Participants of the Cultural Officers’ Course with the artist, Mr. Nemesio R. Miranda Jr., and FSI coordinators at the Nemiranda Arthouse and Museum, Angono, Rizal – the Art Capital of the Philippines.

With the aim of equipping participants with the knowledge and skills needed to promote Philippine culture in different regions of the world, the first Cultural Officers’ Course on 15-31 August 2016. The course included sessions on cultural diplomacy as the fourth pillar of foreign policy, the roles of Foreign Service personnel in cultural promotion, Philippine culture (i.e. geography, ethnography, languages, products, arts, Filipino personal and social identity, religion and spirituality, and traditions), and the Department’s partner agencies in the promotion of Philippine culture; namely, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Sentro Rizal, and the Department of Tourism. A few personnel also shared their experiences as Cultural Officers in various Posts.

On 30 and 31 August, participants took part in a study tour of Angono Rizal, also known as “the Art Capital of the Philippines.” They visited the Nemiranda Arthouse and Museum, the Balaw Balaw Art Gallery, and the Blanco Museum. In Laguna, they observed native industries such as whittling, wood carving, and embroidery in the towns of Pakil, Paete and Lumban. On the second day, participants visited the Philippine National Museum and the Metropolitan Museum at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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DFA personnel appreciate Philippine Visual Art at the Nemiranda Arthouse (left) and Blanco Museum (right) at Angono, Rizal.

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Participants observe Philippine native industries such as wood whitlling (upper left photo), papier mache (upper right photo), and wood carving (lower left photo). They also had the chance to visit the Paete Church (lower right photo).

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Cultural Officers’ Course participants at the Philippine National Museum (left) and Metropolitan Museum (right).