For many Filipino artists, February goes beyond just the Heart’s Month. Under Presidential Proclamation no. 683, the Philippines recognizes its culture and art in different forms with the celebration of the annual National Arts Month every February. And half-way through January, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is already gearing up for a month of artistic festivities, starting with its theme.
This 2021, National Arts Month, also called Ani ng Sining, plays with the theme “Alab-sining, Alay-sigla,” which aims to provide opportunities for artists to harness their creative energies in uplifting the nation’s spirit, especially during this time of public health crisis.
“The National Arts Month 2021 celebration seeks to conserve, promote, and popularize Filipino artistic creations; integrate the arts in the community life; and harness the arts as catalysts for values education,” the NCCA posted. “Ani ng Sining is a celebration of the fruits of the creative efforts for the past year and a looking forward to a richer, more fertile ground in the coming years for the evolution of artistic modes of expression available to the Filipino creative imagination. Halina’t maki-Sining!”
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