Preservation and restoration of the Philippine Arts and Culture has been a significant cause of Filipino artists and nationalists. Through the years, we have been slowly transformed into following a western lifestyle where we have accepted and embraced the modern way of living. Our entertainment has become westernized through modern music, dances and other performances. We have somehow lost our cultural identity of being a Filipino by heart.
The Pasinaya Festival 2017 which is the largest multi-arts festival aims to regain our Filipino arts and culture in all genres and they have been successful over the years in attracting followers and viewers on this festival. It is through this initiative that we regain the glorious days of the past as experienced in our modern time. It brings a nostalgic feeling and an even past life regression to some extent. It's a vivid imagination of a refined and wonderful days of the past.
This year's theme is about bringing peace through arts and culture. When we are having national issues in peace due to political and cultural divisions and beliefs, we Filipinos are pulling the strings that connects us together -- as one nation. Our dear brothers whom may have different philosophical and political beliefs may have caused damage to our cultural identity as they may not have helped our government in cultural and arts preservation. We have been divided through years and we struggle to fight for a peaceful nation of strong yet gentle people. This year's theme: "Arts for Peace" is a symbol of unity through diversity. We may have different voices; various faith and religion, yet we can become one nation through arts and culture. Filipino artists and viewers from around the country and the world convene together to witness and celebrate our national identity. That we are a Filipino and we are proud to say that I Am A Filipino in words, in deeds and thought.
The Pasinaya 2013 was a previous experience where Filipino-Chinese culture was embraced. We can live in harmony and camaraderie by sharing our culture no matter how different it is. We can appreciate and embrace it as part of our culture and tradition. This year 2017 is no different from previous Pasinaya event. The message is always clear that we can not move forward if we fail to deeply understand our national identity through arts, culture and heritage.
I am an advocate of the Arts, Culture and heritage preservation of our country and we deserve a national identity that is truly Filipino. As we work together for peace and progress, let's not forget our culture and heritage. This will be passed on to the next generation of heroic Filipinos. The future generation that is braver and stronger. A citizen who will continue to raise the voice to the world that we are One Filipino-- today and forever.
© 2017 Del Cusay