In celebration of the 2018 National Children’s Month, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Cultural Exchange Department (CED) in partnership with the Musikahan sa Tagum Foundation Inc. (a CCP Kaisa sa Sining Regional Art Center in Mindanao), Sining Bulakenyo Pangkat Mananayaw ng Bulacan Inc. and Performance Laboratory Inc. of Negros Occidental will hold the 9th Kutitap: Isang Piging ng Kabataang Makasining until November 30, 2018 at the National Arts Center in Makiling, Laguna.
Children ages 7-12 years old with their adult leaders representing various cultural communities all over the country are gathered for a four-day celebration of arts, culture and traditions. Now on its 9th year, Kutitap aims to instill among the Filipino children and youth a deep sense of understanding, appreciation and pride for Philippine arts, indigenous culture, as well as to promote creativity and positive social values. Kutitap will conduct interactive activities to include mini-workshops and showcases (in dance, drama, music, rituals, visual arts, etc.), storytelling, crafting, traditional games, film viewing, group discussions, creative collaboration, educational-exposure tours, among others.
Since the first gathering in 2009, Kutitap has already reached over 2753 children from 115 local communities nationwide. In 2011, the project was redesigned for the benefit of the children in Northern Luzon who were badly affected by typhoons Pedring and Quiel. For the first time in 2015, Kutitap was brought out of the CCP and was hosted by the City of Batangas. For the first time too, the program was filmed and presented as part of the Children of Asia research project under the Asian Culture Institute (ACI) in Gwangju, South Korea. The film made by Kevin K. Park was shown during the opening of the Asia Culture Center (ACC) in Korea. In 2016, Kutitap was brought to the Visayas under the hosting of the Province of Capiz and last year, Kutitap was held in Pantukan, Compostela Valley in Mindanao.
This year’s participants are children from the 14 cultural communities: Mindanao –Manobo, Kalagan-Kagan, Sama Bihing & Sama Kabingaan; Visayas – Cebuano, Boholano, Baybayanon; Luzon – Marinduqueño, Tagalog from Sampaloc – Quezon, Bataan & Guiguinto-Bulacan; and NCR-Pasay, Manila, Muntinlupa.
For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department at 832-1125 loc. 1709-1710.