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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Plush Toy Making Workshop at Yuchengco Museum

Create your own stuffed toy from scratch and spend quality time with your children at Yuchengco Museum’s hands-on Plush Toy Making Workshop on November 9, Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m. In three hours, learn how to make your own plush toy, from cutting the pattern (or making your own!) to stuffing the toy and sewing it all together.

Choose from three plush toy options: pink teddy hug bear, blue teddy hug bear, or a googoo monster. The workshop is open to children at least 5 years old, as well as adults. Children between 5 to 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult, who will help create the plush toy.

About the instructors 

Apol Lejano-Massebieau established La Pomme, an online shop of handsewn whimsical fabric objects, in France in 2007. Having relocated to her birth country, the Philippines, Apol opened her own brick-and-mortar shop in Makati, specializing in handmade toys and offering a craft space for children.

Co-facilitator and former teacher Fiona Fajardo-Hernandez is a practicing child psychologist who has been teaching craft workshops for a decade.

Workshops slots are limited, and registration is required. Workshop fee is P1,000, which includes materials and supplies. For details and registration, contact Yuchengco Museum at (632) 889-1234 or email info@yuchengcomuseum.org. Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City.

Opening of Another Other by Eric Zamuco & A Child’s Memory by Anton del Castillo




warmly invites you to the opening of


Another Other, Eric Zamuco
A Child’s Memory, Anton del Castillo
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
4:30 PM




Transforming spaces and perceptions through memory are at the heart of Anton del Castillo’s A Child’s Memory and Eric Zamuco’s Another Other. Drawing inspiration from their experiences as fathers and husbands, the two artists create and construct retrospective worlds of movement and change.

In A Child’s Memory, del Castillo presents us with an intensified reminiscence of childhood: a well-enjoyed game of jackstones, each piece easily captured in one’s hand, becomes a monument to an object whose meaning and use is fading. The travels of a family are visually archived in detail and retrospect in Zamuco’s Another Other. Each object represents a specific time-space, a moment in a family’s life, living abroad and moving from place to place. It is also a speculation of what has come to pass and what will happen next: a documentation of memory, domesticity, travel, and anticipation.

The works from the two shows employ materials that can be found used in the building of homes: metal, concrete blocks, wood, screws, varnish to protect surfaces with—things that represent the cohesion and strength that the father’s authority brings to the household. Yet, it is belied by a certain kind of tenderness that passes by undetected at first glance: a child’s toy embedded in concrete and an article from the wife (proof of the desire to hold on to something that will eventually disappear or disintegrate), and the lines and scratches on the metal surface of a jackstone sculpture (a testament of another kind of “labor of love”).




Form and narrative meet in A Child’s Memory and Another Other, bodies of work that provide a different angle and insight on the cause of gender equality and roles. They can also be seen as a call to re-evaluate our sense of sex, that perhaps in seeking to prove that one is better than the other, rather than seek for balance, to meet each other half way, we are merely replicating the biases that we wished to do away with in the first place. In this respect, the works go beyond mere recollection and revisit but also a re-evaluation of each person’s presence in other people’s life.

For more information, please contact Ria Talamayan-Aguilar at 4266488 or via email at rtalamayan@ateneo.edu.

Portrait, A Group Exhibit @ Ysobel Art Gallery


Portrait is an experimental show that showcase the works of young artist connected thru groups and institutions, such as Neo Angono Artist Collective, Naif Visual Artist Society and UP Fine Arts. This new breed of artists, show their different notion and interpretation of their own portrait, for them to be able to present themselves and their art in a formal venue, in the local art scene.

The exhibit will feature the works of George Laconsay, Jerwin Villanueva, Jerome Choco, Jesusito Borja, Jie Adamat, Jovert Aguilar, Randy Bacurnay, Irish Flores, Lawrence Nico Raya, Joanne Carla Sebuc, Sarah Geneblazo and Pipo Alido.

The show opens on 18th of November, 2014 (Tuesday) and will run until the 28th of November, 2014.


Ysobel Art Gallery is located at the 2ND Floor Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The gallery is open from 11:00am to 9:00pm Monday to Sunday. For more information you may call 09285071117/ 5764758 or email mark.sancheztiongco@gmail.com.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dayaw Festival in Baguio Highlights Northern Philippines Indigenous Cultures

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the prime government agency for arts and culture headed by its chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr., will be holding the Luzon leg of its Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, touted to be biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples, from October 22 to 23, 2014, in Baguio City.



