National Commission for Culture and the Arts

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National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining
NCCA Logo.png
Commission overview
Formed 1987
Type Arts council, regulatory commission, public-benefit agency
Jurisdiction Philippine arts and cultural development
Headquarters NCCA Building, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
14°35′18.38″N 120°58′32.25″E / 14.5884389°N 120.9756250°E / 14.5884389; 120.9756250
Coordinates: 14°35′18.41″N 120°58′32.40″E / 14.5884472°N 120.9756667°E / 14.5884472; 120.9756667
Commission executives Felipe M. de Leon Jr., Chairman
Adelina M. Suemith, OIC Executive Director

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippines (Tagalog: Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining, Cebuano: Nasodnong Komisyon alang sa Budaya ug mga Arte), is the official arts council for the Philippines.



In 1987, then-President Corazon C. Aquino signed Executive Order № 118 creating the Presidential Commission on Culture and Arts. Five years later in 1992, the directive was enacted into law: Republic Act No. 7356 created the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The original bill was jointly authored by Senators Edgardo Angara, Heherson Alvarez, Leticia Ramos Shahani, and Representative Carlos Padilla.


  • Formulate policies for the development of culture and the arts
  • To coordinate & implement the overall policies and program of attached agencies on the development of culture and arts as stated under Executive Order No. 80
  • Administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts
  • Encourage artistic creation within a climate of artistic freedom
  • Develop and promote the Filipino national culture and arts; and
  • Preserve Filipino cultural heritage.


The NCCA logo is the Alab ng Haraya (The Flame of Imagination), which symbolizes the spring of Filipino art and culture. It is composed of two basic elements – the fire and the censer. The fire is a stylized character "ka" of the Philippine indigenous script Baybayin, that stands for kadakilaan or greatness. The fire represents the highest level of imagination and emanates from a three-tiered censer. The three tiers stand for organization, economic support, and an orientation rooted on a thorough grasp of tradition and history, which the NCCA provides. It is done in gold to symbolize the immense wealth of Philippine culture.

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