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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

RP Participates at the 2009 South African National Arts Festival

The Philippines successfully participated for the first time at the 2009 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, which was held from 2 to 11 July 2009.

The South African National Arts Festival is one of the most important events on the country’s cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent.

University of the Philippines Professor Dr. Arminda Vallejo Santiago, who represented film director Clodualdo del Mundo, was accompanied by the Embassy’s Cultural and Information Officer, Ms. Helen R. Firme-Subido, at the Festival from 3 to 9 July 2009.

The Philippines was able to participate in the Main Film Programme of the National Arts Festival. Seven Philippine films were shown at the Olive Shreiner Hall of the Monument in Grahamstown from July 3 to 8.

The Filipino movies screened included “Manila in the Claws of Darkness” (Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag), directed by the late Lino Brocka; “Baler” by Mark Meily, “Peeping” (Silip) by Elwood Perez; Mike De Leon’s “Third World Hero” (Bayaning Thirdworld); the comedy “Crying Ladies” by Mark Meily; Laurice Guillen’s “Santa Santita”’; and “Manoro” of Brillante Mendoza. “Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag” was the opening film shown on July 3.

Before the screening of the film “Maynila…”, Ms. Firme-Subido delivered a speech on behalf of Ambassador Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr., who was on official leave. Professor Santiago then made an introduction of the film and talked about film director Lino Brocka.

Despite the fact that Philippine films are not popular to festival goers, “Crying Ladies” surprisingly captured the interest of the audience.

The Philippines was also able to participate in the Main Music Program of the Festival through Grahamstown-based Filipina pianist Ms. Mariel Ilusorio, with Chilean-born violinist Mr. Juan Luis Muñoz, a senior lecturer in music at Rhodes University, and three South African vocalists.

In their Music of the Philippines, they presented a programme of works for solo piano, voice and violin introducing Philippine culture and classical music at the Beethoven Room in Grahamstown.

During the first part of the programme, which was presented on July 8, Ms. Firme-Subido also delivered a speech and gave a short talk about Philippine Music.

After the concert, people approached the artists, expressing their appreciation of Philippine music, their interest in the Philippines, and praising the artists for their outstanding performance.

The second part of the programme, held on July 10 in the same venue, was more successful as it was honoured by a standing ovation from a bigger crowd.

The proposals for the Philippine participation in this year’s National Arts Festival came directly from the Philippine Embassy, and supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Now in its 35th year, the Festival began in 1974 and has grown to be one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. Its objectives are to deliver excellence; encourage innovation and development in the arts by providing a platform for both established and emerging South African artists; create opportunities for collaboration with international artists; and build new audiences.

RP Children’s Choir Groups Bagged Top Prizes at 1st World Choir Championships in South Korea

RP Children’s Choir Groups Bagged Top Prizes at 1st World Choir Championships in South Korea

Three Philippine children’s choir groups won the top prizes at the 1st World Choir Championships held in Changwon City, Gyeongnam province in South Korea last July 10.

The three Philippine choir groups, the Mandaue Children’s Choir, the Young Voices of the Adventist University of the Philippines, and the Calasiao Children’s Chorus won in different events in the following categories:

• Mandaue Children’s Choir – First Prize, Children’s Choir category, Grand Prix of Choral Music.

• Young Voices of the Adventist University of the Philippines – Gold Prize, Children’s Choir category, 2nd Asia Choir Game, and Silver Prize, Music of the Religions category, 2nd Asian Choir Game.

• Calasiao Children’s Chorus – First Prize, Folklore category, Korean International Open Choir Competition, and Gold Prize Korean International Open Choir Competition.

Each of the choir group also received a cash award of $12,000 or around P580,000.

The World Choir Games was organized by the INTERKULTUR group and the city government of Changwon and is held every two years in different partner cities around the world, with competing choirs vying for the title of “Champions of the World Choir Games”.

The choir groups were judged by an international jury, one of whom is renowned Philippine choral conductor and former member of the Madrigal Singers, Mr. Jonathan Velasco.

The Embassy attended the choir competition in Changwon City, around four hours south of Seoul, and witnessed the respect and recognition given to the Philippines for its world-class choirs bringing honor and prestige to the country.

Cinemanila 2009 Call for Volunteers

CINEMANILA 2009 CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

The 2009 Cinemanila International Film Festival kicks off a new decade on October 15-25, 2009 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

We are currently looking for FULL TIME staff beginning now until the end of the festival. Bright and mature individuals who have the initiative and do not require a lot of hand-holding are encouraged to join the team.

Because we are a relatively small organization, you will have a unique opportunity to get to know everyone that works on staff and be a real working part of the festival.
You'll also have the chance to meet filmmakers from all over Asia, the Americas and Europe. Plus get to see Cinemanila movies for free!

We accept fresh and recent graduates and can offer students at any stage of their college experience academic credit for their internship. Please note however that at this stage, we seek only FULL TIME volunteers.

We are currently seeking volunteers in the following departments:

* Marketing
* Communications
* Events
* Film Traffic
* Graphic Design

To apply, please send your resume with a cover letter specifying which department you are interested in working as a volunteer. PLEASE SEND ALL RESUMES and SALARY REQUIREMENTS DIRECTLY to cinemanila.entries@ gmail.com and cinemanila@gmail. com.

NOTE: The position is full time from now until the end of the festival duration (November). As of now, we need people that can commit to this time period. Please also note that this is a volunteer position for a non-profit organization, therefore we can only offer minimal compensation.

For more information on CINEMANILA, go to www.cinemanila.org.ph.

UP Film Institute Holds Exclusive Invitational Premiere for Kinatay

The UP Film Institute formally announces the holding of the much awaited Philippine premiere for Brillante Mendoza’s Cannes-winning film, Kinatay, this Thursday, 30 July 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

The 35mm print with English subtitles of the film that won for Brillante Mendoza the Best Director prize in the world’s most prestigious film festival screens in an exclusive invitational affair at UP Film Institute’s Cine Adarna in UP Diliman, Quezon City .

An open forum immediately follows the screening with film director Mendoza.

Invited guests have until July 29 Wednesday to confirm their attendance. Please call 9263640 and 9262722 (UP Film Institute); 7476742 and 5319831 (CenterStage Productions).

University of the Philippines Film Institute
(Member, CILECT/Internationa l Association of Film and Television Schools )
Academic Programs and Research
Plaridel Hall, Ylanan Road , UP Diliman, Quezon City
Tel: 9818500 (UP Trunkline) local 2669, 2670; 9206863 (Telefax)
Extension and Theater Services
Cine Adarna, Magsaysay and Osmeña Avenues, UP Diliman, Quezon City
Tel: 9818500 (UP Trunkline) local 4286, 4289; 9262722 (Telefax); 9263640 (Cinema Hotline); 9250286

Monday, July 27, 2009

2009 Ateneo Art Awards Contemporary Art Lecture: Remembering Al Manrique

The Ateneo Art Gallery remembers ALFREDO "AL" MANRIQUE (1949-2006) through the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards Contemporary Art Lecture: Remembering Al Manrique on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 at 430 pm.

