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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Open Space at Nova Gallery


For the month of December, Nova Gallery will be featuring its year-ender group show entitled 
"OPEN SPACE" featuring 13 young and aspiring artists - whom of which have been making a buzz in the local pop-art scene. These artists are:

Mr. S
Pat Frades
Lougee
Miggy Crisostomo
Jeff Baligad
Jasper Albay
AADA
Tyang
Quatro
Rai Cruz
Dr Karayom
Humbly
Pejie

Exhibition opens Dec. 18th (SAT) at 5PM and will run till Jan 8, 2016.

About the Exhibition:

Most of the time we create a space inside our minds that involuntarily forms different worlds that drift us away from reality. Some people use this space to escape and to be free. Others visualize it as a playground where they can fulfill their dreams and fantasy. Focusing on the present is for the norm however each of us has our own ideal fantasies that open the windows of our mind. It rekindles our past and it remakes our future. Every fantasy emerges within us to be part of a different state.

“Open Space" is a group exhibition compose of fourteen artists namely Mr. S, Pat Frades, Jasper Albay, Jeff Baligad, Miggy Crisostomo, AADA, Lougee, Tyang, Rai Cruz, Quatro, Dr. Karayom, Blic, Yeng Cruz and Humbly. The artists developed their own fantasy with the use of different mediums such as oil, acrylic and watercolor. Each piece represents scenes from experiences and preferences that will connect through our audience. 

- Pat Frades
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Museum Networking Forum - Protect Your Buildings: Risk Management Principles and Technologies

Protect Your Buildings:
Risk Management Principles and Technologies




Presented by Ibrahim Mirmahmutoğullari
December 12, Saturday, 10 a.m.

This special presentation introduces museum professionals and heritage architects to the principles of and new technology preventing building hazards such as salt, corrosion, and mold. It is also an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the goods and services of Mirline, a Turkish brand of cutting-edge building technologies for museums and heritage sites.

About Ibrahim Mirmahmutoğullari 

To present this new technology is Mr. Ibrahim Mirmahmutoğullari, a mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience in technology and research & development. He is also the chairman of parent company Mir Holdings (of which Mir Unique Solutions is a subsidiary) and the Suppliers and Manufacturers of Turkey.

This special talk is presented by Yuchengco Museum under its Museum Networking Forum series in partnership with the National Committee of Museums (NCOM) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Alliance of Greater Manila Area Museums (AGMAM). The new program brings museum and heritage professionals and other stakeholders together to discuss best practices and learn more about new industry-specific products and services.

Talk is free of charge, but reservations are required.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mark Dawn Arcamo and Janelle Tang's Parallel Play at YSOBEL Art Gallery



In Parallel Play, Mark Dawn Arcamo and Janelle Tang, being more confident about each other's aesthetic decisions, allow themselves to be fully inspired by what is presented to them by their immediate environment--their four-year old daughter. In this exhibition, the artists engage in what childpyschologists would refer to as "parallel play," a common form of play wherein two toddlers can completely focus on the same activity without getting influenced by each other. For Arcamo and Tang, who had to work under the same roof most of the time, it is an effective creative process that they could maximize. It is the process that enables these domestic partners to get in touch with their imagined realities while they preserve the dinstinctiveness of their individual artistic identity.

By incorporating the natural creative development that their child goes through into their artistic production, art-making and parenting become highly compatible for Arcamo and Tang. Thus, Parallel Play effectively becomes a visual summation of their child-rearing responsbilities and creative exploration. Ultimately, their two-person exhibition is the conjunction of the multiple realities that Arcamo and Tang created in the process.

Parallel Play will be on view from November 28 – December 9, 2015 at YSOBEL Art Gallery, 2nd flr. Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

For more information you may call 09285071117/09332227952/ 5764758 or email mark.sancheztiongco@gmail.com.
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Sketches of the Spirit at the Dragon Gallery



Sketches of the Spirit 
November 13 – December 5, 2015




Sketches of the Spirit: Art and Healing by CAAI is a fundraising exhibit that features the works of more than 20 artists, including National Artists for Visual Arts Benedicto "BenCab" Cabrera, Arturo Luz, and J. Elizalde Navarro.

The featured artists include

Nunelucio Alvarado
Renz Baluyot
Hans Brumann
Benjie Cabangis
Alfredo Esquillo
Alee Garibay
Manny Garibay
Vivian Go
Pete Jimenez
Lei Lopez
Richard Montero
Jonathan Olazo
Grace Olores
Evangeline Pascual
Edu Perreras
Jemina Reyes
Frederick Sausa
Alan SyCip
Edwin Wilwayco
Armi Yam

Proceeds will fund the upcoming projects of the Ruben M. Tanseco – Center for Family Ministries (RMT-CeFaM) and the CeFaM Alumni Association, Inc. (CAAI).

About the Dragon Gallery

The Dragon Gallery at RCBC Plaza is an alternative exhibition space for art galleries, art associations, art schools, and artists. 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, email dragongallery@yuchengcomuseum.org.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

PETA opens its doors to theater hopefuls with Workshop Weekends 2

With four classes overflowing with students and professionals looking to take hold of creative pursuits, PETA opened its first of three Workshop Weekends cycles this July 25 at the PETA Theater Center studios.

Workshop Weekends is a series of theater workshops for students and adults. Specially designed for individuals with busy lifestyles, it features ten extensive sessions on the weekends, with three exciting courses to choose from: Theater Arts, Basic Acting, and Creative Musical Theater.

If you missed the first cycle, you need not worry. Workshop Weekends is back for its second cycle this October 10 to December 6. 



Each course incorporates PETA’s Integrated Theater Arts Approach, which combines five different disciplines in theater— creative drama, body movement and dance, creative sound and music, creative writing and visual arts —creating for a well-rounded course suited for theater enthusiasts as well as individuals looking for more creative ways of spending the weekends.

Theater Arts I

For ages 17 and up, immerse in an artistic experience that teaches the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes in theater acting, dramatic improvisation, and theater production craft.

Basic Acting

For ages 18 and up, discover the disciplines of acting by learning the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude in becoming stage actors. Enhance your acting tools by exploring different acting styles and principles.

Creative Musical Theater

For ages 16 and up, explore the fine arts of musical theater by experiencing the elements of musical performance, composition, and production. Understand the harmonization of the different fields that make a successful musical production.

Enroll now and avail of special discounts! For more information on PETA and its workshops, contact us at 725 6244 or email us at petatheater@gmail.com. You may also contact Tina Sablayan at 0905 369 6003 PETA is located at No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City.

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Kris Bernal and Liza Dino take on the role of the Modern Maria Clara

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES -- 'Maria Clara', a name that often strikes a chord among Filipinos as she is the portrait of an ideal Filipina; graceful, beautiful, and compassionate. In the fast -paced and buzzing world of modernity and technology, do Filipinas still identify with Dr. Jose Rizal's quintessential Filipina icon?

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) redefines the idea of Maria Clara with its restaging of Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil this coming September at the PETA Theater Center. A modern retelling of Rizal's greatest novels, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil is produced by two theater greats, playwright, Nicanor Tiongson, and director, Soxie Topacio. The production introduces Clarissa, the beautiful damsel and paramour of the hero, Ibarra; the principled and strong-willed 'Maria Clara'. Two talented artists, Kris Bernal and Liza Dino-Seguerra, gear up for the role of Clarissa.

An exchange between these two young stars revealed their expectations, and challenges taking on the part of the dynamic Clarissa.

'I see Maria Clara as someone with values. I want to be able to show the audience that even if society is changing, the values that Maria Clara held on to before is still the same. She is a very loving daughter and she takes responsibility for her actions.', Kris explains when asked about her portrayal of Clarissa, to which Liza agrees with.

'I'd like to portray this Maria Clara as somebody who makes her choices, whether it's wrong or right; to take responsibility of those choices. I see her as a woman with principles. It takes such a strong person to give up and sacrifice the love of her life to protect her family.', Liza reflects and even teases the compelling character development of Clarissa as the production reaches a turning point towards the end where she finds her true strength.

Where both actors agree on the character and personality of Clarissa, they're also finding a few challenges in translating and relating to the modern Maria Clara.

'As an actor, I consider script analysis as a very important factor. I'd like to take on the journey of the character and honestly, I'm still looking for her [Clarissa]. I'm a very headstrong person and Clarissa may not be that. I'm still looking for the perfect balance between the character and myself.', Liza muses.

Comparing it to her experience in television and film, Kris admits that she is still getting used to the techniques of theatrical acting. 'There are so many things to adjust. Actions have to bigger and my voice has to be loud. Di ka rin pwede magkamali sa lines, dapat perfect, and you also have to know your cue unlike in TV where we can have several takes.'

Although there's still a long road ahead to achieving the character of the Modern Maria Clara, both artists are positive as they are supported by the cast and staff, and most especially, their director, Soxie Topacio.

'[Soxie Topacio] encourages me to find my vulnerability. He keeps telling me that my weakness is my strength. Every day is a learning experience', Liza describes how Soxie Topacio coaches her to find her inner Clarissa.

