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Friday, November 25, 2011

Young Artists’ Studio Presents Vignettes Art Exhibit

YOUNG ARTISTS' STUDIO invites everyone to join its art students in another art exhibit entitled VIGNETTES, opening on Saturday (November 26, 5pm-7pm) at Chef's Bistro Scout Gandia cor. Tomas Morato Quezon City.


It is the instance of creation that satisfies a young artist’s yearning for a union with art. It signals certainty and welcomes his/her desire to make the process an integral part of a life linked to art. This instance adheres to a prospect of revelation, piece by piece, creation after creation, an episode after another and then another…then another…

To forward the next instances, the young artist re/constructs from the traces of other instances from his/her mentor, the masters, colleagues, and from his/her own trails. There are attempts to imprint a style derived from history, or an encampment of one’s character and aspiration, or an improved version of a previous work. The act is to follow the tracks to make sure the next instances are as fulfilling, if not more, than the first. Yet each act is distinct and memorable.

In this exhibit, you’ll see beyond portraits, still lifes, landscapes and patterns, a collection of stories of discovery. It is a conjunction of multiple parcels of narratives that mark beginnings continuing to a life-long height of creation. And the objects – such tangible scenes of these trails, go further than a viewer’s sight, thought or even emotions. The denouement awaits.

Vignettes: YAS Students’ Exhibit
Chef’s Bistro, Sct. Gandia Quezon City
November 26 to December 5, 2011

The Young Artists’ Studio (YAS) is a venue for young artists to learn art production at an early age. YAS is managed by art practitioners with a vision to develop young artists who will contribute to the art community in the near future. YAS believes the art is a powerful tool to influence communities, improve lives, and transform the society.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact YAS through the following:

964-5951 / 09175685939

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuloy Po Kayo: ArtSpeak with David Cortez Medalla

warmly invites you to

"Tuloy Po Kayo"

an afternoon of
ArtSpeak with


on Wednesday, 23 November 2011
4pm at the Ateneo Art Gallery
Level 2, Rizal Library Special Collections Building
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Free admission. Advance booking is highly recommended as seats are limited. Email / Phone +63.2.4266488 (Thea/Ian)

"Tuloy Po Kayo" reflects upon Medalla's transnational, multi-disciplinary practice, and revolves around the different foreign personalities that have shaped Philippine culture through art, music, science, sport and philanthropy. The lecture resonates with the theme of a forthcoming show at Tate Britain that the artist will be part of, "Migrations," which will reveal how British art has been fundamentally shaped by successive waves of foreigners who settled in the country. This landmark exhibition will run from 31 January - 12 August 2012 and will feature Medalla alongside Flemish and Dutch masters such as Hans Holbein and Anthony van Dyck, as well as pioneering modernist and contemporary artists - among them, Piet Mondrian and Jacob Epstein.

About the artist

David Cortez Medalla (b.1938) is a London-based Filipino visual artist, and a pioneer of kinetic art, earth art, performance art, participation art, and conceptual art. He has exhibited in numerous international art exhibitions and festivals including Documenta 5, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, and is the director and founder of the London Biennale. Medalla is represented in museum collections including the Ateneo Art Gallery, the FRAC - Pays de la Loire, and Tate Britain. In May 2011, the artist unveiled one of his iconic bubble machines "Cloud Canyons No. 14" at New York's New Museum. Described as the first work of auto-creative art, it was selected by exhibitions director Massimiliano Gioni as an iconic modern work of art.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Windows To Conversations: ArtSpeak With The Curator

warmly invites you to an

ArtSpeak with Windows to Conversations: Roberto Chabet, Lee Aguinaldo, Fernando Zóbel co-curator, Ma. Victoria Herrera

Tuesday, 22 November 2011, 5pm
Ateneo Art Gallery
Level 2 Rizal Library Special Collections Building
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Katipunan, Quezon City

Windows to Conversations:

Roberto Chabet
Lee Aguinaldo
Fernando Zóbel

Exhibition runs through 28 January 2012

The museum is closed during the University Christmas break from 18 December 2011 to 3 January 2012

Gallery Hours:
Weekdays 8am - 7pm
Saturdays 8am - 6pm
Closed on Sundays and Holidays

For more information please call 4266488
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Friday, November 18, 2011

“transfigures” @ ArteXchange Gallery

Marika Constantino, Nadya David and Alee Garibay
arteXchange Gallery
22 Nov. – 5 Dec. 2011

This 3-person exhibition explores the dynamic aspect of human experience and reflects the different forms and representations of how we evolve and transform ourselves. Image wise, it works within the realm of human figuration but conceptually tries to evoke the metaphors of transition and movement through still images.

