Art Capital of the Philippines

Angono Soon to Have an Artists' Village

Angono, Rizal known as the Arts Town of the Philippines, is the highlighted site for August, a month dedicated for the promotion of language and heroism, in actualizing the Philippines as the first Association of Southeast East Asian Nations (Asean)’s Culture Capital for 2010 to 2011. The town’s lead program is the establishment of an artists’ village, the concept which was launched on August 24 during the finale activity for the weeklong celebration of Angono’s 72nd foundation day. 
The finale program opened with a parade of Angono giants representing the 10 Asean countries with a song of each country interpreted by a collective of schools.

After the Asean Hymn performance, the certificate for Angono as Asean Culture Capital for August was read by National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Executive Director Malou Jacob and presented by NCCA Chairman Dr. Vilma Labrador and Department of Foreing Affairs Asean Director for External Affairs Roberto Manalo to the Angono, Rizal officials led by Mayor Gerardo Calderon with Gov. Casimiro “Jun-Jun” Ynares 3rd. Likewise, the key to Angono was received by Indonesian Embassy represented by Ahimsa Suekartono for the Asean community representation.    

The Artists’ Village in Angono was conceived four years ago by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, Philippine Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) President and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) Artist for Peace Awardee. It is envisioned to provide a home for underprivileged but talented Cultural Caregivers while serving as a one-stop shop venue for interdisciplinary art workshops, performances, and residency programs among Filipino artists with foreign artists for collaborative artistic fusion. It will be composed of structures and houses, which shall be named after Filipino artist-heroes and shall adopt Asean architectural influences in their design that parallel our own indigenous traditions. 

The project execution will be undertaken by NCCA chaired by Dr. Vilma Labrador, ITI Asia Pacific Bureau for Theatre for All, in cooperation with the Angono local government headed by Mayor Calderon with the support of Rizal Governor Ynares in liaison with Gawad Kalinga. 

Governor Ynares committed that by 2011, the total design scheme will be unveiled and a model home available for viewing in time for the scheduled visit of Unesco Director General Irina Bokova to the country.

A glossary of common Asean words found in the Filipino language will be researched and completed by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) as pledged by its Chairman Jose Laderas Santos

Another special feature of the event is the establishment of a sister-school system between arts high schools in Angono, Rizal and Asean with Indonesian providing the pilot program partnership. Among the schools who participated, coordinated by Philippine ITI-NCCA Cultural Caregiver Peter Macrohon with Department of Trade officer Patnubay Tiamson and Department of Education, are Regional Pilot School for the Arts, University of Rizal System, Angono National High School, Angono Elementary School, RAISES Academy, Gingergrace Academy, Blanco Family Academy, Angono Youth Symphony Orchestra, and St. Clemence Symphonic Band Inc.

The Asean flag was transferred to Angono from Bohol, which was last month’s featured province. Gov. Edgardo Chatto was represented by Artie Batoy. 
Last month, Bohol launched the Teatro Abatan program and the Día del Galeón project with Department of Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim and Hubert Gijzen, PhD, Director of Unesco Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific as special guests. The Abatan Theater program coordinated by Gardy Labad is being linked with the Mekong River Delta project of Asean. 

Monthly events for the Asean Culture Capital framework are linked to the Dynamism and Wealth of Cultural Diversity in Southeast Asia centered on the United Nations Millenium Development Goals.

The inaugural event of the Philippines as Asean Culture Capital 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 was Capiz with 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 during Heritage month; and then Batangas led by Gov. Vilma Santos which launched the world’s longest painting on continuous canvas coordinated by Rollie de Leon for World Environmental Month on June with the Climate Change Commission.
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The Manila Times
Friday, August 27, 2010