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Monday, October 26, 2009

PETA Presents C Mo Si Direk

This November, get a chance to get up close and personal with Soxie Topacio, Maryo J. Delos Reyes and Joel Lamangan.

Philippine Educational Theater Association proudly presents C MO SI DIREK Featuring:

Soxie Topacio's Ded Na Si Lolo on November 13
Maryo J. Delos Reyes' ...Kamoteng Kahoy on November 14
Joel Lamangan's Fuschia on November 15

All films start screening at 7:30PM
at the PETA Theater Center
#5 Eymard Drive, New Manila Q.C.

After each screening there will be a forum giving you a chance to interact with these directors!

Get your tickets at P500 for a 3-Day Pass and P 200 for a 1-Day Pass.

For reservations leave a comment here or call 410.0822/ 725-6244. You may also call or text 0909-8705601 / 0917-8044428. Email us at

Thank you and C you at the Theater Center!
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11th Cinemanila International Film Festival Winners


Main Competition - 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival
Best Actor - Alfredo Castro in Tony Manero (Chile/Brazil)
Best Actress - Tsilla Chelton in Pandora's Box (Peru/Spain)
Grand Jury Prize - Tulpan by Sergey Dvortsevoy (Germany/Kazakhstan /Switzerland/ Russia/Poland)
Lino Brocka Grand Prize - Hunger by Steve McQueen (UK/Ireland)

SEA Competition - 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival
Best SEA Short - Focal Point by Alizera Khatami and Ali Seiffouri (Malaysia)
Best SEA Film - Talentime by Yasmin Ahmad (Malaysia)
Special Mention - Woman on Fire Looks for Water by Woo Ming Jin (Malaysia)

Young Cinema - 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival
Best Short Film - To Siomai Love by Remton Siega Zuasola
Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema - Remton Siega Zuasola for To Siomai Love

Digital Lokal - 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival
Lino Grand Prize - Anacbanua by Christopher Gozum
Lino Grand Jury Prize - Biyaheng Lupa by Armando Lao
Best Director - Christopher Gozum for Anacbanua
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Onus by Mervin Pimentel @ Blanc Gallery Makati

October 26- November 13, 2009
Blanc Gallery Makati

The onus is on us, as Mervin Pimentel suggests abruptly in this installation of paintings in oil at the Blanc Gallery in Makati City. But as to what is and wherefore that responsibility lies, Pimentel assembles a layered and tangled narrative as ground for this vital question.

Onus easily appeals to our sight and sensibility, placing cartoon-like people amidst verdant gridlocks of flora, fauna and more people while proceeding to discomfort us with its latent corruption and violence. These canvases are replete with characters that suggest the notorious types and prototypes of Filipino everyday life. Yet Pimentel renders each adeptly as creature: lush, ripe and rosy like fruit for picking.

Pimentel’s treatment of such dire subjects may still trace its lineage to the editorial cartoon, recalling the detailed graphics of such pieces in the old Philippines Free Press. One traces parallel tendencies among many emerging young artists today, for whom the cartoon is no longer relegated as ‘pop’ subject or influence, but as medium and form itself. Indeed, a diverse universe of cartooning has emerged from print and graffiti practice right into the canvas. But then, Pimentel’s skills clearly steer in the direction of social commentary as response and even reflex, given his actual brushes with authority in his rural hometown.

Mervin Pimentel studied Fine Arts at the Far Eastern University. He has been a consistent finalist in professional and student painting competitions, and is part of artists’ initiatives in both Metro Manila and Pangasinan. He is also a core member of TutoK.

Onus opens on Monday 6PM, October 26 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,

Onus will run until November 13, 2009 and is co-produced by slash/art artists’ initiatives.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

IGPAW: Artists’ Action Towards Recuperation from Calamity

IGPAW: Artists’ Action Towards Recuperation from Calamity

Almost a month had passed and we are still in the stage of relief and recovery. Communities are still flooded, some still covered in mud, corpses from landslides and floods are still being recovered, people are still living in evacuation centers and piles of garbage are increasing in numbers as the victims try to clean their abodes. The combined forces of natural disaster and systemic crises had left the Filipino people in a state of great depression.

