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Friday, September 16, 2016

September 2016 Activities at Museo Pambata

September 2016 Activities

National Teacher's Month
We're giving teachers a huge round of applause with activities, gifts and promos all month long. until October 5

PHSA Shadowplay @ Museo, 10 AM
Enjoy a performance of lights and shadows with the students from the Philippine High School for the Arts.

Museo Pambata Guides' Corner, 2:30 PM
Give your teacher a pencil organizer for Teacher’s Month! Let our guides teach you how.

From Page to Stage, 10 AM
Join a theatrical performance of your favorite Filipino children’s stories with the Sipat Lawin Ensemble.

Musikahan sa Museo, 2:30 PM
Music lovers are in for a treat! Enjoy a musical day with your friends and family.

Ang Bayanihan sa Museo, 10 AM
Explore a world of dance with the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company.
Design Thinking for Teachers
Calling on teachers! Revamp your teaching styles by approaching problems through design thinking. Slots are limited, so please contact the museum for pre-registration.

Museo Pambata Guides' Corner, 2:30 PM
You don’t have to wait for the rain to see a rainbow. Our guides will tell you how rainbows are formed.

Musiko sa Museo 6, 3 PM
Witness a performance from the Young Filipinos Orchestra, and get to experience playing with orchestral instruments in a short workshop.

Eat, Be Active, Sleep Well!, 2 PM
Know how to keep your body in tip-top shape! Join a health and fitness workshop for kids with our friends from the International Network of Supporting Healthy Kids.


All activities are subject to change without prior notice. Museum hours from Tuesday to Saturday is 8 AM to 5 PM and 1 to 5 PM during Sundays. Admission fee is 250 pesos for children and adults, with special discounts for group tours. Manila residents with valid IDs are free on Tuesdays and can enjoy 50% off on all other days.

Museo Pambata’s regular programs are supported by Aldaba-Lim Foundation.
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Samsung and Yuchengco Museum Extend Culture Connect

Samsung and Yuchengco Museum extend Culture Connect: Castrillo @ 50 Instagram contest until end of September

Manila, Philippines, September 5, 2016 – In August, Samsung and Yuchengco Museum launched Culture Connect: Castrillo @ 50, an Instagram contest which aims to strengthen Filipinos’ patriotism and appreciation for public art.

The Instagram contest commemorates the works of nationalist Filipino sculptor Eduardo Castrillo as he celebrates 50 years of being a professional artist. Known as the monument maker, Castrillo created masterpieces such as Binhi ng Kalayaan found at Rizal Park, and the People Power Monument located along EDSA, which are vivid reflections of Philippine history and culture.

Culture Connect: Castrillo @ 50 has run through the entire duration of August, and will be extended until September 30 to accommodate more entries.

The same contest mechanics apply. See them below.

Post a photo of any of the select public art monuments on Instagram, and tell us what it means to you as a Filipino. Be as expressive and creative. Tag @CastrilloCultureConnect and use the hashtags #SamsungCultureConnect and #Castrillo50. (See list of select monuments here.)

Up to three entries per person may be submitted under the professional or open category. First-place winners under each category get a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and a Gear VR. Winning contest photos will be featured on the Culture Explorer mobile app.

Winning entries will be announced online on October 7, and will be awarded on October 13. Winners are to be contacted regarding the awarding through Instagram.

For more details, visit, and follow @CastrilloCultureConnect on Instagram.
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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Now Open: Here is How the Transition into the Mambo Beat Looks Like 2016

Here is How the Transition into the Mambo Beat Looks Like 2016

Whether through painting, mixed media, sculpture, or art installation, artmaking is Roberto Robles’ way of expressing his own sentiments and personal relationship with the fight for democracy. In Here is How the Transition into the Mambo Beat Looks Like 2016, the artist alludes to events and symbols of Martial Law and the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986.

The title “Here is How the Transition into the Mambo Beat Looks Like 2016” refers to an exhibit of the same title mounted three decades ago, in 1986. Robles’ intention is “to express the struggle of each Filipino to uphold, to remove the fence of ignorance, to set the spirit free.”