The two-day festival will feature forums on issues and concerns of the indigenous peoples; demonstrations of traditional crafts and cuisines; recognition of cultural masters; an exhibit of photographs and crafts; and outreach performances of ethnic songs and dances.

The Dayaw Festival in Baguio is organized by the NCCA, the Negros Cultural Foundation, Inc. and the city government of Baguio in partnership with the Department of Tourism - Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR), the provincial government of Benguet, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-CAR), SM City Baguio, Onjon ni Ivadoy Association, the University of the Philippines Baguio and the Benguet State University.

It will be participated in by indigenous groups of northern Philippines including Gaddang, Isinay, Tinggian, Itneg, Ibanag, Yogad, Itawit, Malaweg, Kasiguran, Ivatan, Itbayat, Bugkalot, Isnag, Kalinga, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Balangao, Bontok, Applai, Ilocano, Bolinao, Pangasinan, Tagalog, Sambal, Pampangan, Ayta, Agta, Mangyan, Palawani, Molbog, Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, Agutaynen, Bicolano, Batak and Cuyunon.


The Balangao of Mountain Province

The Baguio celebration is part of the nationwide celebration of Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, which will have events in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Organized by NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), headed by commissioner Al-Anwar Anzar, Dayaw is annually held in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month observed every October, showcasing the different indigenous groups of the country, and an enriching and interesting array of activities including performances, rituals, forums, traditional cuisine demos, traditional games, arts and crafts exhibit and cultural tours, among others.

Dayaw aims to highlight the importance and richness of indigenous cultures, to discuss issues indigenous peoples face today and facilitate interactions with other indigenous peoples. It also aims to mine traditional knowledge as well as draw inspiration and insight from indigenous ways of life to find solutions for modern problems.

In previous years, Dayaw gathered indigenous peoples in one venue. This year, it will be held in three different venues in the three major island clusters of the country. It will have the theme “Katutubong Filipino Para sa Kalikasan at Kapayapaan” (Indigenous Filipino for the Environment and Peace).

In the Visayas, Dayaw will be held from November 10 to 11, 2014, in Bacolod City, also in partnership with Negros Cultural Foundation, Inc. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of central Philippines including Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano.

In Mindanao, Dayaw will be held from November 6 to 7, 2014, in Zamboanga City, also in partnership with Zamboanga City Indigenous Peoples Council of Leaders. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of southern Philippines including Yakan, Subanen, Manobo, Higaonon, Bagobo, Mandaya, Mansaka, B’laan, Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray, Arumanen, Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao, Iranun and Tausug.


Sen. Loren Legarda (center) with NCCA officials (from left) the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities head Alphonsus Tesoro; NCCA chairman Felipe M. de Leon Jr.; the National Committee on Southern Cultural Communities and SCCTA head Al-Anwar Anzar; and National Committee on Northern Cultural Communities head Edwin V. Antonio
Senator Loren Legarda, who is the chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, expressed her support for the festival.

“Our indigenous peoples never fail to amaze me. Whenever I visit a province and go to IP communities, I always discover marvelous things about our culture and heritage like intricately woven fabrics, cultural songs, chants and dances that narrate the story of our ancestors, and the distinct way of life that our indigenous peoples, who are our culture-bearers, strive to preserve,” she said during the press conference of Dayaw. “We have a very rich culture. I salute our indigenous peoples for preserving our culture and I thank the NCCA, led by chair Jun De Leon, for always showcasing our indigenous heritage through the Dayaw Festival.”

In line with this year’s Dayaw theme, Sen. Legarda commented: “It is sad to note that while our IPs contribute the least with respect to carbon emissions due to their simple and sustainable lifestyles and practices, they are most affected by the consequences of climate change. As we work on measures to better protect the environment and conserve our biodiversity, I urge our IPs to continue to be the primary guardians of the environment.”

Legarda also assured that she is working on other measures that will benefit indigenous peoples and their communities. Among the bills filed in the Senate for the welfare of IPs and for cultural preservation are: Ethnic Origin Act; Department of Culture Act; Traditional folk arts preservation through National Museum’s regional branches; Traditional Property Rights of IPs Act; Equal Employment Opportunities for IPs Act; Resource Centers for IPs Act; and Anti-Religious and Racial Profiling Act.

Legarda is particularly supportive of the country’s weaving traditions. She helped create the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile gallery at the National Museum as well as promote indigenous weaves.


