Press Release
February 17, 2010


BALER, AURORA - In celebration of the Arts Month this February, Senator Edgardo J. Angara together with Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Officer Michael Hsu, Philip Cruz, Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Cong. Sonny Angara and local officials led the groundbreaking of the Baler Arts Academy.

"This Academy will promote the creative empowerment of the youth of Aurora through relevant arts training through a scholarship program to benefit the poor but talented youth," said Angara a patron of the Arts.

He added, "This will provide artistic skills capacity-confidence building, creative industry promotion, cultural output that highlights the pride of habitat, heritage, history, language and sensitivity to social conditions of the region and of the nation."

The Baler Arts Academy will serve as a unique high school for the performing arts and media. It will likewise offer KALAHI Cultural Care-giving workshops to out-of-school youth with the cooperation of TESDA, DepEd and DSWD.

"We should tap government agencies along with educational institutions and strengthen our efforts towards promoting our rich culture and world-renowned arts. We should look into mechanisms that we can provide such as administrative regulations, subsidies or taxation in order to create a conducive environment for the promotion of RP's culture and arts," said Angara who is also the principal author of the law that created the National Museum and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

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