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Friday, December 28, 2007

Entries to 2009 National Artist Awards Now Open


The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is now accepting nominations for the new batch of the Order of National Artists for conferment in 2009.

Order of the National Artists is the highest national recognition being given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts - in music, dance, theater, visual arts, literature, film and broadcast arts, and architecture and allied arts.

PA on Culture and NCCA Executive Director Cecile Guidote Alvarez said that the award embodies the country’s highest ideals in humanism and aesthetic expression through distinct achievements of individuals in any of the seven fields of the arts being conferred by the President of the Philippines every three years.

“In 2003, through Executive Order 236, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo conferred additional prestige on the award by raising it to the level of a Cultural Order, fourth in precedence among the orders that comprise the Honors Code of the Philippines,” added Guidote-Alvarez.

Eligible to be nominated for the National Artists are living artists who are Filipino citizens as well as those who died after the establishment of the award in 1972; artists who through the content and form of their works have contributed in building a sense of nationhood; and have pioneered a mode of creative expression which earned distinction and has an impact on succeeding generations of artists and consistently displayed excellence in the practice of their art form thus enriching artistic expression or style.

“Broad acceptance through prestigious national or international recognition, critical acclaim and reviews of their works, and the respect and esteem from peers, is a big plus factor for consideration,” said Guidote-Alvarez.

The nomination may be submitted by any government and non-government cultural organizations and educational institutions, as well as private foundations and councils on or before December 31, 2007 with a cover letter signed by the head of the organization accompanied by a board resolution approving the nominee, a duly accomplished nomination form, detailed curriculum vitae of the nominee, list of significant works categorized according to the criteria, with latest photograph, copies of published reviews and any other documents that may be required by the secretariat.

All correspondences, nomination forms, and supporting materials should be addressed to the National Artists Award Secretariat through the CCP Office of the Artistic Director in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City or at the NCCA-Office of the Deputy Executive Director in Intramuros, Manila. The NCCA and CCP are jointly administering the award and made recommendations to the President.

The official nomination form can be downloaded a t or get in touch with Frances Alincastre at 527-2192 local 503 or 511.

In the thirty-five years of the award, it was already given to 57 Filipino artists of which 15 are still living - Napoleon Abueva (Sculture, 1976), Lucresia R. Kasilag (Music, 1988), Arturo Luz (Visual Arts, 1997), Daisy Avellana (Theater, 1999), Edith Tiempo (Literature, 1999), Andrea Veneracion (Music, 1999), F. Sionil Jose (Literature, 2001), Virgilio S. Almario (Literature, 2003), Salvador F. Bernal (Theater and Design, 2003), Alejandro R. Roces, Jr. (Literature, 2003), Eddie Romero (Film and Broadcast Arts, 2003), and the batch 2006 awardees - Bienvenido Lumbera (Literature), Ildefonso P. Santos, Jr. (Landscape Architecture), Abdulmari Asia Imao (Sculpture) and Benedicto R. Cabrera (Visual Arts).

Aside from the rank and title, medallion and citation, a proclaimed National Artist will have the following privileges – a cash award of Php 100,000.00 for living awardees and Php 75,000.00 for posthumous awardees, a monthly life pension, medical and hospitalization benefits, life insurance coverage for those whoa re still insurable, arrangements and expenses for a State Funeral and a place of honor at national state functions and recognition at cultural events.

The National Artists Award was established under Proclamation 1001 in 1972 and first conferred to Fernando Amorsolo on that same year. Proclamation 1144 mandated the CCP Board of Trustees to administer the award including the privileges and honors to National Artists and in 1992, upon the creation of NCCA under Republic Act 7356, the two institutions are now jointly administering the award.

Guidote-Alvarez added that the National Artists award being bestow by the Republic, is not only a recognition of highest achievements in the arts but it in turns honors our own cultural heritage and the Filipino expression of culture and traditions, history, way of life and aspirations.
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1st Mogwai Film Festival


This “festival” was inspired by a conversation.

In 2006, when attempting to discuss the problems of the Metro Manila Film Festival with one of the Philippine’s most prominent female film directors, I was told “what do you want from me? A quote?!

… that was disheartening.

Later in the conversation the former FDCP head said “why don’t you just start your own festival!?”

And so it is.

From December 28 – December 30, and continuing from January 2 – January 13, bar/arts space MOGWAI in the Marikina Shoe Expo will hold something like a film festival.

As we all know, the annual Metro Manila Film Festival is problematic: it is under the authority of the same people that handle our garbage (…literally). If it is, as we believe, a form of oppression to have our viewing options from December 25 – January 7 limited to the films of the MMFF, then consider this, the first “MFF” our attempt at liberation.

