/ 3 November 2020

ANTIQUE Rep. Loren Legarda batted for the establishment of a high school for the arts in the province to cultivate the skills of young artists.

In pushing House Bill 633, Legarda said Antique is rich in culture and traditions, which is evident in the usage of Kinaray-a dialect, the long-preserved performing arts of Komedya, and the traditional practices of the indigenous people like the Atis and Iraynon Bukidnon.

The lawmaker stressed that different facets of life in the  province are depicted in the colorful weaves of the patadyong, sculpture and pottery. They are also described in songs, poems and stories and are showcased in  dances and performances.

“Filipinos are born natural artists. The art reflects the heart of our nation and frames the character of our people,” Legarda said in her explanatory note.

She added that it is time for the government to give due importance to the arts, which is an integral part of the youth’s development and cultural awareness.

Legarda’s bill seeks the creation of the Antique High School for the Art that will be administered by the Department of Education, in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The school’s curriculum will have a special focus on the arts in early recognition of talent and exceptional giftedness of young children.