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Monday, March 16, 2015

U.P. Film Institute Summer Workshops 2015

MARCH 2015
BASIC SCRIPTWRITING

Facilitator: Prof. Mark McKeown
Schedule : March 14, 21, 28 April 18, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 5pm (20 hours)
Course Fee : P 5,500.00

FILM APPRECIATION & CRITICISM
Facilitator: Prof. Patrick Campos
Schedule : March 28, 2015
Time : 10am to 4pm (including lunch and snacks)
Course Fee : P 1,800.00

APRIL 2015
DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION
Facilitator: Mr. Milo Paz
Schedule : April 6 to 10, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (25 hours)
Course Fee : P 8,000.00

NON-LINEAR EDITING – FINAL CUT PRO
Facilitator: Ms. Apol Dating
Schedule : April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2015 (4 days)
Time : 1pm to 5pm (16 hours)
Course Fee : P 6,500.00
(12 slots only)

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Facilitator: TBA
Schedule : April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2015 (4 days)
Time : 1pm to 5pm (20 hours)
Course Fee : P 5,500.00

Requirement : Digital Camera preferably D-SLR

BASIC SCRIPTWRITING
Facilitator: Mr. Raz dela Torre
Schedule : April 13 to 17, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (25 hours)*
Course Fee : P 6,000.00

INTERMEDIATE SCRIPTWRITING – Found Stories
Facilitator: Mr. Armando “Bing” Lao
Schedule : April 27 to May 1, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (25 hours)
Course Fee : P 6,500.00
(10 slots only)

MAY 2015
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY in Boracay
Facilitator: Prof. Roehl Jamon
Schedule : May 8 to 10, 2015 (3 days)
Time : 9am to 12nn (9 hours)
Course Fee : P 6,000.00
Requirement : Digital Camera preferably D-SLR
(fare and accommodation not included)

BASIC SCRIPTWRITING in Boracay
Facilitator: Prof. Ed Lejano
Schedule : May 8 to 10, 2015 (3 days)
Time : 1pm to 5pm (12 hours)
Course Fee : P 5,000.00
(fare and accommodation not included)

INTERMEDIATE SCRIPTWRITING in Baguio
Facilitator: TBA
Schedule : May 15 to 18, 2015 (4 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (20 hours)
Course Fee : P 6,000.00
(fare and accommodation not included)

DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY - HDSLR
Facilitator: Mr. Nap Jamir
Schedule : May 23, 24, 30, 31 (4 days)
Time : 10am to 5pm (24 hours)
Course Fee : P 8,500.00
Venue: CMC Media Center

DIRECTING
Facilitator: Ms. Barbara Politsch
Schedule : May 25 to 29, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (25 hours)
Course Fee : P 7,000.00

*ON-GOING REGISTRATION*

DISCOUNTS:
-10% off on your 2nd workshop.
-Register in groups of 3 to get 5% off each.

LAST DAY OF REGISTRATION :
5 days before the first day of the workshop.

WORKSHOPS ARE OPEN TO PUBLIC. LIMITED SLOTS.
An initial fee of P500 is required to reserve a slot.
(this fee is non-refundable and will be deducted from the total course fee thereafter)

To REGISTER:
1. Drop by our office.
(Address: UPFI Film Center, 2/F Cine Adarna bldg. Magsaysay and Osmena Ave.,UP Diliman QC)
2. Fill up a Registration Form.
3. Pay P500 or in full. (An initial fee of P500 is required to reserve a slot.)

or

1. Visit http://filminstitute.upd.edu.ph/?page_id=45
2. Download and fill up a Registration Form. Email or Fax it to us.
3. Deposit P500 or in full. (An initial fee of P500 is required to reserve a slot.)

*For BANK DEPOSITS
Name: UP CMC Foundation, Inc.
Account No. 39 – 325 – 130001 - 01
PNB, UP Campus Branch
(kindly fax us (9262722) or email us a copy of the deposit slip/receipt of your down payment together with your completed registration form)

For Inquiries:
0932 – 4852110 (Karen)
upfi_workshops@yahoo.com.ph
http://upfilminstitute.upd.edu.ph

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Gods of the Earth at the Dragon Gallery

Gods of the Earth 
March 13 – March 16, 2015



Witness the talent of emerging multimedia artists from Mapua Institute of Technology.
Gods of the Earth is a graduating exhibition featuring the works of Mapua students completing their studies in Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Arts and Sciences. Among the types of artworks on display are digital art, photography, paintings, and installation art.

