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Friday, October 31, 2008

Artists' Welfare Project Tiangge @ CCP

ARTISTS' WELFARE PROJECT TIANGGE at the CCP on Nov.29

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR
THE ARTISTS' WELFARE PROJECT, INC (AWPI)
ARTISTS' TIANGGE AT THE CCP ON NOVEMBER 29

Come take a stroll with family and friends through our Artists' Tiangge at the shady lane between the Main CCP Building and the Production Design Center, CCP complex. The Artists' Tiangge includes many artists whose one of a kind products can not be found at any other market in Manila . There will be over 40 different stalls showing and selling a rich variety of wares. From the new to the recycled, fine arts to folk art, jewelry to ceramics, sculpture to textiles, curios and collectibles, there will be something for almost every taste and budget. The Artists Tiangge also features street performers and a gourmet café. Pets are welcome.

Artist Applications:
For a 2 meters X 2 meters stall space are now being solicited. The stall space rental is as follows:
Php500 (members) and Php1000 (non members) for the Open Booths.
Php700 (members) and Php1200 (non members) for the Shaded Booths.
Food booth is Php700 (members) and Php1,200 (non members) awning is provided.
A 5% sales commission will be levied on all gross sales in favor of Artists Welfare Project, Inc.
(See attached Registration From, Regulations and Directory.)

Hours:
Artists Market hours are Saturday, November 29, 2008 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with artists' set-up beginning that morning at 6:00 a.m.

Contact:
For more information please contact Clottie Gealogo via email drama_ccp@yahoo. com or by phone at 8322314.

Space is limited so please do not delay in submitting your application. The Arists' Tiangge is roughly patterned after the outdoor tiangge of Malatapay, Dumaguete and the street markets of Montmarte, Paris.

Revenge & Revolution in Gantimpala Theater's El Filibusterismo

“REVENGE AND REVOLUTION IN GANTIMPALA THEATER’S EL FILIBUSTERISMO!”

El Filibusterismo or the Fili, the continuation of Noli Me Tangere, is about the arrival of Don Simoun, a business magnate and jeweler, a mystical, demoniacal figure whose only thoughts are to overthrow the existing order, the colonial rule. He is moved partly by political motives and partly by a personal desire for revenge.

Thus, he uses his wealth to promote the corruption of the ruling class, its arrogance towards the natives and the oppression machinery - and at the same time to draw the attention of the oppressed people to the conditions which he himself, to some extent, has caused, and to provoke their opposition.

Characters that were originally from the Noli return - Basilio, Dona Victorina, and Padre Salvi - while new ones are introduced: Kabesang Tales and his struggle for justice; the nationalist student Isagani; the Indio priest Padre Florentino. Through them the colonial milieu is expanded--its officialdom, education, legal system, power plays, social patterns--and seen anew as context for conflict and insight.

This darker novel of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal has become one of Gantimpala Theater’s Four Classic, and on the occasion of its 31st season celebration, the play version written by Jomar Fleras, with Soxie Topacio as director, comes to life with a vengeance on stage.
Giving life to some of the novel’s immortal characters are Roeder Camañag (Don Simoun/Mr. Leeds); Perry Escaño (Kabesang Tales) Kimberly Diaz (Juli);Billy Parjan (Padre Florentino/Tagapags alaysay); Perry Dizon (Tata Selo); ; Bluemark Roces (Basilio); Norman Peñaflorida (Kapitan Tiago/Ben Zayb); Abel Napuran (Tano); Jose Jeffrey Camañag (Padre Camorra); Edwin Domino (Padre Salvi); Jeanette Ann Queblatin (Doña Victorina); Troy de Guzman (Isagani); Fame Flores (Paulita Gomez); Jojo Riguera (Juanito Pelaez); Allan Talatala (Placido Penitente); Xeno Alejandro (Heneral/Kapitan/ Imuthis); Dart Zia (Macaraig); and Julius Empredo (Quiroga).

Performances are on November 2 (7pm., Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium, Luneta Park, Manila); November 7-9, 21-23 (AFP Theater, Quezon City); and November 12-14 (SM Southmall, Las Piñas City).

The National Parks Development Committee fully supports Gantimpala Theater’s El Filibusterismo.

For information, booking and ticket reservations, call the 899-5745/896- 3503 or 474-5198 or write to: gantimpalatheater@yahoo.com. ph

Gantimpala's Bien Aligtad Free Shows

Bien Aligtad (1st prize 1985 CCP Playwriting contest), is about the life of a small time criminal that helps his community by sharing with them his loot, thus earning their love and admiration, much to the dismay of the authorities especially now that a movie about his life is forthcoming, solving a problem named Bien is giving them endless headaches and has made them the people's laughing stock.

The cast are Jojit Lorenzo (Bien Aligtad); Hope Matriano (Takyang Bagting); Joey David (Abeng Barbero); Doreen Bernal (Huling Harapipak); Alexis Aubrey Fernandez (Salome/Miriam) ; John Rhoderey and Joseph Matthew Dizon (Bien's children); Ronnie Bertubin, Paul Sy and Ed Murillo(tres berdugos) plus the GTF Actors' Company as koro. Roobak Valle is director, choreographer and production designer of this movement drama.

Tony Espejo, Artistic Director says, "The Second Pearl Theater Festival is a biennial project of Gantimpala Theater. Winners of the CCP Playwriting contests are being re-staged to present to the public the many artistic and production contributions of the company that helped in the development of Philippine dramaturgy."

Members of the artistic and production team are: Joey Nombres, lighting designer and Marianne Sedotes, production designer, Raymond Talavera, stage manager for Hiblang Abo; Dong Calingacion, lights designer; Jun Austria, musical director and Joey de Guzman, assistant
musical director and Jhey-Ar Caguimbal, stage manager for Bien. Pamela Hundana and Lailanie Ann Tejuco are the production manager and assistant production manager respectively

Bien Aligtad's performance date is on November 6 and 8, 7p.m, Concert at the Park
Open Air Auditorium, in Luneta, Manila. Both performances of Hiblang Abo and Bien Aligtad are free.

For further queries, please call 528-0603/536- 5860 or write to: gantimpalatheater@ yahoo.com. ph

Pamela Yan Santos’ Like Exhibit @ Blanc

Pamela Yan Santos' Like

In her upcoming solo exhibition entitled LIKE, Pamela Yan Santos explores personal history as known and remembered through various indices such as photographs, written and scribbled language and other signifiers that many of us consider as mundane.

