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Monday, December 29, 2008

NCCA-NCCEd's 2009 INFACE Forum Series

Call for Participation to NCCA-NCCEd's 2009 INFACE Forum Series

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts' National Committee on Cultural Education (NCCA-NCCEd) announces the convening of a series of island-clustered Forum on Informal, Non-Formal and Alternative Cultural Education (INFACE) on January 8-9 (Cebu City); January 19-20 (Davao City); and January 22-23 (Manila).

The two-day forum series is part of a nationwide constituency- based consultation on previous and current INFACE efforts by community-based artists, cultural workers, educators, local government units, NGO arts councils, and culture-oriented people's organizations. As conceived, the project hopes to mainstream, replicate and support best practices in INFACE program initiatives through the NCCA's Philippine Cultural Education Program (PCEP).

The project will undertake an enquiry on the history, nature and process of engagement of community-based cultural education work in the regions and identify modalities and operative frameworks which PCEP could adopt for its INFACE programming. it is hoped that best
practices in the grassroots level will be mainstreamed and replicated and resources could be shared between an engaged network of GO-LGU-NGO-PO partnership.

The NCCA NCCEd has invited representatives of selected cultural networks as official participants but a limited number of slots is still open to other artists' organizations, local LGU and NGO arts and culture councils, local government units' culture, arts and tourism
offices, and other networks of cultural educators with at least three years of sustained cultural education work for specific sectors.

Interested parties may send application enquiries on participation details and eligibilities with a brief profile of their organizations/ networks' history, extent and coverage of cultural education work in the communities, and name and brief profile of nominated participant- representative.

Each confirmed participant will be provided meals and shared accommodations for the duration of the Forum and reimbursement of round-trip fare subsidy to and from the venue of specific island-clustered forum.

For application enquiries and submission, please email inface2009@gmail. com. The organizers reserve the right to select and invite qualified participants.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Philippine International Arts Festival 2009

Philippine International Arts Festival 2009

For 18 years now, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has been organizing the National Arts Month (NAM) in the month of February with a series of festivities and activities mounted throughout the country celebrating Filipino artistry and promoting the arts and the artists. For 2009, the celebration takes a leap by going international under the name Philippine International Arts Festival

It will feature the talents and performances of the many artists and arts groups in the seven arts on whose trainings, competitions, and creative expressions it has invested the past year or so. More than a way of looking back at past accomplishments, the festival will be a celebration of the fruits of the creative efforts for the past year and a looking forward to a richer, more fertile ground in the coming years for the evolution of artistic modes of expression available to the Filipino creative imagination.

The National Arts Month started with Presidential Proclamation No. 683 in 1991. Now, the NCCA, led by its Chairman, DepEd Usec. Dr. Vilma Labrador and Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, through the NAM Artistic Committee headed by Prof. Ricardo de Ungria, Commissioner of the NCCA-Subcommission on the Arts (SCA), is taking the celebration
to the next level by calling National Arts Month the Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF) for next year.

Selected artists from different countries are expected to join in the different PIAF events through the PIAF Artistic Committee in coordination with the Philippine International Theatre Institute (ITI) through its Sec. General Malou Jacob, also concurrent NCCA Executive Director.

All over the country, different arts and culture groups as well as local governments will hold events for the PIAF with funding and support from the NCCA. With the theme "Ani ng Sining," the PIAF has evolved from Manila-centered activities to a truly national event with key activities in all three major island groups, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, involving hundreds of artists from different disciplines of arts and reaching thousands of people from all walks of life and all over the world.

Some of the highlights to look forward to in the PIAF on February 2009 are:

* The Ani ng Sining Launching. PIAF Ani ng Sining will formally open
in three venues: Launching on TV (Sunday noontime variety program);
Sining Gising of NBN 4 and Concert at the Park with delayed telecast
in NBN 4. Philippine International Arts Festival will also
simultaneously be launched in major sites in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

* PA(ng)LABAS. The project is a composite of a traveling exhibition,
lecture-forum, and a film showing which will to examine both the
medium of film and the form and style of architecture as they relate
to the development of film media, architecture and urban landscape.
The title Pa(ng)labas is doubly coded to encompass both the concepts
of projected moving image (palabas) and the exteriority of
architecture (panglabas) to establish a sense of place. It will happen
from February 9 to 13, 2009 at Cine Adarna, Aldaba Theater,
University Theater of the University of the Philippines; from February
16 to 20, 2009, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines; and from
February 23 to 27, 2009 at the University of San Carlos in Cebu.

* Walai-Vernacular Architecture of Mindanao. This is an architectural
drawing and photography exhibit of the vernacular houses of Mindanao
culled from the Walai Pangampong project, complemented with a lecture
series, selected ritual dances and craft works associated with house
building and construction, and a model replica of selected indigenous
structure. It is slated from February 1 to 6, 2009.

