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NCCA opens grants in Oro

The National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) urges Cagayanons and the entire Northern Mindanao to submit culture and arts project proposals on or before July 31 for implementation in 2020.


Renee Talavera, head of Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts Section said the call for 2020 Competitive Grants is anchored on its vision: Filipino as the wellspring of national and global well-being.

Projects are categorized into Arts; Heritage; Cultural Dissemination; and Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts.

Hobart P. Savior, Director of Xavier Center for Culture and Arts and member of National Committee on Cinema shares there should be a paradigm shift on how artists are being viewed and treated.

“We have to understand that our creativity, our innovation will really be thriving as an opportunity for livelihood and your career. So gone are the days that artists are given talent food. So we should earn from our creativity, our craft,” he said.

Savior also stressed the importance of support from the local government and entire civil society to understand that culture and arts are really part of sustainable development.

“Our governance should also be culture based. And how we look at development must anchor to the context of our artistic resources, cultural landscape and understanding on our folklore, our history our heritage, among others,” he explained.

Among the successful projects handled by Savior, Cinemagis, a digital short film festival in Northern Mindanao has been running for 11 years.

He said, this is sustained and funded by NCCA.

Projects for libraries, Savior added, have been supported; project for archives have been digitized and have been made accessible via online and so as projects on museum development.

For more info, you may download project proposal forms from and respectively or call 09285081057 or email (ncca)


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