The Philippines has returned to the Venice Biennale Art Exhibit in Venice, Italy, after a five-decade absence.
This week Senator Loren Legarda lauded the Philippines for its return to the international exhibition.
La Biennale di Venizia will run from May 9 to November 22. The art world dubs the event “the world’s art Olympics”.
Largarda is the principal advocate for the Philippines’ return to the international exhibit. “I am very happy that the Philippines is back in the Venice Biennale. It was not an easy journey but it proved that when there is a clear vision and when all stakeholders work together, nothing is impossible. The Philippines’ return is proof of what convergence among government agencies can do,” Legarda said.
“I am thankful because NCCA Chairman Felipe De Leon, Jr. and DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario have been very supportive from the time I raised the idea to them. The NCCA is truly committed to enriching Philippine culture and arts, while the DFA remains steadfast in its duty to enhance international relations through cultural diplomacy. Likewise important in this project is the support of the Department of Tourism, and the Tourism Promotions Board, “said Legarda.
Lararda and others hope the return to the event will bring permanent participation in the Venice Biennale, bringing much needed support for the Philippine art and culture scene.