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NCCA sets aside P76.8M to assist freelance artists during lockdown

May 21, 2020 - 3:30 PM

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts says it is exploring other ways to help artists and cultural workers, like setting up an 'online market' for their work

Filipino dancers in colorful costumes dance along the streets for the ‘Sinulog’ Grand Parade marking the feast of the Child Jesus in Cebu City, Philippines on January 19, 2020. The Sinulog Festival is one of the grandest festivals in the Philippines honoring the Santo Niño, who used to be the patron saint of the province of Cebu. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Catriona Gray is new National Commission for Culture and the Arts ambassador

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Catriona joins Julie Ann San Jose and KZ Tandingan as this year's ambassadors for National Arts Month

Writers urge NCCA to probe alleged sexual assault at Iligan workshop

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Over 300 writers sign an open letter calling on the National Commission on Culture and the Arts to conduct a 'thorough and independent' probe considering it had funded the workshop

UMPIL to hold 2019 Writers Congress, Gawad Balagtas awards on April 27

Apr 26, 2019 - 2:07 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The event will be held on April 27 at the Silangan Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Poster from Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas

MTRCB, NCCA ink memorandum of understanding

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The memo aims to help in facilitating and promoting NCCA-funded films

Duterte names 7 National Artists

Oct 23, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Larry Alcala, Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, Ryan Cayabyab, Francisco Mañosa, Resil Mojares, Ramon Muzones, and Kidlat Tahimik will be honored in Malacañang on October 24

Bills seek creation of Department of Culture

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza is opposed to the proposals, saying culture should just be part of the Department of Education

NEW DEPARTMENT. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives want to create a Department of Culture. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Whang-od awarded 'Dangal ng Haraya'

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan finally receives an award for preserving and celebrating the traditional art of tattooing

LIVING LEGEND. Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan finally receives an award for preserving and celebrating the traditional art of tattooing. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Whang-od to receive Dangal ng Haraya award

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Whang-od will be conferred the award in Kalinga on June 25

CULTURAL HERITAGE. Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan village will finally receive an award for spreading the traditional art of tattooing. Rappler file photo

National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista dies

May 06, 2018 - 12:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang sends its condolences to the family and friends of the late National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista

'People's Museum' seeks to preserve identity of Ormoc City

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'We need a museum to remind us that we are part of a cultural band and we have a responsibility to our descendants to preserve our past,' says Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez

SITE OF PEOPLE'S MUSEUM. The people of Ormoc City will have their own museum come June 2018. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Budayaw, a rich ASEAN festival, held for first time in PH

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:27 PM

Celebrated in General Santos City, Budayaw cultural festival showcases performances and creative expressions from different ASEAN countries


The Met and PH's historical-cultural corridor

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'We need urban renaissance in Manila,' says architect Gerard Lico

Nominations for National Artists 2018 start; Nora Aunor automatically listed

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Submissions will be accepted until September 30 2017 and will go through 3 levels of deliberations

WATCH: Interview with Gemino Abad, poet and literary critic

Apr 26, 2017 - 2:37 PM

What projects excite internationally-renowned poet Gemino 'Jimmy' Abad? Find out in this episode of 'Akdang-Buhay.'

WATCH: Interview with Cirilo Bautista, National Artist for Literature

Apr 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Akdang-Buhay: Cirilo Bautista talks about coming full circle from his humble beginnings to giving back to the less fortunate but talented writers

WATCH: Interview with Virgilio Almario, National Artist for Literature

Apr 20, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Akdang-Buhay: Rio Alma talks about the factors that shaped his poetry

WATCH: Interview with F. Sionil Jose, National Artist for Literature

Apr 17, 2017 - 6:01 PM

Akdang-Buhay: F. Sionil Jose talks about literature, colonialism, and class struggles

House bill seeks to conserve Gabaldon school buildings

Apr 16, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The measure aims to preserve the schoolhouses designed by American architect William Parsons and funded through Act Number 1801 by ex Philippine Assembly member Isauro Gabaldon

DESTROYED. Heritage Gabaldon schoolhouses in Aklan that were destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

'Intangible heritage' at 'Department of Culture' isusulong ng NCCA

Mar 04, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Masyadong tumutok sa tangible at built heritage ang Pilipinas ayon kay NCCA Chairman Virgilio Almario samantalang makikita ng mga Pilipino ang kanilang matandang sarili sa mga panitikang bayan salawikain at wika