It is in this light that the Concerned Artists of the Philippines launches IGPAW: Artists’ Action Towards Recuperation from Calamity. The IGPAW project is composed of 1) basic integration and relief/field operations program for the artists 2) rehabilitation program through art workshop, livelihood trainings and rebuilding educational facilities like day cares, etc., and, 3) photo exhibition, cultural programs and other artistic outputs resulting from the relief/field operations and rehabilitation programs.

How can you help the IGPAW project?

1. Participate in field operations. CAP coordinates with other institutions and organizations in relief programs and feeding programs. You can help in collecting donations, repacking goods and cooking meals for distribution, or actually joining us in relief operations in various areas. For more information and schedule of activities, contact us through postmodernlily@ or 0929-6875322.
2. Submit photographs of the recent calamity. Your photos will be a part of a series of group exhibitions which aims to raise awareness, generate funds for IGPAW programs and encourage artists, students and cultural workers to participate in projects like IGPAW. Please have your photos printed in either 4R or 8R sizes. You may send as many photos as possible. For inquiries and submissions, contact Avie Felix through avie33@yahoo. com or 09296875322.
3. Help facilitate rehabilitation projects. CAP is developing a rehabilitation program for victims of Undoy through art workshops, livelihood trainings, and rebuilding educational facilities. Since this is the third phase of the IGPAW program, we are still in the planning and developing stage. Your assistance and commitment to help us in rehabilitation programs in the coming months will be very much appreciated.
4. Donate your artworks. CAP will be selling donated artworks to collect funds for the IGPAW project, especially for the rehabilitation programs. Your old works (paintings, photos, sculpture) which you may wish to donate to IGPAW will help raise funds to help Undoy and Pepeng victims.
5. Donate goods, clothes, blankets, medicine. CAP has designated drop-off points such as TEN02 Bar, 70s Bistro, CMC Film Department where you can bring your donations.

The IGPAW project is in partnership with Citizen’s Disaster Response Center (CDRC), Serve the People Brigade, Balsa, Tulong Kabataan and other NGOs and mass organizations. For general inquiries, contact CAP IGPAW Hotline: 09296875322 or send email to concerned_artists_


As part of IGPAW: Artists’ Action Towards Recuperation from Calamity, Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) will hold the IGPAW Exhibit, a series of exhibits which aims to raise awareness on the need for assistance in rescue, relief and rehabilitation programs for typhoon victims, generate funds for IGPAW programs and encourage artists, students and cultural workers to participate in projects like IGPAW.

CAP is requesting photographers/ artists/enthusia sts to submit photographs of the recent calamity. The photos will be exhibited on several venues, the first of which is the UP Faculty Center Gallery on November 23-27, 2009.

Print your photo/s in either 4R or 8R size. Attach your name and the title of your work with the prints and submit them to us. You may send them by express mail to IGPAW Photo Exhibit, Unit 3A MS Tower No. 29 Road 8 Project 6 Quezon City or contact Avie Felix at 0929-6875322 to find out where you can personally submit your works. Deadline for submission of works is on November 13, 2009.

The photos that you will submit will be considered as donations for the victims of typhoons Undoy and Pepeng. In the event that any of your works are sold, the revenues will be used to sustain the IGPAW Project. You may also donate other artworks (paintings, photographs, sketches/drawings, sculpture) to help the IGPAW rehabilitation program.

Avie Felix
UP Film Institute
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Sagip Sining: Art2DRescue

Subject: What to see, do and give at the SAGIP SINING: Art2DRescue
What to see, do and give at the SAGIP SINING: Art2DRescue on Oct25 Sunday 9:30am-12midnight CCP venues

The Eye(ball) of the Storm: Opening Activity

CCP Front Ramp
Partner organizations, audiences, relief workers and volunteers launch the day long art fest with music and games. Featuring the Taytay Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Angono Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nonoy Diestro. Game Masters Vim Nadera and Dr. Luis Gatmaitan lead the games.

Relief goods
will be accepted at the CCP Upper Basement Level (Little Theater Lobby).

