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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

October Photo Classes at Filipinas Heritage Library

SPECIAL SHORT COURSE: Primer on Lighting + Lighting for Portrait Photography
October 3 and 4, 2009 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Learn about photographic lighting and be able to apply it immediately for portrait photography in just two days!

Day 1-Primer on Lighting will discuss lighting concepts and techniques. It will enable the participants to learn the fundamental principles of lighting, master the primary controllable characteristics of light , and become familiar with the different lighting tools used in the studio and on location.

Day 2-Lighting for Portrait Photography will cover the following topics:
- Light metering and ratio control
- Lighting set ups
- Lighting and other studio equipment needed in taking portraits
- Lighting approaches for the key light (broad, short, split, butterfly)
- Lighting roles in portraiture
+ formal portrait
+ fashion and beauty
+ high key
+ low key

Joining fee
Workshop fee is P4,000 inclusive of handouts, studio equipment use, model’s fee, lunch, and certificate.

Digital 101: Photography and the Computer
October 10 and 17 (9a.m.–5 p.m.)

This workshop is designed for digital camera users who want to learn the basics of photography. It discusses the following:
- Factors affecting photographic output
- Basic understanding of light
- The digital camera and its functions
- Exposure setting
- How to see and take better pictures
- Basic image and output manipulation

Joining fee
A workshop fee of P4,000 includes handouts, lunch, computer use, and certificate. Cash or check payment can be made at the library or through bank deposit.

Facilitated by Jay Alonzo, both workshops will be held at the Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City (across The Peninsula Manila).

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-5594417, e-mail, or visit
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UP Film Institute Workshop Series - Sembreak 2009


By Nick Olanka

Is writing a screenplay really that easy? Amidst the gazillions of new stories coming out every day, how can we find the right story? How can we box it to become the right cinematic experience? The blank page is set to be filled by the participants using the fundamental parameters of scriptwriting such as characterization, plotting and appropriate sequencing of ideas. Gear up by knowing your first line of defense: proper mental flow, basic structuring and placing the right images where and when you need it in your screenplay.

The basic concepts in screenplay will be facilitated by Nick Olanka. A director and scriptwriter, Olanka is a graduate of UP Film and Audio-Visual Communication. His independent works have been in competition in several local and international Film Festivals. An active film practitioner currently working for a major film studio, his broad theatre experience contributes to his pursuing passion for the visual art.

Schedule: October 16, 17, 18, 23 , 24, 25 ( 1-4pm )
Course fee: P6,000.00

by At Maculangan

With newer and newer technology coming into the scene, digital photography in the last decade has been becoming more and more available to students, hobbyists and professionals. This workshop is about the fundamentals of digital photography, from conceptualization to actual taking of photos to post-production. To maximize and experiment with the properties of the digital camera is to maximize and experiment with one’s own creativity. Depth of field, shutter speed, sensitivity and exposure will be some of the words going to be used in this workshop, as well as megapixels, CMOS and memory card capacity – several concepts that are unlikely to be discussed in photography using film (celluloid).

At Maculangan is well known in the Philippine art scene as a photographer and a visual artist. He is a regular contributor of Manila ’s top magazines. His background in visual arts and film gained him an edge as an art and culture photographer of choice particularly for documentation of contemporary art, artists and exhibitions.

Schedule: October 16, 17, 18, 23 ,24, 25 ( 10am - 4pm )
Requirement: D-SLR camera
Fee: P 6,000.00

Workshops are open to the public.

To register*, please drop by our office at:
UP Film Institute, 2/f cine adarna bldg. Magsaysay and Osmena Ave , UP campus, Diliman, QC.(across Bahay ng Alumni) Monday-Friday, 9-6pm

*please bring php500 downpayment to ensure your slot.

Last day of Registration: OCT 13, Tues

For inquiries:
925 02 86 (look for Mich )
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Ateneo Art Auction at Finale Art File

The Ateneo Alumni Association is inviting you to:


Ateneo Art Auction 09
Bidding for Blue Chip Legacy and Dreams

for the benefit of the 500@150 Sesquicentennial Scholarship Fund

on Saturday, October 3, 2009, 530PM
with a preview of works on October 1-2, 2009, 10am-5pm

at Finale Art File
Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound
Pasong Tamo, Makati City

A gallery of the works for auction can be viewed online at

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 426.6001 local 4688.

