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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Will Work 4 Food Exhibit @ Silverlens Gallery

Steve Tirona
Curated by Adeline Ooi
6pm on April 24, 2008 - May 24, 2008 .

Will Work 4 Food began in 2005 with a simple aim to
take “snapshots” of the nascent but exciting days of
Manila's alternative contemporary art scene. Three
years on, the careers of a number of the individuals
pictured here have matured. Many are now making names
for themselves as some of the Philippines' most
promising and exciting young contemporary artists.
This ‘family tree' reads like the tangled streets we
traverse on daily. Whether working together as members
of a collective, setting up exhibition venues of their
own, or quietly working on their obsessions, their
energy is inspiring, their enthusiasm and
determination to continually provoke and play, to
experiment and reinvent.

Born in Manila in 1976, Steve Tirona was raised in
Southern California and calls Los Angeles his
hometown. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in
Photography from the Art Center College of Design in
Pasadena in 1996, Tirona went on to taking pictures
professionally in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. His
past work includes Rage Against the Machine's Battle
of Los Angeles album as well as the photographs for
the movie Adaptation . His unorthodox vision and style
of photography have garnered the respect and
admiration of his peers and the creative industry as a
whole. Steve is now based in Manila.

This project has been supported by The Nippon
Foundation Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship

Accompanying Will Work 4 Food are Saturday Gallery
Activities , all from 3-5pm:

April 26-Gallery Talk by Curator Adeline Ooi

May 3-Artist Talk by Steve Tirona

Closing party on May 24, 6pm

Visit silverlens gallery at 2320 Pasong Tamo
Extension, Makati City, 816-0044,
manage@silverlensph Gallery hours are Monday
to Friday 10am–7 pm, Saturday 1–6pm.
www.silverlensphoto .com

KONG ART FAIR 08, MAY 14-18, 2008
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Tutok KARGADO @ Ateneo Art Gallery

Tutok KARGADO ongoing in the Ateneo Art Gallery

The Ateneo Art Gallery is presently featuring Tutok KARGADO - a visual
dialogue between contemporary Filipino artists and Modern masters in
the Ateneo Art Gallery collection. Tutok KARGADO is initiated by
Tutok, an initiative of visual artists focused on art and advocacy.
Hosted by the Ateneo Art Gallery, curator Jose Tence Ruiz provides the
structure within which the Tutok artists respond to and interact with
Filipino masters such as Arturo Luz, Vicente Manansala, Roberto
Chabet, J. Elizalde Navarro, Antonio Austria, Brenda Fajardo and
Lazaro Soriano.

The exhibition is an assortment of media and an explosion of color.
The buzz on national identity has never been this visually
stimulating. Tutok KARGADO creates a space of irregular frequency -
somewhat mirroring the vibrant topsy-turviness of Philippine history.
What will be encountered here are installations of sari-sari stores,
iconoclastic altars, natural calamities, urban subcultures, tarot
cards in our mother tongue, propaganda posters, jeepneys, indigenous
people and the other elements that make up the national dissonance
through the years.

Tutok KARGADO presents a vision of Philippine society as experienced
and expressed by Edgar Talusan Fernandez, Manny Garibay, Alfredo
Esquillo, Noel Soler Quizon, Karen O. Flores, Jose Tence Ruiz, Boy
Dominguez, Mideo Cruz, Mark Salvatus, Buen Calubayan, Jay Pacena, Lav
Diaz, Jim Libiran, Don Salubayba and Kirby Roxas.

Tutok KARGADO is ongoing until 22 May 2008 at the Ateneo Art Gallery.
Gallery hours on weekdays are 8am to 12 noon and 1 to 5pm, and 8am to
12 noon on Saturdays. As part of the Tutok KARGADO exhibit,the gallery
is holding film screenings of Jim Librain's "Tribu" and Lav Diaz's
"Death in the Land of Encantos". "Tribu" will be show on May 8 at 1:30
pm. "Death in the Land of Enkantos" will be shown every other
Wednesday till the end of the exhibit. The screenings are on April 23,
May 7, and May 21 beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 6:45 pm with a
break from noon to 1 pm.

Ateneo Art Gallery is located on the basement of the Rizal Library in
Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon

For inquiries, please call 426-6488.
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Summer Art Workshop 2008 2nd Batch - The L.A. Workshop

The L. A. Workshop
'Celebrating 22 Years of Art and the Nurture of Fine Artists'

Bring out the Artist in You! Join....
The 2nd Batch of participants at



Sketching, Pastel Drawing, Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting,
Watercolor Painting, Anime Illustration, Digital Photography
and Many others.

