NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Aug. 16 (PIA) -- Negros Occidental's first culture and arts hub is poised to become the bastion of the locals' rich culture and artistry.
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) deputy executive director Marichu Tellano referred the newly-inaugurated hub as an element of a large building where people can go and witness the potential of one's creativeness among art forms such as animation, film, visual arts, creative writing, theater, dance, and weaving.
Tellano revealed the establishment of the hubs in the regions was included in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) with its implementation from 2017 until 2022.
"One of the priorities under the PDP is the chapter that is dedicated to culture and arts, specifically for the protection, promotion, and development of the Philippine culture and arts," Tellano disclosed.
The NCCA deputy executive director also narrated that the creation of the hubs stemmed from the different consultations done all over the country wherein people want to experience these creative processes and propagate the culture to the next generation.
This is likened to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with structures that support numerous forms of artistry.
Tellano also pointed out that home-grown talents can hone their crafts through the hub, eventually leading them to boost their livelihood and promote the tourism industry.
At present, the culture and arts hub is comprised of a blackbox theater, cinematheque, puppet theater, workshop and exhibit space, and conference room.
The NCCA, for its part, has allocated P5 million for the establishment of the hub.
Meanwhile, Negros Cultural Foundation president Lyn Gamboa said, "We hope that with the ongoing development of our spaces in the museum, more benefactors and donors would come forward to support our initiatives which benefit the Province of Negros and the communities that we serve."
In Negros Occidental, the hub is lodged in the Negros Museum in Bacolod City and another one will be opened in Kabankalan City. (LTP/LML-PIA6 Negros Occidental)