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AFTER a mix up last year when Malacang said it had appointed him to the post even though it had no power to do so, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) elected Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso, the current president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), as its new chairperson, replacing National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario whose term in the post has ended.
FOR 2003 National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, the role a National Artist is a challenging task.
CELEBRITIES, thanks to their clout among their fans, make good endorsers. But beyond influencing us to buy and consume more T-shirts and face creams, four Filipino stars are now the ambassadors of far more important things, our arts and culture, with the goal of bringing them closer and making them more relevant to more people.
ART HEALS, literature enriches vocabularies and our sense of empathy, and theater helps children develop their imagination and creativity. But these truths aren’t quantifiable — or not quantified yet — which makes it hard for the government to see the positive impact and contributions of art and culture to economic development.
WHILE A beauty pageant contestant unabashedly admits she knows nothing about the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program, two Filipino artists look at its ideations...