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Friday, May 29, 2009

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Friday, May 22, 2009

NCCA Grants Program

Cultural organizations, workers, and artists:

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Competitive Grants Program for 2010 is now open for accepting applications for projects for implementation in 2010. Project Proposals must be received by the NCCA on or before August 31, 2009.

The NCCA has identified its priorities for 2010. For the list of priorities, specific guidelines and requirements, please refer to this link:

Applications must be submitted completely in one (1) proposal package.
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Antonio Leaño's Iñdio @ Pinto Art Gallery

Antonio Leaño
Pinto Art Gallery, Antipolo
Opens 31 May 2009

Antonio Leaño showcases his most recent mixed-media works and drawings in Iñdio which opens on May 31 and runs until June 20, 2009 at Pinto Art Gallery, Antipolo City.

As an artist who refuses to be boxed-in, Leaño’s latest exhibit defies expectations and explores yet another mode to express his sensibilities. His deep insight and interest in math, physics, cosmology, architecture and history in combination with his aesthetics result in works that strike a harmonious balance to the eye and the soul. Each carefully chosen visual component merge with each other to make-up a creative whole that is simultaneously intense and subdued.

Leaño blends negative and positive spaces as he fuses figurative and non-figurative representations to orient and even re-orient given perceptions. Aiming to challenge the viewers’ visual acuity and acquiescence, the artist employs imagery from our Spanish colonial past, amalgamated with other archaic elements, while resting in a quiet yet highly textured expanse. This play of contra-positional facets captivates and provokes the senses.

Leaño was a recipient of various awards and distinctions, with a number of notable solo and group exhibitions, both locally and internationally, tucked under his belt. The artist also took part in several residency programs in Japan and Australia. He has a reservoir of experience and discovery to cull from.

Unlike connotations passed, this Iñdio is far from disparaging or deprecating, rather, he is imbued with immense pride and dignity. Antonio Leaño makes sure of that.

Iñdio opens on the 31st of May, Sunday, 3pm at Pinto Art Gallery in Antipolo City . Pinto Art Gallery is a member of the Silangan Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Ecology. It is located at #1 Sierra Madre St. Grandheights, Antipolo, City. For inquiries you may email us at or call us at (632) 6971015.
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UPFI Additional Workshops for May 2009

UPFI Multimedia Workshops 2009

Another Wave of Workshops this MAY 2009:

May 19 - 23, 1pm to 6pm

BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY - Sandra Ladignon - Pilobello
May 23, 24, 30 , 31 9am to 5pm

May 25 - 29 , 9am to 5pm

May 25, 26, 27 , 10am to 6pm

May 26 - 30 , 9am to 5pm

- Cenon Palomares / Olivia Cantor
JUNE 2009, 5 days, 1- 6pm, tentative schedule
FOR REGISTRATION, visit our office at UP Film Institute, 2nd floor Cine Adarna building.
Please bring 500 as reservation and down payment.

5% discount:
-if you enroll as a group of 3, one time
-on your next workshops, same batch

925-0286 926-2722
Email :
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PSF-Cinemabuhay Announces 5 Finalists for the 2009 P1-M Award

PSF-Cinemabuhay announces five finalists for the 2009 P1-M award

The PLDT Smart Foundation (PSF) and Cinemabuhay today announced the five finalists for the 2009 Cinemabuhay award of P1 million. The five finalists are:
• "Daplis" by Richard Legaspi
• "Sagrado Profano" by Alvin Yapan
• "Slinky" by Ryan Nikolai Dino
• "Slow Fade" by Rommel Sales
• "The Next President: Ang Lupet" by Audie Gonzales

The winning entry will be selected after a 30-minute pitch by each group of finalists.

"We had an especially great set of entries this year. We wish we could choose them all," said Albert Martinez, PSF Executive Director for Film.

"Our hope is to encourage Filipinos to keep making movies so that we can tell our stories, our hopes, fears and dreams to the world," said Butch Meily, PSF president. The PSF makes an annual award of one million pesos for a script by a new filmmaker.

Previous awardees have included "Numbalikdiwa, " 2007 and "Cul de Sac," 2008.

"Numbalikdiwa" was written and directed by Bobby Bonifacio. "Cul de Sac" was written and directed by Juan Miguel Sevilla. Its actors included Sam Milby, Jodi Santamaria and Chin-Chin Gutierrez.

PSF is one of the major philanthropic institutions in the Philippines and is supported by PLDT and Smart Communications, the leading fixed line, wireless and information and communications technology companies in the Philippines. PSF aims to assist in the country's overall development with particular emphasis on three major areas – education, livelihood and community.