* Sinerehiyon. This is a showcase of nascent cinema from the regions.
From the highlands in and around Baguio to the heart of Bicolandia
that is Naga City; across the thriving Visayas cities of Cebu, Bacolod
and Iloilo; and through Mindanao between Cagayan de Oro and Davao, a
new generation of artists is telling stories of their own cultures and
people in cinematic form. This will be from February 17 to 19 at the CCP.

* Sayaw Pinoy. This touring dance concert brings together different
dance forms and features local dance troupes of the host cities and
municipalities performing back-to-back with the different professional
dance companies in the country. This will from February 6 to 9 for the
Visayas and NCR regions; from February 13 to 16 for Mindanao; and
February 20 to 23 for Luzon.

* Tanghal! The 3rd National University Theater Festival. Hosted by
Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba, the event will feature
university-based theatre groups from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR
in cooperation with the Lusong Luzon Arts and Culture Network. It will
happen from February 10 to 14, 2009 at the Colegio de San Juan de

* Taboan: Philippine Writers Festival. This is will be a celebration
of the word—written, painted, sung, or performed—and will assemble
writers from all the regions and across generations who will interact
with one another and with their audience on issues pertaining to their
craft or the situation of writing in the country, or read from their
new works. This will happen from February 11 to 13, 2009 at the UP
Diliman, Ateneo de Manila and Cubao Expo.

* Organik Muzik. This is a series of four concerts showing the
metamorphosis of elements of Philippine music from village roots to
urban manifestations, from Cordillera traditions to Kadangyan's world
music, from Leyteño siday to Junior Kilat's reggae Binisaya, from
GAMABA Awardee Samaon Sulaiman's virtuoso kutyapi-playing to the
hard-driving neo-ethnic rock of Popong Landero, from flights of
Balagtasan to the acid-jazz rants of Lourd de Veyra and Radioactive
Sago. Musical innovator Joey Ayala weaves the journey towards a
coherent whole. It will happen on February 7, 2009 at SM Baguio;
February 14, 2009 at SM Cebu; February 21, 2009 at SM Davao; and
February 28, 2009 at SM Mall of Asia.

* Philippine Visual Arts Festival '09. It will be a convergence of
selected various Filipino and International Artists from the different
regions of the country. it will feature the talents and performances
of the artists and groups in the visual arts whose trainings,
competitions and creative expressions it has invested the past year or so

For details on Philippine International Arts Festival 2009, please contact RENE NAPEÑAS, Head of the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at cellphone number 0928-5081057) or VANESSA MARQUEZ, NAM Deputy Festival Director at cellphone number 0918-6380412, or call (02) 527-5529 / 527-2192 loc. 508, 612 to 615, email at ncca.paio@gmail. com or or log on or ph.
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Silverlens Gallery Is Looking For A Graphic Designer

Silverlens Gallery is looking for a full time graphic designer with an interest in art and photography to design in-house printed material and monographs (InDesign/Illustrator), to photograph Silverlens/SLab shows, openings and activities for documentation, to do post production photography (Photoshop), to assist with photo shoots and exhibition design, and to maintain our website and e-newsletter (Dreamweaver) ..

Work Hours: t - f 10am– 7pm, sat 1pm-6pm

Please send email of resume with online portfolio link to or call 8160044 / 09052650873.

For more info, Silverlens Gallery is located at 2/F YMC Building 2, Pasong Tamo Extension
Makati City. www.silverlensphoto .com slab.silverlensphot

About Silverlens | SLab

Having gained public recognition in Manila since its inception in 2004, the Silverlens Gallery (SLG) features 8-9 shows a year, representing a mix of emerging and mid-career contemporary Philippine artists, as well as established international artists. Silverlens shows photography and new media.

At the forefront of collecting Philippine art for the Silverlens Foundation, SLG provides consultancy for art collections and acquisitions. As both gallery and art foundation, Silverlens establishes the vital partnership between defining the market and shaping art history.

SLab (Silverlens Lab) is the gallery for Philippine contemporary art showing painting, drawing and sculpture. The two spaces are bridge-linked, the former being a piano warehouse and the latter being the auditorium.

SLab has two galleries, a 120 square meter main space for longer curated shows, and 20SQUARE, a smaller gallery for young artists, for projects the curators are working on, and for collectors and artists consignments.

Silverlens and SLab artists push the boundaries of their medium and are aggressive in their dialogue with a discerning collecting audience. With the professional structure and best efforts of the Silverlens team, our artists are shown locally and internationally through art fairs, gallery collaborations and curatorial projects for their exposure, recall, recognition, and collection.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Art Sale for a Cause @ Conspiracy Visayas Ave.

opens DEC.16,Tuesday 6PM @ CONSPIRACY Visayas Ave.
#59 Visayas Ave. QC
Tel. No. 4532170

WHAT: Opening of "BITUKA,BUTIKI, BOTIKA," Art Sale for a Cause ( For McWes Bello, a colon cancer survivor) organized by friends of Mcwes Bello (Carol Bello of Kalayo/Pinikpikan' s husband).

