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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

1st NCCT’s Cinepambata Premieres on Street Children’s Day

The National Council for Children’s Television in cooperation (NCCT) with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) Kalahi Cultural Caregiving Program celebrates the Street Children’s Day thru its 1st CinePambata Festival on December 28, 2009 at the NCCA Auditorium, NCCA Intramuros, Manila. Registration begins at 8:00am.

The Street Children’s day is celebrated pursuant to Malacañang Proclamation No.1207 by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, otherwise known as Holy Innocent’s Day, declaring December 28 as a special day dedicated to street children and other abandoned, orphaned, abused and marginalized youth.

According to UNICEF, there are 250,000 street children in the Philippines who literally live, sleep, and work in key cities nationwide. These children are exposed to various risks endangering their health, well-being, and even their lives.

NCCT Executive Director Frank G. Rivera said, “It is about time that films and television shows will not only be for entertainment but most importantly, will contribute positive behavior, culture and values among Filipino children.”

Around 300 street children under the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development headed by Secretary Esperanza Cabral and City Hall of Manila will enjoy series of children’s films twinned with dance, painting, choral singing and learn to play the national sport, Arnis, thru the Kalahi Caregiving Program of NCCA chaired by Dr. Vilma Labrador with Cecile Guidote Alvarez as NCCA Executive Director. As a finale, children will walk to Fort Santiago to appreciate our heritage and commemorate Dr. Jose P. Rizal through the cooperation of the Intramuros Administration headed by Bambi Harper where the prizes for the best films will be awarded.

Films to be shown are created and produced for children featuring young and talented filmmakers like Noriel Jarito, Donnie Sacueza, Jedd Chris P. Dumaguina, Carlos Corpus IV, Vic Tiro, Rica Arevalo, and Milo Tolentino.

Simultaneously, an NCCA Kalahi Cultural Caregiving for healing in a resettlement area of victims in Datu Piang, Maguindanao coordinated by Basilidas Pilapil and in Bohol for the marginalized youth; a competition in music and dance coordinated by Lutgardo Labad focused on child and parenthood is undertaken with the cooperation of the UNFPA and the health sector of the provincial government.

Conducted nationwide, the KALAHI Cultural Caregiving Program is a poverty alleviation program aimed at achieving the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs). This program utilizes the Earthsavers DREAMS Methodology which involves Human Resource Development, Eco-Social Rehabilitation and Values Education through Arts and Media and Sports and Science. Its holistic approach underscores the therapeutic and participatory values derived from meaningful and relevant arts training that culminates into a showcase of talents in the field of visual arts, music, dance, theater arts, rondalla, creative crafts, media and animation and broadcast modules.

The event will be featured in the Sining Gising program held on Sundays on NBN from 4:00-6:00pm. For more information, please contact Patrick Jay Veril and Chay Dionco at 634-7156/0922-887-8254.

For inquiries, please contact the Public Affairs and Information Division at (T) 527-5529, (F) 527-2191 local 612-615, or email at
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NCCA Culture Writing Page Competition Opens

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will hold a Culture Page Writing Competition, in line with the 2010 Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF) for the 19th National Arts Month (NAM) Ani ng Sining celebration in February. The competition hopes to encourage student journalists from high school and college to feature PIAF events in their respective school papers, in order to further raise awareness, and deepen the appreciation for Philippine culture and arts among students.
The Culture Page Writing Contest is open to all recognized school papers from any secondary and tertiary level school, college or university in Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the NCR. Entries may be written in English and/or Filipino, and should have at least one backgrounder story on the NAM as per Presidential Proclamation No.683 in 1991, and the PIAF as NCCA’s flagship project for the NAM. The Culture Page may contain editorials, essays, features, poetry, cartooning, photography, or researches on Philippine culture, arts, tradition, and heritage.

The winning school papers from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the NCR for the tertiary level will receive the grand prize of thirty thousand pesos (P30,000), while winners for the secondary level will receive twenty thousand pesos (P20,000).

The deadline for submission of entries is on February 12, 2010, and the announcement and awarding of winners will be in March 2010 during NCCA’s Philippine arts and culture TV program, Sining Gising, aired every Sundays at 4 p.m. over at NBN 4. Winners will also be published in the NCCA’s official newsletter, Agung.

For details, please contact RENE NAPEÑAS, Head of the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) and PIAF Media Director at 527-5529 or at numbers 097-5582656 / 09285081057 or VANESSA MARQUEZ, PIAF Deputy Festival Manager at 527-2209 or 0918-6380412. You can also call us at 527-2192 (loc. 612-615) or email us at

For inquiries, please contact the Public Affairs and Information Division at (T) 527-5529, (F) 527-2191 local 612-615, or email at
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Jojo Barja's Dead City @ Blanc Makati

Ang Cum Laude ng Kalsada

“Dead City” Renato Barja Jr.’s 7th Solo Exhibition

Dead City is a series of short visual stories about underprivileged Filipinos.

"I created images, taking off from what I feel about the people
around me. These individuals are discarded but are an undeniable
segment of our society. This is a story of how Filipinos accept the
norms of everyday life, without fully understanding it- that we are
in the middle of chaos, deaf and blinded by the ills of the government,
the never ending media and political mudslinging, overlooked inner
city population. We are in the brink of a social meltdown, what now?"

Look around it is a Dead City.

The exhibit opens on Monday 6PM, January 4, 2010 at blanc Gallery
Makati. blanc is located at Crown Tower, 107 H.V. dela Costa St.,
Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, please call or
sms 752-0032 / 0920-9276436, email or visit,

Dead City will run until January 22, 2010.
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Request for Information on All Philippine Museums

The National Committee on Museums (NCOM) initiated a project for 2010 titled: “Directory of Museums in the Philippines .

The West Visayas Museum Association was assigned by the Committee to facilitate the collection of data and production of the directory. The directory will be launched in mid-May 2010 during the International Museum Day celebration in Cebu.

In order to make this project possible, the NCOM is requesting all museums to please submit on or before February 15, 2010 information on your museums.

For details, please go to this link in our web site:
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Winners of 21st CCP Alternative Film & Video Tilt Named

The winners of the 21st Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video were announced in awarding rites held on December 11, 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

In the Experimental category, the 1st Prize went to ANG EBOLUSYON NI KASALANAN by Emerson Reyes, 2nd prize to ANG ROMANSA NI TINYENTE GIMO AND MARYA LABO by Joenar Pueblo and 3rd Prize to PONKAN by John Japhet Tubeo and Jonathan Marasigan. Honorable Mention was given to BIYAHILO By Revsson Antonio, Anthony Delima, Sheena Pearl Barandino, Joecel Bueno, Rochelle Relosa, Ronald Diata, Analyn Gamelo and Reggie Lapera.

In the Animation category, the 1st Prize was awarded to MASKARA by Alejandro Karlo Zapanta and 2nd Prize to CLOWNES by Neil Paul Molina. Two entries— LUKSO by John Kristoffer Sta. Clara and GRANDFATHER' S CLOCK by Marcelo William W. Muñoz—won 3rd Prize. Honorable Mentions were given to PERANG KENKOY by Christopher C. Asa, BOX by John Kristoffer Sta. Clara and ROBOTICA by Alan Ray Bumanglag

In the Documentary category, the 1st Prize was awarded to WINDMILLS: The Case Study of Bangui Windmills by Ellaine R. Bensal, C. Castro, K. Colo and A. Cruz; 2nd Prize to TAWILIS: Palaot sa Mailap na Huli by Reymer Salvador and 3rd Prize to THE FILIPINO STUDENT'S GUIDE ON HOW TO BE INVISIBLE IN LONDON by Raz de la Torre. KUYA by Mary Angelica Eileen A. Cruz won Honorable Mention.

In the Short Feature category, the 1st Prize was awarded to APRIL FOOLS by Trinka Lat and 2nd Prize to BA'T `MAN by Noriel Jarito. The 3rd Prize was given to both RIVER OF DREAMS by Michael Angelo Dagñalan and ARAW NG PIGHATI by Ryanorlie "Yan" Abeledo. Honorable Mention was awarded to BATANG JAPAN by Al Eugenio, KINULAYANG KITI by Richard S. Legaspi and BABAE AKO by Jeyow Evangelista.

The animation entries from Ateneo de Naga University were collectively awarded the Best Regional Entry award while the RIVER OF DREAMS by Michael Angelo Dagñalan was named Best Entry for/on/by Children.

The 21st Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video was held December 8-11 at the CCP. A competition for works for both Film and Video formats, it is held in four categories of Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary and Animation.
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CJ Andaluz Revisits His Roots

Independent filmmaker Christopher John Andaluz returned to his first love, theater, with the successful restaging of Frank G. Rivera's modern zarzuela "Ambon, Ulan, Baha" last December 13 at SM Centerpoint Cinema 5.

Andaluz was back on the helm of Rivera's 2004 Aliw Awards Best Musical Production after directing the short film "Nekro" and the full-length feature "Sisa" for OnCam Productions.

"Ambon, Ulan, Baha" is another production of Alab Artistika and Pixel Art Media Production Co. based on Rivera's play aside from "Tao, Isang Tagulaylay" and "Oyayi."

Andaluz earlier dipped his hands in directing films with "Nekro," which won best narrative short film in the first Pambujan Pelikula Para sa Publiko (PPPP) National Short Film Festival and Competition held in Northern Samar and also competed in the Lyons Asian Film Festival in France, Exground Film Festival in Germany, Third Eye Asian Film Festival Mumbai in India, and .MOV International Digital Film Festival in Manila.

His short film, which tells the story of a man who fulfills his sexual urges by having sex with the dead, was also part of the Short Wave program of the 7th World Film Festival of Bangkok and the selection of the 16th Filipino American Cine (FACINE) Festival in San Francisco last month.

Meanwhile, "Sisa" competed in the Digital Lokal competition of Dekada Cinemanila last year with Jodi Sta. Maria-Lacson bagging the Best Actress award in the international film festival.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blame the Savages at NCCA Gallery

t is not hard to disapprove when all around there are bomb threats, corruption, massacres, natural disasters or even sex scandals. The whole world has long been in a dire mess and so we have our advocacies, movements, forums to fuss about it. We humans, as we think ourselves to existence, are naturally critical about all things else.

