During the launching program, renowned local artist Leonardo Rey Cariño, who is also an executive committee member of the National Committee on Cultural Education of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCEd-NCCA), talked about the core values and the importance of celebrating the National Arts Month.
“One of the factors why we have chosen Sarangani to be the location of our exhibit is because of the presence of Bai Estelita Bantilan. Up until now, well-known si Bai for being a Gamaba Awardee so it’s a great privilege for Sarangani to be experiencing this cultural exhibition,” Cariño said.
Elric Batilaran, project manager of Ani ng Sining in Mindanao, was also present during the launching program and expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome of Sarangani.
“We are so happy for the positive response of our invitation for staging this cultural exhibition,” Batilaran said. “This is not just to entertain the locals here but to educate how important especially the younger generations to participate in arts and culture matters.”
The Cultural Arts and Crafts Exhibit will run until March 15 and is still open for everyone to visit and experience the cultural abundance of Sarangani.
On March 1, Provincial and Regional Tourism Council chair Michelle Solon, together with Sarangani’s Sulong Tribu, Sulong Kabataan, and Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotion Center staged a collaborative event dubbed, “Sarangani Goes to Kalilangan” with General Santos City.
The event highlighted cultural performances by students from selected schools in Sarangani.
“We’re here because we’re celebrating with them as they celebrate Kalilangan. At the same time nag se-celebrate tayo ng sariling kultura and also the talents of our young people,” said Solon.
Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon also graced the event and extended his gratitude to all the officials of General Santos for embracing Sarangani as it celebrates its Arts Month.
“Salamat at naipakita natin ang ating kultura sa Sarangani dito sa Gensan. I would like to thank all the organizers, councilors for letting us showcase this National Arts Month here,” the governor said.
Ralph Layco, Kalilangan festival director, said “Sarangani goes to Kalilangan” is a great cultural shift which means there will be no barriers to start collaborations between General Santos City and Sarangani.
In 2005, Sarangani commenced the celebration of the National Arts Month through the initiative of then Provincial Board Member Arturo Lawa who passed an ordinance mandating the celebration of the Local Arts Month in Sarangani. (Joshua John Pantonal/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)