Working in mixed media and in layers, she uses the processes of serigraphy, painting and collage as components to a kind of visual syntax intended to essay personal episodes and remembrances of emotional significance. The approaches through which she interrelates the various processes make the works resonate as wish, as a point of comparison, as a mnemonic or as a conjunction, which are among the permutations of the word LIKE.

From a personal perspective, the works bridge the artist's past and present by transforming events through time into a synchronous testament, expressing how agreeably or uncannily the two echo and mirror each other.

Pam Yan -Santos graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting from the University of the Philippines. A prize winner in the print category of the 1993 AAP Annual Art Competition, she has joined significant number of group exhibitions both here and abroad, the latest of which is ArtBeijing in China.

LIKE is Pam's 5th solo exhibition and will be curated by Leo Abaya.

LIKE opens on Monday, November 3, 2008 6PM at the blanc compound 359 Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City. For More information please call/sms 752-0032/0920- 9276436, email info@blanc.ph or visit www.blanc.ph.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Clay Art Workshop @ Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street

Clay Art Workshop for Beginners (for ages 8 & up)
Learn the basic techniques in handling clay in the spirit of play and free expression with terra cotta artist and painter Aba Lluch Dalena. Lessons include the basic techniques in handling clay, sculpting with a free theme --- figurative, functional and abstracted forms --- and mending / painting clay works.

VENUE: The Forum, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street Bonifacio Global City
DATES & TIME: November 10, 17 & 24, 2008 (Mondays) from 5:00pm-7:00pm
FEES:
3 sessions @ Php3,500 total inclusive of clay materials per student
PHP 1,680 must be settled upon registration to cover materials and reservation
TO REGISTER:
Please sign up at Customer Service or visit www.fullybookedonline.com

FOR INQUIRIES:
aballuchdalena@gmail.com
COVERAGE of the WORKSHOP:
Note: Clay Art Workshop focuses on Figurative Sculpture, not pottery.

Aimee Diego
Events Manager
Tel. no. 858.7008
Fax no. 858.7035
Mobile: (0921) 2581333
Email: aimeediego@fullybookedonline. com

Mariano Ching
's Recent Work @ 20SQUARE

Mariano Ching

Recent Work

20SQUARE

October 16-November 8

Mariano Ching is first to exhibit at 20SQUARE, the gallery at SLab for smaller shows, curatorial projects, and consignments.

A Monbusho Japanese Grant scholar, Mariano Ching paints and draws macabre portrayals of alternate worlds, most often found solely in the inner recesses of a genius’ imagination. His eye for the surreal and images of childhood monsters and dreamlike characters are original and exude a quiet excellence alluding to maturity. He has shown work in various spaces in Manila, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and France and in 2006, was awarded the highly coveted Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award.

SLab now open!

On October 16, 2008, the Silverlens Group opened SLab, their highly anticipated new gallery with the much-awaited solo show of Patricia Eustaquio, Death to the Major, Viva Minor. SLab was packed, and the bridge held.

Visit SLab at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Silverlens Gallery is showing Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives simultaneously. For more information, call 8160044/09052650873 , email manage@silverlensph oto.com or visit www.silverlensphoto.com and slab.silverlensphoto.com

Beyond Frame: Philippine Photomedia

Beyond Frame: Philippine Photomedia
28 October - 21 November 2008
UTS Gallery
Level 4, 702 Harris Street
Ultimo Sydney, NSW Australia

Twelve artists push the boundaries of traditional photography and its derivatives moving beyond the frame as a 'filter' to local nuances, historic anchors and site-specificity. This is an astute picture of Philippine contemporary art now.

The first exhibition of Philippine photography and photomedia to be presented in Australia will open at Sydney's UTS Gallery 28 October from 6 - 8 pm. Curated by Gina Fairley, this exhibition will travel the work of twelve artists that push the boundaries of medium and a prescribed imaging of the Philippines in new expressions from video installation, digital banners, site-specific wall-drawing and a kind of third world manipulation of traditional photography.

Featured in the show are:

Poklong Anading **
Ringo Bunoan **
Mario Co **
Lena Cobangbang **
Romina A. Diaz
Christina Dy *
Lani Maestro
Gina Osterloh *
Rachel Rillo *
Steve Tirona **
Norberto Roldan
Gerardo Tan
Tony Twigg
MM Yu

* Silverlens/SLab Represented Artists
** Silverlens Exhibiting Artists

OPENING: Tuesday 28 October from 6 - 8pm
UTS Gallery - Level 4, 701 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney
http://www.utsgallery.uts.edu.au/gallery/

PERFORMANCE AND ARTIST / CURATOR TALK
Christina Dy will be creating Running with Scissors (Before), a wall-based work in-situ. A performative work followed by a conversation between the curator and the artist will take place on Friday, 31 October from 1pm

Satellite exhibitions in SLOT by Gerardo Tan in collaboration with David Griggs until 2 November and Tony Twigg opening 3 November.

Beyond frame acknowledges the support of lending institutions: Silverlens Gallery and The Institute d'art Contemporain (IAC) France; the partner venues: La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo and Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila and the satellite venue SLOT, Redfern. Christina Dy's in-situ work is made possible with the support of Silverlens Gallery and UTS.

Rhetoric & Theater Educators Assembly

RHETORIC AND THEATER EDUCATORS ASSEMBLY

The Association of Rhetoric and Theater Educators will hold its First Annual Assembly and Seminar-workshop in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts with the theme "Theater Arts: Catalyst For Social Transformation. "

The dates and venues are October 28, 2008 at Bacolod Chicken Inasal in Quezon Memorial Park, Elliptical Road, Quezon City and on October 29 and 30, 2008 at the Café Hasmin Hostel, Polytechnic University of the Philippines on Valencia St., Sta. Mesa, Manila. All activities will start at 8:00 a.m.

Day1: Undersecretary Dr. Vilma L. Labrador, Chair of the NCCA will speak on "Cultural Education in the Country." Presidential Adviser for Culture and NCCA Executive Director Cecille
Guidote-Alvarez will dwell on "Theater Arts: Catalysts for Social Transformation, " while Ambassador and UNESCO Commissioner Preciosa S. Soliven will speak on "UN Millennium Development Goals."

Day 2: Dr. Ricky G. Abad, Head of the Theater Department of Ateneo de Manila University will speak on "Theater Arts: Tool in the Formatting of Filipino Character."

