‘Collaborate, engage’ is key message at 2nd (NCCAEC)

  • Date: March 6th, 2015
  • Author: admin

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Around 200 participants from different provinces attended the 2nd National Cross Cultural Art Education Conference (NCCAEC) hosted by Miriam College with Dr. Lourdes K. Samson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at the helm. It was held at the ESI Conference Room last February 21, 2015.

Anchored on the theme “Culture, Art and Digital Communication,” the conference aims to establish a deeper sense of shared national Filipino identity as it moves towards a yet-to-be defined ASEAN identity, according to Dr. Samson. “This year’s conference is dedicated to understanding the national issues on cross cultural art education that are affecting the Philippines as it participates at the ASEAN integration in 2015,“ she said.

The keynote speakers invited were industry practitioners, able to provide first-hand experience on the ASEAN market and give insights on how teachers and students can participate and compete in this single market.

They were digital expert Jonathan Chua who talked about Social Media and Asean Integration; animator Analyn Pineda who shared her experiences in the colorful world of animation; Engr. Arnulfo Malinis and Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin Nebres, both from Bicol University Polangui Campus, who discussed the need for collaboration and engagement of schools in the promotion of Cross Cultural Arts Education; and our very own Dr. Edizon Fermin, MCHS principal, who talked about transcoding communicative identities in the digital age.

Separate workshops on dance, music and computer were conducted by Baebee Reynoso, Jhames Labrador, and the group of Cholo Benipayo, Nelson Udaundo and Agnes Guardiano, respectively.

The conference ended with an audience enlightened, enriched and at the same time challenged by the future that the Asean integration will bring. “This understanding of other cultures can be achieved through partnerships among colleges and universities in the country through researches, collaborations and exchanges. It is clear that when we see other cultures we sense our own uniqueness, too,” concluded Dr. Samson.