(Released by NCCA)
WHAT is Filipino culture? What makes it distinct and vital?
A new television documentary series will attempt to answer these important questions.
Premiering on February 17, 5:45 p.m. at GMA News TV is “Buhay na Buhay,” an eight-part special series 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 the 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 into eight cultures or sub-cultures, each showcased in an episode.
These are Kultura ng Pagdidiwata (Harmony with the Deities, Creative Forces of Nature and Ancestral Sprits); 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); and Kultura ng Pagka-Filipino at Pagkabansa (Devotion to the Nation and Being Filipino).
To prove that these cultures remains alive and vibrant—thus the title of the series—each 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.
Distinct and apart, the 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.
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