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NCCA to support 11 more projects in Kalinga

Tabuk, Kalinga (14 February) -- In support to the preservation and development of Kalinga's culture and traditional arts, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has approved 11 more proposals of the province after granting five projects last year.

Said proposals were approved during the recent meeting of the NCCA's Board of Commissioners last January 15.

According to Commissioner Domingo Bakilan, Head of the National Sub-commission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), the five School of Living Traditions grantees which will be receiving P50,000.00 each are: Balbalasang, Balbalan SLT on Kalinga Banao Performing Arts; Salegseg, Balbalan SLT on Kalinga Performing Arts; Mabaca, Balbalan SLT on Rattan Crafts; Dacalan, Tanudan SLT on Rattan Crafts; and Dupligan, Tanudan SLT on Kalinga Music and Dances.

On February 15, 2009 at 1:00 in the afternoon, Bakilan said that the NCCA will also be launching the Kalinga Culture Hour at the Capitol Grounds during the Cultural Day celebration of the Kalinga Ullalim Festival. This event will be aired live over DZRK Radyo ng Bayan Tabuk.

He informed that the occasion will also serve as a venue for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the NCCA and the Kalinga Provincial Government for the transfer of the P.5 million fund for said radio program and at the same time the transfer of the P390,000.00 fund for the Capability and Network Building for the Northern Clusters.

Another approved radio program is the Salidummay Presentations on Radio which will be receiving a grant of P73,000.00 from the NCCA.

Tabuk City, was also granted a P91,000.00 fund assistance from the NCCA for the Matagoan Festival Celebration this coming June. Usually held for three days, said festival promotes the products, eco-tourism destinations and various cultural communities of Tabuk.

The Barogway Festival,on the other hand, was granted a P97,500.00 financial assistance for this year's celebration. According to Bakilan, the Barogway Festival which means'marriage celebration' will be participated by the five barangays of the Pangol Sub-Cultural Communities from Tanudan and Paracelis. This two-day to be held at Barangay Lay-asan in Tanudan this April. features the'kawayan climbing', cultural awareness activities and exhibits of ethnic products.

Also approved is the P80,000.00 proposal for the Kalinga Monograph Development project; P42,500.00 for the Laga Festival as assistance to the Kalinga weavers in promoting their products; and the P30,000.00 fund for the Cultural Capability Building Program for the Kalinga Cluster.

Providing an update for the National Arts Month (NAM) Celebration this February, he said that the event is going international with the launching of the Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF) last February 2 at the Kalayaan Grounds of Malacaņang Palace.

With the theme Ani ng Sining, the month-long event will feature the talents and performances of various artists and art groups in the seven arts on whose trainings, competitions, and creative expressions it has invested the past years.

NCCA also reports that "as part of the National Arts Month and in line with the Poverty Alleviation Program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the Cultural Caregiving Program of the commission, the NCCA will be tapping programs for artists like the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between NCCA and the Provincial government of Rizal headed by Gov. Jun Ynares for the Artists' Housing Village in Angono, the launching of the newly-restored Metropolitan Theater, and the unveiling of the Urdaneta Park in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, in commemoration of Fray Andres de Urdaneta's 500th year." (ggd/PIA Kalinga) [top]

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