WHEN: artists' reception on December 16, Tuesday 6-9pm

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS' works/items on Exhibit:
Cynthia Alexander,Daphne Aguilar,Mency Atienza,Bayang Barrios,Susan Corpuz,Danilo Dalena,Aba Lluch Dalena,Rufina Fajardo,Jemina, Julie Lluch,Sabina Santiago,Teta Tulay,Girl Valencia,Macrina Vicente,etc. ..

The exhibit runs until January 16, 2009.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

UP Film Institute Screens Sa Likod ng Himala

The UP Film Institute (UPFI), in cooperation with the International Circle of Online Noranians (ICON), will hold free screenings of Sa Likod ng Himala, a movie-in-the- making documentary on Ishmael Bernal's masterpiece Himala (ECP, 1982), fittingly at the UPFI Bernal Gallery on December 16, 2008 (Tuesday), starting at 7 pm.

In Super 8mm format, this 20-minute documentary was made by five in- house videographers of the former UP Film Center under the guidance of its founding director, Ms. Virginia Moreno (now expanded into the UP Film Institute). It features rare footage, among others, of Bernal in action during the filming of the movie's momentous stampede scene. The UPFI has preserved the original 26-year-old reel of the film in its archives in almost pristine state—a miracle of sorts.

This one-night-only event is meant to honor the film Himala, starring Superstar Nora Aunor and penned by Ricky Lee, for winning the CNN APSA Viewers' Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time, presented recently at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Screen Awards held in Queensland , Australia.

This special tribute, a special year-ender for the UPFI, has been planned even before Himala got the CNN APSA award. "The fact that this Bernal film has been shortlisted with the works of world cinema masters like Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Wong Kar-wai, and Ang Lee," said UPFI Programming Director Nonoy Lauzon, "is a great feat by itself."

Described by critic Alfred Yuson as "definitely world class," Himala holds the distinction of opening the 2nd Manila International Film Festival in 1983. It was handpicked by Berlin festival director Moritz de Hadeln, no less, to be part of the competition film selection of Berlin International Film Festival in the same year, the first and only Filipino film so far that competed for the Golden Bear. It then went on to be screened in key Russian cities—Moscow, Kiev, and Alma-ata—before it went to the Chicago International Film Festival where it won the Bronze Hugo Award for Best Feature Film.

Himala has remained as one of National Artist Ishmael Bernal's most exhibited films in both local and international film events. From the '80s to the current decade, it has been shown in world's key cities such as Taipei , Bangkok , Tokyo , Jakarta , Los Angeles , Hong Kong, Vienna , and New York . In 2007, Himala was included in the programs of Berlin Hot Shots Film Festival and Paris Film Festival.

The Bernal Gallery on the same day will showcase a mini Himala exhibit, organized by the International Circle of Online Noranians. The group will also conduct a short program honoring the film and some of the people behind it. In between screenings of the documentary, ICON will also hold activities such as film discussion and forum with distinguished guests.
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Artist Talk: Bea Valdes

Bea Valdes
Artist Talk and Discussion: Lessons from Things
December 13, 2008, Saturday, 3-5pm

On December 13, 2008, Saturday, SLab artist Bea Valdes will be giving a talk and holding an artist discussion afterwards. “As my pieces are made within the workshop setting, my creative experience is a shared process with the artisans that I work with," says Valdes. “I had wanted my talk to focus on the idea of craft in contemporary times, the collective intimacy of creation, and the discovering of Slow Design.”

Bea Valdes' sculpture show Bedtime Stories runs from November 28 to January 3, 2009 at SLab.

Visit SLab at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. For more information, call 8160044 / 09052650873, email or visit
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Monday, December 01, 2008

Cinemalaya 2009 Semi-Finalists Announced

Cinemalaya 2009 Semi-Finalists announced

Eighteen semifinalists in the full-length feature category have been selected for the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition slated on July 17-26, 2009 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

The semifinalists are: 24K by Ana Agabin; Ang Mga Pangarap ni Mary Jane by Jerome Chavez Pobocan; Ang Nerseri (The Nursery) by Vic Acedillo,Jr. ; Ang Panggagahasa kay Virginia by Alvin B. Yapan; Astig (Mga Batang Kalye) by GB Sampedro; Babae ng Guho (Woman of the Ruins) by Sari Lluch Dalena;Becoming an Archer by Alfonso Torre III; Child Warrior by Francis O. Villacorta; Colorum by Jon Steffan Ballesteros; Dinig Sana Kita by Mike E. Sandejas; El Ultimo de Las Luciernagas (The Last of the Fireflies) by Sheron Dayoc; Engkwentroby Pepe Diokno; In Nomine Matre (In the Name of the Mother) by Will Fredo and Jay Garcia; Kung Sino Man ang Makabasaby Audie A. Gonzales; Last Supper No. 3 by Veronica Velasco and Jinky Laurel; Lobby by Mia Angeline Bacarro; Mangatyanan (The Blood Trail) by Jerrold Tarog; and Sanglaan by Milo Sogueco.

