February, internationally known as the month of love.Especially in the Philippines were people would always stick red cupid cut-outs, hearts and all that signifies Valentines and such romances.But did you know that February is also known as the National Arts Month? Yes.According to National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), with their initiative,this celebration has been on it's 18th year, that promotes Filipino artistry and the artist themselves to the whole world.For 2009, the celebration takes a leap by going international under the name Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF).Famous artist, local artist and artist around the world are expected to come.

Moreover, the NCCA has also lined up a series of mall tours as part of its drumbeating activities — to let the people know what are in store for February, and also to attempt to actually bring the arts to every Filipino by making its events more accessible to everyone and hopefully dispense the common people’s elitist notion of the arts.And I hope with these activities, February will sooner be known not just the month of Love but the month of ARTS.

And now that we're celebrating the formerly National Arts Month-now referred to as the "Philippine International Arts Festival"..heres the list of the events.Hurray!!

• Walai-Vernacular Architecture of Mindanao. This is an architectural drawing and photography exhibit of the vernacular houses of Mindanao culled from the Walai Pangampong project, complemented with a lecture series, selected ritual dances and craft works associated with house building and construction, and a model replica of selected indigenous structure. It is slated from February 6-13 at General Santos City and Feb. 20-28 at the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City. (Contact Person: Arch. Michael Ang)

• Sinerehiyon. This is a showcase of nascent cinema from the regions. From the highlands in and around Baguio to the heart of Bicolandia that is Naga City; across the thriving Visayas cities of Cebu, Bacolod and Iloilo; and through Mindanao between Cagayan de Oro and Davao, a new generation of artists is telling stories of their own cultures and people in cinematic form. This will be from February 18 to 22 at the CCP. (Contact Person: Mr. Teddy Co – Vice Head, NCCA National Committee on Cinema)

• Sayaw Pinoy. This touring dance concert brings together different dance forms and features local dance troupes of the host cities and municipalities performing back-to-back with the different professional dance companies in the country. This will from February 6 to 9 for the Visayas and NCR regions; from February 13 to 16 for Mindanao; and February 20 to 23 for Luzon. (Contact Person: Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz – Head, NCCA National Committee on Dance)

• Tanghal! The 3rd National University Theater Festival. Hosted by Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba, the event will feature university-based theatre groups from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR in cooperation with the Lusong Luzon Arts and Culture Network. It will happen from February 10 to 14, 2009 at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba. (Contact Person: Mr. Eduard Perez, Vice-Head, NCCA National Committee on Dramatic Arts)

• Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival. This will be a celebration of the word—written, painted, sung, or performed—and will assemble writers from all the regions and across generations who will interact with one another and with their audience on issues pertaining to their craft or the situation of writing in the country, or read from their new works. This will happen from
February 11 to 13, 2009 at the UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila and
Cubao Expo. (Contact Person: Prof. Ricky de Ungria – Head, Subcommission on the Arts / Head, NCCA National Committee on Literary Arts / NAM Festival Manager)

• Organik Muzik. This is a series of four concerts showing the metamorphosis of elements of Philippine music from village roots to urban manifestations, from Cordillera traditions to Kadangyan's world music, from Leyte├▒o siday to Junior Kilat's reggae Binisaya, from GAMABA Awardee Samaon Sulaiman's virtuoso kutyapi-playing to the hard-driving neo-ethnic rock of Popong Landero, from flights of Balagtasan to the acid-jazz rants of Lourd de Veyra and Radioactive Sago. Musical innovator Joey Ayala weaves the journey towards a coherent whole. It will happen on February 7, 2009 at SM Baguio;
February 15, 2009 at SM Cebu; February 22, 2009 at SM Davao; and February 28, 2009 at Magway, Marikina Shoe Expo in Cubao. (Contact Person: Mr. Joey Ayala – Head, NCCA National Committee on Music)

• Philippine Visual Arts Fest '09. It will be a convergence of selected various Filipino and International Artists from the different regions of the country. it will feature the talents and performances of the artists and groups in the visual arts whose trainings, competitions and creative expressions it has invested the past year or so. February 18-22, 2009 to be held at Robinson's Place Ermita – Midtown and Robinson's Place – Pioneer. (Contact Person: Mr. Egai Fernandez – Head, NCCA National Committee on Visual Arts / Mr. Ross Capili – Member, NCCA National Committee on Visual Arts)

So if you're an artist!!! c'mon down and LET'S GET THE CELEBRATION STARTED!!Participate on this event and let the world know what you have for them.Or if you have some artworks!! Let the world know.You can get use of sites that promotes "ART", like DEVIANTART.Or you can simply send me your art works and let them be recognized,right here, before February ends.Just contact me through email, if so.

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