(Left) Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr, former NCCA Chairman, as he discusses the different types of culture that exist in the Philippines. (Right) Dr. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera, Jr as he delivers his keynote message.

The Calabarzon Regional Development Council, through its Sub-Committee on Culture, conducted the Calabarzon Orientation on Culture and Culture Summit on September 17 and 18, respectively, at the International Convention Center, Cavite State University, Indang, Cavite. With the theme, “Promoting Filipino Culture and Values towards Culture-sensitive Governance and Inclusive Development”, the Orientation on Culture provided an overview of Filipino culture while the Culture Summit highlighted the best practices and lessons learned on the promotion, preservation, and development of culture, arts and values.

Participants during the Orientation on Culture (top) and Culture Summit (bottom).

During the Orientation on Culture, Professor Felipe De Leon, Jr. of the University of the Philippines Diliman and former Chairperson of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) discussed the importance and link of culture and values. He emphasized that all Filipino values are rooted from the indigenous concept of the shared identity or kapwa. Assistant Regional Director Gina T. Gacusan of NEDA Region IV-A discussed the inclusion of culture in the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 while Ms. Archie Jane Diamente and Ms. Divine Arawiran of NCCA talked about the mandates and assistance provided by NCCA and the Philippine Registry of Cultural Property Forms, respectively.

In his keynote message during the Culture Summit, Dr. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo D. Nadera, Jr. of the University of the Philippines Diliman, shared the different initiatives and accomplishments of the Philippine administrations in culture and the arts development. He stressed the importance of cultural mapping, and promotion and digitization of cultural resources through visual arts and social networking sites. He lauded NEDA for incorporating and mainstreaming culture, arts and values in the Philippine Development Plan.

Among the speakers during the Summit were Mr. Leonardo C. Cargullo of DepEd Region IV-A, Mr. Eddilieto J. Sumangil of NCIP Region IV, Dir. Jose B. Rodriguez, Jr. of Enrique Zobel Foundation, Ms. Annabelle Calleja of Mauban, Quezon, Atty. Sylvia Marasigan of Batangas Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, Mr. Virgilio Vertudez of the Dumagat-Remontado group, and Mr. Dennis Jardin of Lucban, Quezon. A workshop session was conducted to identify issues and recommend strategies on values and culture and arts development.

The Filipiniana Dance Troupe of University of the Philippines Los Baños and the Chorale Ensemble and Dance Troupe of Cavite State University showcased their talents through local songs and folkdances.

The Orientation on Culture and the Culture Summit gathered more than 200 participants from the local government units, regional line agencies, and academic institutions. The two-day activity was conducted in partnership with the NCCA, Provincial Government of Cavite, and Cavite State University.

Photos during the cultural performances of Filipiniana Dance Troupe of the University of the Philippines Los Baños and the Chorale Ensemble and Dance Troupe of the Cavite State University.

Christine B. Flores, NEDA Region IV-A | October 7, 2019