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RP is Asean's cultural capital for 2010-2011; PGMA to speak at Clark Gab

Manila (23 March) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be the keynote speaker Thursday during the joint 4th Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA) and the 7th Senior Officials Meeting for Culture and Arts (SOMCA) to be held in Clark Education City in Pampanga.

The Philippines has been designated the cultural capital for 2010 and 2011 by the 10 member-countries of Asean.

Patterned after the European Capital of Culture program started in 1985, the designation of the Philippines as Asean's designated cultural capital enables the country to showcase not only its cultural life and development over the next two years but also to help use culture as a key element in the development of the country.

Singapore will be the next Asean culture capital for 2012 and 2013.

Along with the official meetings this week in Clark, the Philippines will also host the 4th Asean Festival of Arts (AFA), which aims to promote Asean's common identity and cultural diversity.

The successful projection of the Philippines in the Asean culturescape was made possible through the National Commission for Arts and Culture (NCCA) headed by Executive Director Cecile Guidote-alvarez.

"It is also in conjunction with the twin observance of International Women and World Theatre Month coordinated through the UNESCO-ITI. This is institutionalized under Presidential Proclamation No. 1262 by President Arroyo to showcase the vigor of Philippine theatre as a meeting ground of all the arts dynamically applied to promote a culture of peace, social justice and sustainable development as well as a radar screen to demonstrate our wealth of heritage, history, habitat and indigenous traditions," remarked Guidote-Alvarez, the 1972 Ramon Magsaysay awardee for public service through the arts. (PIA) [top]

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