In this era, wars are constantly waged by service providers, product suppliers and such. Their artilleries boast of glossy packaging, massive billboards, bright television commercials and fully-furnished stores. Everything is pleasing and machine-made at a dizzying pace to please greedy consumers. Failing to be blinded by all the sparkles, Francis Commeyne remembers where all these started. His Takataks are artworks that reject the highly materialistic world today and revive the old ways of simple trades on the streets. With this, he also taps on old traditions that are tarnished by new technology. The artworks remind very well of the Dada period of ready-made objects. Francis assembles them inside the takataks, much like box art, and creates unified meaning with multiple elements. The works rest on the thin line between art and life as he incorporates personal objects and ideas.

Raymond Carlos, on the other hand, dismisses tradition. His realistic paintings force the audiences to zero in on social issues that hamper themselves. His works are highly provocative and graphic, and lean much on real human problems. With his paintings, he decapitates what notion of taboo the society has. What we see here is pure human, no rights or wrongs. It is a self-indulgent approach to life. Upon seeing Raymond’s work, our very initial response is to recoil due to the boldness of his work. What the paintings aim for is to free the audience of that initial response, that moment of self-censorship, and see the world without expectations or limits.

With a pocket full of satire, shaggy-dog stories, puns, parody, mockery, sarcasm and a list of airy jokes, Mark Sanchez creates a series of collages on paper. Humor is seen as shallow and futile. However, taking a second look, we see that jokes are often an attack on social flaws we have as humans. Mark provides you that second look. He gives you a chance to become the analytical you you wanted to be. His paintings allow you to see the alternate paths you can take beyond the mere chortle, to an exploration of arbitrary connotations. Here we can see that language is broken apart.

However, the simplicity of Manu Farol’s works let you expand into the complexities of meaning and also their arbitrary experience. In most cases, we are apt to defining artworks in comprehensible language. Manu emphasizes on the recognition of the experience rather than defining a complete understanding. We can contrast this with language’s limitation in defining perceptual experience (understanding is achieved through language). Art can exist out of language.

Catalina Africa plays with ideas like time and space. Out of these banal systems (ethics and rules that have been established way back in time, for example) we are dancing in, Catalina finds away to break away from the austerity of it all. Catalina uses photographs and video installation to capture her mischievous practices. At times, she photographs flowers to juggle the transient quality and the durability of a photo. Her video explores the structure of language. The video loop delineates the divide between irrationality and order.

Cian Dayrit’s figures are grotesque and bold, awkward in linear quality. They debunk all sense of morality that was painstakingly established by philosophers, prophets, rabbis, and scholars. The usage of ancient icons, symbols, signs and myths from Greece, Egypt and even from our local Bukidnon and manipulation of these sacred images, defiling them in their juxtaposition, had given the works their edge. He creates his own world of orgies and massacres.

Media is one of the greatest inventions of the preceding century. Thus rose celebrities, pop icons, and rock stars, all venerated by masses. These people have their lives dictated by the media; we all see them through television, magazines, and tabloids. We trustingly nod to every gossip and rumors there are -- too bad for those who are depreciated by the media. Eunice Lacaste’s defacement of her own paintings attempts to reprimand this kind of gullible acceptance of distorted information. In Eunice’s painting, the linear defacement are well-researched and in accordance to the underlying image as opposed to the misinformed and negative remarks of the tabloids. The artist channels this antagonism into a positive decoration of otherwise adverse portraits.

Blame the Savages is a group exhibition of seven artists questioning everything; our tradition, our lives, our system, ourselves. The artists here refuse to be ignorant and acceptant of the invasion of the media, the government, the big shot imports, the gods, the truth. All these sum up into a mixture of varied contemporary mediums, grounds, approaches, thinking talking back to age old earth.

The exhibit "Blame the Savages" runs from 15 December – 10 January 2010 at the NCCA Gallery located at G/F NCCA Building 633 Gen. Luna St. Intramuros Manila. For details please contact Ethel Buluran at (632) 5272192 or email
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

U Ave - A Musical Play By Sinagbayan

Sining na Naglilingkod sa Bayan
in cooperation with
Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts

invites you to

U Ave
a musical play
directed by Soc Jose
concept written by Prof. Rommel Rodriguez

For the benefit of disaster-stressed families in Marikina and Cordillera Region

December 12 and 13
3:30 PM | 7:30 PM
Aldaba Recital Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman

For ticket reservations and for more info on how you can help, contact +63906.3504141
Relief goods and other donations may be dropped at the show booth.
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Epson Color Imaging Contest Awarding Ceremony & Exhibit

Epson Philippines invites everyone to “The Epson Color Imaging Contest 2009" exhibit and awarding ceremonies.

Date: December 9, 2009, Wednesday
Time: 1:30 pm
Venue: 2/F, The Podium, ADB Ave. Ortigas Center, Pasig city
Attire: Smart Casual

The exhibit will showcase photographs taken by the Epson PRO and the Color Imaging Contest (CIC) 2009 winners. Based on this year’s theme, “The Unguarded Moment”, the exhibit features candid photos that celebrate life’s wonderful unguarded moments with the perfect exposure.

The true icons in photography and graphic design—Epson Philippines’ very own Epson PRO- is composed of National Artist for Visual Arts BenCab, Eminent Travel and Advertising Photographer Bien Bautista, Multi-awarded Travel Photographer George Tapan, 3-time Master Photographer of the Year awardee, Quincy Castillo, Distinguished Graphic Designer Drew Europeo Award-winning Filipino graphic designer Robert Alejandro ; and last but not the least Documentary Artist, Actor and Photographer, Ryan Agoncillo.

The Epson Color Imaging Contest is an annual photography contest that celebrates and showcases the artistry of amateur and professional photographers. The contest provides an ideal platform for Filipino photographers to win fabulous prizes and a chance to represent the Philippines in an international competition where the finals will be held in Japan.

For more info, you may call 527-0478/ 0927-2457846/ 0922-8910842 and look for Kat Cariaga to RSVP.
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Monday, December 07, 2009

21st Gawad CCP Film Screening Schedule


The 21st CCP Independent Film and Video Competition
8 to 11 December 2009
CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theatre)

08 December/Tue
7:30 PM Opening Ceremonies
with the World Premiere of Erik Matti's The Arriva
CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theatre)

09 December/Wed
01:00PM SHORT FEATURE (Program 1) - total runtime 1:55
Ang Bakasyon ni Can-can
Ang Pulang Mithi
April Fools
Araw ng Pighati
At Ng Anak
Ba't `Man
Babae Ako
Barya at Lata

03:30PM DOCUMENTARY (Program 1) - total runtime 1:58
Kapit sa Patalim
Mga Bata ni Rajah Sulayman
Mundong Walang Saplot

06:00PM SHORT FEATURE (Program 2) - total runtime 1:45
Ang Pagbabalik ni Ondoy
Flip Flops
Kinulayang Kiti (hand-painted feathers)

08:30PM ANIMATION (Program 1) - total runtime 2:29
Ang Pinakamagandang Luha sa Balat ng Lupa
Balot Penoy
Café Sanctuario
Cidie, Ang Munting Sisiw
Croc & Roo
Doodler's Ink
Dream Undie
Field Trip
Irog Ko

10 December/Thu
10:00AM SHORT FEATURE (Program 3) - total runtime 1:50
Huling Himig

01:00PM DOCUMENTARY (Program 2) - total runtime 1:56
Persistence of Vision: Kidlat Tahimik
Reflections Beyond the River of Dreams
Single Mommies
Windmills: The Case study of Bangui Windmills

03:30PM SHORT FEATURE (Program 4) - total runtime 1:58
JT O.01
Ploning Adin Ka Ren
Usok Banto

06:00PM EXPERIMENTAL - total runtime 2:01
Ang Bayan Kong Payapa
Ang Ebolusyon ni Kasalanan
Ang Romansa ni Tinyente Gimo and Marya Labo
Masidhing Kagalakan
Pagburnayan (Jar Factory)
Seven Months
Sining ng Aning
Violent Itlogs

08:30PM SHORT FEATURE (Program 6) - total runtime 2:44
Batang Japan

11 December/Fri
10:00AM DOCUMENTARY (Program 3) - total runtime 1:36
Sunday Lunch
Tawilis: Palaot sa Mailap na Huli
This is Where Your Taxes Go

03:30PM SHORT FEATURE (Program 5) - total runtime 2:03
Luna Lucis (Moonlight)
River of Dreams
Touch Me Not (16mm)

06:00PM ANIMATION (Program 2) - total runtime 2:24
Last Hope
Lipad Lito Lipad
Marco and the Thief
Parusa ni Juan
Perang Kengkoy
Supah Emo
Sweet Revenge
The Grandfather' s Clock
Wanted Teddy

Free Admission!

For more information on 21st Gawad CCP Film Screening Schedule, please call CCP Media Arts at 832 1125 local 1704 & 1705.
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TutoK SOeNA: State of Education and the Nation

TutoK SOeNA: State of Education and the Nation
4th TutoK Yearend Assembly

Amidst a year stricken by crises in culture and calamities, a so-called 'educated' response is called for over and above the sensationalism promoted by media and politicking entities. Yet it would seem that every problem that we have traces its roots to education, particularly citing its imbalances, inequities and inadequacies.

TutoK, in line with its implementation of art and advocacy projects, proposes to bring the topic of education into this engagement, thus gathering a visual congress to represent and assert a diverse range of contemporary explorations to promote further inquiry and discussion.

SOeNA is the State of Education and the Nation, and it is TutoK's yearend assembly of art and artists to be held at Manila Contemporary at Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City . SOeNA is part of of TutoK's current focus on education, beginning with TutoK Eduk early this year. At the core of this exhibit is a series of works investigating the manifestation and operation of education as systems, objects and people. The theme is resonated through 2 x 2 feet wall works assembled throughout the gallery, completing the participation of more than 150 artists via paintings, sculptures, installations and live art.

