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Negros Season of Culture

BY CARLA GOMEZ

The Negros Season of Culture (NSC), a global messaging platform that will promote Negrense heritage and culture through a website, will be launched on November 5, its creative director Alan Gensoli said Wednesday.

The NSC is a project of the Angelica Berrie Foundation that is also on Facebook and Instagram.

Negrense multi-awarded actor and art ambassador Joel Torre.

“We are living in an extraordinary time, in the midst of a global pandemic, in a moment of radical disruption. Our messaging is focused on the future. We want to inspire hope and tap into the creative spirit that has always been part of who we are as Negrenses,” Baba Torre, president of the foundation, said.

The website will have five editorial categories – heritage homes, handicrafts, food, cultural experience, and people, Gensoli said.

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“We conceived of threading stories of creativity into one regional narrative, creating a platform for local, national, and global audiences to discover what makes Negros special,” Torre said.

She said there are many hidden gems in Negros Occidental that they hope to bring to life through the NSC.

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The first year of the NSC will be dedicated to the late Negrense movie director Peque Gallaga, whom Torre described as a “film and theater genius”.

“We will honor Peque Gallaga for inspiring so many of us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, for teaching us to express our creativity in big bold ways that contribute to the story of this place we call home,” Torre said.

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She said investing in creative potential develops industries vital to the cultural life of a region, creating real growth and jobs.

“Creative industries will define Negros as a place worthy of attention for its unique culture, affects how the rest of the world views us, and encourages people in other countries to engage with us”, she added.

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The launch hosted by multi awarded Negrense actor Joel Torre will be streamed through Facebook Live 8 p.m. on November 5, the day Negros Occidental annually marks Cinco de Noviembre when Negrenses rose in revolt against the Spanish authorities and won in 1898.*

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