Philippine Ambassador to Russia Alejandro B. Mosquera (4th from left, right photo), NCCA Chairman de Leon (7th from left) and Russian Deputy Minister of Culture Andrey E. Busygin (8th from left) join the Liceo Folkloric Dance Troupe on stage after the gala performance before an appreciation crowd that gave the performers a standing ovation (left photo). Photo credits to phnycom.com

A group of Filipinos showcased their talents in the fields of dancing and musical rendition as they held the first ever “Days of Philippine Culture” in the heart of Russian Community.

The Department of Foreign Affairs reported that through the impressive talents of the Liceo Folkloric Dance Troupe and other talented musicians, the residents and guests in Moscow and St. Petersburg were treated with straight three nights of Philippine and music and dance festival last October 8-10, 2012 in said places.

It was learned that through a major cultural undertaking under the Protocol on Cooperation between the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation for 2010-2012, the first ever bilateral relations of both countries made to realize the “Days of Philippine Culture” — a festival of Filipino dance and music celebrating the diversity of the country’s multicultural society and attempting to foster dialogue and understanding with Russia’s own multiethnic peoples.

The Gala Event, last October 8 performed at the Maly Theater, Bolshaya Ordinka in Moscow, featuring the Liceo Folkloric Dance Troupe’s impressive renditions of various dances from Southern Philippines, received an standing ovation from 700+ audience in the theater.

Philippine NCCA Chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr., together with Russian Deputy Minister of Culture Andrey E. Busygin, opened the event/occasion.

Meanwhile, pianist Rudolf P. Golez and baritone John August Pamintuan also held back to back concerts at the Glinka National Museum Consortium of Musical Culture in Moscow and the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory – A.K. Glazunov Hall in St. Petersburg on October 9 and 10, respectively. They serenaded their foreign audience with Filipino folk songs.

National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Felipe M. de Leon, Jr.. (standing, middle) witnesses the signing of the Protocol between the NCCA and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation on holding the Days of Philippine Culture in Russia 2012 by NCCA Project Monitoring and Evaluation Chief Adelina Suemith (seated, right) and Minkultura Information Policy and International Relations Department Director V.V. Duda (seated, left). Photo credits ny.nycom.com

NCCA Chairman De Leon foresees the cultural event as another milestone in Philippines-Russia relations. Stating that cultural exchanges should be made a cornerstone of international diplomacy, he stressed that culture and arts are the keys that open the hearts and minds of people to one another, and the artistic activities and performances of artists cannot but foster bilateral cooperation and strengthen the ties that bind peoples from both countries.

“Through more exchanges, Russians will get to know and appreciate Filipino artists and their works, and acquire a greater understanding of Philippine culture,” de Leon said.

A five-member official delegation and twelve-member performing and technical delegation visited Russia on October 7 to 11 and October 5 to 12, respectively, for the same occasion.

“Days of Philippine Culture” was made possible through the cooperation between the NCCA and the Russian Ministry of Culture, and the invaluable support of the Philippine Embassy in Moscow and the Office of European Affairs of the DFA. With this, the PH moves forward the growing people-to-people exchanges with Russia, following the year-long commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. (With DFA reports)

 

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