Art Capital of the Philippines

Angono, Rizal is focal Asean Culture Capital site for August

THIS August, Angono, Rizal, will be the highlighted municipality under the traveling framework of the Philippines as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Culture Capital for 2010 to 2011. As a climax to the weeklong celebration of the municipality’s 72nd Foundation Day on August 24, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chaired by Dr. Vilma Labrador, in cooperation with the Angono local government headed by Mayor Geraldo Calderon with the support of Gov. Jun Ynares of Rizal and the Philippine International Theater Institute (ITI)/ United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in liaison with Gawad Kalinga, will launch the Angono Artists Village concept. 

The proposed community is envisioned to provide residency for underprivileged and deserving Filipino artists as well as a multipurpose venue for art workshops, performances, and residency programs. The houses shall be named after artist-heroes of the Philippines (e.g. Dr. Jose Rizal) and shall adopt Asean architectural influences in their design. 

Another highlight of the event will be the establishment of a sister-school system between arts high schools in Asean and Angono through the dynamic intervention of Asean Ambassadors in the country and the Department of Foreign Affairs Asean section director general, Assistant Secretary Victoria Bataclan. 

Angono schools have also committed to learn a song from each Asean country. These schools have been identified as Angono Elementary School, Angono Regional Pilot School for the Arts, Raises Academy, Gingergrace Academe, Blanco Family Academy, and the Holy Deliverance Integrated Learning School and Angono Private High School. 

The town will also witness the countdown to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) Review Summit slated for September 2010 in New York. Special guests will include Dr. Jacqui Badcock, UN Resident Coordinator. 

Angono, Rizal is the sixth locale highlighted as focal site in celebration of the Philippines as the first Asean Culture Capital for 2010 to 2011. The inaugural event was in Angeles City, Pampanga which hosted the Asean Ministerial Meeting and the Festival of the Arts; followed by Capiz as the venue of the Dance Exchange: Second Philippine International Dance Festival hosted by Gov. Victor Tangco; and then by Santiago City, Isabela which staged the Patarraday Festival hosted by Mayor Amy Navarro; and then by Batangas led by Gov. Vilma Santos which launched the world’s longest painting on continuous canvas; then Bohol which launched the Teatro Abatan program and the Día del Galeón project hosted by Gov. Edgar Chatto with Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim and Hubert Gijzen, PhD, director of Unesco Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and the Unesco representative to Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste as special guests. The Abatan Theater program coordinated by Gardy Labad is being linked with the Mekong River Delta project of Asean. 

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The Manila Times
Friday, August 20, 2010