NCCA’s television and online shows nominated on Catholic Mass Media Awards

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NCCA’s television and online shows nominated on Catholic Mass Media Awards

Let us take advantage of this lockdown by airing a TV program on arts and “Let us take advantage of this lockdown by airing a TV program on arts and culture that everyone at home can eagerly watch. A show that is not only entertaining but enriching. Sort of “NCCA Hour” beamed every afternoon that features performing arts, visual arts, literary works, short features about our national artists and heroes, among others. A potpourri of revealing information that is highly visual, well-annotated by experts and appealing hosts, and briskly paced. Perfect for the entire family who are marooned at home and can be watched online,” the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chairman Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso said.  

Thus, this vision gave birth to the online program Padayon: The NCCA Hour which is nominated at the 43rd Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program alongside another NCCA television program, Sagisag Kultura TV.

Padayon: The NCCA Hour is a digital intersection of topics, personalities, and stories from the arts and culture sector that aims to ignite and instill in all Filipinos an appreciation for and love for our culture and inculcate a sense of understanding and pride in our heritage and what makes us distinctly Filipino.

Meanwhile, Sagisag Kultura TV is a television program airing over PTV 4 features people, events and places relevant to Philippine culture and arts interspersed with the mandate of NCCA as a pillar of sustainable development, advancement of creativity and artistic expression, and pride of place/sense of nationhood.

Throughout the year, Padayon: The NCCA Hour expanded on a wide variation of topics on Philippine culture and arts and moved beyond the boundaries of its segments. The show, which has aired more than 100 episodes since its pilot on July 2020, featured interviews with the likes of National Artists Ryan Cayabyab, Kidlat Tahimik, and Amelia Lapena Bonifacio; NCCA Art Ambassador and Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Music Ambassador KZ Tandingan; music artist Ice Seguerra and FDCP Chairman Liza Dino, among others. Various cultural agencies and NCCA committees were also featured in the show, as well as localities like Pulilan, Bulacan; Paete, Laguna; and Tarlac.  

A brainchild of NCCA Chairman Lizaso, the show is hosted by NCCA Public Affairs and Information Section head Rene Napenas, International Affairs Section head Annie Luis, and Plan/Policy Formulation and Programming Division officer-in-charge and Arts Section head Ferdie Isleta.

The NCCA, the overall policy making body, coordinating, and grants giving agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture, is led by its chairman Arsenio “Nick” J. Lizaso, OIC-executive director Marichu G. Tellano, and OIC-deputy executive director Bernan Joseph R. Corpuz.

The CMMA is organized by Archdiocese of Manila, through His Eminence Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin in 1978 in observance of the International Social Communication Day established by the Universal Church to stress the importance of mass media and to instill a sense of responsibility in communicators.


NCCA-NCHR introduces Philippine History Source Book

In celebration of History Month 2021, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through its National Committee on Historical Research (NCHR), will launch a digital annotated compilation of selected Philippine history primary sources and secondary works on August 31, 2021.

The digital annotated compilation of selected Philippine history primary sources and secondary works, the NCCA-NCHR’s Response to the remote learning modality in the time of the Pandemic, is a collaborative effort involving the history departments of the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Silliman University, and the University of the Philippines Diliman.

The learning material is composed of various readings tackling the Pre-Spanish period; Spanish period: 16th-18th century; 19th century; Philippine Revolution; Philippine-American War; American period; Commonwealth; Japanese occupation; Postwar period: 1946-1972; 1972-1986; and 1986-present.


The Met Bows Anew with

“Lapulapu, Ang Datu ng Mactan”

The Metropolitan Theater’s maiden production, the musical “Lapulapu, ang Datu ng Mactan” is already grand with its scope and what it stands for, including the re-inauguration of the MET. The said production also boasts of the most exciting stage performers in the country, headed by foremost tenor and musical theater lead, Arman Ferrer, in the title role.

However, if there is one thing that will make “Lapulapu, ang Datu ng Mactan” worthy of being the maiden production of the revered Metropolitan Theater, it will be the collaboration among the members of the production and creative team, led by director Dexter Santos, who helmed the theater blockbusters “Ang Huling El Bimbo” and various Dulaang UP productions, with Nicolas Pichay as “Lapulapu” Librettist.

“I am glad to be asked to direct the production that will open the new chapter of MET,” says Dexter. “The task is more meaningful since this means the chance to collaborate with hardworking and passionate artists during the pandemic.”

“Lapulapu, ang Datu ng Mactan” also features the remarkable work of musical director Krina Cayabyab.

Aside from original songs written by Nicolas Pichay and composed by Krina Cayabyab, “Lapulapu, Ang Datu ng Mactan” will also feature products of PhilPop Bootcamp 2019, in partnership with the National Quincentennial Committee, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

These songs include “Kahayag” (Music and Lyrics by CJ Kaamiño); “Mactan” (Music and Lyrics by Kian Dionisio); “Baka Bukas” (Music and Lyrics by Thyro Alfaro, Yumi Lacsamana, Lara Maigue, Davey Langit, Marlon Barnuevo); and “Bagani “ (Music and Lyrics by Roel Rostata). The production will also be a feast for the senses as it features the works of the industry’s best – Set and Costume Supplier Gino Gonzales, Lighting Director Dennis Marasigan, Sound Engineer Rards Corpus, Video Designer GA Fallarme and Choreographers Stephen Viñas and Kenneth Torres. Stage management is by Ed Murillo