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Why PH language chief is disappointed in Maxine Medina

Mar 01, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Buwisit na buwisit ako doon eh National Artist Virgilio Almario says of the Philippine candidate s refusal to tap an interpreter during the Miss Universe 2016 pageant

MAXINE MEDINA. NCCA Chair Virgilio Almario speaks out against Miss Universe Philippines 2016 Maxine Medina's choice to answer in English during the finals. File photo shows Maxine being announced by host Steve Harvey as a top 13 finalist Photo courtesy of HO/The Miss Universe Organization

PH dapat seryosohin ang pagsasalin sa higit 100 wika – Almario

Mar 01, 2017 - 8:44 PM

Idaraos sa Pilipinas ang pandaigdigang kumperensiya sa pagsasalin sa Setyembre sa pangunguna ng Filipinas Institute of Translation National Commission for Culture and the Arts at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino

PAGSASALIN. Ipinaliwanag nina Virgilio Almario, Michael Coroza, at Jethro Tenorio ang kahalagahan ng translation at translation studies sa bansa. Kuha ni Jee Geronimo/Rappler

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Jan 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Freddie Aguilar out; Nat'l Artist Virgilio Almario is NCCA chair

Jan 05, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Singer songwriter Freddie Aguilar who campaigned for President Duterte has lobbied for the post but National Commission for Culture and the Arts board members elect Almario

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'Fotobam' ang Salita ng Taon 2016

Oct 06, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Pinili ng mga eksperto na salita ng taon ang fotobam pandiwa na ang ibig sabihin ay sirain ang eksena sa pamamagitan ng pagsingit sa kuwadro ng kamera habang may kinukunan ng retrato

Lawmakers: NCCA's proposed 2017 budget too low

Sep 27, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Wala akong alam na departamento na binawasan ng ganitong kalaking halaga Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts proposed budget

Culture clash: Why Freddie Aguilar isn't ready

Jul 22, 2016 - 12:18 PM

I believe his views on Cultural Revolution and Purification will set us back from being participants in a globally connected creative world

Freddie Aguilar suggests solution to Torre de Manila 'photobombing'

Jul 19, 2016 - 6:12 PM

Kung ako po ang masusunod ito po ay personal na opinyon ko lang po – para wala nang gulo pagpapalitin ko po yung puwesto ng kalabaw tsaka ni Rizal the singer says

Is Freddie Aguilar up for the NCCA leadership?

Jul 11, 2016 - 11:29 PM

The veteran singer songwriter says he was called by Duterte s executive assistant Bong Go about the possibility of heading the National Commission for Culture and the Arts

FREDDIE AGUILAR. The singer-songwriter performs onstage at the launch of the commemorative album, 'Mga Awit para sa Tunay na Pagbabago.' Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Online petition seeks to preserve PH culinary heritage

Jun 05, 2016 - 10:57 AM

The Philippines has all the right ingredients to become an international culinary destination So long as we can cultivate a homegrown appetite for and interest in our local cuisine global recognition will soon follow says chef Jam Melchor

Screen grab of the petition by Chef Jam Melchor

Museo Pambata: Are we having casino for a neighbor?

Mar 30, 2016 - 3:38 PM

UPDATED Nina Lim Yuson president of the children s museum raises the alarm again that building a gaming casino in a heritage building like the Army Navy Club violates the National Cultural Heritage Act

CASINO? Will a casino also rise at the site of the historic Army Navy Club? File photo (L) from Museo Pambata website; Screenshot (R) from Yuson's video

April is National Literature Month in the Philippines

Mar 09, 2016 - 9:42 PM

Ang Abril ay Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas

DPWH scraps plans to move Anda Monument

Feb 05, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Following an outcry from heritage conservationists the DPWH will no longer push through with its proposal to convert Anda Circle into an intersection

MONUMENT. The Anda Monument is the centerpiece of the Anda Circle in Bonifacio Drive, Manila. Photo posted by user The Avenger

Restoring the MET, reviving culture

Dec 13, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Buildings are not just structures They anchor our collective memory and are documents of our national identity says the head architect of the MET project

CLEAN-UP. Architecture students who volunteered for the MET cleanup sweep the front yard of the theater to help NCCA restore MET to its former glory. All photos by Pat Nabong/Rappler  Photo by Pat Nabong / Rappler

SolGen now declares Torre de Manila illegal

Aug 04, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Reversing an earlier position the Solicitor General is now saying Torre de Manila should be demolished