Here is How the Transition into the Mambo Beat Looks Like 2016 is a conceptual art installation by Robert M.A. Robles presented by Galleria Duemila and Yuchengco Museum in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Call for Nominations: U.P. Gawad Plaridel 2016 (Category: Radio)

The U.P. College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) is now accepting nominations for the annual U.P. GAWAD PLARIDEL which recognizes Filipino media practitioners who have excelled in any of the media (print, radio, film, television, and new media) and have performed with the highest level of professional integrity in the interest of public service.

For 2016, the twelfth U.P. Gawad Plaridel will be given to an outstanding RADIO PRACTITIONER.
The award is named after Marcelo H. del Pilar (nom de plume, Plaridel), the selfless propagandist whose stewardship of the reformist newspaper La Solidaridad helped crystallize nationalist sentiments and ignite libertarian ideas in the 1890s. Like Plaridel, the recipient must believe in the vision of a Philippine society that is egalitarian, participative and progressive; and in media that are socially responsible, critical and vigilant, liberative and transformative, and free and independent.
Eligible for the awards are all living Filipino individuals who have excelled in the field of radio as producer, director, scriptwriter, announcer, voice actor, sound designer, sound technician, reporter, commentator, etc. Aside from their probity and integrity, these media practitioners must have produced a body of work that is marked by excellence and social relevance and must have achievements recognized nationally and/or internationally.

Individuals and institutions may nominate potential recipients. Institutions include media corporations, professional media associations, media advocacy groups, educational institutions, cultural foundations, and NGOs. Previous nominees may still be considered for this year’s award. All current full-time faculty and staff of the UP CMC are disqualified from the nomination.

The deadline for submission of nominations is on 01 March 2016, 5pm. The recipient of the U.P. Gawad Plaridel 2016 will be announced in April 2016.

The U.P. GAWAD PLARIDEL will be given in August in commemoration of del Pilar’s birth anniversary. The awardee will receive the U.P. Gawad Plaridel trophy (designed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva) and will deliver the Plaridel Lecture addressing issues relevant to the state and practice of Philippine media. The recipient will have a place of honor at all ceremonies and functions of the College. The recipient’s portrait will be hung at the U.P. Gawad Plaridel Gallery located at the College lobby (Plaridel Hall, U.P. Diliman).

Nomination forms and award guidelines are available at the UP CMC Website ( and at the UP CMC Office of Extension and External Relations (UP CMC-OEER). Interested parties may call (02) 981-8500 loc. 2668 for further inquiries.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Konsyerto tungkol sa Batas Militar

Magsasama-sama ang mga Pilipinong kompositor at musikero sa isang konsyerto ngayong katapusan ng Enero na pinamagatang #NeverForget, isang pagbabalik-tanaw sa tunay na naganap noong Batas Militar, sa panahon ng pamumuno ni dating Presidente Ferdinand Marcos.

“Naniniwala ako sa sinasabi ng manunulat na si Edmund Burke na ‘Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it’” paliwanag ni Cooky Chua, mang-aawit ng grupong Tres Marias, Color It Red, at kasapi ng LAPIS. “Dapat masusi ang pag-aaral sa Batas Militar at gumawa tayo ng paraan para hindi na ito maulit pa.”

Ang League of Authors of Public Interest Songs o LAPIS ay isang organisasyon ng mga kompositor at musikero na nagtataguyod ng pampublikong interest ng mga Pilipino. Noong nakaraang taon, isang serye ng mga pagtatanghal ang inilunsad ng LAPIS para sa mga Lumad na biktima ng militarisasyon na ibinunga ng dayuhang pagmimina. Maglalabas din sila ng kauna-unahang public interest music album ngayong Marso.

“Marami akong kakilalang dumaan sa mga katakut-takot na karanasan noong panahong iyon. At marami din akong kaibigan na nilabanan ito sa iba’t ibang paraan na kaya nila,” ayon kay Chua. “Mahalagang maipaalam ito sa kabataan alang-alang sa kinabukasan ng ating bayan.”

Magtatanghal kasama nya ang mga kapwa LAPIS Board of Trustees na sina Gary Granada, Bayang Barrios, Chickoy Pura, at Lolita Carbon.

