The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its Chairman and National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, spearheads the ASEAN Month Celebration with Sama Sama ASEAN Para Sa Kalikasan (ASEAN, Our One SEA), a free cultural show on 31 August 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, at the Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium.  The multi-arts concert is celebrated in accordance with Proclamation No. 282 (s. 2017) declaring August as ASEAN Month.  This is also part of the regional commemoration of the 52nd Anniversary of ASEAN.

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With its peoples at the heart of ASEAN cooperation, the Sama-Sama ASEAN Para sa Kalikasan concert aims to enjoin the general public in the regional celebration and to further raise awareness about ASEAN, the values the cooperation fosters, and its role in the development of the country and the region.

To be hosted by Abner Delina, Jr., the show in Luneta puts the spotlight on our shared environment and our one desire and responsibility to protect nature, through commemorative speeches, music and dance performances based on environmental awareness, conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity to further highlight the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) as the only ASEAN Center hosted by the Philippines.

With its commitment to sustain awareness about ASEAN in the country, the Philippine ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information prepared a showcase of cross-cultural presentations and performances that feature ASEAN dances from Indonesian artist Aisha Munaf, Guang Ming Dance Project, and the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.  A glimpse of musical prowess will also be rendered by the Viva Voce, and Bayang Barrios at Ang Naliyagan Band.

Part of the program are some video presentations and other pre-show activities that include the exhibit, Ripples: Awakening Consciousness of the ASEAN Biodiversity and the Seas at 5:00 pm.

Joining the multi-sectoral celebration in the Philippines are agency partners including the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Parks Development Committee, the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippine Information Agency, People’s Television (PTV4), the Bureau of Communications Services and the ACB.

For questions on the Sama-sama ASEAN cultural show, contact Ms. Rulet Salgado of the International Affairs Section of the NCCA through numbers 527-2192 loc 632