LAKBAYIN ANG SINING BOOK: A journey to the unique experiences in Philippine arts and culture

March 29, 2021


March 27, 2021

COMMEMORATING four decades of the CCP Outreach Program, Lakbayin ang Sining: Readings in Creative and Cultural Work in the Philippines, launched virtually last March 12, 2021, takes readers on an exciting journey to the unique and inspiring experiences in Philippine arts and culture.

The book features the narratives, testimonies, and heartwarming stories about arts and cultural work in the Philippines as recounted by Filipino artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations from various provinces and communities nationwide.  It seeks to inspire the present and future generations of artists and community organizers and to instill in them the value, importance, and wisdom of cultural work.  The publication also provides a venue for artists, cultural workers, and community leaders to relate how their organizations and communities grew, evolved, and survived the challenges of cultural work.  More significantly, Lakbayin ang Sining serves as an invaluable source material on Filipino art and culture for students, teachers, scholars, academics, and researchers.

During the launch program, CCP President Arsenio J. Lizaso and VP-Artistic Director Chris B. Millado delivered their special messages.  Similarly, video performances by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, RMMC Teatro Ambahanon, CPU Handbell Ringers and the Baao Children and Youth Choir, and readings by Rosalie Zerrudo, Dr. Steven Fernandez, Dulce Obusan, Coke Bolipata, and Tanghalang Pilipino’s Antonette Go and JV Ibesate (who also emceed the program) of excerpts from their contributed articles were interspersed in the proceedings.  The launch was attended in zoom by the contributors and other distinguished guests from the CCP Outreach network.  A special sign language interpretation of the livestream program was also provided by Nicky Templo Perez and Mark Jayobo from the Tagapagsalin ng Wikang Senyas Workers Cooperative (TWS-WC).  Two experts—Dr. Christine Godinez-Ortega and Kara Patria David Cancio—gave their reviews of the book partly quoted as follows:

“Lakbayin ang Sining is an indispensable and an authoritative compendium of readings of the founding, growth and extension work of the country’s culture and arts groups authored by their respective founders, administrators, and artistic directors..  It is commendable that the book highlights the cultural groups from the fringes, that is, from the regions, and not only the center takes importance unlike in the past, because the Philippines has a diverse, cultural heritage.  This is another brave attempt to put together the histories and the significant roles the cultural and artistic groups have contributed for love of country.  It is likewise a testament to the work of many individuals or institutions that have realized their potentials to give and pass on what talents and resources they had to also educate and train the underprivileged. It is a must for all, an inspiration to all. The testimonies of the cultural workers and artists in this volume are learning experiences from various vantage points, resonating artistic and cultural transformations that may end ignorance of what culture and arts mean.”

(DR. CHRISTINE GODINEZ-ORTEGA, Founder & Board Chair – Mindanao Creative & Cultural Workers Group, Board Chair – Mindanao Creative Writers Group, Director – Iligan National Writers Workshop)

“Kahanga-hanga ang layunin ng proyektong ito.  Lalo pa’t ang larangan ng sining ay hindi gaanong nabibigyang pansin sa ating bansa.  Nakatutuwa na sa pamamagitan ng commemorative book na ito...napapakilala ang talento ng artists groups mula sa iba’t ibang panig ng Pilipinas.  Mahusay ang pananaliksik at pagkakasulat sa bawat istorya. Natutuwa ako na binigyang-pansin hindi lamang ang theater, music and arts groups na matagal nang kilala o sikat sa industriya... bagkus pati yung mga hindi pa gaanong kilala ay isinama rin sa mga istorya.  Kasi sikat man o hindi, pare-pareho silang may husay, galing at ambag sa lipunan.  Paborito ko yung mga istorya tungkol sa Mindanao. Tagos sa puso ang mga istorya.  Nakaaantig din yung bahagi tungkol sa "community efforts to promote the arts.”  The articles were very moving and inspiring.  Sa kabuuan, tunay na kahanga-hanga ang librong Lakbayin ang Sining.  Dinala tayo nito sa isang makulay na lakbay na puno ng talento at talino... ng sikap at malasakit at inspirasyon.”

