TO FURTHER strengthen its linkages and cooperation with local organizations in the regions, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) through its Cultural Exchange Department launched 10 pilot sites of Kaisa Sa Sining: The CCP Regional Art Centers and University Art Associates.
CCP President Dr. Raul Sunico and vice president and artistic director Chris Millado led the regional representatives with the signing of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding on Jan. 24 at the CCP Theater Lobby.
Around the country, there are several educational institutions and local organizations who already have existing structures, programs and facilities that can very well support and sustain various arts and cultural events and activities. With the signed memorandum, the CCP seeks to fortify a more dynamic and partnership with prominent educational institutions, non-government organizations and local government units in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
“We have worked with most of them on different occasions. So the memorandum serves to institutionalize our linkages with them. The 10 pilot sites belong to the first batch of art centers, we have identified to become part of Kaisa Sa Sining. We will continue to forge formal linkages to other groups in the coming days,” said Dr. Sunico.
The specific goal of the Kaisa sa Sining is to broaden public participation in the arts, promote and showcase artistic excellence and facilitate a dynamic collaboration between the CCP and among the regional centers and universities. The key areas of the said partnership include training and apprenticeship, touring and move-over productions, sharing of relevant cultural resource materials, access to arts and cultural information, venues and facilities; and participation in major cultural events.
“This is good news for us,” said Alma Uy, president of the Musikahan Sa Tagum Foundation, Inc. “Annually, we stage the Tagum City music festival and with closer ties with CCP we hope to sustain our activities.” The Musikahan Sa Tagum is weeklong festival that comprises competitions on choral singing, rondalla, brass band, among others, attracting foreign participants from 18 countries. Aside from mounting the festival, the foundation also conducts free basic music classes for interested students as part of their music development program.
“By June, we hope to finally establish the Institute of Cultural Studies and offer masteral programs at the Mindanao State University. It’s a major milestone for us and we worked hard for this. We would like to share this development with other educational institutions and CCP had provided a venue for us in Kaisa Sa Sining,” shares Zayda Macarambon, Community Affairs officer of the Cultural Development Office. Mindanao State University’s resident cultural groups include visual, choral, folk dance group, and a school band.
The 10 pilot sites or organizations include: Luzon (St. Louis University, Baguio; City Government of Batangas; Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc., Bulacan), Visayas (Negros Cultural Foundation, Bacolod; Central Philippine University, Iloilo; Siliman University, Dumaguete), Mindanao (Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan; Musikahan SA Tagum Foundation, Inc., Tagum City; Arts and Sciences Educator’s Association – Culture and the Arts Region X (ASEACA).
“This will set the stage for us to be working closely together. Under this partnership, we are looking forward to push our cultural programs in sync. We hope more art groups will join us,” said Carmencita Bernardo, Cultural Exchange Department manager of CCP.
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