The MMFF’s criteria for selection (ever-evolving, this year worse than ever) is this: 50 percent commercial viability, 40 percent creativity and innovativeness, 10 percent cultural and historical values.

The MFF’s criteria for selection is this: 100% good cinema, in all shapes and sizes (with special attention paid to films that deserve more of an audience than they have had).

The Mogwai Cinematheque is attempting to build an audience; a community of informed and active viewers, that enter into a dialogue with the films they watch. Screenings will be followed by discussions (with the director or someone intimately involved in the film). Screenings are free. Donations are welcome. Come often, but come early: the venue seats a maximum of 35 people.

- Alexis A. Tioseco, Editor, www.criticine. com December 2007


December 28, Friday, 1pm
Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino (Lav Diaz)
(Evolution of a Filipino Family)

December 29, Saturday, 1pm
Heremias, Unang Aklat: Ang Alamat ng Prinsesang Bayawak (Lav Diaz)
(Heremias, Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess)

December 30, Sunday, 1pm
Kagadanan sa Banwaan ning mga Engkanto (Lav Diaz)
(Death in the Land of Encantos )

January 2, Wednesday, 9pm
Otros Trilogy + Todo Todo Teros (John Torres)

January 3, Thursday, 9pm
Sa North Diversion Road (Dennis Marasigan)
(On the North Diversion Road )

January 4, Friday, 7pm & 8pm
Antoinette Jadaone shorts
Roxlee Animated shorts

January 5, Saturday, 7pm & 9pm
In Da Red Korner (Dado Lumibao)
When Timawa Meets Delgado (Ray Gibraltar)

January 6, Sunday, 1pm
Kagadanan sa Banwaan ning mga Engkanto (Lav Diaz)
(Death in the Land of Encantos )

January 7, Monday, 9pm
Sa Aking Pagkakagising Mula sa Kamulatan (Ato Bautista)

January 8, Tuesday, 9pm
Short Works + Huling Balyan ng Buhi (Sherad Anthony Sanchez)

January 9, Wednesday, 9pm & 10pm
Otros Trilogy + Todo Todo Teros (John Torres)

January 10, Thursday, 9pm
In Da Red Korner (Dado Lumibao)

January 11, Friday, 9pm
When Timawa Meets Delgado (Ray Gibraltar)

January 12, Saturday, 7pm & 9pm
Raya Martin Double Bill:
Maicling pelicula nañg ysañg indio nacional (O Ang Mahabang Kalungkutan ng Katagalugan)
(A Short Film About the Indio Nacional (Or, the Prolonged Sorrow of Filipinos)


January 13, Sunday
Discussion Day

Mogwai Cinematheque
62 and 63, Cubao Expo,
Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao, QC
Open daily from 6:00pm to 2:00am.
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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Protecting Creative Artistic Expression in the Digital Environment - Free Seminar!

You ARE Invited !

Organizers: Alab Artistika, Earthlinks Multimedia Corporation and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

These are organizations that advocates among others, the protection of the rights of artists engaged in the expression of their art through the use of information technology innovations, and their continuing education about the implications of creating digital works that are uploaded and disseminated on the Internet.

As part of our current efforts to bring about greater awareness on the rights of artists creating and furthering their works in the digital environment to reach their intended audience, we have organized a three day seminar-exhibit for members of different artistic communities including the Multimedia, IT practitioners and students, entitled "Protecting Creative Artistic Expression in the Digital Environment" on January 10,11 and 12, 2008, at the NCCA Auditorium, Intramuros, Manila. The said event will highlight matters about the usage of artists of technological tools and schemes designed to disseminate their expression on the Internet and the legal consequences. It will be a groundbreaking seminar of its kind in the Philippines.

IdN Club, Philippines
(International Designers Network Club Philippines)

Hon. Cecile Guidote Alvarez
Executive Director (NCCA)

SEMINAR-EXHIBIT will be open by: Mr. Peter Que jr.
President – Philippine Computer Society (PCS)


1. Dr. Atty. Noel G. Ramiscal
2. Mr. Christoper Joseph Andaluz
3. Mr. Antonino Angeles
4. Dr. Rina Shahrullah
5. Mr. Arnel G. Caranto
6. Representative from Microsoft
7. Representative from Intellectual Property Philippines (IPP)

a. The Artist and Electronic Data
b. Intellectual Property Rights
c. The Artist and the Digital Creative Common
d. Reflections on Digital Infringement Issues
e. The Plight of Digital Artists
f. The Artist and Cyberforensics
g. The Artist and the Art of Arbitration
h. Latest groundbreaking works in software and hardware tools

