"Ani ng Singing 2009"... a colorful celebration
February was National Arts Month (NAM). The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) ended the month with a bang with an event dubbed as “Ani ng Singing 2009” —a colorful celebration of arts, a closing ceremony as well as “Ani ng Dangal” Awards Night held recently at The Centennial Hall of Manila Hotel.

This year’s Artistic Team commissioned an artist to compose the theme song for the NAM with the title “Ani ng Singing” which has been played in various events of the NAM. The Halili-Cruz Dance Company on the other hand choreographed a dance piece using the “Ani ng Sinigng” theme song which was mounted during the launching of the NAM, featured in “Unang Hirit” and performed in the different venues of “Sayaw Pinoy.”

“Sayaw Pinoy” is one of the major projects of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-National Committee on Dance (NCCA-NCD) and a contribution to the celebration of the NAM, headed by Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz. “Sayaw Pinoy” aims to promote dance in its various forms so that the Filipino audience would develop understanding and appreciation for our innate potential to express ourselves, our way of life, our culture and traditions, and our aspirations through creative movements. “Ani ng Dangal” was launched to give recognition, appreciation and honor to all the artists and artist groups who won 1st prize or gold trophies and medals in international festivals and competitions. A tremendous 53 awardees in music, film, dance, visual arts, literary arts and theater arts were given honor this year.

The awardees for Music-Chorale and Band category were Las Piñas Boys Choir, Kilyawan Boys Choir, The Philippine Normal University Chorale, The Himig Singers, University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers, University of the East Chorale, Novo Concertante Manila, Sta. Teresita Parish Chorale, The Mapua Concert Singers, Chiang Kai Sheik College Youth Choir, The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors, Coro de Sta. Cecilia, Cebu Chamber Singers, Lyceum of the Philippines Chorale, Mandaue Children’s Choir, Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir, Vox Angeli Children’s Choir, The University of Northeastern Philippines Chorale, Kjwan Band and KHP Coro Techniuv.

For the Music-Individual category, the awardees were Catherine Loria, Aria Clemente, Vina Morales, Nilo Alcala, and Reymond Sajor; for Dance, the awardees were Halili-Cruz School of Ballet, Quezon City Ballet, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Philippine All Stars and Janssen Knights.

The awardees for the Film category were “Melancholia” by Lav Diaz, “Foster Child” by Brillante Mendoza, “Tirador” by Brillante Mendoza, “NEO-LOUNGE” by Joanna Vasquez-Arong, Ricky Davao, Brillante Mendoza, Emilio Garcia, Cherrie Pie Picache, Yul Servo, and Sid Lucero.

For the Visual Arts, awarded were Joe, Datuin, Remster Bautista and Bernardo Matudan, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, and Ross Capili. “Reporter’s Notebook” of GMA-7 and Power to Unite Catholic Family Bible Group, Inc. were awardees for the Puppetry/Broadcast and Communication Arts category. And for the Literature category, awardees were Elmer A. Ordoñez, Michael M. Coroza, and Miguel Syjuco.

Ms. Halili-Cruz is the Project Director of the opening and closing events of the NAM and the “Sayaw Pinoy.” “Ani ng Sining 2009” was a great success with all the help of the SCA, Vilma Labrador and Cecile Guidote-Alvarez with the heads of the different SCA national committees, Henry Yap, Mike Rapatan, Glecy Atienza, Ricky de Ungria, Joey Ayala and Egai Fernandez and support of the NCCA Secretariat, Marichu Tellano, Ferdie Isleta, Adel Suemith, Vanessa Marquez, Corinna Olazo, Gina Barcelon, Alvin Soniega and the rest of the NCCA staff.

Mabuhay ang Artistang Filipino! Mabuhay ang Singing Pinoy!