2nd Batch Starts on
April 28, 29, 30, and May 1

For more Information call
8077624 or 8425200

or visit:
66 G. Puyat St., B. F. Homes
(Entrance: Soriano St. Behind Bank of P. I.)
Paranaque City
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Women’s Cabaret @ PETA Theater Center

Women’s Cabaret, April 18 at the PETA Theater Center

It’s going to be a beautiful nyt of music and laughter as PETA’s Women’s Theater Program puts together some of the most memorable songs from our women plays – Tumawag Kay Libby Manaoag and The Libby Manaoag Files: Ang Paghahanap sa Puwertas Prinsesas – in the Women’s Cabaret, April 18 at the PETA Theater Center Roof Deck.

Palanca Award-winning writer Liza Magtoto weaves together songs from these musicals in a playful comedy titled Babae Yata ‘To!, directed by Maribel Legarda with music by Vincent A. deJesus and Lucien Letaba, production design by Boni Juan.

As usual, we will party ‘til morning! Entertainment is on us! No need to stop by a beauty parlor because if you come before 8pm, makeover is on us too, courtesy of the Australian College for Hair Design and Beauty.

Reserve your tickets now (they are fast running out!!!), still at PhP200 inclusive of one free drink! Dinner and happy hour starts at 6pm, show commences at 9pm. Bar services are courtesy of Gardenia’s Greenhouse Grill.

The Women’s Cabaret is presented through the generous support of the Elena Tan Foundation, The SM Foundation, and The Soroptimist International of the Philippines Region (A Foundation), Inc. Proceeds from the show will benefit the different programs of the WTP.

The Midsummer Nyts Hap’nins goes on for one last night with Carnivale on April 25. Sponsors are the Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty, Sunsilk, Nescafe Amore, Franzia Wines and Slimmer’s World International. For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact 7256244, 4100821, 0928-5047408 or 0917-8154567. The PETA Theater Center is located at #5 Eymard Drive , New Manila , Quezon City (at the back of the QC Sports Club).
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Summer Art Workshop for Kids @ My Little Art Place

Summer Art Workshop for Kids

222 Wilson St. Greenhills,
San Juan City
Landline: 409.4122
Mobile: 0929.2572249
For Inquiries look for Ana

All workshops will run for (8) sessions.
Note: Workshop schedules are subject to change without
prior notice.

2nd Module schedule
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
April 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
May 5

Jewelry Making
By: Rigitte Gutierrez
9– 12 yrs old
MWF – 9:00 – 12nn

Oil Pastel for Kids
By: Stanley Chi
4 – 8 yrs old
MWF – 9:00 – 11:30am

Acrylic Painting for kids
By: Noel Manalo
9 – 12 yrs old
MWF – 9:00 – 12:00nn

Sculpture for teens
By: Marcial Pontillas
9-12 yrs old
MWF – 9-12nn

Sculpture for teens
By: Marcial Pontillas
13-17 yrs old
MWF – 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Creativity for teens
By: Rigitte Gutierrez
13-17 yrs old
MWF – 2:00 – 5pm

Pen & ink
By: Stanley Chi
9-12 yrs old
MWF – 2:00 -5pm

Acrylic Painting for kids
By: Noel Manalo
9 – 12 yrs old
MWF – 2-5pm

2st Module schedule
April 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
May 6, 8

Lay Out Design For Kids
By: Rigitte Gutierrez
9-12 yrs old
TTHS 9:00 – 12nn

Creative Crafts
By: Eisa Jocson
4 – 8 yrs old
TTHS 9:00 – 11:30 am

Fun Photogragphy
By: Maya Ladyong
8-12 yrs old
TTHS 9-12nn

Sculpture for kids
By: Marcial Pontillas
9 – 12 yrs old
TTHS 9:00 – 12:00 nn

Pen and Ink Techniques
By: Stanley Chi
9 – 12 yrs old
TTHS 9:00 – 12:00 nn

Drawing & Painting
By: Mary Ann Uy
4 – 8 yrs old
TTHS – 2:00 – 4:30 pm

By: Abet Ongkingko
9-12 yrs old
TTHS 2:00 – 5:00pm

Acrylic Painting
By: Noel Manalo
9-12 yrs old
TTHS 2:00 – 5:00pm

Comic strip illustration/ caricature
By: Stanley Chi
9 – 12 yrs old
TTHS 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Mixed Media
By: Eisa Jocson
4 – 8 yrs old
TTHS 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Oil Painting for teens
By: Vincent Padilla
13-17 yrs old
TTH 2:00 – 5:00 pm / Sat 1-4pm
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Memory Wares @ Contemporary Dance Map 2008