Ten finalists will be selected from this group of 18 semi-finalists and will be announced on December 22, 2008.

Now on its fifth year, the Cinemalaya Competition is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, CCP, Econolink Investments Inc. and Film Development Council of the Philippines. It aims to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. For more information, call the CCP Media Arts Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1704/05 or visit
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3rd Semi-Annual Abstract Art Competition 2009

The Art Association of the Philippines in cooperation with Exhibition Center for Contemporary Art present The 3rd SEMI-ANNUAL ABSTRACT ART COMPETITION 2009.

1. The competition is open to all artists who are Filipino citizens, 21 years old and above. AAP officers are disqualified from entering the competition.
2. The contest has an OPEN THEME. Only NON-REPRESENTATIONA L (abstract) paintings should be submitted.
3. Participants may submit only one entry each. Artwork size is 36"x48" or 48"x36" excluding frame. NO IRREGULARLY SHAPED PAINTINGS WILL BE ALLOWED.
4. Submission day shall be on February 7, 2009, from 10am to 7pm at the EXHIBITION CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, Ground Floor, Chateau Verde Building, Valle Verde I Gate II, C-5, Pasig City.
5. An entry is considered to be an artistic product of an individual. NO GROUP ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED. All artworks should be the original artistic creation of the participating artist. Non-compliance will result to disqualification or revocation of the award.
6. All entries MUST BE SIGNED. With a piece of paper posted at the back bearing necessary details such as ARTIST'S NAME, ADDRESS, CONTACT NUMBERS, ENTRY TITLE, SIZE, MEDIUM AND PRICE.
7. Each entry should be accompanied by a 5"x7" (5R) colored photograph of the artwork, with the same information as above written at the back of the photo.
8. The artist must submit a properly accomplished Official Entry Form with a 1"x1" photo and a Biodata or Curriculum Vitae. The artist's Affidavit shall be accomplished in the submission venue. Official Entry Forms are available at ECCA, AAP Kanlungan ng Sining, http://aapgroup. multiply. com/, aapartists@yahoogro and Pinoy-AAP@yahoogrou Rules and entry forms may also be photocopied.
10. Artworks may be any pigment on ground, e.g. oil/acrylic on canvas, watercolor on paper, tempera on board, collage, found objects, and other mixed media. TARPAULIN OR DIGITAL PRINTS ARE NOT ALLOWED.
11. Entries with incomplete requirements will not be accepted.
12. Winners will be awarded as follows:
First Prize P 50,000 cash prize and trophy
Second Prize P 30,000 cash prize and trophy
Third Prize P 20,000 cash prize and trophy
7 Honorable Mention Awardees P 10,000 cash prize and medal
13. Entries will be screened by a panel of judges selected by the AAP and ECCA. All decisions of the Panel of Judges SHALL BE FINAL.
14. The announcement of winners and Awarding Ceremony will be on February 21, 2009 at the EXHIBITION CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART. Retrieval of artworks will be from March 21 to April 21 2009.
15. ALL ENTRIES WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE FORTHCOMING PUBLICATION "Contemporary Philippine Abstract Art". Outstanding paintings from the 2009 competition will be chosen by thejudges to add to the 2007 and 2006 finalists. ALL PAINTINGS INCLUDED IN THE BOOK WILL AUTOMATICALLY BECOME PROPERTIES OF ECCA.
17. AAP and ECCA shall NOT be held legally liable for any damages to the artwork as a result of the competition, or the failure of the participant to follow the rules and regulations.

For more information and details on the competition, you may call 496-0992 (AAP) or
671-2069 (ECCA). You may also visit the AAP Office/Gallery at the Kanlungan ng Sining, Rizal Park, Km.0, Manila.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cinemanila Launches Sine Barangay


Just weeks after the conclusion of Dekada Cinemanila: the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival, Cinemanila launches Sine Barangay, a 5-day program of master classes and outdoor screenings of participating Cinemanila films. Sine Barangay opens tomorrow, November 18 and runs through November 22nd in Marikina.

The event, held in cooperation with Marikina City and Marikina Mayor Marides Fernando, will kick off with workshops in directing, indie filmmaking, cinematography and editing on November 18 and 19. The workshops are to be held by renowned local filmmakers such as Raymond Red, Lav Diaz and Raya Martin.

As part of the 5-day event, Cinemanila will have outdoor screenings from November 20-22 at the Marikina River Park. Participating shorts and documentaries from the recently concluded Dekada Cinemanila will be screened as part of Cinemanila's ongoing effort to make local indie films more accessible to the public.

