STA. MARIA, Ilocos Sur, March 20 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in the Ilocos and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will hold a youth forum on March 22 at the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College (ISPSC) here for the promotion of culture and arts in the region.

“The PIA, through its Ilocos Sur information center, is initiating the youth forum to highlight and encourage students to help in the development and preservation of local culture, heritage and arts,” said PIA Regional Director Jennilyne Role.

At least 200 students are expected to attend the forum which will be held at the ISPSC’s Farmers’ Training Center at 1 p.m.

Resource speaker from the NCCA will discuss the various programs of the Commission and conduct workshop on writing the Philippines’ native scripts called “baybayin.”

Role said this forum is part of the series of activities organized by the PIA and the NCCA to generate awareness and appreciation of the different culture and tradition, arts, and heritage peculiar to Northern Luzon.

She added that since last year, the Agency has been conducting series of fora, radio programs, and kapihans, and launched writing and photo contests related to the unique cultures and traditions in the Ilocos and Pangasinan provinces.

An exhibit of “Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan” (GAMABA) awardees or the National Living Treasures in the Philippines that honors and supports traditional folk artists was also opened for public viewing  in the different provinces in the region. (JNPD/AMM/PIA-1, Ilocos Sur)