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Monday, December 29, 2008

NCCA-NCCEd's 2009 INFACE Forum Series

Call for Participation to NCCA-NCCEd's 2009 INFACE Forum Series

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts' National Committee on Cultural Education (NCCA-NCCEd) announces the convening of a series of island-clustered Forum on Informal, Non-Formal and Alternative Cultural Education (INFACE) on January 8-9 (Cebu City); January 19-20 (Davao City); and January 22-23 (Manila).

The two-day forum series is part of a nationwide constituency- based consultation on previous and current INFACE efforts by community-based artists, cultural workers, educators, local government units, NGO arts councils, and culture-oriented people's organizations. As conceived, the project hopes to mainstream, replicate and support best practices in INFACE program initiatives through the NCCA's Philippine Cultural Education Program (PCEP).

The project will undertake an enquiry on the history, nature and process of engagement of community-based cultural education work in the regions and identify modalities and operative frameworks which PCEP could adopt for its INFACE programming. it is hoped that best
practices in the grassroots level will be mainstreamed and replicated and resources could be shared between an engaged network of GO-LGU-NGO-PO partnership.

The NCCA NCCEd has invited representatives of selected cultural networks as official participants but a limited number of slots is still open to other artists' organizations, local LGU and NGO arts and culture councils, local government units' culture, arts and tourism
offices, and other networks of cultural educators with at least three years of sustained cultural education work for specific sectors.

Interested parties may send application enquiries on participation details and eligibilities with a brief profile of their organizations/ networks' history, extent and coverage of cultural education work in the communities, and name and brief profile of nominated participant- representative.

Each confirmed participant will be provided meals and shared accommodations for the duration of the Forum and reimbursement of round-trip fare subsidy to and from the venue of specific island-clustered forum.

For application enquiries and submission, please email inface2009@gmail. com. The organizers reserve the right to select and invite qualified participants.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Philippine International Arts Festival 2009

Philippine International Arts Festival 2009

For 18 years now, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has been organizing the National Arts Month (NAM) in the month of February with a series of festivities and activities mounted throughout the country celebrating Filipino artistry and promoting the arts and the artists. For 2009, the celebration takes a leap by going international under the name Philippine International Arts Festival

It will feature the talents and performances of the many artists and arts groups in the seven arts on whose trainings, competitions, and creative expressions it has invested the past year or so. More than a way of looking back at past accomplishments, the festival will be a celebration of the fruits of the creative efforts for the past year and a looking forward to a richer, more fertile ground in the coming years for the evolution of artistic modes of expression available to the Filipino creative imagination.

The National Arts Month started with Presidential Proclamation No. 683 in 1991. Now, the NCCA, led by its Chairman, DepEd Usec. Dr. Vilma Labrador and Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, through the NAM Artistic Committee headed by Prof. Ricardo de Ungria, Commissioner of the NCCA-Subcommission on the Arts (SCA), is taking the celebration
to the next level by calling National Arts Month the Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF) for next year.

Selected artists from different countries are expected to join in the different PIAF events through the PIAF Artistic Committee in coordination with the Philippine International Theatre Institute (ITI) through its Sec. General Malou Jacob, also concurrent NCCA Executive Director.

All over the country, different arts and culture groups as well as local governments will hold events for the PIAF with funding and support from the NCCA. With the theme "Ani ng Sining," the PIAF has evolved from Manila-centered activities to a truly national event with key activities in all three major island groups, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, involving hundreds of artists from different disciplines of arts and reaching thousands of people from all walks of life and all over the world.

Some of the highlights to look forward to in the PIAF on February 2009 are:

* The Ani ng Sining Launching. PIAF Ani ng Sining will formally open
in three venues: Launching on TV (Sunday noontime variety program);
Sining Gising of NBN 4 and Concert at the Park with delayed telecast
in NBN 4. Philippine International Arts Festival will also
simultaneously be launched in major sites in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

* PA(ng)LABAS. The project is a composite of a traveling exhibition,
lecture-forum, and a film showing which will to examine both the
medium of film and the form and style of architecture as they relate
to the development of film media, architecture and urban landscape.
The title Pa(ng)labas is doubly coded to encompass both the concepts
of projected moving image (palabas) and the exteriority of
architecture (panglabas) to establish a sense of place. It will happen
from February 9 to 13, 2009 at Cine Adarna, Aldaba Theater,
University Theater of the University of the Philippines; from February
16 to 20, 2009, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines; and from
February 23 to 27, 2009 at the University of San Carlos in Cebu.

