Philippines participates on Dialogue of Asian Civilization Conference in China

Arts Awake

DELEGATES from the Republic of the Philippines, through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), participated in the celebration of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations led by the People’s Republic of China from May 15-22, 2019 in Beijing.

The event aims to promote cultural exchanges and cooperation among Asian countries with the theme “exchange and mutual learning among Asian civilizations and a community of a Shared Future.”

The opening ceremony was participated by a marching band and dancers from 47 Asian countries and other invited countries outside the region. The Philippine Delegation is composed of Mr. Celso de Leon, horn player from the Manila Symphony Orchestra; Ms. Williane Rose Ducay and Mr. Lew Gian Jose Yee of the Council of Filipino Dancers; and Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe.

During the Cultural Tourism and People-to-People Exchanges forum, experts and other high-level government representatives were present. The Philippines was represented by Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Vice president Mr. Chris Millado and Ms. Meah Ang See of Kaisa Foundation.

Participating countries showcased the intangible cultural heritage and featured cultural heritage craftsmen to display their exquisite intangible cultural heritage skills and inheritance. Fashion designer Ms. Leonora Cabili and Ms. Maria Asuncion Guadalupe of Filip+Inna showcased the indigenous weaves and fabrics of the Philippines.

The Asian Civilization Week: Dress Parade feature performers dressed in their respective Asian dance and traditional attire. The Philippines was represented by the Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe.

During the Gala Performance, world-class artists from Asian entertainment industry, Asian youth leaders, and famous performers were showcased. Ms. Aicelle Santos represented the Philippines with her performance of Nais Ko composed by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab.

For queries on this event, please contact Ms. Mariel Nini, NCCA-International Affairs Section through 527-2206.

For questions on this press release please contact Mr. Rene S. Napeñas, Head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office through numbers 527-2192 loc 625 or email your queries to


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