'I'm very thankful to PETA for giving me this opportunity. Sa dami ng pinagpipilian nila na mas experienced, they chose me to carry the role. Thankful din ako na kahit first time kong makatrabaho yung mga batikan sa teatro, they're very supportive. They let me ask questions and it really inspires me to see how they work. I'm enjoying it.', Kris expresses.


Joining these two artists are a powerful mix of young and experienced actors such as: Raul Alfonso, Jojo Atienza, Lucho Ayala, Rikki Benedicto, Renante Bustamante, Roi Calilong, Buddy Caramat, Mikou David, Eric Dela Cruz, Jess Evardone, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Gio Gahol, Neomi Gonzales, Joseph Madriaga, Richard Manabat, Nicole Manlulo, Michelle Ngu, Gie Onida, Kitsi Pagaspas, Jo-ann Pamintuan, Norbs Portales, Ian Segarra, Raffy Tejada, Marco Viana, and Jack Yabut. With the set design by Gino Gonzales, lighting by Jonjon Villareal, sound design by Dodjie Fernandez and Noel Cabangon, choreography by Dudz Terana, costume design by Arlene Crisostomo, and fight choreograhy by Jack Yabut, Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil promises to be scenic masterpiece that rivals a cinematic experience.

Catch it at the PETA Theater Center starting on September 10 to 13 and at the Springs Production Studios on September 18 to 27. Interested viewers may get their tickets at www.ticketworld.com.ph or 891 9999. For more information on Noli at Fili Dekada Dos Mil and the cast, contact PETA at 725 6244, 0905 353 6602, or visit www.petatheater.com.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Amulets, Anting-Anting at Yuchengco Museum

Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers to our shores, early Filipinos believed that wearing powerful, mystical amulets or talismans would protect them from harm or even give them special powers. Called agimat and anting-anting, these mysterious objects have survived for centuries, thanks to the later inclusion of Christian iconography. Shrouded in myth, meaning, and symbolism and long kept secret from the rest of society, the stories aboutagimat and anting-anting are revealed in a special exhibit at Yuchengco Museum entitledPinoy Power Packs: Agimat, Anting-Anting , and the Stories They Tell, on view starting August 15.

Agimat and anting-anting illustrate our folk beliefs, spirituality, and view of the world: they are a fusion of a belief in nature and in a concept of God who is both animist and Christian. They can be seen as our way of seeking to approach God and hold the power of God within a medallion, handkerchief, or vest, creating a powerful divine connection that gives the wearer god-like qualities.

Pinoy Power Packs explores the animist symbols and icons found in agimat, from the all-encompassing Infinito Dios to the many forms the Infinito manifests. The exhibit also looks at how these iconsincorporate Christian imagery, such as the crucified Christ, the Virgin Mother, and the Santo Niño.

In addition, Pinoy Power Packs highlights our modern interest in our folk spirituality, as seen in nativist movements such as the Rizalistas and Lapiang Malaya (Freedom Society), and in films such as Nardong Putik. Visitors can watch videos of an artist shopping for agimat in the streets of Quiapo in Manila, or of a young healer and practitioner explaining the various motifs seen in agimat.

Pinoy Power Packs juxtaposes examples of talismans from the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries, along with colonial religious sculpture and contemporary art by National Artists for Visual Arts Ang Kiukok and Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, the late Santiago Bose and Roberto Villanueva, and Leeroy New. Lenders to the exhibit curated by Floy Quintos include Romeo Allanigue, the Bose family, Jaime Laya, Richard and Sandra Lopez, Ramon Lucas, Lisa Ongpin Periquet, and Dennis Villegas.

In order to shed more light on these icons, related talks will be held. Pinoy Power Packs: Agimat, Anting-Anting, and the Stories They Tell is on view at Yuchengco Museum from August 15 to November 7, 2015. The museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org.
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Pinoy Power Packs Exhibit @ Yuchengco Museum



Pinoy Power Packs: 
Anting-Anting, Agimat, and the Stories They Tell

Aug 15 - Nov 7, 2015
3/F Bridgeway Gallery

Pinoy Power Packs sheds light into the Filipino folk psyche by examining the motifs, meanings, materials, and mediums of talismanic amulets known as anting-anting and agimat. These are popularly known as brass medallions peddled around Quiapo Church in Manila.

The exhibit also includes examples of sacred woods such as dignum and alitagtag, ephemeral materials such as ink on linen or cotton, or oraciones or prayers on paper. Talismans made of rarer materials such as bone, silver, and ivory are also on display. Pinoy Power Packs showcases anting-antingand agimat from as early as the mid-19th century to contemporary pieces used by today's mag-aanting and healers. 

How have these amulets—and the belief systems they signified—survived to this day? How do they continue to protect, transform, and empower? Though misunderstood—even feared or ridiculed—by many, these amulets continue to be the source of secret spirituality that continues to attract many followers.

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Veteran Actor Gloria Sevilla Headlines Cinema Rehiyon 7 Opening In Cebu

Veteran actor Gloria Sevilla is expected to grace the opening of Cinema Rehiyon 7 film festival on August 6, 2015, at the SM City Cebu Cinemas in Cebu City, Cebu. She will be joined by fellow Cebuano actors including Pilar Pilapil, Suzette Ranillo, Julian Daan and Undo Juizan, the first Cebuano FAMAS Best Child Actor awardee (for the film Salingsing sa Kasakit).


A flagship project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) National Committee on Cinema (NCC), headed by filmmaker William Mayo, Cinema Rehiyon is a film festival that features the works of Filipino filmmakers from all over the Philippines, especially outside of Metro Manila, raising awareness on the efforts on and progress of filmmaking in the different regions. Now on its seventh year, Cinema Rehiyon provides a platform for these films, most of which in local languages and showing culturally-rooted narratives, to be exhibited and appreciated by a wider audience, and for the filmmakers to interact with other filmmakers and stakeholders.

Cinema Rehiyon has been a major part of the Philippine Arts Festival, NCCA’s celebration of the National Arts Month every February. The first two years of Cinema Rehiyon was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City. Since 2011, it was held in different parts of the country—Davao City in 2011; Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, in2012; Los Banos, Laguna, in 2013; and Cagayan de Oro City in 2014.

This year with the theme “At the Crossroads of the Seventh Art,” Cinema Rehiyon will be held in Cebu from August 6 to 9, 2015, highlights Cebuano films, cognizant of the fact that Cebu is the second largest film-producing region in the country after Metro Manila, especially during the 1950s and 1960s.

“Cebu has a unique situation. A local industry sprung from the province around 1932 to 1975. Also, there is a resurgence of a new breed of Cebuano filmmakers,” shares NCC vice head Teddy Co.


The opening film is the classic Cebuano film Badlis sa Kinabuhi, first shown in April 1969. Long thought to be “lost,” Badlis sa Kinabuhi, directed by Leroy Salvador and written by Junipher, stars Gloria Sevilla, Mat Ranillo Jr., Felix De Catalina, Danilo Nuñez, Aurora Villa, Siux Cabase, Frankie Navaja, Jr. and Remedios Atillio Alivio. It won best film at the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards in 1969, and best actress (for Sevilla), best child actor (for Navaja) and best film in black and white at the 1969 Asian Film Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Badlis sa Kinabuhi follows the story of Celia (Sevilla), who is forced to work for his harsh stepfather Simon, when she, her husband Doming (Ranillo) and her young son Lito (Navaja) have fallen into hard times. Rumors begin to circulate that Celia and Simon is having an affair. Simon tries to rape Celia but Lito intervenes. Celia snaps when she sees Simon shoving away her son, and kills him with a bolo. Doming arrives. Seeing Celia naked, he chooses to believe the rumors and banishes Celia. Celia is about to be sentenced in court for the murder of Simon, when Lito, who is unable to speak because of trauma, finally speaks up and recounts the incident. Celia is acquitted and reunited with her husband.

Sevilla, who produced the film with Ranillo, will be given the Hara Humamay Award by the Cebuano Cinema Development Council during Cinema Rehiyon 7. Widely considered as the Queen of Visayan Movies, she, together with Ranillo, has produced and acted together in a number of notable Cebuano films. In 1973, her film Gimingaw Ako (I Miss You) was the first movie from the Philippines to be shown at Moscow International Film Festival in Russia. She won the FAMAS Best Actress award the following year for the movie together with daughter Suzette Ranillo, who won Best Supporting Actress. She received her first FAMAS Award as Best Supporting Actress in the movie Madugong Paghihiganti (1962). FAMAS gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Sevilla is still active in Philippine film and television. Most recently, she won New Wave Best Supporting Actress award at the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival in 2014 for the movie, Mother’s Maiden Name.

On the other hand, Mat Ranillo Jr., known as the King of Visayan Movies, will be honored with the Rajah Humabon Award. A lawyer, Ranillo died in a plane crash in 1969 and was posthumously given an award at the 1969 FAMAS Awards.

Their movie, Badlis sa Kinabuhi joins select regional films, 17 in all, in showings at the SM City Cebu Cinemas, Cine Orientes 1 and 2, and Film and Media Arts Academy (FMA) Mini Theatre. Films are clustered into thematic categories. One example is a category delving on the aftermaths of super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda, and it includes T.M. Malones’ Dapya Sang Paglaum, Charena Escala and Rowena Sanches’ documentary Nick and Chai, and Thomas Fitzgerald’s Tigdong.

