To cope with the new normal, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), headed by its chairman Arsenio J. Lizaso, executive director Al Ryan S. Alejandre, deputy executive director Marichu G. Tellano, and supervising officer for administration Bernan Joseph R. Corpuz, mounts its annual programs and projects in digital platform. 

This November, the events of the NCCA to look forward are:



With around 250 dance troupes participating, the NCCA-National Committee on Dance, led by Dr. Shirley Halili Cruz, will pivot to the digital platform and celebrate “Dance Xchange on Air” from October 17, 2020 to January 16, 2021.

This project, “Dance Xchange on Air” is intended to provide venue for the Philippine dance community to present the best works of the different dance companies and groups to keep our hopes alive in this time of great uncertainty and find some continuity in the dynamism of the dance sector.



For 2020, the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) and the NCCA-National Committee on Libraries and Information Services (NCLIS), in partnership with the Philippine Librarians Association (PLAI), and other stakeholders will spearhead the celebration with the theme: “LibREAL”, a portmanteau for the word libraries and the acronym for this year’s LIS month goals: Relate, Engage, Advocate, Lead. With the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme aims to relate the libraries’ wide range of products and services made available to the public; engage the communities and other stakeholders to generate interest in libraries and their services; advocate the libraries’ role in attaining the sustainable development goals (SDG) established in the United Nation 2030 Agenda and integrated into our Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022; and lead a society conducive to innovation, empowerment, creativity, and intellectual freedom.



The NCCA, through the Office of the Chairman, produces a digital program primarily designed for the new normal era, titled “Padayon: The NCCA Hour”.

Padayon embraces the new normal as it uses the time of the quarantine to ignite and inspire our citizens to continue to create art and celebrate our culture. The online show also serves as a platform to highlight the role of our cultural workers and artists as frontliners of our Filipino identity, through their art and efforts to preserve our heritage.



The Provincial Government initiated a cultural mapping project for the cities and municipalities of the Province of Davao del Norte, spearheaded by the NCCA in with the LGU of the Island Garden City of Samal being one of the project beneficiaries. This prompted the local government to commence the Samal Island Cultural Mapping Project in 2018.

Given these realities, the cultural profiling activities motivated the writing of the local history to unify existing descriptive articles and to come up with harmonized document that will be used in referring to the Local History of Samal Island and defining from the past averting to current time of similar but diverse versions.

On the previous months, NCCA led these events:



This month of October, we will be celebrating the Museums and Galleries Month 2020 with the theme “Engaging Exhibitions for Emerging Generations” to highlight the role of exhibitions mounted by museums and galleries in shaping the future as they engage new audiences.

The activities for the celebration are: ARTarp Banner Exhibition; MGM K N B?: A Museums and Galleries Month Webinar Series; Mindanao Art; and A Call to Transform: Manila Museums Summit 2020.


A Webinar Series on Culture-Based Education 

These three sessions of webinar series bring to the attention of the participants the various windows from where Philippine culture is perceived and understood. By providing myriad access to the multifaceted Philippine cultures, the participants can use the valuable pieces of information to enrich and enliven their contextualized discussions of the different topics in Basic Education, Junior and Senior High School, and also the Tertiary Level, by bringing to the fore, local and indigenous knowledge which are vital in culture-based instruction.

The webinar schedules are on October 15 to 17 for NCR, Region 3 and MIMAROPA; October 22 to 24 for Region 11 and 12; and October 29 to 31 for Region 10 and 13.


TAMPOK SABADULAAN (Saturday Conversations on Theater)

The NCCA National Committee on Dramatic Arts originally planned to convene a 3-day gathering in Cebu City of theater practitioners from all the regions to TAMPOK, a National Theater Conference and Festival that will serve as a platform for reflection papers/presentations to be shared about the nexus of aesthetics, curriculum and organizing experiences of a cross-section of theater groups and personages from various parts of the country. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent prohibitions in mass gatherings and various versions of quarantine and lockdowns, the committee created an online platform to achieve part of the objectives set for Tampok through a series of Web-Conversations last August till September. 



It is an online festival that aims to promote Filipino Komiks.  The project’s objectives include: 1.) To provide income generating opportunities for local komiks creators; 2.) To increase the readership of Filipino Komiks; and 3.) To create international awareness for Filipino Komiks.

Series of webinars and workshops had been conducted on Sept 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27.



The Fun Fiesta Sa Pilipinas 2020 (8th National Performing Arts Festival) is a competition

platform for all primary and secondary students and recognized school based performing arts groups in the Philippines. The event was hosted via zoom and streamed through University of Perpetual Help facebook page.

The festival included the following competition segments: Phase 1(Malikhaing Pagsulat, Solo Rondalla, and Monologue) held on July 18, 2020; Phase 2 (Solo Kundiman, Traditional Ethnic Ensemble, Song Composition, Dance Drama, and Mixed Media Art) held on  September 5, 2020; while the schedules of Phase 3 (Rondalla, Contemporary Interpretative Dance, Hiphop, Sining Lantaw, Sabayang Pagbigkas, and Likhang Pinta) and Phase 4 (Chorale, Folk Dance, One Act Play, and Installation Art) are to be announced.



The project AMP Online Community Outreach and Workshop Program 2020 is an instrument playing training sessions for music enthusiasts, hobbyists and amateur musicians from September 7 to 12 via Zoom and Facebook.

The project seeks to promote culture and the arts among wider Filipino public by exposing them to the beauty of Filipino music, specifically big band music. Topics discussed and their facilitators were as follows:

    • Drums Workshop (Jun Austria)
    • Bass Guitar Workshop (SimonTan)
    • Piano Workshop (Joey Quirino)
    • Guitar Workshop (Noel Santiago)
    • Alto Sax/Doublings Workshop (Michael Guevarra)
    • Tenor Sax/Doublings Workshop (Ronald Tomas)
    • Trumpets 1 & 2 Workshop (EJ Celestial and Lester Sorilla)
    • Trombone Workshop (Vanessa Celestial)
    • Dynamics of Band Preparation/Performance (horn band set-up) and General Musicianship (Mel Villena)

The training sessions were capped with a Culminating performance by THE AMP DEKTET with pre-selected participants.



“Sayaw ng Bayan” Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Sayaw (video tribute) is a component of National Heritage Month 2020. It premiered last Sept. 30, 2020, 5pm in both Facebook and Youtube accounts of Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. This project is in partnership with the NCCA, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and University of the East.

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