world dance alliance philippines
choreographers network



"As artists, we conduct our education in does one take a series of processes and...precipitate them in a space in such a way, that's what there is 'more' than the result of those processes, and what's 'more' is mythological, psychological, spiritual if you like. Much of our works come out the deep belief that form has metaphysical memory... a bodily recall that relates to a series of abstract ideas, and therefore its abstract art"

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Summer Art Workshop For Kids @ UP Vargas Museum

Summer Workshops offering at the UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum

Fernando B. Sena Summer Art Workshop
Ongoing. It started last April 2, 2008. But I believe they are still accepting participants at the Philippine Heart Center venue. You just need to attend makeup classes.

Junior Museum Guides 4
Junior Museum Guides Workshop (JMG4) is a two-week program that will cover art appreciation, introduction to museums, health and safety in a museum, docent training and exhibition, basic drawing lesson by Marcelo Baldomar, pottery workshop by Aba Lluch Dalena and printmaking workshop by Ambie Abaño of the Philippine Association of Printmakers. Please find attached press release.

Please do not hesitate to call at 928-19-27 or email at vargasmuseum@ for your other queries.
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Carlos Siguion-Reyna & Kidlat Tahimik to Conduct Workshops @ UP Film Institute


Take classes under two of Philippine Cinema's pride and joy. Enrol now at UP Film Institute's Summer Workshop 2008. Details as follows:

Directing with Carlos Siguion-Reyna
When: 05 May- 09 May 2008
Time: Day 1: 1pm- 5pm
Day 2: 10am- 6pm
Day 3: 1:00pm- 5:00pm
Day 4: 10am-6:00pm
Day 5: 10am- 6:00pm
Venue: UP Film Institute
Fee: PhP 10,000.00
Inclusive of handouts, use of equipment, post facility, light snacks and certificates
Requirement: Advanced Basic to Intermediate level in filmmaking

Experimental Filmmaking with Kidlat Tahimik in BAGUIO
Date: 29 April to 04 May 2008
Fee: PhP 8, 280.00 (inclusive of workshop fee, board and lodging, food, Victory bus fare, handouts and certificates)
Departure (Manila to Baguio) : 29 April 2008
Arrival (Baguio to Manila) : 04 May 2008 (or 05 May 2008, should you wish to stay for another day)
Basic Requirement: Basic to Intermediate level in filmmaking

Should you ahve further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Marie Frances Madrid at 0915.6960875 or call UPFI @ : 9262722 (telefax); 9263640. Look for Frances, Irish or Ms. Beng.

University of the Philippines Film Institute
(Member, CILECT/Internationa l Association of Film and Television Schools)
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Hey Bouncers! and BOUNCE Magazine would like to invite you to take part in the successful online photo contest: Sun, Sand and Snapshots.

The Sun, Sand and Snapshots photo competition will be open to all photo enthusiasts. Those who wish to join the promo will be requested to submit a picture depicting a fun loving summer. From the pool of submitted photographs, we plan to pick the best entry based on both the image quality and relevance.

Sun, Sand and Snapshots will run from March 24 – May 31, 2008, and like the previous years, will not just focus on the snapshot competition, but also on anything and everything related to summer.

Features, galleries and videos will be available for visitors to enjoy. Features will include summer destinations, food and activities. There will also be online photo exhibits of various Philippine destinations, not to mention galleries of the trips taken by the previous Sun, Sand and Snapshots winners.

One lucky winner who will receive an all expense paid trip to a top Philippine destination plus other goodies from our sponsors. Honorable mentions will also be given out to deserving entries.

To see the Sun, Sand and Snapshots gallery, visit

To join, upload your snapshots at

The winning entry and honorable mentions will be featured in Clickthecity during the second half of May. -- Sun, Sand and Snapshots Photo Contest
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

UP Dulaang Laboratoryo Presents The Blu Rm

The University of the Philippines Dulaang Laboratoryo under the Department of Speech Commununication and Theater Arts serves as a training ground for Theater Students enrolled in their thesis subject presents The Blu Rm, a special project presentation. It is a play in ten intimate acts that evokes a new perspective on love, sexuality, lust and desire.

