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Loren lauds PH’s return to Venice art exbihit

April 15, 2015

SENATOR Loren Legarda lauded the Philippines’ return after five decade of absence to the Venice Biennale art exhibit, dubbed the “world’s art olympics.”

Loren said the country’s participation in the event “shows the importance not only of government support to enriching arts and culture but also of the convergence of government agencies.”

The 56th International Art Exhibition organized by La Biennale di Venezia will run from May 9 to November 22 in Venice, Italy.

Legarda, the principal advocate for the Philippines’ participation in the 56th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy, said the project would not have been possible without the full cooperation and effective coordination among government agencies, particularly the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“I am very happy that the Philippines is back in the Venice Biennale. It was not an easy journey but it proved that when there is a clear vision and when all stakeholders work together, nothing is impossible. The Philippines’ return is proof of what convergence among government agencies can do,” Legarda said.

“I am thankful because NCCA Chairman Felipe De Leon, Jr. and DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario have been very supportive from the time I raised the idea to them. The NCCA is truly committed to enriching Philippine culture and arts, while the DFA remains steadfast in its duty to enhance international relations through cultural diplomacy. Likewise important in this project is the support of the Department of Tourism, and the Tourism Promotions Board, “said Legarda.

She is hopeful the project will result in the Philippines’ permanent participation in the Venice Biennale and that this would generate greater support for Philippine arts and culture as well as for Filipino artists.

Source: Journal Online