“Pinapahalagahan namin sa LAPIS ang pagkalap ng tamang impormasyon,” dagdag ni Chua. “Hangad naming lumawak pa ang abot ng tamang impormasyon tungkol sa Martial Law. Instrumento namin dito ang aming mga kantang dala-dala.”

“Ito ay sa pakikipagtulungan sa mga pamilya ng mga martir noong Batas Militar sa pangunguna ng Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation,” ayon kay Karl Ramirez, kompositor, musikero, at kasalukuyang Executive Director ng LAPIS. “Makasaysayan din ang ika-30 ng Enero dahil ito ay bahagi ng First Quarter Storm ng dekada 70, isang makasaysayang araw na dapat maipaunawa sa mga kabataan ang kabuluhan.”

“Dapat maintindihan nila bakit may pag-aaklas sa kabila ng matinding panunupil ng iilang maykapangyarihan noong panahong iyon” dagdag ni Ramirez. Kasama siya at iba pang myembro ng LAPIS sa mga magtatanghal sa pagbubukas ng konsyerto. “Adhikain ng LAPIS na maging instrumento ng pagbabago sa pamamagitan ng paglikha ng mga awiting nagsasalamin ng kalagayan at nagtutulak sa sambayanan na labanan ang katiwalian,” pagtatapos ni Ramirez.

“Tulungan nating malaman ng kabataan ang tunay na kalagayan noong Batas Militar at maging kritikal sa mga nangyayari sa paligid,” dagdag ni Chua. “Tutulong kami dyan, ‘yan ang tiyak! At sana kahit papaano’y tayo’y magtagumpay.”

Ang konsyertong #NeverForget Martial Law ay magaganap mismo sa loob ng Bantayog ng mga Bayani Center sa kanto ng EDSA at Quezon Avenue sa Enero 30. Magbubukas ang venue ng 5PM at magisimula ang tugtugan ng 7PM.

Ang tiket ay nagkakahalagang P50 at maaring ipagtanong sa

For reference and contact information:

Karl Ramirez
Executive Director
League of Authors of Public Interest Songs (LAPIS)
Cell: 0932-8906690

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Makabayan Rap, Francis M. Takes Centerstage in PETA's 3 Stars and a Sun

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Rap music has influenced elements of pop culture such as fashion, film, art, and literature since its emergence in the 1970’s. While critics are quick to point out the tendency of this genre to focus on violent and sexual themes, one modern-day artist, and a nationalist in his own way, has proven its potential to fuel patriotism and impact society. 

Enter the “Master Rapper”, “The Man from Manila” – the legendary Francis M.


Francis Michael Magalona or better known as Francis M. is rightfully credited as a pioneer and trailblazer who influenced a whole generation of artists with his music.

Francis M. broke the prevailing hip-hop scene and gave birth to “makabayang rap”, an insightful kind of music that proudly expressed one’s sense of nationalism.

While many rappers his age wrote about girls, money, fame, and mainly just about themselves, Francis M. was unafraid to produce intricate, socially nuanced songs that questioned the status quo. He used his songs as a platform to address various cultural and social problems, including apathy, political instability and poverty, among others.

In a time when rap music was a small part of the entertainment industry, he managed to get a fair share of mainstream attention with the release of his groundbreaking album ‘Yo!’. The album, which became a runaway success, included one of his most popular songs ‘Mga Kababayan’ and “Man From Manila”.

After ‘Yo!’, he released his confidently titled second album ‘Rap is FrancisM’, which featured the tracks ‘Mga Praning’, ‘Tayo’y Mga Pinoy’, ‘Halalan’, and other thought-provoking songs that he has become famous for. Since then, he has been regarded as an important voice and one of the greatest storytellers of his generation.

Known for his limitless musical range, he received superstar status when he added more firepower to his documentary realism by fusing it with rock music. The merging of rock and rap allowed him to collaborate with famous musicians from different genres – a feat that not everybody is gifted enough to accomplish.

Magalona maintained his eloquence while bouncing around from genre to genre, until his early demise in March 6, 2009.

He was fittingly recognized as a cultural icon who was unafraid to charter treacherous territories and conquer them. Hip-hop was his artistic retort to the harsh realities that people of power deliberately ignore. He may have passed on but in death, he and his songs became immortal. 

