Filipino art and culture enthusiasts will surely get a jubilant kind of high knowing the fact that the Philippines’ Fourth Miss Universe Catriona Gray and the Pinoy Pop Kings, SB19 are this year’s National Arts Month ambassadors.
Gray, SB19, and the Subcommission on the Arts (SCA), led by its commissioner and head of the National Committee on Cinema, Dr. Rolando Tolentino, and the seven national committees — Architecture and Allied Arts headed by LAr. Zenaida DC. Galingan; Dance headed by Dr. Shirley Halili-Cruz; Literary Arts headed by Dr. Julieta C. Mallari; Music headed by Dr. Felipe M. De Leon, Jr.; Dramatic Arts headed by Felimon B. Blanco; and Visual Arts headed by Geraldine B. Araneta — are coming together for the 31st year of the annual February Arts Month.
Gray kicked off the annual celebration with a short fashion film shot inside the historic Metropolitan Theater released during the Zoom conference billed as The Grand Reveal.
“I am so excited to create a vision with an amazing group of creatives within the iconic Metropolitan Theatre,” says the three-time arts ambassador.
Meanwhile, SB19 is the newest Youth and Sentro Rizal Ambassador of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The P-Pop group is joining the celebration of National Arts Month 2022 this February.
The group composed of Pablo Nase, Josh Cullen Santos, Justin de Dios, Ken Suson, and Stell Ajero, sang “Mapa” and shared their message of support for the celebration. They promised that there will be several arts month activities that they will grace and be hands-on participants.
According to Dr. Tolentino, this year’s theme is “Sining ng Pag-asa,” and the SCA and Cinema Committee Head explains that “it aims to recognize arts as a source and expression of hope as shown in the creative ways we respond to the effects of the pandemic, natural calamities, and other social realities, as well as the arts’ role in improving our community life as Filipinos.”
Music Committee Chair De Leon, meanwhile adds that ‘arts is essential, especially this trying times.”
“Can you imagine the world without the seven arts? All our lives could have been a mess and truly miserable without the arts that quietly held our hands and assured our hearts that life is still and indeed beautiful.”
Further details on this year’s flagship projects and other NAM-related activities will be updated on NCCA social media accounts.
The NAM Opening Ceremony is slated for Feb. 4, to be streamed via NCCA Facebook page. Visit NCCA Facebook page or log on to www.ncca.gov.ph.