Cash donations
will be collected at the door of the venues the whole day. Suggested donation Php20 per show. Minimum for "Salva Vida" and "Comic Relief" Php500. Whole day pass: Php1,000

Corporate pledges
will be accepted at the courtesy table in front of the CCP Gift Shop.

Bahay, Bata, Bagyo: Storytelling and Dilang Anghel Poetry in Performance
Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino, 4F
Storytelling sessions with Alitaptap and Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), Poetry in Performance with the poets of Unyon ng Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) and Linangan ng Imahe, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA)
Suggested donation: Php20
Also accepting donations of school supplies, toys, books to benefit schools and children affected by the typhoons

Di Magkamayaw na Sayaw
Bulwagang Francisca Aquino (Rehearsal Hall)
Ballet, Contemporary and Folkloric dance by Perry Sevidal School of Ballet, Sanlahi Dance Troupe, Sandiwang Kayumanggi and Team.
Suggested donation: Php20

Musical Theater excerpts
Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Blackbox)
Philstage groups perform excerpts from stage musicals. Featuring excerpts from Philippine High School for the Arts, "Pakbet" of John Arcilla and Capable Foundation, "Little Mermaid" of Kids Acts Philippines, Iloilo Prima Galaw, Inc., Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Koine Theater, Musicat Theater Foundation.
Suggested donation: Php20

Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater)
Short film favorites from the Cinemalaya Festivals every 15 minutes: Nineball, Toni,
Bonsai, Andong, Mansyon, Blogog
Suggested donation: Php20

Excerpt from "Flores Para Los Muertos"
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolention (Little Theater)
excerpt from the Orlando Nadres Tagalog adaptation of Tennesee Williams "A Streetcar Named Desire". Starring Eula Valdes and the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. Direction: Floy Quintos
Suggested donation: Php20

Tales of the Manuvu (Full Show)
10am-12pm, 3pm-5pm
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Full length dance musical by Ballet Philippines. Words by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, Music by Dero Pedero, Live Music by Diwa de Leon and Makiling, Choreography by Paul Morales.
Suggested donation: Php20 (balcony I and II seats)
Orchestra seats at 50% off ticket price

Bulwagang Francisca Reyes Aquino (Rehearsal Hall)
PPO showcases its small ensembles: Woodwind Quartet, Double String Quartet, Brass and Percussion Ensemble in a rotating repertoire of pop, classical and filipino favorites.
Suggested donation: Php20

Tambol at Padyak
CCP Main Theater Lobby
Ballet Philippines Kids perform the irrepressible “Tambol at Padyak” to the music of Pinikpikan.
Suggested donation: Php20

Art sa Gilid
CCP North Promenade
Visual artists of Tutok, Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Ugat Lahi, Neo Angono Artists Collective, Pilipinas Streetplan, Sining Bugkos, Artist Arrest, Anino Shadow Play sell artworks and collaborate on a mural to be auctioned off to gallery owners and collectors.

Salva Vida
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)
Classical music performances featuring Della Besa, Rachelle Gerodias, Camille Lopez-Molina, Nenen Espina, Raul Sunico, Antonio Maigue, Mary Anne Espina, Randy Gilongo, Ronan Ferrer, George Yang, Anna Mary Anne Armovit, Maria Gregorio de Guzman, Gina Medina, Renato Lucas, Butch Roxas, and many more.
Minimum at door: Php500

Comic Relief
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater)
Stand-up comedy featuring Gabe Mercado, Beverly Salviejo, Jon Lapus, Ate Glow, Kakai Bautista, Candy Pangilinan, Ony Carcamo, Juana Change among others.
Minimum at door: Php500

RockmEd Philippines
CCP Front Ramp
Rock bands presented by RockEd Philippines.
Suggested donation: Php20
Also accepting donations of medicines

Art Caravan Recruitment Table
Calling on artists, performers, storytellers, volunteers to sign up for the Art Caravan to go with Relief Operations.

Food booths
CCP South Promenade
Culinary art students of DLSU College of St. Benilde

Educational booths
Environment, climate change with Sibol, Haribon network and CREAM.