Image: Pieta, Ang Kiukok 1983 from

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Allan Balisi's We Don’t Need No Fire to Warm Us @ Blanc Compound


Allan Balisi’s latest one man show, We Don’t Need Fire To Warm Us, is a departure of sorts, but not necessarily in the way you might think. Certainly, not in terms of method, which for Balisi involves a process of subtraction, of peeling away at the paint on the canvas, to reveal nuances in the underlayers. If anything, the method is even more severe this time.

But it’s the cohesive narrative threads that used to connect one work with the other that are gone, or at least not readily apparent. And while he still sifts through old photographs and fragments them as a sort of re-purposing and re-contextualizing , the cryptic and mysterious and thickly evocative imagery has subsumed the biographical
undercurrents that were once rampant and obvious.

The title We Don’t Need Fire To Warm Us is Balisi’s exhortation to deny the old dependencies, to uphold a kind of stand-alone existence, and his refusal to fall back on his old tropes seem to reflect this.

In many ways, he’s still going to the same places but he’s taking another route. Or several. Where he used to make up narratives through the connective tissues of biography, he is now making up narratives through the fragmentary disconnect of unrelated fictions. But then, you never really know. The story it ultimately tells is all up to you.

We Don’t Need No Fire to Warm Us is Allan Balisi’s fifth one man show and his third for Blanc. It will open on Saturday 6PM, September 19 at the blanc compound 359 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City. For more information, please call or sms 752-0032 / 0920-9276436, email or visit,

We Don’t Need No Fire To Warm Us will run until October 9, 2009.
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Homegrown Textiles Up for Grabs this October

Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Yuchengco Museum, and Lopez Memorial Museum host local indigenous textiles bazaar on October 9 to 10.

In celebration of Museum Month this October, the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, alongside partner institutions the Yuchengco Museum and Lopez Memorial Museum, join forces to bring the public the best of Philippine textiles.

The event, Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2, will be hosted by the Yuchengco Museum on October 9 and 10, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the courtyard of RCBC Plaza, located at the corner of Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues in Makati. The two-day bazaar will bring together traditional and contemporary indigenous textiles from weaving communities all across the Philippines. Shoppers can expect to find loom-woven cotton from the Easter Weaving School in Baguio City, cotton inabel from Northern Luzon, blends of piña silk from Palawan, patadyong and hablon from Antique, yakan material from Mindanao, t'nalak from dream-inspired patterns, embellished textiles, and many more hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind clothes and fabrics. Fashion items and designer ensembles will be seen in the banana fiber and silk pieces of Dita Sandico-Ong and the piña-knits of Lulu Tan Gan, among other designers and retailers.

An exhibit featuring antique indigenous textiles and a lecture surveying the regional development of the Philippine textile industry will complement the bazaar.

Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2 is an offshoot of Market Encounter, a textile bazaar initially launched at the 2nd ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium held last February at the National Museum. For information, call the Yuchengco Museum at 889-1234 or e-mail the Likhang Habi secretariat at
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This September @ Kaida Gallery

27 Sept. – 14 Oct. 2009

This September @ Kaida Gallery:

Kaida Gallery will be featuring two simultaneous exhibitions from September 27 to October 14, 2009: Cinco, a group show by Cabangis, Eslao, Pado Jr., Solon and Tabije (Main gallery) and Circus, Kris Soguilon’s recent paintings at Kaida’s Gray wall.

Kaida Gallery was founded in February 2007, envisioning to support the works of young, dedicated, and emerging painters and sculptors as well as supporting collaborations between them and established names in Philippine art.

Both shows open on September 27, 2009 (Sunday) 6 p.m., at Kaida Gallery, located at 26 Scout Torillo corner Scout Fernandez, Sacred Heart (Timog), Quezon City, Philippines 1102. For inquiries, please call (632) 4144777 or email
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Stream: Works On Paper

Stream: Works On Paper by Soler Santos will have an opening reception on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, at 6:30 in the evening at the Alliance Française Gallery.