"TutoK SOeNA" is the 4th annual group exhibit organized by TutoK since 2006. It is jointly curated by Don M. Salubayba, Noel Soler Cuizon, J.Pacena II and Jef Carnay, and will open with live art and other performances at 6:30pm on Saturday, December 5, 2009. The exhibit will run until January 6, 2010.

Manila Contemporary is located at Whitespace, 2314 Chino Roces Ave. Pasong Tamo Extension, Brgy. Magallanes, Makati City
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U.P. Cinema Presents Piling Obrang Video 6

U.P. Cinema presents PILING OBRANG VIDYO {SIX}
An Interschool Short Video Competition

U.P. CINEMA's Piling Obrang Vidyo or P.O.V. is an inter-school short video festival that is supported by different participating schools as well as film practitioners in both the academe and in the industry. Having first started in the year 2004 with a minimal audience and only a handful of entries, P.O.V. has now become a much awaited event by a slew of ever-particpating schools including New Era University, Miriam College, and the Ateneo. Each year, the event gathers an estimated 600 people to its theater, the Cine Adarna, to view the best-of-the- best short films of colleges from around the Philippines.

This year's Piling Obrang Vidyo will be held at the UP Cine Adarna on December 12, Saturday, from 1pm-5pm.

Narrative Category
2) HARANA by KEVIN HINDRIKS and SANTY CALALAY from International Academy of Film and TV
3) HUWANTED by MARLYN BASA from Centro Escolar University
4) MAGDALENA by JAYSON CABUGNASON from Colegio de San Juan de Letran
5) KONYO by KRISTOFFER GATA from New Era University
6) ONSE by HERSHEY VARDELEON from University of the Philippines - Diliman
7) PROMO GIRL by BIANKA BERNABE from Miriam College
8) SELDA by MICHELLE LAMAR from Miriam College
9) TAGO by ANTON PELON from University of the Philippines - Diliman
10) TINTOY by CARLO JAY CUEVAS from De La Salle Lipa

Experimental Category
1) ANTES DE AYER by ANGELI MENDOZA from New Era University
3) ORGANIC TEXTURE by ROEL MENDOZA from Ateneo De Manila University
4) UNFINISHED MADONNA AND CHILD by IGINE JOSE from University of the Philippines - Diliman
5) WHAT ROB SAW by JAV VELASCO from College of Saint Benilde

Animation Category (exhibition)
1) HEADZ by ROEL MENDOZA from Ateneo de Manila University
2) MARGIE by JAIMEE SANTOS from University of the Philippines - Diliman

Tickets @ Php80 each
Contact 0918-6916858 (Rita) or 0916-4168768 (Chad) for reservations.

PILING OBRANG VIDYO {SIX} is sponsored by:
Shout the Pack Up: HD Rental Company
Fuji Film
Crimson Light Productions

Also brought to you by:
Jack 'n Jill Dynamite
Jack 'n Jill Potato Chips

Media Partner:

Venue Partner:
Mag:net Cafe
UP Cine Adarna
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Alay 12 Presents Works of More Than 60 Artists at Boston Gallery

Philippine visual artists affiliated with Boston and Pinto Gallery will showcase Alay 12, which opens on 12 December 2009 at Boston Gallery in Cubao, Quezon City.

Alay is an annual group exhibition by artists who have exhibited at the Boston Art Gallery and Pinto Gallery. In past years, it has been a “year-ender” exhibition, capping the gallery's roster of shows. This year marks its 12-year anniversary as an art event.

More than 60 painters and sculptors will showcase their works in Alay 12. Among the artists are:

Allan Alcantara, Tyago Almario, Joel Alonday, John Paul Antido, Plet Bolipata, Elmer Borlongan, Lawrence Borsoto, Froilan Calayag, Joey Cobcobo, Marika Constantino, Ninel Constantino, Marina Cruz, Noel Soler Cuizon, Edrick Daniel, Igan D’Bayan, Joey De Castro, Alfredo Esquillo, Dexter Fernandez, Dennis Fortozo, Pedro Garcia, Manny Garibay, Sarah Geneblazo, Sandra Gfeller, Dennis Gonzales, Darwin Gonzales, Guerrero Habulan, Mark Justiniani, Erwin Leaño, Tony Leaño, Stephanie Lopez, Joy Mallari, Neil Manalo, Joven Mansit, Keiye Miranda, Ferdinand Montemayor, Jason Montinola, Bon Mujeres, Andy Orencio, Jim Orencio, Vincent Padilla, Raffy Pagarigan, Anthony Palomo, Neil Pasilan, Elmer Roslin ,Kirby Roxas, Henry Royales, Ryan Rubio, Jaypee Samson, Jerson Samson, Pam Yan Santos, Victor Santos, Noel Solis, Tammy Tan, Cj Tañedo, Rodel Tapaya, Alex Tee, Juanito Torres,Tatong Racheta Torres, Wire Tuazon, Anna Varona, Cris Villanueva, Costantino Zicarelli

According to gallery curator Ruel Caasi, last year's exhibition, Alay 11 promoted the establishment of the Silangan Contemporary Art Museum. The museum aims to maintain and preserve a collection of significant Philippine artworks from 1986 to 2010.

Alay 12 opens on December 12 (Saturday), 6:30 pm at Boston Gallery, at #72 Boston Street, Cubao, Quezon City. For inquiries, please contact the gallery at tel. no.7229205.
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Pecha Kucha Night is Back in Manila!

This is a great night you don't want to miss! Following the success of the first Pecha Kucha Night in Manila, this second major event promises to be even bigger, better and definitely more fun!

So rush over to find the best seats in the house and soak in the most amazing ideas, stories and visual feasts at Pecha Kucha Night in Manila v2, to be held on December 9 (Wednesday), 7:30PM, at Cineplex 3, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. Meet many of Manila's very interesting and exciting people as they share their expertise, reveal inspirations, and declare the things most important to them.

What began as a venue for young designers in Tokyo to present their work in public has now become a phenomenon in over 262 cities all over the world…and counting. With a unique presentation format of 20 images at 20 seconds per image, this evening socials/networking, and show-and-tell event is rocking major cities and islands from Bali, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Lima, Chicago, Beirut, Quebec and more. Created by Klein Dytham Architects, Pecha Kucha Night will really lift you up and set your mind abuzz!

Be enthralled by the adventures of the Balangay Team, led by Captain Art Valdez, as they crisscross Philippine seas to get the word out on inspiration; lend your ears to the music of the creative and quirky fashion designer & singer Kate Torralba; learn ways of making better and more sustainable environmental choices with green architect Dan Lichauco and urban planner Karima Palafox; be led by writer & musician Lourd de Veyra as he reveals the word and shows you the way; open your mind to a different way of seeing the world through Jungian psychologist Rose Yenko; and raise your shirts to Pinoy pop culture prophets, design studio Team Manila.

Completing the line-up are creative duo Brandie Tan and Tin Sanchez of BBDO Guerrero, writer and comic creator Budjette Tan, DIY music producer Erick Fabian Sr., visual artist and pole dancer Christina Dy, photographer Gutsy Tuason, web developer and GO gamer Mikong Galero, One Tama, geekfight! Night quiz master Paolo Jose Cruz, and award-winning young director Pepe Diokno.

This event is presented by Ideals Creatives Inc. and the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and made possible through the generosity of awesome folks at Rogue Magazine, Epson, Adobo Magazine, Smart Communications, QTV,, and Counting Sheep.

For more info on PKN Manila v2, check out
To see what's happening all over the world, visit the global network at

Limited seats for this event! Tickets are available at the following venues:

In Makati, hop on over to Kate Torralba's at the 2/F, Greenbelt 5.

In Quezon City, just give us a call at Ideals Creatives at (02) 4368864 or drop by our office at Unit G03, Casa Baronesa Building, 86 E. Abada St., Loyola Heights. You may also get tickets at the Sputnik shop (beside Mogwai), at Cubao X.

See you all on December 9—yes, it's this Wednesday--and get ready for a really great night!
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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Animahenasyon 2009 Winners

Animahenasyon 2009 Winners

Animahenasyon 2009 Grand Prize Winner: MUTYA by Nelson “Blog” Caliguia, Jr.

Animahenasyon 2009 Professional Division:
Best Animation - Category A (1-5 minutes) – EDISON AND THE MOTHS by Maria Cristina “Tinay” Sison
Best Animation - Category B (6-20 minutes) – MUTYA by Nelson “Blog” Caliguia, Jr.
Best Animation - Category F (TVC/OBB/demo reel) – PASINTABI trailer by Jeff Capili

Animahenasyon 2009 Student/Amateur Division:
Best Animation - Category H (1-5 minutes) – CLOWNES by Neil Paul Molina
Best Animation - Category I (6-20 minutes) – THE HANDBOOK by Jose Luis R. Buan
Best Animation - Category K (Music video) – YUGTO by John Kristoffer R. Sta. Clara
Best Animation - Category L (TVC/OBB/demo reel) – PHILIPS LIGHT BULB by Samuel Elias Kirk Bacsain

Animahenasyon 2009 Special Awards:
Special Citation - ROBOTICA by Allan Ray Bumanglag
Best Regional Entry - LUKSO by John Kristoffer R. Sta. Clara of Ateneo de Naga University
Hero’s Choice - MUTYA by Nelson “Blog” Caliguia, Jr.
Audience choice - THE HANDBOOK by Jose Luis R. Buan

Animahenasyon 2009 Institutional Award:
Ateneo de Naga University, Department of Digital Arts and Computer Animation
For its consistent and active participation in the Animahenasyon Pinoy Animation Festival for three consecutive years, for producing a body of animated works on a par with industry standards that has resulted in the creative melding of the academe and industry, and for its continuous effort in promoting and creating original Filipino content in animation.

Animahenasyon 2009 Lifetime Achievement Awardee
For his significant contributions and outstanding original body of work that have shaped the beginning of Philippine animation, for his pioneering spirit in promoting, instilling and integrating Filipino culture in his work, for continually demonstrating and setting aesthetic excellence in his craft, and for all his artistic endeavors and unwavering effort in keeping the creative industry alive in the country.
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Contemporary Artists Join Yuchengco Museum Exhibit on Manton de Manila

  Contemporary Artists Join Yuchengco Museum Exhibit on Manton de Manila

As part of a special exhibit on the manton de Manila called Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Manton de Manila, the Yuchengco has invited 19 artists and creative thinkers from a range of disciplines to create a new piece inspired by the manton. The artworks on view range from paintings, fine prints, and photographs to couture and installations. Among the participating artists are (from left to right): Photographer Wig Tsymans, couturier Steve De Leon, sculptor and jewelry designer Michelline Syjuco, printmaker Ambie Abaño, and architect Dan Lichauco.