* Walai-Vernacular Architecture of Mindanao. This is an architectural
drawing and photography exhibit of the vernacular houses of Mindanao
culled from the Walai Pangampong project, complemented with a lecture
series, selected ritual dances and craft works associated with house
building and construction, and a model replica of selected indigenous
structure. It is slated from February 1 to 6, 2009.

* Sinerehiyon. This is a showcase of nascent cinema from the regions.
From the highlands in and around Baguio to the heart of Bicolandia
that is Naga City; across the thriving Visayas cities of Cebu, Bacolod
and Iloilo; and through Mindanao between Cagayan de Oro and Davao, a
new generation of artists is telling stories of their own cultures and
people in cinematic form. This will be from February 17 to 19 at the CCP.

* Sayaw Pinoy. This touring dance concert brings together different
dance forms and features local dance troupes of the host cities and
municipalities performing back-to-back with the different professional
dance companies in the country. This will from February 6 to 9 for the
Visayas and NCR regions; from February 13 to 16 for Mindanao; and
February 20 to 23 for Luzon.

* Tanghal! The 3rd National University Theater Festival. Hosted by
Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba, the event will feature
university-based theatre groups from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR
in cooperation with the Lusong Luzon Arts and Culture Network. It will
happen from February 10 to 14, 2009 at the Colegio de San Juan de

* Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival. This is will be a celebration
of the word—written, painted, sung, or performed—and will assemble
writers from all the regions and across generations who will interact
with one another and with their audience on issues pertaining to their
craft or the situation of writing in the country, or read from their
new works. This will happen from February 11 to 13, 2009 at the UP
Diliman, Ateneo de Manila and Cubao Expo.

* Organik Muzik. This is a series of four concerts showing the
metamorphosis of elements of Philippine music from village roots to
urban manifestations, from Cordillera traditions to Kadangyan's world
music, from Leyteño siday to Junior Kilat's reggae Binisaya, from
GAMABA Awardee Samaon Sulaiman's virtuoso kutyapi-playing to the
hard-driving neo-ethnic rock of Popong Landero, from flights of
Balagtasan to the acid-jazz rants of Lourd de Veyra and Radioactive
Sago. Musical innovator Joey Ayala weaves the journey towards a
coherent whole. It will happen on February 7, 2009 at SM Baguio;
February 14, 2009 at SM Cebu; February 21, 2009 at SM Davao; and
February 28, 2009 at SM Mall of Asia.

* Philippine Visual Arts Festival '09. It will be a convergence of
selected various Filipino and International Artists from the different
regions of the country. it will feature the talents and performances
of the artists and groups in the visual arts whose trainings,
competitions and creative expressions it has invested the past year or so

For details on Philippine International Arts Festival 2009, please contact RENE NAPEÑAS, Head of the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at cellphone number 0928-5081057) or VANESSA MARQUEZ, NAM Deputy Festival Director at cellphone number 0918-6380412, or call (02) 527-5529 / 527-2192 loc. 508, 612 to 615, email at ncca.paio@gmail. com or or log on or ph.
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Silverlens Gallery Is Looking For A Graphic Designer

Silverlens Gallery is looking for a full time graphic designer with an interest in art and photography to design in-house printed material and monographs (InDesign/Illustrator), to photograph Silverlens/SLab shows, openings and activities for documentation, to do post production photography (Photoshop), to assist with photo shoots and exhibition design, and to maintain our website and e-newsletter (Dreamweaver) ..

Work Hours: t - f 10am– 7pm, sat 1pm-6pm

Please send email of resume with online portfolio link to or call 8160044 / 09052650873.

For more info, Silverlens Gallery is located at 2/F YMC Building 2, Pasong Tamo Extension
Makati City. www.silverlensphoto .com slab.silverlensphot

About Silverlens | SLab

Having gained public recognition in Manila since its inception in 2004, the Silverlens Gallery (SLG) features 8-9 shows a year, representing a mix of emerging and mid-career contemporary Philippine artists, as well as established international artists. Silverlens shows photography and new media.

At the forefront of collecting Philippine art for the Silverlens Foundation, SLG provides consultancy for art collections and acquisitions. As both gallery and art foundation, Silverlens establishes the vital partnership between defining the market and shaping art history.

SLab (Silverlens Lab) is the gallery for Philippine contemporary art showing painting, drawing and sculpture. The two spaces are bridge-linked, the former being a piano warehouse and the latter being the auditorium.

SLab has two galleries, a 120 square meter main space for longer curated shows, and 20SQUARE, a smaller gallery for young artists, for projects the curators are working on, and for collectors and artists consignments.