For more Museum Foundation events and activities, please visit

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ateneo Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral Presents Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe

Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe)
Special Jury Prize, Cinemalaya 2009
Director: Alvin Yapan
Producers: Alvin Yapan and Alem Ang
Cast: Irma Adlawan, Noni Buencamino, TJ Trinidad

In celebration of the 150th year of the Ateneo de Manila University, the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral presents Alvin Yapan’s Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe (The Rapture of Fe).

The movie stars critically acclaimed stage and film actress Irma Adlawan as Fe, a former OFW forced to come home due to the effects of the global financial crisis. TJ Trinidad stars opposite Ms. Adlawan as the young lover burdened by his responsibilities to his family with Nonie Buencamino as the abusive husband.

Fe was one of the finalists in this year’s Cinco: Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and won the coveted Special Jury Prize. The citation reads: “For its meditations on the plight of Filipino women in a provocative tale that blurs the boundaries between the mundane and the mysterious, the real and the fantastic. The Special Jury Prize is given to Fe for “being exemplars of the possibilities of filmmaking.”

The Sanggunian celebrates the collaboration of the Ateneo alumni, faculty and students who worked for the production of Fe as cast and crew. They are the following: Alvin Yapan, Alem Ang, Nonie Buencamino, Jerry Respeto, Gema Pamintuan, Morny de Guzman, Michael Son, Mariel Dionisio, Ariel Diccion, Ramil Plofino, Marco Ortiga, Gabriel Nacianceno, Carlo Chong and Meeyo Candelaria.

Catch Fe at the following dates:
Sept. 15, (Independent Film Night)
Sept. 16, (Women and Gender Night) and
Sept. 18 (Humanities Night and Gala Night)

Show is at 6:00 pm at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. Different keynote addresses related will be given before the show starts.

The Sanggunian is the sole autonomus student government of the Loyola Schools. Fe is part of Fiesta Ciento Cincuenta, the student inititatives for the 500 for 150, a fund-raising project for the Ateneo scholars.

Tickets are at Php. 150.00 each. Discounts will be given who will buy in bulk. For further inquiries, please text 0926.618.4820 or visit
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Art@Net Visual Art Competition 2009


REWARD: Exciting Prizes awaits the Winners!


Qualifications: Must be a Filipino citizen, 15 – 25 years old.

Guidelines: Interested participants must undergo pre-registration via internet (register on www.piusonline. com) before submitting the actual artwork on September 4, 2009. Entries must be done using oil or acrylic on 2x3 ft. canvas or wood.

Requirements: All participants must submit their artwork together with the entry form, 2x2 I.D. picture, 5x7 inches photo of artwork, photocopy of school I.D. or any valid I.D.

Date of Submission: September 22, 2009 at 10 a.m. onwards. at the OneWeb Day Celebration, Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia.

Venue of Submission: OneWeb Day Celebration, Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia.
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CAP Protest Statement on CCP Event to Honor Imelda

Concerned Artists of the Philippines
Protest the Arroyo regime's lavish cultural tribute to Imelda Marcos!

The Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) joins concerned Filipinos in protesting tonight's lavish cultural event organized by the Arroyo government through the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to praise Imelda Marcos' so-called patronage of the arts.

We find mounting tonight's event needless, profligate and immoral, considering specially that public funds were used. There are far more appropriate and meaningful ways for the CCP to commemorate its 40th year, and the current CCP Board should not have taken leave of their better senses in going ahead with this event.

The Filipino people have nothing to thank Imelda, even for establishing the CCP. It is precisely when the institution transcends its origins as an extravagant, elitist and insensitive undertaking of a tyrannical regime that the CCP has its finest moments. Only an equally corrupt, fascist and puppet power clique like the Arroyo power circle can ever be obliged to pay tribute to a paragon of corruption, repression and moribund politics that Imelda is.

Tonight's CCP tribute to Imelda is another bleak manifestation of the festering crisis in Philippine culture and the arts. It highlights once again that the dominance of fascist, feudal and colonial culture remains in our society, to the benefit of the utterly corrupt and intolerably oppressive like Imelda Marcos and the Arroyo regime, and to the detriment of justice, freedom, democracy and dignity for our people.