A call to society, Gods of the Earthshowcases how 'gods' of the 21st century—including money, technology, brands, and the media—control us today.

Participating students
Christine Anne Louisse Abando
Marc Aldrin Abaya
John Aspilla
Aldrin Bautista
Elaine Bermudez
Jana Calpe
Herzchel Cruz
Nico Paolo Dasalle
Elaine De Castro
Vladen Ivan De la Peña
Clarissa Keister Del Mundo
Romelle Alyssa Fernandez
Chia Chi Hu
Krisianne Denice Ilagan
Jose Paolo Jimenez
Paula Laureola
Kristel Kay Llamera
Joaquin Los Baños IV
Alyssa Magpayo
Yvonne Anne Maxino
Ruben Mercado
Kevin Obmerga
Rina Victoria Oviso
Isabel Ruth Paña
Ara Beatrize Pascua
Ralph Poon
Errol Roque
Anthony Tan

About the Dragon Gallery

The Dragon Gallery at RCBC Plaza is a space dedicated to offering fine artworks for sale. Located at the second floor of the Yuchengco Museum, the gallery is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For gallery information, email thewaterdragon@yuchengcomuseum.org.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Call for Applicants: Young Artists' Studio

Young Artists' Studio is looking for art teachers to work this summer 2015. To apply, please email LOA, CV and portfolio to adgfelix@gmail.com not later than March 7, 2015.

Qualifications:

for Head Teachers
love for art and for children
strong oral and written communication skills
proactive, team-player and positive working attitude
a graduate of Fine Arts, Art History or any related field; or equivalent professional experience
will be able to work full-time, Mondays to Saturdays, from April to July, 2015
available for training from March 10 onwards

for Teaching Assistants
love for art and for children
strong oral and written communication skills
proactive, team-player and positive working attitude
a graduate of Education, Psychology, Early Childhood Development or any related field
will be able to work full-time, Mondays to Saturdays, from April to July, 2015
available for training from March 10 onwards

Note:

Qualified applicants will be contacted asap and are expected to come for an interview on March 9, 10am at YAS Loyola Heights.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Biowork by Buen Calubayan


Biowork | Buen Calubayan
Opening on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 at 6pm


Bundok Banahaw 3, 2015

Biowork is the terminus of the biography works that artist Buen Calubayan has been involved with in the past two years. His research and performative journey to Mt. Banahaw frames this exhibition, evidence of how intertwined his life and artistic practice are.

In this installation composed of painting, sculpture, performance, documentation and text, Calubayan lays bare his personal history, the demons of uncertainty about his art and chosen life and the means by which he confronted them. Biowork brings together the learning and realizations of past works and exhibitions, including his 2012 Ateneo Art Awards winning show Fressie Capulong where the assemblage of works accumulated became a cathartic experience for the artist and his 2013 Ateneo Art Awards shortlisted project Spoliarium that re-interpreted Juan Luna’s iconic painting. This project was the catalyst for his reconsideration of the significance of this masterpiece imbued with so much nationalistic significance that for Ilustrados signified equality with the colonial masters yet ironically reinforced their willingness to be judged by them; and led him to the search for an alternative aesthetic. Reynaldo Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution, became his guide to the next stage of his artistic life and practice. Ileto’s “ history from below” introduced him to the practices, beliefs and aesthetics of the “ordinary” Filpinos of the late 19th century, directed him to Mount Banahaw and led to the development of his current body of work.


Pasyon and Revolution_Towards A History from Below (Process 2), 2014
Hammock crafted from stripped pages of the book Pasyon and Revolution by Reynaldo Ileto

Biowork by Buen Calubayan opens on 24 February 2015 and runs till 30 April. For more information, please contact Ria Talamayan-Aguilar at 4266488 or via email at rtalamayan@ateneo.edu

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thomas Kinkade: Painter of Light at the Dragon Gallery

Thomas Kinkade: Painter of Light
February 25 – March 10, 2015




In the very beginning of his artistic career, American artist Thomas Kinkade (1958 – 2012) put his entire life savings into the printing of his first lithograph. Though at the time he was already an acclaimed illustrator and a background artist for Ralph Bakshi animation studios, Kinkade found that he was inspired not by fame and fortune, but by the simple act of painting straight from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him most.

The man from the small country town of Placerville, California attended University of California Berkeley and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. As an artist, Kinkade emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. His goal was to touch people and to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he created.

