Delegates from the Republic of the Philippines, through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), participated in the celebration of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations organized by the People’s Republic of China on 15-22 May 2019 in Beijing.

The event aims to promote cultural exchanges and cooperation among Asian countries with the theme “exchanges and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a community of a Shared Future.” The event included the following programmes:

Opening Ceremony – Participated in by a marching band and dancers from 47 Asian countries and other invited countries outside the region. The Philippine Delegation is composed of Mr. Celso De Leon, horn player from the Manila Symphony Orchestra; Ms. Willanne Rose Ducay and Mr. Lew Gian Jose Yee of The Council of Filipino Dancers; and Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe.

Forum on Asian Civilization – Experts and other high-level government representatives attended the forum on Cultural Tourism and People-to-People Exchanges. The Philippines was represented by Cultural Center of the Philippines Vice President Mr. Chris Millado and Ms. Meah Ang See of KAISA Foundation.

Civilization and Craftsman – Participating countries showcased the intangible cultural heritage and featured cultural heritage craftsmen to display their exquisite intangible cultural heritage skills and inheritance. Fashion designer Ms. Lenora Cabili and Ms. Maria Asuncion Guadalupe of Filip+Inna showcased the indigenous weaves and fabrics of the Philippines.

Asian Civilization Week: Dress Parade – Participated in by the Philippines’ Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe, the parade featured performers dressed in their respective Asian dance and traditional attire.


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Gala Performance – With the theme Celebration of Youth, Dream of Asia, world-class artists from Asian’s entertainment industry, Asian youth leaders and famous performers presented during the Gala Performance of the Conference. Ms. Aicelle Santos represented the Philippines and sang Nais Ko composed by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab. (Read story in Good News Pilipinas)