Following Dr. Abad's piece is the presentations of Dr. Anita M. Navarro, Philippine Normal University Humanities Professor with the topic, "Effective Education and Value Formation for Children."

Noted scriptwriter Ricky Lee, Creative Manager of ABS-CBN will present "Theater As Origin f Film and Television."

Day 3: CHED Commissioner Dr. Nona S. Ricafort will speak on "Government Support for Theater Education." There will be workshops during the Conference.

For more information, contact Tel.Nos. 713-38-18 / 718-09-33 or e-mail pup-graduateschool@ yahoo.com, or http//www.pup. edu.ph

Organizers of the seminar-workshop are Dr. Ramona B. Rañeses, Dr. Rustica C. Carpio, Dr. Lilian DL. Peña, Dr. Felicidad C. Robles, Dr. Amalia C. Rosales, Prof. Segundo C. Dizon, Dr. Milagros F. Cañares, Ms. Jorgina FV. David, Dr. Ma. Lourdes DP. Garcia, Dr. Anita M. Navarro, Dr. Guillermo G. Gastelo and Fray Paolo D. Casures.

Artbreak-Fastbreak! Invitation to Talented Filipino Artists

Calling all Artists who haven't been featured in a one-man-exhibit! Here's your chance to be included in a hi-profile group exhibit together with other outstanding artists. Cocktails, invitations and promotions will be shouldered by the organizers. All you need to do is come up with an impressive piece of work measuring 36 x 36 inches- box type (museum wrap or commonly known as wrapped around), no need to frame. Just make sure that the sides are neat and presentable.

Submission is November 14, Friday at the AAP office Kanlungan ng Sining, Rizal Park. Tentative date of launching is November 24, 2008. Make sure to include title of work, name of artist, birthday, age and contact number attached at the back of the artwork. All artworks will be subject to screening to meet a high level of standard for the exhibit. Good Luck to everyone!

For more details please text or call Buds Convocar at 0920920 8149.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

This October @ Pinto Art Gallery

Four art shows to open at Pinto Art Gallery this October

The Silangan Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Ecology in cooperation with Britania Art Projects present four simultaneous art exhibitions to be unveiled at Pinto Art Gallery from 26 October to 18 November 2008: three one-man shows by Dennis Ascalon, Reynald Bon Mujeres, and Joey de Castro, and Showcase a group show of contemporary Philippine art at Pinto's Silangan Studio Gallery.

Solo Shows by Ascalon, Mujeres, De Castro at Pinto Gallery

On view at Pinto's Main Gallery is Dennis Ascalon's one-man exhibit of alternative mixed media works entitled I Ain't That Kinda Angel..

Ascalon's angels, in the artist's own words, “are not your usual church-going angels”. Straddling toy rocking horses and taking them on a ride, the images are a satire on current societal conceptions of morality, as defined by contemporary religious norms. Angels, which ironically denote humanity here, are depicted as being mounted on materialism, differing realities, carnal passions, the dictates of sexuality and ambition.

Dennis Ascalon graduated from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, Iloilo, and from La Consolacion College, School of Architecture and Fine Arts, Bacolod. A member of the Black Artists in Asia, he was also an executive council member for visual arts for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for the Visayas (2001-2004). He has been collected by the Singapore Art Museum, and has exhibited in the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Pinto's Upper Gallery features the one-man exhibition entitled Tales of Sisters by Reynald Bon Mujeres. At Pinto's Gallery Shop, Joey de Castro presents photographs and pottery works in his one-man show entitled Spontaneous Combustion.

The show unveils de Castro's comprehensive collection of black and white photographs accumulated during the past two decades, printed on Ilford paper using Kodak infrared film. The photographs exude a quiet beauty, illuminating images of heritage sites and outdoor scenes with a dignified simplicity.

Also included in the show are exquisite samples of de Castro's handmade stoneware pottery works. Starting out with pottery as a hobby, de Castro has honed his art as a ceramicist during the past five years, producing classic ceramic pieces which merge careful and loving craftsmanship with calculated artistic alchemy in the use of form, color, and material.

Group Show at Silangan Studio Gallery

Showcase at the Silangan Studio Gallery is a group show of recent works by Arnel Brillantes, Zean Cabangis, Froilan Calayag, Demosthenes Campos, Jef Carnay, Mary Grace Corpuz, Don Dalmacio, Dexter Fernandez, Raymar Gacutan, Carlo Gernale, Joselito Jandayan, Mervin Pimentel, Arturo Sanches Jr., and Alex Tan.

Pinto Art Gallery is a member of the Silangan Foundation for Culture and the Arts. It is located at #1 Sierra Madre St, Grandheights, Antipolo City, Rizal. For inquiries you may log on to the gallery website at www.pintoartgallery.net, email us at silangan.foundation@gmail.com or call us at (632) 6971015.

0r contact Britania Art Projects. For inquiries, please get in touch with Britania Art Projects at (02)387-6373, mobile number (63)917-807-0327, or email britania.artprojects@gmail.com. For additional information, visit the Britania website at www.britaniaartprojects.com.

IFG's 5th Art Film Festival at PWU

The 5th Art Film Festival of the IFG will be held at the Philippine Women's University Manila on December 18 & 19, 2008.

This inter-collegiate festival is open to all college student filmmakers from any school or university, with a vision to promote cinematic talent, and the enthusiasm to share one's creativity.

COMPETITION MECHANICS:

1. The competition is open to college student filmmakers currently enrolled in any college or university in the Philippines.

2. All entries are to be shot using any type of film camera, video camera and must be
submitted in DVD format.

3. Entries must have been completed not earlier than June 2008, and have not been
entered in any other competition or produced for commercial purposes.

4. Running time for all entries is 10-20 minutes.

5. Interested participants must submit the following on or before 6:00 PM on December 4, 2008 at Shotlist Cafe Shop Gallery located at 67-B Kalayaan Avenue Diiman, Quezon City

* Final output in DVD format labeled with:
a) Title of Entry
b) Production Company
c) Director/ Filmmaker with contact no.
d) Synopsis in Filipino or English
e) Running time of entry

6. All entries will be presented to a selection committee prior to the day of the event. Only
the top ten entries will be eligible as finalists to compete during the festival.

7. The top ten entries will be announced on December 11, 2008 via e-mail, and through
the our official website: www.freewebs.com/pwuifg.

8. The PWU IFG movie clapper award will be given to entries who will excel in the
following categories:

Best Screenplay

Best Director

Best Short Feature

9. Finalists will also receive gift prizes from the festival sponsors, and Certificates of Participation to the festival.