Kinkade’s dearest wish had always been that his artwork would be a messenger of hope and inspiration to others—a message to slow down, appreciate the little details in life, and to look for beauty in the world around us.

Each Kinkade canvas lithograph comes with an Owner's Portfolio, which contains a Certificate of Authenticity, a Certificate of Limitation & Authenticity, and a Fine Art Owner's Manual.

About the Dragon Gallery

The Dragon Gallery at RCBC Plaza is a space dedicated to offering fine artworks for sale. Located at the second floor of the Yuchengco Museum, the gallery is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For gallery information, email thewaterdragon@yuchengcomuseum.org.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cherie Gil shares thoughts on first Filipino production

by Mia Lopez

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Critically acclaimed veteran film and television actress Cherie Gil has built for herself a sparkling repertoire, playing women of opulence and strong character since she began her career in the 80’s.

Who can forget her portrayal of wicked stepsister proportions in the 1985 Sineserye Bituing Walang Ningning as the driven Lavinia Arguelles famous for the ‘you’re-nothing-but-a-second-rate-trying-hard-copy-cat’ bitchy one-liner, or her more recent appearance in Temptation of Wife as the ruthless mother-in-law, Stella Salcedo. But apart from her villainous reputation on Filipino soap operas, is a likewise— if not more— illustrious career on the theater stage.

Her theater career

Gil was recently lauded as the show-stopping Liliane Lefleur in the five-time Tony Award winning musical, Nine; restaged by Atlantis Productions. In 2013 she was the seductive Mrs. Robinson in Repertory Philippines’ The Graduate and in the same year captured the essence of fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland in a solo show for Actors Actors Inc., and My Own Mann Productions entitled Full Gallop. She was equally stellar in Terrence McNally’s Master Class as Greek-American soprano Maria Callas.

But it was in her memorable first portrayal in Terrence McNally’s Master Class as Greek-American soprano Maria Callas, that she was eyed by New York-based director and designer Loy Arcenas for the lead in what would become Arbol de Fuego.

Arcenas shares, “I first saw Cherie Gil magnificent on stage as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s Master Class… [meanwhile] Cherry Orchard was slowly becoming an interesting dream and whenever I would bump into Cherie, I would tell her that she [would] make a great Ranevskaya, the matriarch in The Cherry Orchard and we would laugh about it. So when the PETA offer came about, Cherie had to be Madame Enriquietta Jardeleza-Sofronio.”

Many firsts

Arbol de Fuego is Gil’s major role with PETA and first Filipino stage production. She shares that she is equally excited and anxious in this albeit fulfilling undertaking; also noting that her mother Rosemarie Gil has also acted for PETA in the past. “To be a part of a PETA production,” she says, “is possibly the most important project I have been involved with in my 36-year career”. She adds, “To be able to work with such a formidable company, and in Filipino at that, would have been an opportunity too hard to pass up as an actor; a challenge such as this would truly help me develop my body of work.”

Gil took to the character immediately, saying she is especially fond of playing strong women with their own vulnerabilities.

She says, “No other material has affected me as deeply. As grueling a ride it may have been, it certainly gave me fresh insight into this third chapter of my life.” When asked about similarities between her and her character, jokingly quips “we are both bipolar.” Jokes aside, “she lives in her own illusion,” Gil added.

Arbol de Fuego

Arbol de Fuego is a reimagining of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. The comedy-drama, adapted by multi-awarded playwright Rody Vera, is set in 1970’s Negros Occidental, during the Marcos era sugar monopoly when many Negrense sugar barons and aristocrats stood helpless in their decline. Matriarch Enriquietta Jardeleza-Sofronio— sophisticated, well read, and highly emotional— comes back from a lengthy stay in Madrid, grieving the death of her only son. After having squandered the family’s money abroad, she finds out of the plans to sell her ancestral estate, and chop down the rows of arbol de fuegos that frame it. She refuses out of pride and instead throws party after lavish party to reminisce about her opulent past in an effort to forget her depleting wealth.

Stellar Cast

Arbol de Fuego boasts of a stellar cast. Alongside Cherie is Urian best actress awardee Angeli Bayani plays Charito, Enriquetta’s adopted daughter who takes care of the estate while they are away. Self-made businessman former servant Nonoy Tiking is played by PETA senior artist-teacher Raffy Tejada. British Independent Film Award nominee Jake Macapagal plays Enriquetta’s ostentatious brother Adjie, while 2013 Cinema One Best Actress Anna Luna plays her naïve and optimistic daughter. Joining them is money-grubbing former nobleman Chitong played by esteemed actor, director and set designer Leo Rialp; young intellectual Dante played by Riki Benedicto; and old but faithful mayordomo Manong Ikong played by Bembol Roco. A host of talented actors round off the cast as the family’s hired servants played by Anthony Falcon, Lao Rodriguez, Gie Onida, Kiki Baento, and Divine Aucina.