Dangal ng Pilipino
Every hour on all sound systems
Theme song of Sagip Sining. Sung by Upeng Galang, music by Dodgie Fernandez, words by Jovy Miroy

Sagip Sining Online
All day
Little Theater Lobby Wifi
Free Wifi at the Little Theater Lobby to encourage up to date posting about Sagip Sining.

Sagip Sining Opencam
All events. All venues
Opencam policy for all events and venues to encourage post event advocacy and information dissemination

Prepared by: Chris Millado
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Best of Philippine Textiles in Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2

The Best of Philippine Textiles
in Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2

Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Yuchengco Museum, and Lopez Memorial Museum host local indigenous textiles bazaar on October 23 to 24

The best of homegrown textiles are up for grabs in Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2. The two-day event is hosted by Yuchengco Museum on October 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the courtyard of RCBC Plaza (corner of Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati).

With 30 participating vendors from across the country, Likhang Habi treats bazaar-goers to a range of exclusive finds—from traditional and contemporary textiles and indigenous handicrafts to one-of-a-kind home decor and designer fashions. Shoppers can expect to find—loom-woven cotton inabel from Northern Luzon, blends of piña silk from Palawan, yakan material from Mindanao, t'nalak with dream-inspired patterns, and banana fiber and silk items by Dita Sandico-Ong.

Aside from the two-day marketplace, special events at Likhang Habi include an exhibit on rare antique fabrics and a lecture on local weaving traditions, both at Yuchengco Museum. Leading textile scholar Dr. Norma Respicio will talk on The Philippine Textile Weaving Tradition on October 24 at 3 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by HABI, the Philippine Textile Council.

Entrance fee to the Likhang Habi bazaar is only P50, inclusive of admission to Yuchengco Museum and the Likhang Habi exhibit and lecture.

Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2 is an undertaking of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Eugenio Lopez Foundation, and Yuchengco Museum in line with Museum Month and the International Year of Natural Fibers. It is an offshoot of Market Encounter, a textile bazaar initially launched at the 2nd ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium at the National Museum of the Filipino People in February 2009.

For information, call the Yuchengco Museum at 889-1234 or e-mail the Likhang Habi secretariat at
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Textiles by Dr. Norma Respicio

October is Museums and Galleries month. During this month, the National Museum organizes various activities as its contribution to the celebration.

On the 22nd, also in celebration of the International Year of the Natural Fiber, a lecture on Philippine Textile will be delivered by Dr. Norma Respicio. The 4th Commemorative Lecture, which Director Corazon S. Alvina established as a mechanism for continuity, is an activity that highlights the unforgettable experiences and remarkable contributions of the National Museum's past leaders, is scheduled on the 29th, with former National Museum - Zoology Division Head Pedro C. Gonzales as speaker. Both lectures will be held at ten o'clock in the morning, Ablaza Hall, National Art Gallery, National Museum in Manila.

For more information and/or attendance confirmation, please call Ms. Rizza Salterio of the Museum Education Division at telefax number 5270278 or email
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2 Postponed

In response to the difficulties experienced by participating communities due to the onslaught of tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng, Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2 bazaar has been postponed to October 23 & 24.

The best of home-grown textiles will be up for grabs in this 2-day event from 10am to 7pm hosted by the Yuchengco Museum at the RCBC Plaza Courtyard in Makati City. The market encounter will bring a mélange of traditional and contemporary indigenous textiles from weaving communities all across the country—loom woven cotton inabel from Northern Luzon, various blends of piña silk from Palawan, yakan material from Mindanao, t'nalak from dream-inspired patterns, embellished textiles, and other hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind clothing items. Fashion items will be seen in the banana fiber and silk items of Dita Sandico-Ong and the piña-knits of Lulu Tan Gan, amongst others.

Habi, the Philippine Textile Council, has arranged for Dr. Norma Respicio, leading textile expert, to talk on embarking on indigenous textiles research on Saturday, October 24, 3pm at the Yuchengco Museum's Masters Gallery. An exhibition of rare home-grown fabrics from private collectors will open simultaneously with the bazaar. A minimal fee of Php50 entitles the visitor to the bazaar and free admission to the museum and lecture.

