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Saturday, August 11, 2012

NCCA Calls for Project Proposals

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the country’s leading government agency for arts and culture headed by its chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., encourages cultural and art groups, academic institutions, local arts organizations, non-government organizations involved in culture and arts, and others to submit their project proposals for the NCCA Grants Program for 2013. Deadline is on August 30, 2012.

The priority projects for 2013 has been defined by the 19 national committees under the four subcomissions to include; the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts, National Committee on Cinema, National Committee on Dance, National Committee on Dramatic Arts, National Committee on Literary Arts, National Committee on Music, and National Committee on Visual Arts of the Subcommission on the Arts; Northern, Central and Southern Cultural Communities of the Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts; National Committees on Archives, Art Galleries, Libraries and Information Services, Historical Research, Monuments and Sites, Museums under the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage and under the Subcomission on Cultural Dissemination, the National Committees on Cultural Education, Communication and Language and Translation.

“Filipino culture as the wellspring of national and global well being.” - NCCA’s vision in the 21st century captures the aspiration of the arts and culture community shall be the underlying theme of each project to be funded by the NCCA. Furthermore, these project must respond to any of the following outcomes and objectives:

OUTCOME 1: Culture as pillar of sustainable development established

Objectives: a. To develop a heritage-based creative economy

b. To increase regional participation in culture and arts

c. To strengthen creative enterprises of cultural communities towards economic sustainability.

d. To professionalize heritage conservation skills

OUTCOME 2: Creativity and diversity of artistic expression advanced

Objectives: a. Increase awareness, recognition and protection of the traditional arts

b. To enhance the effectiveness of cultural workers in responding to the needs of cultural communities

c. To conduct cultural mapping as a basis for developing cultural industries

OUTCOME 3: Strong sense of nationhood and pride in being Filipino through culture and arts promoted

a. To broaden engagement with other sectors/stakeholders in the development and promotion of culture and arts

b. To increase regional participation in culture and art

c. To harness culture and arts as catalyst for social change especially to underserved and marginalized areas

d. To maximize potential for resource generation

e. To preserve and develop cultural spaces for creative and artistic expressions

f. To improve the level of public awareness and appreciation of traditional culture and the arts

g. To strengthen the capabilities and develop the potentials of cultural workers for Better work performance

h. To preserve and protect cultural and historical heritage

i. To ensure the effective implementation of the National Heritage Act of 2009

j. To increase awareness and valuation of our cultural and historical heritage

k. To professionalize the cultural heritage profession

l. To develop mechanisms for museum sustainability

m.To address problems on vulnerability of tangible heritage to disasters, demolitions,and disappearances

n. To increase the artistic and cultural literacy of Filipinos through the Sagisag Kultura

o. To have a systematic/productive collaboration with LGUs, NGOs, and other agencies in the regions of the Philippines

p. To systematize communication, coordination and collaboration among the committees and within the SCD

q. To develop efficient measures and studies in assessing NCCA performance and committee accountability in projects

Through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA), the NCCA Grants Program provides support to individuals and organizations in fields that are aligned with the Philippine culture and arts and in accordance with the defined priorities of each of the National Committees. The NCCA provides funds for projects for the promotion, development and conservation of Philippine culture and arts, and it continuously encourage collaborative efforts which provides significant contributions to the realization of the mandate of the NCCA.

Each year, the NCCA Board of Commissioners, in coordination with the four subcommissions, defines its thrusts and priorities anchored on the following major programs: Program for Culture and Developments, Program for the Promotion of Culture and the Arts, Program for Artistic Excellence, Program for Culture and Education, Program for Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Program for Culture and Diplomacy, and Program for Culture and Peace.

Interested individuals or groups can avail of NCCA assistance by submitting a project proposal under the NCCA Competitive Grants, or file a request under the Institutional Programs, namely, NCCA Outreach Program, Resource Person’s Bureau and Technical Assistance Program.