10. Email us at pwuifg@yahoo. com

Dekada Cinemanila Announces Official Selections For Digital Lokal

Dekada Cinemanila announces official selections for Digital Lokal

Six films from acclaimed directors will compete for the prestigious Lino Brocka Award at Cinemanila's Digital Lokal competition.

Included in the official list of films in competition are the following: Imburnal by Sherad Anthony Sanchez; Next Attraction by Raya Martin; Ala Pobre Ala Suerte by Briccio Santos; Sisa by CJ Andaluz; Carnivore by Ato Bautista; and Ang Manghuhula by Paolo Herras.

Past Lino Brocka awardees Aureaus Solito, Dante Mendoza, and Raya Martin all gained international recognition. Solito's winning entry, Tuli, won Outstanding International Narrative Feature at the 2007 Outfest in Los Angeles and the NETPAC Award from the Berlin International Film Festival. Dante Mendoza's Manoro, on the other hand, garnered a record 7 nominations during the 30th Gawad Urian. Last year's Brocka winner, Raya Martin's Autohystoria bagged the Special Mention at the International Competition of the Marseille Film Festival.

Dekada Cinemanila will run from October 16-29 at Gateway Cineplex 1, Araneta Center, Quezon City. It is presented by the Independent Cinema Association of the Philippines (ICAP), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and is supported by Gateway Cineplex 10, the Official Festival Venue, Philippine Airlines, Screen Australia and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Cinemanila is also brought to you by Business World, Rene Barbier Wines, Orion Chocopie and Mike and Ike Candies. Pep.ph is a media partner of Dekada Cinemanila.

For more information, log on to www.cinemanila.org.ph or call the Cinemanila Secretariat at 440-8812.

Stand Up, Take Action Against Poverty Campaign

Last year, the Philippines won the no. 1 slot for the most number of people who stood up against poverty in the Stand Up Against Poverty, according to Minar Pimple, United Nations Millennium Campaign deputy director who is personally giving the good news to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

To achieve 15 million people who will stand up and take action against poverty for this year in order to sustain the country’s first place position, no less than Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal will lead the campaign on the occasion of the Asian Conference on Religion for Peace at the University of the Santo Tomas (UST).

Minar Pimple, United Nations Millennium Campaign deputy director, who had a TV interview in Equilibrium: Sukatan ng Katarungan, hosted by former Senator Heherson Alvarez, Presidential Adviser on global warming and climate change, will be joined by Suneeta Mukherjee, UNRC AI and UN family focal person for the Philippine campaign, together with partners in the aforementioned meeting with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

This year, as in the last 2 years, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), headed by Chairman Vilma Labrador and Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, is following up this achievement and supporting the Stand Up Against Poverty, a campaign for global mobilization to end poverty and inequality and for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), through a series of cultural-educational activities. The event will be from October 17 to 19, 2008. The global campaign to mobilize cultural diversity for the UNMDGs was launched in 2006 by UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura at the Philippine hosting of the 31st UNESCO-ITI Congress and Theater Olympics of the Nation with the full support of Pres. Arroyo.
On October 17, 2008, there will be an inter-agency event led by NAPC to be held at the Rizal Park where people will pledge to end poverty and achieve the UN MDGs.

Students will be reflecting on poverty alleviation measures through contests on editorial cartoon, poster making and poetry writing via SMS or “text tula,” which are being conducted to drum up awareness and will culminate with the awarding. The elementary student winner from NCR will be presented to the President. Similar activities are held by DepEd together with NCCA in all regions on the 17th. A Mural MDG sample painting from the NCCA-ITI Kalahi Cultural Caregiving program planned for 1,500 municipalities will be undertaken with the League of Municipalities.

In connection with the campaign, the agreement between TESDA headed by Sec. Augusto Syjuco and NCCA for the accreditation of the NCCA-supported Dreams Academy Performance and Media arts and creative industry modules for the ladderized curriculum focused on the MDGs, as well as the accreditation for the Schools of Living Traditions (SLTs) for Indigenous Peoples and all cultural care-giving programs for poverty alleviation to be given to DSWD centers addressing the needs of abused women and out-of-school-youth, prisoners, and even overseas Filipino communities abroad in cooperation with DFA and CFO, and in particular in Mindanao for a care-giving service that would focus on healing and therapy of victims of trauma due to war or environmental disasters in coordination with the Presidential Office for the Peace Process and Alay sa Kawal.

All the video images of Philippine mobilization for the Stand Up Against Poverty will be featured in Sining Gising, the NCCA program on NBN 4 in collaboration with DepEd and TESDA.

People are enjoined to send letters to their local governments, organize teach-ins, distribute books or other educational materials, donate blood, plant trees or any number of other ways to contribute towards ending poverty and inequality. Those participating must enroll and report their involvement and count of participants to the UN Office not later than 4:00 pm of Sunday, October 19, to 901-0403 (Secretariat), 901-0100 (UNDP), 901-0300 (UNFPA), 901-0124 (UNICEF), and 338-5520 (UNIC) or email to millenniumcampaign.ph@undp.org or sutaph@yahoo.com.

In 2000, leaders of 189 countries signed the Millennium Declaration agreeing to do everything in their power to end poverty. They pledged to do this by achieving the Millennium Development Goals, a roadmap to end extreme poverty by 2015. As a pledge of the nation on this, PGMA was at the Head of States Summit at the United Nations recently.

Still, every day, 50,000 people die as a result of extreme poverty and the gap between rich and poor people is increasing. Nearly half the world’s population live in poverty, of which 70 percent are women.

Last year, 43.7 million people joined Stand Up worldwide, setting a new world record. This year, people are enjoined to “Stand Up and Take Action” to ensure governments worldwide hear our demands to end poverty and inequality.

This year, campaigners worldwide are expected to “Stand Up and Take Action” to push their governments for more and better aid, debt cancellation, education for all boys and girls, healthcare, trade justice, gender equality and public accountability.

To make sure more people can take part, the event will see the unfolding of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty across the world.

Aside from Stand Up Against Poverty, the NCCA has several programs, which aim end poverty and inequality utilizing culture as an instrument in a comprehensive creative communications program.

The event will be in partnership with the League of Municipalities, the Department of Education and the Cabinet Education Cluster.

For details, contact the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office at 527-5529 / 527-2192 loc. 612-615.

