Agency brings art to disaster survivors

THE National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is using art for healing the communities in Bohol and Cebu ravaged by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda last year.

Orlando Magno, head of NCCA Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination, said they visited Bantayan Island with teams of cultural workers and psychologists two weeks ago.

He said more than 400 employees from the local government, teachers and community workers attended the activities.

Bantayan Island is among the places in northern Cebu that were hit by Yolanda’s wrath November last year.

Magno said the attendees tell their experiences during the calamities on the first day.

u201cThere was only storytelling to release their emotion,” he said during a press conference yesterday.

The psychologists also told them about trauma and how to deal with it, he said.

Magno said the attendees’ experiences were reviewed through dancing, singing and games.

The facilitators asked on the second day the attendees to express in creative manner what they were feeling during the typhoon.

u201cTheir faith strengthens because of the incident,” said Magno.

Meanwhile, the NCCA released P6 million, which will be divided for the restoration of Cebu and Bohol heritage churches that were damaged by the quake last October.

Today, the NCCA will conduct a workshop on how to write proposals seeking for grants at the Summit Circle Hotel in Fuente Osmeña, uptown Cebu City.

The activity is free of charge and is open to any individual or organization.

The agency “encourages cultural and art groups, academic institutions, local arts organizations, non-government organizations involved in culture and arts, and others to submit their project proposals for the NCAA Competitive Grants Program for 2015,” the press statement read.

The deadline for the submission of the project proposals in on Aug. 31.

u201cAs underlying theme, projects to be funded by the NCCA must capture the aspiration of the arts and culture community, expressed by NCCA’s vision in the 21 st century: ‘Filipino culture as the wellspring of national and global well-being’,” the press statement read.

For inquiries on the NCCA grants programs, the planning policy formulation and programming division (PPFD) can be contacted at its direct line 527-2214, trunk line 527-2192 locals 509, 501, 506, and 511. Email addresses are pmd@ncca.gov.ph, grants@ncca.gov.ph and info@ncca.gov.ph, while the website is www.ncca.gov.ph. with PR

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