The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in collaboration with Intramuros Administration (IA) launches an exhibit which expresses religious symbols and personas of Christianity in art at the NCCA Gallery this January.

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“Sisidlan ng Kabanalan” is a contemplation on the concept of vessels. A sisidlan or vessel and the holiness or values it contains can take many forms and be interpreted on various levels: an urna as an artistic and devotional reliquary; the image of Mary as a signifier of the persona venerated in the Litany of Loreto as the Spiritual Vessel, the Vessel of Honor and the Singular Vessel of Devotion; and the museum an entity, both abstract and concrete, dedicated to the conservation, research and exhibition of cultural heritage. The expressions of religious symbols and personas of Christian faith in art emanates the values that they represent, and these values were, and still are instrumental in shaping Filipino Culture.

IA was established in 1979 for the orderly restoration and development of Intramuros as a monument to the Hispanic period of Philippine History. During its early years, IA was active in collecting art and artifacts from this era. Through the IA’s effort, an impressive collection from this aspect of the country’s cultural heritage is available for the enjoyment of the public.

“Sisidlan ng Kabanalan” runs from January 18 to February 3, 2019. The NCCA Gallery is located at 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila.

For queries on this press release, you may reach the Public Affairs and Information Section headed by Mr. Rene S. Napeñas through numbers 527-5529 / 527-2192 loc 628-630 or email