Catch Cherie Gil in Arbol de Fuego; a truly Filipino production that is not to be missed! The play opens on February 20, 2015 with shows from Fridays to Sundays, 3:00pm and 8:00pm at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. For tickets information, contact PETA at 725-6244 or 0917 5765400 or contact Ticket World at ticketworld.com.ph 891-9999.

Friday, February 06, 2015

From Aegis to Chekhov

From Aegis to Chekhov
PETA seduces audiences with another must-see theater piece

By Leloi Arcete

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – After the chart-topping success of the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) OPM comedy musical Rak of Aegis, PETA brings new life to Anton Chekhov’s timeless world classic The Cherry Orchard in its new play Arbol de Fuego.

From Rak of Aegis’ flooded subdivision of Barangay Venizia, PETA’s black box theater will be transformed into a failing hacienda in the sugar lands of Negros, patterned after the failing orchards of the Russian landed gentry in The Cherry Orchard. If Rak of Aegis was a comedy musical of popular jukebox hits that tickled the audience’s fancy for the familiar, Arbol De Fuego is what we call a ‘dramedy’: a bittersweet comedy-drama about a family’s struggle against the shifting social order of the changing times.

Deviating from the usual serious and melodramatic staging of Cherry Orchard, PETA’s adaptation is told with underlying sarcasm and humor that Chekhov had originally intended for the play.

“Chekhov is a dramatist known for farce. People usually think of this dark, sad, serious play because that was how director Stanislavski staged it. It’s very literary, but it’s really a comedy,” shares writer Rody Vera.

Arbol de Fuego laughs at the habits and tendencies of the diminishing aristocratic class as it focuses on the self-indulgences and obsession with material wealth of the rich. Like Rak of Aegis, the play also illustrates the plight of the working class, their struggles, and tribulations.

Another play where the plot stems from domestic troubles, Arbol de Fuego tells the story of an aristocratic family on the eve of an impending foreclosure of their estate. The protagonist, Enriquetta Jardeleza-Sofronio, returns to the family estate to face the prospect of impending bankruptcy and losing their land with its beloved rows of flame trees, or what is locally known as arbol de fuego. Fortunately, a former servant’s son, now a successful property developer, has a cunning plan to save the estate.

Arbol de Fuego has the makings of another promising theater hit like Rak of Aegis. The play combines the power of a world classic with a band of notable theater talents: multi-awarded director-designer Loy Arcenas, prolific playwright Rody and sought-after composer and musical director Vincent de Jesus.

Arbol de Fuego also boasts of a stellar cast. The brilliant acting ensemble is led by seasoned actress Cherie Gil, who plays the role of Enriquetta Jardeleza-Sofronio. Alongside Gil is Urian best actress awardee Angeli Bayani who plays Charito, Enriquetta’s adopted daughter who takes care of the estate while they are away. British Independent Film Award nominee Jake Macapagal plays Enriquetta’s ostentatious brother Adjie, while 2013 Cinema One Best Actress Anna Luna plays Enriquetta’s naïve and optimistic daughter . Joining them is money-grubbing former nobleman Chitong played by well-known actor, director and set designer Leo Rialp; Self-made businessman and former servant Nonoy Tiking played by Raffy Tejada; young intellectual Dante played by Riki Benedicto; and old but faithful mayordomo Manoy Iking played by Bembol Roco. A host of talented actors round off the cast as the family’s hired servants played by Anthony Falcon, Lao Rodriguez, Gie Onida, Kiki Baento, and Divine Aucina.

With a dose of farce and a dash of drama, Arbol de Fuego is sure to be an astounding acting piece and a feast for the senses; a truly Filipino production that should not be missed! The play opens on February 20, 2015 with shows from Fridays to Sundays, 3:00pm and 8:00pm at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. For show buying and ticket information, contact PETA at 725 6244 or 0917 5765400 or contact Ticket World at ticketworld.com.ph 891-9999.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Opening of Another Other by Eric Zamuco & A Child’s Memory by Anton del Castillo




warmly invites you to the opening of


Another Other, Eric Zamuco
A Child’s Memory, Anton del Castillo
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
4:30 PM




Transforming spaces and perceptions through memory are at the heart of Anton del Castillo’s A Child’s Memory and Eric Zamuco’s Another Other. Drawing inspiration from their experiences as fathers and husbands, the two artists create and construct retrospective worlds of movement and change.