The play is adapted in Filipino by the cast members (Chic San Agustin and Pat Valera) under the direction of Missy Maramara.

Set in a contemporary world, The Blu Rm, allocates all the characters of the play to only two actors with the search for truth in every encounter. This is also one of the few that takes on an unconventional style of the theater known as the Digital Theater.

The Blu Rm will run from April 14-16, 2008 at 7pm at the Faculty Center, Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

For any queries please contact the Production Manager @ 0916-7387254/ 258-1986 or email at raymondie_2@
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Quarenta - U.E. Fine Arts Homecoming Exhibit at CCP

QUARENTA-U.E. Fine Arts Homecoming Exhibit at CCP

As a closing activity, the U.E. Fine Arts will have a sketching
session on April 13, Sunday at the main gallery of CCP. Please bring
your art materials like pastel, pencil, watercolor or any medium you're
comfortable to use wag lang oil kasi enclosed space po ang gallery. The
session will start at around 1pm onwards. U.E will provide models
wearing native costumes. Please inform your U.E. alumni contacts. See
you all there!

Note: CCP Visual Arts Director, Sid Hildawa just passed away, the family
still needs our help to defray the cost of his hospital bills. Kindly
bring artwork donations or maybe we can donate some of the works that we
will produce at the session to the family.
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Thursday, April 03, 2008

PiTIK-MULAT Photography Visit & Exhibit Crash Edition

Tudla Productions’ PiTIK-MULAT Photography Visit and Exhibit Crash Edition

PiTIK-MULAT Photography Visit is a bi-annual gathering of
professional and student photographers set out on an exposure trip
and photo shoot in an indigent community to produce photos
representative of and relevant to our times.

Photography has proven to be an effective chronicler not only of
important events that have shaped the nation but of the long and
continuing experience of poverty and social injustice in the
country. In the same pursuit, Tudla seeks to carry out PiTIK-MULAT
to contribute to the enrichment of the practice of documentary
photography and of the repertoire of photos representing the
condition of society today.

Aside from the abovementioned purpose, PiTIK-MULAT also aims to
train young, creative individuals in the field of documentary
photography and encourage the production of art to serve a social

In 2007 and early this year, PiTIK-MULAT was brought to communities
along the railways in Sta. Mesa, Manila and in an indigent community
cluster in Tondo, Manila. In said visits, Tudla was joined by
student photographers and by some of the country's most
distinguished photographers and photojournalists like Luis Liwanag,
Raffy Lerma, Jez Aznar, Alberto Garcia, Jimmy Domingo and Gil

From these visits, the PiTIK-MULAT Photo Collection has earned a
significant number and quality of photographs depicting a worsened
poverty amidst narrowing means of substinence experienced by the
urban poor in Metro Manila. The collection has been exhibited
primarily in schools and urban poor activities and has once been
invited to be part of an improvisational show of theater and
performance artists held at the heart of Quiapo, Manila.

Now, true to our commitment to authentically represent today's
dynamic social conditions through the different media, Tudla sees
fit to update the PiTIK-MULAT Photo Collection to keep pace with the
current developments in our country's socio-political situation
which are directly linked with the prevalence of deepening poverty
among a large section of our population.

The complicated web of social issues now being brought to fore has
recently drawn a sustained clamor for truth, accountability and
justice from different sectors. A major voice of remonstration comes
from the urban poor in Metro Manila whose already difficult lives
are made even worse by the issues of brazen graft and corruption,
among others.

It is the portrayal of this significant and timely facet of the life
of the urban poor that is lacking in the existing PiTIK-MULAT Photo
Collection. We are hereby holding a crash edition of PiTIK-MULAT
aiming to give a human face to how the urban poor struggles not only
for individual subsistence but to collectively call for social
justice--be it in their respective communities and/or in the streets.

Moreover, in times like these, it becomes imperative that PiTIK-
MULAT broaden its venues to propagate art that serves the ordinary
Filipino's plight and struggles. With the support of individuals
and institutions sympathetic to this cause PiTIK-MULAT can be roved
not only in art galleries, but also in grassroots venues like
communities, schools and gatherings which at the same time leads to
the exploration of alternative means of artistic exhibition.
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Events @ The Alcove : April Calendar

Still, Life by Edel Rojas
April 2-17, 2008
The Alcove Photo Gallery

We invite black-and-white aficionados to view Edel
Rojas’ photographs of industrial objects taken inside
a manufacturing plant where is he currently employed.
Also included are candid shots of children that
express innocence and joy.

