Every February, we celebrate two events that involve both heart and passion.
In the Philippines, celebrating “Love Month” is a big thing because Filipinos are known to be very loving people. Also, it is no doubt that Filipinos are very passionate about arts, considering the diverse cultural expressions we have as a nation.
During the National Arts Month 2023 Press Launch, the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Ambassador and former Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray expressed her own take on the correlation between the two famous celebrations of Arts Month and Love Month.
“During Love Month, we think of ways on how we can tell them how much we love them and how much we appreciate them and to make them feel loved and seen. This Arts Month, we can think of all the ways that the Philippine Arts and Culture are like a Love Letter to our own country. From our own countrymen to our countrymen. To allow our kababayans to fall even more in love sa ating bansa through our arts.”
She encourages everyone to celebrate the love month together with their loved ones by attending the series of online and live events that the NCCA prepared for the whole months of February to March.
The National Arts Month theme for this year is “ANI NG SINING, BUNGA NG GALING” which aims to immerse Filipinos in diverse cultural expressions and celebrate the bountiful harvest from the Filipino imagination. The month long celebration is a reflection of our identity as a nation where we can highlight how we can reap the fruits of created by our Filipino artists.
With her experience, Ms. Catriona Gray said that her inclination with arts led her to fall even more in love with the Philippines. In her own words she said, “It open up a pathway for me to know what the Philippines is as an identity and also to discover my own identity and how it means to be a Filipina”.
To show our own love to country, let us appreciate the art and culture of our nation. Fall in love and “Halina’t Makisining”. Join the celebration of the National Arts Month (NAM) 2023. For more information, visit: https://ncca.gov.ph/nam2023/ and follow the NCCA Facebook page or log on to www.ncca.gov.ph . (MGR /PIA-CPSD)