Draped in Silk is the Yuchengco Museum’s major exhibit for 2009, and is on view until December 29. The exhibit explores the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade that introduced the manton to Spain, showcases contemporary works inspired by the manton, and looks into ­similar motifs found in Philippine embroidery.
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Anino Shadowplay Collective at Blanc Makati

The question of Philippine viewership, even awareness of its Australia-bound projects has led the ANINO Shadowplay Collective to Blanc Makati this December. The exhibit Within and Without Blanc culls from and builds on ANINO’s output for its second collaborative project with Filipino-Australian playwright Paschal Daantos Berry and theatre artist Valerie Berry - Within and Without, a contemporary performance project inspired by Intramuros - the heart of and witness to the most tumultuous phases of Philippine history.

Within and Without Blanc is a selection of ANINO’s videos, photographs, animation, installations and cutouts created and redesigned through the R&D and creative development phases of the performance project. Opening night will feature a performative sketch that ponders on Philippine history and contemporary society.

The ANINO Shadowplay Collective is a group of multi-media artists dedicated to the development and popularisation of Philippine shadowplay.

The exhibit opens on Monday December 7 at 6PM, at Blanc Makati. Mandaluyong. Blanc is located at 2E Crown Tower 107 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, please call or sms 752-0032 / 0920-9276436, email or visit and

Within and Without Blanc will run until December 28, 2009.
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Antonio Leaño's Anthropometrics at Sitio Remedios

Antonio Leaño
Sitio Remedios, Currimao, Ilocos Norte
Opens December 5, 2009

On December 4, 2009, Sitio Remedios in Barangay Victoria, Currimao, Ilocos Norte will be the site for Anthropometrics, Antonio Leaño’s upcoming exhibit. Its environs provide a stimulating backdrop to the artist’s latest oeuvres. Definitely, the synergy of the Leaño’s creatively measured stance coupled with the vintage ambience of this heritage village will walk us back to recollection and usher in a clearer understanding of the present.

Leaño’s mixed media works portray women in their baro’t saya, Jesuit priests and ilustrados in seemingly studio poses. As to be expected, the artist renders these figures comprehensively and pays meticulous attention to the nuances of their form. More interestingly perhaps is the manner in which Leaño juxtaposes other elements in his compositions and how all these components crystallize together to elevate the subject to a different plane.

The subtle metallic shimmer, rich scarlet touches against a furtive and dusky background lures one to unravel the cryptic points that the canvases hold. The architectural details, measurable positions in combination with Leaño’s random thoughts and unyielding resolutions are seamlessly fused together with the focal figure on the canvas. The resulting body of work is yet another testament to his evolving understanding of our existence.

Antonio Leaño’s proficiency for the arts manifested itself early on. His surroundings and associations in Antipolo harnessed his potential. Leaño’s education at the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines further honed his innate abilities. He was also an integral part of Salingpusa, an artist group that created a transformative impact in contemporary art in the 1990s. It is not hard for his reputation to precede himself. With more than two decades of dedicated art practice, Antonio Leaño’s creative outputs are diverse as it is innovative — ranging from representational to non-representational works, environmental to architectural design, experimental to experiential productions. In 1994 he received the Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artist Award. He was also the recipient of the Sentenaryong Gawad Dakilang Anak ng Antipolo para sa Malikhaing Sining in 1999 and was a finalist at the International Triennial Competition and Exhibition in Osaka, Japan in 1993.

Anthropometrics opens on the 5th of December 2009 at Sitio Remedios in Barangay Victoria, Currimao, Ilocos Norte. For inquiries, please call at 09178191939 or email us at
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UP Film Institute Screenings This December

The UP Film Institute once more affirms its advocacy for human rights with this year’s edition of Cine Veritas – the annual festival with focus on socially relevant films that uphold the plight of the underprivileged and marginalized sectors of society. Main features include titles that are the current pride of Philippine cinema: Pepe Diokno’s “Engkwentro” (Best Picture of the Orrizonti Section and Best Debut Film at Venice); Ralston Jover’s “Bakal Boys” (Dragons and Tigers Special Mention at Vancouver, Golden Alexander Special Mention at Thessaloniki, Labor Film Prize at Torino) and Ferdie Balanag’s “Walking the Waking Journey,” the acclaimed documentary that made waves at this year’s Cinemalaya with its account of a Himalayan monk’s epic voyage.

A gesture of solidarity for the human rights cause is extended by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with the free presentation of “Women in Shroud” – an exposé of the arbitrary legal system in Iran endured by women accused of adultery and sentenced to the death penalty. Dedicated women’s rights’ activists one of whom is Shadi Sadr, the recipient of this year’s Human Rights Defenders Tulip Award in the Netherlands , are portrayed in their collective effort to help victims appeal and overturn their death sentences.

Completing the Cine Veritas screening line-up is another Philippine production, “Marlon,” Best Documenary Winner at the 2008 Cinemanila International Film Festival.

Apart from screenings, the Cine Veritas festival hallmarks as well exhibits, fora, performances in cultural nights at the Ishmael Bernal Gallery mounted by various artists groups led by Concerned Artists of the Philippines , Southern Tagalog Exposure, Ugnayan ng Nagkakaisang Artista, SILIP, Tudla and Ugat-Lahi Collective.

The UP Film Institute wraps up its December screenings with a distinguished selection of Italian contemporary cinema courtesy of the Embassy of Italy. Six films are featured, namely, Luciano Melchionna’s "Gas"; Angelo Longoni’s "Caravaggio" ; Francesco Amato’s "Ma Che Faccio Qui" (What I’m Doing Here); Giacomo Campiotti’s "Mai Piu Come Prima" (Never Again as Before); Massimo Andrei’s "Mater Natura"; and Roberto Faenza’s "I Vicere"

(The Viceroys).

Here is the concerned rundown of films for UP Film Institute screenings with listed playdates accordingly:


Women in Shroud
Dec 10 Thu 5 p.m.

Dec 10 Thu 7 p.m.


Walking the Waking Journey
Dec 5 Sat 6:30 p.m.
Dec 10 Thu 6:30 p.m

Bakal Boys
Dec 7 Mon/Dec 8 Tue 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Dec 9 Wed/Dec 10 Thu 4:30 p.m.
Dec 11 Fri/Dec 12 Sat 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m..
Dec 14 Mon 6:30 p.m.

Dec 9 Wed 6:30 p.m.
Dec 12 Sat 2:30 p.m.
Dec 14 Mon 4:30 p.m.

Dec 15 Tue 5 p.m.

Dec 15 Tue 7 p.m.

Ma Che Faccio Qui (What I’m Doing Here)
Dec 16 Wed 5 p.m.

Mai Piu Come Prima (Never Again as Before)
Dec 16 Wed 7 p.m.

Mater Natura
Dec 17 Thu 5 p.m.

I Vicere (The Viceroys)
Dec 17 Thu 7 p.m.


Artists' Night on Human Rights - December 6, 7 and 8
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

IIFA's 3rd Broadcast Performance Workshop by Noel Zarate


LAB 315, EVEKAL Building , 855 Arnaiz Ave.,
Legazpi Village , Makati City

3rd Broadcast Performance Workshop
November 27-29 2009 (Friday to Sunday) 9:00 AM – 5:00PM

The IIFA Broadcast Performance Workshop is a practical course ideal for everyone who wants to learn and improve skills in broadcasting, Participants will go through exercises and simulated interviews, beat reporting and news anchoring supplemented by lectures on TV and radio journalism under one of the country's leading broadcasters and founder of Center for Sports Communication.

Workshop Master – NOEL ZARATE.
Workshop Fee – PhP 7,800 / US$ 200
(inclusive of materials and meals)

Limited scholarship slots are available for the IIFA Broadcast Performance. Those interested should submit an application letter addressed to Dennis Marasigan, together with a resume to filmarts.manila@ For enrollment and inquiries, call telephone 815-2246 or 818-7201 or mobile 0916-5918815.
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2009 PaperClay Nationwide Art Competition

JNBM Amazing Arts Philippines, Inc. (JAAPI) and the Department of Education (DepEd) recently launched “Husay Ng Batang Pinoy” 2009 PaperClay Nationwide Art Competition, and its first celebrity endorser Sam Concepcion at the Manila Ocean Park.

JAAPI has been offering art workshops for kids and the entire family like basic drawing, painting, sculpting, and other creative crafting. In 2005, JAAPI launched its PaperClay Art, a one of a kind proudly Philippine made product. PaperClay is an art medium that has the consistency of moist colored paper with a hint of clay that could be applied to any surface - be it wood, paper, glass, ceramics or even metal. Using two sticks for its application, without the need for adhesives, PaperClay will turn into a beautiful piece of embossed textured art.

“Husay Ng Batang Pinoy” 2009 PaperClay Art Competition with theme “Ako Para Sa Kalikasan” is open to all Elementary and High School students (both in public and private institutions) enrolled in the current school year. The competition has three rounds: (1) Competition among DepEd Divisions (October 19 to December 31, 2009), (2) Regional Selection (January 4 to 31, 2010), and (3) National Selection (February 1 to 13, 2010).

Each contestant will be given a JNBM PaperClay Art competition kit. Contestant can mix PaperClay with other art media, including poster paint, acrylic paint, water color, poster color, colored pen and pencils, and other recycled materials.

Criteria for judging are as follows: (1) Adherence to the Theme (30%), (2) Originality, Freshness, Novelty, and Inventiveness (25%), (3) Creativity, New Forms, and Imaginative Interpretation (20%), and (4) Composition, and Combination of Elements (15%), and (5) Visual Impact (10%).

Grand winners from the Elementary and High School divisions will win P50,000 each.