In A Child’s Memory, del Castillo presents us with an intensified reminiscence of childhood: a well-enjoyed game of jackstones, each piece easily captured in one’s hand, becomes a monument to an object whose meaning and use is fading. The travels of a family are visually archived in detail and retrospect in Zamuco’s Another Other. Each object represents a specific time-space, a moment in a family’s life, living abroad and moving from place to place. It is also a speculation of what has come to pass and what will happen next: a documentation of memory, domesticity, travel, and anticipation.

The works from the two shows employ materials that can be found used in the building of homes: metal, concrete blocks, wood, screws, varnish to protect surfaces with—things that represent the cohesion and strength that the father’s authority brings to the household. Yet, it is belied by a certain kind of tenderness that passes by undetected at first glance: a child’s toy embedded in concrete and an article from the wife (proof of the desire to hold on to something that will eventually disappear or disintegrate), and the lines and scratches on the metal surface of a jackstone sculpture (a testament of another kind of “labor of love”).




Form and narrative meet in A Child’s Memory and Another Other, bodies of work that provide a different angle and insight on the cause of gender equality and roles. They can also be seen as a call to re-evaluate our sense of sex, that perhaps in seeking to prove that one is better than the other, rather than seek for balance, to meet each other half way, we are merely replicating the biases that we wished to do away with in the first place. In this respect, the works go beyond mere recollection and revisit but also a re-evaluation of each person’s presence in other people’s life.

For more information, please contact Ria Talamayan-Aguilar at 4266488 or via email at rtalamayan@ateneo.edu.

Portrait, A Group Exhibit @ Ysobel Art Gallery


Portrait is an experimental show that showcase the works of young artist connected thru groups and institutions, such as Neo Angono Artist Collective, Naif Visual Artist Society and UP Fine Arts. This new breed of artists, show their different notion and interpretation of their own portrait, for them to be able to present themselves and their art in a formal venue, in the local art scene.

The exhibit will feature the works of George Laconsay, Jerwin Villanueva, Jerome Choco, Jesusito Borja, Jie Adamat, Jovert Aguilar, Randy Bacurnay, Irish Flores, Lawrence Nico Raya, Joanne Carla Sebuc, Sarah Geneblazo and Pipo Alido.

The show opens on 18th of November, 2014 (Tuesday) and will run until the 28th of November, 2014.


Ysobel Art Gallery is located at the 2ND Floor Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The gallery is open from 11:00am to 9:00pm Monday to Sunday. For more information you may call 09285071117/ 5764758 or email mark.sancheztiongco@gmail.com.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dayaw Festival in Baguio Highlights Northern Philippines Indigenous Cultures

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the prime government agency for arts and culture headed by its chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr., will be holding the Luzon leg of its Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, touted to be biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples, from October 22 to 23, 2014, in Baguio City.



The two-day festival will feature forums on issues and concerns of the indigenous peoples; demonstrations of traditional crafts and cuisines; recognition of cultural masters; an exhibit of photographs and crafts; and outreach performances of ethnic songs and dances.

The Dayaw Festival in Baguio is organized by the NCCA, the Negros Cultural Foundation, Inc. and the city government of Baguio in partnership with the Department of Tourism - Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR), the provincial government of Benguet, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-CAR), SM City Baguio, Onjon ni Ivadoy Association, the University of the Philippines Baguio and the Benguet State University.

It will be participated in by indigenous groups of northern Philippines including Gaddang, Isinay, Tinggian, Itneg, Ibanag, Yogad, Itawit, Malaweg, Kasiguran, Ivatan, Itbayat, Bugkalot, Isnag, Kalinga, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Balangao, Bontok, Applai, Ilocano, Bolinao, Pangasinan, Tagalog, Sambal, Pampangan, Ayta, Agta, Mangyan, Palawani, Molbog, Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, Agutaynen, Bicolano, Batak and Cuyunon.


The Balangao of Mountain Province

The Baguio celebration is part of the nationwide celebration of Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, which will have events in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Organized by NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), headed by commissioner Al-Anwar Anzar, Dayaw is annually held in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month observed every October, showcasing the different indigenous groups of the country, and an enriching and interesting array of activities including performances, rituals, forums, traditional cuisine demos, traditional games, arts and crafts exhibit and cultural tours, among others.

