By Raymund F. Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo paid tribute to the country’s artists for their contributions to society through their abilities to “weave stories of hope.”
Speaking at the first National Visual Arts Conference, Robredo encouraged artists to continue serving as an inspiration to Filipinos through their artworks.
“As artists, you have the ability to weave stories of hope. Art is the highest form of hope. So I encourage you to never give up on your craft and to never be afraid of dreaming and doing the impossible,” she said.
“May you never tire of inspiring us through your work because if there is anything that our world truly needs, it is you and your art,” the Vice President added.
Robredo spoke about the importance of art in promoting and preserving a nation’s identity during the conference held Wednesday at San Beda College in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
“We, as a nation, have neglected art and culture, treated them as mere appendages to the promotion of tourism or entertainment. No wonder perhaps that we lack an appreciation for our national identity. That innate validation of what makes us uniquely Filipino,” she said.