The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) marked a significant milestone recently, with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the CCP Animation and Comics Grant. This event celebrated the talented grantees selected in June 2022, who are poised to embark on their visionary projects from the last quarter of this year to June 2024, concluding the last leg of CCP’s grant initiative.

Exciting narratives await comic enthusiasts, with tales including the captivating legend of Sinogo; a mythical creature inspired by a Kalinga folk epic, and a celestial drama that unfolds the enchanting cycle of night and day. On the animation front, audiences can anticipate immersive stories featuring Tungkung Langit at Laon Sina, Bernardo Carpio, and the legendary Tattooed Men.

The grant recipients, consisting of animators and comics artists, will each receive funding tailored to their craft. Animators will benefit from a grant of Php 2 million, while comics artists will be awarded Php 330,000 each. The culmination of their endeavors will be officially unveiled in July 2024.

“With the completion of funding of the last batch of grantees of the CCP, we hope they will be able to begin production so we will be ready to compete regionally in South East Asia. Last September 2023, CCP experienced firsthand the potential of our Animation, Comics and Game Development grantees that they are able to create content that is world-class and can win international recognition for the country,” said CCP Trustee Benedict Carandang.

Leading the charge for these transformative projects are CCP president Michelle Nikki Junia, CCP vice-chair Margie Moran-Floirendo, trustees Stanley Seludo and Benedict Carandang, with invaluable support from CCP chair Jaime C. Laya.

The success of this initiative is further amplified through collaboration with key partners, including the Creative Content Creators Association of the Philippines (SIKAP), the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), the Animation Council of the Philippines (ACPI), and KOMIKET.