Interested party may inquire at Earthlinks Multimedia with Tel no. 758-3767

Limited FREE slots are available (on early reservation)
You may pass this invitation to your friends!!!
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PHILSTAGE Launches Performing Arts Awards, Invites Jury Members

PHILSTAGE Launches Performing Arts Awards,
Invites Jury Members


PHILSTAGE launches performing arts awards, invites jury members

The Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group (PHILSTAGE), the
country's only organization of professional performing arts
companies, invites critics, educators, researchers and regular
audiences of theater, music and dance productions to seek Jury Panel
membership slots for the 2008 PHILSTAGE Awards for the Performing

Conceived as peer awards similar to many of the performing arts
industry awards abroad, the PHILSTAGE Awards are conferred for
outstanding achievements in the performing arts by PHILSTAGE member-
companies such as Actors Actors, Inc. (AAI), Ballet Manila (BM),
Ballet Philippines (BP), Gantimpala Theater Foundation (GANTIMPALA) ,
Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), Philippine Education
Theater Association (PETA), Repertory Philippines (REP), Tanghalang
Pilipino (TP), and Triumphant People's Evangelistic Theater Society,

Awards shall be given for outstanding achievements in production or
performance, stage direction, original script/concept, musical
direction, choreography, theater performance (individual) , musical
performance (individual) , dance performance (individual) , production
design, outstanding costume design, and lighting design. While
PHILSTAGE administers the awards, the final recipients will be chosen
by an independent Jury Panel selected by the PHILSTAGE Board of
Directors from a roster of respected critics, performing artists,
cultural researchers and scholars, and the general public. An initial
list of invited jury members has been drawn up while a limited number
is open to application by the general public.

Confirmed jury applicants and invited jury members shall serve a one-
year term of office starting January 2008. They shall enjoy the the
privilege of watching all PHILSTAGE productions for the given year,
to which tickets will be issued gratis. Only those who have watched
all the productions identified for awards consideration may
participate in the selection of quarterly citations and final
nominees and awardees come January 2009.

The PHILSTAGE Board of Directors is composed of TP's Dennis
Marasigan, president; PETA's Melvin Lee, vice president; BP's Sandy
Hontiveros, secretary; REP's Gigette Tolentino, treasurer, AAI's
Leonardo Lim, BM's Susan Macuja, Gantimpala's Tony Espejo, OPM's
Mitch Valdes, TRUMPET's Alvin Dela Pena, and PHILSTAGE Executive
Director Elmar Beltran Ingles.

Interested parties may email their curriculum vitae to philstage@tri- with a cover letter stating their qualifications to serve as
Jury Member. Applicants from the audience sector may come from any
professional, student, government or NGO sector who have manifested a
sustained patronage of cultural productions in the performing arts.
They should include in their CV a list of productions watched over
the past three years. Deadline of emailed application is on January
2, 2008. Successful applicants will be notified not later than
January 3, 2007 and should be available for the Jury briefing and
orientation to be held on January 5, 2008, 3 p.m. at the Tanghalang
Pilipino Office at the CCP Production Design Center (back of CCP Main
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Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Garage Workshops for 2008

We would like to congratulate all the graduates of The Garage Workshops 2007. Thank you for participating in our workshops and for continuously supporting The Garage.

We are looking forward to providing more and better workshops in the coming year, starting off with three courses designed for aspiring graphic artists, animators, or photographers.

Basic Adobe Photoshop CS3

Be introduced to graphics design and translate your creative concepts into effective, tangible, dynamic visuals (manipulating photos, creating posters, etc.) using the most relevant software used by professional graphic designers - Adobe Photoshop.

Schedule of classes: January 19 and 26; 9am-4pm

Instructor: Mr. Galvin Ngo

Regular course fee: Php4,000
Promo fee: Php3,600
Deadline for registration: January 16, 2008
Promo deadline: January 11, 2008

Basic Adobe Flash CS3

Learn the basics of Adobe Flash CS3 and be able to create stunning animations and produce interactive presentations.