“transfigures” by Marika Constantino, Nadya David and Alee Garibay opens 22 November, 6:00 pm at arteXchange Gallery 3/F Artspace Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City. The show runs until 5 December 2011.

For inquiries, pls. contact Tel. No. 632. 752 9089.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Night at the Opera 2 @ Fleur de lis Theater

A Night at the Opera 2 on Friday, November 18, 2011 7:30pm at the Fleur de lis Theater, presented by St. Paul University Manila College of Music and the Performing Arts featuring Elisanta Cortes, Thea Tingzon Perez, Nenen Espina, Ronan Ferrer, Oliver Rodriguez and their students with pianists Mary Anne Espina, Najib Ismail and Melissa Gacutan Taqueban.

Tickets at P200. 50% discount for students and senior citizens.

For details, contact Bing at 5245687 local 216 or 0922-8698709.

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"Shining Through" Recent Works by Ramon Orlina @ Art Verite

recent works by Ramon Orlina 
Art Verite’ 
25 Nov. – 12 Dec. 2011 

Renowned glass sculptor Ramon Orlina’s latest show at the Art Verite on the second floor of Serendra at Bonifacio High Street, brings his art to an even higher level after the completion of his outstanding monument, the Quattro Mondial, at the UST grounds. Although there is no clear juncture before and after this unique achievement, there is in his latest work, however, a new sparkling elan, a fresh release of self-confidence, and a joyous surge of creativity in the glass art that he has now unquestionably mastered.

Orlina’s art is home grown. He did not have to travel abroad to realize his dream to be a glass artist; he started in the Philippines where, after 30 years, he has achieved his national and international identity as the master of the art of glass in our time.

This show is curated by Ruel Caasi.

Shining Through recent works by Ramon Orlina opens 25 November, Friday 6:30 pm at Art Verite’ 2C - 05, 2F Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio High Global, Taguig City, Philippines. The show runs until 12 December 2011.

For inquiries, contact us at +63 29151982 or email us

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Neil Arvin Javier Solo Exhibit @ Secret Fresh Gallery

THE END… is the start of a new beginning
NEIL ARVIN JAVIER solo exhibit
Ronac Art Center, San Juan, Metro Manila
13 November – 6 December 2011

THE END…is the start of a new beginning by Arvin Javier opens at November 13, 2011 at the Secret Fresh Gallery in Ronac Art Center, San Juan.

On his sixth solo exhibition, Javier expounds on his punk, street and recycled DIY sensibilities in paintings, collages, collaborative works, assemblages, and his new evolution of SculpTOYZ. As in all of his previous shows, Javier represents his highly personal stories in raw form, intentionally eschewing conventional methods of creating art, unafraid of consequences and uncaring of critique.

“It's the beginning of the beginning and the end of an era, and so much more than an artwork. It's my portfolio and describing it is describing me. Everything and anything must come to an end, in the end it doesn’t even matter because new life will start to emerge, just like a finished artworX, to begin a new one,” according to Javier.

What the audience may view as a vulgar explosion of illustrations may provoke or shock, but the artist stays true to his personal aesthetics in creating pieces that are filled with found images and conjured characters that inhabit his world and his life, rife with the saturation of mass media, iconography, pop culture, angst, rebellion against the system and mundane occurrences. Everything is discordant with the numerous portraits, monsters, animals, and humanoids layered with text, drips, sprays, brushwork and patterns, showing how random absurdities can be designed to disturb and disrupt our safe and sanitized lives.

