The Paghilom Arts Camp and Festival 2017 was a province-wide festival that aimed to promote the local arts, culture and heritage of the province of Cavite. This festival was led and organized by a network of local artists and cultural workers, together with various schools, institutions, the local government, and the provincial and regional offices of the Department of Tourism. The festival was FREE and open to the public, and was mounted primarily through the help of generous sponsors and artists who offered their services.
Festivities and events included in the Paghilom project were implemented from January to March 2017.
The Paghilom Arts Camp and Festival in Cavite also coincided with the celebration of the National Arts Month held every February.
The Paghilom festival was comprised of three main events: the art exhibits Pamana and Sintomas, and a 3-day arts camp for students, teachers and artists.
Pamana, an exhibit by 25 Cavite-based artists, kicked off the festival. This thematic group exhibit is co-organized with the Museo De La Salle in Dasmariñas, Cavite and will run from January 30 to March 11.
Following Pamana is Sintomas, a traveling exhibit in partnership with SM Malls. Sintomas artworks have already been exhibited in SM Dasmariñas, Trece Martires, Rosario, and will be shown in Bacoor and Molino in the coming days.
The main event of Paghilom was a 3-day arts camp at the Union Theological Seminary (UTS) in Dasmari-ñas, Cavite from February 9 to 11. The camp gathered students, artists and teachers from different schools and municipalities in the province.
More than 700 people attended and participated in the 3-day arts camp and festival, while the art exhibits were successfully launched and viewed in their locations. The festival also brought together more than 120 artists from different disciplines, with guest artists from other provinces and even from other countries.
Overall, the Paghilom festival achieved its goal of stirring renewed interest in local art and bringing to-gether artists, cultural advocates and concerned institutions for a worthy cause. Future iterations of this project are recommended to sustain the momentum for the promotion of the arts and strengthen the local art community brought together by the project.