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Tagpo: National Arts Month Celebration

August 2, 2020

Bellas Artes Projects (BAP) is pleased to announce a celebration for the opening of National Arts Month at Bagac, Bataan titled Tao po / Tagpo.


The title is a play on two Filipino terms consecutively translated as “is anyone home?” and a point of intersection or encounter. The Bagac Arts Month Celebration will be the first of its kind and of this scale that will connect the local communities with Manila artists and other collectives in Bataan in a way intersecting or encountering with Bagac and Bataan’s local context and with the artist’s or collective’s practice.

Bagac is home to a rich and diverse history and culture and in the coming year it will soon be a home to the High School for the Arts in Bataan. Murals will be painted by Guhit Pinas Bataan along the street of Bagac turning the area to a gallery. A printmaking workshop with senior high school students from EC Bernabe high will happen on the day of the celebration. The Municipality will then witness the official declaration of the Arts Month Opening in a ceremony set at Bagac Town Plaza. Bagac Municipality Mayor Louise Gabriel del Rosario is set to grace the celebration together with Governor Abet Garcia. To be featured in the ceremonies are performances from Local performers in Bataan.


As the Philippines’ leading government agency for arts and culture, the NCCA spearheads the celebration under the theme Ani ng Sining and is conceptualized under the aegis of NCCA’s Subcommission on the Arts (SCA), led by its commissioner Teddy Co. The name emphasizes the richness of artistic endeavors in the Philippines and the passion of Filipino artists and cultural workers. The month-long Ani ng Sining will offer a wide array of events and activities aim at celebrating a bountiful harvest of Philippine arts as well as inspiring Filipinos to immerse in and appreciate the diversity of cultural expressions, insights and creativity. Ani ng Sining: Philippine Arts Festival will be composed of the flagship projects of SCA’s seven national committees—Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Dramatic Arts and Visual Arts—which will be held in different venues all over the country. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts leads the celebration of the National Arts Month since 1991. The annual celebration of National Arts Month started with the signing of the Presidential Proclamation 683, in 1991, declaring the month of February as National Arts Month.



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