The Alcove, located at the Filipinas Heritage Library,
Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City, is open
from Tuesday to Saturday (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
For more details, please call 892-1801 or email

Primer on Lighting
April 24-25, 2008 (6:00-9:30 p.m.)

In this workshop, learn the basics of photographic
lighting. Register now and get a 10% discount for
confirmation/ full payment on or before April 17.

For more details, please call 892-1801 or email

--- May photo classes ---

Digital 101: Photography and the Computer
Weekends—May 3, 10, and 17 (9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
Weeknights—May 19, 20, 22, 26, and 27 (6:00–9:00 p.m.)

Digital Photography for Young Shutterbugs
Kids aged 7 to 12—May 3 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Teens aged 13 to 17—May 17 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Digital Photography for Point-and-Shoot Camera Users
May 24 (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to
0917-5594417, email cruz.ct@ayalafounda or
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National Museum Goes Nature Walk to Mt. Banahaw

National Museum Goes "Nature Walk" to Mt. Banahaw

Have a fun-filled and knowledge-loaded activity this summer. Join the National Museum as it invites natural science teachers, students, nature lovers and interested individuals to a "Nature Walk" in Mount Banahaw in Quezon Province from April 24-25, 2008.

The activity involves flora and fauna species identification; field demonstration on how to collect and process animals, plants and fungi; nature photography; lectures on concept of parks and protected areas in the Philippines as well as nature preservation awareness.

Slots are limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come-first- served basis.

For more information, please get in touch with Mr. Mel Lagartija or Ms. Rizza Salterio of the Museum Education Division at telefax 5270278.

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at
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UPFI Summer 2008 Multimedia Workshops


The UP Film Institute (UPFI) announces the opening of its SUMMER
2008 Multimedia Workshops – a series of short-term, specialized courses
on the power of images and the various aspects of film and audiovisual

The following courses will be offered.

1. ADVOCACY VIDEO : The Creative Process
Facilitator: Surf Reyes
Dates: 19-23 May 2008
Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm .
Venue: UPFI Videotheque (at the back of Cine Adarna)
Fee: P 5,000 inclusive of light snacks, handouts, and certificates.

Facilitator: Libay Linsangan Cantor
Dates: April 8, 11, 15, 18, 22
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Venue: A 107 a
Fee: P 6,000 inclusive of light snacks, handouts, and certificates.

Facilitator: Libay Linsangan Cantor
Dates: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Venue: A 107a
Fee: P 6,000 inclusive of light snacks, handouts, and certificates.

4. ADVANCED SCRIPTWRITING : Filipino Realities and Specificities for
Experienced Writers
Facilitator: Armando Lao
Dates: April, 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 1:00 pm. - 6:00 p.m.
Venue: UPFI Videotechque
Fee: P 4,000 inclusive of light snacks, handouts, and certificates.

Facilitator: Nap Jamir
Dates: Schedule tentative (please wait for further announcements)
Time: tentative
Venue: UPFI Videotheque (at the back of Cine Adarna)
Fee: P 18,000 inclusive of 16mm film, processing, equipment use,
light snacks, & certificates.

Facilitator: Vivian Limpin
Dates: April 28, 30, May 2, 5, 7, 9
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: A107b and Photolab
Fee: P 8,000, inclusive of B&W film, materials for developing, light
snacks, & certificates.
Requirement: 35mm still camera

Facilitator: Ramon Bautista
Dates: April 14- 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Venue: UPFI Post-Facility (at the back of Cine Adarna)
Fee: P 5,000 inclusive of use of equipment, light snacks, handouts,
and certificates.

Facilitator: Milo Paz
Dates: 12-16 May 2008
Time: 10am- 5pm
Venue: UPFI Videotheque (at the back of Cine Adarna)
Fee: P 9,000 inclusive of use of equipment, light snacks, handouts,
and certificates.

Facilitator: Nonoy Lauzon
Dates: 21 May 2008 onwards (broken schedule, clas will decide when
the next meeting will be)
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: UPFI Conference Room
Fee: P 4,000 inclusive of light snacks, handouts, and certificates.

