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May 15, 2016

Halalan2016: What Happened to Arts and Culture?

Read this article and eat your hearts out, Filipino Artists and Cultural Workers.

Fernando Josef, What Happened to Arts and Culture, 2016May15

Hindi pa yata ipinapanganak ang Presidente, Bise-Presidente, Kongresista, o Senador ng Pilipinas na kikilala sa pangunahing kahalagahan ng Sining at Kultura sa pagbuo ng bansa at paghubog ng katauhang Pilipino.

Tuwing matatapos ang eleksyon, parating sama-samang naglalatag ng comprehensive arts and cultural development program ang mga Filipino artists and Cultural Educators. Sadly, no President, nor any other top leader from the past administrations championed Arts and Culture as one of the pillars in nation building.

When Noynoy Aquino took his oath as the newly-elected President of the Philippines, a select group of artist-leaders submitted a comprehensive arts and cultural plan which we most eagerly wanted to implement during his term. We never got any response from Aquino. There was no action whatsoever.

NOTHING. The only “cultural” act that I recall he did was to attend the Premier nights of the movies of his little sister, Kris, and his little nephew, Bimby. But, it took Aquino many years before he found the time for the Conferment of the National Artists Awards.

Fernando Josef, What Happened to Arts and Culture, walang kukurap, 2016May15

At ngayon, wala pa rin sa proposed 8-point agenda ng papasok na administrasyon ang Arts and Cultural Education.

Ang isang bansa na hindi kumikilala sa kahalagahan ng sining at kultura (na siyang KALULUWA) ng bayan, bilang isa sa hindi maiisantabing haligi sa pagtatayo at pagbubuo ng bansa, ay hindi kailanman magiging ganap ang tagumpay.

Fernando Josef, Mabining Mandirigma, July 11

While food on the table, roofs on people’s heads, and all other basic necessities for human existence are indispensable and, therefore, must be addressed, arts and cultural values of the people are equally indispensable and must be at the forefront of any and all human and societal development strategies. Put arts and culture aside, and the nation and its people will never achieve true greatness.

Teaching drama therapy to children survivors of Typhoon Yolanda

Teaching drama therapy to children survivors of Typhoon Yolanda

But, the true Filipino artists, whose hearts, minds, and spirits are firmly rooted and obsessively committed to continuing our people-based arts and cultural education,will relentlessly pursue our goals for our country and our people—with or without the support from the new administration.


Photos from Tanghalang Pilipino

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