One of the experienced cultural workers in the class is Ed Lapiz, the founder and president of Kaloob Foundation.
"This foundation is not ordinary, as it was aims to indigenize Christian culture.Masyado kasing Western ang form ng Christianity sa Pilipinas.We want to decolonize Christianity, make it culturally sensitive.We also want to re-dignify Filipinos who have been reduced to becoming footnotes of Westerners due to the form of Christianity they embraced and perpetuated," explained Lapiz
."In order to have the church Filipinize [its] liturgy, we teach worship teams Filipino music, dance and rituals so they will have rich sources to draw from."Aside from the religious character of the organization, it also promotes and stages anthropologically correct renditions of Philippine dance sensitive to the values and sentiments of indigenous peoples.
What could have ICAM
advanced to the development of this skillful worker who came up with atypical and gallant organization?"One of ICAM's solid contributions [to me] is the consciousness to be more detailed and thorough in planning, especially finances and technical matter," he
shared."ICAM clarified to me the meaning of vision and mission statements and the difference between them.
said that he
immediately drew on everything he
learned from the course." Malaking tulong dahil nagagamit kahit sa smaller components, activities, and events, sa planning ng various committees and sectors for many activities and projects."ICAM
not only enhances prior knowledge; it also served as an eye-opener to some like Girly Quitania, a film enthusiast and scriptwriter.Quitania's primary aim in enrolling to ICAM
was to adopt arts management skills that she
could use when proposing projects for her
two film organizations, the Writer's Studio
and the Screen Writer's Guild of the Philippines
."But when I got there I realized that I have a passion for cultural work," she
is planning to establish an organization patterned after the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), but instead of skills training she
aims for cultural preparations for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).She
organization as a certifying body that will make sure every Filipino worker leaving the country is adept in his/her own culture.She
wants OFWs to be not just the "earning machinery" of the country but also the show-window of Filipino culture.She
is also embarking on literary writing, scribbling the first few pages of her
novel "Ang Ninang Kong Ita" which she
hopes to receive literary grant from the NCCA.That's how ICAM
, not just equipping her
with arts management skills but also encouraging her
to dig into herself and discover her
cultural and literary inclinations.
All of the participants expressed pleasure in enrolling in the course.They were pleased with learning from the lecturers and with the interaction with fellow participants who have diverse experiences in the field of arts and culture.Many participants were representatives from artists groups, while others were from foundations that support artists.There were also those who came from government affiliated cultural groups, performing groups, festival groups, and museums.The ICAM secretariat makes sure that each course has a proper mix and balance of participants, based on geographical locations, fields of specialization, and experience.This way, greater interaction and exchange is ensured.