Films focusing on indigenous traditions are also included in the line up. Among them are Nef Luczon’s documentary on the Pan-ay Bukidnon group titled Father Said, “Let’s Return Home”; Lester del Valle’s Walang Rape sa Bontok; Adjani Arumpac’s War is A Tender Thing; and Ivy Universe Baldosa’s Marciano. A notable work is Boyong and Sendong’s Busol: The Last Headhunters, which is regarded to be an “indigenous film,” produced by and for the Cordilleran communities.

Other notable films to be shown are Remton Zuasola’s Soap Opera, which serves as the festival’s pre-opening film; Baby Ruth Villarama’s Little Azkals; Bagane Fiola’s Sonata Maria; John Paul Laxamana’s Magkakabaung; Lemuel Lorca’s Mauban: Ang Resiko; Charliebeb Gohetia’s Chasing the Waves; and Alec Figuracion’s Bitukang Manok, a product of an all-Cebuano crew from the boutique film school International Academy of Film and Television.

Kidlat Tahimik’s Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III closes the festival of the best regional films. Said to be the prominent filmmaker’s tribute to pre-Hispanic Cebuano, the film follows Enrique of Malacca, a Visayan slave brought by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan considered to be possibly the first man to circumnavigate the world. Tahimik stars as Enrique with George Steinberg, Kawayan de Guia, Wigs Tysman, Katrin de Guia, Kabunyan de Guia and Danny Orquico.

Balikbayan #1 won the Caligari Film Prize at the 65th Berlin International Forum of New Cinema alst February. The work was also screened and well-received in other international festivals such as the Singaporean Biennale and the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival in April.

Aside from the full-length feature films, there will also be screenings of contemporary Cebuano short films at the FMA Mini Theater, on August 7 and 8, from 1 to 6 PM. There are about 50 titles to be screened including Rommel Ruiz’s “Nangisit nga Darag” (Black Sand) from Cagayan Valley; “Red Lights” by Cebu’s Christian Paulo Lat; and “The End of War” by Ozamis City-based Jo Bacus.

There will also be outreach screenings in select venues, outdoor screenings as well as a special viewing of National Artist Lamberto Avellana’s rarely seen works. Cinema Rehiyon 7 also features fora and discussions on subjects such as “Re-imagining Regional Cinema,” “The Regional as the Other in Cinema,” “Getting the World to See Youth Film” and “Film as Heritage.”

The NCCA is led by its chairman Felipe M. de Leon Jr. and OIC-executive director Adelina M. Suemith. Cinema Rehiyon is made possible by NCC head William Mayo, NCC vice-head Teddy Co, festival director Maria Victoria Beltran and other NCCA-NCC members.

For more details, please contact Ms. Bambi Beltran, Festival Director for Cinema Rehiyon 7, through 09471763343 or email your concerns to bambibeltran@gmail.com or Mr. Rene Napeñas, Head of the Public Affairs and Information Office, through 09285081057, 527-2192 loc 208 or through email address ncca.paio@gmail.com.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

A Solo Exhibit by Nunelucio Alvarado @ Ysobel Art Gallery


Putting into faces the re-working of perception and subjectivity, Nunelucio Alvarado delivers an exhibit entitled "Byutipul" (Filipinized form of the word beautiful). The celebrated Negrense artist will be displaying over thirty artworks in Ysobel Gallery from August 15 to 26, 2015. In this series Alvarado reflects how society understands and interprets identity more than showing its physiological imitation.

BYUTIPUL articulates themes that focus on the appearance of idea;

Face perception allows people to function efficiently in a social and communal environment. It is crucial to identify, for instance, expressions of distaste or pleasure, cultural history or some pathological implications. The exhibit, however, re-examines this simple act of looking at a person; what are we longing to see in one another? What goes on in the depth of observing each other's features- flaws, assets and all? Is appreciation something spontaneous, or is it strictly built and predetermined by our ideologies?

In contrast to a poet who puts pictures into words, Alvarado is a lyricist of image. But like a poet his projections of reality are encrypted with metaphors. He reprepares the obvious into something less familiar; allowing more space for introspection. This lets his works border around his playful intentions.

The artist navigates by impulse. He goes about working within and beyond his reality by freeing his creative process from the isolation of a self. The natural is simply shown as evaluated through distorted eyes. We become the spectators of his contemplations; how he captures emotion and presents it directly without the theatrical drama. It is in this kind of contemplation that we, as both listeners to his visual narratives and beholders of his abstract expressions, are drawn to ask; how does one find beauty? How do we point it out apart from its absence? In this same manner, one would wonder; what is not beautiful at all?

Alvarado takes beauty itself as his subject- a faceless muse. He does not give it identity. He does not prefer exposing it as a recognizable whole either. It is placed spontaneously in a clutter of figures; prodding viewers to seek whatever beautiful may be through the context of personal experience or memory. So that, after all the queries, while beauty can be caught between glimpses of things, Alvarado proposes it only exists everywhere our minds allow."

The exhibit will be on view from August 15 - 26, 2015 at YSOBEL Art Gallery, 2nd flr. Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

For more information you may call 09285071117/09332227952/ 5764758 or email mark.sancheztiongco@gmail.com.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Call for Artists: Outside the White Cube


The Multiple eXposure Project will be curating “Outside the White Cube”, an alternative, traveling, curatorial project which aims to feature image-based works across different disciplines and media by emerging artists from the Philippines and elsewhere. We are inviting local and international artists whose works discuss the notion of the “PUBLIC” and its complexities. Deadline of submission is on October 5, 2015.

Artists working in a variety of media and disciplines are invited to participate and submit their works. We are seeking image submissions such as photographic series, video arts, short films, video mapping, recorded public performances, digital manipulation, animation, digital arts, new media arts, and others. Needless to say, any medium that can be projected to the screen will be accepted.

Please email your submissions, together with description, artist statement, and bionote, to themultipleexposureproject@gmail.com.

For more information, visit our website: http://www.themultipleexposureproject.co.nr or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/themultipleexposureproject.

About the Theme (Public):

The “public” is a multi-layered concept defined differently depending on how the term is used and framed. It is a notion devoid of singularity and is, grammatically speaking, a terrain of contradictions. As a noun and an adjective, the public constitutes the people, masses or community, and suggests anything that is staged, accessed, or seen out in the “open.” The public can also be used as a verb to describe something one does, as in make public or publicize, suggesting the movement or shift from the inside (private) to the outside (public). Paradoxically, however, the same term also points to the limits of such openness and movement. Given that it simultaneously refers to something “involving and provided by the government”, the public is always at risk of becoming merely an apparatus of the sovereign state and its institutions, thus making the flow of its production, distribution, and consumption partial and counterproductive.

With these issues in mind, we are looking for submissions that address and interrogate key topics of interest, but are not limited to, the following:

- What is public? What counts as public?
- The public and the private - their overlapping tensions and ambiguities (ex: private event, object, or space made public)
- The public as a collective (subject, citizenship, nation, etc.)
- Politics, institutions, and conflicts (of interests) in public sphere
- Positioning the public in the city or urban context
- The value of public-ness (openness, sharing, connection, participation, etc.)
- The limits and potentials of the public
- The public and the subaltern counterpublic
- Public image and identity
- Public performance, gaze, visual voyeurism, and spectacle
- Public and biopolitics (power, discipline, panopticon, and surveillance)

Description:

As implied by the project’s title, “Outside the White Cube” seeks to re-frame the practice of curating and spectating images outside the exclusionary, institutional borders of the “white cube” or gallery space.

Public spaces are used as an exhibition site to stimulate a mode of spectator experience that revolves around displacement of the passersby (public) from their “habitus” by interrupting the flow of pedestrian traffic. We alter a familiar public space and transform it into an unusual, dialogic site for image projection and exhibition, taking advantage of its accessibility and site-specificity in order to redefine the ways the spectators look at and engage with images. Adopting “guerilla urbanism” as a curatorial strategy, we make sense of the immediacy of the “public” and reflect upon its context, meanings, and intersections with representation, place, and discourse. In so doing, we intervene and reformat aspects of the urban landscapes and emphasize the “counter-spectacle” in art viewing and appreciation.

This project also underlines the inherent ephemerality of an open-to-the-public display in relation to time and space. As a “traveling” exhibition which heavily depends on projection technology and public space as its “frame” or “canvas", this project celebrates the momentary nature of image-viewing, consumption, and mobility in the metropolis at a time of constant flux and transition.

Sites and Duration:
Selected works will be projected and displayed in public spaces in different parts of Metro Manila where there is a massive flow of human traffic. Possible sites defined by law as “public place” include: “any highway, boulevard, avenue, road, street, bridge or other thoroughfare, park, plaza, square, and/or any open space of public ownership where the people are allowed access.” Each exhibition will run anywhere from a few hours to a week. The first phase of the traveling exhibition will run from October to December 2015. An accompanying zine featuring the works of the artists will also be published.

