DENR Bicol backs International Eco-arts Fest in Daet

Creativity and art as centerpiece of environmental conservation and management campaign is a novel approach backed recently by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol through the 4th Bagasbas Beach International Eco-Arts Festival (BBIEAF) slated on February 27 to March 4, 2012 in Daet, Camarines Norte.

DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada said the department through the Environmental Management Bureau Regional Office 5 will be promoting and endorsing this eco-friendly event to partners in environmental conservation and management such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Peoples Organizations (POs), Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs), academe, local governments, other government agencies and the private sector.

“Organizers of the BBIEAF will be inviting international artists who will work with the ten communities in Camarines Norte to create installation pieces at Bagasbas Beach, furniture and video. The festivities will also feature environment – its problems, its conservation and its solution” Director Fragada said.

Abundio Palencia, Sr., president of Our Lady of Lourdes College Foundation and organizer of the event said the eco-arts festival is a showcase of the meeting of the community and the artist, wherein it allows the communities a view at a form of creativity that they can use to manage their everyday lives and create solutions to their problems.

“The ills of pollution, declining biodiversity and wasteful management of resources take center stage in this festival. It gives the vast number of our disadvantaged fellow Filipinos the experience of Art as a tool for development,” Palencia said.

According to the organizer the first BBIEAF was held eight years ago in 2003 which has been adjudged by the national art community to be one of the most important art festivals in the country. The second event was in 2008 and the third in 2010 that had the same success.

Press Release: January 2, 2012