An old carpet from the friendly neighborhood secondhand store is given new life as art with the addition of fabric cartoon characters snipped from old shirts and sewn into it, interacting with the central figure of a child reading with a lion. The cartoons mock, stare vacantly into space and stay cute, reeking of bubblegum humor, teasing the utter validity of the carpet as a household accessory. Monsters pile up like totem poles, premonitions of projects that are yet to come. A love letter is disguised as a mélange of text and ultra bright fluorescent colors, lamenting the dark memories of a love lost. A figure is built out of objects and faces encountered in the everyday, walking with a thought bubble filled with a babble of comic dialogues. Children’s wooden blocks are transformed into robots, with massage balls sprouting faces and metal legs.

It is very much a visual representation of Sid Vicious’ celebrated performance of My Way, where a drugged-up, droning, creepy monotone evolves into screams, bursts of vocal energy and gunshots. Some members of the audience might be unnerved, maybe even appalled, but they clap anyway, probably because in all its senselessness, it makes perfect sense. And this end is just the start of a new beginning.

Neil Arvin Javier graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Technological University of the Philippines in Manila. He was a semi-finalist at both the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards and Metrobank Art Competition in 2003, and a finalist in the Royal Elastics Graffiti Competition in 2004 as well as in the Epson Photo Imaging Exposition and Manila, My Manila Photography Competition in 2005. He won second place in the first Philippine Drawing Society Art Competition in 2004.

(Kaye O’Yek, Manila, November 2011)

The exhibit will have its opening cocktails on November 13, Sunday at 6PM.

The exhibit opening will be complemented by a performance by Buntisan festival founder and pioneer sound artist Lirio Salvador of Elemento.

The exhibit will be on view until the 6th of December 2011.

Secret Fresh is at the Ground Floor of Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, North Greenhills, San Juan, MM. Contact details : (632) 5709815 local 7. Email or

Secret Fresh is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 2 to 10 PM and Sundays from 1 to 6 PM.

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Call for Entries - PELIKULTURA: The Calabarzon Film Festival 2012

Filmmakers from the Calabarzon region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) are invited to submit their short films for Pelikultura: The Calabarzon Film Festival 2012, which will be held on Feb. 22-24, 2012 at UP Los Baños.

This year's festival theme continues last year's celebration of a diverse and vibrant Calabarzon culture. In relation to this, there is a call for the region's filmmakers to go back to their roots and tell their home stories rather than flock to the city and forget the stories that nurtured their imagination.

A filmmaker may explore any of the following categories in their work for the festival:

Film submissions may be based on local folk culture, which includes, but is not limited to, topics such as folk practices, rituals, traditions, beliefs (spiritual, religious or superstitious), folklore (riddles, stories, songs), legends and myths, some of which may still be believed by locals at present.

While folk culture is a product of imaginative minds, historical events are a product of actual encounters, not only in the past but also in recent times. Film submissions may be based on actual historical events, well-known or not. It may be a story of an individual, a local hero, a family in town, or the community itself.

A film submission may focus on a place, its character revealed by the lives of people in it. It may be as small as a barrio, an island or as big as a town or province. It may also be a street, an alley, a corner, a crossing and the stories forged in these spaces.

Modern realities may be depicted in the films submitted to the festival. It may tackle everyday stories of children, men and women, family or community related to broader social issues, such as poverty and violence in all forms, environmental issues, developmental issues, etc. The idea is to contextualize local narratives.

Film submissions may tackle political issues significant to a specific locale. It may be a struggle of a marginalized sector of your province--farmers, fisher folks, elderly, women, gays and lesbians, children and youth. This category might overlap with other categories.

Note: These categories are only guidelines. Film submissions are encouraged to explore these themes, but we don't mean to limit the filmmakers' imagination.

Below are the festival competition's rules and guidelines.


1. The competition is open to all filmmakers residing in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) who have films made from January to December 2011. Filmmakers should submit proof of residence (community tax certificate, ID indicating address, barangay clearance, etc.).

2. All entries should be original, including the film's music and all other elements. The filmmaker should secure permission to use all copyrighted materials (music, video clips, etc.) that appear in the film.