Alfredo "Al "Manrique was an artist, activist, digital pioneer and founding member of e@rt Philippines. He was an original member of the 70s Social Realists. Having trained as an architect at the University of Santo Tomas, he became an outstanding photographer, printmaker and became one of the earliest Filipino visual artists, in 1982, to explore digital media and cyberspace. He was also an activist who gave his skills and time to various cause-oriented NGOs and was a founding member of e@philippines inc, a community of digital art practitioners.

He is represented in the Ateneo Art Gallery by several works: the iconic "Bunong Balikat," 1978, oil on canvas; "Pagpanaw ni Ama," 1982, etching and aquatint; "Harvest", 1983, oil on canvas; and a series of 32 laser prints, 1983, which were the first works rendered via computer media to be included in the permanent collection of a major Philippine museum.

Malou Lauzon Manrique, the artist's wife will give an introduction to the life of Al while Al's friend and artist Jose Tence Ruiz will speak about Manrique's pioneering work in digital art. On this occasion other artist-friends will share Al's inspiring life's lessons.

For more information, please call Ian Jaucian at 4266488 or email him at ijaucian@ateneo.edu.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

ASEUM 2009 + Ear 2 Eye Festival

SABAW MEDIA ART KITCHEN
in cooperation with
MULTIMEDIJSKI KIBLA and ASIA-EUROPE FOUNDATION (ASEF)
present

ASEUM 2009
Asia-Europe New Media Art Symposium
+
EAR 2 EYE FESTIVAL
Festival for experimental music and related visual art
21-25 JULY 2009
Various Venues
Manila, Philippines

FIVE [5] DAYS OF: Concerts / Conferences / Workshops / Open Fora / Discussions /
Research / Networking / Panels / Synaesthetics / Showcases / Video screenings /
Lectures / Asia Europe Policy Meetings / Parties / Intoxication and Relief


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Angelo Vermeulen [BE]
Brian O’Reilly [US]
Christiaan Cruz [US]
Chloé Cramer [CH]
Darren Moore [AU]
Diego Maranan [PH/CA]
Emma Oto [GB/JP]
Erick Calilan [PH]
Frauke Frech [DE]
House of Natural Fiber [ID]
Kim Xupei [CN]
Jerneja Rebernak [SI/SG]
Malek Lopez [PH]
Mari Keski-Korsu [FI]
Mannet Villariba [PH]
Manuel Schmalstieg [CH]
Noel De Brackinghe [PH]
Lirio Salvador [PH]
Paula Vélez [CO]
Peter Tomaz-Dobrilla [SI]
Rick Bahague [PH]
Tad Ermitano [PH]
Tengal [PH]
Tim O’Dwyer [AU]
Vanini Belarmino [DE/PH]
Visual Pond [PH]

LIVE PERFORMERS

Aether9
Angelo Suarez
Armor
Arvie Bartolome
Autoceremony
Blend:er
Brian O’ Reilly / Darren Moore duo
Caliph8
Costantino Zicarelli
DJ Drumlander
DRIP
Edsel Abesames
Eggboy
Elemento
Etniktronika
Gangan Ensemble
INC
Inconnu ictu
Iron Egg
Jon Romero
Mannet Villariba
Minister MarkZero
Mitch Garcia
Nyangbinghi
Rubber Inc
Sgt. Vez
Tad Ermitano
Tengal
Terraformer
Tim O’Dwyer
Ugong


VENUES

JULY 21: Kick-off Party
7:00 PM Gweilos Bar, Makati

JULY 22
2:30 PM University of the Philippines- Diliman
7:00 PM Green Papaya Art Projects

JULY 23
1:30 PM De La Salle University-Dasmariñ as
7:00 PM Espasyo Siningdikato

JULY 24
1:30 PM De La Salle University- Benilde SDA (School of Design and Arts)
7:00 PM Penguin Café

JULY 25: Closing Ceremonies
5:00 PM Mogwai Cinematheque, Cubao X


website: http://aseum09.tk/
contact: sabawmediahub@ gmail.com


In partnership with:
Green Papaya Art Projects· Media Arts Manila· House of Natural Fiber (HONF)· Experimentation in Sound Art Tradition (EXIST)· Visual Pond Artspace, Inc· TAOINC· Computer Professional’s Union (CPU)· Biomodd [LBA2]· Un.Plug UP Linux User’s Group· UP Asterisk· Sweetspot Studios· Expansions· Aether9

Supported by:
Internet Café Association of Imus Inc · Choppa · Cubao X · Mogwai Cinematheque · Stonehouse Hotel · Ginebra Premium Gin · GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc. · Joe and Bob’s Inihaw City · International Open Source Network · DLSU-CSB School for Design and Arts · DLSU-D (College of Science) · Lasalle School of Arts Singapore · G.ho.st Inc · Belarmino & Partners · ZENSORS · Philippine Society of IT Educators · N3krozoft Ltd.

Media Partners:
Uno Magazine · NU 107.5 · RJUR 105.9 · Circuit Magazine · Juice.ph · Click the City · PinoyCentric · Status Magazine · Flippish Advocacy Photographers · Artepinas · Metapixel Media and Design · YOCARD

ASEUM 2009 + Ear 2 Eye Festival is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation as a follow-up project of the Asia-Europe Art Camp New Media Series.

Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Manton de Manila

Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Manton de Manila

The Yuchengco Museum’s major exhibit for the year, Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Manton de Manila, narrates the story of a 16th century precious cargo, of Chinese silk embroidery, and of a maritime trade between Asia and Europe.

The manton de Manila—the large, embroidered silk shawl with long fringe—that is much coveted in Spain was, in reality, a silk shawl from China. The Philippines, once a Spanish colony, was an obligatory port of call for galleons loaded with precious cargos of Oriental products, which came via Acapulco to dock at Seville’s port. Known as the galleon trade, these merchant ships brought goods from China to Europe through the Philippines. One of these in-demand goods were embroidered silk shawls from China which were to become known in Europe as the manton de Manila.

The dainty and bright embroidery of the manton 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, in time, adopted and adapted by Spain as part of their fashion and national costumes for dance and music.

Manila-Acapulco Galleons

The journey begins with the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade, which flourished for 250 years (1565 – 1915). To the Spaniards, Manila was “the mistress of many seas and the center and depository of the Orient.” The exhibit Draped in Silk explores the galleon trade—how these special merchant ships were built, what routes did they take, what precious cargo did they carry onboard, and for how long this trade between Asia and Europe ensued. Highlights include antique and modern mantones de Manila, paintings of galleons and other merchant ships by Alfredo Carmelo, Chinese-made fans shipped to Spain, and porcelain dinnerware from the Qing dynasty.

Contemporary Inspirations from the Manton

Seeing tradition with new eyes is the challenge that any artist or designer wants to take. How does an artist recreate an expression rooted in the past? How does a designer weave a one’s spirit into a traditional form, giving it a new life and relevance?

