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Arts encyclopedia reaches Palawan

The 12-volume encyclopedia is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference on Philippine arts and culture.

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Guests browsing the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts. Orly Daquipil

The provincial government of Palawan, led by Governor Jose Alvarez and Vice Governor Dennis Socrates, welcomed the second edition of the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts (CCP EPA) last 12 November 2019 to the province.

The latest CCP EPA was promoted in Puerto Princesa City at the VJR Hall, Capital Compound, where representatives from various universities and libraries attended.

The CCP EPA contains some of the most insightful texts about the artistry of our nation. Caesar Sammy Magbanua, program head for Palawan Culture and Arts, talked of the many artistic and cultural highlights of the frontier island province featured in the CCP EPA.

“Palawan is home to indigenous groups like the Batak, Cuyunon, Pala-wan and Tagbanwa,” Magbanua said. “Although there are influences from the Spanish colonizers, Palawan culture has etched its strong indigenous identity into the Filipino narrative. The region houses the Philippines’ prehistoric roots in the Tabon Cave Complex, and our colonial history can be seen in the Cuyo Church, San Agustin Fortress and the Fuerza de Santa Isabel, and many other structures.”

With 12 volumes, over 5,000 entries, and over 3,500 images, the CCP EPA contains quintessential information on everything Filipino from north to south, urban to rural and indigenous to contemporary.

“The CCP is on a quest to bring art to the Filipino people,” CCP president Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso said. “In becoming the leading institution for arts and culture in the Philippines by promoting artistic excellence and nurturing the broadest publics to participate in art-making and appreciation, we envision a Philippine nation where art matters to the life of every Filipino.” Lizaso was represented by Gemma Marco, head of CCP Sales and Promotions.

Palaweños can now enjoy and learn from the most comprehensive and authoritative reference on Philippine arts and culture as the 12-volume encyclopedia makes it way to Palawan bookshelves through the generous assistance of CCP EPA official freight carrier Air21 and its chairman Alberto Lina.

The CCP EPA is now on a course to go digital as production for its online edition is currently underway, and is set to be launched this year.

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