About The Multiple eXposure Project:

The Multiple eXposure Project is a multimedia, multi/trans/inter-disciplinary artistic practice and research-based initiative that explores the many layers of image-making, participatory photography, visual ethnography, and performative encounter(s) between the image and the spectator; the subject and the viewer.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

YSOBEL Art Gallery Celebrates the Art of Pottery in Mga Putikero


YSOBEL Art Gallery brings together an extraordinary group of prominent clay artists in, “Mga Putikero”. This group exhibit is on view from July 25 – August 3, 2015.

Bound for their love of clay, seven of the most respected names in Philippine pottery have come together to share a bit of their story in, Mga Putikero.
The exhibition features Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn from Laguna, Joey De Castro of Metro Manila, Pablo Capati III from Batangas, Pampango Benjie Ranada and Bacolod locals Joe Geraldo and Holtz Javier.

The exhibit will explore the meaning, beauty and craft of ceramic art. These artists will present a strong selection of pieces ranging from the rough terracotta sculptures to the strong tradition of wood fired stone wares. Intense craftsmanship and mastery of materials will be evident in the display of works. The exhibit highlights the facets of ceramic art. Ceramics is the mother term for any clay fired to permanence; these enduring works become the legacy of the Putikero who moulded it. These masters have captured the raw and inspiring pulchritude of the Earth and forged it into indelible impressions of beauty.

Opening and artist reception will be on July 25, 2015 ( Saturday), 6pm at YSOBEL Art Gallery, 2nd flr., Shops at Serendra,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Show will run until August 3, 2015.

For more information you may call 09285071117/09332227952/ 5764758 or email mark.sancheztiongco@gmail.com.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Dennis Gonzales: Convincing God To Sit With The Devil @ Nova Gallery



Exhibition date: July 11 - Aug 1, 2015

Dennis Gonzales appropriates his latest works with Nova Gallery as a struggle between the good and the evil. He depicts that within all of us and with every matter we face, the "yin" and "yang" factors are always inter-playing with our urges, emotions, and choices. There is a definite aura of light verses dark in his works that isn't represented in the most literal sense. It is always suggested but never said. Dennis has always treated his art as a juxtaposed reality with many perplexing layers. The harsh contrasts of lights and shadows, the stillness of implied actions, combined with the dangers facing the unaware - sets the undertaking mood for his latest works.

"Convincing God to Sit with the Devil" incorporates a new milestone in Dennis' career as an artist as he begins this new chapter in his series of works.

8 new works by Dennis Gonzales will be displayed from July 11th until August 1st including a large 8x6 ft oil on canvas work entitled "The Other Side". The exhibit will open on July 11th (Saturday) at 5pm with drinks and cocktails to follow.

Nova Gallery is located at Warehouse 12A La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.

For more information about the artist or his art prices, please contact us at gallerynova@gmail.com or call us at 659-3697 from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Cultural Study Tour by Museum Foundation of the Philippines

A Cultural Study Tour of Gota de Leche, FEU, San Sebastian Basilica
and Bahay Nakpil Manila
4 July 2015, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.
Member’s Fee: Php 1,500 / Non-Members Php 1,800
Inclusive of transportation, lunch, merienda, entrance fees and tour guides

Join the MFPI for a cultural study tour of four notable structures in Manila’s University Belt!

Gota de Leche which means “drop of milk” was founded in 1906 to feed children who were victims of the Philippine American War. Its feeding program has continued without any interruption until today. The heritage building designed by the architects Arcadio and Juan Arellano was completed in 1914. The building is modelled after Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence, and is considered a successful adaptation of Italian Renaissance architecture to the tropics. It has three markers from the National Historical Commission and a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage Award. Architect Augusto “Toti” Villalon will tour the group here.

Far Eastern University was founded in 1928 as the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance to enable Filipinos to take a four year course in Accountancy, which was previously unavailable in the country. The complex houses five exemplary Art Deco buildings designed by National Artist Pablo Antonio between the years 1939 to 1950, marking the architect’s personal transition from Art Deco to the International style. For the preservation of these buildings and the blending of newer ones with them, FEU received the 2005 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation. Beyond the buildings, FEU also has rare works by other National Artists such as Vicente Manansala, Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Napoleon Abueva. Martin Lopez, FEU President's Committee on Culture Director and also an MFPI Trustee will tour the group along with members of the FEU Guides, an organization composed of students from the University’s Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management.

San Sebastian Basilica is one of only a few all-metal churches of this scale in the world, and the only all-metal building in the Philippines. The building’s metal parts were forged in Belgium, transported on nine steamships, and assembled locally in Quiapo. Another notable feature of this church is its original interiors from 1891, one of the last remaining authentic church interiors in the country. The basilica has 56 stained glass windows (over 300 square meters in area) and embellished with over 100 figural paintings, and with background of painted metal in masonry faux finishes. The basilica corroding heavily, which poses a unique set of conservation challenges. The tour is given by Tina Paterno, a conservator for historic buildings. She has spent the last decade as a conservator, including work on the United Nations Complex, Apollo Theater, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, all in New York. She is the Executive Director of San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc., and is an MFPI trustee.

Bahay Nakpil was built in 1914 on land where two Nakpil houses previously stood. A typical Filipino house, it was built with bricks on the ground floor and wood on the second to withstand earthquakes. From a Viennese furniture set given as a gift by the Prietos to Dr. Ariston Bautista and Dña. Petrona Nakpil, the couple asked Architect Arcadio Arellano to pattern the Art Nouveau / Viennese Secession influence on the mansion. Volunteers will conduct the tour. 

Proposed Itinerary
8:00 am Call Time, Sanctuario de San Antonio Church, Forbes Park, Makati City
8:30 am Leave Makati
9:30 am Arrive at Gota de Leche Heritage Building, S.H. Loyola Street, Sampaloc, Manila
10:30 am Leave Gota de Leche; Walk to FEU
11:00 am Arrive at FEU, N. Reyes Street, Sampaloc, Manila
12:00 nn Lunch in FEU
1:00 pm Leave FEU; Go to San Sebastian
1:15 pm Arrive at San Sebastian Basilica
2:45 pm Leave San Sebastian
3:00 pm Arrive at Bahay Nakpil; Tour
4:00 pm Merienda at Bahay Nakpil
5:00 pm Leave for Makati
6:00 pm ETA Makati

For more inquiries, call 404-2685 (Elvie Magpayo/Mae de Leon), 697-9509 (Elvie),
or text/call 0949 3338211 (Elvie), 0927 8484680 (Mae). 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Halili Cruz Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary In Resorts World

The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet (HCSB) celebrates its 30th founding anniversary through three grand concerts-cum-exhibit on May 23, 2015 showcasing the prestigious ballet company’s journey on how it blossomed into an outstanding institution of dance in the Philippines and the world. HCSB is internationally awarded and is a pride of the Philippines.


Ms. Anna Kathrina Halili-Cruz , Ms. Grace Perez, and Ms. Anna Balmadrid, HSCB’s artistic team, ballet teachers and choreographers took the lead in organizing and conceptualising the 30th Anniversary Concert.

On May 23, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre at the Resorts World Manila, 700 Halili Cruz ballet dancers and alumnae will perform classical ballet, neoclassical , hiphop, tap , modern jazz and contemporary dance. HCSB friends and supporters will be there. Dance directors and educators from England, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, China, USA, Russia and Australia will be there to witness and join the "30th Anniversary Concert: The Legacy Continues..."


This grand concert is a tribute in honor of the respectable and well - loved school’s founder, Ms. Shirley Halili Cruz.

The event will be held in three parts. The Summer Divertissement Groups 1 and 2 will be performing at 11 am followed by the Summer Divertissement Groups 3 and 4 at 3 PM. At 7:30 PM, the grand anniversary concert will ensue.

HCSB has been a renowned ballet school in the country. They have received more than 300 awards internationally including the “Most Outstanding Ballet School of Asia” since 2000 to present.


It has also been recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ annual Ani ng Dangal Awards for their multiple achievements in various dance competitions here and abroad the past years. The HCSB has also been closely partnering with the NCCA in their various dance programs.


The 30th anniversary grand event is a tribute concert in honor of HCSB's Founder and Artistic Director, Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz, who has been an outstanding personality in the field of ballet. She has, through her efforts as a multi talented ballet teacher and dance educator, promoted the art of dance throughout the whole country and abroad. The multi-awarded and world-class Ms. Halili-Cruz formerly served as Head of the NCCA’s National Committee on Dance.

For more inquiries please call 4130804, 3713519, 09175296946 and ticket world in Resorts World Manila.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

PETA hosts Children’s Arts Festival


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) closes its 47th Theater Season by hosting the 2015 PETA Children’s Arts Festival. This year, through the generous support of PETA’s Arts Zone Project (Advocate Right to Safety Zone for Children), the PETA Theater Center will once again open its doors to children and young people.

The 3-day festival will be filled with play areas, workshops, film showing and performances. The festival will feature one of PETA’s longest running musical for children Christine Bellen’s “Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” and an advocacy musical that discusses the issues of Corporal Punishment Liza Magtoto’s “Rated-PG”

Performances from PETA ArtsZone Regional partners will also be featured in the Festival. YATTA’s “Aah Bakus” from Dumaguete, Sining Banwa’s “Si Al Buda an Tsinelas” from Legazpi, and Teatro Guindegan’s “Istoryahe lang ta” from Ozamis.

