Being the President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Michelle Nikki Junia has devoted her time, effort and creativity to the enhancement of the Center's artistic projects.
Being a Waraynon, Michelle Nikki, wants to embrace all regions in the country by promoting lullabies in all dialects and music genres.
You might think mounting shows for children isn’t the business of arts anymore.
As long as the seven arts and their variations are jumping boards of artistic involvements, there is nothing questionable and dubious about them.
Take for instance the celebration of lullabies.
It may sound sophomoric and minor but lullabies are musical creations from traditions.
"Himig Himbing Mga Heleng Atin" is a collection of folk lullaby traditions which is now available in various digital platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music etc.
"I truly support the lullabies of our national pride. They might be music to lull kids to sleep but they are art just the same. We have to support them," said Nikki in an interview.
"Himig Himbing Mga Heleng Atin" was recently launched while the accompanying children's hours to celebrate lullabies was held last month.
It was a cowboy-themed, kid friendly and family-friendly musical adventure.
Children from all walks of life were given enough time to enjoy and experience the meaning of "Giddy Up to Our Rodeorchestral Ride" with Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) Maestro Herminigildo Ranera.
Prof. Ranera gave way to kids to conduct an orchestra, introduced various characters to personify music like Harmonica, Octavio, Banjo, Mandolin etc.
"We have to make the children appreciate music as an art at an early stage of their lives," said Nikki who has roots from Tolosa and Tacloban where her dad hails from.
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