3. Entries can be a narrative, documentary or experimental and may be shot in live action or animation. Running time should at least be five (5) minutes and should not exceed 20 minutes. Longer films may be considered for valid reasons but should not exceed 60 minutes.

4. A filmmaker may submit more than one entry. A shortlist of finalists will be released a week after the deadline.

5. The film should have English subtitles in consideration of foreign audience.

6. Filmmaker should notify the organizers if the film contains explicit language and images.

7. Filmmaker should submit duly accomplished submission form, one (1) DVD format and one (1) AVI file of the film, trailer in AVI format, and poster stored in CD as data. All entries should be received on or before Dec. 31, 2011.

Send your entries to:

Department of Humanities, 2nd Floor,
CAS Annex 1 Building, UP Los Baños
Mobile: 0916.3751339

9. The prizes are as follows:

Best Narrative Film: P10, 000
Best Documentary Film: P10, 000
Best Experimental Film: P10, 000

Special awards:

Audience Choice for each film category
Best Performance by an Actress
Best Performance by an Actor
Best Trailer for each film category
Best Poster for each film category

10. Shortlisted filmmakers are official delegates to the festival and should attend it on Feb. 22-24, 2012 at UP Los Baños.

*Rules and Guidelines may be subject to change without prior notice.

In addition to the competition, the festival has special programs for film exhibition. Below are the detailed rules and guidelines.


1. The special exhibition programs are open to all filmmakers, whether residents of Calabarzon or not.

2. All film submissions should be original feature-length or short films of any genre and format. It should be about any of the province included in the Calabarzon region.

3. The films should be made in 2011 although those produced earlier may be considered.

2. There is no limit to the theme and number of film submissions; however, there is no guarantee that all film submissions will be included in the programs.

3. If possible, film submissions should have an English subtitle in consideration of a foreign audience.

4. Filmmaker should submit duly accomplished submission form, one (1) DVD format and one (1) AVI file of the film, trailer in AVI format, and poster stored in CD as data. All entries should be received on or before Dec. 31, 2011.

Send your entries to:

Department of Humanities, 2nd Floor,
CAS Annex 1 Building, UP Los Baños
Mobile: 0916.3751339

5. Those who will be chosen to exhibit their films in the festival will be considered official delegates. As such, they are expected to attend the festival on Feb. 22-24, 2012 at UP Los Baños.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Care Divas Finale This December

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Educational Theater Association's (PETA) 'Care Divas' remains a popular contender among the must-see plays of the year. The comedy musical penned by Palanca award-winning playwright Liza Magtoto was set to have a limited thirty-six-show run from February-March 2011. However word-of-mouth spread like wildfire and requests for more shows flooded.

Since then, one additional show led to another and barely nine months since it opened, 'Care Divas' has had sixty-nine shows - more than double the number of the play's scheduled performances!

As a Christmas treat to the fans of the musical, and as a tribute to all OFW's coming home this Christmas, PETA is producing additional fourteen performances of 'Care Divas' this December.

Fans and first time viewers will be treated to a limited engagement - a night of music, laughter and explosive production numbers that will transport them to a remote Israeli Tel Aviv club, where daytime gay caregivers transform into fabulous divas at night!

Don't miss the last fourteen performances of 'Care Divas' at the PETA Theater Center (No.5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City) on December 1 and 8; 8:00PM, December 2, 3, 4, 9,10, 11; 3:00PM / 8:00PM. For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact PETA Marketing at Tel. No. 725-6244, 410-0821 or 0917-5642433,

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Travel Photography Workshop

November 26, 6am departure
with a pre-trip lecture on November 22 at 6-9pm
and a post-trip critique session on November 29 at 6-9pm

Photography and travel complement each other. Like travel, photography encourages us to discover new places, express new feelings, and create fond memories in an enjoyable way. With digital technology, travel photography has become readily accessible to everyone presenting new opportunities and challenges.

Join us in the LEARN FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERTS | Travel Photography workshop and discover the world through a photographer’s eye. Be able to adjust to different travel or shooting environments when photographing for work or personal fulfillment.

