“CAN you imagine a world without artists?”
This was the rhetorical question asked by Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) Vice-President-REDCA Clemencio Bascar in his speech last Tuesday, February 1, to keynote the university’s start of the whole-month celebration of National Arts Month.
“The artist can shape a direction in the realities of the future civilization; they create new cultural landscapes and landmarks and new styles and amazing designs. Yet the artists in the Philippines face a terrible plight in that their contribution to the nation-building is not properly recognized,” Bascar lamented.
This year’s natioanal theme is “Sining Gising: Crafting Identities For Social Transformation,” which “is indeed a timely theme because of what is happening in our country today,” said WMSU Office of Culture and the ARts (OCTA) Acting Director Prof. Gloria Villardo in her welcome address.
“We are celebrating the National Arts Months as a call for hope, a challenge, an invitation to commit, a celebration of creativity and affirmation if the inner strength, which with this challenge awakes the disposition of the Filipinos, enabling them to transform any crisis into effective celebration,” she said.
The celebration of the National Arts Months is pursuant to the Presidential Proclamation No. 883, declaring the Month of February as National Arts Month.
The OCTA has set a schedule of campus activities that include film showings on Feb. 4, plants and flower exhibit Feb. 4-7, a variety show (Teatro de WMSU) on Feb. 11, dramafest on Feb. 17, launching of two books on Chavacano Studies (Chavacano Folk Music – Literary Folk Music – Literary Pieces: A Spanish Progeny) on Feb. 26 and on Feb. 28 the culmination ceremonies that will include a city-wide Neo-Ethnic Dance Competition and Simultaneously a CD launching of a commissioned musical composition. (Rey-Luis Banagudos – Public Affairs Office, WMSU)