The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has granted a scholarship to thousands of Negros artists and cultural workers. They granted a total amount of Php 4 Million to the workshops, lectures, seminars, and forums offered by HANAS: Scholarship Program in Culture and the Arts. The programs lasted for eight months.
NCCA Scholarship for Culture and the Arts
According to the vice president for Student Affairs and External Relations of CSA-Bacolod, Fr. Tito Soquiño, they are proud that through this project, the various programs and projects of the NCCA that were implemented in Negros Island were sustained and interconnected. Since December last year, HANAS has conducted 63 workshops, lectures, seminar, and forums attended by students and teachers of CSA-Bacolod, and other schools as well as cultural workers, “patadyong” weavers and museum staff from various communities.
Of the more than 1,500 scholars, a total of 121 participants received their certificates of completion for being able to finish 120 hours of workshops in three weeks in six tracks, including film, dance, theater, museology, weaving,
“For us, this is a pioneering project that tapped the expertise of the international, national, regional and local artists and cultural caregivers as resource persons and the convergence of thousands of next generatio of artists, educators and cultural workers,” said Soquiño.
Rudy Reveche, executive and workshop pedagogy director of HANAS, said he hopes the new knowledge and skills acquired, and the friendships made by the participants and trainors would inspire and guide them to come up with new ideas, solutions, platforms and advocacies that would preserve, promote, and sustain the cherished Christian values and Filipino heritage.
“We are the warriors for the environment, arts,
andcultural caregivers, and peace advocates for our nation and for the planet we live in,” he added.
7th VMC Interschool Art Contest 2019
In regards to culture and the arts, there will be an art contest this coming September 14 and 21, 2019. The 7th VMC Interschool Art Contest will have an on-the-spot competition scheduled on September 14 at the Sidlakan Village in Dumaguete City for Negros Oriental qualifiers and in Project Orange, Bacolod City on September 21 for Negros Occidental students. The VICTORIAS Milling Company or VMC is inviting elementary and high school students to submit their artwork. Deadline for submission will be on September 04, 2019.
This year’s theme “My Community” is in line with the company’s centennial celebration to instill among the young how VMC values the community and how involving the youth in their own communities will eventually empower them to have a stake in nation-building through the arts.
Cash Prizes and Trophy
Final Judging and Awarding will be on September 22 at Project Orange in Bacolod City. Prizes are P20,000 in cash, a trophy and a computer package for the participating school for the elementary champion while the second and third placer will get P15,000 and P10,000 plus trophies respectively. High school champion will bring home P30,000 in cash, a trophy and computer package for the school and the second and third place winners will get P20,000 and P10,000 plus a trophy. For more inquiries, please call 0995-9279186 and 09397200370.