"The key is taking these films out of the cinemas and bringing it to the communities through outdoor screenings organized in cooperation with the local government units," said festival director Tikoy Aguiluz. "After 10 years of showing the best in world and Southeast Asian cinema in the theaters, we believe this is a natural next step for Cinemanila, which we can and will continue year-round."
Also to be premiered at Cinemanila's Sine Barangay are two short films directed by former Eraserheads band members Ely Buendia and Marcus Adoro. Their shorts, produced in cooperation with Cinemanila, will screen on November 20.

Admission for the Cinemanila Sine Barangay workshops and screenings is free on a first come, first-served basis. For inquiries, email cinemanila@gmail. com.

Workshop Schedule

Venue: Kapitan Moy (near Marikina City Hall)
Marikina City

Tuesday, November 18

10:00 am – 12 noon Screening

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Master Class in Directing with
Raymond Red

Wednesday, November 19

10:00 am – 12 noon Screening

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Master Class in Indie Filmmaking
with Lav Diaz & Raya Martin

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Master Class in Cinematography &
Editing with Maylyn Villalon of
Scenema Concepts

Sine Barangay Schedule

Screenings at Marikina River Park
Marikina City

Thursday, November 20

7:00 pm Shorts Night
Short Films by Ely Buendia and
Marcus Adoro,
Dekada Cinemanila Short Films
in Competition

Friday, November 21

7:00 pm Dekada Cinemanila Short Films
in Exhibition

Saturday, November 22

7:00 pm UN MDG Shorts

(2006: Yapak by Milo Tolentino, Saling Pusa by Antoinette Jadaone,
Salagubang by Anima Aguiluz; 2008: Lan-Ay by Milo Tolentino; Tumbang
Preso by Antoinette Jadaone)

9:00 pm
Marlon by Ralston Jover & James Amparo
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Julie Lluch's Artist's Talk & Yuta Monograph Launch @ CCP

and Yuta Monograph Launch

Artist’s Talk by Julie Lluch on 12 December 2008, 3:00 p.m. at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater, CCP Little Theater Lobby), and monograph launch at 4:00 p.m. at the CCP Main Gallery, 3rd level.

Organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Galleria Duemila, Yuta: Earthworks by Julie Lluch, A Retrospective exhibition is on going until 31 December 2008. This exhibition is supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Asian Tigers Lane Moving and Storage, Autozentrum BMW, Epson, Sanyo, St. Paul’s de Chartres, Carlos P. Romulo Foundation, Arsenio A. Lacson Foundation for Public Service, Inc., Bench, BPI Asset Management, Metrobank Foundation, and Bailey’s.

For particulars, please call the CCP Visual Arts and Museo Division at 8323702.
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Free Admission Performance of La Casa de Bernarda Alba @ Instituto Cervantes



Poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca’s well-known classic on matriarchal domination and sexual repression, LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA will have a special performance on Friday, 28 November, at 8pm at the Instituto Cervantes Open-Air Theatre along T M Kalaw Street, Manila.

Written in 1936 and set in a remotely arid village in Spain, La Casa de Bernarda Alba is a riveting domestic tragedy that explores the conflict between the struggle for honor and dignity, albeit in a twisted way, versus the pursuit for one’s passion and freedom to love and be loved.

The play features DP seasoned stalwart Ms. Linda Lupton as Bernarda, and is ably supported by the LCCM School of Performing Arts and Arte.Comm ensemble, namely Sam Lanuza, K-cee Binarao, Channa de Guzman, Jinky Espiritu, Cristina Lupton, Wilklean Regalado, Joana Dizon, Dennie Dema-ala, Pam Tubana, and Ms. Yolanda Pino as Maria Josefa.

With arts grants by Barcelo Café and Camp Suki, La Casa de Bernarda Alba is stage managed by Diah Mae Abida, production designed by Lito Casaje, Jinky Espiritu and Lito Perez, directed by Lito Casaje.

Admission is free on a first-come-first served basis. For inquiries and reservations, please call/text/email 5261482 TO 85 local 110/09064974025 / 09282070827 / /
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20th Gawad CCP Winners

20th Gawad CCP Winners

Animation Category
NO 1st Prize
2nd Prize - ANOMI by Renei Dimla
NO 3rd Prize

Honorable Mentions:
HERMANO by Rhodius N. Daduya
UGOY NG DUYAN by Aileen N. Cornejo
BANDILA by Ava Fatima S. Fabricante

Experimental Category
1st Prize - THE THRESHOLD by Mikhail Red
Jopay Guillermo
NO 3rd Prize

Honorable Mentions:
ANDALUSIAN BITCH by Sasha B. Palomares
METRONOME by Sandino Magno

Documentary Category
1st Prize - KUNG BALATAN ANG BAWANG by Jewel Maranan
2nd Prize - ANG PASKO NI INTOY by Charina Theresa Escala and Emerald
3rd Prize - BATANG PIER by Camille Adraincem, Paola Recuenco, and
Michelle Saquido