The workshop, which combines lectures and hands-on sessions, aims to teach participants how to give their travel photos a unique and lasting quality. It will deal with the following topics:
· Travel photography today and how digital advances have influenced the market
· Knowing the essentials of travel photography
· Learning the photojournalistic style of travel photography
· Researching your trip/Travel light
· Returning from the trip: The no-photo-editing philosophy
· Caring for your camera and other equipment

As an immediate application of the classroom topics, an actual shoot will be conducted where the speaker-photographer will guide each participant and additional shooting tips will be shared.

· Working knowledge of digital photography
· Digital SLR camera
· Tripod and other accessories, optional

Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City (across The Peninsula Manila)

Gunther Deichmann is a multi-awarded Australian photographer. He prefers to travel during the worst times of the year creating dramatic results and images seldom seen before. To him, “photography is light and light is photography.” He loves strong colors and contrasts, blending them with plenty of drama. He became a member of the Institute of Australian Professional Photography (IAPP) and achieved 14 merit awards. For more information, please log on to www.

Participation fee and discount
P7,000 inclusive of meals during the lecture and photo shoot, transportation, and a certificate. Cash or check payments are accepted at the library or through a BPI bank deposit. Payment through BPI EPS and major credit cards is also accepted.

Due to the limited number of available slots, interested participants are requested to register on or before November 15 by paying at least P2,500 (nonrefundable; full payment is due on the first day of class).* An early bird discount of 5 percent will be given to those who pay in full on or before the deadline (except for credit card payments).

* Payment is transferable to another class if a written notice is given at least five days prior the start of the workshop. Otherwise, a P1,250 no-show penalty will be deducted.

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-559-4417, e-mail, or visit

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

8th Tupada International Visual Performance Art Festival

Solidarity in PErformAnCE

In cooperation with the National Commissions for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)


The 8th Tupada International Visual Performance Art Festival

Africa/USA : Tunu Thom
Belgium : Gwendoline Robin
Estonia : Non Grata
France/Germany : SP-38
France/USA : Sylvester Gobart
Japan : Makoto Maruyama
Japan/Singapore : Ayano Hatori
Korea : Pan Asia Group
Malaysia/Denmark : Amir Zainorin
Morocco/Israel : Kineret Haya Max
Myanmar/UK : Htein Lin
USA/Korea : Eric Scott Nelson


Batangas: Rogger Basco
Cavite: Sherwin Carrillo
Bulacan: Buddy Ching
Makati: Thomas Daquiaog
Sta. Ana: Boyet De Mesa
Manila: Martin De Mesa
Manila: Ceej Gomera
Manila: Arvin Javier
Antipolo: Jethro Jocson
Angono Rizal: Ian Lomongo
Dipolog: Marlon Magbanua
Quezon City: Vim Nadera
Quezon City: Kaye O’yek
Bohol: Sam Penaso
Cavite: Dewi Redubla
Batangas: Crecee Roldan
Aparri Cagayan: Ronaldo Ruiz
Laguna: Jo-an Sarmogenes
Manila: Mannet Villariba
Quezon City: TARE

Nov 3 (Thurs) 2pm-7pm
Jorge Vargas Museum,
UP Diliman, Quezon City

Art talk + Video = Performance Art
"Performing Engagement"
by Ms. Eileen Legaspi Ramirez

By Sylvester Gobart

Performance Art talk
by Vim Nadera


Nov 4 (Fri) 2pm-5pm
Freedom Park, Marikina City

Nov 5 (Sat) 2pm-7pm
Phase 3 & 4 , Kanlungan ng Sining
Rizal Park, Manila

Nov 8 (Tue) 10am-6pm
La Salle Lipa, Batangas

Nov 9 (Wed) 10am-6pm
Municipal Grounds
Pitogo, Quezon

Nov 10 (Thurs) 2pm-7pm
Soliyao Beach
Pitogo, Quezon

Supported by Japan Foundation, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Vargas Museum, Lungsod ng Marikina, National Parks Development (NPDC), Art Association of the Philippines (AAP),De Lasalle Lipa and Municipality of Pitogo Quezon.

+632-806-9336 (Secretariat)

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