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on July 21, 2015 Mark Z. Saludes/ Mark Z. Saludes/

July 21 oral arguments on Torre de Manila to proceed

Jul 20, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The Supreme Court is hearing a case filed by the Knights of Rizal seeking to have a condominium demolished because it threatens the visual dominance of the Rizal Monument

'NATIONAL PHOTOBOMBER.' The Torre de Manila is seen behind the Rizal Shrine during the commemoration of Rizal Day in December 2014. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

NCCA to DMCI: P20M Torre de Manila lawsuit 'ridiculous'

Jul 08, 2015 - 11:50 AM

The NCCA says the developer of the controversial high rise building did not stop construction when it issued a cease and desist order in January

PHOTOBOMBING CONDO. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the flag raising ceremonies for the commemoration of the 188th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jose Rizal at the Rizal National Monument in Rizal Park on December 30, 2014. At the back stands an unfinished condominium which as gained opposition among heritage advocates. Photo by Malacañang

SC stops construction of Torre de Manila

Jun 16, 2015 - 3:18 PM

3rd UPDATE The temporary restraining order takes effect immediately Oral arguments on the case starts on June 30

PHOTOBOMBER. DMCI Home Inc.'s Torre de Manila project photobombs the Rizal Monument and President Benigno S. Aquino III at the 118th death anniversary of Dr Jose Rizal. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Tekken 7's Josie Rizal skirts line between controversy, approval

Mar 31, 2015 - 7:51 PM

Responding to comments following the reveal of Josie Rizal along with Tekken characters Jin and Devil Jin Namco Bandai Producer Katsuhiro Harada says around 94 of the feedback has been positive

Screen shot from YouTube

Patricia Evangelista receives NCCA's Ani ng Dangal award

Feb 12, 2015 - 6:32 PM

The National Commission on Culture and the Arts recognizes Patricia Evangelista s compelling work and reporting on disaster and conflict in the Philippines

Pope trust rating, morality survey, Charlie Hebdo | The wRap

Jan 14, 2015 - 7:47 PM

7 out of 10 Filipinos trust Pope Francis Abortion and affairs are top moral no nos for Filipinos A new Charlie Hebdo cartoon comes out

DMCI: Only SC can stop Torre de Manila

Jan 14, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The developer of the controversial condominium dubbed as the national photobomb says the project will continue unless the court halts it

PHOTOBOMING CONDO. DMCI Home Inc.'s Torre de Manila project takes a peak behind the Rizal Monument. In this photo, President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the flag raising ceremonies for the commemoration of the 118th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal. Photo by Malacañang

Heritage advocates hail Torre de Manila suspension order

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Calling the Torre de Manila a papal eyesore the Knights of Rizal Senator Pia Cayetano and cultural activist Carlos Celdran welcome the NCCA s suspension order

'TIMELY ORDER.' The Knights of Rizal says the NCCA's cease and desist order on Torre de Manila's construction is timely, coming ahead of the Pope's Mass in Luneta. Photo courtesy: Office of Senator Pia Cayetano

Noel Cabangon pushes for Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino proclamation

Nov 12, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Musician Noel Cabangon is hopeful that President Benigno Aquino III will sign the proclamation order by the end of 2014

National Artist for Music Francisco Feliciano dies

Sep 19, 2014 - 10:12 PM

The late artist founded the Asian Institute of Liturgy and Music and was the president of the Samba Likhaan Foundation

NCCA announces PH rep to 56th Venice Biennale

Sep 07, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Patrick Flores’ curatorial proposal titled Tie A String Around the World is the official Philippine participation at the 56th Venice Art Biennale 2015

#GlendaPH: Rehab funds needed for country's arts high school

Aug 13, 2014 - 7:22 AM

Almost a month since Typhoon Glenda made landfall in the country the Philippine High School for the Arts PHSA is still running on generators

2nd DIWANG: Sagisag Kultura ng Filipinas Competition

Aug 11, 2014 - 12:53 AM

Layunin ng kompetitsyon na ito na mapalaganap at maipakilala ang mga Sagisag Kulturang Filipino at upang mapahalagahan ng bawat Filipino ang kanyang identidad bilang lahi

Netizens on Nora Aunor: National Artist or National Saint?

Jul 01, 2014 - 5:32 PM

Netizens air their support for or disdain toward Malacañang s refusal to name actress Nora Aunor a National Artist