Sam Concepcion, DepEd youth ambassador, endorses JNBM PaperClay Art and the nationwide competition.

“I usually explore my creativity through music by playing the piano or guitar or performing onstage. PaperClay Art is my newest creative outlet. It stimulates the imagination, and encourages self-expression, and quality bonding time with family members,” Sam said.

“I strongly encourage the youth to join the 2009 PaperClay Art Nationwide Competition. It will be a very effective way to channel their creativity into something that can make a difference. Not only will they be able to hone their talents in the process, but they will also be able to spread the word about the conservation of the environment.”

Sam, a STAGES/Star Magic talent, won the grand prize on ABS CBN’s “Little Big Star” (2006). Since then, he has graced kids and teen magazine covers (KZone, Candy), teen TV (Myx, Boystown), teen dance group Gigger Boys, various print and TV endorsements (Bench, Smart My Sandbox, Tang Fruiteaz, now JNBM PaperClay Art), the cast of Disney’s “High School Musical On Stage” and Trumpets’ “N.O.A.H,” the soundtrack of Dreamworks’ hit animated movie “Kung Fu Panda,” among others. He was also awarded hottest “Candy Cutie” for four consecutive years (2006-2009), Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards’ Pinoy Wannabe Awardee (2006), and more recently United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP) Young Achiever Awardee for Entertainment (2009). He is set to launch his newest solo album under Universal Records in early 2010.

For more details about the JNBM and DepEd’s 2009 PaperClay Art Competition, contact (632) 502-7423, 496-8849 or 496-9100. You can also email or visit
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Dance Philippines Inc. is Looking for Contemporary Dancers

Got what it takes to take your passion for dancing to another level? Be one of us! We are in need of dancers trained in contemporary, jazz or ballet aged 16-25 years old. Students or professionals residing in Metro Manila are all welcome! Get a chance to showcase your dancing skills and perform with us live at CCP on December 2009!

Interested dancers must not have any other commitments prior to this event. They must have quick learning skills, a flexible schedule and enough budget to sustain themselves during rehearsals.

Contact Michelle at 0918-5123600 for more details.
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KALOOBAN: The Filipino Soul in Dance

KALOOB Philippine Music and Dance Ministry
invites you to support and watch

a feast of the senses...
The story of the Filipino told in a thousand movements...

The Filipino Soul in Dance

December 4, 2009, 7PM (Friday)
December 5, 2009, 3PM and 7PM (Saturday)

Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater)
Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

See KALOOBAN Promotional Ad Clip:

Filipinos speak many languages, yet they are most eloquent in communicating through rhythms and movements. KALOOB believes that music and dance are among the most profound expressions that have been given to Filipinos. They are repositories of the people’s soul that record their unwritten dreams and unspoken realities. In such intangible heritages can histories be found, and where tides of culture flow.

This year’s program will highlight some of KALOOB’s best selections of indigenous traditions culled from more than a decade of research - from the Ifugao, Maranao, Tagbanua, etc. It will also feature presentations from the group’s most recent research missions in Mindanao, with dances from the B’laan (North Cotabato), Obo Manobo (Davao and Cotabato), Tigwahanon (Davao), and Western Subanun (Zamboanga).

Ticket prices are at P400, P250 and P100. Discounts available.

Tickets may be purchased at the Folk Arts Theater and at all Ticketworld Outlets.
For inquiries, please contact KALOOB: 8321120 loc.117 or 115; 09175492624; ;
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4th Tanghal University & College Theater Festival & Conference 2010

The National Committee on Dramatic Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Alyansa, Inc. will host the 4th Tanghal: The National University and College Theater Festival 2010 at the De La Salle University,Manila and the De La Salle University College of Saint Benilde,Manila. This national event . with the theme "Dula ng Kabataan tungo sa Mapagpalayang Kaalaman" will showcase the iTanghal featuring production grants for six (6) outstanding theater performances from universities and colleges nationwide . Also featured in this festival is the Tanghalan ng mga Mag-aaral National Student Theater Conference and the Tanghalin: Special Theater Events as our contribution to the celebration of the 2010 "Ani ng Sining" National Arts Month Celebration. The project has been endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education, the Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government and Civil Service Commission.

We are working for maximum participation from student- artists ,teachers and university administrators from universities and colleges nationwide, in an effort to recognize the outstanding contribution of theater in providing avenues for learning and liberation. This will be one rare opportunity where students and teachers from various parts of the country can take part in creative activities which can help them highlight the positive experiences in education which helped them cope with various challenges in life.

In line with this, may we invite you to attend a Special Briefing and Orientation on the Tanghal Festival scheduled on December 3,2009 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the ICAM Room, NCCA Office, Intramuros, Manila.

Seldom do we have a chance to offer opportunities for interactive learning among community youth and educators in the whole country. We hope you can extend your hand in helping these community youth and educators recover from the wrath of the recent calamity by supporting learning activities that highlight the Filipino's resilient spirit in the face of calamities.

Our Festival Secertariat will call you to follow-up on this invitation. You may also call us through mobile landline: 497-4023, mobile phone: 0929-197-8847 or email address: tanghal2010ncr@ jephtsinc@yahoo. com.

Festival Director
4th Tanghal: The National University and College Theater Festival 2010
Chair, National Committee on Dramatic Arts (NCDA)
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
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A Pasig River Cruise

A Pasig River Cruise
with Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo,
Chairman, National Historical Institute
Saturday, 5 December 2009
2 pm to 5 pm

Organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.
P800 flat rate for members and non-members

The Pasig River is the major artery that runs through the heart of Manila. Long suffering from the effects of pollution and environmental degradation, renewed efforts are underway for its revival as a viable resource Filipinos can be proud of. Learn about its fabled place in history while seeing Metro Manila from a different vantage point aboard an air-conditioned ferry boat as it winds through the now urban towns of Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Marikina. A rare opportunity will be the brief stopover for a simple merienda at Malacañang Park.

Meeting point will be at 1 pm at the Sanctuario de San Antonio parking lot in McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City. The bus will leave at 1:30 pm to go to Guadalupe Station. Participants will be brought back by bus to this point at the end of the tour.

For reservations and inquiries, please contact Elvie or Mae at the Museum Foundation of the Philippines office: Tel 404 2685 or 0928 503 9392. You may also contact Flor Cortez at 722 9073 or Tonie Bautista at 810 6912.

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at
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Myra Betran's Contemporary Dance Deconstruction of Virgie Moreno’s Itim Asu

Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum continues on its groundbreaking innovative path once again!

It dares to stage the historic play “ITIM ASU” (an original memorable drama by Virgie Moreno), now deconstructed with a contemporary feel. This drama is a play within a play, and contains within it the story of La Loba Negra, the wife of then governor general during the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines , Gov. General Bustamante, who was assassinated due to his many reforms, supposedly by a conspiracy of friars. La Loba Negra’s story is based on a document attributed to Fr. Jose Burgos, one of three martyred priests during the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines . La Loba Negra was supposed to have joined a group of peasant revolutionaries and her revenge was exacted in the confessionals around the lakeshore towns of Laguna.

Re-titled ‘ITIM-ASU: 1719-2009” the company boasts of an interesting collaboration between multi-media designers’ Sherad Sanchez for video, Teresa Barrozo for music design plus the exhilarating contemporary dance mix of Dance Forum and the UP. Dance Company with guest soloists from Airdance. This reconstruction, is a construction of rebirthing history- a returning to the past that brings back its presents- in dance, images, and song.

Interested sponsors may avail of the P500 seater tickets. Your valuable contribution means that you like the way we think. Your drop in our bucket will mean too that this was worth the making!

Text or call Ida Elopre at 0921-2787333 or dial 292-1041 for reservations.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

In Focus: Metropolis

Inviting all Pinoy indie film enthusiasts to Indie Sine on Tuesday, November 24 for Metropolis presented by Anahata Foundation featuring award winning works Iskwaterpangk, Batad: Sa Paang Palay & 24K.

Screening times are at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm plus an artist’s forum with featured directors after each film. Tickets are P150 with proceeds assisting Anahata’s community based projects involved in movement, performance, fashion, media, visual arts & concern for the environment.

Special thanks to Indie Sine, Indie Filmmakers Cooperative & CCP Media Arts. For inquiries/reservations please call Indie Sine on 395 2038, text 09278748789 / 09087568699 / 09278748789 or email

In Focus: Metropolis

Philippine independent cinema may well become a global phenomenon as it continues to delight critics & audiences around the world with the diversity, vitality & creativity of the Philippine film industry. These are artists & producers who can truly go places when it comes to evoking the essence of a unique cultural landscape without disregarding a defiant, homegrown sophistication that can only enhance the beauty & bravura in their work.

The Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival held annually at the Cultural Center of the Philippines has played a key role in representing & nurturing talent as well as encouraging the creation of new cinematic works with an unequivocal commitment to enduring, contemporary filmmaking. For the movement & the movers, there is also an emphasis on works ‘that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience’ with fresh insight & artistic integrity.

Standing up for culture & the world of art films, be sure to drop by Indie Sine at Robinson’s Galleria on Tuesday, November 24 for the first installation in a series of indie film screenings called Metropolis presented by community based artistic collective & grass-roots production team, Anahata Foundation.

With an urban punk rock vibe ‘Iskwaterpangk’ (2006) directed by Khavn De La Cruz will play back to back with ‘Batad: Sa Paang Palay’ (2006) & Hawaiian Orchid Award nominee ‘24K’ (2009) as the third headliner, where in exploring tribal customs & the indescrutability of the human spirit, directors Benji Garcia & Ana Agabin together embrace an evolving pilgrimatic sensibility that might also serve as a metaphor for modern times.

Following in the footsteps of the recent Wi_i Body 4 ‘In Focus’ series at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, don’t miss this bold line-up of works, well regarded in the arts scene for the social issues explored as well as for their historic & cultural significance, educational focus & entertainment value.

Metropolis is made possible through the assistance of the Indie Filmmakers Cooperative (IFC), the Cultural Center of the Philippines Media Arts Division & Cinemalaya. Screening times are at 1pm, 3pm & 5:00pm with featured filmmakers dropping by to introduce their films & share industry insights.

