The Philippines’ prime government agency for arts and culture, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its chairman National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, proudly announced the 2019 National Arts Month (NAM) celebration in February with the series of events to be held.
The event’s theme and also its sub-headline is ‘Ani ng Sining: Philippine Arts Festival’.
NCCA pushed the theme Ani ng Sining, “to emphasize the richness of artistic endeavors in the Philippines and the passion of Filipino artists and cultural workers.”
This year, the agency grabbed three new ambassadors to represent the celebration: Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach; actor and painter, Ian Veneracion; and internationally acclaimed-singer KZ Tandingan.
The month-long celebration offers events and activities aim to celebrate Philippine arts, as well as inspiring Filipinos to participate and appreciate the diversity of Filipino expressions and creativity.
Ani ng Sining: Philippine Arts Festival is composed of the flagship projects of SCA’s seven national committees—Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Dramatic Arts and Visual Arts—which will be held in different venues all over the country.
NCCA will also hold opening ceremonies for NAM in the National Capital Region (NCR), Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. For NCR, Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, Manila, will host the opening on February 3, while in Luzon, it will be in the municipality of Bagac in Bataan on February 8. Opening ceremonies will also be held in Bago City, Negros Occidental, on February 1, for the Visayas, and Koronadal City, South Cotabato, on February 15, for Mindanao.
For the whole of February, a series of activities such as exhibits, workshops, shows, concerts, lectures, tours and others are to be graced upon in different parts of the country.