It is a known fact that the Philippines is culturally rich. With its over 7,000 islands, you’re sure to find hundreds of cuisines from around the country, a plethora of dances and songs, and hundreds of different groups of people with their respective languages and dialects.
This month, this is what we are celebrating.
For the entire May, the Philippines will be celebrating National Heritage Month, as decreed by Presidential Proclamation No. 349 in 2003. This year, the theme is “VICTORY AND HUMANITY: Upholding Filipino Heritage and Identity,” as a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Filipinos’ victory at Mactan against the Spanish explorers.
Even with the pandemic, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has planned an entire month’s worth of activities that will celebrate, uphold, and showcase the colorful and unmatchable culture and heritage of the Filipinos. (Read: 3 Myths About the Battle of Mactan, Debunked!)
Here are some events that will be held for this month-long celebration!
National Heritage Month 2021
- May 7: Online exhibit of rare collections of the National Library of the Philippines
Through the use of virtual reality (VR) technology, an online exhibition will be held to showcase the NLP’s Rare Collections in order to “provide a visualization of some of NLP collections as part of tangible elements of cultural heritage.”
- 2nd week of May: Manila Fashion Week
The first of its kind in the City of Manila, the Manila Fashion Week will showcase the rich history of old Manila, including old, current, and future styles and statement pieces.
- April 16-May 31: 2nd Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. Essay Writing Contest
The Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. (FHFI) will be hosting an essay writing competition for the youth that will span one and a half months, from April 16 to May 31. Interested individuals may contact Judith Neric at 0919 617 9915 for more information
- Baybayin and Writing Workshops
To promote our own form of writing, NLP will be holding Baybayin and writing workshops through their website and Facebook page. The goal is to “give more value and appreciation to the Filipinos’ earliest form of writing.”
Click this link to see all the events.