The museum has invited 19 artists and designers from various creative disciplines to—with full creative freedom—create new works inspired by the manton de Manila’s form, motifs, and story. Artworks on view range from illustrations, paintings, fine prints, and photographs to couture, installations, and décor. Participating artists, fashion designers, architects, photographers, and other creative thinkers are Paz Abad Santos, Ambie Abaño, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Marina Cruz, Araceli Dans, Steve De Leon, Dopy Doplon, Margarita Forés, Danilo Franco, Jeanne Goulbourn, Katrina Goulbourn-Feist, Dan Lichauco, Tats Rejante-Manahan, Maxine Syjuco, Michelline Syjuco, George Tapan, Wig Tysmans, and Ann Wizer.

Looking at Philippine Embroidery Tradition

The manton de Manila is a silk shawl with intricate embroidered motifs, such as flowers, symbolic icons, and animals. One of the supporting exhibitions, entitled An Embroidered Story: A Glance at Philippine Embroidery Tradition, brings the mantones de Manila in parallel to Philippine embroidery. An alcove at the museum’s galleries illustrates, in a glance, Philippine embroidery past and present, with emphasis on similar motifs found in the manton de Manila. Visitors will learn about piña and jusi—fabrics regarded as the best materials for embroidery—as well as the ideal traits of embroidery, steps in embroidering cloth, and various embroidery styles, motifs, and techniques. Highlights include clothing and textiles, household and personal items, and exquisite handkerchiefs from Parañaque, Lumban, Laguna; and Taal, Batangas—all towns best known for their embroidery. The pieces on display come from select private collectors and from the collection of Tesoro’s Philippine Handicrafts.

Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Manton de Manila runs until December 29. The Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details and group tours, call 889-1234 or visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org.

MediSining: The Art of Toribio Herrera, MD

MediSining:
The Art of Toribio Herrera, MD

In his lifetime, he never exhibited his works for the public to see. He did not want monetary rewards for his art and he never sold a painting. His very first exhibition was held in 1972, four years after his death. Born in Tondo, Toribio Herrera (1892-1968) first graduated in Medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in 1912. Later, he took a second course in Fine Arts at UP, and was eventually accepted to teach there. He was part of the Amorsolo, Castaneda Miranda Group of Filipino Genre Masters who set the tone of Philippine Painting, particularly during the twenties.

Thirty seven years after his first exhibition, his available works and memorabilia will again be given importance as the GSIS Museum of Art mounts "MediSining: The Art of Toribio Herrera,MD." Set to open July 24, Friday 6pm at the GSIS Museum of Art Upper Gallery, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue , Pasay City, the exhibit runs until November 30. Call 479-3588 or email: museum@gsis.gov.ph for inquiries.

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at http://museumfoundationph.org/news/

Cinemalaya Goes UP: "Mangatyanan" Tickets For Sale

UP Cinema invites you to watch the Cinemalaya Cinco entry "Mangatyanan". Screening is on July 31,2009 (Friday), 7pm at UP Cineadarna (Film Institute)

Tickets sold at 80 pesos only. Just text Chad - 09164168768 for reservations.

For the trailer:
see http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=rZX6oAugj2M

Cinemalaya presents
in association with Bigtop Media, Casa San Miguel and Metric Films
a John Silva/Franco Alido production
a film by Jerrold Tarog
second film of the CAMERA Trilogy
MANGATYANAN



Synopsis:

HIMALAYA “Laya” MARQUEZ has never had a complete dream since she was 12. Something always wakes her up at night. That something used to be her father, the famous photographer DANILO MARQUEZ, whose constant sexual abuse of Laya tore her family apart.

Now, at 27, Laya possesses a cold exterior that hides torrents of pain. Working as a travel photographer, Laya is sent to Isabela to capture a rare harvest ritual called Mangatyanan by the Labwanan tribe. What Laya finds there, however, is a severely dwindled group held together by their desperate leader MANG RENATO. As Laya feels a connection between the tribe’s predicament and her own troubled life, a series of events soon brings her hidden emotions to the surface.

Will she finally face her demons or will she keep running?

Monday, July 20, 2009

ASEUM: 1st International New Media Art Festival in the Philippines

ASEUM: The 1st International New Media Art Festival in the Philippines

On July 21-25, 2009, SABAW Media Art Kitchen (Philippines) in cooperation with KIBLA MMC (Slovenia) and the Asia-Europe Foundation brings together the largest delegation of new media artists for ASEUM - the first international new media art festival in the Philippines – that kicks off 6:00PM at Gweilos, Makati for everyone to experience what new media art is.

Fostering a Culture of Knowledge-Sharing
"The festival aims to become a catalyst for a cultural, educational, and technological exchange on emerging new media art practices in South East Asia and Europe," says Tengal, festival organizer for ASEUM "But more importantly to try and shape the way in which we think about and experience these technologies."

This is why ASEUM has partnered with several top universities such as the University of the Philippines-Diliman, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas and DLSU-CSB School of Design and Arts that actively support the development and growth of new media art.

Leading new and inter media art practitioners, researchers, curators and producers from all over the globe such as Peter Tomaz Dobrila [si], Jerneja Rebernak [si/sg], Emma Oto [jp/gb], Aether9 [global], Tad Ermitano [ph], Malek Lopez [ph], Angelo Vermeulen [be], Diego Maranan [ph], Brian O’ Reilly [us], Rick Bahague [ph], Lirio Salvador [ph], Visual Pond [ph], Tim O' Dwyer [au], Darren Moore [au], Vanini Belarmino [de/ph], and Noel de Brakinghe [ph] will hold lectures, workshops and discussions among the most versed of Filipino students in new media art to encourage them to pursue degrees in such field.

Topics such as Open Source Advocacy, Technology and Cultural Practices, Open Structures and Remote Real time Storytelling, Intersections of Art, Ecology, Gaming and Advocacy, Data Visualization: Making meaning in an Info-rich World, Computer music and video in a live setting, Media and the Creation Process, Sound Mapping: Circuit Bending, Pure Data: Practical Programming for Sound Art, Video Art and Experimental Moving Image, Electroacoustic improvisation, Mono- Multi- and Inter-Media, The Value of Exchange in Creative Interdisciplinary and Cross-Border Collaborations, and Why Numbers Make Sounds: Basic Introduction to Patching and Audio Synthesis using Max/Msp will be covered.

A Transformative Sound Experience
Change the way you perceive sound with five nights of rapid electrofringe experimentation on sound and moving image with VJing, intermedia performances, cutting-edge experimental music and related visual arts at ASEUM’s Ear2Eye Program.

“The E2E program wraps up the night with exciting performances from local and foreign guests,” says Tengal “Take this opportunity to be exposed to live improvised experimentations on sound and moving images while sipping a beer or two.”

Catch performances by Iron Egg, Rubber Inc, Caliph8 , Gangan Ensemble, Inconnu ictu, Tengal, Aether9, Elemento, Ugong, Blend:er, Minister Zero, DJ Drumlander, Sgt. Vez, Edsel Abesamis, Tad Ermitano, Mannet Villariba, Drip, Eggboy, Autoceremony, Etniktronika, Angelo Suarez, Costantino Zicarelli, Nyangbinghi, and Terraformer at Gweilos, Green Papaya, Penguin Café and Mogwai Cinematheque.