(“The purpose of this project is impressive, especially the field of art is not given much attention in our country.  It is exciting that through this commemorative book ... the talent of artist groups from different parts of the Philippines is introduced.  The articles were very well researched and written. I am glad that less famous theater, music and art groups in the industry were included in the stories.  Because whether they are famous or not, they are equally skilled and talented and contribute to society.  I like the stories about Mindanao because it touches the heart.  The part about "community efforts to promote the arts" is also touching.  The articles were very moving and inspiring.  All in all, the book is truly impressive. It took us on a colorful journey full of talent and intellect ... of diligence and determination ... of passion and inspiration.”)

(Kara Patria David Cancio, News Anchor - GMA Network, Asst. Professor, UP College of Mass Communications)

CCP Cultural Exchange Department Manager and Executive Producer of the book, Carmencita “Chinggay” Jasareno-Bernardo, remarked:  “Completing this book was made harder by the global onslaught of COVID-19 in the middle of production work.   Nevertheless, our commitment to our contributors and the readers transcended the pandemic, hence we prevailed.  We are too excited about each and every story told and we are thankful that we can finally share it with the public.  Lakbayin ang Sining will not be possible without the notable artistry, dedication and generosity of our contributors who have long been our colleagues and partners in our cultural work nationwide and even overseas.  It is therefore appropriate to acknowledge all of them in this article.”  She thanked the following writers of the contributed and feature articles: Alma Celesthia Dumalag-Aguja - Executive Director — Kabpapagariya Ensemble, MSU, General Santos City; Suzie Moya Benitez, Executive Director - Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company; Felimon B. Blanco - Founder & Artistic Director, Teatro Guindengan, LSU, Ozamiz City; Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata - CEO, Casa San Miguel & Artistic Director, -Pundaquit Virtuosi, Zambales; Eduardo Borbon - Tourism Officer, Batangas City; Bryan Jason T. Borja - Director, Culture-History-Art-Tourism Office, Biñan City, Laguna; Hermelino Briones - Conductor, Baao Children and Youth Choir, Camarines Sur; Leonardo S. Cariño - Artistic Director, RMMC Teatro Ambahanon, General Santos City; Ian Rosales Casocot - Director – Creative Writing Center, Silliman University, Dumaguete City; Dr. Richard G. Daenos - Former President-City College of Angeles, Angeles City, Pampanga; Dr. Steven P.C. Fernandez – Artistic Director, IPAG, MSU-IIT, Iligan City; Rodel M. Fronda - Artistic Director, Sining Bulakenyo; Gino Gonzales - Scenographer and Educator; Nicanora Teresa S. Hernandez - Puni Traditional Art Advocate, Bulacan; Dr. Anita U. Illenberger - Former Dean-College of Arts and Sciences, CPU Iloilo City; Jonas T. Lim, LLB – Arts and Culture Officer, Calbayog City; Agnes D. Locsin - Artistic Director, Locsin Dance Workshop, Davao City; Ma. Lourdes Lopez - Executive Director,  Negros Cultural Foundation, Bacolod City; Delsa Mortola - Photo Artist and Farmer, Cagayan De Oro City; Ida Anita Del Mundo - Writer & Filmmaker; Paula Marie Nocon - Journalist & Copywriter; Sunnie C. Noel - Former Artistic Director, Sining Kambayoka Ensemble, MSU Marawi City; Dulce Obusan- Executive Director, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Foundation; Maritess Fojas De Ocampo - Public Relations Head, Ballet Philippines; Marvin Punsalan - Head, Institute for Cultural Heritage Education, City College of Angeles, Pampanga; Eugene A. De Los Santos, DMA - Orchestra Director, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra; Hobart P. Savior - VP For External & Cultural Affairs, Liceo De Cagayan University, Cagayan De Oro; Emerald T. Ventura - Soprano Alumna, St. Louis University Glee Club, Baguio City; Alfred De Veyra - Director, MADz Music Studio; and Rosalie Zerrudo - Professor, University of San Agustin, Iloilo City.

Edited by Alejandro D. Padilla and designed by Paul Pagunsan, the book highlights for its cover Leonardo “Bing” Cariño’s artwork billed as MINTODA (short for Mindanao Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association) Series.  It is the General Santos City-based artist’s tribute to the tricycle, a major mode of public transportation in Mindanao and other parts of the country.  Chinggay added that “it is a perfect symbol of not just travel and creativity but also of endurance, and appreciation for life, people and cultures across the nation.  We invite everyone to enjoy the journey.”

Copies of Lakbayin ang Sining can be ordered and purchased online through the FB page of the CCP Shop.