Accomplished project proposals must be submitted to Marichu G. Tellano, Chief, Policy, Plan Formulation and Programming Division (PPFPD), 5th Floor, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), 633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, with telephone number (63-2) 527-2192, fax numbers (63-2) 527-2198 and 522-2084, and emails and

Proposal submission through electronic mail (email) are accepted provided that all project documents are complete and with scanned signature of the official proponent/head of the organization/LGU. Absence of the signature of the proponent shall be considered unofficial.

Proposals must be stamped received by the Policy/Plan Formulation and Programming Division of the NCCA on or before August 30, 2012. Late or incomplete project proposal will not be considered. Only one proposal per proponent can be submitted to NCCA. Copy of the project proposal form may be obtained at the PPFPD office or may be downloaded at this link:

For more information, contact NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) head, Rene Sanchez Napenas at (632) 527-2192 or 0928-5081057; or email us at
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Monday, August 06, 2012

PETA and Lampara Storytelling Contest

“Kuwentong Bata, Kuwentistang Bata”,

Storytelling has been part of every Filipino's life for so long. It is an age-old tradition among Filipinos to pass on information and stories from one person to another. The stories have spread before you even say the saying "spread the word". Along with these stories are values, traditions and a culture that the elders would want to pass on to their children.

Today, the culture of "kwentuhan", storytelling among families and friends are still there. Filipinos do love to tell stories. Stories about their own life, others and things that surround them. It is a way of learning from someone else's experiences, having to live someone else's life vicariously. Storytelling is also a popular tool that teachers use in their lessons and classrooms. Parents also use storytelling as a tool to teach their children values and other things.

In its aim to promote the love for reading among children, Lampara Publishing House Inc., one of the leading children's books publisher in the country partners with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) to bring a new and exciting experience to children storytellers.

LAMPARA AND PETA invites elementary school students to join this year competition. There will be two categories: Category A – Grades 1 to 4 and Category B – Grades 5 – 7. Finals will be held at the Mall of Asia – SMX. Big prizes await this year’s top 3 winners. Registration forms are available at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City and in all Precious Pages outlets. Deadline for registration is on August 7. Register now for a fun experience of learning, creating and telling of different stories!

For more information, please call, Yeyin dela Cruz or Patricia Liwanag at the Kuwentong Bata, Kuwentistang Bata Secretariat at 725-6244, 4100821, thru mobile numbers 09179002665, 09155027740 or email
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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Van Hagen & Van Hagen: Brothers in Art @ NOVA Gallery Manila

NOVA Gallery
The Works of Alex & Han Van Hagen
"Van Hagen & Van Hagen: Brothers in Art"
Opening Night on August 17, 2012 at 6p.m.
Cocktails and Drinks

Exhibition runs from August 17 to Sept 7, 2012.Van Hagen and Van Hagen: Brothers in Art is a sneak peek or small preview for their upcoming exhibition on March 2013 at Shangri-La and The Peninsula Manila which started last 2007. They will be showcasing stunning photographs and exquisite copper etchings.

Supported by the Belo Medical Group, FILA and Moet & Chandon, the event took on a worthy cause as part of the proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the Real Life Foundation; an educational advocacy organization dedicated to serving the poor and improving their lives through educational assistance, leadership development and community service.

As Manila’s most famous society event photographer, Alex captures the faces and memories of glamorous events. In the exhibit, Alex turned his lenses away from famous personalities and events to feature beautiful landscapes, still life and cityscapes that were captured from his travels in Europe and the Philippines.

Now, Alex is into street art photography, it started when he took a photo of the basketball court’s lines and markings which turned out interesting from his view. As for Van Hagen and Van Hagen: Brothers in Art in NOVA Gallery Manila, Alex Van Hagen decided to add street art photography to his new set of works.

On the other hand, Han showed everyone why he is one of Europe’s contemporary masters of copper etching. One of the founders of The Etch-club of The Hague, Han, who was educated at the prestigious Royal Academy for Arts and Design in The Hague, showcased exquisitely detailed, almost photographic, copper etchings of diverse subjects such as birds, sheep, cows and bulls, landscapes and architecture.
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