to progress. As a catalyst, the role of arts and culture is to provide a means to uplift values and social transformation in our society."

By Roel Hoang Manipon


he National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) welcomes its new executive director Emelita V. Almosara. Malacañan Palace announced the appointment of Almosara on January 22, 2012,

leading the list of appointees that included officials for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment and Department of the Interior and Local Government. Further, the NCCA Board of Commissioners by virtue of Board Resolution No. 2012-339, appointed her effective March 1, 2012.

Almosara left her post as the deputy executive director of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), an attached agency of the NCCA, to lead the premiere arts and culture agency of the government starting March 1. "After 36 years in government service, any ordinary person would be ready to retire into the quiet of home and family life. But, thank God, not Mely. For she isn't some ordinary person," said Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno, chair of the NHCP, in a tribute to Almosara in February 28, 2012. Almosara's 36 years in government service are primarily focused in the areas of management and operations of public historic rites and structures, museum work, and human resource management. She joined the NHCP (then National Historical Institute) in 1975, rising from the ranks to serve as Deputy Executive Director II for 16 years. She also became acting executive director and officer in charge for several occasions, equipping her with executive skills in running a government cultural agency. "She has steadily climbed the hierarchal ladder, brick by brick by a mixture of integrity, sense of modesty, extraordinary patience, sheer hard work, and inborn instinct for right performance, and untarnished or untainted achievements," attested Dr. Serafin D. Quiason, former chairman of the National Historical Institute. "Her administrative skills and worthy experience in the delicate and arduous discipline of history has been honed in an atmosphere nurtured by Dr. Encarnacion Alzona, Prof. Esteban de Ocampo, Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, Emilio Aguilar Cruz, Prof. Teodoro A. Agoncillo, Fr. Horacio dela Cuesta SJ, Dr. Domingo Abella and Prof. Ambeth Ocampo." Dr. Diokno also said: "Mely is an extremely accomplished woman. In her head is embedded an

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institutional memory shaped by decades of devoted service. She knows the rules, is familiar with persons high and low, and remembers instances with such detail that she puts me to shame. In her heart, she bears the pain and joy of the detail that demands of serving in government, a jumble of misunderstandings and frustrations mixed with more than a fair share of success and recognition." Dr. Diokno enumerated the lessons that Almosara's work and life exemplify: bearing challenges with grace and quiet dignity; never giving up; and grabbing the exciting opportunities, making full use of them and enjoying them. Almosara was with NHI after a few years teaching in a private school. Before that she graduated with a degree in elementary education in 1969 from the Philippine Normal College (now Philippine Normal University), which named her one of the Ten Outstanding Alumni. She likewise received the National Award for Government Administration from the Philippine Normal University Alumni, Inc. in 2003. Then she obtained her master's degree in government management in 2001 from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, where she is currently writing her dissertation for a doctorate degree in public management. It can be said that most of her life is spent with NHI. "My mom has been in the NHI, now NHCP, for as long as I can remember. A lot of the major milestones in her life happened while she was with the NHCP--meeting my dad, getting married, buying a house, having her first child, and then her second child, buying the family's first car, and going on her first trip abroad, among many other things," said the testimonial written by her daughter Maria Fides V. Almosara and delivered by son John Fiel V. Almosara. "The NHCP has been her second home for over 30 years. It too has become a second home to us, her family. As kids, I remember how Mama would tag us along with her on her trips to visit the various shrines around the country when she was still with the Monuments and Heraldry Division. I especially enjoyed visits to Fort Santiago on Rizal Day, or to the Aguinaldo Shrine on Independence Day... That's how our mom is. She is always a dedicated worker. She always gave 100 percent to her work, never short-changing the government with the kind of service she gave. But at the same time, she is a wife and mother who always made sure that there was time well spent with the family at all times." The children witnessed the character of Almosara through her work with the NHI: "I look up to my mother a lot, especially when it comes to her work ethic. She is one of the most honest, hardworking, intelligent women I know. And these qualities have allowed her to achieve so many wonderful things in her life, whether personally or professionally. She is an amazing woman who manages to do so many different things all at the same time, yet ends up doing all of them well." Now, Almosara is opening a new chapter in her life and career as executive director of NCCA. But this is not far removed from her former work. The NHCP is closely affiliated with the NCCA, and she has a long and active involvement with the NCCA, particularly in the field of cultural heritage. Almosara started when the NCCA was the Presidential Commission for Culture and the Arts (PCCA), assisting then National Historical Institute chairman Dr. Serafin D. Quiason as a member of the transition committee creating the NCCA from 1987 to 1992. For the NCCA, she became a member of the

In one of her first meetings with the committees, NCCA executive director Emelita V. Almosara is shown here with members of the National Committee on Communications: (Standing, from left) Rodrigo G. Cornejo, Quintin P. Pastrana, Lelia Chua Sy , Evangeline L. Pascual, Fr. Jonathan R. Domingo, Dr. David A. Genotiva, Leizl A. Deloso, Rolando Olog, Ricardo C. Juliano, (seated, from left) Juan P. Dayang (secretary), Dr. Cecilia M. Dy (head), and Estrellita J. Tamano (vice-head). NCC member Daniel G. Fajardo was not present during the meeting.

