By Jefferson Antiporda | The Manila Times
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has vowed to promote the country’s culture and arts by institutionalizing strong government support to the sector if he wins the vice presidential race this year.
Marcos on Tuesday said he believes that government support for the arts, including the entertainment industry, is a good investment considering that Filipinos are very talented.
“It is an important part of our culture. Our culture is an important part of our identity.
And our identity is an extremely important part of nation-building,” the senator noted.
“It needs a commitment from the government to encourage the recognition, the study and the development of our cultural heritage,” he said.
For the film industry, Marcos suggested the adoption of a policy similar to the funding grants and tax incentive provided for independent filmmakers in the United States.
According to him, programs like the Experimental Cinema in the 1970s and the early 1980s, which helped usher what was touted as the second-golden age of Philippine cinema, can help develop new talents and promote better Filipino films.
During the same period, Filipino visual arts, music and architecture flourished because of strong government support.
He recalled that in 1972 when his father, Ferdinand Marcos, was President, Presidential Proclamation 1001 was issued, paving the way for the creation of the National Artist Award, a national expression of gratitude to contributions of national artists to Philippine society.
It was also during his father’s term when government support for arts and culture was institutionalized and several structures such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Folk Arts Theater and Coconut Palace were built, Marcos said.