Facilitator: Sari Dalena
Dates: 21-25 April 2008
Time: 1pm-6pm
Venue: UPFI Post Facility
Fee: P 9,000.00 inclusive of use of equipment, light snacks,
and certificates

Facilitator: Lorna Israel
Dates: 01- 05 May 2008
Time: 1:00-5:00 pm
Venue: UPFI Conference Room
Fee: P 4,000.00 inclusive of light snack, handouts and certificates

12. WRITING ABOUT FILMS: Classical Film Theory and Criticism
Facilitator: Patrick Campos
Dates: 21-25 April 2008
Time: 10am- 5:00pm
Venue: UPFI Conference Room
Fee: P 4,000.00 inclusive of light snacks, handouts and certificates

13. WRITING ABOUT FILMS: Film Appreciation for the Young
Facilitator: Patrick Campos
Dates: 19-23 May 2008
Time: 10 am- 5:00 pm
Venue: A107b
Fee: P4,000.00 inclusive of light snacks, handouts and certificates

Facilitator: Bryan Quesada and Teta Tulay
Dates: 28 April – 02 May 2008
Time: 10am- 5:00pm
Venue: UPFI Post facility
Fee: P 6,000.00 inclusive of use of materials, light snacks,
and certificates

Facilitator: Roxlee and Teta Tulay
Dates: 05 May- 14 May 2008
Time: 10:00am – 5:00 pm
Venue: UPFI Post Facility
Fee: P 9,000.00 inclusive of use of materials, light snacks,
and certificates

16. DIGITAL IMAGING (Digital Photography with Photo Manipulation)
Facilitator: Bryan Quesada
Dates: 19-23 May 2008
Time: 10am-5pm
Venue: UPFI Post Facility
Fee: P 6,000.00 inclusive of use of materials, light snacks,
and certificates


DIRECTING with Carlitos Siguion-Reyna
May 5-9, 2008
Fee to be announced soon.

Experimental Filmmaking with Kidlat Tahimik
(please wait for further announcements)

All workshops will be held at the facilities of the UPFI Cine Adarna
or the College of Mass Communication (Annex Building), starting
APRIL. Participants who enroll in and finish any of the courses will
be given certificates of participation.

The UPFI is the country's first and only degree-granting film
school, and it is the home of the first and longest-running production
workshop series in the Philippines. The UPFI is a member of the
International Association Schools of Film & Television (CILECT).

For inquiries, you may call us at the UPFI Cine Adarna, telephone
numbers 9263640 / 92627222 (telefax), or mobile number 09156960875.
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Submission for Palanca Awards Deadline on April 30

Submission for Palanca Awards Deadline on April 30

The Palanca Awards or Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature is the Philippines' most prestigious and most enduring literary awards and is dubbed as the "Pulitzer Prize" of the Philippines. Most, if not all, important or major Philippine authors have one or more Palancas in their belts. For some, especially to a young fictionist or poet, winning a Palanca is a sort of a "baptism of fire" denoting or announcing that one has arrived in Philippine literary circles.


Don Carlos Palanca Sr. was a man who by the sheer dint of hard work, self-study, and integrity rose to become a successful businessman. He was a patron of educational institutions and instilled in his children the value of education. His heirs decided it fitting that his name be commemorated in an endeavor that would help enrich the country's cultural heritage. Thus, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature was established in 1950.

The aims of the awards have been to help develop Philippine literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary work; and to be a treasury of the Philippines' literary gems from Filipino writers and to assist in its eventual dissemination to the people, particularly the students.

The awards started with the Short Story category in English and Filipino (Tagalog).
Through the years, as the awards elicited overwhelming response, new categories were added: One-Act Play in 1953, Poetry in 1963, Full-Length Play in 1975, Essay in 1979, Novel in 1980, Short Story for Children in 1989, Teleplay in 1990, and Screenplay in 1994.

In 1997, three new divisions were opened. These were the Iloko, Cebuano and Hiligaynon Short Story. To encourage writing by our youth, the Kabataan (Youth) Essay for high school students was opened in 1998. And in 2000, a new category was added: Future Fiction, a separate genre of the short story that involves a looking beyond into the future to transcend the boundaries of the present.

The harvest of literary works is just as impressive. As of year 2000, it has a collection of 28 novels, 12 in English and 16 in Filipino; 128 three-act plays, 54 in English and 74 in Filipino; 289 one-act plays, 131 in English and 158 in Filipino; 300 groups of poems, 162 in English and 138 in Filipino; 142 essays, 70 in English and 72 in Filipino; 367 Short Stories, 167 in English, 164 in Filipino, 12 in Cebuano, 12 in Iloko, and 12 in Hiligaynon; 85 short stories for children, 43 in English and 42 in Filipino; 42 Teleplays, 5 in English and 37 in Filipino; 22 Screenplays all in Filipino; 18 Kabataan Essays, 9 in English and 9 in Filipino; 6 Future Fiction, 3 in English and 3 in Filipino.

