Arts Month highlights Filipino artists' passion.
By Francine Ciasico
February will be a fiery month for Filipino art enthusiasts as the country celebrates the National Arts Month (NAM).
With the theme, "Ani ng Sining, Alab ng Sining" (Harvest of the Arts, Flame of Art), this year's celebration of arts month aims to emphasize "the bounty of artistic endeavors in the Philippines and the passion of Filipino artists and cultural workers."
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts and its Subcommission on the Arts (SCA) will lead this month's festivities.
NCCA kicked off the arts month celebration at the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono, Rizal. Opening ceremonies were also held in Roxas City, Capiz, and Cagayan de Oro City.
Seven major activities celebrating the seven arts -- Architecture and Allied Arts, Cinema, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Literary Arts, Music, and Visual Arts -- will also be held this February.
To boost Filipino's awareness and appreciation on the country's architecture, the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts will hold an exhibit and forum titled "Loob at Labas: Talakayan at Pagpaparangya" which will take place in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental (1st week of February), Baguio City and Davao City (2nd week), Cabanatuan City and Nueva Ecija (3rd week), and Batangas (4th week).
For literary arts freaks, the National Committee on Literary Arts prepared an "interdisciplinary arts festival" dubbed "Maartext" which will be held the Bicol Region, Baguio City, Tacloban City, Pampanga, Cebu, and Aklan.
Famous NAM activities like "Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival" and "Sayaw Pinoy" will be held again for this year's observance of the arts month.
Meanwhile, local music junkies can enjoy the National Committee on Music's music festival, "Musicapuluan: Music of the Philippine Islands".
Last February 1 to 5, the Philippine Visual Arts Festival 2018 -- spearheaded by the National Committee on Visual Arts -- was held at Santiago City, Isabela. The event featured murals created by Filipino artists.
In the metro, Filipino artists were given workshops on Baybayin writing, portrait sketching, basic photography, and graphic design at the Rizal Park last February 3 and 4.
At the end of the month, an awarding ceremony titled "Ani ng Dangal" will close the celebration, acknowledging Filipino artists who had given honor to our country through their passion for the arts.
February was declared as the National Arts Month in 1991, under Presidential Proclamation 683.
(2018 NAM Poster via NCCA / Manila Bulletin)