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Saturday, August 11, 2012

NCCA Calls for Project Proposals

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the country’s leading government agency for arts and culture headed by its chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., encourages cultural and art groups, academic institutions, local arts organizations, non-government organizations involved in culture and arts, and others to submit their project proposals for the NCCA Grants Program for 2013. Deadline is on August 30, 2012.

The priority projects for 2013 has been defined by the 19 national committees under the four subcomissions to include; the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts, National Committee on Cinema, National Committee on Dance, National Committee on Dramatic Arts, National Committee on Literary Arts, National Committee on Music, and National Committee on Visual Arts of the Subcommission on the Arts; Northern, Central and Southern Cultural Communities of the Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts; National Committees on Archives, Art Galleries, Libraries and Information Services, Historical Research, Monuments and Sites, Museums under the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage and under the Subcomission on Cultural Dissemination, the National Committees on Cultural Education, Communication and Language and Translation.

“Filipino culture as the wellspring of national and global well being.” - NCCA’s vision in the 21st century captures the aspiration of the arts and culture community shall be the underlying theme of each project to be funded by the NCCA. Furthermore, these project must respond to any of the following outcomes and objectives:

OUTCOME 1: Culture as pillar of sustainable development established

Objectives: a. To develop a heritage-based creative economy

b. To increase regional participation in culture and arts

c. To strengthen creative enterprises of cultural communities towards economic sustainability.

d. To professionalize heritage conservation skills


OUTCOME 2: Creativity and diversity of artistic expression advanced

Objectives: a. Increase awareness, recognition and protection of the traditional arts

b. To enhance the effectiveness of cultural workers in responding to the needs of cultural communities

c. To conduct cultural mapping as a basis for developing cultural industries


OUTCOME 3: Strong sense of nationhood and pride in being Filipino through culture and arts promoted

a. To broaden engagement with other sectors/stakeholders in the development and promotion of culture and arts

b. To increase regional participation in culture and art

c. To harness culture and arts as catalyst for social change especially to underserved and marginalized areas

d. To maximize potential for resource generation

e. To preserve and develop cultural spaces for creative and artistic expressions

f. To improve the level of public awareness and appreciation of traditional culture and the arts

g. To strengthen the capabilities and develop the potentials of cultural workers for Better work performance

h. To preserve and protect cultural and historical heritage

i. To ensure the effective implementation of the National Heritage Act of 2009

j. To increase awareness and valuation of our cultural and historical heritage

k. To professionalize the cultural heritage profession

l. To develop mechanisms for museum sustainability

m.To address problems on vulnerability of tangible heritage to disasters, demolitions,and disappearances

n. To increase the artistic and cultural literacy of Filipinos through the Sagisag Kultura

o. To have a systematic/productive collaboration with LGUs, NGOs, and other agencies in the regions of the Philippines

p. To systematize communication, coordination and collaboration among the committees and within the SCD

q. To develop efficient measures and studies in assessing NCCA performance and committee accountability in projects

Through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA), the NCCA Grants Program provides support to individuals and organizations in fields that are aligned with the Philippine culture and arts and in accordance with the defined priorities of each of the National Committees. The NCCA provides funds for projects for the promotion, development and conservation of Philippine culture and arts, and it continuously encourage collaborative efforts which provides significant contributions to the realization of the mandate of the NCCA.

Each year, the NCCA Board of Commissioners, in coordination with the four subcommissions, defines its thrusts and priorities anchored on the following major programs: Program for Culture and Developments, Program for the Promotion of Culture and the Arts, Program for Artistic Excellence, Program for Culture and Education, Program for Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Program for Culture and Diplomacy, and Program for Culture and Peace.

Interested individuals or groups can avail of NCCA assistance by submitting a project proposal under the NCCA Competitive Grants, or file a request under the Institutional Programs, namely, NCCA Outreach Program, Resource Person’s Bureau and Technical Assistance Program.

Accomplished project proposals must be submitted to Marichu G. Tellano, Chief, Policy, Plan Formulation and Programming Division (PPFPD), 5th Floor, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), 633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, with telephone number (63-2) 527-2192, fax numbers (63-2) 527-2198 and 522-2084, and emails info@ncca.gov.ph and pmd@ncca.gov.ph.

Proposal submission through electronic mail (email) are accepted provided that all project documents are complete and with scanned signature of the official proponent/head of the organization/LGU. Absence of the signature of the proponent shall be considered unofficial.

Proposals must be stamped received by the Policy/Plan Formulation and Programming Division of the NCCA on or before August 30, 2012. Late or incomplete project proposal will not be considered. Only one proposal per proponent can be submitted to NCCA. Copy of the project proposal form may be obtained at the PPFPD office or may be downloaded at this link: http://www.ncca.gov.ph/about-ncca/programs/about-ncca-grants-programs.php

For more information, contact NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) head, Rene Sanchez Napenas at (632) 527-2192 or 0928-5081057; or email us at ncca.paio@gmail.com.
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Monday, August 06, 2012

PETA and Lampara Storytelling Contest

“Kuwentong Bata, Kuwentistang Bata”,
the 2012 LAMPARA STORY TELLING COMPETITION

Storytelling has been part of every Filipino's life for so long. It is an age-old tradition among Filipinos to pass on information and stories from one person to another. The stories have spread before you even say the saying "spread the word". Along with these stories are values, traditions and a culture that the elders would want to pass on to their children.

Today, the culture of "kwentuhan", storytelling among families and friends are still there. Filipinos do love to tell stories. Stories about their own life, others and things that surround them. It is a way of learning from someone else's experiences, having to live someone else's life vicariously. Storytelling is also a popular tool that teachers use in their lessons and classrooms. Parents also use storytelling as a tool to teach their children values and other things.

In its aim to promote the love for reading among children, Lampara Publishing House Inc., one of the leading children's books publisher in the country partners with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) to bring a new and exciting experience to children storytellers.

LAMPARA AND PETA invites elementary school students to join this year competition. There will be two categories: Category A – Grades 1 to 4 and Category B – Grades 5 – 7. Finals will be held at the Mall of Asia – SMX. Big prizes await this year’s top 3 winners. Registration forms are available at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City and in all Precious Pages outlets. Deadline for registration is on August 7. Register now for a fun experience of learning, creating and telling of different stories!

For more information, please call, Yeyin dela Cruz or Patricia Liwanag at the Kuwentong Bata, Kuwentistang Bata Secretariat at 725-6244, 4100821, thru mobile numbers 09179002665, 09155027740 or email petastorytelling@yahoo.com.
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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Van Hagen & Van Hagen: Brothers in Art @ NOVA Gallery Manila




NOVA Gallery
presents
The Works of Alex & Han Van Hagen
"Van Hagen & Van Hagen: Brothers in Art"
Opening Night on August 17, 2012 at 6p.m.
Cocktails and Drinks

Exhibition runs from August 17 to Sept 7, 2012.Van Hagen and Van Hagen: Brothers in Art is a sneak peek or small preview for their upcoming exhibition on March 2013 at Shangri-La and The Peninsula Manila which started last 2007. They will be showcasing stunning photographs and exquisite copper etchings.

Supported by the Belo Medical Group, FILA and Moet & Chandon, the event took on a worthy cause as part of the proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the Real Life Foundation; an educational advocacy organization dedicated to serving the poor and improving their lives through educational assistance, leadership development and community service.

As Manila’s most famous society event photographer, Alex captures the faces and memories of glamorous events. In the exhibit, Alex turned his lenses away from famous personalities and events to feature beautiful landscapes, still life and cityscapes that were captured from his travels in Europe and the Philippines.

Now, Alex is into street art photography, it started when he took a photo of the basketball court’s lines and markings which turned out interesting from his view. As for Van Hagen and Van Hagen: Brothers in Art in NOVA Gallery Manila, Alex Van Hagen decided to add street art photography to his new set of works.

On the other hand, Han showed everyone why he is one of Europe’s contemporary masters of copper etching. One of the founders of The Etch-club of The Hague, Han, who was educated at the prestigious Royal Academy for Arts and Design in The Hague, showcased exquisitely detailed, almost photographic, copper etchings of diverse subjects such as birds, sheep, cows and bulls, landscapes and architecture.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tombs and Tales: A Study Tour of Three Urban Cemeteries in Manila

Tombs and Tales :
A Study Tour of Three Urban Cemeteries in Manila

August 4, 2012, Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost per person: P1,500 for MFPI Members; P1,800 for Non-Members
*Inclusive of bus transport, guided tour, and lunch




The Cemeteria Catolica de la Loma, Cemeterio Municipal de Manila (Manila North Cemetery) and the Chinese Cemetery in Manila house the best examples of funerary architecture in the Philippines. Established during the dying years of the 19th century, they have what are probably the best and richest mausoleums money can buy. Walking through these hallowed grounds, one passes by funerary architectural interpretations in a gamut of styles: Classical Greek, Romanesque, Gothic, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern International Style or perhaps Oriental, Egyptian and Post Modern. Aside from the interesting architectural details of tombs, there are many famous personages who are buried within them and many stories to tell about their lives and deaths.

