TACLOBAN CITY – The city government here, together with its newly-formed Culture and Arts Council, has launched a series of activities in celebration of National Arts Month, observed annually throughout February.

The Tacloban Arts and Culture Council (TaTAC) has organized various activities for the National Arts Month, including the opening of an art exhibit titled “HIMURASAK” or “bountiful harvest” at Robinsons North Abucay in the city.

The exhibit features works from 44 local artists belonging to seven different groups and will be open to the public until March 1.

Councilor Aimee Grafil, who chairs the committee for culture and arts, said that it is the first time that several arts groups in the city have come together to participate in an exhibit as part of the Arts Month celebration.

Grafil expressed hope that such initiatives would continue to showcase the talents of local artists, many of whom have gained recognition nationally, and even internationally.

February was designated as National Arts Month by Presidential Proclamation No. 683, signed by former President Corazon Aquino, to honor the country’s heritage and culture and celebrate artistic excellence.

Under the theme “Ani ng Sining, Bayang Malikhain,” this year’s Arts Month celebration aims to promote and celebrate the diverse talents within the country.

Department of Tourism 8 Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes emphasized the importance of recognizing and appreciating the talents of Filipino artists in various fields, including visual arts, dance, and music.

Tiopes also expressed DOT’s eagerness to support more cultural and arts events in the city to further promote local talent and creativity.

Visitors to the art exhibit at Robinsons North Abucay can also enjoy live portrait sketching performances by selected artists.

In addition to the art exhibit, the arts council has organized the Tacloban Community Marketplace Art Fair + Live Music + Flea Market, a weekly event at the People’s Center Grounds on February 17, 18, 24, and 25.

The Arts Month celebration will culminate on March 1 at Plaza Rizal with the Tatac Himurasak “Pag-arog” Waray Music Fest, featuring various Waray-Waray singers and songs. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)