(SPOT.ph) The history of Philippine culture and arts spans a number of centuries and encompasses a lot of regions and ethnic groups (we have more than 7,000 islands, after all), so learning about it in one sitting can be overwhelming (or even next to impossible). Children's book writer Eugene Y. Evasco attempts to present the ABCs of local heritage in the recently launched Alpabeto ng Kulturang Filipino; but for a more in-depth take, the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents its newly published 12-volume Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. Official launch is in November, but the Cultural Center of the Philippines' (CCP) marketing department is already accepting reservations. Purchasing the whole set also comes with a one-year subscription to the digital online version.
Chris Millado, CCP's vice president and artistic director, announced this big news on September 25 through social media. "All in a day's work," he posted. The set is edited by Dr. Nicanor Tiangson in collaboration with more than 300 scholars who completed the herculean task in four years. It features 5,000 entries with images in full color that focus on peoples of the Philippines, architecture, visual arts, dance, music, theater, film, broadcast arts, and literature. The last set of the CCP's Encyclopedia of Philippine Art was released in 1994.
UPDATE (October 11): Launch price is at P45,000. For more information, Leila Vibal of CCP Cultural Research and Development Division at 832-1125 local 1511 or Gemma Marco of CCP Marketing at 832-1125.