For more information, please contact GenTangtatco or Stacy de Jesus at 856-3323.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Final Call For Nominations - 2009 Ateneo Art Awards

The Ateneo Art Gallery would like to announce the final call for nominations for the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards. Nominations are on-going, and will close on 1 June 2009 at 5pm. Nomination forms are available at the Ateneo Art Gallery and can also be downloaded at http://gallery All entries must be accompanied by the necessary visual documentation and received at the following address:

Ateneo Art Gallery
Ground Floor, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City Philippines 1108

For more information, please contact, Amanda Legasto, 2009 Ateneo Art Awards Project Coordinator at 4266488 or
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Exhibit Calendar 2009 - Yuchengco Museum


Yuchengco Museum
RCBC Plaza
Corner Ayala and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenues
Makati City, Philippines 1200

Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The museum is closed on Sundays and holidays.

Adults P100, Students 15 years and older with ID P50, Children and senior citizens P25.

Ongoing Exhibits – Permanent Collection



(Museum lobby, ground floor)
Abstract paintings by Helen Yuchengco Dee

Master Strokes
(Masters Gallery, ground floor)

Paintings by three master Filipino artists: Juan Luna y Novicio, Fernando C. Amorsolo, and Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco

Remembrances of a Hero
(Catwalk, 2nd floor)

Portraits of the women in the life of national hero Jose P. Rizal, including Teodora Alonzo, Leonor Rivera, Segunda Katigbak, and Josephine Bracken

Yuchengco Family and Business in the Philippines: First 100 Years
(Ancestral Gallery, 3rd floor)

Personal memorabilia of museum founder Secretary Alfonso T. Yuchengco pertaining to his Chinese roots, his businesses, and career as a taipan and diplomat

Ongoing Exhibits – Special

Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet
Through June 20, 2009
(Cone Room, Bridgeway Gallery and Foyer, 3rd floor)

Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet (Portraits de chaussures, Histoires de pieds) is an exhibition of 62 pairs of shoes from the 18th to the 21st century from the collections of the International Shoe Museum in Romans, France and of renowned French fashion houses. The exhibit freely recalls the history of shoes from the 17th to the 21st century beginning from its creation to its outline and how it came to be. It features dialogues between the old and the modern, between the knowhow bequeathed by past bootmakers and shoemakers and the creations of visual artists who have studied the subject. The exhibit proposes a panoramic view of a completely arbitrary choice revolving around the subject of the shoe and its support, the foot. The selection on view presents a landscape running through historical examples from the 18th century to ethnic, Turkish or African models as well as bootmakers like Roger Vivier and Raymond Massaro, with a small selection of crocheted and braided shoes. The curator Yves Sabourin also presents the “museum” pieces side by side with works by contemporary artists in the form of drawings, photographs, videos, performances and installations. Organization: This exhibit is curated by Yves Sabourin, who curated the successful 2006 exhibit “Christian Lacroix Dialogues.” “Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet” is an international traveling exhibit presented in Manila by the Alliance Française de Manille, French Embassy in the Philippines, and the Yuchengco Museum.

Stepping in Pinoy Style
Through June 20, 2009
(Alcove and Upper Wing galleries, 4th floor)

As part of a cross-cultural exchange of ideas, the Yuchengco Museum has set up a parallel exhibit of Filipino shoes entitled Stepping in Pinoy Style. The local component displays more than 100 pieces of shoes ranging from the traditional bakya, tsinelas, beaded corchos, and their modern renditions to shoes from various Filipino personalities and historical figures to experimentations and expressions from today’s leading shoe designers. The first section of the exhibit, an entire room largely dedicated to the venerable bakya, explores early accounts of Filipinos and their footwear. On view are examples of traditional shoes such as the bakya, tsinelas, beaded corchos, and alfombras, each with stories on how they have become very much a part of our culture. The second section of Stepping in Pinoy Style features spectacular shoes that show Filipino shoe design and shoemaking at its best. On displays as well are creations and experimentations by designers Lila Almario, Maco Custodio, Cesar Gaupo, Emi Jorge, Joanna Litton, Ann Pamintuan, Brian Tenorio, Kermit Tesoro, and Patis Tesoro. Organization: This exhibit is curated by the Yuchengco Museum.

Upcoming Exhibits – Special

Filipino and Spanish Antique Maps Exhibit (exhibit topic)
June 25 – July 31, 2009
(Upper Wing Gallery, 4th floor)

Featuring 40 antique maps from Filipino and Spanish collections. Organization: This exhibit is presented by the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, the Philippine Maps Collectors’ Society, and the Yuchengco Museum in celebration of Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day on June 20.

Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Mantones de Manila (working title)
July 1 – December 31, 2009
(3rd floor galleries and Alcove Gallery, 4th floor)

The Philippine islands, colonized by Spain in the 16th century, was an obligatory port of call for galleons loaded with precious cargoes of oriental products, which came via Mexico to dock at Seville's port. Known as the Galleon Trade, these galleons brought goods from China to Europe through the Philippines. One of these in-demand items were embroidered silk shawls from China which were to become known in Europe as the Mantones de Manila. The daintiness and bright embroidery of the Chinese-made shawls captivated the imagination of Sevillians from all walks of life, to the point where the Manila silk shawl gave protection from the cold to both workers at the tobacco factory (the legendary Carmen among them) and ladies of the aristocracy alike. The women of Seville made the Manila silk shawl their own from the very moment this Chinese complement was first imported. These mantones were adopted and adapted by Spain as part of their fashion and national costumes for dance and music.

Amongst the items to be exhibited are archival photographs and prints of Manila galleons, maps of galleon trade routes, mantones from private collectors, and paintings of women wearing the mantones. The exhibit will also showcase mantones-inspired contemporary works from various design and artistic disciplines and highlight Philippine embroidery past and present. Organization: This exhibit is curated by the Yuchengco Museum.

Balgo: Contemporary Australian Art from the Balgo Hills
October 1 – October 22, 2009
(Upper Wing Gallery, 4th floor)

This exhibit presents the work of mainly Kukatja language speakers working with the Warlayirti Artists art centre in the Balgo Hills region of remote Western Australia. Bringing together some of the finest pieces of contemporary Indigenous art to ever tour to international audiences, Balgo offers a riot of color and energy while exploring in depth the stories, history and lives of some of the world’s greatest living artists. The exhibition comprises a group of significant artworks from the Artbank Collection including an important suite of prints by senior Balgo artists, acquired expressly for the exhibition. Artists include some of the most respected Balgo painters—already acknowledged as stars by theinternational art world—and some of the new generation beginning to make names for themselves while carrying on a unique cultural legacy. Organization: This traveling exhibit is presented in Manila by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines and the Yuchengco Museum.

Movement Frozen in Time: A Collection of Dance Images
November – December 2009
(Upper Wing Gallery, 4th floor)

For Martha Graham, grande dame of American modern dance, dance can only be collected in other media. Alongside film and video, dance photography is the most important means of recording it. Its images are frozen movement, sculptures of human posture and light. Like theatre photography, it uses stage lighting. Like photojournalism, it concentrates on the motionless moment within a movement. It also has many features in common with fashion photography. Rather than just present the history of dance photography, the exhibit focuses instead on the more modern trend towards the visualization of dance and movement. Organization: This traveling exhibit presented in Manila by the Tanzarchiv and Goethe-Institut.
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Guidelines for Likhaan Journal Announced

Likhaan: The UP Institute of Creative Writing announces that it is now accepting submissions for possible inclusion in the third issue of Likhaan: the Journal of Contemporary Literature.

Likhaan, the country’s leading literary peer-reviewed journal, is funded by the Office of the UP Diliman Chancellor, and is published annually. The ICW fellows and associates take turns serving as its editor.

The initial issue, released in December 2007 during the Institute’s traditional Writers’ Night was edited by Jose Dalisay, present ICW director. Issue No. 2, released in January 2008, was edited by National Artist Virgilio Almario, the present dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and a former ICW director. Likhaan 3 will be edited by Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, also a former ICW director and presently UP Vice President for Public Affairs. Associate editors will be Roland Tolentino (for Filipino) and Charlson Ong (for English).

The guidelines follow:

1. For its third issue, Likhaan: the Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature 3, will accept submissions in the following genres, in both English and Filipino:

* Short stories ranging from about 12 to 30 pages double-spaced, in 11-12 points Times Roman, New York, Palatino, Book Antique, Arial or some such standard font (A suite of short prose pieces will be considered.)
* A suite of four to seven poems, out which the editors might choose three to five (Long poems will be considered in lieu of a suite.)
* Creative nonfiction (essays, memoirs, profiles, etc.), subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above)
* Critical/scholarly essays, subject to the same length limitations as short stories (see above)
* Excerpts from graphic novels, or full short graphic stories, for reproduction in black and white on no more than 10 printed pages, 6” x 9” (Excerpts should be accompanied by a synopsis of the full narrative.)