Also part of Festival are performances from, St. Gregory Elementary School, Las Piñas East National High School, Polo National High School, Tanghalang SLU, FEU Theater Guild, Maria Montessori, Palo Culture and Arts Organization.

Bring your kids and teens for they will surely enjoy the different workshops such as storytelling, shadow puppetry, visual arts, creative sound and music, creative drama, hip-hop dancing and creative writing to be facilitated by PETA Artist-Teachers and Members.

The festival will be held on May 29-31, 2015 at No. 5, Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Tickets are Php 100 (performance pass), and Php 200 (performance and workshop pass). For tickets contact PETA at (02) 725-6244 or TicketWorld at 891-9999 www.ticketworld.com.ph.


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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Visit Yuchengco Museum for Free on May 18







Yuchengco Museum will celebrate International Museum Day on Monday, May 18. Enjoy free admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to the all the galleries as well as the special exhibit, The First Philippine Republic & the United States: 1898 – 1907.

What's on view on the 18th

See works by Filipino master painters
View prints, paintings, and sculptures by Filipina artists at Likhang Pinay: Women Artists from the Yuchengco Museum Collection
Interact with digital art and select pieces from the museum collection at the Samsung Digital Gallery
Explore maps and memorabilia from the Philippine-American War in The First Philippine Republic & the United States: 1898 – 1907
Discover more about our National Hero Jose Rizal

For more information, visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org or call (632) 889-1234.


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lecture Series: First Philippine Republic & the United States




Exhibit Talks



The First Philippine Republic
& the United States
Lecture Series

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 12 noon

The First Philippine Republic & the United States exhibit covers nine significant years of Philippine history—a period when the first democratic republic in all of Asia revolted against a superpower. In line with the exhibit, the Philippine Map Collectors Society presents a series of exhibit talks by map enthusiasts and historians who will talk about the transition from Spanish to American colonial rule.

May 23
The Opening Battles of the Filipino-American War
Dr. Benito Legarda, Jr.

June 6
General Emilio Aguinaldo: General and President
Dr. Serafin Quiason, Jr.

June 20
The Transition from Spanish to American Colonial Rule

July 4
Socializing with the Tafts
Martin Tinio, Jr.

Exhibit talks come free with admission.
(P100 for adults, P50 for students, P25 for children and seniors)
Free for PHIMCOS members.
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon Cultural Study Tour

MUSEUM FOUNDATION OF THE PHILIPPINES, INC.
Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon Cultural Study Tour
6 to 9 May 2015
Tour Fee: Php 27,800 for MFPI Members; Php 31,500 for Non-Members

Includes:
• Return airfare on Philippine Airlines with 10 kg baggage allowance.
• Airport transfers and land transportation between tours
• Entrance Fees
• Local Tour Guide
• Tour Leader
• Accommodations for three nights at the exclusive Bukidnon Country Lodge on sharing basis
• Breakfast at the Bukidnon Country Lodge
• Packed lunch for the picnic at the Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary
• Snacks and water between destinations

Does not include:
• Airport Terminal Fee
• Cost of rides at the Dahilayan Adventure Park.
• All dinners. A Menu from the Bukidnon Country Lodge will be provided in advance.
• Lunch at Prawn House Restaurant and the Rancher’s Steak House. Menus will be provided in advance
• Generally, all tips and porterage.
• Excess baggage allowance for the return trip to Manila. It is advised that each passenger request for extra baggage allowance for the return trip especially if shopping for pottery/ ceramics.


PROPOSED ITINERARY

Day 1, Wednesday, 6 May: Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental
Divine Mercy Shrine
Prawn House Seafood Restaurant
The Stoneware Pottery
Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures
Bukidnon Country Lodge

Take a morning flight to Cagayan de Oro City on PR 2521 departing at 9:35 am. Arrive in Laguindingan International Airport at 11:10 am. Laguindingan International Airport in Misamis Oriental serves both Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. Collect luggage at the arrival area.

A representative designated by the Bukidnon Country Lodge will meet the group and take them to a waiting van. Before proceeding to Bukidnon, the group will make some stops to experience some of the highlights of Misamis Oriental.

Divine Mercy Shrine, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental
The first stop will be at the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental centred on a 50-foot statue of the Divine Mercy atop a hill overlooking the Macajalar Bay. The statue is said to be the tallest of its kind in the world and has become an important pilgrimage site. Conversions and healings have been attributed to the Dancing Sun Miracle, which was witnessed by 10,000 pilgrims on the feast of the Divine Mercy on 7 April 2013. There is also a fountain of holy water, which is said to bring about healing.

To enter this religious site, there is a strict dress code and all must be dressed modestly. No sleeveless shirts, shorts, tightfitting clothing. Women in trousers will be requested to wear a sarong or malong around them. These are also available for rent at the entrance. (Website: www.divinemercyhills.ne)

Prawn House Seafood Restaurant
From Divine Mercy Hills, the group will be taken to the Prawn House Seafood Restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is by the sea and boasts of a wide array of fresh seafood. Expect a cool breeze as you enjoy fresh crabs, prawns, shrimps and other seafood delights cooked in different ways. Participants with food allergies or dietary restrictions should give advance notice.

Stoneware Pottery
After lunch, visit The Stoneware Pottery, where fine wares are made with clay from Germany, lead-free glazes and Filipino craftsmanship and expertise. Some of the potters may be working that afternoon and will demonstrate their skills. The store will be open for those who would like to buy a few of their products.

For those who know of the Stoneware Pottery’s excellent work, you may wish to browse through their website www.stonewarepottery.com to select items you may wish to purchase. It will also give you more information on the products at The Stoneware Pottery. Stoneware Pottery supplies hotels and restaurants in the country and elsewhere including the Amanpulo Resort.

Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures
The last stop in Cagayan de Oro but not the least- will be The Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures. It features Mindanao's three cultures of the Maranao of Marawi, the Iligan of Cagayan de Oro and the Indigenous Peoples of Northern Mindanao. (www.cultureight.com/capitol-university-museum-of-threecultures/)

The Museum displays the soil paintings of the Talaandig, one of the seven tribes of Bukidnon. Some of these may be for sale.

Drive to Bukidnon
After the sightseeing in Cagayan de Oro, expect a scenic drive - at least before sunset - towards the Bukidnon Country Lodge in Manolo Fortich, which will be home for the next three nights. (www.bukidnoncountrylodge.com)

The Bukidnon Country Lodge maintains the same warmth and services of a private home and exudes the graciousness of its former residents. It has a large living and dining area, an expansive garden with exotic flora, pathways for strolling or jogging, a swimming pool, two outdoor gazebos and a highly experienced and dedicated staff that will make this a veritable home away from home. The Lodge offers home-made international cuisine, prepared exclusively for the guests. Guests will be asked to make their meal choices in advance to allow the kitchen to source choice ingredients.

Guests will be welcomed at the Lodge by Ms. Paula Perrine. A welcome drink from locally grown pineapples will refresh the travellers. Paula will also give a brief background of the place and the Del Monte story.

The Lodge also has a huge table filled with mats woven by indigenous communities, abaca bags and accessories, hats, Hinebelan coffee, organic peanut butter and other products from the area. Guests are drawn to this table from the first moment they arrive. You can put some products aside until the last day when you would settle your account. Dinner will be served followed by dessert and tea or coffee.

Day 2, Thursday, 7 May: Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary & Plantation Tour
Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary/Hineleban Foundation
Dahilayan Adventure Park
Camp Phillips/Kampo Juan
Bukidnon Country Lodge

Breakfast at the Lodge

Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary
Today will be a day of immersion in nature. Leave the Lodge by 8:30 am for Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary (www.hineleban.org) “Tuminugan” is a Binukid term taken from an epic which tells of a paradise that has sprung from nothing. This paradise image describes a once barren area transformed into a nature sanctuary where a diversity of species of flora and fauna has returned and a rich biodiversity thrives once again.

The Tuminugan Nature Sanctuary is part of the Hineleban Foundation’s initiatives in reforestation and biodiversity conservation in cooperation and partnership with Mindanao’s diverse ethnic and cultural communities. Tuminugan’s tree nursery is dedicated to Hineleban’s rainforestation efforts and has become a model of “Transformational Business Practices” involving indigenous peoples and communities.

Guests will see - among other things - the flower terraces, livestock, demonstration of the Honey-Bee production, the natural Horse Training, the organic vegetables project and go on a comprehensive tour of the 100% Arabica Coffee Production of the Hineleban Foundation. This includes coffee tasting. Learn about the work of the Foundation and its cooperation with the indigenous people of Bukidnon. Artisanal crafts made by indigenous communities that reside in the mountains will be shown and sold here as well as products from the farm.

At the end of the tour, enjoy a picnic by the lake. It is a beautiful place for taking photos and to relax and enjoy.

Dahilayan Adventure Park / Camp Phillips / Kampo Juan
After lunch, finish the Plantation Tour by passing by the Dahilayan Adventure Park. (https://
www.dahilayanadventurepark.com) The Adventure Park is not far from the farm. It is famous for its zipline and other daredevil rides, a major reason for the increasing number of tourists in Bukidnon!

