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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Habi: Sustaining Traditional Textiles of the ASEAN

From February 1 to 3, the Museum Foundation of the Philippines and the National Museum of the Philippine People will host a series of talks and demonstrations on traditional Southeast Asian textiles. Specialists and practitioners from four continents will speak on the successes and challenges that face the manufacture, use, and distribution of natural fabrics. Through site visits, the symposium participants will see first-hand the realities of surviving as professional weavers and how some of our best practitioners fulfill orders for the urban market. Outstanding fabrics like piña, hablon, abel, sinamay, and t'nalak that make our country's production unique will be on show and on sale. Philippine representatives will speak on four topics: shared textile traditions in Southeast Asia; piña weaving in an underserved community; and symbols, meaning, and power in local wear today. Other ASEAN presenters will speak on, among other issues, how their communities have addressed textile preservation and sustainability. Together we hope to find useful solutions to common concerns.

In addition, the National Museum will (1) mount T/ISSUE, a textile exhibition curated by Marian Pastor Roces; the Museum Foundation will (2) organize Market Encounter where textile merchants from Abra to Bali will showcase and sell their products; and (3) present Habi: Weaving the Fabric of Life, a special evening featuring designers who have innovated and integrated local fabrics into their creations: Patrice Ramos Diaz, Rhett Eala, Lulu Tan Gan, Randy Ortiz, and Cary Santiago. In addition, the symposium will host the batik designs of Iwan Tirta, one of the most established Indonesian designers, and Suraya Shaari, a young, multi-awarded Malaysian designer.

Looking forward to seeing you at the National Museum February 1-3. Do register now (http://aseantextile and join the Museum Foundation and the National Museum in supporting some our greatest cultural assets: our weavers and our weaving!

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2nd National Children's Museum Conference

Please come and attend the 2nd National Children’s Museum Conference in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on Feb.19-21, 2009. This three-day conference will bring together museum workers, educators, local government representatives, Children's institutions, parents and students from around the Philippines and some parts of Asia.

The conference venue will be in Nature’s Village Resort Hotel in Talisay City, about 20 minutes away from the airport in Silay City and 10 minutes away from Bacolod City.

Included in this invitation letter is a list of the different hotels in Bacolod City (downloadable in pdf or zip) and their telephone numbers so you can contact them directly for your accommodations. The schedule of the conference can be found on our website (http://www.museosan

The registration form for the 2nd National Children’s Museums Conference is downloadable in pdf or zip formats {also attached}. Avail of the early bird registration to get a discount.

With regards to the plane fare, there are three airlines servicing the Manila- Bacolod route and also the Cebu Bacolod Route: Philippine Airlines , Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines. If you book early enough, there are many discounted rates available.

Transportation from the airport to the conference site, Nature’s Village Resort Hotel, can be arranged if you inform us ahead of time regarding your flight schedules.

Museo Sang Bata sa Negros
A Hands – on and Interactive Children's Museum
Brgy. Old Sagay, Sagay City 6122 Negros Occidental, Philippines
Tel. No +6334- 722-0153
Email: museobata@yahoo. com
website: www.museosangbata. org

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at

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Chinese Spring Film Festival @ the Shang

Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies and Ateneo Celadon presents:

Chinese Spring Film Festival
January 21 - 27
Cinema 1, Shang Cineplex
Shangri-La Plaza

Luxury Car
All the Way
Electric Shadows
A World Without Thieves

For more details log-on to: or call 633-2227.
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Thursday, January 01, 2009

UPFI January 2009 Workshop Schedule

Start your year right.. Enrol now!


Documentary Video Production

Facilitator: Mr. Milo Paz
Course Fee: P 7,000 (total of 35 hours of training)
Dates: Saturdays of January 2009
Time: 9am-5pm

As contemporary documentary and feature filmmaking converge during these times, it is noteworthy to step back a bit and try to distinguish which is which: You saw something, felt it, even smelled it. You tried to frame it but you could not. Then you try to video it. No matter how the video portrays what you saw, you felt that it is not the same. Oh well.

