Monday, December 7, 2009

Philippines: ASEAN Cultural Capital for 2010, 2011

               file photo: Buglasan Festival 2009 in my other hometown--Dumaguete City

I holed up in my hut the whole afternoon today. The sound of roosters crowing and dogs barking a quarter past four woke me up. The whole nine yards of my campus is but one deserted place save for some hands pulling earth to make way for a landscaped footpath. 

From my desk, occasionally punching my mobile keys  whilst skimming through, I've run through this information about arts: 
 ... to build audiences and unleash the creative power of our people, not by compulsion, but by persuasion and not by force, but by art. In short, arts in living, living in arts.

Together, unified in the Asean region, we shall overcome and win the war against poverty and environmental degradation to assure the survival and dignified life on earth of our children and coming generations said presidential adviser on culture Cecile Guidote-Alvarez.

"And where politics almost certainly divides, arts can unite and heal, bond and cement a nation together and an entire global community," Alvarez noted.

The Manila-based NCCA has "designed as a poverty alleviation program the Kalahi cultural caregiving services for marginalized groups in prisons, havens for abused women, youth and children, rehabilitation centers for drug dependents, refugees from armed conflicts, victims of natural disasters, the elderly, the sick, the orphans and the widows, the differently-abled, and physically handicapped," she said.

Under the program, they are given free training in the visual arts, dance, drama, poetry, comics, media arts, as well as martial arts, to discover their abilities.
Here's what's on top the pyramid:
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has been named "cultural capital" of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for 2010 and 2011, according to presidential adviser on culture Cecile Guidote-Alvarez.
Asean has passed a resolution which designated Manila, host of next year's Asean culture ministers' summit, as the region's cultural capital during the next two years. Singapore has been chosen Asean cultural capital for 2012 and 2013.

Read the whole story here...

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