The air of creativity lingered in February as the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in Lucena City celebrated the 29th National Arts Month. Cordian communicators of Sacred Heart College (SHC), Lucena City joined local artists and the different participating schools in the celebration with the theme “Ani ng Sining.” As art collided with culture and heritage, this year’s theme accentuated the abundance of artistic efforts of a Filipino creative spirit and its hope for a richer, more productive evolution of artistic modes of expression fueled in the local scene.
The Arts Month celebration which was held last February 27, 2020 at the Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng Lucena, was made possible through NCCA organizing committee led by NCCA Chairperson, Dr. Luzviminda G. Calzado. The event intended to give pride for the works and creations of local artists and representatives from the different participating schools in an inclusive and encouraging atmosphere resonating with people’s passion for craftsmanship. The local artists represented themselves and their creation ardently with the sole purpose of passing on the artistic excellency and celebrating it.
The event highlighted art as a right and responsibility, its integral role in community life, and contribution to the strengthening of national pride. To witness its beauty and fruition, a colorful exhibit, inspirational speeches, culture-entwined performances, and eye-opening video documentaries were showcased to enrich the value of art and how it raises a voice to reach the community. One of the outstanding artists who graced the event was Christopher Fernandez, a contemporary socio-realist and multi-disciplinary artist whose goal is to contribute to society’s arts and culture by providing artworks rooted in Quezonians’ and Philippines sensibilities. Another was Artemio Importante Bermido Jr. who imbibed the meaning of art himself, from where his name was derived from. Rafaella Elizah as well, commonly known as Raffa, is a 13-year-old member of Quezon Artist Guild, who was applauded by the audience for her many achievements in her creative journey at such a young age. Many other great talents were also featured in the occasion.
AB Communication award-winning films, "Kampay" and "Byahe" from Sacred Heart College (SHC) were also shown in the event. These video documentaries heightened the relevance of multiple realities and its persuasive power to move the wider audience through its raw and inspiring stories. “Kampay” and “Byahe” won the Gold Best Documentary in the 7th Annual EdukCircle Documentary Making Competition in 2016 and Silver Best Documentary in the 8th Annual EdukCircle Documentary Making Competition in 2017, respectively. The eight AB Communication students of SHC, namely Mikko Ranido, George Andrei Arcaya, Justine Escote, Gabrielle Jumarang, Anjaneth Aco, Ivy Grace Lingayo, Loi Anne Paderes and Mary Shaira Gequinto, with their program head, Dr. Maria Zorayda A. Torres and faculty, Mr. Earl B. Gicana, proudly shared the triumph of their outputs to the local artists, guests, faculty and students of the Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng Lucena and representatives from the different participating schools.
In light of the celebration, together a diverse community of performers, artists, filmmakers, once again showcased its purposeful contribution for the fertile success of art, aiming for it to grow more massively as time goes by.