2. All submissions must be original, and previously unpublished.

3. All submissions must be accompanied by a biographical sketch (no more than one or two short paragraphs) of the author, including contact information (address, telephone number, e-mail address).

4. Submissions may be e-mailed to likhaanjournal@, or posted to The Editors, Likhaan Journal, UP Institute of Creative Writing, Rizal Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101.

5. All submissions should be received (whether by e-mail or post) no later than May 31, 2009.

6. All submissions will undergo a strict pre-screening and blind refereeing process by the editors, and a panel of referees composed of eminent writers and critics from within and outside the University of the Philippines.

7. Writers whose work will be accepted for publication will receive a substantial cash payment and a copy of the published journal.

8. The editors reserve the right to edit any and all materials accepted for publication.

9. The editors may also solicit or commission special, non-refereed articles for publication outside of the aforementioned genres and categories to enhance the editorial content and balance of the journal.

10. Please direct any and all inquiries to the editors at likhaanjournal@
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Stepping in Pinoy Style at Yuchengco Museum

Stepping in Pinoy Style
The Philippine exhibit collaboration with the French travelling exhibit
Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet
(Portraits de Chaussures, Histoires de Pieds)

Ongoing at the Yuchengco Museum is the international traveling exhibit Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet (Portraits de Chaussures, Histoires de Pieds), which was brought in from Paris by Alliance Française de Manille. As part of a cross-cultural exchange of ideas, the Yuchengco Museum has set up a parallel exhibit of Filipino shoes entitled Stepping in Pinoy Style. The local component displays more than 100 pieces of shoes ranging from the traditional bakya, tsinelas, beaded corchos, and their modern renditions to shoes from various Filipino personalities and historical figures to experimentations and expressions from today’s leading shoe designers.

For Filipinos, protection and adornment for the feet, in any form, weave tales of history, social stature, and traditions. Traditional footwear for the earliest Filipinos meant the lack thereof, until traders and colonizers visited our shores and described our forefathers as "uncivilized" indios upon their initial encounters. Over time, like our Asian neighbors who were forced to adapt the dress codes of their colonizers, we have integrated the use of some components of Western dress, specifically footwear, in our way of native dressing.

Shoes in Filipino society have eventually become an instrument for labeling and segregating people according to economic class, social status, and ideology—with the bakya for the lowly, the tsinelas for the middle class, and the sapatos for the ilustrados, peninsulares, and insulares. Shoes or footwear have also inspired Filipino artists, musicians, and poets, as evidenced in our songs, poems, novels, and folklore in the forms of the lowly bakya and tsinelas.

The first section of the exhibit, an entire room largely dedicated to the venerable bakya, explores early accounts of Filipinos and their footwear. On view are examples of traditional shoes such as the bakya, tsinelas, beaded corchos, and alfombras, each with stories on how they have become very much a part of our culture.

Today, Filipinos are described as fashionable and well-dressed. Our design taste has been accurately labeled as global. Hence, our footwear designers have been quickly recognized here and in fashion capitals of the world. Also on view at the exhibit is a selection from manufacturer and exporter Contex International Manila of modern-day bakya that has found its way into the stores of global fashion brands. By carving and painting wooden heels, stylizing old forms, and mixing new materials, the national shoe is given a new life and is now worn with prestige and elegance in the international scene.

Contemporary Filipino shoe designers, on the other hand, now have a wealth of local and global traditions from where they derive inspiration for their designs. They rework iconic silhouettes, use home-grown materials in cutting-edge designs, or push boundaries altogether, creating one-of-a-kind pieces that stand at par with any other international shoe designer. The second section of Stepping in Pinoy Style features spectacular shoes that show Filipino shoe design and shoemaking at its best. On displays are creations and experimentations by designers Lila Almario, Maco Custodio, Cesar Gaupo, Emi Jorge, Joanna Litton, Ann Pamintuan, Brian Tenorio, Kermit Tesoro, and Patis Tesoro. Meanwhile, shoes made by manufacturer Le Donne-Bolzano Shoe Corporation and special pieces from the Marikina Shoe Museum highlight the skills of our local shoemakers and craftsmen.

Also on view are shoes from the collection of the Marikina Shoe Museum once worn by historical figures and prominent personalities, such as slippers and shoes from former Presidents Emilio Aguinaldo and Manuel Roxas, and toe shoes from prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.

Stepping in Pinoy Style will run until June 20 at the Yuchengco Museum at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 889-1234 or visit
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