ASEUM is a project by SABAW Media Art Kitchen (Philippines) in cooperation with Multimedia Center KIBLA (Slovenia) and is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation as a follow-up project of the Asia-Europe Art Camp New Media series. For more information on festival fees, schedule, and guests email sabawmediahub@gmail.com or call/SMS +639166188191 and visit the ASEUM website at http://aseum.tk.

This event is brought to you by with partnership of Media Arts Manila, House of Natural Fiber (HONF), Experimentation in Sound Art Tradition (EXIST), Visual Pond Artspace, Inc, TAOINC, Computer Professional’s Union (CPU), Biomodd [LBA2] Un.Plug UP Linux User’s Group, UP Asterisk, Sweetspot Studios, Expansions, Aether9; with the support of UNO Magazine, Status Magazine, Circuit, Advocacy Photographers, PinoyCentric, Metapixel, YOCard, Juice.ph, Flippish, Click the City, UR 105.9, NU 107, Stonehouse Hotel, ICAII, Ginebra Premium Gin, Philippine Society of IT Educators and International Open Source Network, Belarmino & Partners, N3krozoft Ltd.

MORE INFO ON: http://aseum09.tk/

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Artekultura 2

Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts' "ARTEKULTURA 2- an inter art genre lecture series and practice presentations" has been moved to August 6 and 7, 2009 8:00 a.m. at the XU Little Theater.

This year, topics are 'Proper Costuming Faithful to its Indigenous Sources,' 'Ethnomusicology: Northern Mindanao Ethnic Music Origins,' 'Preservation of Local Cultural Heritage,' and 'Cultural Production and Special Events Preparations and Management.' The pool of resource artists includes A Pauleta 'Nannete' Roa, Dr Steven Patrick Fernandez, Prof Frank Englis, and Prof Christian Aguado.

Registration fees are P150.00 (for professionals) and P 50.00 (for students).

A certificate of partcipation will be given to all the participants. ..

ARTEKULTURA 2 is XCCA's flagship project under CULTURAL EDUCATION Program... It is also supported by Xavier University Central Student Government and XU Cultural Dance Troupe.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Museum Foundation of the Philippines' 2009 Annual General Assembly

Please come to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines’
2009 Annual General Assembly
Thursday, July 30, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Marble Hall

Museum of the Filipino People
Valencia Circle, Rizal Park, Manila


Highlights:

Members’ Lounge at the Marble Hall featuring furniture
of Filipino modern design by Casa Periquet

Jewelry exhibit-sale featuring affordable pieces inspired
by the National Museum collections by
Janina Dizon Hoschka, Arnel Papa,

Michelline Syjuco and Paul Syjuco

Performance by Analyn Bantug
who played Kim in the production of Miss Saigon London

You can download the reply form in pdf or in zipped pdf formats.

For more information or to renew your membership, please call 404-2685 (Elvie Magpayo/Mae de Leon), 722-9073 (Flor Cortez) and 810-6912 (Tonie Bautista) or send a text message to 0928-503-9392.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Ebarle's Pinagmulan Exhibit @ UST Museum

EBARLE’S “PINAGMULAN” EXHIBIT AT THE UST MUSEUM
One Woman Exhibit
Jane Arrieta Ebarle
July 4, 2009 to August 1, 2009

Opening on July 4, 2009 at the UST Museum is Jane Arrieta Ebarle’s second one-woman exhibition titled “Pinagmulan”. This exhibit will feature paintings that continue to be stirred by the art of indigenous Filipinos. Resplendent in bold colors of blue, yellow, red and green, her latest series displays her sensitivity to the motifs found in their art. Coming from outside the villages of these largely unknown artists, Ebarle not only borrows from them. She also pays homage to them.

In her recent paintings, the influence of patterns and colors she has seen in both traditional and contemporary textiles, pottery, baskets and even paintings of Filipinos sometimes identified as ethnic groups is vital. This time she does not only salute the intricate patterns in the art of the Maranao, she embellishes them with a layer of tracery that is distinctively hers. The energy and passion palpable in her paintings seem to indicate a creativity that she must have recently rediscovered is in her. Finally Ebarle is coming out as an artist even if ironically she shrouds her paintings in veins of veneer.

This bold move began a few years ago when the artist decided to devote more time to her craft. Ebarle has joined several group exhibitions in the past. Her themes then focused on female figures in various forms such as dancers in the middle of a movement or women in repose. She adapted a style akin to impressionists. It was also during this period when she became a more active member of the Kasibulan, the only women artists’ organization in the Philippines.

These were familiar subjects she has created from her college years when in between working for her degree in advertising arts at the renowned University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture and Fine Arts, Ebarle would dabble on painting. Her personal circumstances, such as taking on a full time career plus motherhood, did not deter her determination. But eventually like many women artists like her, being a painter needed to be temporarily cast aside.

Having achieved professionally in her career (Ebarle manages the marketing of Faber-Castell in the Philippines), having advanced her education (she is finishing her MA in Women and Development at the University of the Philippines), with her children grown and deciding careers of their own, she is at last able to return to her painting. Perhaps it is her involvement in the Philippine Art Educators Association of which she is now president that has spurred her drive to paint with fervor.

“Pinagmulan” is an exceptional homage to indigenous art. It is also a testament to an artist’s determination to articulate her inspiration and find the vocabulary to evoke the creative energy she has found from art made by fundamentally unknown artists.

(The UST Museum of Arts and Sciences is located at Mezzanine Level, Main Bldg. UST, Espana, Manila. The exhibition will run until August 1, 2009. For details, please call UST Museum 781-1815.)

Cinemalaya Film Congress 2009 Slated in July at the CCP

The Cinemalaya Film Congress 2009 will be held on July 21-22 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. The Film Congress is a major event of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition which is now on its fifth year and billed Cinemalaya Cinco.

The Cinemalaya Film Congress will carry the theme Linking Digital Highways and will assess the output of indie filmmakers in the last five years. The Congress will attempt to gauge the growth of the indie film from a national perspective, so that the value of the artistic achievements of indie films may be properly weighed and so that indie filmmakers may assess for themselves, together with their audiences and sponsors, their prospects for development in the future.

Specifically, the objectives of the Film Congress are to identify the major centers of independent filmmaking in the country, to assess the artistic achievement of the cinematic works of indie filmmakers in the last five years from the point of view of artistic vision, integrity and independence, to invite indie filmmakers from the different regions to speak about the state of indie filmmaking in their areas and to establish a network of indie filmmaking centers all over the country.

Filmmakers, writers, critics, members of the academe and industry will speak at the Congress.

The Cinemalaya Film Congress is presented by the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Econolink Investments Inc. Cinemalaya is an all-digital film competition aimed at discovering new Filipino filmmakers.