Then that’s why we’re having a basic documentary video production workshop – to bridge the gap/s. In a world where moving images are more and more used every day: work, school, parties, gatherings just to “remember”, then why not “remember well”? In this workshop, the participants are asked to outlay their experiences through the form of a documentary.

Milo Alto-Paz will teach the rudiments of documentary video production. He is an award-winning filmmaker with fourteen years of experience directing and producing for television and film/video. His features, among them ImaheNasyon (2006) and Taxi ni Pilo (2001), have received several awards from Gawad CCP Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video and the Moonrise Film Festival.

Black and White Photography

Facilitator: Prof. Anne Marie de Guzman
Schedule: January 2009 (please call for dates)
Musical Scoring
Facilitator: Ms. Cynthia Alexander
Course Fee: P 7,000
Schedule: January 2009

When one gets carried away by a sequence in any film, it must have been also affected by the looming silence or crescendo of the movie soundtrack. The presence and absence of music in a video or film can be very crucial to one’s aesthetic remark on the over-all feel of the film. Musical scoring has been with movies after the era of the silent films and we have been introduced to the capacity of using music as the main source of inspiration or subject for the film itself. The music score is hand-in-hand with the sound design in order to have the ultimate aural experience of the movie. If you want to be a music scorer, this is the workshop for you!

The facilitator for the workshop is Cynthia Alexander. Her creative attributes range from writing and arranging tunes and lyrics to playing numerous indigenous and popular instruments. She was dubbed as one of the country’s guitarist with “alternate tunings”, and has been rocking with legends such as Mike Hanopol, Jun Lupito and her brother Joey Ayala (via the collective Ang Bagong Lumad).She garnered nominations and awards from groups such as NU-107 Rock Awards and Katha Music Awards, among others. She also paints and designs her album covers.

Enrollees will be accepted until two days prior the first day of workshop. Registration forms can be downloaded from the UPFI Multiply website: http://upfilminstitute.multiply. com or can be requested from

An initial fee of P500 is required to reserve a slot (This fee is non-refundable and will deducted from the total course fee thereafter).

Payments (initial or full) can be sent to the UP CMC Foundation, Inc. Account No. 00-275-830-109- 8, PNB UP Campus Branch.

Course schedules are subject to change without immediate notice. Please verify latest schedules by calling 925 02 86 and look for Mich.

University of the Philippines Film Institute
(Member, CILECT/Internationa l Association of Film and Television Schools)

For workshop inquiries:
Cine Adarna, Magsaysay and Osmeña Avenues, UP Diliman, Quezon City
Tel: 9818500 (UP Trunkline) local 4286, 4289; 9263640/9262722 (Telefax)
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New Board; Second ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium

Greetings to all and best wishes for the coming holiday season with good will to all.

At the General Assembly of the Museum Foundation held last July 31, 2008 at the National Museum the following were elected members of the Board:

Geraldine "Dindin" Araneta
Yael Buencamino
John David Forbes
Mailin P. Locsin
Trickie C. Lopa
Phyllis Zaballero
Purissima "Petty" Benitez-Johannot
Luisa "Isa" Lorenzo
Ambeth R. Ocampo
Martha Isabel "Lisa" O. Periquet
Sevrine Miailhe
Deanna Ongpin-Recto
Armita B. Rufino
Mercedes L. Vargas
Victor Ordoñez

At the organizational meeting of the new board on July 31, 2008 the following directors were elected as officers:

President: Armita B. Rufino
Vice President: Purissima "Petty" Benitez-Johannot
Secretary: Trickie C. Lopa
Treasurer: Mercedes L. Vargas

The new board has been at work since then and we remind all of you that the Museum Foundation will be co-hosting the Second ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium with the National Museum on February 1-3, 2009. Co-Chairs are Maria Isabel G. Ongpin, former president and now ex-officio director with Cora Alvina, Director of the National Museum.

HABI: Sustaining Traditional Textiles of the ASEAN is the theme of the symposium which will be participated in by 10 ASEAN countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines as well as speakers from Timor Leste, Iran and Guam.