The Itneg of Abra

Since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 1906, declaring October as National Indigenous Peoples’ Month, the NCCA has been annually celebrating the occasion in different parts of the country through Dayaw. In 2007, Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering) was held in Davao City in November, featuring Mindanao’s ethnic groups. The following year, Timpuyog: Indigenous Peoples’ Month Celebration in Luzon was held in Santiago City, Isabela, focusing on Luzon ethnic groups and featuring performances, arts and crafts workshops, cultural awareness lectures, forums, tours, and a theme-park exhibition featuring the traditional houses, cultural resources, practices/rituals, chants, music, songs and dances, stories, traditional arts and crafts, indigenous games. In 2009, the Indigenous Peoples’ Festival was held in the Visayas, particularly in Roxas City, Capiz, called Dungog, with similar activities and aims. Dayaw 2010 was held in Metro Manila, and in 2011, it was held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. In 2013, Dayaw graced the province of Bulacan. Last year, Dayaw was slated to be held in Tacloban City but super typhoon Yolanda hit the region. It was reprogrammed into psychosocial and arts for healing activities in Leyte, Bohol, Aklan and Cebu.

The SCCTA is composed of the National Committee on Northern Cultural Communities headed by Edwin V. Antonio, the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities headed by Alphonsus Tesoro, and the National Committee on Southern Cultural Communities headed by Al-Anwar Anzar. They are assisted by Marichu Tellano, chief of the Plan/Policy Formulation, and Programming Division and Renee Talavera, SCCTA section head of the NCCA secretariat.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yuchengco Museum Offers "Business Savvy for Creatives" Program for Artists, Creatives, and Designers

Are you an artist or designer facing difficulties in sustaining your business? Are you overwhelmed by business tasks such as managing production, inventory, and personnel; funding new projects; planning for expansion; or complying with government requirements?

Learn how you can break from the stereotype of the “starving artist” and become a business-keen creative entrepreneur. Yuchengco Museum, in partnership with Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) and Business and Professional Women’s Network (BPW) Makati, present “Business Savvy for Creatives,” a new two-day seminar-workshop that teaches creative industry practitioners what they need to know about basic business—from identifying the unique selling points of their work to applying for a bank loan. “Business Savvy for Creatives” runs for two days from November 6 – 7, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Yuchengco Museum.

“Business Savvy for Creatives” is a practical investment for creative practitioners, such as artists, designers, and creative professionals, who want understand the business side of art to make their artistic endeavors profitable and sustainable. Participants will learn basic business skills training through informative sessions, Q&A discussions, and hands-on workshops with successful creative entrepreneurs, business experts, and RCBC officers. Among the topics to be covered are understanding your products and markets, using financial statements in running your creative business, mapping potential markets, addressing concerns with managing resources, creating and plotting a business plan, preparing for special projects, and applying for a business loan. The seminar-workshop will be facilitated by Jeannie Javelosa and Dannie Alvarez of Yuchengco Museum, Renato Carpio of RCBC, and specially invited speakers and panelists such as Oliver Segovia of AVA.ph, Chiqui Go of Mansmith and Fielders, Tony Gonzales of A Greeting Card Company, Zarah Juan of Greenleaf Bags, and Pacita Juan of ECHOsi Foundation.

Seminar fee is P2,500, which includes snacks and refreshments, a kit and materials, a certificate of attendance, and admission to Yuchengco Museum. A discounted fee of P2,000 is available to Yuchengco Group of Companies account holders, plan holders, employees, as well as students. Seminar slots are limited, and registration is required before October 30. For details and registration, contact Yuchengco Museum at (632) 889-1234 or email abrina_programs@yuchengcomuseum.org. Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City.

The Mabini Art of Paco Gorospe


The Mabini Art of Paco Gorospe
GSIS Museum
October 16 – November 14, 2014

It has been written that a civilization is not so much defined by the amount of currency it possesses as by the wealth of its people’s character as reflected in its literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, architecture, and theater.

By looking at an overview of the development of visual arts in the Philippines, and then focusing on the life and contribution of one modernist painter who strove to overcome his own personal limitations to develop his own style and thus bridge the gap between street art and fine art, we hope to achieve a better appreciation for the rich legacy of talent and cultural wealth we have as a nation.

Luna and Hidalgo had already proven to the world that the Philippines was able to compete with Spain when it came to the visual arts during the period of Spanish colonization; the Neorealists have proven that Filipinos were global in the mid-twentieth century; Francisco “Paco” Gorospe, as a member of the Mabini Triumverate of modernist painters, and on his own, has proven that the lack of a college degree is not a hindrance but rather an opportunity to rise above mediocrity.

Paco Gorospe was just like any other man with hopes and dreams. He differed in that instead of harnessing his skills within the confines of a classroom, he pursued knowledge and skills from street corners and from life itself. He travelled to several places in the Visayas and Mindanao right after his secondary education, spending time with the locals and tribal minorities imbibing their way of life. He gave all that he had to something he derived pleasure from and made it his life’s vocation.