For information, please call the CCP Media Arts Division at tel. nos. 832-1125 locals 1702 and 1704.

Cinemalaya Cinco at the CCP

CINEMALAYA CINCO AT THE CCP ON 17-26 JULY 2009

The 2009 Cinemalaya independent film festival and competition, now on its fifth year and billed Cinemalaya Cinco, will unveil 20 new digital films that will compete on July 17-26, 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Some 25 new independent films will also be premiered during the Festival.

Ten films will compete in the full length category. These are 24K by Ana Agabin, Ang Panggagahasa kay Fe by Alvin B. Yapan; Astig by GB Sampedro; Colorum by Jon Steffan Ballesteros; Dinig Sana Kita by Mike E. Sandejas; Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno; Last Supper No. 3 by Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel; Mangatyanan by Jerrold Tarog, Nerseri by Vic Acedillo, Jr. and Sanglaan by Milo Sogueco.

Competing in the short film category are: Behind Closed Doors by Mark Philipp Espina, BLOGOG by Rommel “Milo” Tolentino, Bonsai by Alfonso “Borgy” K. Torre III, Hulagpos by Maita Lirra Lupac, Latus by John Paul S. Seniel, Musa by Dexter B. Cayanes, Si Bok at ang Trumpo by Hubert Tibi, Tatang by Jean Paolo “Nico” Hernandez, Ugat sa Lupa by Ariel Reyes and Wat Floor Ma’am by Mike Sandejas and Robert Seña.

Winners of each category will be announced during the awarding ceremonies on July 26 at the CCP. The winner of the full length feature category will receive the Cinemalaya Balanghai trophy and an additional grant of P200,000. Each full length feature category finalist was given an initial P500,000 production grant. The winner of the short feature category will receive P100,000 and Cinemalaya Balanghai Trophy.

Cinemalaya Cinco, which is being tagged as the “big, small film festival”, is featuring the following sections, namely,

Competition, World Premieres and NetPac films, Lino Brocka Retrospective, Kids’ Treats, Gay/Lesbian films, The City in Focus, Women in Indies, Off Center, Documentary and Ani: Best of Last Year.

In the Brocka Retrospective, among the films to be screened are Wanted: Perfect Mother, Tubog sa Ginto, Stardoom, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Tatlo Dalawa Isa, Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, Insiang, Bona, Bayan Ko, and Macho Dancer.

Another major event of Cinemalaya Cinco is the Cinemalaya Film Congress on July 21-22 at the CCP Little Theater. With the theme Linking Digital Highways, the Cinemalaya Film Congress aims to discover the major centers of independent filmmaking in the country, assess the artistic achievement of cinematic works produced in the last five years, to invite indie filmmakers from the different regions to speak about the state of indie filmmaking in their areas, and to establish a network of indie filmmaking centers to consolidate all efforts to create, promote and market indie films both here and abroad.

A new advertising campaign for Cinemalaya Cinco was created by Black Pencil Advertising Inc. The ad campaign celebrates the fifth year of Cinemalaya which has become a major event in local filmmaking today. The ad campaign tags Cinemalaya as the “big, small film festival”, conveying the importance and impact of Cinemalaya on Filipino independent cinema.

Cinemalaya opens on July 17 and runs until July 26, 2009. Films will be shown at all CCP venues, namely the Main Theater, the Little Theater, Dream Theater, Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Silangan Hall and the MKP Hall.

Cinemalaya Cinco is presented by the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Econolink Investments Inc. Cinemalaya is an all-digital film competition aimed at discovering new Filipino filmmakers.

For ticket information, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 551-7930 or 832-1125 local 1800 to 1808 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or 832-1125 local 1409.

13th World Championships of Performing Arts

Team Philippines all set for 2009 ‘Hollywood Olympics’

MANILA, PHILPPINES. 28 Filipino performing artists hailing from all over the Philippines, U.S. and Canada comprise Team Philippines at the 13th World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) to be held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, California on July 11 to 18, 2009. This year’s delegation is led by Philippine National Director Carlo Orosa, Philippine Associate Director Oliver Oliveros, and KB Entertainment’s Kitchie Benedicto.

Singers vying for the “Grand Champion Vocalist of the World” titles this year are: Martha Joy (Viva recording artist and “Canadian Idol” finalist); Evette Pabalan, (“Sexbomb” dancer and television actress); Mayumi Morales (sister of young singer actor Makisig, and a protégé of Isay Alvarez and Tricia Jimenez’s Spotlight Artists Centre); Rhap Salazar, (ABS CBN “Little Big Star” Brightest Star); Divo Bayer, (a recording artist based in Los Angeles, California); Keane Andeza and Oreo Vamenta, new recording artists; and Maila Mitra, Nicole Espolong, Melchi Bicua, CJ Concepcion and Mia Sinaguinan, up-and-coming young performers.

Solo vocalists Guy Lockwood and Izarzuri Vidal, and group vocalists Kulay Pikata and Young Voices of the Philippines Quartet are also part of the Philippine team.

Bryann Foronda, 2009 Department of Education (DepEd) Mr. Philippines Youth, is the country’s sole entry at WCOPA’s modeling competitions this year. He will be competing in the photo and spokesmodeling events.

The WCOPA is the only official “Talent Olympics” for aspiring performing artists. It was designed to create a system of competitions that will provide invaluable experience and exposure for achieving artists around the world.

Contestants must be qualified and invited by Scouts and licensed National Directors in order to participate in the World system of competitions. The “Juniors” are ages 15 and under, and “Seniors” are ages 16 and over. Contestants from 50 countries including the U.S. compete for the top prizes in dance, vocal, modeling, acting, comedy, bands, instrumental and variety (various ages, females and males, individuals and groups).

The Final Night spotlights a competition unrivaled in the history of performing arts to celebrate… “The Champions of the World”! Agents, producers, directors and others from the entertainment industry are invited to judge, and screen new faces and talent. Special emphasis is placed on entertainment value during judging. However, this in no way takes away from the technical aspect of the performances. Judges are looking for that special charisma and marketability that major entertainers have. Well-wishers include former Vice President Al Gore, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Debbie Allen, Pauly Shore, and many others.

Griff O’Neil, WCOPA President, states, “Sports has its Olympics, and now the Performing Arts has its World Championships! This is the only official international competition program for seasoned and up-and-coming performers and entertainers annually held in “Hollywood,” entertainment capital of the world. Countries are represented by delegations similar to the Olympics. It is a rare opportunity for a privileged few.”

The top prizes at the WCOPA are the coveted “Grand Champion Performer of the World” titles. However, besides awarding gold, silver and bronze medals in the elimination rounds, Olympic-style awards are presented to overall and grand champion winners in various categories of competition, along with $50,000 in scholarships to the famed School For Film and Television in New York.

Since the Philippines joined the WCOPA in 2005, five Filipino performing artists have won the global competition’s top prizes: Jed Madela (2005 Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Grand Champion Performer of the World), Cercado Sisters (2006 Grand Champion Group Vocalists of the World), Reymond Sajor (2007 Grand Champion Vocalist of the World), Aria Clemente (2007 Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Grand Champion Performer of the World), and Catherine Loria (2008 Grand Champion Vocalist of the World and Grand Champion Performer of the World).