Dekada Cinemanila Screening Schedule

DEKADA CINEMANILA
Oct. 16-29, 2008
Gateway Cineplex 10
Araneta Center

SCREENING SCHEDULE OCT. 17 - 21

Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

Cinema 1
6:00 p m West 32nd (Korea)
8:30 pm Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (Japan)

Cinema 2
1:00 pm You, the Living (Sweden)
3:00 pm Sparrow (Hong Kong)
5:00 pm Sukiyaki Western Django (Japan)
7:30 pm I'm a Cyborg but that's OK (South Korea)
9:30 pm Love of Siam (Thailand) SEA Competition

Cinema 4
12:00 pm 12 Lotus (Singapore) SEA Competition
2:30 pm The Band's Visit (Israel) Main Competition
4:30 pm Noise (Australia)
6:30 pm California Dreamin' (Romania)

Cinema 7
12:30 pm Shahida: Brides of Allah (Israel) Docs in Competition
2:00 pm Dreams from the Third World (Singapore)
4:00 pm Sita Sings the Blues (USA)

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008

Cinema 1
Digital Lokal Competition Films
6:30 pm Ala Pobre Ala Suerte (Briccio Santos)
9:00 pm Sisa (CJ Andaluz)

Cinema 2
12:30 pm Confessional (Philippines) SEA Competition
2:00 pm Invisible City (Singapore) (Q&A with director)
3:30 pm United Red Army (Japan) Main Competition
7:00 pm Love of Siam (Thailand) SEA Competition

Cinema 4
12:00 pm 10 Canoes (Australia) Part of 6th Australian Film Festival
2:00 pm Sukiyaki Western Django (Japan)
5:00 pm Evangelion 1.0: You are Not Alone (Japan)

Cinema 5
Young Cinema Night: Shorts in Competition (7:00 pm)
Amihan (Joanna Vasquez Arong)
Bunot (Ivy Universe Baldoza)
Esbat (Carlo Obispo)
Frou Frou… Shh, Wag Mo Sabihin Kay Itay (Michael Juat)
Inday Wanda (Nelson Caliguia Jr.)
Kalawang na Ginto (Vic Acedillo Jr.)
Kamera (Mikhail Red)
Surreal Randon MMS Texts Para Ed Ina, Agui, Tan Kaamong Ya Makaiiliw
Ed Sika: Gurgurlis Ed Banua (Christopher Gozum)
Tumbang Preso (Antoinette Jadaone)
Undertakers (Emmanuel Quindo Palo)

Cinema 7
1:00 pm Vanished Empire (Russia) Main Competition
3:00 pm Sparrow (Hong Kong)
5:00 pm Noise (Australia)
7:00 pm I'm A Cyborg But That's OK (South Korea)
9:00 pm Night Bus (Iran) Main Competition

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cinema 1
Digital Lokal Competition Films
6:30 pm Ang Manghuhula (Paolo Herras)
9:00 pm Carnivore (Ato Bautista)

Cinema 2
12:00 pm Storm Boy (Australia) Part of 6th Australian Film Festival
2:00 pm Sukiyaki Western Django (Japan)
4:30 pm 4 Minutes (Germany)
7:00 pm Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly (Q&A with director) SEA
Competition
9:00 pm West 32nd (South Korea)

Cinema 4
12:00 pm The Photograph (Indonesia) SEA Competition
2:00 pm It's A Free World (UK)
4:00 pm Youth Without Youth (USA)
6:30 pm Lucky Miles (Q*A with director and actor) (Australia) Main
Competition
9:30 pm Diving Bell & the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel (France)

Cinema 7
1:00 pm Sita Sings the Blues (USA)
3:00 pm Adela (Philippines) SEA Competition
5:30 pm PVC 1 (Colombia)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cinema 1
12:30pm With A Girl of Black Soil (South Korea)
2:30 pm Boxing Day (Australia)
4:30 pm Shahida - Brides Of Allah (Israel)
6:30 pm Be Like Others (Iran)
8:30 pm The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela
(Iceland/Philippine s/France/ Thailand) Main Competition

Cinema 2
1:00 pm Sparrow (Hong Kong)
3:00 pm Diving Bell & the Butterfly (France)
5:30 pm Night Bus (Iran) Main Competition
7:30 pm Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (Japan)
9:30 pm I'm A Cyborg But That's OK (South Korea)

Cinema 4
12:00 pm Love Of Siam (Thailand) SEA Competition
3:00 pm The Mirror (Russia)
5:00 pm Not Quite Hollywood (Australia)
7:00 pm Susuk (Malaysia)
9:00 pm It's A Free World by Ken Loach (UK)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cinema 1
Digital Lokal Competition Films
7:00PM Next Attraction (Raya Martin)
9:00 pm Imburnal (Sherad Anthony Sanchez)

Cinema 2
12:00 pm California Dreamin' (Romania)
3:00 pm God Man Dog (Taiwan)
5:00 pm Noise (Australia)
7:00 pm Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France)
9:30 pm Youth Without Youth by Francis Ford Coppola (USA)

Cinema 4

11:30 pm The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela Main
Competition
2:00 -5:00 pm Master Class In Script Writing (Bing Lao)

Cinema 7
1:00 pm Vanished Empire (Russia) Main Competition
3:00 pm West 32nd (Korea/USA)
5:00 pm The Photograph (Indonesia) SEA Competition
7:00 pm Noise (Australia)
9:00 pm The Bands Visit (Israel) Main Competition

Dekada Cinemanila Screening Schedule
MASTER CLASSES

Tuesday, Oct. 21 Scriptwriting Master Class with Bing Lao
2:00 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 22 SEA Indie Filmmaking: With Lav Diaz (Philippines) ,
2:00 – 5:00 pm Amir Muhammad (Malaysia) and Raymond Red
(Philippines)

Thursday, Oct. 23 Cinematography Master Class
2:00 – 5:00 pm

Monday, Oct. 27 Editing Master Class with Miranamedina
2:00 – 5:00 pm

Dekada Cinemanila Screening Schedule
OTHER EVENTS

Saturday, October 25 Young Cinema Night II: Shorts in Exhibition
7:00 – 9:00 pm

#cafe (Leo Valencia)
Bulong (Pedro Valdes)
Pass (Vicente Garcia Groyon)
Walong Linggo (Ana Isabelle Matutina)
Trails of Water (Sheron Dayoc)
Pagtakas sa Kawalan (Richard Soriano Legaspi)

NOTE: SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

Gantimpala Theater at Second Pearl Theater Festival

To celebrate its 31st season, Gantimpala Theater, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), present the Second Pearl Theater Festival, featuring the re-staging of Rene Villanueva’s Hiblang Abo and Dong delos Reyes’ Bien Aligtad.