Honorable Mentions:
HUPA by Oscar Nava
KALIMED by Golda Mae Pay-ong
BINGO by Noriel Jarito

Short Feature Category:
1st Prize - KAMERA by Mikhail Red
NO 2nd Prize
3rd Prize - APAK by Rommel Tolentino and PUTING ILAW by Melissa
Angela Peñafiel

Honorable Mention:
TIANGGE by Ray Gibraltar

Special Awards

Best Regional Entries:
HUPA by Oscar Nava
TIANGGE by Ray Gibraltar

Best Work for/by/on Chidren
APAK by Rommel Tolentino
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Friday, November 21, 2008

Active Vista Film Festival Screening Schedules

"While it is true that no song, no poem, no painting, no novel, no film has ever stopped a tank, prevented a bullet, or overthrown a corrupt government, the virtue of every art form in enriching the Filipino spirit cannot be rivaled. While movies can't feed a hungry child, bring justice to the oppressed, or solve poverty, they can open our minds to the plight of children against starvation, make us understand the worth of justice and peace, and get us involved in the struggle against poverty and oppression in many ways that newspapers, classroom lectures or a thousand publicity ads could ever hope to. Because while art may not change the world, it can change the way we view the world. For true revolution begins in the imagination."

Changing the way we view the world

November 26 to December 2
Robinsons Galleria IndieSine




November 26, Wednesday
7:00 pm
By Invitation Only

Opening of Exhibit:
By the Philippine Daily Inquirer Photo Team


Special Screening:


November 27, Thursday

Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong (The Road to Kalimugtong) by Mes de Guzman

Hunghong sa Yuta (Earth's Whisperer) by Arnel Mardoquio

Huling Balyan ng Buhi (Woven Stories of the Other) by Sherad Anthony Sanchez
Sponsored by Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) and Mindanao Peaceweavers

November 28, Friday
My Fake American Accent by Ned Trespeces (Cinemalaya 2008)

Pepot Artista by Clodualdo del Mundo

Barako: Small time, Big time Politics by Manolito C. Sulit
Sponsored by Coalition for A Citizens Constitution (C4CC) and Code NGO


Ploning by Dante Garcia
Sponsored by the Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. (FSSI)

November 29, Saturday


The Probe Team
Special Documentary Screening
Gintong Pamana (2008)
Gusto mo bang mag-migrate? (2004)
Sponsored by the TAPAT – De La Salle University

Anino by Raymond Red


Live Musical Scoring
Philippine High School for the Arts Batch 2008

Sponsored by the Brewrats Radio
And 99.5 RT Rhythm of the City


Special Performances
The Youth
Radioactivesago Project
Parokya ni Edgar

BAYANI by Raymond Red
Sponsored by the San Beda Student Council – College of Arts and Sciences

November 30, Sunday

Bunso by Ditsi Carolino
Sponsored by World Vision

Tribu by Jim Libiran (Cinemalaya 2007)
Sponsored by the Global Call to Action against Poverty and the Loyola Film Circle

Namets by Emilio "Jay" Abello (Cinemalaya 2008)

December 1, Monday

Brutus by Tara Illenberger (Cinemalaya 2008)
Sponsored by the University Student Council University of the Philippines Manila

Manoro by Brillante Mendoza
Sponsored by Team RP

Jay by Francis Xavier Pasion (Cinemalaya 2008)

Huling Byahe by Rom Dongeto
Sponsored by Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD)

December 2, Tuesday

Pisay by Auraeus Solito (Cinemalaya 2007)

Signos by Mike de Leon
Sponsored by the POLITIKA – University of the Philippines Diliman





Kakabakaba Ka Ba?
(Will Your Heart Beat Faster?)
by Mike de Leon

Ticket Price: P100/screening

For more details and a complete listing of the screening schedules/ activities, visit:, www.dakilacollective.multiply. com

or e-mail activevista.filmfestival@

You may also reach us at 09054292539 or 5729180.

*Tickets are available at :
Cocina Juan, 100 Maginhawa, UP Village, Quezon City
Mogwai, Cubao X [Nov.21 and 22, Friday and Saturday 7pm onwards]
Robinsons Movieworld Ticket Booth on November 26 to December 2
For ticket reservations, contact 09054292539


November 26, Wednesday
7:00 pm

Opening of Exhibit:

By the Philippine Daily Inquirer Photo Team


Special Screening

By Lino Brocka
By Invitation Only

November 27, Thursday

Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong (The Road to Kalimugtong) by Mes de Guzman
November 27, Thursday 1pm

For Jinky and Potpot, life in Benguet is simply a trek to and from school. Every day, together with other children, they have to cross mountains, rivers and hanging bridges to get to their destination. They survive thanks to the work of their elder brothers, Manong Ramil and Manong Ronaldo, who inherited the task of looking after their siblings and grandfather on their parents' death. Both work for a mining company, leaving the younger brothers in their grandfather' s care. But the elder brothers haven't been back for months. The film tackles the blatant ills of the Philippines ' educational system and its surrounding issues on poverty without being too preachy. It is quite good that the film is narrated and is shown through the point of view of the children; and as such, the presentation of the issues is filtered by their inherent naivete and innocence, making the exercise a lot more palatable yet poignant.

