Asian Cultural Council Turns 60

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) promotes dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange.

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange activities in Asia and the United States to create a more harmonious and peaceful world. This mission is accomplished through fellowships and other programs that support individual artists, scholars, and arts professionals.

ACC Global Board
ACC Global Board:  Mercedes Zobel, Wendy O’Neill, David Rockefeller, Jr., Behind: Ben Harburg, Susan Rockefeller, Yuji Tsutsumi, Julie Kohn, First Lady Liza Marcos, Hans Michael Jebsen, Chairman Josie Natori, Behind: Missie Rennie, Ernest Escaler
Judy Kim, Douglas Hsu, Tonia Hsu, Janet Nathanail/ Photo by Pepper Teehankee
ACC Philippines Board Members
ACC Philippines Board Members: Tess Rances, Dedes Zobel, Maribel Ongpin, ACC Chairman Josie Natori, First Lady Liza Marcos, ACC Philippines Chairman Ernest Escaler, Ching Cruz, Malu Lindo, Judy Kim, Dr. Joven Cuanang /Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Anton R. Mendoza and Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown
ACC Director Anton R. Mendoza with Monsignor Charles Brown/ Photo by Pepper Teehankee

To date, ACC has supported over 6,000 exchanges across 26 countries and regions, and 16 artistic disciplines. As a grant-making and grant-seeking organization, ACC raises funds from individual, foundation, and corporate donors. ACC also convenes arts leaders, fostering dialogue around the importance of cultural exchange in developing understanding and respect across international and cultural borders.

Josie Natori and President Bongbong Marcos
Josie Natori and President Bongbong Marcos/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Anton R. Mendoza, Charmaine Lagman, Ben Harburg, US Ambassador Mary Kay Carlson, Tim Yap, Agnes Huibonhua
Anton R. Mendoza, Charmaine Lagman, Ben Harburg, US Ambassador Mary Kay Carlson, Tim Yap, Agnes Huibonhua/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Bea and Marga Valdes
Bea and Marga Valdes/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Dr. Joven Cuanang, Kenver Resuello, Jeffrey Campos
Dr. Joven Cuanang, Kenver Resuello, Jeffrey Campos/Photo by Pepper Teehankee

ACC is headquartered in New York City with regional offices supported by local ACC foundations and patron groups in Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei, and Tokyo.

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In 1963, John D. Rockefeller 3rd established the Asian Cultural Program of the JDR 3rd Fund to support cultural exchange in Asia and the United States through grants to individuals and organizations working in the visual and performing arts. With Porter A. McCray as Founding Director, the Asian Cultural Program developed its signature grant-making style, emphasizing individually tailored programs based on the needs of each grant recipient.

Ernest Escaler and Malu Gamboa Lindo
Ernest Escaler and Malu Gamboa Lindo/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Irene Marcos Araneta
Irene Marcos Araneta/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Jaime Laya and Arnel Patawaran
Jaime Laya and Arnel Patawaran/Photo by Pepper Teehankee

ACC Manila provides artists, scholars, and arts professionals opportunities for transformative exchange between the Philippines and the United States, as well as the Philippines and the rest of Asia. Since 1963, we have supported more than 300 exchanges of individuals from the Philippines.

Z & Aivee Teo, Jackie Ejercito, FL Liza Marcos, Alelee Amdamar, Erica Concepcion Reyes/ Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Joanna Ongpin Duarte and Maribel Ongpin
Joanna Ongpin Duarte and Maribel Ongpin/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Karen Roa and Chary Mercado
Karen Roa and Chary Mercado/ Photo by Pepper Teehankee

In 2000, the ACC Manila office and ACC Philippines Foundation (ACCPF) was established under the leadership of trustees Ernest L. Escaler, Maria Isabel G. Ongpin, Isabel Caro Wilson, Josie Cruz Natori, and David Rockefeller, Jr. ACCPF raises funds and advocates to increase international exchange opportunities for the vibrant and exciting art sector in the Philippines. Annually, we host auctions and fundraising events bolstered by and celebrating our active community of alumni, trustees, and supporters.

Malu Gamboa, Ines Wilson Tambunting, Tess Rances
Malu Gamboa, Ines Wilson Tambunting, Tess Rances/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Margie Moran Floirendo
Margie Moran Floirendo/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Mario Katigbak and Dina Arroyo Tantoco
Mario Katigbak and Dina Arroyo Tantoco/Photo by Pepper Teehankee

The ACC turned 60 this year and an anniversary gala dinner was held at the Maynila Ballroom of The Manila Hotel with the President of the Republic of the Philippines Bongbong Marcos and First Lady Liza Marcos in attendance.  Asian Cultural Council Chairman Josie Natori and Asian Cultural Council Philippines Chairman Ernest Escaler were present to welcome guests.

Melba Solidum, Alice Eduardo, Millet Mananquil, Frannie Jacinto, Michelle Tiangco
Melba Solidum, ACC Director Alice Eduardo Alice Eduardo, Millet Mananquil, Frannie Jacinto, Michelle Tiangco/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Mia Borromeo, Michelle Tiangco, Alice Eduardo, Carol Garcia, Melba Solidum
Mia Borromeo, Michelle Tiangco, Alice Eduardo, Carol Garcia, Melba Solidum/Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Tina Cuevas and Ching Cruz/ Photo by Pepper Teehankee
National Artist Alice Reyes and Doreen Yu
National Artist Alice Reyes and Doreen Yu/Photo by Pepper Teehankee

A three-course Filipino dinner was prepared by chef Margarita Forés while song and dance numbers were performed by Bituin Escalante, Poppert Bernadas, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and dancers from Alice Reyes Dance Philippines.

Visit www. https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org.

Banner photo by Pepper Teehankee.

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