The whole month of February of every year, the Philippines celebrates the National Arts Month (NAM). Since 1991, when Presidential Proclamation 683 was signed declaring February as National Arts Month, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the country’s prime agency for the arts and culture, has been spearheading its celebrating, initially with activities centering around the National Capital Region until they spread out to the regions. Now, NAM activities are being held all over the country. The different NAM activities of the NCCA were consolidated and given a certain format in 2007, coming up with the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF). Now, the PAF is mainly comprised of the flagship projects of the seven committees of the NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts–architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater and the visual arts.
Once again, the NCCA is gearing up for the upcoming Philippine Arts Festival, laying out events and activities to highlight the artistic brilliance of the Filipinos. With private and government agencies as partners, PAF 2013 promises to be a fulfilling feast for the senses and the soul with workshops, exhibitions, forums, performances and many others participated in by numerous artists to which the public is highly encouraged to join in.
Under its chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., and executive director Emelita V. Almosara, CESO IV, the NCCA has carried the theme “Ani ng Sining” with its subtheme “Celebrating Icons” for this year’s PAF. Activities will highlight the different cultural icons of the country, emphasizing their enriching roles in our lives and identity as a people.