You would descend from the mountain passing through Camp Phillips, the Del Monte Pineapple Plantation in the Philippines. Slers, famous for their ham products, will be on the way. So will the other Adventure Park, Kampo Juan, before returning to the Lodge. Dinner at the Lodge.

Day 3, Friday, 8 May: Monastery of the Transfiguration & Banig Weaving...
Monastery of the Transfiguration Souvenir Shop
Church
Museum
Rancher’s Steak House

Breakfast at the Lodge. At 9:00 am, leave for The Monastery of the Transfiguration in Malaybalay. Arrive in Malaybalay City at 10:15 and stop at the Pines Hotel to use the comfort room. During the drive, more information on the sights of Bukidnon will be given as well as on the vestment collection at the Monastery of the Transfiguration.

Monastery of the Transfiguration, Malaybalay
Arrive at the Benedictine monastery after a further 20-minute ride. On the way in to the Monastery, stop at the Souvenir Shop before it closes for lunch. The shop carries some religious items including small replicas of the statue of Our Lady of Monserrat which is enthroned at the Monastery chapel. Apart from these religious items there are also biscuits, coffee and other products made in the Monastery.

From the shop, the group will visit to the church where one can experience the peace and tranquillity of a sacred space. The pyramid shaped church was the last project of Architect Leandro Locsin.

Visit the Museum of Liturgical Vestments and see the vestment collection designed by Dom Martin de Jesus H. Gomez, OSB (formerly known as Manila fashion designer Gang Gomez). The vestments are made with Philippine textile materials enhanced with indigenous patterns and designs.

It is the result of the work put together for an exhibition at the Ayala Museum in 1999 called “Worship and Weave Towards Filipino Liturgical Vestments.” Dom Martin describes how he “travelled to more than 20 ethnic communities to research on textiles and to guide the production of the design motifs that they (the communities) were willing to accommodate.” The book “Worship and Weave Towards Filipino Liturgical Vestments” gives detailed descriptions of the vestments in the collection. It is available at the Ayala Museum Shop in Makati.

After the visit at the Monastery, the group will be taken to the Rancher’s Steak House for lunch. It is a ranch styled restaurant overlooking hills with horses grazing, a pleasant and charming Bukidnon scene. The menu includes a good choice of meat, chicken, pork and fish dishes. After lunch drive back to Manolo Fortich and the Bukidnon Country Lodge. There will be time for those who wish to refine or add more items to the products they had selected initially from the Lodge’s “shop.”

Day 4, Saturday, 9 May: Departure Day
Leave Bukidnon Country Lodge
Drive to Cagayan de Oro City
Lunch in Cagayan de Oro City
Depart for Manila

Wake up at your leisure. After breakfast, drive to Cagayan de Oro City. Departure time will depend on what you would like to do in Cagayan de Oro City before taking the mid-afternoon flight back to Manila. If you opt for some market shopping for malongs, food pasalubongs and the like in Cagayan De Oro City, departure from the Lodge will have to be timed accordingly. Lunch will be in Cagayan de Oro City.

Depart on PR 2526 at 16:35, arrive in Manila at 18:05.

For inquiries and reservation, please email inquiry@museumfoundationph.org and/or museumfoundationphils@gmail.com. You may also call 404 2685 or 697 9509. Text/call Elvie 0949 3338211 or Mae 0927 8484680. Thank you.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Filipino Heritage Festival Pampanga Tour

Filipino Heritage Festival Inc.

In Celebration of National Heritage Month 2015
Heritage Pilgrimage Tour on 09 May 2015

PISAMBÁN: Pamangan Caladua at Catauan (Food for the Soul and the Body)
A Heritage Pilgrimage Tour of Pampanga
[by Lord Francis D. Musni]

Pisambán is how the Capampañgans call their massive stone churches built by the natives under the supervision of Augustinian missionary friars who not only gave them the gift of faith but left indelible marks on their culture and language as well. Despite earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons and floods, and callous neglect, many of these structures stood the test of time and space. They serve not only as houses of worship for their ancestors but has also become vessels of their history and culture, they have become indispensible elements of their heritage. They also stand as proud monuments of their faith and repositories of the best examples of local arts and crafts.

Join us on a pilgrim’s visit not only to pay homage to the gift of faith that lives within these walls but also witness how the people of Pampanga have shown their strong faith in the sheer massiveness and beauty of these structures but also in the cultural treasures abounding in them. Along the pilgrim route, nourish your soul with visual catechetical images in paint, wood and stone, while we take stops to nourish our body with the best offerings of a province touted to be the Gourmet or Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Its cuisine renowned for its rich, elaborate and tasty offerings, is a product of the melding of influences, Malay, Chinese, American but most especially, Castilian, one will easily be convinced that a Capampañgan is not only born to eat but is also born to cook as well.

So come with us on a rare pilgrimage to fete the body and feed the soul.
Tara pu mangadi tamu at mangan! (Come with us to pray and eat.)

PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Leave Makati-Santuario Church area at 7 AM

1st stop :
Gosioco Gardens / Salaria 1849 : Capampangan Breakfast and Tour
San Vicente, Sta. Rita, Pampanga

Commonly referred to as Salaria, the Gosioco Ancestral House is believed to be the oldest house in town, built in 1849. Salaria is one of the surviving homes in Sta. Rita, Pampanga. A historic landmark of the town, Salaria comes from the Spanish word “Serreria”, which means a place for candle making.

Experience the ambience of a traditional ancestral home, see a good collection of beautiful, well- preserved old Capampangan kitchen tools and implements used by the Gosioco household members from generation to generation.

A hearty Capampangan breakfast of empadados, tamales/bobotu, suman tili, pandesal con pistu suclati, and “sopas” – a crispy mammon which is served together with hot soup; thus the term “sopas”.

There will also be a cooking demo of ASADUNG MATUA (Old-Fashioned Pork Asado) – also called Asadong Paski, Asadong Barrio and Abo-abo in Pampanga. This dish is not typically served in restaurants.

A popular local sherbet maker, Paguio’s will serve sherbet at the Salaria. Sta. Rita is renowned for its sherbet which is made under two-types of preparation : a) sherbet for refreshment – thin ; and b) sherbet as dessert – thicker and sweeter.

Lansang Turrones Factory
San Jose, Sta. Rita

Cooking of the nougat starts at 4:00 am. The group can take snap-shots of what we can still catch at this time. Wrapping of the turrones, stretches into the afternoon, and the sans rival is prepared later in the afternoon.

Galan’s Chicharron Factory
San Roque, Guagua

Witness the preparation of Galan’s popular chicharron and see the different variants of chicharron.

Lapid’s Hornong Liempo
See the unique “pugon”-style cooking of the much sought after Liempo at Lapid’s, a popular fare in Western Pampanga.

Parish Church of Santiago Apostol
Betis, Guagua

Betis Church in Guagua is the next stop. It is referred to as the Sistine Chapel of the Philippines because of its hand-painted interior. It also boasts of the finest woodcrafts the town of Betis is famous for. There is a museum on the ground floor of the old convent. The Church has been declared as a National Cultural Treasure (NCT) by the National Museum in 2001.

The town of Betis is also famous for its guitar-making industry. Betis artisans are known to have produced the wooden chandeliers installed in Malacanang Palace.

David Ancestral Home (a few meters away from Betis Church)
The David Ancestral Home is owned by the family of Sociologist Randy David, Atty. Dante David and Bishop Pablo David. See how the Davids were able to salvage their ancestral home from lahar threat by employing “jack-technology.”

Capampangan Lunch : at Henson-Panlilio Ancestral House
Parian, Masangsang, Mexico, Pampanga

Lunch will be hosted by Tita Lilian Borromeo-Lising, a culinary heritage cook. A hearty treat of select
Capampangan dishes, and a tour of the old Capampangan cocina awaits the group.

There will be a cooking demo of heritage recipes like pan de saniculas, dulce prenda and brazo de maiz in an open kitchen filled with ancient Kapampangan cooking tools and implements.

A side demo of traditional tamales/bobotu and suman preparation will be done by Ms. Mhye from Bulaon.

Parish Church of Sta. Monica
Minalin, Pampanga
The Sta. Monica Parish Church or commonly called Minalin Church is one of the oldest churches in Pampanga which was erected by the Augustinian architects and engineers in the 17th century.

Declared as a National Cultural Treasure (NCT) by the National Museum in 2011, the Church is overflowing with artistry and ingenuity as exposed by its retablo-like-facade; significant decors of the Coat of Arms of Bishop of Spain at that time on the base of the window ; escudo of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the main entrance ; lantern like kampanilya and a 1619 mural painting which measures 89 inch wide and 113 inch tall depicting an old map of the town.

The church is also the only one of its kind with intact capilla posas at the four corners of its atrium.

Pottery Shops
Sto. Tomas, Pampanga

Home to many traditional potters, Sto. Tomas is the place to go for its decorative clay jars, classic
earthenware and assorted potteries. Here in Sto. Tomas, where clay remains abundantly available, this ageold art continues to thrive.