PROPOSED ITINERARY
8:00 am Bus will depart from the parking area in front of Santuario De San Antonio, Forbes Park, Makati
9:00-10:30 am Walking tour of Chinese Cemetery (approx. 1.5 hours) with Mr. Ivan Man Dy
10:00 am-12:00 nn Walking tour of the Cementerio del Norte (approx. 1.5 hours) with Arch. Manolo Noche
12:15 pm Lunch at President Grand Palace Restaurant (approx. 1.5 hours)
1:30-3:00 pm Walking tour of La Loma Cemetery (approx. 1.5 hours) with Arch. Manolo Noche
4:00 pm Estimated time of arrival at Santuario De San Antonio, Forbes Park

For reservations and inquiries, please contact Elvie or Mae at the Museum Foundation of the Philippines office: Tel 404 2685, 697 9509 or 0949 3338211 (Elvie) or 0927 8484680 (Mae).

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at http://museumfoundationph.org/news/
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Agnes Locsin's PUNO at the PETA Theater Center


TWO INTERNATIONAL DANCE ARTISTS PERFORM IN AGNES LOCSIN'S "PUNO: PANGATLONG GALAW"

MANILA, Philippines - Ugat, Dahon, Puno. Thus is the natural flow of the growth and flourishing of trees. Thus is the flow of Agnes Locsin's Alay Sa Puno series, a tribute to trees, a dirge for their disappearance, and a plea for reforestation.

Award-winning dance artist Gaye Galiluyo takes center stage for PUNO, a concert a deux directed by Agnes Locsin.

This August, the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City will present the third of the series - Puno: Pangatlong Galaw, a one-hour concert a deux directed by Locsin in a collaborative choreography with the inimitable dancers, Gaye Galiluyo and Georgette Sanchez. Following UGAT: Unang Galaw, and DAHON: Ikalawang Galaw, PUNO: Pangatlong Galaw explores the literal, physical and symbolical virtues of the texture of and strength garnered from the trunks that bear the weight of life.

While the first and second solo concerts focused on the common trees around the Philippines, PUNO will focus on the hard and red wood trees found mostly in the vanishing forests of the Philippines. This concert will show the strength of nearly if not already extinct trees like the Apitong, Yakal, Tugas, Kamagong, Mangkono, Bagtikan, trees, along with the lesser known as hard trees like the Caimito, Lechiyas and Bayabas trees. In a collection of solo and duo dances, PUNO will expound on the parallelisms in a fight from extinction and the fight for survival of men, women, and trees.

To give life to this grand vision are dance virtuosos, Gaye Galiluyo and Georgette Sanchez. Both international artists are alumnae of Ballet Philippines where they first crossed paths and trained with Agnes Locsin. Both also garnered awards from competitions. Galiluyo was the First Prize Winner for performance and interpretation of WHICH CLUB? at the 9th International Solo Tanz Theater in 2005 in Germany and a bronze medalist in the Masdanza International Dance Competition in Spain while in 2000, Sanchez won the silver medal in the 9th Paris International Dance Competition, for her performances in Agnes Locsin's September and Alden Lugnasin's Aku.


International dancer Georgette Sanchez displays focus and grace in Agnes Locsin's PUNO

In 1999, Galiluyo moved to Switzerland to dance with Tanztheater Basel. A year later, she then went on to Germany to join the Geissen Dance Company as well as the Irina Pauls Tanztheater. She is currently an independent artist based in Freiburg, Germany but comes home for her mentor's choreographic forays. And so does Sanchez. Sanchez, though currently based in Bacolod, is also a presence in the European dance scene. She danced with ABC Dance Company in Austria and for Tanz Darmstadt in Germany and will join the Tanz Oper in Munich, Germany this August. They were both seen in the Philippines in Locsin's Sayaw, Sabel (2010) and previously in Sayaw LikhANG KIUKOK (2005).

Puno: Pangatlong Galaw will have two performances at the PETA Theater Center on August 1 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets at P500 (VIP), P350 (Regular), and P220 (Student Price). Contact: 735-6244 or 0916-3090707
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PETA Adapts BONA For Stage

PETA Adapts BONA For Stage
by Karmel Lara and Leloi Arcete


MANILA, Philippines - "Bona" re-emerges this August as Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) opens its 45th theater season in retrospect of a film classic that once captivated the hearts of Filipino audiences.

Originally directed by National Artist for Film and one of PETA's founding members Lino Brocka, the film "Bona" is about a young schoolgirl played by Nora Aunor who became a die-hard fan of Gardo, a wannabe actor essayed by Philip Salvador.

Aunor's portrayal of Bona won her the Best Actress Award in the 1980 Gawad Urian Awards. The film written by Cenen Ramones was also an official entry in the 1981 Cannes International Film Festival Director's Fortnight and was cited as one of the "100 Best Films of the World" by The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Set in contemporary Manila, PETA's stage adaptation of "Bona"revolves around Eugene Domingo as a spinster call center agent who becomes a fan of Gino Sanchez (Edgar Allan Guzman), a contestant in the talent search 'Star of Tomorrow'. Blinded by her obsession on Gino, Bona turns her back on everything she values and gives up nearly everything she has. Caught in a quicksand of worship and pity, Bona proves how obsession may overpower love and even lead to a person's demise.

Layeta Bucoy, who wrote the stage adaptation, shares her insight about the difference of the new Bona to the film. "Eugene's Bona is more empowered; she is financially independent and even supports her family. As a fan, she lays claim to empowerment, as she believes that the inclusion of fan votes in a talent search on TV affords her to choose tomorrow's next big star. Since her admiration is also stamped with pity, blinded with altruism, she gives the aspiring star her all," shares Bucoy.

Bucoy also expressed her excitement over Domingo's portrayal of Bona, "I believe she has the stamina, range, and imagination for a physically and emotionally taxing role."

The award-winning TV and film actress is joined by a stellar cast of theater actors: Phil Noble, Joey Paras, Jeff Henson-Dee, She Maala, Olive Nieto, Dudz Teraña, Junevir Tabor, Juliene Mendoza, Raffy Tejada, Jason Barcial, BJ Forbes, and Anna Luna. The stage adaptation is directed by theater stalwart Soxie Topacio.

"Bona" will run from August 24 to September 23 at The PETA Theater Center. For more information, contact 725-6244, 0917-5765400,

www.petatheater.com, www.ticketworld.com.ph.
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Nominations Now Open for 2012 Ateneo Art Awards: Sneak Peek

AAA 2012: 2 days 'til the start of nominations. #aaa2012sneakpeak #May1

The Ateneo Art Gallery is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Ateneo Art Awards.

Established in 2004 in honor of its founding benefactor Fernando Zobel de Ayala (1924-1984), whose support of young Filipino visual artists left an indelible mark in Philippine art history, the Ateneo Art Awards are given to Filipino visual artists below the age of 36 for outstanding work in an exhibition between 2 May of the previous year and 1 May of the current year.

As the Ateneo Art Awards gears up for a milestone, the ninth year takes the theme “Sneak Peak”. This anticipatory stance as we approach a peak in the history of the awards, serves not as a statement of fact, but a call for introspection. The contemporary Philippine art scene is as dynamic as ever and the world is taking notice. With the overwhelming recognition, we are called back to the core to reminisce, to hope and to work anew.

Nominations are accepted from visual artists, curators, museum and gallery directors, members of the present and former juries, art educators and art writers. Nomination forms are available at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City; at Casa Gorodo Museum, Cebu City; or from the websitewww.ateneoartgallery.org

From all the nominees, 12 exhibits/ artworks will be shortlisted and on 09 August 2012, 3 will be declared winners. The artists who created the winning exhibitions/ artworks will be invited to apply for the international residency grants funded by the Ateneo Art Gallery and its partner institutions Common Room Networks Foundation in Bandung, Indonesia; Artesan Gallery in Singapore; La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo, Australia; Art Omi in New York; and Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, UK.

All nominations must be received at the Ateneo Art Gallery before 5pm on 31 May 2012. For more information, please contact Ian Carlo Jaucian at +632 4266488 or mobile +639178878956 or email ijaucian@ateneo.edu. Exhibition of the works of the artists short-listed for the Awards will be at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City from 3 August - 13 August 2012.

The Ateneo Art Awards is presented by the Ateneo Art Gallery, Shangri-La Plaza, Metro Society, Y-style of the Philippine Star, and the New York Art Project, funded by Marcel Crespo.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

International Museum Day 2012

Dear Museum Foundation Members and Friends,

Looking for places to cool off in this heat?
To visit the newest museum in town, at a discounted rate? See below.
Do drop by the National Museum's National Art Gallery and Museum of the Filipino People this summer as well!



For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at http://museumfoundationph.org/news/
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention

Quirky and unconventional, contemporary German design fills the Yuchengco Museum from May 2 – 31, 2012 with a traveling exhibit of interpreted everyday objects. Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention features close to 150 objects by predominantly German designers who have approached conventional design in a “somewhat different” way.

Curated by German designer and architect Volker Albus, Somewhat Different also illustrates new perspectives on function, materials, construction, and content references. The bookshelf, the Persian rug, the easy chair—the generic terms for different pieces of furniture conjure up specific images with their structure and decorative use. It is these associations which inspire designers to give objects an unexpected twist, revealing the absurdity of basic, yet somewhat rigid design principles. Quite often such breaks from the norm challenge users to reflect on established notions, triggering a change of paradigm.

Somewhat Different is complemented by the designs of Epoch, a group of young international artists who challenge old concepts and provoke minds to dream of alternative perspectives. Tied together by a common Filipino heritage, Epoch's members—Jinggoy Buensuceso, Martha Cech, Olivia d’Aboville, Daniel Latorre Cruz, Stanley Ruiz, and Wataru Sakuma—introduce new design concepts and allow for the reawakening of the creativity of Filipinos.

Somewhat Different is an exhibit of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA) presented in Manila by Goethe-Institut Philippinen in partnership with Yuchengco Museum and Epoch. The exhibit is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Goethe-Institut Philippinen.

Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues in Makati. Museum hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org.
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Saturday, May 05, 2012

"ReStart" by Catherine Jao at Pablo X Gallery

Artist Statement

Catherine Jao is full-time painter currently living in Kyoto, Japan. Her primary genre is oriental ink painting, a painting style which like its sibling art‚ Eastern calligraphy‚ uses a traditional fude brush to apply sumi ink on handmade paper. By synthesizing her own personal and contemporary touch with various medieval and modern influences from Japan and China, she strives to contribute to bringing this Tang Dynasty tradition back to life.

Exhibit Title: ReStart
Exhibit Summary

This exhibition focuses on the personal but universal experience of re-starting‚ beginning anew after a point of crisis. The artist will delve into the various stages, facets, and manifestations of this deeply personal phenomenon, beginning with the experience of crisis and conflict, and then to the stage of complete inner deadlock, and finally to the point of breakthrough, where one is able to overcome one's situation and re-start.

This exhibit will feature oriental ink-paintings, with careful gradations of black sumi-ink calligraphically applied to handmade paper mounted on traditional Japanese shikishi board. Traditional influences from medieval Zen Sumi-e paintings, to early-modern Ukiyo-e from the likes of Katsushika Hokusai, to modern Japanese paintings such as those from Kaburaki Kiyokata and Kayama Matazo, meet a Filipina-Chinese with a contemporary rendition of timeless human narratives.
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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

D2: Design Deconstruct's Dugtung-Dugtong at NOVA Gallery



D2: Dugtung-Dugtong
Design Deconstruct


Mapúa Institute of Technology's D2: Design Deconstruct Organization presents a collection of individual pieces entwined by a thread creating harmony with the cohesion of different minds. The artworks will show how each individual are unique and different yet are combined for the sole purpose of expressing ourselves and communicating with people through Multimedia Arts.

The exhibit runs from 12 May to 25 May 2012 at NOVA Gallery, Warehouse 12A, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.

For more information call 392-7797 or send an electronic mail to gallerynova@gmail.com or visit www.novagallerymanila.com.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Summer Photography Workshops at the Filipinas Heritage Library


Summer is the perfect time to relax outdoors. The sky is clear, the sun is shining, and the world is full of color. Naturally, summer is the opportune moment to take bright and vibrant pictures. But to take photographs that are truly stunning, you need to know how to maximize your camera.

This summer, the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) is offering a series of workshops for photographers of all ages. Kids from 7 to 12 years old can join the Photography for Kids workshop, on May 5, from 9am to 12 noon. Meanwhile, young adults at least 13 years old can join the Photography for Teens Workshop, on May 12 or 19, from 9am to 4pm.

Joey Alvero, a photography instructor for young learners as St. Scholastica’s College, will handle both workshops.

For adults busy with school and work, FHL offers its Digital Photography 101 workshop. Next weekend batch is on May 12 & 19 at 9am to 4pm. Those who prefer weekdays can join the batch on May 22 and 29 at 9am to 4pm.

Professional photographers Estan Cabigas and Dennis Balangue will handle the weekday and weekend sessions of the workshop, respectively.

All workshops are introductory courses on the art of photography, and will be held at Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City (across The Peninsula Manila).

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-559-4417, e-mail likha-aralan@ filipinaslibrary.org.ph, or visitwww.filipinaslibrary.org.ph
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Friday, April 27, 2012

PETA and Repertory Philippines Team Up For "Care Divas"

MANILA, Philippines - Manila's pioneer theater groups, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and Repertory Philippines are producing the much-awaited encore performances of the hit musical comedy "Care Divas" this coming April 27-29, at Greenbelt, Onstage.

"Care Divas" is a disarmingly funny and candid musical drama about five transgender Overseas Filipino Workers in Israel who work as care givers in the morning and transform into glamorous drag queen performers come night fall. While desperate to make ends meet in another country, they also struggle to search for freedom and acceptance in a foreign land.

The play's theatrical and wickedly funny text, written by award-winning playwright, Liza Magtoto cradles lovely, gentle moments that mull over the lives of the main characters: the kind and loving Chelsea, the often-sarcastic group leader Shai, the ditsy Thalia, the bubbly Kayla and the ill-tempered Jonee.



Vincent de Jesus' musical score leaves audiences humming tunes as it weaves through the narrative. Music and lyrics serve as the other "text" that embodies the romantic-whimsy of this play.

Directed by Maribel Legarda, the creative team behind the show also includes costume designer John Abul, lighting designer Jon Jon Villareal, visual artist and set designer Leo Abaya and contemporary dancer and choreographer Carlon Matobato.



"Care Divas" includes a powerhouse cast of theater actors: PETA artists Melvin Lee, Vincent De Jesus, Phil Noble, Buddy Caramat, Dudz Teraña, Jason Barcial and Eric dela Cruz. Featured guest artists are: Paul Holme, Ricci Chan, Jerald Napoles, Myke Salomon, Angeli Bayani together with Miguel Hidalgo and Dominic Miclat-Janssen.

Veteran actress and Repertory Philippines' Children's Theater Artistic Director, Joy Virata joins the cast as Adara and Sara, roles formerly portrayed by PETA President, Cecilia Garrucho.

Watch "Care Divas" at Greenbelt Onstage this April 27 (8:00PM) 28 & 29 (3:00PM & 8:00PM), 2012. For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at Tel. No. 725-6244, 410-0821 or 0917-5765400,petatheater@gmail.com.
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Within You and Without at Galerie OneWorkshop

Within You and Without at Galerie OneWorkshop
Diana Aviado and Pandy Aviado
A Father and Daughter Joint Exhibition of Digital Art

Diana Aviado's images are extreme close-ups of mushrooms and other earthly growths.She recently attended a workshop by German Photographer, Wolfgang Belwinkel.

Her pictures are about a closer look at our environment, and no matter how small some living things are, they will give you insights about how life is - ten times closer.

Veteran Visual Artist Pandy Aviado's portfolio series of digital art are images of friends done in a style that seems like they're straight from his sketchbooks. They are best described as hybrid art using digital software and all kinds of drawing materials on special papers.

Within You and Without opens on May 3, 2012 at 630pm at Galerie OneWorkshop suite 324LRI Design Plaza Nicanor Garcia St Bel Air II Makati City.

For more details please call 8368799 or email one_workshop@yahoo.com
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Alcove Photo Gallery: Call For Exhibit Proposals 2012

The Alcove, photography nook of the Filipinas Heritage Library, invites all photographers and camera clubs interested in displaying their artworks to exhibit at the library’s pocket gallery.

The Alcove’s first exhibit, featuring photographs of Philippine churches from the library’s own Retrato collection, was launched during March 7, 2000. Since then, we have featured the works of Mark Gary, Denise Weldon, Nico Sepe, Butch Baluyut, Dennis Balangue, Joel Bondoc, Lester Ledesma, Erik Lacson, Rey Castañeda, and Atom Magadia to name a few. Twelve years later, The Alcove continues to be a preferred exhibition venue by amateur and professional photographers alike.

FHL is a home of Philippine culture. Each month, hundreds of Filipinos and foreigners frequent the library to read books, study documents, appreciate music, join workshops, and attend special events from meetings to parties. These visitors, who appreciate fine art and literature, serve as a captive audience for your photographs, which will be displayed at the library’s ground floor gallery.

Applicants should submit their proposal letter, photographer’s resume, and select sample works to the Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City. Preferred exhibition schedule, proposed exhibit concept, and relevant contact information must also be included. Proposals may also be emailed to cruz.ct@ayalafoundation.org.

Those interested may also call 892-1801, text 0917-5594417, or email cruz.ct@ayalafoundation.org for more details. Guidelines for exhibiting at The Alcove will be sent upon request.
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Origins & Translations: Phil Textile Patterns & Motifs @ Yuchengco Museum



Tradition + Inspiration = Contemporary Revitalized Expressions

Origins & Translations puts together examples of indigenous textiles and clothing from the collections of Floy Quintos and Al Valenciano and a selection of inspired contemporary creations, retranslations, and reinterpretations. Among the artists and designers whose works are featured are:

National Artists for Visual Arts Abdulmari Imao, Arturo Luz, and H.R. Ocampo
Visual artists Ivi Avellana-Cosio, Roberto Feleo, Ricarte Purugganan, and John Frank Sabado
Couturiers Pepito Albert and Inno Sotto
Fashion designers Amina Aranaz-Alunan, JC Buendia, Randy Ortiz, and Lulu Tan-Gan
Costume designer Gino Gonzales and furniture designer Ito Kish
Designer collections Silk Cocoon by Jeannie Goulbourn and Filip + Inna by Lenora CabiliAlso on exhibit are the winning pieces of the winners and semifinalists of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines’ Weaving the Future Philippine Fashion Design Competition.