The Carlos Palanca Foundation regularly publishes anthologies of winning works, with each anthology covering all winning literary pieces of a certain category (e.g. Short Story in English) in a decade (e.g. the 1980s).

As of 2000, the Director General of the Awards is Sylvia Palanca-Quirino.

Contest rules

The contest is open from January to April 30 of the year. It is open to all Filipino citizens, or former Filipino citizens, of all ages except current officers and employees of the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., the sponsor.

Divisions and categories

There are five divisions in the awards: English, Filipino, Hiligaynon, Iluko and Cebuano. The contest has ten regular categories: literary novel (open only every three years), Futuristic Fiction, Short story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, One-act Play, Full-length Play, Teleplay, and Screenplay. The Kabataan Essay is a special category open to persons below 18 years of age.

The categories are open both in the English and Filipino divisions except the Teleplay and Screenplay categories which are open only in the Filipino division. The Hiligaynon, Iluko and Cebuano divisions are open only in the Short Story category. A translation of an entry submitted in one division shall not be eligible in any other division.

Authors may submit only one entry per category. A work which has been awarded a prize in another contest is not qualified for the awards. Published/produced works which were first published or first produced between May 1 of the previous year and April 30 of the current year and/or unpublished/ unproduced works may be entered in the contest except in the Screenplay category where only unproduced works may be entered.

The entry

In the Novel category, the theme is open and free. There is no limit as to the number of pages of the entry.

In the Short Story category, an entry must be at least ten but not more than 25 typewritten pages. In the Short Story for Children category, an entry must be not more than 10 typewritten pages. It may deal with any subject, provided it is directed principally to promote appreciation of Filipino literature or culture by children in the grade school level, ages 7 to 12. In the Futuristic Fiction category, an entry must consist of at least 10 but not more than 25 typewritten pages and should present a scenario of the future Filipino and the country.

In the Poetry category, an entry must consist of a collection of at least 10 but not more than 15 poems.

In the Essay category, an entry should be at least 10 but not more than 25 typewritten pages. The category is open only to informal (personal) essays.

In the One-Act Play category, an entry must be of sufficient length to approximate a performing time of 45 minutes. In the Full-Length Play category, an entry must consist of 2 or more acts.

In the Teleplay category, an entry when produced for television presentation, must have a maximum running time of 1 hour. Sitcoms and dramas depicting socially relevant themes are preferred. In the Screenplay category, the entry must be a script for a full-length film with a running time of approximately 2 hours. The theme is open, but should inspire the viewer with moral values.

The Kabataan Essay category is open only to informal (personal) essays. The Essay must develop the given theme for the year for the English and Filipino divisions. An entry must be at least 4 but not more than 5 typewritten pages, and must carry an original title.

All entries shall consist of an original and three copies. Each entry must be typewritten or computerized, double-spaced on 8 ½" X 11" bond paper, with approximately one-inch margin on all sides. The page number must be typed consecutively e.g. 1 of 30, 2 of 30 and so on at the center of the bottom margin of each page. If computerized, the font should be Arial, Times New Roman or Book Antiqua and the font size should be 12. A soft copy (diskette copy or e-mail) of computer-generated entries is also required. The author’s real name, and address must not appear on the entry. The duly accomplished Official Entry Form and notarized Authorization Form together with the author’s full resumé should be sealed inside a legal size letter envelope. The title of the entry, category, and division should be written or typed on the envelope, and the envelope attached to an original copy of the entry. In case an entry from abroad wins, an authenticated copy of the Authorization Form by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate will be required.

All copies should be legible and neat. Entries must be addressed to the Board of Judges, Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, which shall be the sole body to evaluate the literary merits of the works. Entries should be submitted to the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. office at Ground Floor, CPJ Building , 105 C. Palanca Jr. St. , Legaspi Village , Makati City , Philippines not later than 12:00 m.n. of April 30 of the year. Entries sent by mail or courier should be postmarked/invoiced not later than April 15 of the year.

Entries submitted via e-mail should be in Rich Text Format (.rtf) or in a Microsoft Word document file and should be sent as an attachment together with the author’s bio-data or resumé, and a scanned copy of the accomplished and notarized Authorization Form. The original copy of the notarized Authorization Form should then be sent to the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. by mail or courier not later than April 30 of the year.

