National Festival of Talents showcases unity amid cultural diversity

February 22, 2018

Dumaguete City, February 22, 2018 – A showcase of culture from the 17 regions of the country jumpstarted the 2018 National Festival of Talents (NFOT) on February 20 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
With the theme, “Pagkilala sa Kulturang Filipino Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Pagkakaisa, at Pagbabago,” the NFOT commenced with a festive parade of delegates and the “Bayle sa Kalye,” a contemporary street dance skills exhibition reflecting the culture of each performing region.
Delegates were likewise entertained by various cultural and historical numbers courtesy of the Central Visayas Region and the host Schools Division during the opening ceremonies held at Lamberto Macias Cultural and Sports Center.
Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones graced the occasion and highlighted the importance of NFOT in celebrating the Filipino culture – diverse as it is – that unites the people.
“It is to celebrate the commitment, the advocacy of the Department of Education and its loyalty for our culture, for our various dances, literature, and poetry that we are celebrating the NFOT,” the Education chief shared. 
She cited DepEd as the only major department of the government where no event takes place without somebody offering a song, dance, or poem, adding that as an institution, it has carried on with, adjusted to, and accepted change even in contemporary times.
Briones further emphasized the role of NFOT in enriching the culture which does not only reflect what is beautiful, refined, and inspiring, but also what is real. “And this is good for our children, and for our learners,” she added.
The three-day festival was declared officially open after Briones led the hoisting of the national and regional banners.
Spearheaded by the Bureau of Learning Delivery-Student Inclusion Division (BLD-SID) of DepEd, the NFOT is aimed at providing opportunity for secondary school learners, as well as learners from the Alternative Learning System (ALS), to exhibit their talents and skills through their products, services, and performances.
For 2018, the festival shall showcase talents and skills in the areas of Technology and Livelihood Education and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (Technolympics) including Industrial Arts, Home Economics, Agri-Fishery Arts, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT); Music and the Arts (Sining Tanghalan); Araling Panlipunan (National Population Development for Social Studies); Filipino (Pambansang Tagisan ng Talento); and the Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL).