NCCA spearheads international conference on culture-based research

Arts Awake

THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its chairman, National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, through the Philippine Cultural Education Program (PCEP) will spearhead the Bantula: International Conference on Culture-Based Research from October 18 to 20, 2019 at the Holy Angel University, Angeles, Pampanga.

The conference carries the theme Language and Culture in a Cross-Border Environment Towards Academic Excellence, Community Development, and Youth Empowerment, which aims to: provide a venue where participants can bring up practices in culture-based education; establish linkages between and among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries through academic colloquia, conference, and consortia in order to creatively and critically respond to the challenges of cross border cooperation as an important facet of Asean integration; facilitate meaningful discussion, and academic discourse on cultural education through interactive, innovative sharing of insights and ideas among cultural practitioners and stakeholders; formulate initial pathways and roadmap for future engagement involving culture-based education in the Asean region; and encapsulate the issues and concerns of the Youth, Community, and Academe through an environment of research and academic exchange.

This three-day conference will provide venue for ventilating issues and concerns regarding Asean integration by discussing the pivotal role of culture-based education as driver of sustainable development and inclusive growth in the region. Culture-based Education as catalyst for regional cooperation, facilitate socio-cultural mobility by promoting partnership – respect and understanding – among members of Asean Community, whose national lives and cultures are intertwined and interconnected through shared histories and common traditions. In addition, a responsive and relevant culture-based education ensures the creation, promotion and preservation of a peaceable environment conducive to productive collaboration, creative interaction, and meaningful cooperation.

For interested participants, the registration is until September 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. with P3,500 fee for early birds and P4,000 regular fee for local participants; while international participants fee will be USD 75 for early birds and USD 100 for regular fee. Conference.

For queries on this event, kindly contact Ms. Alpha Ruiz, Program Officer, Philippine Cultural Education Program through (02) 527-2192 loc. 529 or


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