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A National Artist Commemorates His Birth: CCP And NCCA Launches Arcellana Binder

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Choose Philippines | Dec 22, 2017

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) commemorated the birth centennial of National Artist for Literature Francisco Arcellana in its launch of the Arcellana Binder last 19 November 2017 at the Leandro Locsin Hall in the NCCA Building in Intramuros, Manila.

In attendance in the extended celebration of Arcellana's birth centennial were NCCA Executive Director Mr. Rico Pableo Jr., FILCOLS (Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society) Executive Director Mr. Alvin J. Buenaventura, and Dr. Elizabeth Arcellana-Nuqui and members of the Arcellana Family as they received the first copies of the Arcellana Binder. Also present were teachers and instructors from the following educational institutions as they performed their interpretation of Arcellana's works in the culminating ceremony of the Arcellana 101 Workshop: AMA University, Quezon City; Caloocan National Science and Technology High School; Camarin High School, Caloocan City; City University Pasay; Gardner College, Quezon City; Lakandula High School, Manila; Las Piñas Elementary School Central; Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro; Marikina High School; Masville National High School, Parañaque City; Meycauayan National High School, Bulacan; National College of Business and Arts, Quezon City; Our Lady of Fatima University; Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College, Marikina City; Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina; Parañaque National High School; Philippine Normal University, Manila; Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila; Pugad Lawin High School, Quezon City; Rizal High School, Pasig City; San Francisco High School, Quezon City; Sergio Osmeña Senior High School, Quezon City; Technological Institute of the Philippines, Quezon City; University of Caloocan City, and; Vicente Andaya Senior National High School, Capiz.

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The Arcellana 101 Workshop, held at NCCA venues last Nov 16-18, focused on innovating techniques in teaching Arcellana's works to high school students. As the participants collaborated with CCP's team of art experts and educators, different interpretations of Arcellana's classic works surfaced as performed by the participants in the culminating ceremony which was part of the event's program as well: the poem “A Prayer” rendered as a song as led by UP Music Professor Ms. Jocelyn Guadalupe; “The Trilogy of the Turtle” transformed into a choral performance under the guidance of theater performer and UP Professor Dr. Belen D. Calingacion; “A Marriage Was Made” turned into a group dance number with the help of contemporary dance artist Ms. Myra Beltran, and; “The Mats” interpreted as a comic book with the help of UP Creative Writing Professor Gabriela Lee. These artful interpretations served as samples from the module and lesson plans contained in the Arcellana Binder—created primarily for the benefit of teachers and students in their recognition, appreciation, and remembrance of the works of our National Artists.

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The Arcellana Binder is the first among a series of National Artist binders, which the CCP through its Intertextual Division will launch next year as part of its efforts to revive in the Filipino people's consciousness the remembrance of the legacy of our National Artists.

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