For details and group visits, call (632) 889-1234 or emailinfo@yuchengcomuseum.org
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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Melvin Lee Teaches PETA's Basic Acting Course

 

MANILA, Philippines – Melvin Lee is one of the most successful actors in the Philippine theater scene today. Critics have distinguished his recent performance as Chelsea in PETA’s “Care Divas” as a “standout” among other performances of this year. He was also superb as Doctor Beau Batoctol, in PETA's "Skin Deep" and as Sabel in Agnes Locsin's "Sayaw Sabel".

When he is not performing on stage, Lee is found shooting commercials as a freelance assistant director in advertising. He also directs plays, concerts and events. Between his many jobs that require him to act and direct, Lee finds time to do what he loves doing – teaching theater.

Lee’s first experience in acting started when he was a young teenager who joined the PETA’s Summer Teen Theater Workshop. After more than twenty years with the company, he is now known to be one of the company’s more illustrious artist-teachers. Every summer, Lee crosses four weeks off his busy calendar to teach in PETA’s Summer Theater Arts Workshop held at the PETA Theater Center in New Manila, Quezon City.

“I continue to teach because if we want to have a continuous flow of new breed of actors they need training and guidance. I was once a young person too, and it’s my turn to give back to the next generation. The workshop also gives me the chance to experiment as a director and it validates my knowledge as a practicing actor”, Lee shares.

This April, Lee is teaching PETA’s Basic Acting Workshop, a course for adults (17 and up) designed to provide basic knowledge, skills and attitudes for budding stage actors. Students, regardless of their experience, are taught through acting games, movement and scene work. The workshop focuses on stage presence, voice projection, movement, character building and analysis, working with a scene partner, and creating their original pieces.

Aside from Basic Acting, PETA also offers other courses like Children’s Theater, Teen Theater, Theater Arts, Creative Musical Theater and Creative Dance Theater. Starting March, Lee is also preparing for his comeback as Chelsea, for the first-ever performance of “Care Divas” at Greenbelt, Onstage this April 27-29, 2012, produced through the partnership of PETA and Repertory Philippines.

For more information regarding PETA’s workshops, contact 725-6244, 410-0821 or 0906-2115003, 0917-5391112 or e-mail petatheater@gmail.com.
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

2012 IFC Creative Film Camp

The Philippine Independent Filmmakers Multi-purpose Cooperative (IFC) is having its 2012 IFC Creative Film Camp on April 16-28, 2012 at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. 

The workshops geared towards students, educators and film enthusiasts are the following:

Scriptwriting
If you have an idea or story that you want to develop into a screenplay, but you don’t know what to do – this is the workshop for you. This is a basic screenwriting workshop to be handled by Doy del Mundo. Doy’s screenwriting credits include Maynila… Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag, Mulanay, Aliwan Paradise, Markova, Pepot Artista, Paglipad ng Anghel. Fee: P6,000

Film Literacy
This seminar explores the art of film. An IFC team will cover the different aspects of filmmaking – production, direction, screenplay, cinematography, production design, sound and editing. Designed for film enthusiasts and teachers. Tapped to join the team are Michael Dagñalan and Maan Asuncion (Isnats, River of Dreams, Layang Bilanggo), Rica Arevalo (ICU Bed #7, Ganap na Babae), Neil Daza (as DOP – LA Vida Rosa, Dekada ’70, Ouija), Paul Morales (Concerto). Fee: P6,000

Directing
This workshop is designed to understand the practical aspects of directing. Paolo Villaluna (Ilusyon, Selda, Walang Hanggang Paalam) will direct the workshop. This is designed for would-be filmmakers. Fee: P6,000

Producing and Marketing
This workshop is designed for both professionals and filmmaking enthusiasts. It will deal with the process of filmmaking from conceptualization to producing to marketing. Screenwriter-Producer Raymond Lee (Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, Kimmy Dora, Zombadings) will share the experience of his group, UFO Pictures & Origin8 in crossing over to the mainstream. Fee: P4,000

Documentary
The documentary, this workshop will show, is an exciting form of film and filmmaking. Designed for film enthusiasts and teachers, Coreen “Monster” Jimenez (Big Time, Kano) will share her thoughts on the documentary form and her award-winning filmKano. Fee: P6,000

Animation
This is a workshop on 2-D animation. Bring your laptop and learn animation on the spot. Award-winning filmmaker Ramon del Prado and Tuldok Animation Studio will handle the workshop for beginners, old and young alike. Fee: P6,000

For details, please contact mobile +639166580991 (Doy), +639222922732 (Rica) or email indiefilmcoop@gmail.com.
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Monday, April 02, 2012

'Art 2 Art' Bares April Episodes

Film director Cathy Garcia-Molina, hailed as the “Rom-Com Queen” for her string of blockbuster romance comedies, is the featured guest in the first episode of Art 2 Art this April.

Fresh from the recent success of her latest flick, Unofficially Yours, “Direk Cathy” tells Art 2 Art host Lisa Macuja how veteran director Marilou Diaz-Abaya inspired her to seriously consider directing as a profession. Describing herself as a “hopeless romantic,” she also shares the elements that make a movie click with the audience, and how she has coped with her situation as a young widow with two kids.


The episode airs on April 1, 3:30 to 4 p.m., on DZRH (666 khz on the AM band), and can be viewed simultaneously via RHTV on Cablelink Channel 9 and on the Internet through DZRH live streaming. Art 2 Art is produced by the the Manila Broadcasting Company.

On April 8, fashion and celebrity photographer Sara Black drops by and relates how sidelining as a model earlier on helped her to bankroll her own studio and also pursue personal projects such as her own photography book.

On April 15, graphic designer and illustrator Carlo Vergara relates how he created the character Zsazsa Zaturnnah whose exploits have jumped from the comic book pages to a musical play and a movie. Vergara has released the first of the three-part Zaturnnah sequel to mark the 10th anniversary of his famous heroine.

For inquiries about Art 2 Art, please e-mail art2artdzrh@yahoo.com.ph. On Facebook, check out the account Ballerina ng Bayan for updates on Art 2 Art episodes and Ballet Manila performances.
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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Filipino Art Chosen for Holy Week in US


In observance of the Holy Week, a classic masterpiece artwork “Christ Carrying the Cross” by renowned Filipino artist Fred DeAsis is on display at St. Alphonsus Ligouri Church of the Archdiocese of Chicago in Prospect Heights, Illinois from April 1 through April 7, 2012.

The life-sized masterpiece of acrylic impasto on wood panel was rendered in European old masters’ classic style and technique. The art piece is the artist’s interpretation of biblical verse John 19:17 -- "Carrying the cross all by himself,he went out to what is called The Place of a Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha."

"Mr. Fred DeAsis' interpretation truly gets to ones inner-self, very touching and inspirational. I can feel Jesus Christ's agony while carrying the cross," said Deacon Cal Blickle of St. Alphosus church. "Masterfully done."

"Kinalabutan po ako at napaiyak 'nung first time na nakita ko ang larawan ng Panginoon (I got goose bumps and tears in my eyes when I first saw the painting of our Lord). Very intense feeling within, hard to describe but I feel the Lord is with me. I did not even know then that it was done by a fellow kababayan. I am so proud," mentioned Dionesia Flores Aquino of Palatine who donated a replica of the art to her hometown church in Tarlac, Philippines.

"Fred's artistic approach of Jesus Christ Carrying the Cross is so touching that some members have tears in their eyes viewing the masterpiece. His piece is the most poignant and inspirational of all the works on display. He is very generous sharing his God-given talent," said T. Frost, Studio at the Creek Art committee executive director.
" We are blessed to know him."

Fred DeAsis is one of the most prolific Filipino American artists in America. He is well known for his traveling cultural art exhibits, workshops, and Philippine ancient art and culture lectures in universities and other learning institutions. He was the recipient of many awards from civic organizations and communities for outstanding achievement in promoting Philippine arts and culture across the country. He is highly respected by his peers from his art creations and by the community for his leadership and untiring activities preserving Philippine arts and culture.

He received the much coveted Presidential Award from the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, for outstanding achievement and service in the field of Arts and Culture. The 2010 CFO international award is given every two years to highly selected individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements on their given field. The awards were presented to 24 recipients from 13 countries.

The traveling religious artwork has been displayed at Christian churches across the country. Popular replicas of the original are available on selected sizes through the artist. He has a studio in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. More information is available on fdeasis.com and on his Facebook account.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

PETA Summer Workshop 2012

CREATIVE SUMMER WITH PETA
by Leloi Arcete

MANILA, Philippines - Tucked in the middle of the suburban area of New Manila, Quezon City is a creatively charged environment where come summer, young aspiring artists take center stage.

Since its inauguration six years ago, Philippine Educational Theater Association's (PETA) home, The PETA Theater Center has been the venue of not only PETA's performances and events, but also its annual summer workshops during the months of April and May.



These theater arts classes are a mix of acting classes with voice and speech, movement, dance, writing, and improvisation modules. The workshop encourages participants to use their imagination, explore the world of live performance and expand their creative potential.