Silverlens and SLab artists push the boundaries of their medium and are aggressive in their dialogue with a discerning collecting audience. With the professional structure and best efforts of the Silverlens team, our artists are shown locally and internationally through art fairs, gallery collaborations and curatorial projects for their exposure, recall, recognition, and collection.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Art Sale for a Cause @ Conspiracy Visayas Ave.

opens DEC.16,Tuesday 6PM @ CONSPIRACY Visayas Ave.
#59 Visayas Ave. QC
Tel. No. 4532170

WHAT: Opening of "BITUKA,BUTIKI, BOTIKA," Art Sale for a Cause ( For McWes Bello, a colon cancer survivor) organized by friends of Mcwes Bello (Carol Bello of Kalayo/Pinikpikan' s husband).

WHEN: artists' reception on December 16, Tuesday 6-9pm

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS' works/items on Exhibit:
Cynthia Alexander,Daphne Aguilar,Mency Atienza,Bayang Barrios,Susan Corpuz,Danilo Dalena,Aba Lluch Dalena,Rufina Fajardo,Jemina, Julie Lluch,Sabina Santiago,Teta Tulay,Girl Valencia,Macrina Vicente,etc. ..

The exhibit runs until January 16, 2009.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

UP Film Institute Screens Sa Likod ng Himala

The UP Film Institute (UPFI), in cooperation with the International Circle of Online Noranians (ICON), will hold free screenings of Sa Likod ng Himala, a movie-in-the- making documentary on Ishmael Bernal's masterpiece Himala (ECP, 1982), fittingly at the UPFI Bernal Gallery on December 16, 2008 (Tuesday), starting at 7 pm.

In Super 8mm format, this 20-minute documentary was made by five in- house videographers of the former UP Film Center under the guidance of its founding director, Ms. Virginia Moreno (now expanded into the UP Film Institute). It features rare footage, among others, of Bernal in action during the filming of the movie's momentous stampede scene. The UPFI has preserved the original 26-year-old reel of the film in its archives in almost pristine state—a miracle of sorts.

This one-night-only event is meant to honor the film Himala, starring Superstar Nora Aunor and penned by Ricky Lee, for winning the CNN APSA Viewers' Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time, presented recently at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Screen Awards held in Queensland , Australia.

This special tribute, a special year-ender for the UPFI, has been planned even before Himala got the CNN APSA award. "The fact that this Bernal film has been shortlisted with the works of world cinema masters like Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Wong Kar-wai, and Ang Lee," said UPFI Programming Director Nonoy Lauzon, "is a great feat by itself."

Described by critic Alfred Yuson as "definitely world class," Himala holds the distinction of opening the 2nd Manila International Film Festival in 1983. It was handpicked by Berlin festival director Moritz de Hadeln, no less, to be part of the competition film selection of Berlin International Film Festival in the same year, the first and only Filipino film so far that competed for the Golden Bear. It then went on to be screened in key Russian cities—Moscow, Kiev, and Alma-ata—before it went to the Chicago International Film Festival where it won the Bronze Hugo Award for Best Feature Film.

Himala has remained as one of National Artist Ishmael Bernal's most exhibited films in both local and international film events. From the '80s to the current decade, it has been shown in world's key cities such as Taipei , Bangkok , Tokyo , Jakarta , Los Angeles , Hong Kong, Vienna , and New York . In 2007, Himala was included in the programs of Berlin Hot Shots Film Festival and Paris Film Festival.

The Bernal Gallery on the same day will showcase a mini Himala exhibit, organized by the International Circle of Online Noranians. The group will also conduct a short program honoring the film and some of the people behind it. In between screenings of the documentary, ICON will also hold activities such as film discussion and forum with distinguished guests.
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Artist Talk: Bea Valdes

Bea Valdes
Artist Talk and Discussion: Lessons from Things
December 13, 2008, Saturday, 3-5pm

On December 13, 2008, Saturday, SLab artist Bea Valdes will be giving a talk and holding an artist discussion afterwards. “As my pieces are made within the workshop setting, my creative experience is a shared process with the artisans that I work with," says Valdes. “I had wanted my talk to focus on the idea of craft in contemporary times, the collective intimacy of creation, and the discovering of Slow Design.”

Bea Valdes' sculpture show Bedtime Stories runs from November 28 to January 3, 2009 at SLab.