National Committee on Archives from 1988 to 1994; secretary of the National Committee on Monuments and Sites from 1990 to 2001; head of the National Committee on Museums for two terms from 1995 to 2001; alternate vice head of the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage from 1998 to 2001; member of the Executive Council; and member of the National Advisory Board from 1998 to 2001, among others. As an NCCA official, she represented the agency in international events, eventually becoming a member of the advisory committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) from 1996 to 2000; and secretary of the International Committee of Museums Asia-Pacific. Additionally, she was also president of the Philippine Association of Museums from 1992 to 1997; executive secretary of the Philippine History Foundation from 1999 to 2009; and a member of the board of directors of the Society of Filipino Archivists from 1992 to 1994. Almosara has traveled both here and abroad for trainings and seminars mostly on cultural heritage conservation, management and administration of historic sites and structures, and management of historical relics and memorabilia, as well as to speak or present papers primarily on cultural heritage presentation and museum work. Almosara is aware of the power of arts and culture, and the agency that upholds and promulgates it. "Culture and the arts serve as the moving spirit in nation building. They are important components required for any country to progress. As a catalyst, the role of arts and culture is to provide a means to uplift values and social transformation in our society," she says. " The NCCA is the cultural agency responsible for making policy, coordinating projects and programs, and giving grants for the development, preservation and promotion of culture and the arts. With this mandate, the NCCA takes the lead role in insuring that culture and the arts programs are managed effectively to have impacts in the society with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life of the Filipino people. The NCCA should be able to encourage, inspire and empower the Filipino creativity and imagination." With the NCCA and its mandate, Almosara believes that the government is giving adequate attention to the arts and culture: "The programs and projects of these agencies are geared towards the development and promotion of culture and the arts. Government funds are appropriately allocated to make sure that these programs are pursued. However, public awareness of these programs needs to be increased. Even in the local government, arts and culture are given much attention by its officials." With the few weeks as executive director of the NCCA, she observes that "to be more effective, there is a need for NCCA management to look into its organizational and operational structures, review its existing policies, and formulate necessary policies to put things in place." She adds: "Another concern is the status of employment of the staff, and effective utilization of its human and financial resources. NCCA should also strengthen its network and coordination with other government agencies particularly those in the culture sector to maximize efforts to develop and promote cultural and artistic programs and projects, and to energize community participation in a larger scale." "With limited time and with NCCA vision already in place, I just hope to be of help to NCCA in terms of human resource development or capacity building for its employees and effective utilization of its resources, and to facilitate productive relationship or collaboration among the cultural agencies," Almosara concludes.

NCCA Publishes Balanghay: The Philippine Factsheet

This year, the NCCA is publishing Balanghay: The Philippine Factsheet, a four-page periodical that comes out bi-monthly containing facts and information about Philippine art and culture, both well-known and not-soknown. Accompanied by colorful illustrations, Balanghay articles are written for lucidity and easy comprehension. Although intended for children and the youth, Balanghay can be read by everyone. The balanghay is an ancient Philippine plank boat adjoined by carved-out planks edged through pins or dowels. More than a mere boat, it was more like a vessel bearing a social unit, thus the term came to mean the smallest political unit in the Philippines. In the late 1970s, balanghays were excavated in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, then considered the first wooden watercraft ever excavated in Southeast Asia. They are a testament to early Filipino craftsmanship and seamanship skills. Balanghay: The Philippine Factsheet aims to be a vessel and conveyor of knowledge on Philippine culture. It also aims to broaden cultural literacy among our people and enhance their understanding of Philippine arts and culture.

nCCA BoArd oF CoMMissioners

Hon. Felipe M. de Leon, Jr. NCCA Chairman Head, Subcommission on the Arts Senator Edgardo J. Angara Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture Congressman Salvador Escudero III Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Culture Alberto T. Muyot Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs, Department of Education Daniel G. Corpuz Undersecretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions, Department of Tourism Jose Laderas Santos Chairman, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Maria Serena I. Diokno Chair, National Historical Commission of the Philippines Jeremy Robert M. Barns Director, National Museum Antonio M. Santos Director, The National Library of the Philippines Victorino M. Manalo Executive Director, National Archives of the Philippines Raul M. Sunico President, Cultural Center of the Philippines Emelita V. Almosara Executive Director, NCCA Private Sector Representatives Alice A. Pañares Head, Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination Regalado T. Jose Head, Subcommission on Cultural Heritage Joycie Dorado-Alegre Head, Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts

Angara Commended for Appointment to hispano-American royal Academy

The Senate has commended Senator Edgardo J. Angara for his appointment to the prestigious Real Academia Hispano Americana de Ciencas, Artes y Letras (HispanoAmerican Royal Academy of Science, Arts and Letters) based in Cadiz, Spain. The veteran legislator is the first Asian to become a Corresponding Academic Member of the academy. Already a noted champion of the relations between the Philippines and the Hispanic nations, Angara was recognized by the academy for his initiatives such as the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day celebrated every June 30 and the UNESCO-supported observance of the international Dia del Galeon. The Royal Academy was established in 1909 to promote cultural ties between Spain and Hispanic nations. No less than King Juan Carlos I is its honorary president. He was also cited as an outstanding academic, a respected intellectual and a strong advocate of the development of education, culture and the arts. He was instrumental in the creation of the NCCA and the National Museum, among many landmark laws. Angara was previously awarded Spain's Premio Casa Asia in 2010, making him the first Southeast Asian to win the foreign policy prize. He is also the official representative of the Philippines to the Unión Latina, an organization consisting of 37 member-nations of the neo-Latin languages.

Victorino M. Manalo Tops Ces We

Victorino M. Manalo, executive director of the National Archives of the Philippines, topped the list of passers of the Career Executive Service Written Examination (CES WE), the first in the four-stage CES eligibility examination process, conducted simultaneously in Manila, Cebu, and Davao on March 4, 2012. He garnered an impressive rating of 94.30 percent. A total of 37.69 percent or 49 out of 130 examinees passed. Manalo was a commissioner with the Philippines National Commission to UNESCO from 1999 to 2002. He also became the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. Manalo graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in humanities and received his masters in 1985 in International Affairs from Columbia University. Manalo is also a Palanca awardwinning fictionist and essayist.

Empowering the Filipino Imagination

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