June 11 | Philippine Culture and Arts in Washington DC: Reflections by Virgilio Almario
Monday, June 11, 2018
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Carlos P. Romulo Hall
1600 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D. C. 20036
The US-Philippines Society, in cooperation with Sentro Rizal Washington DC, cordially invites you to a conversation with National Artist for Literature and Chairman of the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Virgilio S. Almario. He will discuss the role and legacy of notable Philippine artists who left an indelible imprint on the Washington scene through their work and inspiration.
Erwin Tiongson of POPDC (The Philippines on the Potomac Project) will join Almario to explore how Philippine arts in Washington reflected American-Philippine historical ties.
Lunch will be served. Seats are limited.
Virgilio S. Almario holds a distinctive and prominent position in Filipino literature. He chairs the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the official arts council of the Philippines. He is an authoritative figure and advocate of the national language. He was proclaimed National Artist for Literature in 2003.
Within and outside academe, in journalism, publishing and cultural management, Almario has exerted leadership and influence. His literary vision manifested not just in his own writing but extended to his other vocations-mentoring, spotting the rough literary talent and helping to polish it by critical motivation and encouragement, publishing and general advocacy for culture.
Erwin R. Tiongson is an economist and a professor at Georgetown University. He and his wife Titchie Carandang-Tiongson created the Philippines on the Potomac Project (POPDC), a family project documenting landmarks of Philippine history and culture in Washington, DC. His personal essays have been published in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Washingtonian.