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July 19, 2013

NCCA Anniversary Concert Showcases Eight Filipino Living Cultures


The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has proven that Filipino culture is definitely alive as it showcased eight living Filipino cultures during its anniversary concert titled “Mga Kulturang Filipino… Buhay na Buhay” last June 26 (2013) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


Personalities that helped in the formulation of the NCCA were also recognized during the concert. The late president Corazon Aquino was awarded the Tanim award as a gratitude for her implementation of Executive Order No. 118 that created the Presidential Commission for Culture and the Arts (PCCA). Viel Aquino-Dee, daughter of the late president, received the award.

Aside from Aquino, the legislators of Republic Act 7356 or the law that turned the PCCA to NCCA – Sen. Edgardo Angara, former Senator Heherson Alvarez and former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Nueva Vizcaya Congressman Carlos Padilla – and artist groups like the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) and Free the Artist Movement (FAM) were given the Punla award for their efforts for Philippine culture and arts. Paolo Padilla, son of Hon. Carlos Padilla, attended the ceremony on behalf of his father.

National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and artist Pete Lacaba received the awards on behalf of CAP and FAM, respectively. The trophy Tanim and Punla are designed by artist Charito Bitanga.

Eight living Filipino cultures were presented namely “Kultura ng pagdidiwata,” “Kultura ng pag-uukir at pag-uuma,” “Kultura ng pamamanata,” “Kultura ng pananahan,” “Kultura ng paglilining at pangangatwiran,” “Kultura ng pag-aaliw,” “Kultura ng pamumuna at pagtutol,” and “Kultura ng pagkapilipino at pagkabansa. These living cultures were conceptualized by NCCA Chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr.

These Filipino cultures were presented through different cultural presentations and performances by musicians Joey Ayala and Bayang Barrios, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Dance Group, Philippine Opera Company, mezzo-soprano Clarissa Ocampo, rapper Kenjhons and Bulacan-based dance group Next to Innocence.

“Mga Kulturang Filipino… Buhay na buhay” was directed by ace director Floy Quintos and was hosted by NCCA Arts Ambassador Boy Abunda and the ambassador of NCCA’s Dayaw, Venus Raj. The concert was attended by past and former commissioners, committee members, and secretariat of the NCCA, along with artists and students, LGU officials, and members of the media, among others.
For details, please contact RENE NAPEÑAS, Head of the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at cellphone number 0927-5582656 / 09285081057 or at tel. nos. 527-5529. You can also call us at 527-2192 (loc. 612-615) or email us at ncca.paio@gmail.com.

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