In PETA, workshop techniques are taught from a student-centered point of view. Without competition or pressure, the emphasis is on the process of the work and the importance of the collaboration.

The workshop programs are tailored to every age group. The Children's Theater courses (Children's Theater 1 & 2) expose children from 6-12 to short-story writing, poetry, movement and dance, visual arts, music and drama improvisation.



The courses for teens (Teen Theater & Teen Theater Production) are more challenging and exciting, to cover the more enthusiastic temperament of those in this age. Teens not only learn a good mix of creative writing, creative body movements and dance, visual arts, creative drama, creative sounds and music, new media and improvisational theater during the workshops but are also given a greater sense of self-confidence and accomplishment as they mount an original recital piece to express their personal and social concerns.

Through the Theater Arts course, young adults 17 and above are given the chance to learn the basics in theater history, theater appreciation, aesthetics and criticism and improvisational theater production.

Advanced courses for young adults 17 and above are also being offered such as the Basic Acting, which involves dialogues with respected theater artists and acting exercises the will enhance one's natural skills. Aside from this, Creative Musical Theater offers lessons on composition, voice, performance and a variety of music explorations while Creative Dance Theater delves deeper into body movements as one's medium of artistic expressions and takes a closer looks to using the best way possible in order to tell a story.

Explore your creativity this summer! To register, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at Tel. No. 725-6244, 410-0821 or 0906-2115003, petatheater@gmail.com.
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Limited Edition of Licad's Acclaimed CDs With Alban Gerhardt Now Out

Following their triumphant Casals Encores disc, Alban Gerhardt and Cecile Licad are reunited for Fauré’s music for cello and piano. The two cello sonatas are among the masterpieces of the cello repertoire, looking back to the 19th century but also with an edginess that may well reflect the time in which they were written—during and immediately after the First World War.

Alongside the sonatas are some of Fauré’s most seductive bon-bons, including the famous Sicilienne and Élégie, and the so-called Papillon (so-named at his publisher’s insistence, much to Fauré’s annoyance who hated fluffy titles).

British music critic Andrew Clements wrote that Gerhardt's account of Fauré's two cello sonatas, both late works, repay careful listening. “Like the works themselves, his playing and that of the pianist Cecile Licad is full of subtleties, the half-tones and inflections that make the chamber music of Fauré's final decade so elusive and fragile. Nothing here is forced or made to conform; whether it's the urgent outpourings of the first movement of the D minor Sonata Op 109 or the utterly different slow movement of the G minor Op 117, the pacing seems perfectly natural, the colouring distinctive.”

Another British music critic, Jeoffrey Norris, wrote : “A gorgeous performance of the well-known Élégie comes as the first of the five ‘encores’ on this magnificent disc devoted for the most part to Fauré’s two cello sonatas, the D minor, composed in 1917, and the G minor from 1921. The passion and sorrowful rapture that Alban Gerhardt and Cecile Licad bring to the Élégie are complemented by the yearning ardour of a Romance, the virtuoso flutter and bustle of Papillon, the lyrical sweep of the Sérénade and the delicate lilt of the Sicilienne, which is also familiar in orchestral guise.

Of the Licad-Gerhardt team up in Casals Encore CD, the critic noted: “They make a particularly fine duo here, working emotionally in unison, sensing the music’s contours with like mind, breathing as one.”

Also in the Casals Encore CD is the rendering of Saint-Saens Dying Swan which cellist Wilfredo Pasamba and Licad will interpret live March 17-18 with prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde at the CCP main theater.

Also available once again are limited copies Licad’s Chopin, Ravel and Gottschalk recordings.

Licad is all all set for her first team up with prima ballerina Lisa Macuja, Broadway star Lea Salonga with the Filharmonika orchestra under the baton of Gerard Salonga on March 17, 8 p.m. at the CCP main theater. Limited orchestra center and left seats at P7,000 each including parterre boxes at P5,000 still available.

Call 7484152 or 09065104270 for free delivery of ordered CDs and March 17 concert tickets.
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Territories by Mark Salvatus @ Ateneo Art Gallery

Territories

Territories by Ateneo Art Award winner Mark Salvatus opens at the Ateneo Art Gallery on Thursday, 15 March 2012 at 6 pm.

The exhibit is Salvatus' response to his experiences while he was an artist-in-residence from 2010 – 2011 in Art Omi New York, Common Room Networks Foundation, Bandung, Indonesia and La Trobe University Bendigo, Australia; grants he received as a winner of the Ateneo Art Awards.

Salvatus' practice brings to the fore ideas of memory, nostalgia, existence and space through drawing, installation, photography, street / urban art and participatory projects. In Territories, he continues his exploration of people's desire to imprint themselves on their surrounding and proclaim their existence, to claim a piece of their own space whether it be in cyberspace through posted videos or in the urban landscape where street artists literally leave their mark and property developers impose upon the urban populace their ideas of habitable environments. Working with accidental or found experiences from different media and the urban environment- you tube videos, images of graffiti tags, and real estate brochures -Salvatus presents us with the images that reflect our aspirations.

The show runs through April 30. For more information call 4266488 or visit the museum website www.ateneoartgallery.org

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at http://museumfoundationph.org/news/
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

UP Department of Art Studies Summer Writing Workshop

Responding to the need to address art in an informed and rigorous manner, the Art Studies Department of the University of the Philippines-Diliman organizes a visual literacy and art criticism workshop from 2nd to 5th May, 2012. The workshop aims to provide participants with visual literacy skills, pedagogical approaches to visual literacy, and basic skills in writing about art that is both critical and eloquent.

The four-day workshop includes lectures by Professor Emerita Alice Guillermo, art historians and curators Patrick Flores and Eileen Legaspi Ramirez; and exhibition tours at the Vargas Museum and the Ateneo Art Gallery. Writing and criticism workshops will be facilitated by faculty from the Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Expressions of interest may be coursed thru artstudiesnewdirections@gmail.com, with the submission of an
application form and a writing sample of about 500-to 800-word length by 15 March 2012. The workshop will also accept a limited number (first-come, first-serve) observers who will be exempted from turning in a writing sample but who will only e allowed to participate during the plenary sessions. Please use "Workshop application" as your email subject heading.

Queries may be sent to:
Tessa Maria Guazon
Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez
artstudiesnewdirections@gmail.com
927.05.81 or 981.85.00 local 2115
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Cecile Licad's Homecoming Concert With Lea Salonga & Lisa Macuja Elizalde

World-acclaimed pianist Cecile Licad will have another homecoming concert this time with Lea Salonga and Lisa Macuja Elizalde along with the Filharmonika Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Salonga at the CCP main theater on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Ms. Licad will play Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise with the Filharmonika orchestra and will do solo pieces namely Gottschalk’s Pasquinade, Bananier and Souvenire d’ Andalouise. She will also play Saint-Saens The Swan with cellist Wilfredo Pasamba while prima ballerina Lisa Macuja Elizalde will interpret the piece in dance. In this special concert, Ms. Elizalde dances Minkus’s Paquita and excerpts from Romeo and Juliet; Lea Salonga sings Broadway favorites and the three of them will appear together in a special collaborative number!

After her CCP performance, Ms. Licad will have a solo recital at the Holy Angel University in Angeles City on March 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and at the Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City on March 27. Her solo program includes Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61; Three Mazurkas Op.56. Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22 and Liszt’s .Miserere du "Trovatore" de Verdi – Paraphrase de Concert and Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata

If your schedule will allow you to watch the above Licad engagements, just give us a call at (02) 7484152 or 09065104270. We can arrange free delivery of tickets. We still have limited orchestra center and orchestra left seats and balcony and parterre boxes seats at P5,000, P3,000, P2000 and P1000.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lea Salonga in Art 2 Art's 5th Anniversary Episode

Art 2 Art, the award-winning radio and cable TV program hosted by prima ballerina Lisa Macuja, celebrates its fifth anniversary with Lea Salonga as guest. This special episode airs on March 11, Sunday, 3:30-4 p.m., on DZRH (666 khz on the AM band), via RHTV on Cablelink Channel 9 and on the Internet through the website http://dzrh.tripod.com.

“We're so excited to welcome Lea to our show, and particularly for an episode that marks an important milestone for our program,” says Lisa.

Lisa and Lea exchange notes on things that they have in common—their early start in their respective fields, living abroad and experiencing being a global Filipino artist, and being mothers and wives.

“When we started Art 2 Art in 2007, we just wanted to help in raising awareness about the arts,” Lisa notes. “Five years later, we have clocked 264 episodes featuring more than 200 Filipino artists from literature, music, visual arts, dance, theater and other disciplines. Our promise to our followers when we began remains as we start on our sixth year—Usapang sining at kultura para sa lahat!”

On March 18, Art 2 Art features stage talents Kalila Aguilos and Cris Villonco, stars of Repertory Philippines' production of Jekyll and Hyde. The two discuss the challenges of working in theater and also sing a powerful rendition of “In His Eyes,” one of the numbers from the musical.

Recently, Lisa received the good news that Gawad Tanglaw—given by a group of esteemed academicians—has again named Art 2 Art as its awardee for Best Educational Radio Program for the second straight year. The awarding will be held on March 15 at the University of Perpetual Help System in Las Piñas City.