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through the President’s Social Fund, STAGES, photographer Jason Tablante, Moomba Bar and Café, Trumpets Musicademy, and Le Froge support 2009 WCOPA Team Philippines.

Mogwai Screenings on July 6 -11

This week: documentaries! From gangsters to gamers, we look at real life triumphs and tragedies, forgoing the fabricated drama of fiction and getting straight to the truth.

JULY 6 – MONDAY
8 PM – The End
Directed by NIcolla Collins
If you've ever seen a Guy Ritchie film, then you know all about Cockney gangsters, the strangely charismatic, fast talking thugs that operate out of the East End of London. Nicolla Collins interviews her father and her friends, infamous criminals from another era, rising out of poverty and dreaming of a better life that could only be achieved through unsavory means, detailing a bloody history that has developed into its own mythology.

JULY 7 – TUESDAY
8 PM – Taxi to the Dark Side
Written and Directed by Alex Gibney
In 2002, an innocent Afghan taxi driver was tortured and killed by American soldiers while being held in extrajudicial detention at Bagram Air Base. Alex Gibney uses this story as a launching point for an unflinching examination of U.S. anti-terror policy after 9/11. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2007, Taxi to the Dark Side is both shocking and sobering, a document of the darkness that people are capable of.

JULY 8 – WEDNESDAY
8 PM – The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Directed by Seth Gordon
For over two decades, Billy Mitchell held the world record for the highest score on the videogame Donkey Kong. For over two decades, Mitchell had no real challengers for his record. But an unassuming algebra teacher named Steve Wiebe appears to have the chops to beat his record. Unfortunately for Wiebe, the world of competitive video game high score setting is much more complicated than he could ever imagine.

JULY 9 – THURSDAY
8 PM – Tyson
Written and Directed by James Toback
There was a time when Mike Tyson was the most celebrated athlete on the planet. He was the youngest champion in history. He unified the belts in the heavyweight division, becoming the undisputed greatest boxer of his time. He had his own videogame. But now Tyson is known more for his punchlines than his punches. James Toback takes a look back at his life, trying to make sense of the boxer's meteoric rise and catastrophic fall.

JULY 10 – FRIDAY
8 PM – Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Written and Directed by Kurt Kuenne
In 2001, Andrew Bagby was murdered near his home. A childhood friend of his, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, decided to meet all of Bagby's friends and family to film some sort of tribute for him. But everything changes when it's discovered that Bagby may have an unborn child in the womb of the woman that killed him. Kuenne sets out to provide a way to let that child know about the father he never knew, all the while documenting a legal struggle to gain custody of that child. Dear Zachary, despite being snubbed by awards-giving bodies, is one of the most critically acclaimed films of last year, a harrowing, heartfelt tale that's difficult to leave behind.

JULY 11 – SATURDAY
8 PM – Religulous
Directed by Larry Charles
Written by Bill Maher
Comedian Bill Maher travels around the world talking to people of various faiths, among them fundamentalist Christians, Hasidic Jews, Roman Catholics, Muslims, and Cantheists (worshippers of Cannabis) to prove a very controversial point: that all organized religion is, at its core, ridiculous. Religulous is at times informative, and sometimes a little hateful, but it's mostly entertaining. It isn't the fairest documentary ever made, but it's pretty funny anyway.

Cinemalaya Film Congress 2009 Schedule

CINEMALAYA FILM CONGRESS 2009
July 21-22, 2009 * Cultural Center of the Philippines

Theme: LINKING DIGITAL HIGHWAYS

Rationale:
There is no doubt that the introduction of Digital Video (DV) Technology in 2000 has revolutionized filmmaking in the Philippines . Just as the high cost of celluloid had concentrated the production of films in the hands of a few producers whose main concern was business for profit, so the very affordable cost of digital video has democratized filmmaking and given birth to a new generation of filmmakers who can now pursue their own artistic visions in film without being forced to compromise for commercial considerations.

With the entry of alternative producers into film production and with the establishment of grant-giving bodies like Cinemalaya and Cinema One and the recognition and prestige conferred on artistic films by festival competitions and award-giving bodies both here and abroad, independent film grew by leaps and bounds in the last five years not only in Manila but also in the regions. In fact and truth to tell, indie films have constituted the greater majority of all the films produced in the whole country in the last five years, and this does not include the many indie films that did not make it to commercial theaters.

Given the phenomenal growth of independent filmmaking in the whole country and the endless peregrinations of Filipino indie films from one international festival to another from which many have brought home an astounding harvest of prestigious awards, perhaps it is time to take stock of what has been produced by the indie filmmakers in the last five years, so that the growth of the indie film may be gauged from a national perspective, so that the value of the artistic achievements of indie films may be properly weighed and so that indie filmmakers may assess for themselves, together with their audiences and sponsors, their present problems and their prospects for development in the future.

The Cinemalaya Film Congress 2009 has the following aims:

1) To discover the major centers of independent filmmaking in the country and identify their significant film artists and cinematic productions;

2) To assess the artistic achievement of the cinematic works produced by indie filmmakers from all over the country in the last five years, especially from the point of view of artistic vision, integrity and independence;

3) To invite indie filmmakers from different regions such as Manila , Bacolod , Naga and Davao to speak about the state of indie filmmaking in their areas, identifying their strengths and weaknesses in terms of the production, distribution and exhibition of their films; and

4) To establish a formal or informal network of indie filmmaking centers all over the country in order to consolidate all indie filmmakers especially in their efforts to create, promote and market independent films both here and abroad.

Cinemalaya Film Congress 2009
CONGRESS PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE

DAY 1 (July 21, 2009, Tuesday)

8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Session

Welcome Remarks and Introduction: Nicanor G. Tiongson
Congress Director

9:15 – 9:45 Keynote Speaker: Nestor O. Jardin
Cinemalaya Festival Director

9:45 – 11:30 Panel 1: Visions Fulfilled, Visions Failed:

A. Indie Films and Filmmakers from NCR

Cinemalaya, Cinema One
Lito B. Zulueta
Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino
Schools, Student Groups, Others
Roland B. Tolentino
Film Professor and Critic

B. Indie Films and Filmmakers from the Regions
Indie Films and Filmmakers from Bacolod
Screening: (a mini-docu)
Panelist: Gabby Fernandez

Indie Films and Filmmakers from Naga
Screening:
Panelist: Rudyard Pesimo

Indie Films and Filmmakers from Davao
Screening:
Panelist: Teng Mangansakan

Moderator: Dennis Marasigan
Vice President, International Institute of Film and Arts (IIFA)

11:30 – 12:00 NN Open Forum

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:15 Panel 2: Indie Filmmaking in NCR:
Best Practices and Prospects

Panelists: Coreen Jimenez (Arkeo Films)
Adolfo Alix, Jr. (Bicycle Pictures)
Arleen Cuevas (Cinematografica)
Ronald Arguelles (Cinema One Originals)
Raymond Lee (UFO)

