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CCP holds 3rd apprenticeship program for its Kaisa sa Sining (KSS) Regional Art Centers (RACs)

For 2020, the program takes a new form as a result of the ongoing pandemic and quarantine. The mentorship will be done virtually, utilizing various technology and new media platforms.

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Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) thru its Cultural Exchange Department (CED) holds the third Apprenticeship Program for its Kaisa sa Sining (KSS) Regional Art Centers (RACs) nationwide, but this time virtually.

Launched in 2018 and continued to 2019, the program has provided mentorship for 40 apprentices from 20 provinces all over the country.  The 2018-2019 modules included production management, production design and technical services, cultural exchange, venue operations, library and archives, museum and gallery management, film-broadcast and media arts, arts education and theater company management.  Specifically designed for arts and culture practitioners from the CCP KSS regional art centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, the program aims to provide support to the CCP KSS regional art centers in advancing the culture, arts, and theater management in the regions and enhance their competence level and skills.

For 2020, the program takes a new form as a result of the ongoing pandemic and quarantine.  The mentorship will be done virtually, utilizing various technology and new media platforms. 

CCP CED Department Manager, Chinggay Bernardo emphasizes: “Sharing and learning among practitioners in the field of arts and culture must continue despite the difficulties brought by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Time and again, the arts have been proven to be a powerful gift that any person, community and nation can actually benefit and make use for healing, survival, transformation, development and peace.  These are the very reasons why we pursue with our regional community cultural outreach programs”.

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The program modules for 2020 include arts management, production management, tour management, production design, venue operations and technical theater.  Batch 2020 are 28 practitioners from 13 provinces and 14 RACs who will undertake the apprenticeship from August 4-28. 

From Mindanao:Jovie Ann Domingo and Karl Jeff Tulio (Koronadal City); Renebel Labadisos (Iligan City); Michael Jesus Esponilla and Vince Evan Vargas (Gen. Santos City); Richard Cahoy and Roger Odron (Cagayan de Oro); From Visayas: Neo Jan B. Alimonsurin and Mary Therese A. Encina (Capiz); Noel Pahayupan, Ma. Lourdes Lopez, Romer Mones and June Rey Posecion (Bacolod City); From Luzon: Joel Cabrera (Bulacan); Jeffrey Maranan and Peter John Caringal (Batangas); Ruby Ann Lantita (Marinduque); Joshua Nares, Marvin Punsalan and Michael Louie Celis (Angeles City); Vicky Pacris and Suzette Tolentino (Binan City); Kendrick John C. Vila and Xyril Kharl Cayaban (Nueva Vizcaya); Katherine Mae Nobleza, Ethan Ventura, Sherwin Santiago, and Marivic Macaraed (Baguio City).

The pool of mentors include CCP’s key officers and other experts outside the center to include Aurea Brigino (UP Diliman/Arts Management), Chinggay Bernardo (Arts-Tour Management), Ricardo Cruz (Production Design), Nikki-Garde Torres (Production Management), Sar Canlas-Tala (Venue Operations), Arnelio Manzano and Orlan Absin of the CED for Technical Theater.  This year’s batch will also get a chance to converse with masters of arts in various fields thru a series of colloquiums.

With CCP opening its doors for the regional practitioners to gain more knowledge and become more skilled at the different work areas in arts, culture and theater management, a major enrichment in the implementation of arts, culture and theater programs, events and activities in the local communities is anticipated.

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For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department via email:

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