February Is National Arts Month

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February Is National Arts Month


BAHAGHARING Kalinangan: A Celebration of Diversity in Philippine Arts and Culture is the theme of this years celebration of National Arts Month (NAM 2003). NAM 2003 aims to bridge the differences and unify the people through the promotion of the various expressions of Filipino art. Music, visual arts, theater, and other performances by local and international talents are the highlights of NAM 2003.

There are 87 ethnolinguistic groups inhabiting the Philippines from the Ivatans of Batanes in the north to the Tausugs of Tawi-Tawi in the south. Each of these cultural groups possesses its own distinctive traits. Altogether, their ethnic identities present a beautiful facade of the divergence and richness of Filipino culture.

Religion, traditions, and geographic isolation are major factors that contribute to this divergence. But an in-depth perusal of these different cultural communities will reveal that they are really of one origin.

Archaeological and genetic studies have already highlighted this common origin. F. Landa Jocanos Core Population-Base Culture Theory has replaced the Wave Migration Theory. Jocano said that all prehistoric inhabitants of the Philippines and Southeast Asia came from a single group (core population) and every member of this group shared a common cultural trait (Base Culture). …

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