Arts Month - NCCA - February 2023

February of each year, the Philippines celebrate the National Arts Month. Leading the celebration is the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) with this year’s theme “ANI NG SINING, BUNGA NG GALING.” Various exciting face-to-face and online activities are lined up in the months of February and March. “The theme aims to immerse Filipinos in diverse cultural expressions and celebrate the bountiful harvest from the Filipino imagination” according to the NCCA.

The word “galing” means excellence and in the context of the Arts Month, refers to excellence in the arts as both a source of bounty despite the challenging times and a product of the passion of Filipino artists and cultural workers. “Galing” is also alluded in celebration of the National Arts Month in 2023 to artistic excellence as well as underscoring the capacity of the arts to heal, rebuild, and restore in a post-pandemic setting.