Thursday, February 8, 2018

NCCA's new TV series "Buhay na Buhay" every Saturday on GMA News TV

National Commission for Culture & the Arts (NCCA) presents a new TV series, Buhay na Buhay, that will guide viewers towards a deeper knowledge on and appreciation for Filipino culture. It is  new television documentary series that will attempt to answer questions like: What is Filipino culture? What makes it distinct and vital?

On February 17, 2018, at 5:45 PM, the eight-part special series Buhay na Buhay will premiere on GMA News TV, produced by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through Business Unusual Media Solutions (BUMS) Inc., with the support of the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

Presented in Filipino language, the documentary series is based on the study of Filipino culture by former NCCA chairman Prof. Felipe De Leon, Jr., which he categorized in eight (8) cultures or sub-cultures. These cultures are well and alive, and remains vibrant, thus the title of the series.

Each 30-minute episode is presented in fast-paced and hip manner to draw in younger audiences. These images are counter balanced by engaging discussions between Prof. De Leon, and program host Senator Loren Legarda, NCCA’s Dangal ng Haraya awardee for patronage of arts and culture.

The Buhay na Buhay episodes, each tackling the eight cultures:
  • Kultura ng Pagdidiwata (Harmony with the Deities, Creative Forces of Nature and Ancestral Spirits)
  • Kultura ng Pag-uukir at Pag-uuma (Poetic Mysticism and Devotion to Islam)
  • Kultura ng Pamamanata (Devotion to the Patron Saint and Village Community)
  • Kultura ng Pananahan (Devotion to the Home and Family)
  • Kultura ng Paglilining at Pangangatwiran (Culture of Reflection and Reasoning)
  • Kultura ng Pag-aaliw (Culture of Entertainment or Sensations)
  • Kultura ng Pamumuna at Pagtutol (Culture of Social Criticism, Concern, Protest)
  • Kultura ng Pagka-Filipino at Pagkabansa (Devotion to the Nation and Being Filipino)

Distinct and apart, these eight cultures span both our nation’s history, as well as entire, disparate belief systems, schools of thought, traditions and innovations. Taken together, they allow us to understand our own complexities as Filipinos trying to negotiate a fuller appreciation of our culture. For though each culture is unique, they come together to shape our concerts of nationhood and nationalism. 

These concepts were presented in a press conference today, graced by Jose Marie Bartolome, GMA consultant for Program Analysis, and NCCA executive director Rico S. Pableo. The program was punctuated by performances of the 4th Impact, Ligaya Amilbangsa and Kalyo.

Don’t’ fail to catch Buhay na Buhay on GMA News TV, starting February 17, 2018, at 5:45 PM. NCCA is led by its chairman National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, executive director Rico S. Pableo, and deputy executive director Marichu G. Tellano.

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