Hunghong sa Yuta (Earth's Whisperer) by Arnel Mardoquio
November 27, Thursday 3:30pm

"Earth's whisper." The English translation of "Hunghong sa Yuta" — the title of Arnel Mardoquio's film about war and peace in Mindanao — easily cues us on how to read this story about a clutch of deaf-mute children in a mountain community consisting of Christians, Muslims and Lumads, and the teacher from the city who introduces them to the alphabet and numbers. War between rebels and the military has devastated the community of Hinyok, its most telling casualty being children born without the ability to speak and hear, and whose fathers are nevertheless intent on training them to become fighters to defend their land. Vigo Cruz, artist and toy-maker, answers a posted notice about Hinyok's need for a teacher, and his work with the children brings joy and hope to the young war victims and their mothers.

Huling Balyan ng Buhi (Woven Stories of the Other) by Sherad Anthony Sanchez
November 27, Thursday, 6pm
Sponsored by Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) and Mindanao Peaceweavers

Huling Balyan ng Buhi is a war film, one that doesn't relish in the flagrant violence and casualties but speaks of and for the lives that are ultimately affected. Sanchez's film, instead of relying on the traditional narrative, crosscuts between real-time sequences that is more telling of the currency of conflict than what is manufactured by the creative mind of a screenwriter, who mostly merely rewrites personal impressions of war or what has been published in newspapers. The stories are finally woven together not by the common considerations of traditional narrative but by an overbearing feeling caused by prolonged warfare where no bet can ever be capable of winning. The thread that finally connects everything is inevitable loss: of a mother we'll never get to know, of a real reason to fight, of the last balyan, the final bastion of a cultural identity.

November 28, Friday

My Fake American Accent by Ned Trespaces (Cinemalaya 2008)
November 28, Friday 1pm

The film is a slice-of-life workplace comedy following the lives of technical support call center agents in the span of six months. Speaking with a fake American accent is a prerequisite for the job. This ensemble comedy is an inside look into the maddening, sleep-deprived, caffeine-fuelled lives of those who ply their trade in the call center industry.

Pepot Artista by Clodualdo del Mundo
November 28, Friday, 3:30pm

Pepot Artista is a comedy-musical that focuses on a ten-year-old boy whose dream is to become a movie star. Pepot, the dreamer, is surrounded by people who are equally dazzled by the movie world- from his own mother to the principal in his school to the impersonators in the neighborhood carnival. Coming from a poor family, Pepot overcomes adversity to have a chance at fulfilling his dream. He tackles school bullies, a strict teacher, and an unwelcoming world that fails to comprehend his intense desire to become a star. The story happens in the `70s when superstars brightened the film world in Pepot's country. The film explores the penchant of Filipinos for entertainment in the midst of serious social problems.

Barako: Small time, Big time Politics by Manolito C. Sulit

November 28, Friday, 6pm
Sponsored by Coalition for A Citizens Constitution (C4CC) and Code NGO

Barako is a haunting account of a young man's attempt to effect change in his town by gathering his friends around a kapihan called "barakuhan". In the absence of media, it effectively becomes a venue for the townsfolk to practice their democratic rights, colliding expectedly with the elite's political and economic interests. The movie starts glaringly with the American occupation of Batangas (early 1900) with the valiant Gen. Malvar and another local hero, Mateo Ilustre plotting its defense. It then takes us to a seemingly restive yet impoverished Batangueño community 100 years later, taking shifting points of view of the people from the grassroots, drawing them initially around one central figure, an unnamed character labeled only as the Publicist and later on, around yet another, Mando— referred to in the story (by the Publicist himself) as "ang tunay na barako".


November 28, Friday, 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Ploning by Dante Garcia
November 28, Friday 8:30pm
Sponsored by the Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc. (FSSI)

The popular Cuyonon folk song, "Ploning" is the main inspiration for the film. It presents the story of a Cuyonon woman's promise, her struggle with hope and love told from the point of view of a young boy. It is a loving tribute to small-town life, folk tradition and timeless tenets; its textured characters, each with an affecting story to tell; its private locales; its actors' deeply-felt performances; and its shared insights about the different forms of love that bind people to each other. All of these elements come to bear on the principal story of Ploning (Judy Ann Santos), a selfless woman who mourns a departed love but doesn't let her private grief prevent her from helping many others with their personal problems.