Tickets are P150 with proceeds supporting Anahata Foundation’s community based projects involved in movement, performance, fashion, media, visual arts & concern for the environment.

For reservations / inquiries please call Indie Sine (632) 395 2038. You may also text (63) 9296944138 / (63)9087568699 / (63)9278748789 or email

Indie Sine is located at Level 4 of Robinson’s Galleria along EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.
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War & Dissent at National Museum of the Filipino People

We are getting belicose and all in the spirit of fun! Visit and save these dates for an exciting series of events!

The National Museum of the Filipino People
Former Finance Building, Finance Route
Teodoro Valencia Circle, Rizal Park

When and What:
Thursday, Dec. 3, opening cocktails of War & Dissent: The U.S. in the Philippines, 1898-1915 at 5:30 pm. 5th floor, West Wing Gallery
Thursday, Dec. 3, premier of Shadows of War in Manila adapted by the Anino Theater Company at 7:15 pm
Thursday, Dec. 3, an exciting treasure trove on the theme War & Remembrance For Sale from 2:00 to 8:00 pm
and Friday, Dec. 5, first of a series of Saturday lectures by leading historians. 2nd floor, Ayala Theater

RSVP for the opening
Andi Herrera Benitez edibleincredibles@ or 0918 991 2634

Send Andi Benitez your name, email, and address so that we can send you an invitation to the opening and an update of events.

RSVP for the lectures
Charisma Gunay charissegunay@ or 0906 361 7433
In order to send you the written paper invitation and keep in touch during the days right before December 3rd, could you be so kind and send us as soon as possible your postal address and your cell phone number please?

Thank you very much in advance.

War & Dissent was curated and authored by Dr. Randolph Delehanty and originally presented at the Officers' Club Exhibition Hall, the Presidio Trust, San Francisco. Consultants for the exhibition in Manila were Mr. Ambeth Ocampo and Ms. Petty Benitez-Johannot.

Shadows of War was originally performed by the Bindlestiff Theater Company in San Francisco and the concept was adapted by the Anino Theater Company in Manila.

War & Remembrance For Sale was organized by the Bayanihan Collectors' Club

The exhibition is presented by the Lopez of Balayan, Batangas Foundation in partnership with the National Museum of the Philippines, the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, the Department of Tourism, Lopez Memorial Museum, Malayan Insurance, Aquilles Lopez, Victor Lopez, Victoria Lopez, and a Friend of the Lopez of Balayan, Batangas Foundation. The lecture series is presented in partnership with Fundación Santiago.

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at
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The Breakthrough 2009: Fashion Gala at PETA Theater


This year unfolds with the dawning of nature through our name and what better way to celebrate its beauty and grace by paying tribute to it and its bountiful blessings.

Come join us celebrate life and fashion
at The PETA Theater in New Manila, Quezon City
on the 28th of November 2009.

Tickets are at Php 200 only and are now up for reservation at a first come first serve basis.

Lucky guests will also get the chance to win prizes from our generous sponsors!

Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the La Mesa Watershed Project.

Don't miss the chance to become part of a greater cause
and to witness yet another breakthrough!
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Asian Art Conference & 6th Neo-Angono Public Art Festival

Asian art conference on Public Art aims Angono, Rizal to become one of the Creative Cities in the World

The Neo-Angono Artists Collective and Japan Foundation-Tokyo will hold a 3-day art seminar/conference on November 18-20, 2009 in Angono, Rizal, Philippines. It is also presented in part by University of Rizal System-Angono and the Office of the Municipal Mayor Hon. Aurora A. Villamayor.

The seminar, titled “A Multi-Lateral- Country Conference and Feasibility Workshop on Public Art as a Step Towards Creative City Development,” is open to the public and free of charge. It also serves as a prelude to Neo-Angono’s 6th Public Art Festival on November 20-22.

Richard R. Gappi is the project director of the conference while Rommel Wire Tuazon is this year’s director of the art festival which revolves around the theme “Ciudad/Pueblo: Beyond Folklore and Surface Painting.”

The conference features scholars and academicians, artists, delegates and speakers from Asian countries and the Philippines.

The public art festival, meanwhile, presents various art performances, painting exhibits, poetry and music, and theater and film showing usually done in public spaces such as national road, bridge, river, public market and town plaza where the town “perya” or Ferris Wheel is located.

This year’s performers and participating artists include members of Neo-Angono Artists Collective, Fine Arts students of URS Angono, Publikbox, Kaktus, Nemo of Pilipinas Street Plan, NAIF visual artists; poets from Kilometer 64, LIRA, KAMAKATAHAN, URS Petroglyphs; Anino Shadow Play Collective, Nick Aca of Cagayan de Oro City, Ferdinand Jarin, Mary Jane Alejo, Jess Bartolome; Tanghalang Angono, New World Disorder, and bands Inconnu Ictu, Elemento, Talahib, Sequel, Neighbors, Gurion, Dayuhan, Anak ni Aling Juana, Nuklus, Juan Pablo Dream,Timawa and Tambang Musika.

Speakers, delegates and participants

The speakers in the conference include University of the Philippines Prof. Alice Guillermo who will talk about the “Role of Angono, Rizal in Contemporary Philippine Art”; National Artist for Literature Prof. Bienvenido Lumbera, “Literature as History, History as Literature”; UP Prof. Carmelo Vim Nadera, “Tapping the Human Artistry and Creativity”; Palanca Hall of Famer, poet and critic Roberto Anonuevo, “Poetry as Reflection of Communal Psychology”; Poet and musician Jesus Manuel Santiago, “Community Music as Language of the People;”

Indonesian artist Ms. Arahmaiani, “Methods of Production of Public Art in Yogyakarta”; Art Historian Thanavi Chotpradit of Thailand, “The Relationship and Tension between Public Art and the Public”; South Korean artist, curator, and scholar Jang Un Kim, “Community and Economy: The Case of Mae-in Market”; Mr. Shimoda Nobuhisa of Japan, “Conference on Arts and Art Projects”; Ms. Kaori Okado of Japan, “Art Projects to Revive a City from Earthquakes and Art as a Safety Network”; U.P. Prof. Patrick Flores, “Filipinos’ Views on Public Art,”; Ms. Urbana Cadiz of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, “On Government and Private Bodies Awarding Grants to Artists,”; Japanese scholar Dr. Mayasuki Sasaki, “Creative City and the Quality of Life”; playwright and lawyer Nicolas Pichay, “On Censorship, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Artists’ Rights Under the Philippine Constitution;” and Angono artist Nemesio Miranda Jr., “Balancing Art and the Business of Art, Crafts and Tourism.”

Meanwhile, the delegates are media Nyunt Win of Burma; Liew Kung Yu of Malaysia; and Engr. Emilnor Pasion, writers Mari-An Santos and Enrique Villasis, architect Anna Marie Gonzales and theater artist Michael Ian T. Lomongo of the Philippines.

Objectives of the Conference

The conference is a follow up to the East Asia Leader Program: “Urban Community Development Inspired by Culture: The Potential of Creative Cities” which was organized by the Japan Foundation under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Program. This was held in Japan last July 29-August 7, 2008, in which one member of the Neo-Angono Artists Collective was a participant.

The project generally aims to provide venue for young leaders from various Asian countries to learn about public art as a step in the creative city development and subsequently share this experience and translate it once they go back to their respective country.

Specifically, the project hopes to achieve the following:

Firstly, allow participants to experience first-hand the public art festival, which in turn will give them a chance to analyze the potentials of which as a step towards Creative City development;

Secondly, open a dialogue between the participants and the community leaders of Angono thereby providing the former a clear view of the initiatives from the grass-root level for urban regeneration;

Thirdly, provide the next generation of leaders a clear structural and methodical foundation on how to protect, develop and enhance public art through an exchange of views with the participants; and

Lastly, build a network among specialists from Asian countries so that even after the conference, a sustainable communication is maintained and ensured relative to the mutual sharing of ideas and actions towards the goal of establishing a Creative City.

Profile of Neo-Angono

The Neo-Angono Artists Collective Inc. was established in November 2004. It is both a movement and an organization founded by visual artists, writers, poets, musicians, theater people, film makers, cultural workers and art enthusiasts, critics and researchers.

At present, there are around 60 artists on its roster. Most of them are residents of Angono while others reside in Manila, Mindanao, and as far as Japan and USA. The first and founding president was Richard Gappi, a writer and poet. It is now headed by Rommel Tuazon, a painter and CCP 13 Artist awardee. Artist Ramon Zapata is the Chairman of the Board while Carlos “Totong” Francisco II is the group’s vice-president.

As a movement, Neo-Angono strives to render modernist visual and artistic language responsive to the times by articulating and invigorating contemporary Angono experience, sensibility and consciousness. It is also a movement because it observes the intricate engagement and interplay of various creative art forms wedded in the local community and people.

As an organization, Neo-Angono is non-profit, artist-centered, committed to experimentation, recognizes the need to contribute to art research and education, and welcomes support and advice from colleagues and critics. It has participated in art festivals and exhibits such the 2nd Tupada international Action Art Event in February 2005, 4th Philippine International Performance Art Festival in September 2005, the Philippine Art Festival by National Commission for Culture and the Arts in February 2008, among others. The group was likewise commissioned in 2007 to paint a mural on press freedom, which gained national prominence and controversial because it was altered and defaced.

Similarly, the Neo-Angono has been consistent in its annual Public Art Festival for the past five years. As part of its educational program, the group has given free art workshops to National Boy Scouts of the Philippines in 2005, students of University of Rizal System in Pililla, Morong and Angono in Rizal province, elementary students in Taytay, Rizal held at SM City Taytay and the recently concluded workshop held at Angono Private High School two months ago.
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Artists In Conversation: Sari and Lyle @ Lopez Memorial Museum

Filmmaker Sari Lluch Dalena and painter Lyle Buencamino are two of the featured artists in the exhibition Deleted Scenes and its collateral activity, Artists in Conversation. The said activity will take place at the Lopez Memorial Museum on November 21, Saturday, 2-4pm. The two artists will have the artists ask each other about their works or comment on the other's works as well as discuss their processes, inspiration, etc.

