National Arts Month 2015

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With Angeleños’ deep appreciation for history, culture and the arts, the celebration of the annual National Arts Month (NAM) led by the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) was met with gusto by locals and tourists alike. The month-long celebration, which was jam-packed with activities, also became an avenue for Kapampangan and Angeleño artists to showcase their talents and creativity in the different art disciplines.

This year’s theme was “Highlighting Local Cultural Genius to Promote Pride of Place” which definitely highlighted the world class talent of the Kapampangans.

Here are some of the highlights of NAM:

Feb 1

Sinukwan Kapampangan Performing Arts joined other artistic groups and performed at the kick-off activity of NAM at the Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium.

Feb 4

Opening of Leguan Exhibit: Celebrating the Beauty of Kapampangan Folk Arts and Culture – an annual arts event atKalyeLakandula. This local event started in the early 2000s and aims to promote the Kapampangan local artists. Aside from the Leguan Exhibit, KalyeLakandula also organized the Artist Night(Feb 11, 18 and 25), where local Angeleño artists came together for a night of celebration and dialogue.

Feb 6

Another visual feast was the opening of Suglungan at Dugsungan King Paniman: A Visual Art Exhibit at the Angeles City Library.

Feb 10

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In a rare opportunity, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines brought the amazing design of Salvador F. Bernal, the National Artist for Theater Design in Angeles City. More than just a profession, Bernal elevated theater design to an art form, and was hailed as the “Father of Theater Design” in the Philippines. The Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage featured scale model of stage design, various dioramas, costumes used from actual plays, and a timeline of the life and works of Bernal. The exhibit ran until March 9.

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Feb 13-14:

A showcase of musicality and vocal prowess highlighted Angeles University Foundation Center for Culture and the Arts’ (AUF-CCA) Love Duet: A Vocal Duo Competition.

The Art to Heart Concert Series featured performing groups such as Sinukwan Kapampangan, City College of Angeles Performing Arts, Holy Angel University Theater Guild and Musikerung Kapampangan, which were held on the city’s new pocket parks.

Showcasing the Kapampangan prowess in capturing the local color via film production, Angeleños were given a visual treat as 50 Kapampangan short films (including documentaries and music videos) were shown at the Vicente Dizon Gallery in the Museo ning Angeles.

Feb 20-21:

To further impart the culture and the arts, Angeles City also held several multi-disciplinary art workshops. The Theater Production Design, Acting Workshop, Dance and Ethnic Music, and Pamigale/Pamnyulat Poetia were led by NCCA/CCP,Uyat Artista, Sinukwan Kapampangan and Parnasung Kapampangan respectively.

Feb 21 -28:

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Jason Pabalan’s Uyat Artista immortalized the classic play “New Yorker saTondo” through its own adaptation, “New Yorker sa PNR”, which was shown on February 21 at Estacion de Angeles People’s Park.

A post-Valentine’s Day concert was celebrated at the Holy Rosary Parish Hall with Blends: Coffee and Music featuring Divine Majesty Boys Choir, Divine Majesty’s Male Choir, Daryl Reynes, Fr. Jun Aragon, Lloyd Feliciano and Julie Ann Espinoza.

John Jurado’s “Ang Asaynment ni Analisa”, an “informance” on environment protection was also shown on Plaza Sto. Cristo People’s Park, Estacion de Angeles, Plaza Anghel and Jenra Mall.

Feb 25:

Opening of The We-Men by Angeles University Foundation Repertory Theater and Teatro Ima. The play was directed by Tony Mabesa, a nationally-acclaimed theatre director.

Feb 27:

Award-winning Angeleño visual artists had the opportunity to display their works in a three-day exhibit entitled Pamamupul at the Nepo Mall Atrium.

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Budding artists were also given the chance to shine with DepEd: On the Spot Painting/Poster Making Competition, with the theme: Pride of Place.

Feb 28:

Pupul Ning Banua –Angeles City’s Celebration of Good Harvest in the Field of Arts is a city recognition given to local artists who reaped awards and acknowledgments in the past year and have placed the name of the city in the national and/or global scene. This annual event culminated the city’s celebration of the National Arts Month.

According to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, through the celebration of National Arts Month, Angeleños were able to usher their newfound appreciation for theater, culture, traditions and history. The month-long celebration was also a testament to the artistic talent of the Angeleños.

Since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991, National Arts Month is celebrated every February and is led by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Feb 25:

Opening ofThe We-Men by Angeles University Foundation Repertory Theater and Teatro Ima. The play was directed by Tony Mabesa, a nationally-acclaimed theatre director.

Feb 27:

Award-winningAngeleñovisual artists had the opportunity to display their works in a three-day exhibit entitled Pamamupul at the Nepo Mall Atrium.

Budding artists were also given the chance to shine with DepEd: On the Spot Painting/Poster Making Competition, with the theme: Pride of Place.

Feb 28:

Pupul Ning Banua –Angeles City’s Celebration of Good Harvest in the Field of Arts is a city recognition given to local artists who reaped awards and acknowledgments in the past year and have placed the name of the city in the national and/or global scene. This annual event culminated the city’s celebration of the National Arts Month.

According to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, through the celebration of National Arts Month, Angeleños were able to usher their newfound appreciation for theater, culture, traditions and history. The month-long celebration was also a testament to the artistic talent of the Angeleños.

Since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991, National Arts Month is celebrated every February and is led by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.