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Celebrate the National Heritage Month this May

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The National Heritage Month was born out of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Proclamation No. 439 signed on August 11, 2003, declaring the month of May of every year as National Heritage Month. This is “in recognition of the need to create among the people a consciousness, respect, and pride for the legacies of Filipino cultural history, and love of country.”

This year, the celebration will be led by the NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Heritage, headed by Regalado Trota Jose, with a lineup of activities for a whole month that will surely feed the soul. This year’s theme, “Taoid: Weaving our Stories, Threading our Paths,” will give us a glimpse of the legacies of the past and how it remains to shape the present and the future. It is a recognition and celebration of the different aspects of our national cultural heritage— our traditional art forms and practices, important cultural structures both movable and immovable and other objects of national importance whether tangible and intangible.

Opening for this celebration, Ogie Alcasid, a multi-awarded singer-songwriter and pop sensation, performed “Kapantay ay Langit,” “Bato sa Buhangin” composed by National Artist Ernani Cuenco, and his own composition, “Kailangan Kita.” Alcasid was joined by other artists to celebrate our heritage such as the Haggiye Dance Group from Ifugao, Uwang Ahadas and Ensemble, Liesl Batucan, Banda Kawayan, Baranggay Folk Dance and many others, that happened on May 1 at the Rizal Park.

Different activities are in store for the Heritage Month for everyone to enjoy; sagalahan/Santacruzan, exhibit on the National Cultural Treasures, World Heritage sites and vintage scenarios by Ortigas Foundation, “Sulyap: A Preview” of Intramuros Administration, wood and masonry exhibit by Escuela Taller, a food festival of authentic Filipino cuisines and delicacies and workshops on traditional kipingmaking, weaving or textile-making, and pastillas wrapper making.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 15:42

Arnis, a sport every Filipino should be proud of!

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arnisArnis is defined as a martial art, a culture and a sport.

Arnis, also known as Eskrima or Kali, and is best known for its usage of blades, sticks and improvised weapons as well as empty-hand striking, trapping and grappling.

This indigenous Filipino martial art was said to be slowly disappearing in the Philippines back in the 70s but was widely developed and preserved in other countries.

"It is only because of our traditional maestro or grandmasters that this generation is truly thankful for, for their effort in preserving this art for us.” Cited Raymond S. Velayo, Arnis Philippines President

The rise to popularity of various non-Filipino martial arts in the 90s such as karate, taekwondo and even anime has also helped in placing our local martial art in the limelight once again.

Arnis has many forms as many as the islands in the Philippines. It is so colourful and has a variety of styles which are participated by any age or gender. In 1996, Arnis was acknowledged for its safety features thus has been a part of the Southeast Asian games twice.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 15:51

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