Schedule of classes: January 21, 23, 28, 30; 6:30-9:30pm
Instructor: Mr. Alberto Medalla
Regular course fee: Php4,000
Promo fee: Php3,600
Deadline for registration: January 16, 2008
Promo deadline: January 11, 2008

Photoworks @ The Garage

Discover photography as you've never known before!
Discover the Eye of the Photographer
Learn not just the hows, but also the whys
Find out what works and what doesn't in creating a powerful image
The goal: to create good photographers, not just good photographs
Make the camera work for you, not you work for the camera
Experience and apply your lessons through the Photoworks Photo Projects
Learn through lectures, videos, multimedia presentations and live demonstrations

Schedule of classes: February 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 27; 7:00-10:00pm
Instructor: Mr. Leandro Castillo
Regular course fee: Php4,500
Promo fee: Php4,000
Deadline for registration: February 1, 2008
Promo deadline: January 25, 2008

Course fee includes computer use (for Basic Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Basic Adobe Flash CS3), workshop materials, food, and certificate.

For inquiries, please email or or call 4265971 to 72 local 221.

You may also visit http://thegaragejct.blogspot. com/ for more information about The Garage and our workshops.


The Garage: Jesuit Communications Creative Technologies Center
The Garage Bldg., Ateneo De Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
T: +63 (2) 4265971 to 72 , 4265934
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Monday, December 17, 2007

KINO-SINE: Philippine-German Cinema Relations

KINO-SINE: Philippine-German Cinema Relations
http://www.goethe. de/ins/ph/ map/kue/en284983 8.htm

Edited by Tilman Baumgärtel
Contributions by Jürgen Brüning, Ditsi Carolino, Lav Diaz, Nick Deocampo, Harun Farocki, Ulrich Gregor, Nan Goldin, Christoph Janetzko, Mark Meily, Ingo Petzke, Rosa von Praunheim, Raymond Red, Roxlee, Werner Schroeter, Bobby Suarez, Kidlat Tahimik, John Torres, Maria Vedder and Michael Wulfes

Beginning in the mid-1970’s and continuing through the 1980’s and into the 1990’s, a number of German film directors, theorists and other movie people came to work or teach in the Philippines. Some came because the Goethe-Institut Manila had invited them for workshops and film presentations. Others came at their own expense because they were fascinated by Philippines, which– after the People Power revolution of 1986 that ousted the Marcosregime– exercised its own peculiar kind of magnetism on many Europeans. The workshops “the Germans” conducted and the film screenings they presented were in part responsible for the emergence of an alternative film scene in the Philippines that went on to garner recognition and awards at international film festivals in the 1980s.

This book deals with the “Sine-Kino- Connection”. It documents the beginnings of the experimental and alternative film movement of the 1980s in the Philippines. And, at the same time, it deals with a part of German film history that few people in Germany are aware of. Today a new generation of independent Filipino filmmakers is emerging and once again garnering critical acclaim in the Philippines and abroad. This book provides an historical perspective on the earlier development of experimental, non-mainstream film in the Philippines.

Published by the Goethe-Institut Manila 2007
Exclusively distributed by Anvil Publishing, Pasig City, The Philippines
ISBN 978-971-27-2025- 3

The book will have its international launch at the Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference in Jakarta and at the Asian Hotshots Festival in Berlin, Germany.
Book presentation "Kino Sine" at the Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC), Jakarta, Indonesia
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Book presentation of "Kino Sine" at the Asian Hotshots Festival
Babylon Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Friday, January 18, 2008

Download the book for free:
http://www.goethe. de/ins/ph/ pro/ksi/kinosine .pdf
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Tanghalang Ateneo's "The Death of Memory" Extended!

Tanghalang Ateneo's "The Death of Memory" Extended!

Due to popular demand,

The Death of Memory

December 17, Monday, 7pm and
December 18, Tuesday, 7pm

Rizal Mini-Theater,
Ateneo de Manila University

Tanghalang Ateneo's "The Death of Memory"
Four people are trapped in a nowhere land where time has stopped, and with no memory of how they got there, and no ideas on how to get out. Each one carries a painful memory -- sexual abuse, abandonment, murder -- that assaults them at unpredictable moments and ties them to this purgatorial prison. A Keeper holds them in this limbo of time and space. Will they be able to free themselves from this limbo? How? This intense and imaginative play examines the strength of the human will to live and choose, to fight against paralyzing pasts, and to move on.


Php 200.00

For reservations, please contact
Lashi Concina
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Repertory Philippines will hold auditions for Altar Boyz

Repertory Philippines will hold auditions for "Altar Boyz"

Repertory Philippines is proud to bring to Manila the Off-Broadway hit and 2005 Outer Critics Circle Best Off-Broadway musical, Altar Boyz.

In this clever musical, theater and concert collide as we get to know Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham through song and dance, boy-band style. According to, Altar Boyz is an Off-Broadway musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy band from Ohio. It addresses and satirizes, among other things, the phenomenon of boy bands, the popularity of Christian-themed music and products in contemporary American culture.