Art 2 Art is produced by the Manila Broadcasting Company. For inquiries, please e-mail art2artdzrh@yahoo.com.ph. On Facebook, check out the account Ballerina ng Bayan for updates on Art 2 Artepisodes and Ballet Manila performances.
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Film Talk With Vincent Moon

The UP Film Institute is hosting a film talk with visiting French filmmaker Vincent Moon this Monday, 12 March 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Videotheque of the UPFI Film Center in UP Diliman.

An independent filmmaker from Paris, Vincent Moon has done experimental films and documentaries and is most renowned for his field work music videos of indie-rock musicians and a slew of notable mainstream artists. “La Faute des Fleurs,” his 2009 film about Japanese singer Kazuki Tomokawa, won for him the Sound and Vision Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. For years now, he has been on the road experimenting on nomadic cinema, traveling to film rare musicians around the world and trying to redefine the limits of cinema in the 21st century.

Admission to the film talk is free.
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Summer Photography Challenge 2012


The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) dares photographers of all ages and skill levels to step out of their comfort zones and join theSummer Photography Challenge. This contest will be divided into three stages, each with its own theme: subjects in motion for March, architecture for April, and nature for May.

Participants will be given one day to take that winning snapshot in Enchanted Kingdom on March 31; Taal, Batangas on April 28; and Nuvali, Laguna on May 26. FHL will be awarding P5,000 for first place, P3,000 for second place, and P2,000 for third place, for the winning photos in each category.

The contest entry fee will cover round-trip transportation to and from FHL. For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-559-4417, e-mail likha-aralan@ filipinaslibrary.org.ph, or visit www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph
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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Young Critics Circle Releases 2011 Citations

Haruo, Adolfo Alix Jr.’s tale about a Yakuza member seeking to lead a new life in Manila, got the nod of the Young Critics Circle as the best film of 2011. Rodolfo Vera bagged the best screenplay award forNiño, a story about a once-elite family coping with inevitable decline. Other winners include Diana Zubiri for best performance in Bahay Bata, Señorita for best editing, Teoriya for best cinematography and visual design, and Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paafor best in sound and aural orchestration.

The Film Desk of the Young Critics’ Circle will hold the 22nd Annual Circle Citations for distinguished achievements in film on April 19, 2012 at the University of the Philippines Jorge B. Vargas Museum in Diliman, Quezon City.

Here is the complete list of winners and nominees for this year’s YCC Annual Circle Citations:

The Film Desk of the Young Critics’ Circle

22nd Annual Circle Citations for Distinguished Achievement in Film for 2011

Best Film of the Year:

Winner: Haruo directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. (Forward Entertainment and Annex Inc.; Yoshiyuki Ohira, producer)

Nominees:

Bahay Bata directed by Eduardo Roy, Jr. (Cinemalaya Productions; Almond Derla, Demy Derla, Marlo Derla, executive producers; Ferdinand Lapuz, producer)

Señorita directed by Vincent Sandoval (Autodidact Pictures; Vincent Sandoval, Darlene Malimas, producers; Jose Marie Gochangco, executive producer; Abdallah Tabbara & Jonathan Lee, associate producers)

Best Screenplay:

Winner: Niño (Rodolfo Vera)

Nominees:

Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (Alvin Yapan)

Bisperas (Paul Sta. Ana)

Haruo (Jerome Zamora)

Señorita (Vincent Sandoval and Roy Sevilla Ho)

Teoriya (Zurich Chan)

Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role

Winner: Diana Zubiri in Bahay Bata

Nominees:

Arthur Acuña in Niño

Fides Cuyugan Asensio in Niño

Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino in Niño

The entire cast of Bisperas

Vincent Sandoval in Señorita

Alfred Vargas in Teoriya

Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design

Winner: Teoriya (Dexter Dela Pena, cinematographer; Paul Marquez, production designer)

Nominees:

Bahay Bata (Ogi Sugatan, cinematographer; Harry Alcasid, production designer; Armand Samonte, art director; Tessa Aquino, costume)

Bisperas (Roberto Yniquez, director of photography; Rodrigo Ricio, production designer; Tessa Aquino, costume)

Haruo (Albert Banzon, director of photography; Roland Rubenecia, production designer)

Señorita (Ruel Dahis Antipuesto, director of photography; Armi Rae Cacanindin, production designer)

Best Achievement in Sound and Aural Orchestration

Winner: Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (Arnold Reodica, sound designer and engineer; Christine Muyco and Jema Pamintuan, musical scorers)

Nominees:

Bahay Bata (Albert Michael Idioma, sound designer and engineer; Toni Muñoz, musical scorer)

Niño (Albert Michael Idioma, sound designer; Jerrold Tarog, musical scorer)

Best Achievement in Film Editing

Winner: Señorita (Cherliebebs Gohetia)

Nominee:

Haruo (Aleks Castañeda)

YCC drew its selection from both regular and non-regular releases comprising the entirety of Philippine cinema output in 2011. Films considered for discussion were those that had three or more screenings before a paying or non-paying audience in any public venue. Thirty-five films were initially long-listed by the group, which was later narrowed down to a shortlist of eight. Only short-listed films earn the privilege to be nominated for any of the six categories. YCC does not confer nominations on artistic or technical merit if the film does not qualify in the short list.

The organization departs from many conventions of other award-giving bodies both here and abroad in bestowing cinematic honors. For instance, the award for Best Film of the Year is reserved for the director such that no separate prize for direction is needed. The Best Performance award is most coveted as it is conferred on a screen performer whether male or female, adult or child, individual or as part of an ensemble, in leading or supporting role. To uphold a more dynamic and encompassing way of looking at films, technical honors refer to fusion of outstanding efforts in fields otherwise deemed apart. In this case, the Best Cinematography and Visual Design recognition covers both camerawork and art direction. Similarly, Best Sound and Aural Orchestration encompasses not sound engineering alone but musical score as well.

Established in 1990, YCC is composed of members of academe who, through the years, have become attentive observers of Philippine cinema. Coming from various disciplines, they bring an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of film. Current members are from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University.

Members of the YCC include Eloisa May P. Hernandez (chair), Tessa Maria T. Guazon (vice chair), Patrick D. Flores, Eulalio R. Guieb III, Jayson Jacobo, Skilty Labastilla, JPaul Manzanilla, Jema Pamintuan, Choy Pangilinan and Jaime Oscar Salazar; on leave: Flaudette May V. Datuin, Noel D. Ferrer, Nonoy L. Lauzon, Eileen C. Legaspi-Ramirez, Gerard R. A. Lico, Jerry C. Respeto, Neil Martial R. Santillan and Galileo S. Zafra.
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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tagalog at Taga-ilog



Tagalog
at Taga-ilog
Roberto M. A. Robles
08 March to 27 April 2012
GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery

The Jorge B. Vargas Museum in cooperation with Galleria Duemila presents Tagalog at Taga-ilog by Roberto M. A. Robles which will open on March 8, 2012, Thursday, 4:00PM.

This exhibition focuses on the convergence between the museum's milieu and the artist's sculpture. The inspiration of this project is Saluysoy, Robles's retrospective held last year, which means "wellspring". Tagalog at Taga-ilog explores the resonance of the term through sculptures, maquettes, drawings and poetry in the wider discourse of identity and landscape.

Roberto M. A. Robles (b. 1957) graduated from the School of Music and Fine Arts of the University of the East with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. In 1995, he completed his Master of Fine Arts sculpture program majoring in stone carving under the tutelage of Prof. Hitoshi Itoh at the University of Tsukuba School of Art and Design. He was appointed Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of the East in the same year upon returning to the Philippines. He has extensively exhibited locally and abroad in such venues as at the Pinaglabanan Gallery, Galleria Duemila, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, and Ibaraki Museum of Modern Art and Kitano Museum Art Movement. He received an Asian Artist Fellowship at the 11th Annual Freeman Foundation Vermont Studio Center, USA in 2004. Robles held his 30 year retrospective "Saluysoy" at the Ateneo Art Gallery in 2011.

Tagalog at Taga-ilog will run until 27 April 2012. For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at +632 928-1927 (direct line), +63 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), +63 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph or like us at www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd for more information.

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at http://museumfoundationph.org/news/
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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Rosscapili at Crucible Gallery

Rosscapili
Solo Exhibit
Painted Words
Acrylic on canvas

Crucible Gallery

Opening cocktails on March 6, 6:30pm
Exhibit runs until March 18, 2012


Multi-awarded painter Rosscapili will unveil his recent abstract paintings on canvas entitled Painted Words at Crucible Gallery on March 6, 2012.

Fifteen abstract works bear his signature wet-on-wet drip technique with multiple layers of acrylic pigment, his favorite medium. This will be the painter's third time to mount solo shows at the Crucible Gallery, preceded by his Green Fire exhibit in 1996.

To date he has mounted more than 30 solo exhibitions. A Juror's Choice in the Philip Morris ASEAN Art Awards 1994, the artist -- in what he considers to be his show on painted words -- will explore his interpretation of various utterance, quotes, lyrics and verses.

Rosscapili's works have been collected widely by corporate and private entities both in the Philippines and abroad, and have been exhibited in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Fukuoka, Mongolia, Seoul Korea, and recently in Singapore.

