Feb 01
FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL ARTS MONTH by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Feb 1, 2008

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts leads the celebration of National Arts Month—aptly titled Ani ng Sining—starting today with a dawn-to-dawn street party at the NCCA main offices at Gen. Luna St. in Intramuros.

The celebration ends on Fenruary 29 with a festival finale and outdoor filmfest at the Cultural Center of the Philippines grounds.

Art exhibits and presentations will be held nationwide throughout this coming month, focusing on the seven major arts—namely, architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater and visual arts.

The Best of the 7 Arts in Public Places will be the main theme of the celebration. The various components of the Ani ng Sining are the following:

–For Architecture: National Artists in Architecture and Allied Arts, a showcase of the works of prominent architects and interior designers, including Juan Nakpil, Pablo Antonio, Leandro Locsin and Ildefonso Santos.

–For Cinema: SineSambayanan, a festival of classic and independent films which will be held in public places, accompanied by film reviews and analyses.

–For Dance: Sayaw Pinoy 2008, dance performances by professional dance groups, featured back-to-back with local groups, in parks and public areas with audience interaction.

–For Literature: Pagpupugay sa mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Literatura, performances and productions featuring works of National Artists for Literature, including talks from the five living National Artists.

–For Music: Salimbayan, musical performances in public spaces in various regions throughout the Philippines by the country’s top performers. Salimbayan will be mounted in bus stations, streets, parks, public markets and other public spaces.

–For Theater: Tanghal!, the 2nd National Theatre Festival for Universities is a take-off from an annual event involving university-based theater groups, and is a venue for performances and interaction. This year, it will be hosted by the Western Mindanao State University.

–For Visual Arts: WebSining 2008: PROCESS/YON, a comprehensive touring exhibit, spanning three years of various works from the flagship project of the NCCA’s committee on visual arts.

The works of national artists will be prominently featured in the celebration of national arts month or Ani ng Sining.

There are now 57 national artists, broken down in seven categories:

Architecture (4)—Juan F. Nakpil (declared NA in 1973); Pablo S. Antonio (1976); Leandro V. Locsin (1990); and Ildefonso P. Santos, Jr. (2006).

Cinema (5)—Gerardo ‘Gerry’ de Leon (1982); Lino Brocka (1997); Ishmael Bernal (2001); Eddie S. Romero (2003); and Ronald Allan K. Poe (2006).

Dance (4)—Francisca Reyes Aquino (1973); Leonor Orosa Goquingco (1976); Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula (1988); and Ramon Obusan (2006).

Literature (12)—Amado V. Hernandez (1973); Jose Garcia Villa (1973); Nick Joaquin (1976); Carlos P. Romulo (1982); Francisco Arcellana (1990); N.V.M.
Gonzales (1990); Carlos Quirino (1997 for historical literature); Edith L. Tiempo (1999); F. Sionil Jose (2001); Virgilio S. Almario (2003); Alejandro R. Roces (2003); and Bienvenido Lumbera (2006).

Music (10)—Antonio J. Molina (1973); Jovita Fuentes (1976); Antonino R. Buenaventura (1988); Lucrecia R. Kasilag (1989); Lucio D. San Pedro (1991);Levi Celerio (1997); Felipe Padilla De Leon (1997); Jose Maceda (1997); Ernani J. Cuenco (1999); and Andrea O. Veneracion (1999).

Theater (7)—Lamberto V. Avellana (1976 for theater and film); Honorata ‘Atang’ Dela Rama (1987 for theater and music); Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero (1997); Rolando S. Tinio (1997 for theater and literature); Daisy H. Avellana (1999); Severino Montano (2001); and Salvador F. Bernal (2003 for theater design).

Visual Arts (15)—Fernando C. Amorsolo (1972 for painting); Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco (1973 for painting); Gullermo Estrella Tolentino (1973 for sculpture); Napoleon V. Abueva (1976 for sculpture); Victorio C. Edades (1976 for painting); Vicente S. Manansala (1981 for painting); Cesar Legaspi (1990 for visual arts); Hernando R. Ocampo (1991 for visual arts); Arturo R. Luz (1997 for visual arts); J. Elizalde Navarro (1999 for painting); Ang Kiukok (2001 for visual arts); Jose T. Joya (2003 for visual arts); Benedicto R. Cabrera (2006 for painting); Abdulmari Asia Imao (2006 for sculpture); and Ramon Valera (2006 for fashion design).

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