Nathaniel’s (JASA) : Merienda and Pasalubong Shopping
San Fernando City

Return trip to Manila, 4 PM

For inquiries and reservations, please contact Ms. Tonie Bautista 0916 4788163 or 333 2215.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cosmic Easy: A Solo Show by Alrashdi Mohammad

Art inspired by the universe

Artist Alrashdi Mohammad presents Cosmic Easy, his solo show at Ysobel Art Gallery.

Cosmic Easy is a collection of artworksthat imagines the cosmos, randomness and insistent speculations through the lens of emotion and aesthetic thinking. He thinks of new stars, dying planets, Big Bang and congruous chaos and turbulence of overlapping galaxies----everything delicately moves in their unique places that make the cosmic system work.

Alrashdi Mohammad's creative propositions evoke existential questions and the sense of certain and abstract in the way we respond to new and unknown things .These are sublime abstract compositions that inspired by flaming skies, stellar birth clouds and objects moving in space. Like hot gasses bursting through eternal space, his works is like a paint shop blown up into a beautiful combustion of vivid colors and dynamism.

The show runs from April 25 to May 6, 2015.

Opening and artist reception will be on April 25, 2015 at 6pm.

For more information you may call 09285071117/ 09332227952/ 5764758 or email mark.sancheztiongco@gmail.com.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

U.P. Film Institute Summer Workshops 2015

MARCH 2015
BASIC SCRIPTWRITING

Facilitator: Prof. Mark McKeown
Schedule : March 14, 21, 28 April 18, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 5pm (20 hours)
Course Fee : P 5,500.00

FILM APPRECIATION & CRITICISM
Facilitator: Prof. Patrick Campos
Schedule : March 28, 2015
Time : 10am to 4pm (including lunch and snacks)
Course Fee : P 1,800.00

APRIL 2015
DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION
Facilitator: Mr. Milo Paz
Schedule : April 6 to 10, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (25 hours)
Course Fee : P 8,000.00

NON-LINEAR EDITING – FINAL CUT PRO
Facilitator: Ms. Apol Dating
Schedule : April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2015 (4 days)
Time : 1pm to 5pm (16 hours)
Course Fee : P 6,500.00
(12 slots only)

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Facilitator: TBA
Schedule : April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2015 (4 days)
Time : 1pm to 5pm (20 hours)
Course Fee : P 5,500.00

Requirement : Digital Camera preferably D-SLR

BASIC SCRIPTWRITING
Facilitator: Mr. Raz dela Torre
Schedule : April 13 to 17, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (25 hours)*
Course Fee : P 6,000.00

INTERMEDIATE SCRIPTWRITING – Found Stories
Facilitator: Mr. Armando “Bing” Lao
Schedule : April 27 to May 1, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (25 hours)
Course Fee : P 6,500.00
(10 slots only)

MAY 2015
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY in Boracay
Facilitator: Prof. Roehl Jamon
Schedule : May 8 to 10, 2015 (3 days)
Time : 9am to 12nn (9 hours)
Course Fee : P 6,000.00
Requirement : Digital Camera preferably D-SLR
(fare and accommodation not included)

BASIC SCRIPTWRITING in Boracay
Facilitator: Prof. Ed Lejano
Schedule : May 8 to 10, 2015 (3 days)
Time : 1pm to 5pm (12 hours)
Course Fee : P 5,000.00
(fare and accommodation not included)

INTERMEDIATE SCRIPTWRITING in Baguio
Facilitator: TBA
Schedule : May 15 to 18, 2015 (4 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (20 hours)
Course Fee : P 6,000.00
(fare and accommodation not included)

DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY - HDSLR
Facilitator: Mr. Nap Jamir
Schedule : May 23, 24, 30, 31 (4 days)
Time : 10am to 5pm (24 hours)
Course Fee : P 8,500.00
Venue: CMC Media Center

DIRECTING
Facilitator: Ms. Barbara Politsch
Schedule : May 25 to 29, 2015 (5 days)
Time : 1pm to 6pm (25 hours)
Course Fee : P 7,000.00

*ON-GOING REGISTRATION*

DISCOUNTS:
-10% off on your 2nd workshop.
-Register in groups of 3 to get 5% off each.

LAST DAY OF REGISTRATION :
5 days before the first day of the workshop.

WORKSHOPS ARE OPEN TO PUBLIC. LIMITED SLOTS.
An initial fee of P500 is required to reserve a slot.
(this fee is non-refundable and will be deducted from the total course fee thereafter)

To REGISTER:
1. Drop by our office.
(Address: UPFI Film Center, 2/F Cine Adarna bldg. Magsaysay and Osmena Ave.,UP Diliman QC)
2. Fill up a Registration Form.
3. Pay P500 or in full. (An initial fee of P500 is required to reserve a slot.)

or

1. Visit http://filminstitute.upd.edu.ph/?page_id=45
2. Download and fill up a Registration Form. Email or Fax it to us.
3. Deposit P500 or in full. (An initial fee of P500 is required to reserve a slot.)

*For BANK DEPOSITS
Name: UP CMC Foundation, Inc.
Account No. 39 – 325 – 130001 - 01
PNB, UP Campus Branch
(kindly fax us (9262722) or email us a copy of the deposit slip/receipt of your down payment together with your completed registration form)

For Inquiries:
0932 – 4852110 (Karen)
upfi_workshops@yahoo.com.ph
http://upfilminstitute.upd.edu.ph
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Gods of the Earth at the Dragon Gallery

Gods of the Earth 
March 13 – March 16, 2015



Witness the talent of emerging multimedia artists from Mapua Institute of Technology.
Gods of the Earth is a graduating exhibition featuring the works of Mapua students completing their studies in Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Arts and Sciences. Among the types of artworks on display are digital art, photography, paintings, and installation art.

A call to society, Gods of the Earthshowcases how 'gods' of the 21st century—including money, technology, brands, and the media—control us today.

Participating students
Christine Anne Louisse Abando
Marc Aldrin Abaya
John Aspilla
Aldrin Bautista
Elaine Bermudez
Jana Calpe
Herzchel Cruz
Nico Paolo Dasalle
Elaine De Castro
Vladen Ivan De la Peña
Clarissa Keister Del Mundo
Romelle Alyssa Fernandez
Chia Chi Hu
Krisianne Denice Ilagan
Jose Paolo Jimenez
Paula Laureola
Kristel Kay Llamera
Joaquin Los Baños IV
Alyssa Magpayo
Yvonne Anne Maxino
Ruben Mercado
Kevin Obmerga
Rina Victoria Oviso
Isabel Ruth Paña
Ara Beatrize Pascua
Ralph Poon
Errol Roque
Anthony Tan

About the Dragon Gallery

The 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, email thewaterdragon@yuchengcomuseum.org.
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Monday, March 02, 2015

Call for Applicants: Young Artists' Studio

Young Artists' Studio is looking for art teachers to work this summer 2015. To apply, please email LOA, CV and portfolio to adgfelix@gmail.com not later than March 7, 2015.

Qualifications:

for Head Teachers
love for art and for children
strong oral and written communication skills
proactive, team-player and positive working attitude
a graduate of Fine Arts, Art History or any related field; or equivalent professional experience
will be able to work full-time, Mondays to Saturdays, from April to July, 2015
available for training from March 10 onwards

for Teaching Assistants
love for art and for children
strong oral and written communication skills
proactive, team-player and positive working attitude
a graduate of Education, Psychology, Early Childhood Development or any related field
will be able to work full-time, Mondays to Saturdays, from April to July, 2015
available for training from March 10 onwards

Note:

Qualified applicants will be contacted asap and are expected to come for an interview on March 9, 10am at YAS Loyola Heights.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Biowork by Buen Calubayan


Biowork | Buen Calubayan
Opening on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 at 6pm


Bundok Banahaw 3, 2015

Biowork is the terminus of the biography works that artist Buen Calubayan has been involved with in the past two years. His research and performative journey to Mt. Banahaw frames this exhibition, evidence of how intertwined his life and artistic practice are.

In this installation composed of painting, sculpture, performance, documentation and text, Calubayan lays bare his personal history, the demons of uncertainty about his art and chosen life and the means by which he confronted them. Biowork brings together the learning and realizations of past works and exhibitions, including his 2012 Ateneo Art Awards winning show Fressie Capulong where the assemblage of works accumulated became a cathartic experience for the artist and his 2013 Ateneo Art Awards shortlisted project Spoliarium that re-interpreted Juan Luna’s iconic painting. This project was the catalyst for his reconsideration of the significance of this masterpiece imbued with so much nationalistic significance that for Ilustrados signified equality with the colonial masters yet ironically reinforced their willingness to be judged by them; and led him to the search for an alternative aesthetic. Reynaldo Ileto’s Pasyon and Revolution, became his guide to the next stage of his artistic life and practice. Ileto’s “ history from below” introduced him to the practices, beliefs and aesthetics of the “ordinary” Filpinos of the late 19th century, directed him to Mount Banahaw and led to the development of his current body of work.


