February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020

CULTURAL Center of the Philippines president Arsenio “Nick” J. Lizaso took his oath recently as the new Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts by Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta of the Supreme Court. Lizaso was elected to the said position by the NCCA Board in January.  He was appointed as CCP president by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in 2017.

The NCCA is the overall policy making body, coordinating, and grants giving agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture. Among its tasks is administering fund exclusively for the implementation of culture and arts programs and projects.  It coordinates 6 cultural agencies under its umbrella namely the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the National Museum of the Philippines, The National Library of the Philippines, and the National Archives of the Philippines.

As Chairman, Lizaso aims to continue what he has been successfully doing as CCP President but on a more expanded scale:  to bring the 7 fields of arts under the NCCA closer to the people, believing that art is a public right, not a privilege.

Through his efforts as CCP President, Lizaso also gives his support to various Filipino performing artists, especially CCP resident companies in showcasing their talents in an outreach program in line with promoting Philippine arts and culture throughout the country.