Moderator: Manet Dayrit
Film Editor

Open Forum

3:15 – 5:00 Panel 3: Indie Filmmaking in Luzon :
Best Practices and Prospects
Screening:

Panelists: Vincent Silarde (Southern Tagalog Exposure)
Celeste Lumasac (UP – Baguio )
Adonis Rugeria (Naga)
Jason Laxamana (Pampanga)
Ditsi Carolino

Moderator: Mario Hernando
Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino

Open Forum

DAY 2 (July 22, 2009, Wednesday)

9:30 – 10:45 AM Panel 4: Indie Filmmaking in the Visayas:
Best Practices and Prospects
Screening:

Panelists: Publio Briones III ( Cebu )
Jay Abello ( Bacolod )
Ray Gibraltar ( Iloilo )
Ian Casocot (Dumaguete)

Moderator: Ed Lejano
Film Professor

Open Forum

10:45 – 12:00 NN Panel 5: Indie Filmmaking in Mindanao :
Best Practices and Prospects
Screening:

Panelists: Hobart Savior (CDO)
Sheron Dayoc (Zamboanga)
Dax Cañedo ( Davao )
Arnel Mardoquio ( Davao )

Moderator: Arminda Santiago
Film Professor

Open Forum

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:30 Panel 6: A National Network of Indie Filmmakers

Panelists: Margie Templo (Arkeo Films) – NCR
Doy del Mundo (IFC) – NCR
Teddy Co (NCCA Cinema Committee)
Adonis Rugeria – Luzon
Gabby Fernandez – Visayas
Dax Cañedo – Mindanao

Moderator: Ed Cabagnot
Cinemalaya Festival Programmer

Open Forum

3:30 – 4:00 Congress Panel Reports

Rapporteurs: Libay Cantor
Lynette Quintillan
Cenon Palomares
Nonoy Lauzon
Nikki Garde-Torres
Patrick Campos

4:00 – 4:30 Summary of Recommendations and Resolutions

Nicanor G. Tiongson
Congress Director

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

French Film Festival 2009 @ UP Diliman

UP Film Institute screens selected titles from the 14th French Film Festival presented by the Embassy of France in the Philippines .

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2009
PRESENTED BY EMBASSY OF FRANCE – FREE ADMISSION
UP FILM INSTITUTE, UP DILIMAN

July 1 Wednesday

2:30 p.m.
La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher)
Directed by Michael Haneke
Winner of Grand Prize of the Jury, Best Actor for Benoit Magimel, Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert—2001 Festival de Cannes
For mature viewing
* Preceded by talk (Overview of the National Cinema of France) with UP Film Institute Faculty Member Patrick Campos

5 p.m.
Les Quatre Cents Coups
(In French without English subtitles especially for French majors and language students)
Directed by Francois Truffaut
Winner of Best Director—1959 Festival de Cannes

7:30 p.m.
Ca Brule
Directed by Claire Simon
Official Selection for Quinzaine de Realisateurs—2006 Festival de Cannes

July 2 Thursday

2:30 p.m.
Marie-Jo et Ses Deux Amours (Marie-Jo and Her Two Lovers)
Directed by Robert Guediguian
Official Selection for Palme d’Or—2002 Festival de Cannes
For mature viewing

5 p.m.
Home
Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

7:30 p.m.
La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher)
*Repeat Showing

@ THE VIDEOTHEQUE/ ISHMAEL BERNAL GALLERY – Parallel Screenings

July 2 Thursday
5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
A Tout de Suite (Right Now)
Directed by Benoit Jacquot
Official Selection for Un Certain Regard—2004 Festival de Cannes
For mature viewing
*@ the Videotheque (Limited Seats) to be followed by an open forum and a repeat showing at the Ishmael Bernal Gallery

WEEKEND ENGAGEMENT - Main Cinema Screenings

July 4 Saturday

2:30 p.m.
Home
*Repeat Showing

5 p.m.
Van Gogh
Directed by Maurice Pialat
Official Selection for Palme d’Or—1991 Festival de Cannes

7:30 p.m.
Marie-Jo et Ses Deux Amours (Marie-Jo and Her Two Lovers)
*Repeat Showing

Admission is FREE. Screenings at Cine Adarna—UP Film Institute’s cinema building along Magsaysay Avenue in UP Diliman next to the Carillon Tower and the UP Theater across Bahay ng Alumni. Call cinema hotline for further details: 9263640.

FILMS IN EXHIBITION:

ÇA BRULE
Director: Claire Simon
Cast: Camille Varenne, Gilbert Melki, Olivia Willaumez, Kader Mohamed, Marion Maintenay, Morgane Moré, Jean-Quentin Châtelain, Nabil Radi, Mathieu Bagnis
Running time: 1h 51mn

She lives in the Var, she has a horse, and she’s angry.
The exalted love story of an adolescent 15-year-old, with a local man: Jean, 37 years old, teacher, voluntary fireman, married and father of two. It’s the beginning of vacation and the eternity of summer.

LA PIANISTE

Director: Michael Haneke
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Magimel, Annie Girardot, Anna Sigalevitch, Susanne Lothar, Udo Samel
Running Time: 2h 10mn

Erika Kohut, 40 years old, is a respectable piano teacher at the Conservatory of Vienna. Living a single life, hardened by a possessive mother, she is a musician who leads a frustrated sex life. Frequenting peep shows and watching porno films, Erika dives into a morbid voyeurism and practices masochism. Until one day, when Walter, a 20-something student falls in love with her. From this affection is born a troubled relationship, emotional and perverted, between master and disciple.

MARIE JO ET SES DEUX AMOURS

Director: Robert Guédiguian
Cast: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Jacques Boudet, Yann Trégouët, Frédérique Bonnal, Souhade Temimi, Maïa Sevleyan, Frédéric Garbe, Danielle Stefan, Jacques Germain, Axel Koehler

Running Time: 2h 5mn
Marie-Jo loves her husband Daniel dearly, but is also passionately in love with her lover Marco. She is torn between the two, with tragic consequences.

HOME

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Running time: 2h

In 200, 000 years, humans have disrupted the fragile balance on which Earth was living for 4 billion years. Global warming, shortage of resources, endangered species: humans are jeopardizing their own living conditions. By the end of the century, the relentless consumption will have exhausted almost all of our planet’s natural resources. But it is too late to be pessimistic: we have barely 10 years left to reverse the trend. We need to become aware of our abusive exploitation of Earth’s gifts and change our way of life.

Home is a travel notebook, showing landscapes captured from a bird’s eye view above. This film calls for a new awareness, inviting the viewer to stop for a moment in order to look at our planet and realize how we treat her treasures and her beauty.

VAN GOGH

Director: Maurice Pialat
Cast: Jacques Dutronc, Gérard Séty, Bernard Le Coq, Alexandra London, Elsa Zylberstein, Corinne Bourdon, Lise Lamétrie
Running time: 2h 35min

Under the care of Doctor Gachet, Vincent Van Gogh arrives in Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890. This is the most productive period of his life, as he finishes hundreds of paintings and drawings in a span of weeks. And yet it is also his most torturous, as he lives out his last days torn between love and despair.

