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3rd Philippine Arts Festival celebrates children's artistic talents

Every child, regardless of their background or abilities, can contribute to the world through art and creativity.

The 3rd Philippine Arts Festival in Marginalized Communities held at the Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Atrium on October 10, 2023, showcased the artistic side of children with disabilities, young members of the indigenous Subanen tribe, and the children of migrant workers, coming from special education centers in Ipil, Titay, and RT Lim.

Guests and stakeholders during the ribbon cutting to open the art exhibit. | Photo courtesy of PACDLD
Children’s artworks in display. | Photo courtesy of PACDLD
Learners from Ipil SPED Center participated the arts festival. | Photo courtesy of PACDLD

From intricately designed paper baskets to finely woven crafts and amazing coconut coin banks, the children's creations captivated the audience. Their various paper-based crafts showcased not only their artistic talents but also their resourcefulness. Additionally, their performances brought immense joy and left the audience entertained.

Kate Teves, a student at RT Lim SPED Center, enthusiastically participated in the festival, showcasing her dancing talent. Brimming with joy, she expressed her excitement, sharing, " I am so happy, I am excited to dance!"

Young talents performed a dance number. | Photo courtesy of PACDLD
Children dazzled the stage with their dance moves. | Photo courtesy of PACDLD
A student explained his artwork to the participants. | Photo courtesy of PACDLD

The festival left a significant impact on the children, giving them a sense of purpose. It showed them that their efforts were meaningful and inspired them to do even better in their creative pursuits.

Further, the festival also underscored the crucial role of SPED teachers in nurturing the holistic development of young minds and hearts.

Some SPED teachers received a well-deserved recognition for their dedication to nurturing the children and unwavering commitment to providing the necessary education for these kids.

Mrs. Felicite Jean F. Gonzales, Vice-President and Executive Director of PACDLD, expressed her sincere gratitude to and acknowledged the efforts of everyone who is nurturing and educating exceptional young talents.

She emphasized that every child possesses artistic potential, saying, "To the parents, thank you for raising these children and sending them to school. Children, all children, can do art."

RT Lim SPED teachers recognized for their efforts. | Photo: PACDLD
Titay SPED teachers were given due recognition. | Photo: PACDLD
Ipil SPED teachers were also appreciated for their efforts. | Photo: PACDLD

Provincial administrator, Atty. Jay Millena, a former teacher himself, highlighted the importance of arts in preserving culture and as a vital tool for children's holistic development.

"Arts is one of the best platforms to preserve our culture and one of the best ways for kids to develop mentally, physically, and emotionally", said Atty. Millena

These boys showcased their singing prowess. | Photo: PACDLD

The event was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA), the National Commission on Disability Affairs (NCDA), the Philippine Association for Citizens with Developmental and Learning Disabilities (PACDLD), the provincial government of Zamboanga Sibugay, the LGUs of Ipil, Titay, and RT Lim, and the DepEd Schools Division of Zamboanga Sibugay. (NBE/KSA/RBI/PIA9-Zamboanga Sibugay)

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Rommel Ignacio


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Information Officer - I at Provincial Information Center Zamboanga Sibugay

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