Hiblang Abo (2nd prize, 1980 CCP Playwriting Contest), is about the grief, weariness, fears, and sadness of Huse, Pedro, Blas and Sotero, four men who live inside the home for the chronologically advanced.

Tony Espejo directs the drama that stars Lou Veloso (Huse), Dante Balaois (Pedro); Ces Aldaba (Blas) and Bodjie Pascua (Sotero), with support from Molts Meneses (doctor/lawyer) , Francis Cruz III (nurse) and April Dolot (Mrs. Salvacion).

Bien Aligtad (1st prize 1985 CCP Playwriting contest), is about the life of a small time criminal that helps his community by sharing with them his loot, thus earning their love and admiration, much to the dismay of the authorities especially now that a movie about his life is forthcoming, solving a problem named Bien is giving them endless headaches and has made them the people’s laughing stock. .

The cast are Jojit Lorenzo (Bien Aligtad); Hope Matriano (Takyang Bagting); Joey David (Abeng Barbero); Doreen Bernal (Huling Harapipak); Alexis Aubrey Fernandez (Salome/Miriam) ; John Rhoderey and Joseph Matthew Dizon (Bien’s children); Ronnie Bertubin, Paul Sy and Ed Murillo(tres berdugos) plus the GTF Actors’ Company as koro.

Roobak Valle is director, choreographer and production designer of this movement drama.

The Second Pearl Theater Festival is a biennial project of Gantimpala Theater. Winners of the CCP Playwriting contests are being re-staged to present to the public the many artistic and production contributions of the company that helped in the development of Philippine dramaturgy.

In this connection, we invite you to join us on October 22 and 23. for Hiblang Abo and on November 6 and 8 for Bien Aligtad. Both performances are for FREE, 7:00p.m., at the Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium.

For further queries, please call 528-0603/536-5860 or write to: gantimpalatehater@yahoo.com.ph

Monday, October 13, 2008

Audition For Sinagbayan's UP Centennial Play Production

Wanna be part of the
Actors Pool, Music Pool and Dancers Pool
for Ang mga Lorena
Sinagbayan's UP Centennial Play Production?

FINAL AUDITION
on
October 15
3:00 - 7:00 PM
@ Rm 208, College of Arts and Letter New Building UP Diliman

For actors, we provide the reading piece.
For dancers, we provide the music.
For musicians, you may bring your instruments.

Come as you are!

for inquiries contact
0921.6165726 and 0905.3579407
Please spread. Thanks

SINING na NAGLILINGKOD sa BAYAN (SINAGBAYAN Phil)
creating music, visuals, literature and drama for human rights and national democracy
www.sinagbayan.multiply.com
www.geocities.com/sinagbayan
www.youtube.com/sinagbayan
email sinagbayan@yahoo.com
contact +63906.5895381
ART for the PEOPLE!

Museum Foundation of the Philippines Docent Training Program

Docent Training Program

The Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. and the Lopez Memorial Museum would like to invite you to participate in the Docent Training Program to be held at the Lopez Memorial Museum. The program will discuss the different kinds of tours that may be done, general tips on guiding, looking at art and writing a tourscript, among others. There will be two (2) whole day sessions (October 13 and 14, 9am-12noon, 1-4pm) and a half day session where the participants will asked to demonstrate their understanding of the principles and skills learned during the Docent Training Program.

The program will be facilitated by Ms Isabel Kenny. Ms Kenny has served as docent at the Los Angeles Country Museum (LACMA) and has facilitated the said program at the Lopez Museum, the National Museum and the Ayala Museum. Fee of Php2500.00 covers materials only. For more information, call 6312417.

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at http://museumfoundationph.org/news/

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kris Soguilon at Kaida Gallery

Working Class
One-Man Show by Kris Soguilon
Kaida Gallery
19 October – 5 November 2008

Kris Soguilon at Kaida Gallery

Kris Soguilon presents Working Class, his fifth one-man show of recent paintings, at Kaida Gallery along Kamuning Road, Quezon City, from 19 October to 5 November 2008.

As the title states outright, the show presents Soguilon's visual takes on the labor sector and the individual characters who comprise the working class. The images denote the day to day stories, humorous anecdotes, and ironic circumstances often faced by ordinary workers: narratives of the widening social divide, the daily routine of ensuring survival, the often tenuous relations between employer and employee—between “master and servant” as the artist notes. The collection underscores the reality that “no one has a definite choice in life no matter how hard you work”, as the artist observes.

Kris Soguilon majored in Painting at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in Diliman, graduating with a Best Thesis award in 1993.

Working Class opens on the 19th of October (Sunday), 6 p.m., at Kaida Gallery, located at the 2nd Floor, GFO Building, 122 Kamuning Road, Quezon City, Philippines 1102. The show runs until the 5th of November 2008. For inquiries, please call (632) 4144777 or write info@kaidagallery.com.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

61st AAP Annual Art Competition Call For Entries

The Art Association of the Philippines & The National Commission for Culture and the Arts
In cooperation with GSIS Museum present

The 61st AAP ANNUAL ART COMPETITION 2008

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Kindly read the rules and regulations carefully. The AAP shall strictly implement the rules published herein. All members/competitors are required to comply.

GENERAL RULES ON THE COMPETITION

1. The 61st AAP Annual Art Competition 2008 is open to all bona fide members.

2. Regular Members may join all five (5) categories.

3. Associate Members 16-20 years of age as of submission date may join only the Special Categories, namely Art Photography and Drawing.

4. MEMBERSHIP AND FEES:

a. Membership should be renewed on or before the date of submission by paying the annual dues. Non-members who wish to join should apply for membership first before they are allowed to enter the competition.
b. Regular Membership is open to artists who are: Fine Arts students, art enthusiasts and cultural workers 21 years old and above.
c. Associate Membership is open to artists 16-20 years old as of submission date who may be students, art patrons, art enthusiasts or cultural workers.
d. For bona fide members and applicants, please submit two (2) recent 1x1 photos for the AAP Identification Card.
e. For new members, please submit a comprehensive resume, two (2) recent 1x1 photos for the AAP Identification Card and fill up the AAP Bio Data.
f. Regular Membership Fee is Two Hundred Fifty Pesos (Php 250.00) for both renewal and new membership.
g. Associate Membership Fee is Two Hundred Fifty Pesos (Php 250.00) as well.
h. A participant may join several categories, provided that ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CATEGORY will be submitted.
. Entry Fee is Two Hundred Fifty Pesos (PhP 250.00) per category.

