UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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"This presentation looks into one specific fiesta (the Pahiyas) in the South of Manila, Philippines where the whole community is involved in a harvest celebration. Community art is people's art. It mirrors the uniqueness of its cultural heritage. Art and culture in the fiesta can be simulated in the classroom as this presentation will show."

The arts are important to a nation's people and their culture. All communities and cultures use art to make events memorable. By making events and things stand out from the commonplace, art transforms and reorganizes our conceptions of the world. Thus, to understand a nation's art and culture, one has to hark back to its history. For it is only in the context of a people and its beliefs do we find the meaning that its art is trying to express and preserve.
Art and culture then are specific to a people. In the case of the Philippines, its culture is a combination of religion and the central role of the Church introduced by Spain, not only in design of towns but also in the observance of religious ritual. This strong influence of religion on culture is seen in the fiesta which is germane to particular towns and cities.
Dr Samson finished her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the College of the Holy Spirit, Manila Philippines. She received her Master’s degree in Art Education and her Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Dr Samson is currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Science in Miriam College, Philippines.
21 May 2012
NIE Blk 3, level1 Room 1 (Recital Room) National Institute of Education 1 Nanyang Walk Time: 12:40pm -1:30pm

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