3 Stars and a Sun

Francis M’s music and legacy continue to provide a rich foundation of material for many artistic expressions. The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) closes its 48th Theater Season with the much-anticipated original musical ‘3 Stars and a Sun’, which features of Francis M’s music. 

Following the success of its smash hit musical ‘Rak of Aegis’, PETA molds ‘3 Stars and a Sun’ as another game-changer that would reach past the traditional play watching crowd and engage a new generation of theater viewers.

The seasoned company and the rapper share the vision and commitment to elevate the purpose of the performing arts from pure entertainment to a platform where serious issues deserving of attention are presented and addressed.

In time for the upcoming national elections, PETA experiments with the sci-fi subgenre dystopia to present a daring social commentary on Philippine politics and culture.

“Though the narrative will not tackle the elections per se, we still hope that the ideas embodied in the play can be both a source of inspiration and reflection on the historical and current ethos of the Filipino as we prepare for another national election,” shares PETA Artistic Director, Maribel Legarda.

‘3 Stars and a Sun’, brainchild of young writer Mixkaela Villalon and multi-awarded playwright Rody Vera, features a chilling plot: It is 2026, and the world has almost come to an end. Nuclear bombs have reduced countries to ashes and a huge portion of the Filipino population has been forced to enter The Stormdome, a fallout shelter made from durable steel. The Stormdome was closed down to protect its inhabitants from the ‘dangers of the outside world’ but also served as an icy prison for those who live in it.

The story unfolds in 2096, 70 years thereafter. The musical opens with Myke Salomon’s fresh arrangement of Francis M’s ‘Mga Kababayan’, and swiftly exposes the harsh realities inside The Stormdome. The dome is deteriorating and resources are hard to come by. Nourishment has been reduced to nutrition-deprived food packs. Education is limited and any trace of Filipino history and identity has been erased. The only thing that has remained the same is the extreme divide between the rich and poor evidenced by the two clashing sectors, Lumino and Diliman.

Due to the uninhabitable conditions in the Diliman scrapyard, a dissident group from the colony of scavengers known as Tropang Gising has threatened to spark a revolution and turn the system upside down. Vidame Inky, supreme leader of The Stormdome attempts to keep peace and order and deploys reprogrammed Protektanods to quash the Diliman rebels led by fiery leader Sol. In a desperate attempt to keep power within her reach, Vidame Inky grooms her son Chino to be the next leader of the Stormdome and puts him in-charge of mind-wiping workers.

Meanwhile Vidame Inky’s daughter, Diane has refused to be part of her mother’s politics. Instead her attention has been drawn to finding answers about the disparity of her charmed life in Lumino City and the people of Diliman. Despite Vidame Inky’s effort to control all the information inside the Dome, Mang Okik, the oldest resident of Diliman Sector seems to have the answers to many of Diane’s questions.

‘3 Stars and a Sun’ offers a dystopian look at what our future can come to if the problems of the present are left unresolved. The play aims to serve as a cautionary tale and a challenge to today’s youth to act together and act swiftly before it’s too late.

From left; Giannina Ocampo as Dianne, Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Congresswoman Inky Montevista and Paolo Valenciano as Chino

The talented cast is headed by Nicco Manalo and Gold Villar as the fiery gang leader Sol. Paolo Valenciano and Gio Gahol alternate as the smug slacker Chino, joined by Justine Peña and Giannina Ocampo as Diane. Che Ramos-Cosio and Carla Guevara Laforteza portrays the rogue Vidame Inky while Bodjie Pascua and Raffy Tejada share the role of Mang Okik. They are joined by a strong slew of young theater talents, Anna Luna, Jet Barrun, John Moran, Nar Cabico, Lee Villoria, EJ Pepito, Anj Heruela, Gab Pangilinan, Jef Flores, Norbs Portales, Jason Barcial, Raflesia Bravo, Yesh Burce, Lance Busa, Roi Calilong, Gimbey dela Cruz, Nica Santiago, and Ian Segarra.