5. ALL ARTWORKS SHALL BE FOR SALE. Artist prices are subject for review by the AAP Board. The AAP is entitled to a 30% share of the sale value.

6. An entry is considered to be an artistic product of an individual. NO GROUP ENTRIES SHALL BE ALLOWED. All artworks should be the original artistic creation of the participating artist. Non-compliance will result to disqualification of entry or revocation of title.

7. All entries must be SIGNED. Information to be written on the Entry Details Form and attached at the back of entry: artist's name, address, contact details, category, entry title and price. (Signatures of the artists will be covered with a masking tape to ensure impartiality during the judging)

8. Each entry should be accompanied by a 5 x 7 (5R) colored photograph of the artwork, with the same information as above written on the Entry Details Form and attached at the back of photo. You may also avail of the services of the AAP Official Photographer for a minimal fee.

9. Entries for the Painting, Mixed Media, Art Photography and Drawing Categories should be framed and have provisions for hanging. Pedestals are optional for entries to the Sculpture Category.

10. SUBMISSION DATE: NOVEMBER 22, 2008, Saturday, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Entries in the Painting and Mixed Media Categories are to be submitted at the GSIS Museo ng Sining at the CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, while entries for the Sculpture, Art Photography and Drawing should be submitted at the Kanlungan ng Sining, Rizal Park, Manila.

11. All accepted entries would be featured on the 61st AAP Annual Art Catalogue 2008. However, due to limited exhibition space, entries will be pre-screened by a panel of judges. Only entries, which pass pre-screening, will be exhibited in the above venues.

12. All decisions by the Board of Judges are final.

13. PRIZES:
Major Categories (Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media)

1st Prize Php 50,000 Cash + Trophy
2nd Prize Php 30,000 Cash + Medal
3rd Prize Php 20,000 Cash + Medal

Special Categories (Art Photography and Drawing)
Best Entry Php 10,000 Cash + Medal

Honorable Mention Awardees will be awarded with Plaques.

14. AWARDING: The Awarding Ceremony will be announced at a later date.

15. EXHIBITION: Exhibition will follow the Awarding Ceremony.

16. RETRIEVAL: Retrieval of non-winning entries will be from January 10 to February 10, 2009 in the same venue the entries were submitted. Painting and Mixed Media entries shall be retrieved at the GSIS Museo ng Sining, while Sculpture, Art Photography and Drawing entries shall be retrieved at the Kanlungan ng Sining. All entries not retrieved within the period shall automatically become property of the AAP.

17. AAP shall not be held legally liable for any damages to entries as a result of the competition or the failure of the participant to follow the rules and regulations.

18. Submission of entries signifies acceptance of the rules and regulations of the competition.

RULES ON ARTISTIC FORMAT AND SPECIFICATIONS

Painting
• Any pigment on ground e.g. oil / acrylic on canvas, watercolor on paper, tempera on board, etc.
• Dimensions: 30x40, excluding frame. Vertical or horizontal orientation.

Sculpture
• Three dimensional artwork in the round, using any material or technique
• Dimensions: Maximum of 4 feet or within the volume measure of 60 cubic feet. 100 kilos maximum weight.

Mixed Media
• Assemblage, collage, decoupage, relief panel with found objects, etc.
• Dimensions: 30x40 with maximum thickness of 6 inches from the wall. Vertical or horizontal orientation. 25 kilos maximum weight.

Art Photography
• Photographs should be original, unpublished and taken during November 2007-November 2008. The participant must be the original author and sole owner of his or her photo entry/is.
• Dimensions: 11"x17" or A3 Size. Vertical or horizontal orientation, full color or black and white printed on photo paper. Photographs should be framed and ready for hanging upon submission.
• Medium could either be film or digital, but no entries on disk or e-mail will be accepted.
• Alterations after exposure - digital darkroom, painting, airbrushing, paste-on or assembly are not allowed. Creative effects must be done in-camera at the time of exposure, such as multiple exposure, flash fill, light painting, filtration, etc.
• Creative effects or minimal digital manipulation such as enhancement of color and contrast is allowed, but paste-ups and collages are prohibited.
• Person(s) appearing in the photograph should have a signed release form supplied and kept by the artist.

Drawing
• Graphite, pen and ink, ball pen, charcoal, colored pencils on paper
Dimensions: 21 x 29 excluding frame. Vertical or horizontal orientation.

For details and inquiries, please call (632) 4960992 or text 09209208149. You may also drop by the AAP Office and Gallery, Kanlungan ng Sining, Rizal Park, Manila. You may also post your questions at: http://groups. yahoo.com/group/aapartists/ or http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pinoy-AAP/

Call For Film Festival Staff (Cinemanila International Film Festival 2008)

Cinemanila International Film Festival 2008

Want to meet interesting people, immerse yourself in world cinema and
get your adrenaline pumping from working at a crazy festival pace?
Volunteer for the Cinemanila International Film Festival to be held
this October 16-29, 2008!

The festival is in need of FULL TIME staff. Bright and mature
individuals who have the initiative and do not require a lot of
hand-holding are encouraged to join the team. If you have the
ENTHUSIASM, COMMITMENT and AVAILABILITY then be one of us!

Because we are a relatively small organization, interns have the
opportunity to get to know all of our staff, and to really see how a
film festival is put together. You will also get the chance to meet
filmmakers from all over Asia and Europe. Plus get see Cinemanila
movies for free!

We can offer students at any stage of their college experience
academic credit for their internship. We also accept fresh and recent
graduates.

Volunteers are needed in the following departments:

Art Department
Marketing
Publicity
Theater Operations
Hospitality

To apply, please send your resume with a cover letter specifying which
department you are interested in working as an intern or staff. PLEASE
SEND ALL RESUMES DIRECTLY to
bench.cinemanila@gmail.com or cinemanila@gmail.com

NOTE: This is a non profit organization we can not offer a high
compensation

Cinemanila Secretariat
56-D Stanford Street, Barangay, E. Rodriguez Sr., Quezon City 1102

www.cinemanila.org.ph

Gantimpala Theater's Sleeping Beauty @ AFP Theater

Gantimpala Theater brings to life Sleeping Beauty

One of the all time favorite fairy tales, the enchanting Sleeping Beauty comes alive on the Gantimpala Theater stage as an original Filipino children’s musical filled with magic, fairies and love, written by multi-awarded playwright J. Dennis Teodosio with music by award winning musical composer Jesse Lucas, under the direction of Tony Espejo.

