Filipino artists and writers launch new group “Katipunan sa Kultura at Kasaysayan”

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The new 2022 KKK is committed to promoting our national culture and supporting the welfare of local artists, scholars, writers and historians across the country

Manila, Philippines – Filipino artists, writers and scholars officially launched the new organization Katipunan sa Kultura in Kasayayan (KKK2022) on Saturday, January 8, pledging to promote national culture and support the welfare of artists, teachers, historians and cultural workers locals across the country.

In a call to educate Filipino citizens about culture and history, as well as to move towards “unity and progress”, the “new Katipunan for culture and history”, KKK2022, has inspired by the People Power Revolution of 1986. Over 40 Filipino artists, writers, historians, and scholars attended the foundation, including national artists Virgilio S. Almario, Ryan Cayabyab, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Dr. Jose Dalisay Jr. , Noel Ferrer, Jerry Gracio, etc.

In a press release, the founders of KKK2022 said they did not condone “the misleading use of Philippine history to serve the country’s ruling elites”, and linked it to “widespread corruption within government and low literacy rates, especially in the countryside”. Almario said KKK2022 wants to use our national culture as a “vital foundation” for economic and political programs.

The tasks included in the Kartilya ng Katipunan sa Kultura in Kasaysayan are as follows:

  • Promoting a national and nationalist culture and history based on the spirit of the 1896 Revolution
  • Preserve and promote a liberating, creative and innovative culture
  • Support research and studies towards a correct interpretation of history, revealing colonial values, twisted reasoning and misleading narratives
  • Promote the national language as a national cultural symbol and official language of government and education while preserving all native languages ​​and improving proficiency in English and other international languages
  • Applaud political and economic policies derived from a correct appreciation of our culture and history
  • Advocate for the universal and impartial application of human rights, in particular freedom of expression and assembly, and the absolute right to criticize and investigate wrongdoings of government leaders and political and business institutions
  • Oppose the culture of violence, the policy of deceit and opportunism, and laws and policies encouraging such a culture and policy
  • Promote cultural and creative industries, Filipino products
  • Promote democratic education and literacy programs nationwide
  • Serving the health and well-being of cultural workers

KKK2022’s first draft will be a series of discussions on the proper teaching and study of Philippine history, followed by a draft of a national cultural agenda that the group plans to propose to the next administration.

“We plan to present this agenda very soon to all the main presidential candidates for their response and hopefully their support. We want to see how much they understand and appreciate our culture and history, and how engaged they will be in our cultural development, Almario said.

“It is time for all Filipinos to come together and stand up for a truly free, just, independent and safe society. It is time for artists, scholars and cultural workers to take the lead in this endeavour, exposing the obstacles to national progress, explaining the value of valuing our national culture and promoting understanding of a nationalist story that will foster love of country and good values ​​in the hearts and minds of our people,” KKK2022 said.

He said he hopes to harness the creative talents, knowledge and skills of Filipinos to lead activities and conversations that will “address ignorance, poverty and other issues facing our country”.

KKK2022 invites all Filipino writers, artists, scholars and interested individuals to join the organization by submitting their application online. They can also email [email protected]. – Rappler.com

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