Pasyon and Revolution_Towards A History from Below (Process 2), 2014
Hammock crafted from stripped pages of the book Pasyon and Revolution by Reynaldo Ileto

Biowork by Buen Calubayan opens on 24 February 2015 and runs till 30 April. For more information, please contact Ria Talamayan-Aguilar at 4266488 or via email at rtalamayan@ateneo.edu
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Thomas Kinkade: Painter of Light at the Dragon Gallery

Thomas Kinkade: Painter of Light
February 25 – March 10, 2015




In the very beginning of his artistic career, American artist Thomas Kinkade (1958 – 2012) put his entire life savings into the printing of his first lithograph. Though at the time he was already an acclaimed illustrator and a background artist for Ralph Bakshi animation studios, Kinkade found that he was inspired not by fame and fortune, but by the simple act of painting straight from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him most.

The man from the small country town of Placerville, California attended University of California Berkeley and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. As an artist, Kinkade emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. His goal was to touch people and to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he created.

Kinkade’s dearest wish had always been that his artwork would be a messenger of hope and inspiration to others—a message to slow down, appreciate the little details in life, and to look for beauty in the world around us.

Each Kinkade canvas lithograph comes with an Owner's Portfolio, which contains a Certificate of Authenticity, a Certificate of Limitation & Authenticity, and a Fine Art Owner's Manual.

About the Dragon Gallery

The 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, email thewaterdragon@yuchengcomuseum.org.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cherie Gil shares thoughts on first Filipino production

by Mia Lopez

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Critically acclaimed veteran film and television actress Cherie Gil has built for herself a sparkling repertoire, playing women of opulence and strong character since she began her career in the 80’s.

Who can forget her portrayal of wicked stepsister proportions in the 1985 Sineserye Bituing Walang Ningning as the driven Lavinia Arguelles famous for the ‘you’re-nothing-but-a-second-rate-trying-hard-copy-cat’ bitchy one-liner, or her more recent appearance in Temptation of Wife as the ruthless mother-in-law, Stella Salcedo. But apart from her villainous reputation on Filipino soap operas, is a likewise— if not more— illustrious career on the theater stage.

Her theater career

Gil was recently lauded as the show-stopping Liliane Lefleur in the five-time Tony Award winning musical, Nine; restaged by Atlantis Productions. In 2013 she was the seductive Mrs. Robinson in Repertory Philippines’ The Graduate and in the same year captured the essence of fashion doyenne Diana Vreeland in a solo show for Actors Actors Inc., and My Own Mann Productions entitled Full Gallop. She was equally stellar in Terrence McNally’s Master Class as Greek-American soprano Maria Callas.

But it was in her memorable first portrayal in Terrence McNally’s Master Class as Greek-American soprano Maria Callas, that she was eyed by New York-based director and designer Loy Arcenas for the lead in what would become Arbol de Fuego.

Arcenas shares, “I first saw Cherie Gil magnificent on stage as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s Master Class… [meanwhile] Cherry Orchard was slowly becoming an interesting dream and whenever I would bump into Cherie, I would tell her that she [would] make a great Ranevskaya, the matriarch in The Cherry Orchard and we would laugh about it. So when the PETA offer came about, Cherie had to be Madame Enriquietta Jardeleza-Sofronio.”

Many firsts

Arbol de Fuego is Gil’s major role with PETA and first Filipino stage production. She shares that she is equally excited and anxious in this albeit fulfilling undertaking; also noting that her mother Rosemarie Gil has also acted for PETA in the past. “To be a part of a PETA production,” she says, “is possibly the most important project I have been involved with in my 36-year career”. She adds, “To be able to work with such a formidable company, and in Filipino at that, would have been an opportunity too hard to pass up as an actor; a challenge such as this would truly help me develop my body of work.”

Gil took to the character immediately, saying she is especially fond of playing strong women with their own vulnerabilities.

She says, “No other material has affected me as deeply. As grueling a ride it may have been, it certainly gave me fresh insight into this third chapter of my life.” When asked about similarities between her and her character, jokingly quips “we are both bipolar.” Jokes aside, “she lives in her own illusion,” Gil added.

Arbol de Fuego

Arbol de Fuego is a reimagining of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. The comedy-drama, adapted by multi-awarded playwright Rody Vera, is set in 1970’s Negros Occidental, during the Marcos era sugar monopoly when many Negrense sugar barons and aristocrats stood helpless in their decline. Matriarch Enriquietta Jardeleza-Sofronio— sophisticated, well read, and highly emotional— comes back from a lengthy stay in Madrid, grieving the death of her only son. After having squandered the family’s money abroad, she finds out of the plans to sell her ancestral estate, and chop down the rows of arbol de fuegos that frame it. She refuses out of pride and instead throws party after lavish party to reminisce about her opulent past in an effort to forget her depleting wealth.

Stellar Cast

Arbol de Fuego boasts of a stellar cast. Alongside Cherie is Urian best actress awardee Angeli Bayani plays Charito, Enriquetta’s adopted daughter who takes care of the estate while they are away. Self-made businessman former servant Nonoy Tiking is played by PETA senior artist-teacher Raffy Tejada. British Independent Film Award nominee Jake Macapagal plays Enriquetta’s ostentatious brother Adjie, while 2013 Cinema One Best Actress Anna Luna plays her naïve and optimistic daughter. Joining them is money-grubbing former nobleman Chitong played by esteemed actor, director and set designer Leo Rialp; young intellectual Dante played by Riki Benedicto; and old but faithful mayordomo Manong Ikong played by Bembol Roco. A host of talented actors round off the cast as the family’s hired servants played by Anthony Falcon, Lao Rodriguez, Gie Onida, Kiki Baento, and Divine Aucina.

Catch Cherie Gil in Arbol de Fuego; a truly Filipino production that is not to be missed! The play opens on February 20, 2015 with shows from Fridays to Sundays, 3:00pm and 8:00pm at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. For tickets information, contact PETA at 725-6244 or 0917 5765400 or contact Ticket World at ticketworld.com.ph 891-9999.
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Friday, February 06, 2015

From Aegis to Chekhov

From Aegis to Chekhov
PETA seduces audiences with another must-see theater piece

By Leloi Arcete

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – After the chart-topping success of the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) OPM comedy musical Rak of Aegis, PETA brings new life to Anton Chekhov’s timeless world classic The Cherry Orchard in its new play Arbol de Fuego.

From Rak of Aegis’ flooded subdivision of Barangay Venizia, PETA’s black box theater will be transformed into a failing hacienda in the sugar lands of Negros, patterned after the failing orchards of the Russian landed gentry in The Cherry Orchard. If Rak of Aegis was a comedy musical of popular jukebox hits that tickled the audience’s fancy for the familiar, Arbol De Fuego is what we call a ‘dramedy’: a bittersweet comedy-drama about a family’s struggle against the shifting social order of the changing times.

Deviating from the usual serious and melodramatic staging of Cherry Orchard, PETA’s adaptation is told with underlying sarcasm and humor that Chekhov had originally intended for the play.

“Chekhov is a dramatist known for farce. People usually think of this dark, sad, serious play because that was how director Stanislavski staged it. It’s very literary, but it’s really a comedy,” shares writer Rody Vera.

Arbol de Fuego laughs at the habits and tendencies of the diminishing aristocratic class as it focuses on the self-indulgences and obsession with material wealth of the rich. Like Rak of Aegis, the play also illustrates the plight of the working class, their struggles, and tribulations.

Another play where the plot stems from domestic troubles, Arbol de Fuego tells the story of an aristocratic family on the eve of an impending foreclosure of their estate. The protagonist, Enriquetta Jardeleza-Sofronio, returns to the family estate to face the prospect of impending bankruptcy and losing their land with its beloved rows of flame trees, or what is locally known as arbol de fuego. Fortunately, a former servant’s son, now a successful property developer, has a cunning plan to save the estate.

Arbol de Fuego has the makings of another promising theater hit like Rak of Aegis. The play combines the power of a world classic with a band of notable theater talents: multi-awarded director-designer Loy Arcenas, prolific playwright Rody and sought-after composer and musical director Vincent de Jesus.

Arbol de Fuego also boasts of a stellar cast. The brilliant acting ensemble is led by seasoned actress Cherie Gil, who plays the role of Enriquetta Jardeleza-Sofronio. Alongside Gil is Urian best actress awardee Angeli Bayani who plays Charito, Enriquetta’s adopted daughter who takes care of the estate while they are away. British Independent Film Award nominee Jake Macapagal plays Enriquetta’s ostentatious brother Adjie, while 2013 Cinema One Best Actress Anna Luna plays Enriquetta’s naïve and optimistic daughter . Joining them is money-grubbing former nobleman Chitong played by well-known actor, director and set designer Leo Rialp; Self-made businessman and former servant Nonoy Tiking played by Raffy Tejada; young intellectual Dante played by Riki Benedicto; and old but faithful mayordomo Manoy Iking played by Bembol Roco. A host of talented actors round off the cast as the family’s hired servants played by Anthony Falcon, Lao Rodriguez, Gie Onida, Kiki Baento, and Divine Aucina.

With a dose of farce and a dash of drama, Arbol de Fuego is sure to be an astounding acting piece and a feast for the senses; a truly Filipino production that should not be missed! The play opens on February 20, 2015 with shows from Fridays to Sundays, 3:00pm and 8:00pm at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. For show buying and ticket information, contact PETA at 725 6244 or 0917 5765400 or contact Ticket World at ticketworld.com.ph 891-9999.
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