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Climate change tackled in Arts Month

by Redjie Cawis

Baguio City (16 January) -- Climate Change awareness will be highlighted during the National Arts Month celebration of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts in February.

The NCCA composed of seven different disciplines namely architecture, literary arts, dance, drama, visual arts, cinema or film will be having many different activities nationwide in celebration of Arts Month with the theme, ĎAni ng Sining'.

According to NCCA Executive Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez, the seven different disciplines will have flagship projects that would highlight the month-long celebration of the Arts Month.

One of the focuses would be the awareness of climate change that would be incorporated in art works.

Alvarez stressed that through the different art forms, climate change can move peoples' feelings and would understand it more. Murals, poems, music, paintings and photos are usually the more effective tool in conscientisizing Filipinos.

According to University of the Philippines-Baguio Chancellor and NCCA Vice Chair for Visual Arts, Dr. Priscilla Macansantos said that one of the things to focus on not only this year but on the succeeding years is to raise climate change awareness to students, faculty and the public.

We are very interested in the tie ups between arts and climate change because these two things are not inseparable and culture and arts should pave the way to a greater consciousness on lifestyles and impact on climate change, said Macansantos.

Workshops and forums as part of the climate change campaign will be done, added Macansantos.

Several video documentary and independent films on the environment and the adverse effects of climate change will be shown in universities around Baguio City and Benguet. These are films from the NCCA that were produced by local talents around the country as their part in the campaign for climate change.

Alvarez added that the media is also encouraged to take part in the campaign on climate change awareness through the Philippine Declaration of Media for Climate Change giving chance for NCCA plugs on climate change and environmental awareness to be aired on radio and television and print materials such as drawings and photos published in newspapers. (PIA) [top]

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