And because his art was his life, he tried to outdo himself in each phase of his artistic development, setting the standards a notch higher every time.

And so we find him progressing from painting movie billboards in Cagayan De Oro; to setting up his own gallery along Mabini Street in Ermita; to becoming the only non-graduate to be exhibited at the Philippine Art Gallery, bulwark of progressive Neorealists; to representing as Mabini artist the country in exhibits and in expositions abroad; and to accepting commissioned works from institutions and discriminating art collectors as a “self-educated” artist.

As such, culture and the public are benefited in that he has become the flag bearer for the Mabini School of Art at the time when Mabini was the center of art brokerage during postwar Philippines.

May we have the honor of introducing you to Francisco “Paco” Gorospe Sy of the Mabini School of Art. Transwing Art Gallery Inc.(www.kunst-gallery.eu) in cooperation with the GSIS Museum presents a retrospective of 71 artworks by Paco Gorospe covering all his stylistic experimentations covering various subject matters from people, landscapes, animals, to abstracts from October 16 until November 14, 2014. FREE ADMISSION.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Samsung Launches Digital Gallery at Yuchengco Museum

Fast internet access and the rapid evolution of smart devices have enabled people to engage with information like never before. Younger people in particular—this "always on" generation—have choices to consume information and other forms of new media in volumes and varieties never experienced before by previous generations. Museums and other cultural institutions that preserve and impart the relevance of our history and culture now face the challenge of catching the younger generation's attention.

Samsung Electronics Philippines (SEPCO) has tied up with Yuchengco Museum in a long-term partnership to launch a permanent digital gallery on the third floor of the museum. Named the Samsung Digital Gallery, the space allows visitors to interact with digitized artworks by Filipinos masters and contemporary artists through the use of Samsung tablets and augmented reality technology. Now open to the public, the Samsung Digital Gallery provides the new generation of museum visitors a new way of further engaging and interacting with Filipino art. This also enables Yuchengco Museum to further its mission to promote the appreciation of art, culture, and history amongst its various audiences.

As a technology leader, SEPCO recognizes the challenge of attracting younger generations of museum goers. The Samsung Digital Gallery uses technology to bring back the passion for visiting museums and appreciating the joy of viewing art, as well as augments artists' tools with new ones that provide platforms for art to be more engaging and interactive. This innovative collaboration to create a permanent space germinated after the successful mounting of Relative Realities, an exhibit of select works of Filipino contemporary artists who worked with app developers with the aid of leveraging technology, smart devices, and the Internet. Succeeding museum-led exhibits will be complemented by the gallery. The Samsung Digital Gallery hopes to evolve with the audiences’ rapid adoption of new technologies. The gallery is dedicated to the digital generation, to whom our cultural heritage will be passed on to.

The Samsung Digital Gallery is located at Yuchengco Museum beginning mid-September 2014. The museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org

Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 Lampara Storytelling Competition Grand Finals at the Mall of Asia!

Manila, Philippines – Storytelling kids will make you laugh, cry and tickle your imagination, live at the SMX, Mall of Asia! The 2014 Lampara Storytelling Competition Kuwentong Bata, Kuwentistang Bata 3 finalists will be taking the stage at the grand showcase at the Manila International Book Fair, SM Mall of Asia (MOA) on September 21, 2014.

Out of the more than 200 contestants that joined the Elimination Workshops last September 5, only ten finalists per category were chosen for the final competition.


For Category A, Grades 1-4, the finalists are Jazz Doon Milan (Santiago A. De Guzman Elementary School), Luis Benjamin Isidro and Emmanuel Alberto Syquia (PAREF Northfield School for Boys), Chelsea Jemimah V. Gupo (Comembo Elementary School), Wilfred Reyes, Jr. (P. Gomez Elementary School), Samantha Maye Chua, (Chiang Kai Shek College), Marxinne Pajarin (San Joaquin Elementary School).


Finalists for Category B, Grades 5-7 are Ma. Catrina Chan (A. Regidor Elementary School), Elfritz Angelo Peralta (St. Joseph College of Novaliches), Mark Ashly Villarama (Maybunga Elementary School), Miguel Antonio Encarnacion (PAREF Northfield Schools for Boys), Sealtiel Anne Pael (Santiago A. De Guzman Elementary School), Jeremy Matthew M. Trinidad, (Ilaya Barangka Integrated School), Jasmin Cassandra Angulo (Caloocan National Science and Technology High School), Sancai delos Santos (San Joaquin Elementary School), Ericka Krystal U. Nuguid (Academe of Donna Christine), Aila Marie Villeza (Las Pinas National High School)

The 2014 Lampara Storytelling Competition (Kuwentong Bata, Kuwentistang Bata 3) features not only talented kids but also the brilliance of our own writers and illustrators in the field of children's literature.

