Philippine Embassy - Tokyo, Japan > Tokyo PE Celebrates National Heritage Month 2018

Tokyo PE Celebrates National Heritage Month 2018

10 May 2018 – In celebration of National Heritage Month, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo opened an Exhibit on Philippine Traditional Musical Instruments with photos culled from the wide collection of National Artists for Music Lucrecia Kasilag and Dr. Ramon P. Santos. The Exhibit aimed at educating Filipinos about the traditional musical instruments from different regions of the Philippines, and encouraging deeper appreciation of the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage.

National Artist for Music, Dr. Santos shares insights about importance of knowing our Philippine traditional musical instruments.

National Artist for Music, Dr. Santos shares insights about importance of knowing our Philippine traditional musical instruments.

H.E. Ambassador Jose C. Laurel V is joined by Filipino Heritage Festival Inc. (FHFI) President Mrs. Armita B. Rufino and National Artist for Music, Dr. Santos in officially opening the exhibit on Philippine traditional musical instruments.

H.E. Ambassador Jose C. Laurel V is joined by Filipino Heritage Festival Inc. (FHFI) President Mrs. Armita B. Rufino and National Artist for Music, Dr. Santos in officially opening the exhibit on Philippine traditional musical instruments.

Embassy personnel, officers and members of the Filipino Community in Tokyo, Filipino and Japanese students were present during the opening ceremony.

Embassy personnel, officers and members of the Filipino Community in Tokyo, Filipino and Japanese students were present during the opening ceremony.

The opening of the Exhibit was complemented by a Lecture of National Artist for Music Dr. Santos.

Part of the Lecture includes National Artist for Music, Dr. Ramon P. Santos demonstrating how to play Filipino bamboo instruments.

Part of the Lecture includes National Artist for Music, Dr. Ramon P. Santos demonstrating how to play Filipino bamboo instruments.

Per Proclamation No. 439 s. 2003, National Heritage Month is celebrated during May of every year in order “to create among the people a consciousness, respect, and love for the legacies of Filipino cultural history.”

This year’s theme is “Pambansang Pagkakaisa Para sa Pamana” (National Unity for Heritage) to highlight “the unifying force of a common heritage as a nation and underscore the need for national unity to ensure that such heritage is preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.”

(Photo Credit: Mr. Mark Akim)