For more information, call 6312417 or email admin@lopez-

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Tanghalan!: Philippine Theater Aesthetics Discussion


The Teatro Sambisig, Inc. (TSI) and the National Committee on Dramatic Arts-National Commission for Culture and the Arts present Tanghalan! a preliminary reading of papers written by performing arts researchers in Metro Manila.

It will be held on Saturday (November 21), 8am to 7pm at the Bulwagang Leandro Locsin of the NCCA office in Luna st., Intramuros, Manila.

The growth of Philippine theater as seen in the advocacies of PETA, Dulaang UP, Tanghalang Ateneo, Philstage, PNU’s Arena Theater, Palanca awards, community organizations, DepEd curriculum, literary translators, and critical reviewers will be tackled in the whole day non-stop discussion. Writers and artists Alexander Cortez, Manny Pambid, Ricky Abad, Dennis Marasigan, Corazon Villareal, Tessa Belleza, Reuel Aguila, Al Santos, Frederick Castro, and Walter Ang will share their insights and experiences in the field. A roster of peer artists Rody Vera, Nick Pichay, Lulu Torres-Reyes, Tito Valiente, Judy Ick, Bobet Mendoza, among others will play as reactors.
This Metro Manila discussion is part of a national project which aims to document Philippine theater experiences and characterize the dynamics that give shape to its history and performative artistry.

Tanghalan! is open to the public.

For details, please email jbaquiran@gmail. comor jephsinc@yahoo. com. Or text 09082579211 or 09204210367.

21 Nobyembre 2009
(Bulwagang Leandro Locsin, NCCA Building)
Presentasyon ng Unang Bersiyon ng mga Papel
8:00 -8:30 am
Dr. Glecy Atienza - Pagbati at Pagpapakilala sa Proyekto
Dr. Jerry Respeto - Oryentasyon ng NCR Research Agenda
Oras Awtor Paksa Reaktor
8:30-9:15 Ms. Gerlie Saliva: Sipat-Dula sa Kurikulum ng DepEd Lilian de Luna
9:15-10:00 Ms. Theresa Belleza: Karanasang Pandulaan ng PNU
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-11:30 Corazon Villarel: Pagsasaling Tinio: May Katwiran Ba? Rody Vera
11:30-12:15 Alexander Cortes: Dulaang UP: Laboratory for Future Artists
12:15-1:30 LUNCH BREAK
1:30-2:15 Ricky Abad: Pinoy Shakespeare: The Tanghalang Ateneo Experience Judy Ick
2:15-3:00 Manny Pambid: Karanasang PETA sa Dula Ma. Luisa Torres
3:00-3:15 BREAK
3:15-4:00 Dennis Marasigan: Professional Theater Organizations
4:00-4:45 Alfredo Santos: Kalbaryo o Pagpapakahulugan sa Teatrong Pangkomunidad Ernie Cloma
4:45-5:30 Frederick Castro: Karanasang Alyansa sa Dula Bobet Mendoza
5:30-6:15 Reuel Aguila: Mga Dula ng Gawad Palanca Nick Pichay
6:15-7:00 Walter Ang: In Search of Philippine Drama, The PDI Reviews Tito Valiente
7:00-7:30 Joey Baquiran: Panghuling Pananalita
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AGHAM Theatre Company Highlights 14th year with IKABOD

In celebration of its 14th anniversary, its rock & roll time once again for AGHAM Theatre Company's latest production!

After some profound and serious productions, ATC tackles hilarious and heart warming rats and cats. Written and directed by its resident director and founder, Patrick Josel Almaden, along with Chris Navarra as technical and stage director.

This year's offering, IKABOD, is a musical play based on an ancient belief that rats are souls trapped in transition before evolving to a next life level, that of becoming humans. These rats have to arrive at a certain realization before being able to transcend into the gates of humanhood.

However, the guardians to these coveted gates are cats! And so it has been told that cats in our world chase rats for the same reason. Only three rats are allowed to enter humandom once a year on a full moon. Cats have to maintain the decorum and serve as the screening committee for the deserving rats to enter the gates.

Our main character Ikabod, a restless and discontented rat with an attitude, does everything to prove himself to the cats. The conflict ensues when Daguita, Ikabod's femme fatale rat girlfriend, presents another point of view.

Contemporary as it may be, this play presents the classic ideals and values, including the choices we have to make in life. This fable is told through OPM (Original Pilipino Music) arranged by musical director, Paco Almaden in genres of rock and roll, pop and alternative. The groove is created by dance director and choreographer Francis Cruz.

The avant-garde set, a suggestive manhole interior, sleek in approach and done only in black & white, is designed by Osler Ladia, inspired from his travels in theatre capitals abroad. Agnes Medina's costumes are done in the standards of broadway with extensive research in face painting and costume construction. Visual and creative aspects are executed by the ATC Atelier Team led by Francis Danoog. Lighting is done by Dennis Cruz, a sought after lights designer in the live performance arena.

IKABOD runs at the University of Makati Grand Theatre from Dec. 1-4, 2009 with scheduled performances: 10am, 2pm and 6pm. This play is presented by Coca Cola, Dunkin Donuts, Jollibee and Metro at Market! Market!. This project is also in cooperation with the City Government of Makati.

For more information, reservation and bookings you may reach 09214914806 and look for Mr. Patrick Almaden. You may also visit our websites and

AGHAM Theatre Company is a non-stock, non-profit organization of the University of Makati. It specializes in creating an all-Filipino and all- original concepts in scripts, stage designs, costumes and musical scores. (Chris Navarra)
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The Alcove's Holiday Gift Ideas

Make the holidays extra special with The Alcove’s gift ideas!

SHOP for any of the following items for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, or any special occasion:

The Alcove photography unisex T-shirt
Available in two designs, two colors (black and white), and three sizes
Php 240.00

The Alcove note pad (6”x9”, 50 leaves, bookpaper)
Design with Filipinas Heritage Library façade is also available
Php 70.00

The Filipinas Heritage Library/The Alcove Perspective pencils
Available in red and black
Php 10.00

* For samples, please email us your request.

SAVE whenever you make a purchase. Freebies and discount await buyers.

- Free item, applies to purchases of 5 pieces or less per item:
One pencil per T-shirt
- Discount, applies to purchases of 6 pieces or more per item:
6 to 10 pieces - 10% discount
11 to 15 pieces – 15% discount
16 pieces or more - 20% discount

- Free item, applies to purchases of 5 pieces or less per item:
One pencil per notepad
- Discount, applies to purchases of 6 pieces or more per item:
6 to 10 pieces - 10% discount
11 to 15 pieces – 15% discount
16 pieces or more - 20% discount

- Free item, applies to purchases of 5 pieces or less per item:
One pencil for every 5 pencils
- Discount, applies to purchases of 6 pieces or more per item:
6 to 10 pieces - 10% discount
11 to 15 pieces – 15% discount
16 pieces or more - 20% discount

* Discount applies to cash payments only.

GIVE to the library’s Literacy Fund. For every purchase that you make, 5% will help build our literacy fund and support our education-related programs.

Items are available at the Libros Filipinos Bookshop located at Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City. For bulk orders, please place at least a day prior to pick up.

For more details, please call 892-1801, send as SMS at 0917-5594417, or email
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Isa Lorenzo's Artist Talk, Quiet, at Silverlens Gallery


Silverlens Gallery invites you to Isa Lorenzo's artist talk, 'QUIET,' this Saturday, November 21 at 3PM. 'QUIET' is a related gallery event of Lorenzo's exhibit, 'RELEASE,' at SLab Gallery's 20Square, made possible by the Japan Foundation and produced during Lorenzo's tenure as Creator-in-Residenc e at Tokyo Wondersite.

Lorenzo's talk, 'QUIET' will be a slide show of Japan pictures and a talk on immersing oneself in frenetic but controlled energy.

The artist reflects on her time in Japan with an observation on her dwellings:

My room has a window, a window in a block of office buildings. I cannot open it. The window building creaks and my air-conditioning hums constantly.

I can't shut if off.

'QUIET' is free of charge but reservations are required. Please contact Leonore Casuga at 816-0044 or email us at

Isa Lorenzo's RELEASE will run from November 18 to December 05 at SLab's 20Square and will be shown alongside Rachel Rillo's 'GRAIN' at the Silverlens Gallery across the bridge.

Image: Isa Lorenzo, (left) White, 2009, (right) Black, 2009

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Call for Proposals - Curatorial Development Program

The Japan Foundation and the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum are accepting proposals for curatorial projects for a workshop on curating contemporary art from November 24 to 25, 2009 at the UP Vargas Museum. The project aims to provide a platform for interaction among young curators, their peers, and established practitioners in the field.

The curatorial proposal of 500-800 words should include a working title; a brief explanation of the project, with reference to artists, space, and relevant logistical details; and conceptual issues or theoretical reflections. Only individuals 35 years old and below may submit. After the proposals are selected, the proponents will be advised to write a more detailed essay for the workshop.

This initiative is set against the broader interests of the Jenesys Program for Art Curators, which seeks to develop curatorial resources in the region.

Deadline for proposals is extended until 16 November 2009 (Monday) and may be e-mailed to vargasmuseum@,, or ph under the reference “Curatorial Development Program.”

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

UPFI Cine Adarna this November

The UP Film Institute announces its screenings for November 2009. Fitting opener for the second semester of the current school year is the full run for Manila – the celebrated Piolo Pascual double starrer from internationally acclaimed and prize-winning directors Adolfo Alix Jr. and Raya Martin. The distinct engagement for Manila segues to another Raya Martin film Now Showing, which had its world premiere at the 40th Director's Forthnight of the Cannes International Film Festival. We also honor the work and vision of young film critic Alexis Tioseco whose tragic death has left a community in mourning. In his memory, we programmed 2 films he's championed, namely Bontoc Eulogy by Marlon Fuentes and Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind by John Gianvito. We are also particularly honored to screen Gianvito's homage to Alexis and Nika Bohinc via A Candle.

Courtesy of the Embassy of Brazil is an exciting cinema package of titles for four Fridays at the Videotheque - Bossa Nova, O Outro Lado Da Rua, A Dona Da Historia and Abril Despecado.

