In the Philippines, February is not just a love month— it’s also the celebration of Arts Month. Under Presidential Proclamation No. 683, culture and art in all its forms are celebrated every February. And more often than not, events are spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), who currently has Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray on board as their ambassadress.
For this year, the NCCA will be holding an online celebration for Arts Month in order to keep with tradition. And one of the things lined up for this year is a five-episode web series called ‘Kultura 101,’ hosted by Catriona herself which will be premiering on February 20.
“It’s a light-hearted web series where I share my passion for aspects of Filipino culture whether it be our textiles, our dances, our food,” the former Miss Universe said. (Read: Catriona Gray Is the New Ambassador for Indigenous Handicrafts)
But if five episodes are too short for you, and you still want to watch other stuff to celebrate our Filipino culture and arts, My Pope is listing some shows and interactive videos from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to keep you entertained the entire month!
Arts Month 2021: CCP Digital Time Capsule
While the CCP Digital Time Capsule is not an actual show you can watch, you can still enjoy it as it is an interactive timeline! The digital time capsule showcases the colorful history of Philippine art, as well as telling viewers how our art industry responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may access this via the CCP’s website.
Arts Month 2021: Ang Kabaligtaran ng Gunaw (The Opposite of the End)
Ang Kabaligtaran ng Gunaw is a dance film by award-winning filmmaker Jerrod Tarog. It features artists of the CCP Dance Workshop and is choreographed by Ronelson Yadao, with National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes as artistic consultant and Eloisa Jessa Tangalin as the featured dancer. (Read: How ballet legends Maniya Barredo, Alice Reyes, and Myra Beltran inspired and launched the careers of countless Filipinos)
The show will premiere on February 14 on CNN Philippines free TV Channel 9, Sky Cable Channel 14, and Cignal Channel 10, at 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
Arts Month 2021: Hilom: Sayaw Dalangin ng Pag-asa at Pagkakais
This dance film by Stephen Ramos Biadoma was made to showcase folk dances, dance traditions, and dance rituals in the Philippines. The story and concept were created by the famed UST Salinggawi Dance troupe and music by Teresa Barrozo.
“Hilom is a dance film that forwards the Filipino spirit to the forefront of our fight against the global health crisis. Our differences in culture, language, or ethnicity do not hinder, us but rather enrich and unify our call and prayer for healing,” Biadoma said.
For updates on events and shows for Arts Month 2021, you may follow CCP on their Facebook page.