TACLOBAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) held on Thursday (Sept.14) the “FiestaKucha,” a roadshow that aims to promote and support the local creative industries in the region.
FiestaKucha is a regional initiative of DTI to serve as a platform for the celebration, promotion, and enrichment of the diversity of talents of various regions in the country.
The term is a combination of the vibrancy of Filipino “fiestas” with the narrative charm of “pechakucha,” a Japanese onomatopoeia for chit-chat.
The roadshow was graced by DTI-8 Regional Director Celerina Bato, Tingog party-list Rep.Jude Acidre, Leyte Rep.Anna Victoria Veloso-Tuazon(3rd district), Leyte 3rd District board member Marie Kathryn Kabigting, provincial directors of DTI, representatives from various local government units and personalities from various local creative industries in the region.
The roadshow coincides with the celebration of the 2023 Philippine Creative Industry Month (PCIM) this September as mandated under Republic Act 11904 or the Philippine Creative Industries Development Act which provides a platform for the promotion of local creatives not just in the country but throughout the world.
During the roadshow, DTI Competitiveness Bureau assistant director Jo-Dann Darong said that with the implementation of the law, local government units are now mandated to create or to reactive their respective local culture and arts council that will help in identifying the creative industry players in their respective locality.
“The goal of the Philippines is to become number 1 in the creative industry in ASEAN in the year 2030,” he added.
The holding of the FiestaKucha in Eastern Visayas was the second such event initiated by the DTI in the Visayas after Cebu. Similar event was held in Davao and Cordillera.
(ROEL T. AMAZONA)