Completing the lineup is a trio of surprise classics for a Philippine gothic showcase.

We have prepared a very exciting programme this month so hope to see you! Please forward to family, friends and colleagues, and invite them to visit and support the U.P.. Film Institute. Thank you very much.

Full schedule :
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Bahay na Bato at San Beda Alabang Museum


An exhibition on the Philippine colonial house, its history, design and significance (artistic, cultural and social). The authentic century artifacts came from private collection of families from Guiguinto, Plaridel, Angat, Baliwag, Malolos and Norzagaray in the province of Bulacan.

At the Gallery II of the San Beda Alabang Museum.

Exhibit runs until November 14, 2009

The SBA Museum in the San Beda College Alabang campus is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and will be open Saturday for scheduled lectures, visits and tours. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For inquiries contact Mina 8423511 or Jerome 8091781 local 235.

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Lost Art Competition


A competition to revive the lost arts
December 5, 2009 6:00pm
Cinema 3 SM South Mall, Las Piñas City
Tickets: P150 / P200 on the competition date

Lost Art is a competition to bring back an appreciation for the unhailed performing arts to general society. This contest is open to all amateur performers, male, female or co-ed. Each performer/group should have a maximum of ten (10) performers. Participants must be at least fifteen (15) years old. Performance must not be longer than 5 minutes. Listed below include examples, but not limited to, any routine that participants may execute:

- Musical Skit
- Speech Choir
- Monologue
- Opera singing
- Acrobatics
- Mask dance
- Chancel Choir
- Declamation
- Puppet theater
- Folk/Ethnic Dance
- Tap dance

1. Prepare a video and upload it on YouTube.
2. Go to any East West Bank and deposit the total amount of the registration fee of Php500.00 / performer or group (non-refundable) .
Account no.: 03068187809
Account name: Kahna Lynelle Velasco
3. Email the following to eureka.performingar ts@gmail. com:
- Scanned copy of the bank receipt
- Group details:
Contact Person:
Contact #:
Email Ad:
Group Name (if any):
No. of performers:
Amount Paid:
Date Submitted:
Video Link in Youtube:
- One (1) colored picture and write-up of the performer/group
4. Once we receive and approve all requirements, we will send you an email confirmation. Please print it as this will serve as your “Registration Receipt”.

Elimination will be done through the videos that you will send. Ten (10) finalists will be chosen and will get the chance to compete on December 5, 2009 at the Cinema 3 SM South Mall, Las Piñas City.

No pornography and vulgarity will be allowed. Deadline for submission of all requirements is on November 20, 2009. We will be posting all video links in our site, eurekaperformingart s.multiply. com, as well as the chosen ten (10) finalists on November 23, 2009.

For the final competition on December 5, 2009, the ten (10) finalists would be subject to a panel of judges but the final votes would come from the audience. To be able to vote, make sure that you reserve your seats and buy your tickets now!

The winner will receive Php10,000 in cash plus a trophy and a working contract with Eureka! Performing Arts. This means that the winning performer or group will be part of the cast for our next production scheduled on March 2010!

1. Go to any East West Bank and deposit the total amount of the tickets that you want to buy (Php150 each).
Account no.: 03068187809
Account name: Kahna Lynelle Velasco
2. Email the following to eureka.performingarts@gmail. com:
Scanned copy of the bank receipt
Full Names of all ticket holders:
Contact #:
Email Ad:
Amount Paid:
Date Paid:
How many tickets bought:
3. Once we receive your email, we will send you an email confirmation with your ticket numbers. Please bring the bank receipt on competition day as this will serve as your “Ticket Receipt”.
4. If tickets are not sold out before the competition proper, we will also be selling tickets at the door for Php200.

If you are interested in sponsoring the competition, email us at

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This Week at Mogwai: Sacha Gervasi's Anvil! The Story of Anvil

This Week at Mogwai: Sacha Gervasi's Anvil! The Story of Anvil

In the summer of 1984, some of the biggest rock bands in the world toured Japan together. A lineup of hair metal superstars set out to rock the land of the rising sun, and rock they did. Among them: Scorpions, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi. But among those present at 1984 Super Rock Festival in Japan, one band stood out as the loudest, the heaviest, the most righteous. That band was Anvil. This is their story.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil finds the band twenty years later, still trying to break into the business despite garnering the admiration of their heavy metal peers. The documentary begins with interviews with Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Lemmy from Motorhead, and Slash from Guns n' Roses, all proclaiming the greatness of Anvil. But frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner aren't the heavy metal superstars that they ought to be, playing to nonexistent crowds in terrible venues, working crappy day jobs to feed their families. But they keep the band together for the love of the music. An offer for a European tour and work on a new album give them hope, but nothing ever seems to go their way.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil plays out like a real life This is Spinal Tap, following these would-be rock demigods as they stumble through the perils of everyday life, dealing with a career where nothing turns out the way they thought it would. Their story is tragic, at times oddly inspiring, and almost always hilarious, thanks to the one-of-the-kind personalities of Lips Kudlow and Robb Reiner. It's one of the best documentaries of this year, a stranger than fiction feel good tale of people endlessly devoted to rocking. And it's showing all this week at Mogwai.

Directed by Sacha Gervasi
Starring Anvil
90 Minutes
November 2 to 7, Monday to Saturday
Screenings start at 9 PM
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GalerieOne Opens With Seven Art Stalwarts

A fresh, new art exhibition space dedicated to photography and photography- based art making is now open at the fast-growing art gallery strip known as Pasong Tamo in Makati City. Dubbed GalerieOne (a division of OneWorkshop Studios), the gallery opens at 6PM on November 14, 2009 with a major inaugural exhibition featuring seven of the country's top figurative (human form) artists: National Artist BenCab, Virgilio Aviado, Fil Delacruz, Egai Talusan Fernandez, Nunelucio Alvarado, Heber Bartolome and Rosscapili. Selected with a view to embodying GalerieOne's vision, the seven featured artists represent visionary and innovative Filipino Artists who have not only built long and successful careers but continue to remain active and serve as inspirations to today's young artists.The exhibit will run until November 23, 2009.

BenCab (Benedicto Cabrera) is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. Not long after receiving his art degree from the University of the Philippines, he embarked on a career spanning 4 decades, 3 continents and various fields of visual arts including painting, printmaking, etching, drawing and photography. Apart from the National Artist Award, BenCab has been honoured with numerous distinctions including the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for the Arts). BenCab's images, particularly of women are bold and dramatic, with their strong lines, solid colours and seemingly casual yet carefully and beautifully constructed faces.

Virgilio Aviado has been active on the Philippine art scene both as a creator and overseer. With an art degree from the Philippine College of Music and Fine Arts from the Philippine Women's University, as well as graduate studies in art from the Ateneo de Manila, Aviado has served as President of the Art Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Printmakers, Director of the Coordinating Center for the Visual Arts at the CCP, and Head of the Committee on Visual Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Primarily a printmaker who is also involved in animation and experimental filmmaking, Aviado favours simple and direct imagery in producing works with great impact on his viewers.

Fil Delacruz has been winning award after award as a painter and printmaker since 1971. After completing his art studies at the University of Santo Tomas, Delacruz pursued further art studies in New York as well as lithography in Paris. He has also held positions such as President of the Philippine Association of Printmakers, and Senior Lecturer at the University of the Philippines. His work has been exhibited around the world, with one-man shows in the US, France and Czechoslovakia, and group exhibitions across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. His muted mezzotint prints and his acrylic and pastel paintings combine elements of surrealism and symbolism with imagery that is distinctly Filipino.

Egai Talusan Fernandez is the current Head of the National Committee on Visual Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). A graduate of the Philippine Women's University, Fernandez specialises in photography and printmaking as well as painting and sculpture. Having mounted 27 one-man shows, Fernandez has likewise participated in group exhibitions in Singapore, Spain and the US. His work has also been featured in four Philippine postage stamps and in the Manila Cathedral. Fernandez' work leans toward social realism, with its graceful and sometimes powerful human figures making direct commentaries on the burning issues of the present day.

Nunelucio Alvarado is a multi-awarded Negrense artist who studied painting at the University of the Philippines and advertising at La Consolacion College. He is the founder of Pamilya Pintura and Pintor Kulapol, a member of Bacolod Black Artists, president of the Art Association of Bacolod, and the Negros CEO of Syano Artlink. With almost 50 one-man exhibits to his credit, Alvarado is also a recipient of a 1992 Thirteen Artists Award, the Grand Prize of the 1999 Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards and a 2004 Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan sa Larangan ng Pintura Award. Alvarado chooses to stylize his human figures in much of his work, often universalizing or reducing their features to almost basic shapes and rendering them in vivid, expressive colour.

Heber Bartolome has a visual arts career that matches his stellar achievements as a musician. Even as he performed with various groups playing different musical instruments, he completed his art studies at the University of the Philippines and mounted several painting exhibitions. Bartolome's works on canvas reflect the nationalistic sensitivities found in his many compositions and recordings. His work tends to veer from the epic and grandiose to place the obscure and the marginal in the spotlight. With particular focus on movement, light and colour, his depictions of the human form succeed in raising the man on the street to the dignity of other canvases' gods or heroes.

Rosscapili is a painter, photographer, printmaker and art educator who is a member of the Visual Arts Committee as Executive Council of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), where he champions the cause of the Filipino photographer as an artist. Since his graduation from the PWU College of Fine Arts in 1981, he has been a consistent prize-winner whose latest achievements include the 2009 Ani ng Sining Presidential Award, 2008 Anvil Award, 2009 Quill Award and the 2008 PATA Gold Award for Travel Photo Journalism, in Hyderabad, India. Rosscapili's recent works blend photography and painting in the form of exquisite prints, in which the human figure is super-imposed on carefully arranged backdrops and images.

GalerieOne is at 1101 Pasong Tamo (now Chino Roces Avenue) corner Mascardo Street, Makati City (across INQUIRER). For exhibition viewing after the opening, gallery hours are from 10am to 7pm daily except Sundays.

For inquiries, call or fax 8192074 09176273193 e-mail one_workshop@, or visit www.galerieone. com
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