The government has programs to promote and nurture the country’s arts and culture. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts is at the forefront of this work. To support individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions in their various arts and culture-related projects, the NCCA has announced its call for project proposals for its 2023 Competitive Grants Program. These grants are awarded to artists and to groups who contribute to our cultural heritage and as a way to help them prolong their artistic achievements. All project proposals, which will go through a strict evaluation process, must be submitted by August 31, 2022. Interested parties can access details via the NCCA website (ncca.gov.ph).
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines also supports the arts and culture sector while contributing to building a more vibrant and dynamic national landscape, with respect to innovation, creativity and business. The agency recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and I would like to extend my warmest regards to the men and women behind IPOPHL. Its anniversary theme is “Creating a Bright Silver Future”, which “is intended to signify IPOPHL’s continued commitment to supporting the country’s post-pandemic recovery by encouraging greater use of intellectual property. [IP] system.”
The IPOPHL, however, is tasked with pushing for changes to the Intellectual Property Code so that the country can cope with “rapid advances in technology and changing legal frameworks, standards and best practices. international”. The new provisions of the law will make the Philippines more competitive and attractive to foreign investors, according to IPOPHL. Let us remain hopeful that the legislators of the next Congress will welcome this proposal.
Also, I can’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate with the rest of the nation our new National Artists for 2022. Let me join everyone in congratulating the living honorees and remembering those who have passed away. . The eight new national artists are Nora Aunor, Marilou Diaz Abaya and Ricky Lee for Film and Broadcast Arts; Tony Mabesa for theatre; Agnès Locsin for Dance; Salvacion Lim-Higgins for fashion; Gemino Abad for literature; and Fides Cuyugan-Asensio for music.
Finally, another artistic event takes place until June 17 at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-la Plaza Mall. I have the honor to invite you all to visit our collective art exhibition, which opened its doors on June 7th. I am with the following artists: Jef Albea, Mark Albea, Manny Cabrera, Joe Marie Sanclaria Chua, Dennis Francisco, Honesto Guiruela III, Caloy Gabuco, Ram Mallari, Eric Madrigal Masangkay, Kenneth Montegrande, Adam Nacianceno, Wilfred Offemaria Jr. and Sam Penaso. If you need more information about the show, you can send a message via [email protected], the_artologist (Instagram), 86963244, 09165673351 or 09770314636.