Exhibit opens on March 6, 2012 at the Crucible Gallery, 4th level Bldg A , SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. The show will run until March 18, 2012. For details, please call Telefax 6356061.
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Friday, March 02, 2012

26th AIAE Homecoming Exhibit at Ayala Museum



26th AIAE Homecoming Exhibit at Ayala Museum

Everyone is invited to celebrate the homecoming with us via cocktails on March 5, 2012 at 6pm  at the Ayala Museum.

Sixteen Filipino Artists were the country's delegates in the 26th AIAE (Asian International Art Exhibition) in Seoul Korea's Hangaram Art Museum last September 2011. Approximately 300 artists from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific rim converged for the 26th time.

Ayala Museum and Federation of Asian Artists - Philippine Committee present AMBIE ABANO, PANDY AVIADO, MAX BALATBAT, BENCAB, ROSSCAPILI, JOEY COBCOBO, DANIEL DE LA CRUZ, ABA LLUCH DALENA, LENORE RS LIM, SIO MONTERA, RAMON ORLINA, CHRISTINA QUISUMBING RAMILO, SUSAN FETALVERO-ROCES, MAXINE SYJUCO, RESTY TICA and ERIC DE LEON ZAMUCO

Ayala Museum - Ground Floor Gallery, Greenbelt Park, Makati Avenue, Makati City

Exhibit runs until April 1, 2012.
www.ayalamuseum.org
tel (632) 7577117 to 21

RSVP Aprille Tamayo, tel (632) 7577117 to 21 local 10
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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Parricide in Paris: Juan Luna in His Paintings

Parricide in Paris: Juan Luna in His Paintings

Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.
invites you to


Parricide in Paris: Juan Luna in His Paintings
A Lecture by Ambeth Ocampo

10 March 2012, 3:00 pm
Museum Foundation of the Philippines Hall
2/F National Art Gallery (Old Legislative Building)
P. Burgos Street, Manila

Admission Fee:
P200 Regular Attendees
P150 MFPI Members, Students, Teachers, and Senior Citizens
Inclusive of entrance to the National Museum and a complimentary copy of Prof. Ambeth Ocampo's book

RSVP: Elvie 0949 3338211 or Mae 0927 8484680;
Fax 4042685; Tel 6979509;
inquiry@museumfoundationph.org

Also presented by National Museum, Anvil Publishing, The Consulate of the Republic of Angola, Luis Ablaza Holdings, and Security Bank

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at http://museumfoundationph.org/news/
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Summer Photography Workshops at the Filipinas Heritage Library

Summer is the perfect time to relax outdoors. The sky is clear, the sun is shining, and the world is full of color. Naturally, summer is the opportune moment to take bright and vibrant pictures. But to take photographs that are truly stunning, you need to know how to maximize your camera.

This summer, the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) is offering a series of workshops for photographers of all ages. Kids from 7 to 12 years old can join the Photography for Kids workshop, on May 5, from 9am to 12 noon. Meanwhile, young adults at least 13 years old can join the Photography for Teens Workshop, on March 12 or 19, from 9am to 4pm.

Joey Alvero, a photography instructor for young learners as St. Scholastica’s College, will handle both workshops.

For adults busy with school and work, FHL offers its Digital Photography 101 workshop. Weeknight workshops will be from 6pm to 9pm (March 21, 23, 26 & 28; April 23, 25, 27 & 30; and May 23, 25, 28 & 30), while weekend workshops will be from 9am to 4pm (March 10 & 10; April 14 & 21; and May 12 & 19).

Professional photographers Estan Cabigas and Dennis Balangue will handle the weekday and weekend sessions of the workshop, respectively.

All three workshops are introductory courses on the art of photography, and will be held at Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City (across The Peninsula Manila).

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-559-4417, e-mail likha-aralan@ filipinaslibrary.org.ph, or visit www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph.
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ramon Diaz: Sumo @ NOVA Gallery


Sumo Ramon Diaz From 16 March to 6 April 2012, established Filipino artist Ramon Diaz presents his most recent artworks at Nova Gallery. The one-man show will feature 19 works on paper that capture the allure of the traditional Japanese sport, sumo wrestling.

 Famous as a figurative painter, printmaker, sculptor and installation artist, Diaz shifts to ink on wet canvass to depict a sport that has captured his fascination since he was 11 years old when he first saw sumo wrestling match.

 One of the most iconic symbols of Japanese culture, sumo has come to represent the persistence of tradition in an age where social shifts, motored by technology, are happening in breakneck speed.

 Diaz's work is a call to a review of such developments. He implores us to look again at such customs, those that make the fabric of our identities but have begun to fray at the ages.It is no accident that he depicts scenes that show how regimented the sport is: from the dohyō-iri or ringentering ceremony to the detailing of the mawashi loin cloth worn by the wrestlers.

 This tension between opposing forces - old and new, lightness and gravity, man and rival - is magnified on the works that portray the different or winning techniques in a sumo bout. From a pulling body slam (yobimodoshi) to a double arm luck (kimedashi), Diaz attempts to freeze that very instant right before the victor makes the winning move.

 “It is these that I am most interested in. The calm at the eye of the storm. Not the before or the after nor the build-up to that instant,” Diaz says. In framing such scenes, he draws the viewer and the viewed into a distilled, focused point in time during the fight. This perhaps is what Henri-Cartier Bresson would have called the 'decisive moment'.

 That penultimate second just before a wrestler pins his opponent to the floor, when flesh becomes lighter than paper, and a fight ends with a single gesture.

 For more information call 392-7797 or send an electronic mail to gallerynova@gmail.com or visit www.novagallerymanila.com. NOVA Gallery is located at Warehouse 12A, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Master at Work: Nonon Padilla Directs PETA’s Haring Lear


MANILA, Philippines – People who have seen Nonon Padilla’s works say that his theatrical creations are filled with imagery and metaphor. So as he starts to develop another unique form of artistic creation with the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) Haring Lear

Felix “Nonon” Padilla is one of the most original, accomplished and influential figures in contemporary Philippine theater. His inventive style, unique artistry and uncanny ability to make audiences ponder, mark his works with streaks of “genius”. As a director, he is known for pushing boundaries and for introducing new forms and styles to feed the hungry minds of Filipinos.

“While he is well-versed in the classics, Nonon is at home with the whole range of the arts both classical and modern. He can toss seemingly incongruous artistic ingredients together and organize them into a unified, innovative piece of theater”, shares PETA President, Cecilla Garrucho.

Every two years, PETA traditionally produces a Nonon Padilla play so as to create a mix of various styles. Padilla last worked with PETA for the symbolism-filled, stylized staging of Tony Perez’ Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid ng Disyembre?

Unlike the original text set in prehistoric Britain, Padilla’s version is located in a post-nuclear world that is strangely familiar. “I thought it would be interesting to set the play in the future, a future that is as bleak as it was in the barbaric or the primitive times”, said Padilla.

Exciting and suspenseful, PETA’s Haring Lear retains Shakespeare’s beautiful and devastating themes of love, madness, death and sacrifice.

A masterpiece deserves nothing less than the skilled hands of a master director like Nonon Padilla. Haring Lear

Haring Lear is presented by PETA and British Council. It is supported by National Commission for Culture and the Arts, JackTV, 2ndAvenue, BusinessWorld, HerWord.com, juice.ph, clickthecity.com and eyp.ph. The play will run every Friday (7:00PM), Saturday and Sunday (10:00AM/3:00PM) from January 27 until March 4, 2012 at The PETA Theater Center. For ticket reservations, contact 7256244, 4100821-22, 09175765400, or buy tickets online at petatheater@gmail.com, www.petatheater.com.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Basic Make-up Workshop with E.J. Belen-Litiatco

There’s no need for a special to look stunning, nor a daily trip to the salon just to look gorgeous everyday! You can strut an edgy look without hiring a professional; in fact, you can be your own pro!

Learn the art of beauty and the necessary techniques of make-up application for practically any time, occasion, and condition from one of the country’s sought-after make up artist E.J. Belen-Litiatco. Whether you are a professional wanting to be always ready for a client presentation or an aspiring make up artist hoping to get started, this workshop is for you. Workshop includes basic make-up techniques for day, night and special events, beauty care essentials, ethics and industry tips.

Workshop Schedules:
Batch 2: February 28, 2012 / 1pm-6pm
Batch 3: March 3, 2012 / 10am-3pm

Workshop Venue:
The Young Artists’ Studio, Unit 2b-2c CK Bldg. No. 61 Visayas Ave. Quezon City

Workshop Fee:
Php 3,500 inclusive of materials, hand-outs and guidebook, certificates and snacks
Register with a friend to enjoy 50% discount.
For students, present your school ID/regform to avail 50% discount.

