Kuala Lumpur, 27 February 2022 – In celebration of National Arts Month, the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia held two activities for Filipino and Malaysian children. A storytelling session and art tutorial for the kids were held to introduce the participants to different forms and expressions of Philippine art and to promote Filipino culture.
In line with the theme “Sining ng Pag-Asa”, the event also aimed to recognize arts as a source and expression of hope as shown in the creative ways people respond to the effects of the pandemic, natural calamities, and other social realities, as well as the arts’ role in improving community life as Filipinos.
Madam Ma. Victoria “Vicky” Jose, spouse of Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose, shared a literary piece entitled, “The Turtle and the Monkey”, which is a story first published by our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
The second activity was an art tutorial conducted by Malaysia based Filipina artist and teacher, Ms. Anna Karina Jardin. Ms. Jardin taught the kids how to draw a Filipino cultural symbol, the “sarimanok”, which is a Maranao symbol of good fortune and is considered a “messenger of hope”.
Twenty-five Filipino and Malaysian children participated in the activities. In his remarks, H.E. Charles C. Jose, Ambassador of the Philippines to Malaysia, said “It is my hope that after the activities today, you have acquired new knowledge and be able to pick up new skills as you will have a better appreciation of arts, especially, Philippine arts”. The virtual event culminated National Arts Month, which celebrates artistic excellence and pays tribute to the uniqueness and diversity of the Filipino heritage and culture.
For more information, please contact:
Embassy of the Philippines (Attention: Information Section)
1 Jalan Changkat Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur 50450 Malaysia
Tel No. +603 2148 4233
Fax No. +603 2148 3576