We remind our colleagues in this cultural institution that, as responsible Filipino artists and cultural professionals, we ought not to be party to indulging our people to forget the grievous sins of dictatorship. How can we move on as a people if we deny ourselves learning from the very fundamental lessons history has verily taught us, lessons paid in dear blood by Inang Bayan's modern martyrs and finest sons & daughters? Going blind over the Marcos tyranny's monumental corruption, fascism and puppetry does not foster an arts and culture worthy of the Filipino. We urge our colleagues in the field of arts and culture to stand their ground and not to vacillate and be coopted on the matter of moribund politics.

The CAP itself has been one of the leading cause-oriented organizations that overthrew the yoke of despotism in 1986. Our joining this picket tonight is our proud way of saying "When we say 'Never Again', we mean it!".
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Comics Creation & Caricature Contests Now Accepting Entries

The First Philippine Cartoons,Comics and Animation Festival or PICCA Fest, to be held on October 15 to17,2009, is now accepting entries to the Larry Alcala Comics Creation and Hugo Yonzon Jr. Caricature contest open to all Filipino high school and college student . Winners will win cash prizes,trophies, and PICCA Fest souvenir items.

Deadline for submission is on September 30,2009 and finalist's works shall be exhibited at the SM Megamall Bridgeway during the festival. Awarding of winners shall be on October 18, 2009 at the Komikon in SM Megatrade Hall.

An initative by Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas or SKPand Creative Media Professionals Guild of Asia and the Pacific or CMPGAP,the PICCA Fest will feature exhibitions, film showings,workshops, symposia, competitions, awardings and book launches that will be held in various venues in the Ortigas area,specifically at the SM Megamall, Podium,Poveda and Developement Academy of the Philippines.

For more details about PICCA Fest and the contests,please call 812-2363,894- 3465 or 892-9421 or go to
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Cine Europa 12 Film Festival Schedule @ Shangri-la

Screening Schedule from Sept 11-21, 2009

SEPT. 11, 2009 (THURSDAY)
Love Songs (1:35)
7:00 PM

SEPT. 12, 2009 (FRIDAY)
When the tide comes in (1:33)
12:00 PM
Children of the Moon (1:27)
2:30 PM
After The Wedding (2:00))
5:00 PM
Hands Off Mississipi (1:38)
7:30 PM
Colorado avenue (2:00)
10:00 PM

SEPT. 13, 2009 (SATURDAY)
Un Franco, 14 Pesetas (1:45)
12:00 PM
Chemical Hunger (1:37)
2:45 PM
100 Steps (I Cento Passi)
4:45 PM
Latebloomer (Die
7:30 PM
Herbstzeitlosen) (1:26)
Vitus (2:00)
10:00 PM

SEPT. 14, 2009 (SUNDAY)
The Paper Will Be Blue (2:00)
12:00 PM
Children of the Moon (1:27)
2:30 PM
And When Did You Last See
5:00 PM
Your Father (1:32)
Mozart In China (1:30)
7:30 PM
Night Run (Nachtrit) (1:30)
9:30 PM

SEPT. 15, 2009 (MONDAY)
Hands Off Mississipi (1:38)
12:00 PM
Beauty In Trouble (1:50)
2:30 PM
After The Wedding (2:00)
5:00 PM
Children of the Moon (1:27)
7:30 PM
Love Songs (1:35)
9:30 PM

SEPT. 16, 2009 (TUESDAY)
Un Franco, 14 Pesetas (1:45)
12:00 PM
Chemical Hunger (1:37)
2:15 PM
100 Steps (I Cento Passi) (1:54)
4:45 PM
Night Run (Nachtrit) (1:30)
7:30 PM
Mozart In China (1:30)
9:30 PM

SEPT. 17, 2009 (WEDNESDAY)
The Paper Will Be Blue (2:00)
12:00 PM
Colorado Avenue (2:00)
2:30 PM
And When Did You Last See
5:00 PM
Your Father? (1:32)
Latebloomer (Die
7:30 PM
Herbstzeitlosen) (1:26)
Vitus (2:00)
9:30 PM

SEPT. 18, 2009 (THURSDAY)
Love Songs (1:35)
12:00 PM
After The Wedding (2:00)
2:30 PM
Hands Off Mississipi (1:38)
5:00 PM
Beauty In Trouble (1:50)
7:30 PM
Un Franco, 14 Pesetas (1:45)
10:00 PM

***End of Cine Europa 12 Film Festival Schedule @ Shangri-la ***
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Cine Europa 12 Opens in Manila on September 11 @ the Shang

Cine Europa 12 opens in Manila on September 11 at the Shang

Known as a patron of the arts and culture, premier lifestyle destination Shangri-la Plaza once again fulfill its commitment of bringing endless pleasures as it plays host to Cine Europa.