Visit SLab at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. For more information, call 8160044 / 09052650873, email or visit
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Monday, December 01, 2008

Cinemalaya 2009 Semi-Finalists Announced

Cinemalaya 2009 Semi-Finalists announced

Eighteen semifinalists in the full-length feature category have been selected for the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition slated on July 17-26, 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

The semifinalists are: 24K by Ana Agabin; Ang Mga Pangarap ni Mary Jane by Jerome Chavez Pobocan; Ang Nerseri (The Nursery) by Vic Acedillo,Jr. ; Ang Panggagahasa kay Virginia by Alvin B. Yapan; Astig (Mga Batang Kalye) by GB Sampedro; Babae ng Guho (Woman of the Ruins) by Sari Lluch Dalena;Becoming an Archer by Alfonso Torre III; Child Warrior by Francis O. Villacorta; Colorum by Jon Steffan Ballesteros; Dinig Sana Kita by Mike E. Sandejas; El Ultimo de Las Luciernagas (The Last of the Fireflies) by Sheron Dayoc; Engkwentroby Pepe Diokno; In Nomine Matre (In the Name of the Mother) by Will Fredo and Jay Garcia; Kung Sino Man ang Makabasaby Audie A. Gonzales; Last Supper No. 3 by Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel; Lobby by Mia Angeline Bacarro; Mangatyanan (The Blood Trail) by Jerrold Tarog; and Sanglaan by Milo Sogueco.

Ten finalists will be selected from this group of 18 semi-finalists and will be announced on December 22, 2008.

Now on its fifth year, the Cinemalaya Competition is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, CCP, Econolink Investments Inc. and Film Development Council of the Philippines. It aims to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. For more information, call the CCP Media Arts Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1704/05 or visit
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3rd Semi-Annual Abstract Art Competition 2009

The Art Association of the Philippines in cooperation with Exhibition Center for Contemporary Art present The 3rd SEMI-ANNUAL ABSTRACT ART COMPETITION 2009.

1. The competition is open to all artists who are Filipino citizens, 21 years old and above. AAP officers are disqualified from entering the competition.
2. The contest has an OPEN THEME. Only NON-REPRESENTATIONA L (abstract) paintings should be submitted.
3. Participants may submit only one entry each. Artwork size is 36"x48" or 48"x36" excluding frame. NO IRREGULARLY SHAPED PAINTINGS WILL BE ALLOWED.
4. Submission day shall be on February 7, 2009, from 10am to 7pm at the EXHIBITION CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Ground Floor, Chateau Verde Building, Valle Verde I Gate II, C-5, Pasig City.
5. An entry is considered to be an artistic product of an individual. NO GROUP ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED. All artworks should be the original artistic creation of the participating artist. Non-compliance will result to disqualification or revocation of the award.
6. All entries MUST BE SIGNED. With a piece of paper posted at the back bearing necessary details such as ARTIST'S NAME, ADDRESS, CONTACT NUMBERS, ENTRY TITLE, SIZE, MEDIUM AND PRICE.
7. Each entry should be accompanied by a 5"x7" (5R) colored photograph of the artwork, with the same information as above written at the back of the photo.
8. The artist must submit a properly accomplished Official Entry Form with a 1"x1" photo and a Biodata or Curriculum Vitae. The artist's Affidavit shall be accomplished in the submission venue. Official Entry Forms are available at ECCA, AAP Kanlungan ng Sining, http://aapgroup. multiply. com/, aapartists@yahoogro and Pinoy-AAP@yahoogrou Rules and entry forms may also be photocopied.
10. Artworks may be any pigment on ground, e.g. oil/acrylic on canvas, watercolor on paper, tempera on board, collage, found objects, and other mixed media. TARPAULIN OR DIGITAL PRINTS ARE NOT ALLOWED.
11. Entries with incomplete requirements will not be accepted.
12. Winners will be awarded as follows:
First Prize P 50,000 cash prize and trophy
Second Prize P 30,000 cash prize and trophy
Third Prize P 20,000 cash prize and trophy
7 Honorable Mention Awardees P 10,000 cash prize and medal
13. Entries will be screened by a panel of judges selected by the AAP and ECCA. All decisions of the Panel of Judges SHALL BE FINAL.
14. The announcement of winners and Awarding Ceremony will be on February 21, 2009 at the EXHIBITION CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART. Retrieval of artworks will be from March 21 to April 21 2009.
15. ALL ENTRIES WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE FORTHCOMING PUBLICATION "Contemporary Philippine Abstract Art". Outstanding paintings from the 2009 competition will be chosen by thejudges to add to the 2007 and 2006 finalists. ALL PAINTINGS INCLUDED IN THE BOOK WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME PROPERTIES OF ECCA.
17. AAP and ECCA shall NOT be held legally liable for any damages to the artwork as a result of the competition, or the failure of the participant to follow the rules and regulations.

For more information and details on the competition, you may call 496-0992 (AAP) or
671-2069 (ECCA). You may also visit the AAP Office/Gallery at the Kanlungan ng Sining, Rizal Park, Km.0, Manila.
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