Promoting the Filipino through Art Education


Filipinos, despite our love for life, find difficulty in defining being Filipino. The Arts & Culture Committee’s CSR Expo break-out session presented how the lack of a strong Art Education in the Philippine education curriculum exacerbates the problem of teaching appreciation for the beauty and uniqueness of being Filipino.

Laurie Javier, the Chair of the LCF Arts and Culture Committee and the Executive Director of PHINMA Foundation, presented an AVP about the Art Connection Project. She talked about the Art Connection Teacher Resource Book, which is given free to teachers who undertake the Art Connection Training Program. She opened the floor to Loida Basillo, a teacher from Bulacan, who shared her personal experiences while training under the Art Connection project, and how her students received the methods she learned from the training. The first official copy of the Art Connection Teacher Resource Book was presented to Loida Basillo.

Cid Reyes, visual artist and art critic, spoke on how art can be used to create Philippine identity. He stressed the need for Filipinos to further strengthen their awareness and confidence as Filipinos. He showcased exemplary works of art to illustrate how our artists used imagery to create the Filipino identity.

The audience experienced a wonderful lecture by Felipe de Leon, Jr., professor of Humanities at the Department of Art Studies in UP Diliman as he discussed the Filipino attraction to life as expressed in our music. His points were emphasized by actual song excerpts demonstrated by the Harana Singers.

The session closed with an audience participation in singing the famous kundiman, Bayan Ko.

The LCF CSR Expo aims to provide corporate citizens with skills, knowledge, and relevant experience to increase their awareness and empowerment as they work to achieve enhanced goodwill in doing sustainable and relevant business with society. LCF is a network of over 70 operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations seeking to provide business solutions to social and environmental problems in the Philippines.