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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

WATCH: Catriona Gray revisits Intramuros two years after Miss Universe video

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The beauty queen is the National Commission for Culture and the Arts ambassador for Arts Month 2020

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

MTRCB, NCCA ink memorandum of understanding

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:19 PM

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

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

IN PHOTOS: Dayaw, PH’s indigenous peoples festival

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:36 PM

The 'Dayaw' festival brings together indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to share their culture and heritage

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


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

DOT, NCCA launch KulTOURa app for tourists

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The KulTOURa app contains information and details of selected places in the Philippines as guide for travelers

Celebrated poets perform, talk at MSU Iligan on April 10

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Students will be able to watch the performances of poets Lourd Ernest de Veyra Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr Joel Toledo and Cerrine Cecilia Tuason

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

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Jan 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Jan 06, 2017 - 10:20 AM

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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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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

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

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

P9.48-M released to restore Manila Metropolitan Theater

Aug 23, 2015 - 8:36 PM

The NCCA envisions the Manila Metropolitan Theater commonly called the Met as a mini Cultural Center of the Philippines

SolGen no longer NHCP counsel in Torre de Manila case

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:58 PM

The Solicitor General says continuing to represent the NHCP would compromise the statutory duty to articulate a legal argument that will best serve its ultimate client the Republic

NO LONGER NHCP COUNSEL. The Solicitor General will no longer represent the NHCP in the case against the controversial Torre de Manila project. Rappler 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)

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Jul 08, 2015 - 6:22 PM

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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

Manila Metropolitan Theater sold to NCCA

Jun 10, 2015 - 5:32 PM

This as an agreement handing the Met back to its rightful owners the Filipino people says GSIS general manager Robert Vergara

SET FOR RESTORATION. The NCCA wants the decaying Manila Metropolitan Theater to see glorious days once more as a venue for artistic performances and exhibits. Photo by Corteco8 on Wikipedia

NCCA gets approval to buy Manila Metropolitan Theater

May 23, 2015 - 7:45 AM

The agency is one step closer to winning a tug of war for the once elegant now decaying national cultural treasure

NEGLECTED GEM. Many await a glorious restoration of the neglected Manila Metropolitan Theater. Photo by Corteco8 on Wikipedia

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

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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

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

Historical sites: DPWH vows close coordination with NCCA

Dec 22, 2014 - 2:34 PM

The new DPWH order is a reiteration of Republic Act 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 instructing the DPWH to work with the agency in projects involving heritage structure

PRESERVE HERITAGE. Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson says DPWH projects should respect heritage sites, like this ancestral house in Sariaya, Quezon. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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

PH cultural agencies in need of major overhaul?

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The unclear jurisdictions of the NCCA NHCP and National Museum may have led to the controversial greenlighting of development projects threatening the historical and cultural sites of Manila

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

NCCA puzzled by exclusion of Nora Aunor in National Artists list

Jun 22, 2014 - 4:16 PM

Chairman Felipe de Leon Jr said they will be asking Malacañang about why the star was not among those who will be receiving the honor

New set of National Artists revealed, Nora Aunor not part of list

Jun 21, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Though reportedly part of the shortlist of nominees actress Nora Aunor is not chosen for the honor View the list of new National Artists here

What hampers restoration of Visayas' heritage sites?

Dec 21, 2013 - 8:00 AM

The lack of manpower equipment and funding makes difficult the restoration of structures damaged by Yolanda and the Bohol quake heritage experts say

AWAITING RESTORATION. The facade of Loboc church in Bohol completely crumbled because of the October 15 Visayas earthquake. All photos courtesy of NCCA

Solons: Make Bonifacio our official national hero

Nov 29, 2013 - 9:20 PM

House Bill 3431 or the Andres Bonifacio Act of 2013 seeks to bestow the title to the Supremo of the Katipunan since no law officially gave that to Jose Rizal

NCCA says ambassadors are 'icons,' not representatives

Nov 04, 2013 - 6:08 PM

The NCCA says its controversial stable of ambassadors serve as icons not representatives of the entirety of the art and culture scene

AMBASSADORS. The public questions the selection of celebrities as ambassadors for culture and arts. Photo from the Philippine Arts Festival Facebook

Lessons from Bohol: Resilience is Key (Part 2)

Oct 20, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Resilience is key to overcoming the challenges of disasters

Lessons from the Bohol disaster: Part 1

Oct 20, 2013 - 12:55 AM

The Visayas earthquake is once again the best argument for an independent national disaster agency

Cultural agencies to restore damaged heritage structures

Oct 15, 2013 - 5:36 PM

A team of experts that will be formed and will visit the sites starting October 17 with mobilization fund from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts

HERITAGE IN DANGER. The bell tower of the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc, Bohol is in ruins. Photo by Robert Michael Poole

Call for applications: 2013 Davao Writers Workshop

Sep 04, 2013 - 7:37 PM

Submission of entries is until September 21 2013

Sinirangan: Off the beaten path through art

May 02, 2013 - 4:04 PM

It certainly made me want to pack my bags again and explore places I haven’t been to yet in this off the beaten region

EXHIBIT ORGANIZER-SLASH-ARTIST. Val Villanueva with one of his artworks, 'Mountain Life of Samar.' All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Winners perform at Ani ng Dangal Awards

Mar 09, 2013 - 8:32 PM

Filipinos who brought honor to the country by winning in international competitions in 2012 are recognized during the 5th Ani ng Dangal Awards

SING FOR ART. New NCCA Goodwill Ambassador for Music Sarah Geronimo sings the "Ani ng Sining" themesong. All photos by Andrew Robles