Dayaw aims to highlight the importance and richness of indigenous cultures, to discuss issues indigenous peoples face today and facilitate interactions with other indigenous peoples. It also aims to mine traditional knowledge as well as draw inspiration and insight from indigenous ways of life to find solutions for modern problems.

In previous years, Dayaw gathered indigenous peoples in one venue. This year, it will be held in three different venues in the three major island clusters of the country. It will have the theme “Katutubong Filipino Para sa Kalikasan at Kapayapaan” (Indigenous Filipino for the Environment and Peace).

In the Visayas, Dayaw will be held from November 10 to 11, 2014, in Bacolod City, also in partnership with Negros Cultural Foundation, Inc. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of central Philippines including Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano.

In Mindanao, Dayaw will be held from November 6 to 7, 2014, in Zamboanga City, also in partnership with Zamboanga City Indigenous Peoples Council of Leaders. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of southern Philippines including Yakan, Subanen, Manobo, Higaonon, Bagobo, Mandaya, Mansaka, B’laan, Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray, Arumanen, Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao, Iranun and Tausug.


Sen. Loren Legarda (center) with NCCA officials (from left) the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities head Alphonsus Tesoro; NCCA chairman Felipe M. de Leon Jr.; the National Committee on Southern Cultural Communities and SCCTA head Al-Anwar Anzar; and National Committee on Northern Cultural Communities head Edwin V. Antonio
Senator Loren Legarda, who is the chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, expressed her support for the festival.

“Our indigenous peoples never fail to amaze me. Whenever I visit a province and go to IP communities, I always discover marvelous things about our culture and heritage like intricately woven fabrics, cultural songs, chants and dances that narrate the story of our ancestors, and the distinct way of life that our indigenous peoples, who are our culture-bearers, strive to preserve,” she said during the press conference of Dayaw. “We have a very rich culture. I salute our indigenous peoples for preserving our culture and I thank the NCCA, led by chair Jun De Leon, for always showcasing our indigenous heritage through the Dayaw Festival.”

In line with this year’s Dayaw theme, Sen. Legarda commented: “It is sad to note that while our IPs contribute the least with respect to carbon emissions due to their simple and sustainable lifestyles and practices, they are most affected by the consequences of climate change. As we work on measures to better protect the environment and conserve our biodiversity, I urge our IPs to continue to be the primary guardians of the environment.”

Legarda also assured that she is working on other measures that will benefit indigenous peoples and their communities. Among the bills filed in the Senate for the welfare of IPs and for cultural preservation are: Ethnic Origin Act; Department of Culture Act; Traditional folk arts preservation through National Museum’s regional branches; Traditional Property Rights of IPs Act; Equal Employment Opportunities for IPs Act; Resource Centers for IPs Act; and Anti-Religious and Racial Profiling Act.

Legarda is particularly supportive of the country’s weaving traditions. She helped create the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile gallery at the National Museum as well as promote indigenous weaves.


The Itneg of Abra

Since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 1906, declaring October as National Indigenous Peoples’ Month, the NCCA has been annually celebrating the occasion in different parts of the country through Dayaw. In 2007, Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering) was held in Davao City in November, featuring Mindanao’s ethnic groups. The following year, Timpuyog: Indigenous Peoples’ Month Celebration in Luzon was held in Santiago City, Isabela, focusing on Luzon ethnic groups and featuring performances, arts and crafts workshops, cultural awareness lectures, forums, tours, and a theme-park exhibition featuring the traditional houses, cultural resources, practices/rituals, chants, music, songs and dances, stories, traditional arts and crafts, indigenous games. In 2009, the Indigenous Peoples’ Festival was held in the Visayas, particularly in Roxas City, Capiz, called Dungog, with similar activities and aims. Dayaw 2010 was held in Metro Manila, and in 2011, it was held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. In 2013, Dayaw graced the province of Bulacan. Last year, Dayaw was slated to be held in Tacloban City but super typhoon Yolanda hit the region. It was reprogrammed into psychosocial and arts for healing activities in Leyte, Bohol, Aklan and Cebu.

The SCCTA is composed of the National Committee on Northern Cultural Communities headed by Edwin V. Antonio, the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities headed by Alphonsus Tesoro, and the National Committee on Southern Cultural Communities headed by Al-Anwar Anzar. They are assisted by Marichu Tellano, chief of the Plan/Policy Formulation, and Programming Division and Renee Talavera, SCCTA section head of the NCCA secretariat.

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