The symposium will consist of talks and workshops for the purpose of preserving, developing and promoting the beautiful woven fabrics of ASEAN including our spectacular Philippine fabrics – piña, abel, t´nalak, hablon – all made of natural fibers. The United Nations has declared 2009 as the Year of Natural Fibers and this symposium fittingly celebrates it.

We announce to all our members that the symposium is open to the public and that it will have several events that we hope you will join in. Aside from the symposium proper, there will be a National Museum exhibit of Philippine fabrics with a comparative selection of ASEAN examples. There will be a bazaar of indigenous fabrics from the Philippines and from other ASEAN countries for the three days of the symposium at the National Museum. As in other textile symposiums, there will be a Culture of Clothing Show which will be accompanied by cocktails where Philippine indigenous fabrics will show and demonstrate ways to adopt for modern wear. After the symposium there will be a field trip to Iloilo to observe the piña cottage industry.

There has been a huge interest from ASEAN countries and other countries for the textile symposium and we expect 200 delegates. To do justice to ourselves by showing our best resources and abilities for the 2nd ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium, we appeal to our members to participate as volunteers and delegates. We need help in fundraising, the bazaar items, welcome ceremonies, participation as facilitators in the question and answer forums after the talks. Please volunteer. Please let us know if you can serve as a volunteer for the symposium on or before January 15, 2009. Our new Executive Assistant Mae de Leon with our secretary Elvie Magpayo can direct you to the committee heads concerned for any volunteer work. You may contact them at telephone number (+63 2) 404 2685 or through email: maedeleon@museumfoundationph. org or

We also have a website which you may want to see to familiarize yourselves with the coming 2nd ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium,

Meanwhile we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Armita B. Rufino
Museum Foundation of the Philippines

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Philippine High School for the Arts Scholarship

Philippine High School for the Arts
National Arts Center, Mt Makiling, Los Baños 4030, Laguna
Email: phsa@laguna. net
Tel/Fax: (049)5365971 to 73 and 5362862


We aim to find the best.
Are you one of them?

Join the 2009 Annual Nationwide Search
for Young Arts Scholars
(per Department of Education Memorandum No. 429, series of 2008)

Applicants must be Filipino citizens with outstanding ability in an art discipline - Creative Writing, Dance (Ballet and Philippine Folk), Music (Instrument and Voice), Theater Arts, and Visual Arts; Grade VI or VII pupils graduating this School Year 2008-2009; of above-average intelligence; proficient in oral and written Filipino and English; without any debilitating illnesses; willing to study in a residential high school; and determined to pursue a college degree in Architecture, Fine Arts, Music, Dance, Theater Arts, Journalism or any related courses upon graduation from the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA). Successful applicants will be awarded free tuition fee, free board and lodging, individual and group classes with Master Teachers, monthly stipend, plus the chance to represent the country and the school in international festivals, competitions and exchange programs.

Application forms and schedule of auditions are available from the PHSA website at

Deadline for application nationwide: 31 December 2008

All applications and documents must be sent directly to ANSYAS 2009, Philippine High School for the Arts, National Arts Center, Mt Makiling, Los Baños 4030, Laguna. For details, please email Ms Emma L Izon at phsa@laguna. net or call (049)5365972.
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Martine's Dilemma Book Launch @ F*ART Gallery

Martine's Dilemma Book Launch, Art Exhibit, Re-opening of F*ART Fashion Art gallery

Jan 8, '09 5:00p
End: Feb 8, '09
Location: F*ART Gallery 24 K-D cor. K-1st, Kamuning, QC

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Bidasari @ PLM Auditorium

Watch BIDASARI in PLM this 2009!

From the artistic group that brought you "Prinsipe ng Marulaya" and "Indrapura" comes another epic play in the history of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Play dates: JANUARY 8,9,10 2009
Ticket Prices:
PLM: P50.00
non-PLM: P100.00

FOR INQUIRIES, CALL OR TEXT: Ms. Theresa Fojas - 09289407933. SEE YOU THERE!
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