‘3 Stars and a Sun’ has an equally gifted artistic team. The musical is headed by Nor Domingo as director, with exciting musical arrangements by Myke Salomon. It features production design by Gino Gonzales, lighting design by Shoko Matsumoto and Ian Torqueza, sound design by Teresa Barrozo and choreography by Delphine Buencamino.

The musical opens February 4 at The PETA Theater Center and ends on Francis M’s 7th death anniversary on March 6. Shows are Tuesdays to Sundays (Tue-Fri 8PM, Sat-Sun 3PM and 8PM). For tickets contact PETA (02) 725-6244, or TicketWorld (02) 891-9999,

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Open Space at Nova Gallery

For the month of December, Nova Gallery will be featuring its year-ender group show entitled 
"OPEN SPACE" featuring 13 young and aspiring artists - whom of which have been making a buzz in the local pop-art scene. These artists are:

Mr. S
Pat Frades
Miggy Crisostomo
Jeff Baligad
Jasper Albay
Rai Cruz
Dr Karayom

Exhibition opens Dec. 18th (SAT) at 5PM and will run till Jan 8, 2016.

About the Exhibition:

Most of the time we create a space inside our minds that involuntarily forms different worlds that drift us away from reality. Some people use this space to escape and to be free. Others visualize it as a playground where they can fulfill their dreams and fantasy. Focusing on the present is for the norm however each of us has our own ideal fantasies that open the windows of our mind. It rekindles our past and it remakes our future. Every fantasy emerges within us to be part of a different state.

“Open Space" is a group exhibition compose of fourteen artists namely Mr. S, Pat Frades, Jasper Albay, Jeff Baligad, Miggy Crisostomo, AADA, Lougee, Tyang, Rai Cruz, Quatro, Dr. Karayom, Blic, Yeng Cruz and Humbly. The artists developed their own fantasy with the use of different mediums such as oil, acrylic and watercolor. Each piece represents scenes from experiences and preferences that will connect through our audience. 

- Pat Frades
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Museum Networking Forum - Protect Your Buildings: Risk Management Principles and Technologies

Protect Your Buildings:
Risk Management Principles and Technologies

Presented by Ibrahim Mirmahmutoğullari
December 12, Saturday, 10 a.m.

This special presentation introduces museum professionals and heritage architects to the principles of and new technology preventing building hazards such as salt, corrosion, and mold. It is also an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the goods and services of Mirline, a Turkish brand of cutting-edge building technologies for museums and heritage sites.

About Ibrahim Mirmahmutoğullari 

To present this new technology is Mr. Ibrahim Mirmahmutoğullari, a mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience in technology and research & development. He is also the chairman of parent company Mir Holdings (of which Mir Unique Solutions is a subsidiary) and the Suppliers and Manufacturers of Turkey.

This special talk is presented by Yuchengco Museum under its Museum Networking Forum series in partnership with the National Committee of Museums (NCOM) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Alliance of Greater Manila Area Museums (AGMAM). The new program brings museum and heritage professionals and other stakeholders together to discuss best practices and learn more about new industry-specific products and services.

Talk is free of charge, but reservations are required.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mark Dawn Arcamo and Janelle Tang's Parallel Play at YSOBEL Art Gallery

In Parallel Play, Mark Dawn Arcamo and Janelle Tang, being more confident about each other's aesthetic decisions, allow themselves to be fully inspired by what is presented to them by their immediate environment--their four-year old daughter. In this exhibition, the artists engage in what childpyschologists would refer to as "parallel play," a common form of play wherein two toddlers can completely focus on the same activity without getting influenced by each other. For Arcamo and Tang, who had to work under the same roof most of the time, it is an effective creative process that they could maximize. It is the process that enables these domestic partners to get in touch with their imagined realities while they preserve the dinstinctiveness of their individual artistic identity.

By incorporating the natural creative development that their child goes through into their artistic production, art-making and parenting become highly compatible for Arcamo and Tang. Thus, Parallel Play effectively becomes a visual summation of their child-rearing responsbilities and creative exploration. Ultimately, their two-person exhibition is the conjunction of the multiple realities that Arcamo and Tang created in the process.

Parallel Play will be on view from November 28 – December 9, 2015 at YSOBEL Art Gallery, 2nd flr. Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

For more information you may call 09285071117/09332227952/ 5764758 or email
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