Originally slated to open October 9 & 10, Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2 is a joint undertaking of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI), the Yuchengco Museum and the Lopez Memorial Museum in celebration of Museum Month this October. It also celebrates the United Nations proclamation of 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibers. Likhang Habi is an offshoot of Market Encounter initially launched at the 2nd ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium held last February at the National Museum. For information, call the Yuchengco Museum at (+632) 889 1234 or email marketencounter2@

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at
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Lola Opens 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival


Starting things off with a bang, the 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival showcases Brillante Mendoza’s latest work, Lola, as its opening film. Director Mendoza’s latest work, Lola was preceded by his film Kinatay (The Execution of P), which earned him the prestigious Best Director Award at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival last May 2009. Lola is slated as the Philippine surprise entry in the 66th Venice Film Festival, (Main Competition) which counts acclaimed filmmaker Ang Lee as Chairman of this year’ jury.

Starring Philippine cinema icon Anita Linda in the leading role, Lola is about two elderly women who try to cope and survive life’s harsher realities for the elderly. Both bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons — one is the victim, the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, they laboriously solicit money in the midst of a storm — one for the victim’s burial, the other for the suspect’s bail bond.

The association between Cinemanila and Mendoza goes way back, as the festival was one of the very first to give this now world-renowned filmmaker international recognition. Mendoza won the Grand Prize and Best Director Award in Cinemanila’s Digital Lokal competition – his first international award – for his film Manoro with Christian Jeune of Cannes Film Festival at the helm of the 2006 Main Competition Jury. Mendoza was also the Director in Focus during the festival’s momentous 10th edition last year. And for Cinemanila 2009, Mendoza is now head of the Main Competition Jury of this year’s festival.

The 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival will be held from October 15 to 25, 2009 in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Around 100 international and local films will be screened in a span of 10 days – from the current toasts of the local indie scene to the award-winners and favourites at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Pusan. The festival will also feature workshops, seminars and master classes. For more info, contact cinemanila.entries@ and cinemanila@gmail. com or go to www.cinemanila.

The 2009 Cinemanila is presented by the City of Taguig and the Cinemanila Interrnational Film Festival Foundation, in cooperation with Cinema One, Click the City, Business World, Philippine Star,,, Web Philippines, and the World Cinema Fund.

Directed by: Brillante "Dante" Mendoza
Written: Linda Casimiro
Starring : Anita Linda, Rustica Carpio,
Jhong Hilario, Ketchup Eusebio, Tanya Gomez, Bobby Jerome Go, Hope Matriano,
Jojit Lorenzo, Tess Antonio, Benjie Filomeno, Geraldine Villamil, Nico Nullan, Karla Pambid
Cinematography: Odyssey Flores
Editing: Kats Serraon
Music: Teresa Barrozo
Sound: Albert Michael Idioma
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Yamug 2: National Museum Month & Indigenous People's Month Celebrations


Xavier University and Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts will hold YAMUG 2 on October 2009, in Celebration of the National Museum Month and Indigenous People’s Month. YAMUG’s flagship program is the Mindanao Folk Literature Expo and Conference on October 24 at the Little Theater. YAMUG also includes a Talaandig Art Exhibit and Painting Exhibit by Museo de Oro’s resident artists – Nonoy Estarte and Bet Vamenta which will open on October 22 and will run until November 18, 2009.


1. UGAT Conference - October 22-23, 2009, XU Little Theater

(In coordination with the Sociology Department, Xavier University)

2. Mindanao Folk Literature Expo and Conference - October 24, 2009, XU Little Theater
3. Yamug sa Dahung Laya (A Painting Exhibit) - Oct 22-Nov18, 2009,Museo de Oro
4. Talaandig Art Exhibit - Oct 22-Nov18, 2009, Museo de Oro

This year, YAMUG 2 features Tala-andig, Umayamnon, and Matigsalog’s Folk Literatures which will serve as avenues for cultural understanding and education.

The registration fee for the Yamug Expo and Conference is Php150.00 for professional participants and Php100.00 for students. A certificate of participation will be given to all registered participants who will finish the one day event.

For more information and confirmation of attendance, please call Mr Vicmar P Paloma through 858-3116 local 2059 or send text message through 09272493169 or 09156612362.
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