400 COUPS

This film is part of the Antoine Doinel Saga
Director: François Truffaut
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy
Running Time: 1h 33min.

This largely autobiographical film by François Truffaut tells the story of the young Antoine, an adolescent with a reputation for being a troublemaker. But is he really a troublemaker, or just a victim of harsh, uncaring adults?

A TOUT DE SUITE (RIGHT NOW)

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Cast: Isild Le Besco, Ouassini Embarek, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Laurence Cordier, Fotini Kodoukaki, Catherine Davenier, Nicolas Pignon, David Ayala, Odile Vuillemin, Léonor Graser, Emmanuelle Bercot, Olivier Augrond, Sabri Lahmer, Fatiha Chériguene
Running time : 1h 35mn

Set in the 1970s, A Tout de Suite is the story of a 19-year-old girl who discovers that her lover, seemingly a Prince Charming, is actually a thief who has just committed murder. “Tout de suite,” instantly, her safe and comfortable world is turned upside down and she is swept into an adventure that takes her from Spain to Morocco and Greece.

This July @ Boston Art Gallery

Terra Nuova by ERWIN LEAÑO
pensiEve by NINEL CONSTANTINO
BOSTON GALLERY
11 – 31 July 2009

July shows at Boston Gallery:
Works by Erwin Leaño, Ninel Constantino

Boston Gallery will be featuring two simultaneous solo exhibitions from July 11 to 31, 2009: Terra Nuova, a collection of recent semi-abstract landscapes by Erwin Leaño (Upper Gallery) and pensiEve, Ninel Constantino's second one-woman show of figurative paintings in oil on canvas (Lower Gallery).

Terra Nuova unveils Erwin Leaño's recent landscapes in oil on canvas: desolate and uninhabited territories that veer towards abstraction in their representations of land and sky. Leaño's palette remains colored yet muted: capturing the nuances of dusk and dawn in uncharted lands. This is a progression of his works from the artist's last solo show.

Erwin Catral Leaño holds a degree in Painting from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in Diliman. Terra Nuova is his 17th one-man exhibition.

pensiEve, Ninel Constantino's second one-woman exhibition, is a collection of figurative, almost illustrative, paintings serving as an “ode to young women's memories”, as the artist puts it. A play on the words 'pensive', 'sieve' and ‘Eve’, the title expresses her style of recollection and rumination on the “sum of our moments” and our “days of dialogue with the sun of childhood, and dusk -- when shadows merge with the long, damp night.” Constantino merges memory with motifs from childhood games and activities, conjuring whimsical yet sober symbols of self.

Ninel Constantino is a faculty member of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (UP CFA) and a designer for the Mind Museum of the Bonifacio Art Foundation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from the UP CFA. Her first solo exhibition, Buntong Hininga, was also unveiled at Boston Gallery in 2008.

Terra Nuova and pensiEve will open on July 11 (Thursday) and will run up to the 31st of July at Boston Gallery, #72 Lantana Street, Cubao, Quezon City. For inquiries, contact the gallery at 7229205.

Extended Open Call for Participants: ASEUM Symposium

Extended Open Call for Participants: ASEUM Symposium
Deadline extended until July 8,2009, Wednesday

ASEUM is an international network of new media art practitioners pushing for cultural, educational, and technological exchange on emerging new media art practices in South East Asia and Europe. Initiated by SABAW Media Art Kitchen (Philippines) and Multimedia Center KIBLA (Slovenia), ASEUM hopes to draw attention to artists, their work, their perspectives and the complex interrelationships between technology, art and culture through various symposia, workshops, and collaborative endeavors.

Discussions on interactive design, networked cultures, the burgeoning open source software movements, interactivity, data visualization, bio-technology, DIY electronics, open-source hardware,computer/electronic music, and sound and video art are among the few topics that will be tackled by some of the most recognized artists working on new media art and technology in Europe and Asia.

This year's symposium is slated to run from July 21-25, 2009 in Manila, Philippines and is open to all artists, software programmers, engineers, scientists, students, DIY hobbyists, and art enthusiasts. The symposium will feature new media artists from Europe and Asia through a series of interactive sessions, open fora, live audio-video
performances and presentations in top universities and renowned artist-run spaces in Metro Manila.

*Please note that the hands-on workshop labs on graphical programming languages Pure Data and DIY sound devices using Arduino can only accommodate a limited number of participants.

To be considered for participation, please submit a 1-2 paragraph essay (not more than 300 words) stating your purposes in joining, including how you can contribute to the symposium given your specialization or field of work. Please also submit your full contact details along with the essay on or before July 8, 2009 to sabawmediahub@gmail.com or contact 09209053421.

Complete details regarding symposium venues, speakers, performers, presentation topics, and program flow available upon request; email eisajocson@yahoo. com.

ASEUM is sponsored by ASIA-EUROPE FOUNDATION as part of the Follow Up Project (FUP) of the 5th-6th Art Camp New Media and the Mini Summit on New Media Art policy & practice.

Feel free to disseminate this information to your blogs, websites, emails, and to interested parties.

Tanghalang Pilipino Arts in the City New Courses

ARTS IN THE CITY NEW COURSES!
Tanghalang Pilipino new courses

CHILDREN’s MUSICAL THEATER (Ages 7 and up)
10 sessions / Mondays & Wednesdays 10-11 AM
2x a week, 1 hour/session
Registration fee: P 500.00
Workshop Fee: P5,000.00

Course conducted by Diana Alferez

Students will have fun performing like a Broadway star! Using sound musical theater techniques, they will develop the confidence to sing out and shine in dancing, singing and acting

VOICE & DICTION (Ages 7 and up)
10 sessions / Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2 PM
2x a week, 1 hour/session
Registration fee: P 500.00
Workshop Fee: P 4,000.00

Course conducted by Randy Villarama

Students will learn to speak clearly in resonance expressive tone. They will develop proper breathing and articulation and have the ability to coordinate their

speech with their movements. Using exercises from the best American and British teachers, this class will give them the confidence to stand upright and speak with distinction.

PRACTICE PLAY with MOMMY & ME (For Moms & Babies aged 2-6 years old)
10 sessions / Mondays & Wednesdays 9-10 AM
2x a week, 1 hour/session
Registration fee: P 500.00
Workshop fee: P 5,000.00

Bring out the emerging artist in your baby. Play rhythm games, dance, sing, recite poetry, have fun while developing your child’s creativity.

INDIVIDUALIZED ACTING LESSONS (Psycho-physical Approach)
For stage, tv and film actors
Trainor: Nanding Josef
Schedule: By consultation (to be arranged with student)

INDIVIDUALIZED ACTING LESSONS (for Personality Enhancement)
Trainor: Nanding Josef
Schedule: By consultation (to be arranged with student)

For more information, please call ARTS IN THE CITY: 889-3028 or 257-7213

Enroll your kids, spread the word!!

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