E.J. studied make-up at Center for Aesthetic Studies and has been in the beauty business for a decade, working on a range of aesthetics from bridal, runway, print, to avante-garde. Her clients include celebrities, magazines, fashion designers, stylists, and unique women who have been the prettiest on their big day. Her works may be likened to the practice of Alex Box and the late Kevyn Aucoin, both masters in the field. Her teaching experience dates back to 2004, having trained a number of women who have either discovered their individual beauty or have become make-up artists themselves.
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

New Paintings by Marcel Antonio @ Water Dragon Gallery

The Romantic Lie: Desire, Ennui, Anxiety 
February 6 - 25, 2012 


New paintings by Marcel Antonio
Featuring new poems by VIS de Veyra

In July 2010, poet Vicente Ignacio Soria de Veyra posted anonline essay on the art of Marcel Antonio and coined the phrase "Blue Funk Erotica" for Antonio's art. The blog entry started a dialogue between Antonio's art and intent and de Veyra's reading, culminating in a late 2011 collection titled "Desire, Ennui, Anxiety."

VIS de Veyra joins Antonio in this exhibit with 14 new poems in the exhibit catalogue.

The Romantic Lie is on view at the Water Dragon Gallery until February 25.

About the Water Dragon Gallery 

The Water Dragon Gallery at RCBC Plaza is a space dedicated to offering fine artworks for sale. Located at the second floor of the Yuchengco Museum, the gallery is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For gallery information, emailthewaterdragon@yuchengcomuseum.org

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Silverlens in Art in the Park



Silverlens will be featuring artworks by:

Pio Abad
Zean Cabangis
Frank Callaghan
Johann Espiritu
Corinne De San Jose
Dina Gadia
Luis Lorenzana
Rachel Rillo
Isabel "Pepper" Roxas
Tatong Torres
Ryan Villamael

Come February 18, 2012, the familiar white tents of Art In The Park will once again dot the grounds of Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati. Now in its fifth year, this annual art fair still stays true to its intent of making art more accessible by taking it out of the hushed, intimidating confines of the gallery, and bringing it to the unrestricted spaces of the outdoors. Visitors can stroll the grounds and browse the art on offer against a backdrop of trees and sky.

From 2 p.m. to 12 midnight, art aficionados, collectors, or just the plain curious can pop into any one of the tents and, perhaps, come away with pieces that are not only beautiful, but easy on the pocket as well. In keeping with its tagline "an affordable art fair," Art In The Park has capped its prices at P30,000. The majority of the pieces, however, are pegged at way less than this ceiling price.

Art In The Park, a project of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, whose programs support the National Museum and its network, had its beginnings in 2006. With just three tents and 12 exhibitors then, the number of participants has grown over time. This year, Art In The Park will have more than 40 exhibitors, showcasing a trove of works â€" paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs â€" from artists that range from the established, the emerging, and the new. With a diverse and impressive selection of galleries, art groups, and fine arts schools, the line-up of participants this year will include, among others, Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Avellana Art Gallery, Art Verite, FEATI, and TutoK. For the first time, as well, the National Museum will have its own space, giving its staff the opportunity to show off their own artistic talents.

Visitors who have frequented Art In The Park know to look forward to installations in the park grounds or special exhibits mounted by guest artists. In the past, visitors have marveled at Leeroy New's surreal balete tree and, one year, engaged with his playful aliens; they have been intrigued by the ghostly swings of Lea Lim hung in an archway from the branches of trees, and charmed by the witty scrap metal sculptures of Pete Jimenez. Welcoming visitors to the park this year will be surreal pieces from acclaimed Bacolod artist Charlie Co. Leeroy New embarks on another special project, showcasing his wearable sculpture. And, like last year, in conjunction with the art fair, establishments around the park will also host their own events, with, this time, an exhibit of Kim Atienza's personal collection of paintings at The Picasso nearby.

Silverlens will be located at Booth H
February 18, 2012 (Saturday)
2pm- 12mn
Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Image: Isabel "Pepper" Roxas, Notecards, 2011

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Art In The Park: An Affordable Art Fair


18 February 2012, Saturday
2:00 pm to 12:00 midnight
Jaime Velasquez Park
Salcedo Village, Makati City

Art In The Park will have more than forty exhibitors, showcasing a trove of works—paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs—from artists that range from the established, the emerging, and the new.

Welcoming visitors to the park this year will be special art installations from acclaimed Bacolod artist Charlie Co, Pete Jimenez and Dei Jardiniano of The Drawing Room. Leeroy New embarks on another special project, showcasing his wearable sculpture.

Like last year, in conjunction with the art fair, establishments around the park will also host their own events. Salcedo Auctions will have a Basic Art Conservation Talk by Missy Reyes at 2:00 pm. The Picasso nearby will exhibit Kim Atienza's personal collection of paintings and Dennis Lagdameo's artworks. Apartment 1B will have a Brendale Tadeo exhibit.

With the mellow strains of jazz music provided by Soulful Mood and innovative "chill" music from Diwa de Leon and his hegalong, plus wine from Straits Wine Company and a selection of food from Windows Café, Nic's Gourmet Food and Desserts, Golden Spoon, Rafik Shawarma, Pizza di Grazzia, and Bagnet Sandwich by Bale Dutung to complement the art, Art In The Park promises an enjoyable, relaxing, soul-satisfying Saturday.

Art In The Park is made possible with the cooperation of Smart Communications, Security Bank, Art Edge Panels and Lights, Go! Go! Pinoy Accounting Consultants, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati Commercial Estates Association (MACEA) and The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences.


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

New TV show on Filipino Artists Airs February


Art Republik, a new TV show that features Filipino artists, debuts February 28 on Knowledge Channel at 8:40 p.m. Art Republik is a 30-minute program on Philippine arts and culture, profiling 51 artists from various art fields and two art collectors or a total of 53 guests for its first season. The first season of Art Republik carries 13 episodes anchored on themes, which are based on cultural traits.

The cultural traits used as episode themes include close family relations with a focus on siblings' relationships, respect, Bayanihan, adaptability, hard work, responsibility, strong sense of community, commitment, courage, quality, sentimentality, excellence, and perseverance.

For the first episode, Art Republik features two families involved in the fields of independent film and the visual arts: the Lee Brothers and the Dalena sisters. Roxlee is the hero of underground cinema; Romeo Lee commonly known as Lee is a University of the Philippines-Diliman icon and visual artist/performer.

Sari Lluch Dalena is a multi-awarded filmmaker who recently bagged the Best Picture and Best Director awards at the 2011 Cinema One Originals Film Festival for Ka Oryang. Aba Lluch Dalena is a visual artist, an art teacher and the lead vocals of Rockbato. Kiri Lluch Dalena traverses the fields of visual arts and film.

“We created the show to provide an alternative program to the usual entertainment and political fare on television. TV is a powerful medium to inform and engage people. We hope that Art Republik could contribute in increasing the awareness on Philippine art to a wider public by presenting its creators, the Filipino artists, whose work reflect our culture,” Betty Uy-Regala, producer of Art Republik, said.

The other members who complete the show's team are co-producer Evie dela Cruz, director JL Burgos, Imelda Morales, Opaline Santos, Ria Torrente, Kathrina Reston, Tom Estrera III, Allan Alcantara, Erwin dela Cruz, Rene Bayking, and Joel Laserna. Alma dela Pena, Mavie de Ocampo, Kristine C. Tabada, and Phillyn Lorenzo were part of the pilot episode production.

The show is produced through the Asian Christian Arts Association, Inc., a non-governmental organization, and partially funded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the policy-making body and grants-giving government agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture.

Felipe de Leon, Jr., chairman of the NCCA, said, “The Philippine government recognizes the role of culture in the development of the economy and national unity. This is embodied in our Constitution (Article XIV) and the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP).”

Art Republik will be aired on Knowledge Channel every Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. with replays on Thursday at 8:40 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Knowledge Channel is channel 42 on Sky Cable. Art Republik is on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/artrepublik).
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Pasinaya 2012: CCP Open House Festival


The Cultural Center of the Philippines' "Pasinaya 2012: CCP Open House Festival" on February 26, 2012 will feature Ilonggo performances with the Dinagyang Festival as its main feature. Dinagyang Festival 2012 1st runner-up, Tribu Lunok of Iloilo City National High School, will perform five times on the said Festival.

Pasinaya is known as “the largest multi-arts festival in the country involving almost 5,000 artists and 300 shows in a single day.”


Pasinaya is a preview of the forthcoming seasons of the CCP Resident Companies and other groups performing during the open house using all the CCP theaters and other venues.


The Ilonggo showcase will go side-by-side with the performances of the CCP Resident Companies namely the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, National Music Competitions for Young Artists, and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

Various activities will be held in different "Zones" all over the CCP. Such zones are theMusic Zone, Dance Zone, Theater Zone, Film Zone, Literary Zone, Visual Arts Zone, a Culinary Zone and the Children's Zone. Pasinaya 2012 offers workshops, information booths, exhibits, Cinemalaya film screenings, puppet shows, storytelling, performance poetry, a culinary fair and cooking demos, and an arts and collectibles market.


Date & Time : Sunday, February 26, 2012 / 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: All CCP indoor venues and selected outdoor venues
Tickets : SEE ALL YOU CAN FOR Php 20.00 / FAST PASS BALLERS Php 200.00

CCP Members may avail of the special rates of the EXCLUSIVE BOXES at the CCP Main Theater. To avail of this, contact Dominique Dionisio at 8321125 loc. 1801.

To avail of the limited FAST PASS BALLERS, you may call at 832-3704 or 832-3706.
www.culturalcenter.gov.ph
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