Now on it's 12th year of offering powerful and touching European films to the Philippines, the popular film festival opens on September 10, 2009, with public screenings from September 11 to 20 at the Shang Cineplex.

Cine Europa 12 will be opened by Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines, Mr. Alvaro Trejo, Deputy Head of Mission of Spain representing the Presidency of the European Union, Atty. Andy Bautista, Chairman and CEO of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation and Ms. Lala Fojas, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation.

Through a collaboration between the Goethe Institut in Manila and the EU Cultural Group and Shangri-La Plaza, the festival will also be featuring a panel discussion animated by German film experts Eberhard Junkersdorf, Dennis Gansel and Dr. Peter Zimmermann at the Shang Cineplex's Premiere Theatre on September 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

This year, eighteen European films ―from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom― were carefully handpicked to cater to the Filipino audiences. Opening the festival is Swedish film Grabeen I Graven Bredvid (The Guy in the Grave Next Door) by Kjell Sundvall, a contemporary romance between a farmer and a city girl.

Germany's Dennis Gansel tackles the underpinnings of fascism via the energetic and gripping drama Die Welle (The Wave). Four teenaged boys lose their innocence during what is to be their last summer together in the Belgian film De Laatste Zomer (The Last Summer) by Joost Wynant. From France comes the Julie Lopes Curval-directed Toi Et Moi (You and Me), a story of two sisters striving to find true love.

Jan Sverak brings to the silver screen the tale of 3 lives caught in the middle of war via the Czech Republic's Tmavomodry Svet (Dark Blue World). Life is not lived in fantasies and exotic dreams, in Danish director Ole Bomedal's film Kaerlighed Pa Film (Just Another Love Story) wherein the truth catches up with everyone eventually. Finland's Joulutarina (Christmas Story) by Juha Wuolijoki is the touching tale of how Santa came to be. Four young rascals wreak havoc in 1960s Berne, Switzerland in Michael Stenier's Mein Name Ist Eugen (Rascals on the Road).

The U.K.'s Saul Dibb presents a compelling portrayal of England's `It Girl' in The Duchess. Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza offer a Spanish suspense-thriller in Rec. S Certy Nejsou Zerty (Give the Devil His Due) by Hynek Bocan which revolves around the friendship between a poor, brave young man and a nice devil. An old prince unwittingly influences the lives of local people in Romania's Orient Express by Sergiu Nicolaescu. On the trail of a rare butterfly, the Zoo Rangers saves the rainforest from destruction in the Johan Nijenhuis-directed Zoop In Zuid Amerika (Zoo Rangers In South America) from The Netherlands.

Italy's I Demoni Di San Pietroburgo (The Demons of St. Petersburg) by Giuliano Montaldo is the story of writer Fyodor Dostoevsky and his search for the terrorist group responsible for the assassination of the Imperial Family. From Austria comes Freigesprochen (Free to Leave) by Peter Payer about the short moments that can change lives forever. Bernd Sahling's Die Blindganger (The Blind Flyers) follows the adventures of a group of blind musicians. E Pericoloso Sporgersi (Sundays On Leave) by Nae Caranfil is interestingly set in the late Ceausescu era of Romania. Love is like Santa, you have to believe in it in Joram Lunsen's film Alles Is Liefde (Love is All) which shows that love indeed conquers all. Another tale about love, Hynek Bocan's S Certy Nejsou Zerty (Give the Devil His Due) follows the story of Peter, a brave but poor young man who gets involved in a love triangle with two princesses.

Cine Europa 12 is presented by the European Union Member States' Embassies and the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines. It is supported by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Rajah Travel Corporation, Yo Card and Click the City. Admission to the screenings is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

For film screening schedules and other inquiries, please contact 633.7851 or log on to
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