14 Sep 2016 - 7:58
Bangsamoro exhibition to showcase Philippine culture
22 Sep 2016 - 14:43
By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
NCCA Chairman Felipe M. De Leon, Jr. receives a memento from Katara General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti during his visit to Katara yesterday.
DOHA: The Philippines is keen on enhancing cultural relations with Qatar exploring possible projects for collaboration including bringing here the Bangsamoro exhibition to showcase the richness of Philippine Muslim culture.
“The Bangsamoro exhibit is a very rich exhibit of Filipino art with the Islamic influence by Filipino Muslims. This is the first time this big exhibit will travel outside the Philippines,” Felipe M De Leon, Jr., Chairman of National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) of the Philippines told local media.
The NCCA Chairman was in Doha to inaugurate Sentro Rizal-a learning centre for Philippine culture at the Embassy- as well as meet with officials of key Qatari cultural entities including the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Museums and the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara.
Philippine Ambassador Wilfredo C Santos said an agreement in the field of culture between the Philippines and Qatar is being finalised which will provide a framework for cooperation for these projects.
Upon meeting with officials of Qatar Museums, Santos said, “They agree with us on the importance of having an exhibit here showcasing Philippine culture through the Bangsamoro exhibit which is a good way to start.”
“Through the Bangsamoro exhibit, we can showcase our commonality with Qatar on Islamic heritage providing the Qataris a better understanding and appreciation of our culture and our people.”
He said Invitation will be given to officials of Qatar Museums involved to come to the Philippines and see the exhibit. “Officials from Qatar Museums will have first to see the exhibit to decide whether they want to showcase the entire exhibit or portions of the big exhibit which is on display at the National Museum,” he added.
The idea of having a Qatar Philippines Year of Culture, Santos said, is also possible once the cultural agreement has been signed.
Meanwhile, De Leon yesterday met with Katara General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti to discuss prospects of hosting cultural events that afford Katara visitors a glimpse of the Filipino culture.
During the meeting Al Sulaiti pointed out that Katara organised numerous Filipino events, such as the Asean Festival 2015 where outstanding Filipino folk performances attracted large audiences.