Winners of the competition shall receive a trophy, certificates, gift packs and cash prizes: Php15,000(1st place), Php12,000 (2nd place) and Php7,000 (3rd place). 

Friday, September 19, 2014

“Handog sa Bansa” Screening for Lav Diaz’s “Mula sa Kung ano Ang Noon”


Widely acknowledged for bringing the singular highest honor to Philippine Cinema, “Mula sa Kung ano Ang Noon,” Lav Diaz’s Martial Law epic, will have “Handog sa Bansa” special screening on September 21, 2014 at the SM Cinema Centerstage at the SM Mall of Asia.

The special screening, coinciding with the anniversary of the declaration of the Martial Law, is meant to be an offering to the Filipino people (free admission for the public) and will be attended by honored guests. It celebrates the film’s recent triumph at the Festival del Film Locarno 2014 in Switzerland, where it won the Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard) Grand Prize. The International film festival in Locarno, held last August 6-16, is one of the oldest and most prestigious A-list film festivals in Europe, in the league of Cannes, Venice, and Berlin.

Presented by the Film development Council of the Philippines and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, in partnership with SM Cinema, the special screening is, additionally highlighted by a photo and video exhibit outside Centerstage. A short program with the cast and crew precedes the film screening at 2:30pm.

The film tackles life in the village in one of the remotest regions of the Philippines before Martial Law was declared.

Diaz in an earlier interview with the FDCP entices Filipinos to see the film, “[as] it talks about what happened in the last two years before martial law. It’s based on real events. The characters are based on real characters in our village when I was in grade six up to first year high school. I reenacted everything from memory. But it’s about the coming, it’s a foreboding thing, it’s a horror film actually. We’re entering hell and we felt that then.”

In Locarno, the film also garnered the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize; the International Federation of Film Societies Don Quixote prize, the Youth Jury Environment Is Quality of Life Prize, and the Boccalino de Oro Independent Critics Award for Best Actress for lead Hazel Orencio.

The photo and video exhibit will chronicle the journey of the film’s cast and crew, from the film’s inception and pre-production stages up until the win at Locarno and the triumphant return to the Philippines. The public can view the exhibit as early as in the days leading up to the September 21 event.

For more screening information and updates, please visit the “Mula Sa Kung ano Ang Noon” Facebook page, FDCP Facebook page, and FDCP website (fdcp.ph). Treats and prizes await lucky film viewers.

Human Sa Lokat: A Solo Exhibition by Roedil "Joe" Geraldo

Appropriating the mystical accord of creation, Roedil “Joe” Geraldo recreates life out of terra cotta to articulate known biblical narratives about creation of life--- that the first man was made of out clay. In his language of form, he evokes plastic visions of mythology or spiritual truth while also turning to his ideas of the divine forces in his clay sculptures; they become physical manifestations of his faith revealed only by his own hands.

Turning soil found under Geraldo’s own feet into shapely mass of art has been his creative commitment that mainly defined much of his career. His dexterous intervention meeting the tactile pleasures and the sensuous manipulation of clay together produce these vigorous corporeal forms, dramatic figures of terra cotta with absolute pitch of dignity and ceaseless curiosity. In the promptings of his unconscious and fertile interventions, he shapes his sculptures with connected limbs, tangled bodies, all forming visible contours of unnatural collocations of the human form with palpable dramatic and robust gestures and in various scales and orientations.

Geraldo is an accomplished sculptor as seen in his consistent production and accomplishments in various national prizes. He has been a Juror’s Choice in the Philippine National Art Awards for in for two consecutive years 2013-14. He has also been exhibited in major venues locally, most of them in Bacolod and Dumaguete, twice at the Alliance Francaise de Manille and in an exhibition at the Ayala Museum. Among the creative communities and affiliations which he actively engages with include the Art Association of Bacolod (AAB), Kasamahan ng mga Artisan Mulat ang Isip (KAMI), Art Association of Talisay (ATA) Signus of Negros

Human Sa Lokat will be on view from Sept 27 to October 8, 2014. YSOBEL art gallery is open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

For more information, contact Mark Tiongco at mark.sancheztiongco@gmail.com; 09285071117.

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