First Asian Gong & Bamboo Music Festival to Highlight Philippine Arts Festival

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will hold the First Asian Festival of Gongs and Bamboo Music, as part of the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) in celebration of the National Arts Month.

Led by Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr., NCCA chairman, the music festival will gather local and foreign gongs and bamboo ensembles for performances and workshops from February 20 to 24, 2012 in Cagayan de Oro and from February 25 to 28 in Baguio and Iloilo.

The Musicology Society of the Philippines is the principal proponent of the First Asian Festival of Gongs and Bamboo Music, which will also incorporate a conference that will explain the social and spiritual significance of the music created by the gongs and bamboo.

PAF 2012 will emphasize traditional art forms and genres as well as contemporary ones. The launching is set at the Rizal Park with a fiesta atmosphere highlighted by a kite making workshop and kite flying, as well as sumptuous samplings of the seven arts. Closing the PAF is the Ani ng Dangal awarding ceremony as well as the recognition of contemporary artists for their contributions.

PAF is held every February in celebration of the National Arts Month in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 683 signed in 1991. The month-long festival is spearheaded by the NCCA, led by its chairman Felipe de Leon Jr. and OIC-executive director Adelina Suemith, with Marichu Tellano as head of the Planning, Policy Formulation, and Programming Division.

For next year’s celebration, the NCCA has taken the theme “Tradisyon at Inobasyon” (Tradition and Innovation) which aims to further advance local creativity in the arts. Eminent local and foreign artists will take part in this biggest and grandest month-long cultural gathering.