Entries submitted via e-mail should be transmitted not later than 12:00 m.n. of April 30 of the year. Submitted copies of winning entries shall remain with, and become the property of, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Submitted copies of non-winning entries may be claimed by the authors not later than six months from the date of announcement of winners.

Entries submitted must comply with government policies on printed matters.

Judging of the entries

The Board of Judges shall have the discretion not to award any prize if, in its judgment, no meritorious entry has been submitted. The Sponsor has the sole right to designate the persons who shall constitute the Board of Judges in each of the contest categories.

Announcement of winners

The names of the winners and the members of the Board of Judges shall be announced on September 1 of the year.


The prizes for each contest category are the following:


* Grand prize - P30,000

Short Story, Futuristic Fiction, Poetry, Essay, One–act Play and Short Story for Children, and Teleplay:

* First prize - P12,000
* Second prize - P9,000
* Third prize - P7,000

Full-length Play:

* First prize - P17,000
* Second prize - P10,000
* Third prize - P7,000


* First prize - P27,000
* Second prize - P12,000
* Third prize - P10,000

Kabataan Essay:

* First prize - P8,000
* Second prize - P5,000
* Third prize - P3,000

(Based on the 2005 Rules of the Contest. The rules may vary every year. For the latest and complete contest rules, contact the Palanca Foundation.)

For official contest form, please visit the Likhaan website at
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Simplicated Series II Exhibit @ SM City Cebu Art Center

Leopoldo Aguilar, Jr.'s "SIMPLICATED SERIES II"
at SM City Cebu Art Center

Neo-Tribe Founder, musician and visual artist, Leopoldo "Leo" Ceniza Aguilar, Jr. mounts his "Simplicated Series II" paintings at SM City Cebu Art Center. His works are a collection of fine, purist forms in a very radical transition from the "art-brut" and folksy wood and soil paintings circa Neo-Tribe founding years..This abrupt transition could have been the offshoot his change of residence to urban Metro Manila from his "barefoot" work in tribal villages and communities in Mindanao and environs. Yet the materials and tools he uses in making these "corporate-looking" paintings are still the "crudite" applicators, like that used in henna-tattooing and naturally found objects such as stones and soil...

Leo has syncretized his style of then to his "simplicated" forms, even thru his precise concentric circles, optical lines, we experience still the ethnic and indigenous thru his subjects and obvious forms..

Exhibiting together with Leo is Jean "Japamala" Arnaldo with some of her surrealistic eye-ballpen drawings. Japamala is Leo's co-worker in the Neo-Tribe

Photos of the opening could be found in my Lens Blog at:
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Instituto Cervantes Reveals The Many Faces Of Javier Bardem


Instituto Cervantes trains the spotlight on Spanish Javier Bardem,
who recently won the Best Supporting Actor plum at the Academy
Awards for his turn as a chilling sociopath hitman in the movie No
Country for Old Men.

The film cycle traces memorable movies from Bardem's illustrious
career, including the movie Before Night Falls, where he was first
nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the first
Spanish actor to receive a nomination from the Hollywood
organization, and Mar Adentro, where he was nominated for a Golden

Starting April 5, 2008, and on every Saturday of the month of April,
film buffs can catch Bardem's finest performances at the Salon de
Actos of Instituto Cervantes at 6:00 pm.

April 5 – Boca a boca by Manuel Gomez Pereira (1995). Bardem stars
as an aspiring young actor desperate for money who takes a job as a
phone sex operator. This role gave Bardem the 1996 Goya Award as the
Best Lead Actor.

April 12 – Before Night Falls by Julian Schnabel (2000). The film
takes an episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist,
Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province
to his death in New York City .

April 19 - Los lunes al sol by Fernando León de Aranoa (2002).
Bardem's role in this film garnered numerous nominations and awards,
including the Goya Award for Best Lead Actor. Set in an industrial
city in Spain , the film is about five unemployed middle-aged
friends who meet daily in a bar, and whose owner was also a former
employee of the local shipyard, for drinking and small talk.

April 26 – Mar Adentro by Alejandro Amenábar (2004). Winning the
Best Actor trophy at the Goya Awards and numerous film festivals,
Bardem plays Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, a man who fought a 30-year
campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity.

For more information about the Javier Bardem Film Series and other
cultural activities, please call Instituto Cervantes at 526-1482,
visit at 855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila, or log on to
manila.cervantes. es.
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