Repertory Philippines will be conducting auditions for the roles of the four protagonists of the play named after the authors of the four canonical Christian Gospels. The roles are open to divinely talented young men aged 18-25 years old. Please prepare 2 songs, bring music sheets or minus ones, and be ready to dance and

Auditions are on December 19 (Wednesday) at the REP office at C2-A
Building C, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.
Registration is at 11:00 a.m. Please call 8870710 for more details.

Repertory Philippines' version of Altar Boyz will run from April 4 - 27, 2008.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

PAEA - Children's Biennial Exhibit at CCP

PAEA - Children's Biennial Exhibit at CCP

December 9, 2007 to January 6, 2008
Exhibit Dates
December 9, 2007, 5:00 pm
Opening of Exhibit
Main Gallery 3F, Cultural Center of the Philippines

Children’s Biennial Exhibit
The Children’s Biennial Exhibit is a special project which has been observed and celebrated as a sign of support of the Cultural Center of the Philippines to PAEA in its espousal of art education. It is a collaboration of two parties in the interest of art. From this union sprang the confidence found in every child whose work has been witnessed by many in the halls of CCP. Over the years, numerous schools have joined hands in establishing this project. This year, we join forces with the DepEd of Manila to be able to summon the artistic abilities within every child of our public and private schools.

Exhibit Theme:

This year’s theme is “Selebrasyon”. Filipinos are known for its affinity for merrymaking. They love vibrant colors as they are lovers of multicolor fiestas. They believe that life is a celebration. If it is a traditional celebration such as a town fiesta, most Filipino homes will celebrate it almost to the fullest just to achieve its traditional festive mood. Banderitas, banda, handaan and even street dancing are common sights of the times. Most families will endure expenses but to miss out on this is unacceptable. If it’s the month of flowers, expect the Filipinos to come up with their local beauties parading in their equally fabulous gowns in their beautifully flower-decorated carrrozas and arcos.

There is so much to celebrate in this charming country, the breaking of a new year, the numerous religious practices, the affairs of the hearts, family reunions and even foreign customs and traditions have been embraced by many of our countrymen’s lives. It has become fashionable for them to celebrate each event with colors, fun, merrymaking and passion.

Every school child is aware of this as his birth is also a celebration within the family, what is the meaning of “Selebrasyon” to this child is the theme of this year’s Biennial Exhibit.
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Kalakaran Guerilla Public Art Fest

Sining Bugkos
Alliance for People's Arts and Culture

KALAKARAN Public Art Performance

KALAKARAN is a showcase of activist artists in performances advocating human rights for the urban poor. The street is their stage and the ordinary passersby is their audience. An artist from the neo-angono artists collective will perform along with other artists doing street theater pieces.


When: December 7, Friday 2:00pm
Where: Plaza Miranda, Quiapo Manila



featuring performances by:
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28th National Conference on Local and National History

The 28th National Conference on Local and National History of the Philippine National Historical Society (PNHS) will be held from November 29-December 1, 2007 at Function Hall 1, Tangub City, Misamis Occidental.

The conference is co-sponsored with Tangub City Historical Commission (in collaboration with the Department of History, University of San Carlos (Cebu). The Conference's theme is “Focus on Mindanao and Sulu.”

The conference aims to look at the research and writing on Mindanao and Sulu and identify gaps that can be addressed by future or further research, situating the region’s history in the context of a Philippine national historiography. Papers will also be presented in related disciplines and other regions in the fields of history, culture, and traditions.

The registration fee for the Conference is P3,000. Participants will receive a conference kit containing a CD of the conference papers, book of abstracts with the program, complimentary PNHS publications, and snacks and lunches for the two days of the conference proper (November 29-30).


Dr. Bernadita Churchill
President and National Convener
Philippine National Historical Society
40 Matiwasay Street, UP Village
Diliman, Quezon City 1101
(02) 921-4575
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Kontra-Agos Resistance Film Festival

Everyone is invited to the opening of
the Kontra-Agos Resistance Film Festival
on December 5 (Wednesday),
7PM- 11 PM, Indie Sine (Cinema 3)
Robinson's Galleria, Ortigas

Opening Night Program

Sneak Preview: RIGHTS (RELOADED) public service


Keith Sicat: SILENCED
Emil Mercado: PEACE
Sine Patriyotiko: STOP THE KILLINGS

Live Performances by Tao Aves, Anino
Shadowplay and Bobby Balingit.

Opening Film: WALAI by Adjani Arumpac

Launch of "SURFACING" at the Video Wall of the lobby
courtesy of the Free Jonas Burgos Movement.


For more information visit and
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