Arts Ambassador Boy Abunda on PIAF 2011
BY: DENNIS ADOBAS
The arts and culture environment is nothing unfamiliar to Arts Ambassador Boy Abunda. More than two decades back, he was witness to artistic and cultural happenings and had the opportunity to mingle with the country’s finest artists as Public Relations man to Metropolitan Theater’s Conching Sunico.
The King of Talk emphasized that his post as Arts Ambassador (specifically for the Philippine International Arts Festival 2011, the third so far) is not a Malacanang appointment but an invitation directly from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).
This year marks the celebration of the 20th National Arts Month thru a month-long fete. The festival’s impressive lineup of activities is designed to further Philippine art and the Filipino’s regard for local arts and culture. The celebration is organized by the NCCA Subcommission for the Arts which comprises the seven arts: architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater, and visual arts.
PIAF’s tagline is “ani ng sining” and the celebration will indeed prove to be a harvest for the arts. Thousands of local artists and cultural workers will gather all over the Philippines for the biggest artistic celebration to date! Joining in the festivities are artists from Japan, Lithuania, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. Celebrations will be all over the archipelago, with four foci: National Capital Region, Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon.
The celebration per area will comprise workshops, exhibitions, forums, and the performances and grand opening programs participated in by representatives of all the seven arts. The Grand Opening Program for the NCR is slated for January 30 at Rizal Park in Manila. For Mindanao, it will be at People’s Park in Davao City on February 6. Visayas will have its Grand Opening Program on February 13 at the Bacolod Provincial Capitol. And the Grand Opening Program for Luzon will be on February 20 at Burnham Park in Baguio City. All four Grand Opening Programs will feature elaborate performances, exhibitions, and parades.
The Grand Opening Program in Manila is a day-long affair with workshops conducted by artists belonging to the seven arts kicking off the celebration. The workshops will then be followed by a Grand Parade participated in by various marching bands and dancing contingents from all over Metro Manila, local artists, National Artists, officials, and the NCCA’s two ambassadors: Arts Ambassador Boy Abunda and Youth Ambassador Dingdong Dantes.
The annual celebration of National Arts Month came into being with Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991, declaring February as National Arts Month. Since then the celebration has grown into the international artistic event that it is. The Philippine International Arts Festival is a grand celebration of the myriad wonders of Philippine arts and culture and is a testament to the synergistic nature of the arts as it blurs form, genre, and national boundaries to create new ways of expression.
The public is invited to participate in PIAF 2011. Given the large number of activities and locations, there is bound to be a PIAF event happening nearby.