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Cebu, Bohol celebrate National Arts Month

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By Minerva Newman

CEBU CITY— Cebu Arts Council of Cebu Foundation (CACF) in partnership with the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) and SM Seaside City Cebu, is celebrating the “Extraordinary Arts Month” campaign transforming the SM Seaside City into a canvas for visual arts, music and performing arts for the month of February.

The provincial government of Bohol, meanwhile, pays tribute to the seven arts: Music, Dance, Drama, Literature, Visual Arts, Architecture, and Film.

Children play their ukulele and rondalla instruments as they perform at SM Seacide City for the Extraordinary Arts Month Launch in partnership with the Arts Council of Cebu and National Commission of Culture and the Arts where various artists also perform live painting at the Cube wing atrium of the mall. (JUAN CARLO DE VELA)

Children play their ukulele and rondalla instruments as they perform at SM Seaside City for the Extraordinary Arts Month Launch in partnership with the Arts Council of Cebu and National Commission of Culture and the Arts where various artists also perform live painting at the Cube wing atrium of the mall. (JUAN CARLO DE VELA)

The Cebu campaign is headed by Dr. Vivina Chiu, CACF president to showcase different forms of arts such as concerts, performances, workshops, and exhibits featuring the works of art­ists in and outside of Cebu.

In her opening remarks, Chiu hoped that the celebration would help awaken and nurture the Cebuanos’ art consciousness.

To make the arts month more im­mersive and interactive there will be a workshop on creative writing, paper engineering and film-making using cell­phone cameras, courtesy of the NCCA and a music club was also formed to spark appreciation for music among the youth, Chiu said.

The highlights for the month’s events will include award-winning images from the Photography Club of Cebu; a Meaningful Harvest ex­hibit from the Southwestern University PHINMA; Scale Model and Visual Arts exhibit from the University of San Carlos School of Architecture and Fine Arts; a musical concert by international pianist and composer Dingdong Fiel, with Korean harpist Kyongmin Nam; a musical performance by the Libera all-boys Choir; classical and contemporary dance performances by the Turning Point School of Ballet Performance.

The February campaign will cul­minate in “Sayaw Pinoy”, a show that will feature dancers from all over the Philippines.

According to a report from Rey Chiu, provincial manager of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Bohol, that as tribute to Bohol’s cultural icons, the provincial government, through its Cen­ter for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD) in cooperation with the city government of Tagbilaran, the National Museum Branch of Bohol, and the Bo­hol Arts Culture and Heritage Council (BACH), will pay tribute to the arts.

The opening of the Bohol Arts Month on Feb. 6 at the Bohol Cultural Center will be graced by movie icons, Liza Dino-Seguerra, chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and award-winning The­ater Actor and Drama and Film Direc­tor Joel Lamangan (MIFF 2019 Best Film Director for Rainbow’s Sunset). They will speak on the Art of Film and its potential in expanding the creative industries of Bohol.

For the arts of Dance, Music, and Literature, a dance showcase will be performed at the Meridian Hotel on Feb. 16 with Creative Movement EU­RYTHMY Workshop with Switzerland-based PETA artist Jose Purisima and a Dance Showcase on Feb. 21.

On Feb. 24 to March 2 there will be Mu­sic Theater Voice Workshop with American artist Allison England and a Yoga Training Workshop with Guillaume Morgan from France and Heritage Arts Talks at the National Museum Branch of Bohol.

Chiu said for the arts of Theater and Drama: An International Playwriting Workshop with playwright –teachers from Europe and USA from February 25-27; and a Visayan-wide Theater Festival and Congress with 7 theater groups from all over the region, with performances and demonstrations towards the establishing of a Philippine Theater Academy.

The government of Tagbilaran will also hold the following activities: Arts Contests on Feb, 28 at the Island City Mall Activity Center in the following fields: Balak, Kuradang de Saulog, Fruit Carving, Saulog Head Dress Making. (with reports from Clyde Piczon and Franz EJ Fua, USC interns)

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