The city government of Marikina officially started the celebration of the Marikina Arts Festival 2012 during the employees’ flag raising ceremony.
This is in line with the celebration of the Philippine Arts Festival of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts which has the theme “Tradition and Innovation”.
The festival aims to further promote Philippine arts and the Filipino’s regard for local arts and culture.
The celebration started through a symbolic opening together with Mayor Del De Guzman, Marikina’s Outstanding Artists namely Fernando Josef, Maria Regalado Yusi, Peter de Guzman, representatives of Nona Garcia and the late Simeona Chanyungco. Also, Dr. Gerard Rey Lico, Head of the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts is present on the ceremony.
“The city of Marikina greatly appreciates art. Through the Marikina Arts Festival, we can promote and support Filipino artistry featuring the life-transforming works of our local-artists,” De Guzman said.
The exhibit entitled PA(ng) LABAS architecture+cinema Projecting Filipino Space in Cinema together with the Outstanding Artists of Marikina in the Marikina City Hall Quadrangle also opened today which will last until the end of the month.
On February 7, there will be a poetry reading workshop in the Worlds of Butterflies in Marikina Heights followed by a film showing in the Teatro Marikina from 10am to 2pm on February 8. Closing ceremonies and other culminating activities shall be held in the Kapitan Moy Plaza on February 23 at 4pm.
The annual celebration of National Arts Month started with the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683, in 1991, declaring February as National Arts Month. Over the years, the city government of Marikina organizes events and activities to highlight the artistic brilliance of Marikeños.
“We also aim to inform the Marikeños that the city government prepares various art-related activities and make it accessible to them,” De Guzman added.