The Foreign Service Institute (FSI), in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), conducted the Arts Management Training for Foreign Service Personnel from 10 to 16 February 2016.
The FSOCC, composed of seventeen (17) modules, includes a module on Philippine Society and Culture. One of its components is the Arts Management Training which was designed to increase the awareness of the Foreign Service personnel to make them more effective in promoting appreciation for Philippine arts and culture.
The five-day training program included lecture-workshops, study tours, and Arts Appreciation activities such as playing of traditional musical instruments, film viewing of “Tribu” Cinemalaya 2007 Winner, and witnessed the rehearsal of Tanghalang Pilipino “Bayaning Mandirigma”. Also, the participants watched the performances of Ballet Philippines entitled “Opera” from 13 to 14 February 2016 and Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Series VI on 19 February 2016.
On the last day of the training, the participants presented arts project proposals to the panelists composed of FSI Director-General Claro S. Cristobal and CCP Officials. Prior to the presentation, the twenty-four (24) participants were given case-scenarios and were required to conduct a cultural mapping research of their designated countries: Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso); Latin America (Bolivia, Suriname, Guyana, Haiti and Uruguay); Middle East (Qatar, Oman, Uzbekistan and Palestine); Europe (Iceland, Czech Republic, Croatia and Liechtenstein); Asia (Bhutan, Pakistan, Mongolia and Bangladesh); and Southeast Asia (Laos, Myanmar and East Timor).
Twenty-two (22) newly-commissioned Foreign Service Officers (FSO) undergoing the FSO Cadetship Course and two (2) FSI personnel completed the training.