BACOLOD CITY, March 1 (PIA) -- The National Commission for Culture and the Arts conferred to Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia the Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honors) Award in appreciation of the city government’s support during the celebration of the National Arts Month.
Leonardia received the award at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang Palace from the NCCA chaired by Professor Felipe De Leon, Jr.
The “Ani ng Dangal” (Harvest of Honors) awarding ceremony was also attended by Deputy Exec. Sec. Michael Frederick Musngi, who represented President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.
NCCA conferred to Leonardia a plaque of appreciation for his unwavering support as partner in the completion of the various events in celebration of the National Artist’s Month and the promotion of Philippine Arts.
NCCA highly appreciated the support extended by the City of Bacolod led by Leonardia to the National Film Festival “Bacolywood 2012: Cinema Rehiyon”, a pilot project of NCCA’s Committee on Cinema, held in Bacolod City last February 8 to 11, 2012. This festival featured the works of film makers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The leading batch of distinguished awardees were Broadway and West End star Lea Salonga and NCCA Art Ambassador Boy Abunda (multidisciplinary) whose talk show The Bottomline was recognized as the Best Talk Show for 2011 in the 16th Asian TV Awards.
Another notable actor Jericho Rosales, and NCCA Youth Ambassador Dingdong Dantes and NCCA Culture Ambassador Piolo Pascual were also present.
Leonardia, together with Silver MassKara Festival Foundation President Eli Tajanlangit, was seated beside Salonga and they talked about the possibility of her singing the Philippine National Anthem in one of Congressman Manny Pacquiao’s future fights.
The Ani ng Dangal Awards was a fitting conclusion to the PAF, which aimed to highlight the artistic brilliance of the Filipinos.
On its fifth mounting, Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) comprises the flagship projects of the seven committees of the NCCA’s Sub-commission on the Arts- architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater and the visual arts.
It has workshops, exhibitions, forums and performances participated in by representatives of all the seven arts that took place all over the country.
PAF is in celebration of the National Arts Month, which started when Presidential Proclamation 683, declaring February as National Arts Month, was signed in 1991.
The theme for this year’s PAF is “Tradisyon at Inobasyon” (Tradition and Innovation).*(JCM/EAD-PIA6/CMO Negros Occidental)