Logo of Sentro Rizal
|Cultural Agency overview|
|Headquarters||NCCA Building, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
|Employees||Maria Shaina F. Santiago (Cultural Affairs Officer)
Ervin N. Eustaquio (Cultural Affairs Assistant)
|Cultural Agency executive||
|Parent department||Office of the President|
|Parent Cultural Agency||National Commission for Culture and the Arts|
Sentro Rizal is a Philippine government-sponsored organization whose main objective is the global promotion of Filipino art, culture and language. Established by virtue of the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, its headquarters is located at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts office in Intramuros, Manila. Sentro Rizal is named in honor of José Rizal, a national hero of the Philippines.
Through the years, there were centers which were established through the initiative of the Philippine diplomatic missions. These include: Berne (2011), Madrid (2011), Prague (2011), Muscat (2012), Vientiane (2012), Hong Kong (2013), Los Angeles (2013), Ankara (2014), Bangkok (2015), Beijing (2015), Berlin (2015), Buenos Aires (2015), Wellington (2015) and Xiamen (2015). There were four centers which were officially inaugurated by the NCCA and these are centers in Phnom Penh (2015), Jakarta (2015), Seoul (2016) and Yangon (2016).
Moreover, in 2015, the first Filipino language pilot class was conducted in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 24 students graduated the first language class for beginner level dubbed as “Masayang Matuto ng Filipino”.
With its growing number of application for establishment from Philippine Service Posts abroad, Sentro Rizal keeps its thrust by initiating and organizing cultural training programs and activities for Filipinos, especially for children overseas, to promote appreciation and understanding of Philippine languages, cultures and the arts
As a means of attaining its goals, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas has made use of digital media in disseminating Filipiniana for overseas Filipinos, called the "Virtual Sentro Rizal". This is a Filipiniana collection that comprises 250 gigabytes of data including 72 hours of video of Filipino cultural materials covering different genres across regions.
Sentro Rizal Logo
The official logo of Sentro Rizal is composed of two elements, the balangay and baybayin which are both significant to Filipino heritage.
The letters S and R were rendered in the Ancient Filipino syllabaric script known as baybayin and were stylized to form a balangay, an ancient Philippine edged-pegged plank boat, reflecting the maritime heritage of Filipinos and depicting the character of Filipino migrants. The balangay also represents the quest of individuals in exploring the real essence of Filipino identity through culture and arts.
Sentro Rizal acts as the balangay which provides overseas Filipinos and their children the means to connect to their roots – instilling a strong sense of nationhood and pride among them in being Filipinos.
The color of the Sentro Rizal logo was patterned from NCCA’s logo – blue and gold.
Designed by: Felipe De Leon, Jr.
Illustrated by: Ryan Arengo
- Other countries' international cultural promotion organizations with branches in the Philippines
- Alliance française
- British Council
- Confucius Institute
- Instituto Cervantes
- Japan Foundation
- Korean Cultural Center; King Sejong Institute
- Società Dante Alighieri
- Taiwan Academy
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