Feature: Celebrate love month with art
by JD Abangan
By Jean Duron-Abangan
Manila (11 February) -- February is more than just a "love" month but an Art Month.
Signed on January 28, 1991, Presidential Proclamation No. 683 declares the month of February as Philippine International Arts Festival Month.
Secretary Ronaldo Puno of the Department of Interior and Local Government has issued Memorandum Circular No.2009-04 calling on all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors to undertake activities that "will enhance the Filipinos understanding and appreciation of arts and culture towards raising pride in our identity and promote national unity".
He also requested local government officials to display streamers announcing the art month celebration at the provincial, city and municipal building facades as well as post posters and other information materials of cultural significance, throughout the month of February.
Puno directed the regional and field offices of DILG to widely disseminate the circular.
Now on its 18th year, this year's art month celebration is anchored on the theme, "Ani ng Sining" aiming to promote and popularize outstanding creations of Filipino artists in the seven art arena, namely, architecture and allied arts, cinema, dance, dramatic arts, literary arts, music and visual arts.
The celebration is also aimed at promoting the integration of arts in community life; underscoring the significant role of art and artists and other stakeholders in uplifting the nation's spirit; and utilizing art as catalyst for values education.
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) with its chairperson Department of Education (DeopEd) Undersecretary Vilma Labrado and its Executive Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez at the helm, is taking the lead in observing this year's national art month (NAM) celebration.
In Mindanao, Professor Ricardo de Ungria, head of NCCA Sub-commission on Arts and NAM festival manager is undertaking flagship projects which include Walai-Vernacular Architecture of Mindanao, Sayaw Pinoy, and Organik Muzik.
The Walai-Vernacular Architecture of Mindanao is an exhibit of drawings and photography of the vernacular houses of Mindanao taken from the Walai Pangampong project. It also features model replicas of selected indigenous structure found in Mindanao.
Lecture series, ritual dances and artworks also go along with the exhibit staged from February 6 to February 13 in General Santos City.
Organik Muzik spearheaded by NCCA Committee on Music chair Joey Ayala, is a series of concert showing how the Philippine music has transformed from its village roots to urbanized renditions.
Staged at SM City Davao on February 21, the Organik Muzik in Mindanao features local talents Popong Landero and GAMABA awardee Samoan Sulaiman.
Other than the performances, exhibits of the artworks of Davao artist Kublai Millan also form part of NAM observance in Mindanao. (PIA XI) [top]