Celebrate Filipino artistic excellence and creativity at SM City Bacolod as we join this year’s National Arts Month on February in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the country’s prime agency for arts and culture. With the theme “Tradisyon at Inobasyon”, three sumptuous samplings of the seven arts will be featured in the mall as part of the country’s month-long cultural gathering, which aims to further Philippine art and is also part of SM Supermalls’ thrust to promote Filipino Culture. 

For the first time in Philippine cinema, Negros Occidental film goers will be treated to a rare movie offering on February 7, 7PM at SM Cinema 3 for the premiere night of the full-length documentary on the struggling sugar industry of the island of Negros. Filmmaker J Abello, a former sugarcane farm manager, offers a glimpse of the island’s turbulent history through dramatic and controversial video: lavish parties of Negros sugar barons, candid interviews with hacienderos, never before seen footage of Negros Island…and more. “Pureza: The Story of Negros Sugar” traces the history of the Negros sugar industry as it faces strife and discord in the advent of the 21st century. Regular screening schedule is on February 17, from 12NN to 6PM. The film is one of the featured documentaries in the “Bacollywood” Cinema Rehiyon 2012 project of the NCCA.

Meanwhile, University of the Philippines, Los Baños SANDAYAW will showcase its form and grace on February 11, 4PM at SM Event Centre through the longest-running Arts Month flagship dance tour project “SAYAW PINOY”. The tour brings together different forms such as folk dance, contemporary and modern dance to delight the Negrense crowd.

Finally, one of the City’s top art colleges, La Consolacion College Bacolod will take part in the celebration on February 25 & 26, 4PM at SM Event Centre for their “TATAK ALTA COSTURA 2012”. On its 25th year, this annual Students’ Costume and Fashion Design Competition will present four categories: Porma Berde, Patadyong Patadyong, Fantasya Fantastika, Kasalang Papel.