Capiceno artists converge for summit
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (19 February) -- More than 150 Capiceņo cultural workers and artists converged at the Provincial Capitol here last February 16 during the first Capiz Arts Summit in line with the National Arts Month celebration this February.
The day-long activity dubbed "Tagbo 2008" aims to recognize the important contributions of Capiceņo artists and cultural workers for the promotion of the province as a viable eco-cultural tourism destination in the country.
Tagbo is a Hiligaynon term which means to come together.
"The participants were also able to formulate plans and recommendations for each sector during a sectoral planning workshop activity of the summit," said Capiz Tourism Operations Officer Officer-In-Charge Alphonsus D. Tesoro.
The summit was graced by National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) National Committee on Visual Arts head Edgar Fernandez and an Iloilo-based seasoned cultural worker and artist Joseph Albaņa.
Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco, Sr. conveyed his appreciation of the interest and enthusiasm of major stakeholders especially the business sector during the provincial launching of the National Arts Month last February 4.
The initial gains of the province in the tourism industry is a subsequent offshoot of a strategic planning workshop last August 2007 which crafted a "Captivating Capiz" vision.
A Tourism Development and Promotion Strategic Planning Workshop was also held in January of this year to plan how to bring about one of our five vision pillars of Capiz as the "Eco-Cultural Tourism Hub" in Central Philippines.
The other provincial activities for the month-long celebration include an evening of poetry reading dubbed "Ugsad" (Full Moon) on February 21 at the Provincial Capitol Building terrace and showcase of traditional and contemporary Bands called "Tunog Kapisnon" on Feb. 28 at the Provincial Park here.
A series of "Sayaw Pinoy" performances featuring Manila-based and local performing artists has also been set at the Capiz Gym on February 22 and Sigma Community Heritage Center as well as Maayon Civic Center on Feb. 23.
The Dagway Sigmahanon, Inc. and local artist/performing group have "a performance in public spaces" in some towns of the province.
The locally adopted theme of this year's Arts Month celebration is "Ani ng Sining sa Capiz: Arts in Public Spaces. (PIA) [top]