The story of the play begins when the kingdom christens the beautiful Princess Annabella. The good fairies, that act as her godmothers gives the princess gifts – from Margarita, the gift of charm and beauty; Armida, the gift of music and dance to the newborn tot.

Before Esperanza declares her gift, she announces the betrothal of Princess Annabella to her young nephew, Reginald. She then gives the princess a gold necklace, a token from Reginald’s king father.

Lucinda, the Mistress of All Evil, barges in the party, fuming mad for not having an invitation to the christening. In her anger, she curses the princess to die when she touches a spinning wheel's spindle on her eighteenth birthday.

Fortunately, Esperanza uses her gift to weaken Lucinda's curse: the princess will not die when she touches the spinning wheel instead; she will fall asleep until she is awaken by the power of true love’s first kiss.

Thus, the musical moves on with the princess and prince individually growing up as they search for life’s true meaning and discovering the wonders of romantic love, a battle between good versus evil ensues, and in the end, the question of “will they live happily ever after?” gets an answer.

Giving life to the fairy tale character’s are Aiza Marquez(Princess Annabella); Noel Rayos (Prince Reginald); Leo Ponseca (King); Maricar Abella (Queen); Alexis Aubrey Fernandez (Margarita); Meldea Flor Formacil (Armida); Tosca Puno (Esperanza); and Ms. Kakai Bautista (Lucinda).

“Humor, choreography, and music reinvents the popular fairy tale and we reintroduce all the charming characters from the king and the queen to the common tao, from the good fairies to the angst-laden villainess, I am sure everyone will have a grand time as the love story of Annabella and Reginald unfolds,” says director Tony Espejo.

Helping Espejo bring Sleeping Beauty on stage are Joey Nombres (Lights Designer); Eric Cruz (Set Designer); Albert Figueras (Costume Designer); Carlos Niño Percil (Choreographer) ; Allain de Leon (assistant director); Alice Borbe (Production Manager); Marianne Sedotes (assistant production manager/assistant set designer); and Jay-R Inocencio (Stage Manager).

Performances of Sleeping Beauty are October 15-18, 10am/2pm. AFP Theater in Quezon City . For information, booking and ticket reservation, call the Gantimpala Theater Marketing Office at 899-5745/896- 3503 or 474-5198 or write to gantimpalatheater@ yahoo.com. ph

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition - Manila

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition - Manila
Opening reception: October 17, 2008
Shangri-la Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City

When photographer Peter Bialobrzeski travelled through Southeast Asia in 2007/8, he combined his own photographic investigations with workshops for young talents in six foremost cities of the region: Jakarta, Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. What came out of the workshops was a multifaceted kaleidoscope of these six metropoles, culminating in the exhibition "Mapping Invisible Cities."

"Mapping Invisible Cities" features the works of 27 photographers, including 8 (Cathy Quiogue, Cris Sevilla, Dennis Rito, Estan Cabigas, Gigie cruz, Kidlat De Guia, & Tammy David) from the Philippines. All were completed during workshops led by Bialobrzeski in October 2007-March 2008. The diverse themes and approaches in the 105 pieces, in addition to Peter Bialobrzeski' s work, are like fragments of the unseen and unnoticed ordinariness hidden in these 6 cities. When these fragments are joined in one single frame, like a map, they begin to show what was formerly invisible.

In mapping them, these photographers have made their cities more obvious and bring to the surface what we do not (want to see) or notice. Their works act as maps that show the organization of space, movement, and people. Some also show how maps can be tied to the imagination and abstractions. Altogether they serve as valuable insights to and experiences of Southeast Asia's largest cities. They also give audiences the ability to see into the future of Southeast Asian photography.

Exhibit will run until November 7, 2008.

For more info, please call Goethe-Institut Manila at 632 817-0978

NCCA Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Month this October

NCCA Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Month this October

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Month this October, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its Chairman Dr. Vilma Labrador and Executive Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez, supports the holding of Timpuyog: Indigenous People Month Celebration in Luzon . It will happen from Oct. 7 to 12, 2008 , in Santiago City , Isabela. There will be performances, arts and crafts workshops, cultural awareness lectures, fora and tours, among others. Focus is on the ethnic groups of Luzon , and the festival will bring together about 18 ethnic groups including Kalinga, Ilocano, Ifugao, Tingguian, Pampangan, Bontoc, Ayta, Isnag, Bicol, Dumagat, Mangyan, Ibaloi/Kankanaey, Ivatan, Ibanag, Itawes, Gaddang/Isinay, Bugkalot and Tagbanua.

An indigenous people’s village will be set up in the barangay of Balintocatoc in Santiago City . It will be a thematic park showcasing the different houses of indigenous groups in Luzon .

Envisioned as a celebration of peace, the festival aims to gather these groups to participate in a cultural exchange highlighting significant aspects of their way of life, both material and non-material culture and tradition. Each participating community will feature their traditional houses, cultural resources, practices/rituals, chants, music, songs and dances, stories, traditional arts and crafts, indigenous games in the week-long festival. During the festival, traditional artists and cultural masters will be recognized, and discussion-fora on IP rights and other concerns on preservation, promotion and development of traditional culture will also be included.

The communities will have simultaneous inter-active activities such as performances, exhibitions, fora, lecture-demonstrati ons and workshops on traditional crafts and cuisine, and indigenous games while at the same time, a particular tradition of a community will be highlighted for the appreciation and understanding of other communities and of the students from various schools, colleges and universities as well.

The festival is in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 486 signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and consistent with Presidential Proclamation No. 1124 issued by former President Fidel V. Ramos and the United Nation's General Assembly declaration of the year 2005 to 2014 as the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People.

Last year, the NCCA supported Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering) held in Davao City in November. It featured Mindanao’s ethnic groups.

This year, the program of Timpuyog is spearheaded by the NCCA Committee on Northern Cultural Communities through the city government of Santiago in cooperation with various government agencies, institutions and other stakeholders.

It will also be attended by national officials, congressmen, non-governmental organizations, members of the media and students from the different schools in Luzon.

For details, contact the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office at 527-5529 / 527-2192 loc. 612-615, or log on to www.ncca.gov.ph.

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