November 29, Saturday


The Probe Team
Special Documentary Screening
November 29, Saturday, 1pm

Sponsored by
TAPAT – De La Salle University

Gintong Pamana (2008)

In 1981, Berto Morales, a farmer employed as a bulldozer operator in an irrigation project in Surigao, struck gold. He discovered a treasure trove of gold ornaments while bringing down a hill to collect filling materials. The discovery, hitherto unknown to the public, is among the largest collection of Philippine archaeological gold in the country as well as in the rest of the world. PROBE reporter Cheche Lazaro searches for Berto in Surigao and from then on, she uncovers that Berto's gold discovery takes many twist and turns -- involving threats to his life and family. With the help of historians and experts, Gintong Pamana reveals an amazing story about the Philippines ' forgotten civilization.

Gusto mo bang mag-migrate? (2004)

A first on Philippine television—get a glimpse of what reality has in store for those who seek that elusive greener pasture abroad. Probe Team artist-reporter Robert Alejandro returns from his grueling first 6 months in Vancouver , Canada and brings home a personal home video of his stay in the land of the maple leaf—from plunging to the depths of loneliness days after his arrival to apartment and job-hunting. Robert Alejandro is only one of the countless Filipinos who dare leave and try their luck elsewhere.


November 29, Saturday, 3pm


Alab aims to capture the idealism and intensity of student film makers and how they view the world in their young eyes.

Special Screening

Anino by Raymond Red

Winner of the Golden Palm at the Cannes International Film Festival, Raymond Red's Anino (Shadow, 2000) is a thirteen-minute short about a photographer from the provinces (Ronnie Lazaro) wandering about the streets of Manila. He meets a man in black (John Arcilla) just outside a church, and is nearly run over by an old man driving a car (Eddie Garcia); in between, he has a quiet interlude with a child (Ronnie Pulido). People meet, then meet again; harsh words are spoken, and violence inflicted. The film ends on what may be seen as either a hopeful or ironic note--it's up to you to decide which.

Live Musical Scoring
Philippine High School for the Arts Batch 2008


November 29, Saturday, 5:30pm
Sponsored by the Brewrats Radio
and 99.5 RT Rhythm of the City

Strangebrew was launched in early summer of 2001 on UNTV, and became a popular show among Filipino youth. It was hosted by Arvin "Tado" Jimenez, and Angel "Erning" Rivero. The show was directed by R.A. Rivera. The show also featured film makers Ramon Bautista and Jun Sabayton, playing odd characters. The reality comedy show features fun facts about how things are made in a factory, or making a movie. Trivial pursuits and road trip like episodes were produced, as means to make a transition from one topic to another.

defy and define
November 29, Saturday, 7:30pm to 8:30pm


by Raymond Red
November 29, Saturday 8:30pm
Sponsored by
San Beda Student Council – College of Arts and Sciences

On the eve of Bonifacio Day, we will be showing a re-mastered version of the film as it marks its 15th anniversary this year. Bayani is a tale about the rise, fall and resurrection of the "Katipunan" and its Supremo and a semi-biography of Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio. Noted for its heavy stylistics and painstaking attention to filmic detail, the biopic also tackles the momentous events surrounding the Philippine struggle against Spanish colonialism.

November 30, Sunday

Bunso by Ditsi Carolino
November 30, Sunday 3:30pm
Sponsored by World Vision

The film allows us to look into the bleak fate of children from the impoverished slums of the largest cities of the third world. The main character of the film is 11 year old Bunso, who is serving time for minor theft in the metropolis of Manila , in the Philippines . Together with Diosel, who is a few months older and 13 year old Tony, they are passed up against hundreds of adult prisoners in overcrowded cells, many of whom are sentenced for rape, murder and dealing drugs.

Tribu by Jim Libiran (Cinemalaya 2007)
November 30, Sunday, 6pm
Sponsored by Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
and the Loyola Film Circle

The movie depicts, in graphic detail, the gang culture of Tondo, a Manila slum notorious for its chaos, filth, poverty and violence. The story is told from the point of view of a 10-year-old boy who witnesses the violence as a gang avenges the death of one of its members. The gangs call themselves "tribes," thus the title "Tribu."

Namets by Emilio "Jay" Abello (Cinemalaya 2008)
November 30, Sunday 8:30pm

Namets is a colorful celebration of food as well as love, and the love of food above all, which is central to being Negrosanon and being Filipino. It follows the flirtation between Jacko and Cassie, two Negrenses who grew up in Bacolod , and whose lives revolve around food. The film will be shot on location in Negros Occidental and will be primarily in Hiligaynon, the language spoken in that region.

December 1, Monday

Brutus by Tara Illenberger (Cinemalaya 2008)
December 1, Monday 1pm
Sponsored by the University Student Council University of the Philippines Manila

Brutus tells the tale of two Mangyan children, hired by illegal loggers to smuggle wood from the mountains of Mindoro , as they embark on a dangerous journey to deliver the goods to the lowlands. In the process, they discover a world run by the greed of men, a world governed by ideologies that bring about the armed conflict that plagues the Mindoro highlands, the home of their own people.

Manoro by Brillante Mendoza
December 1, Monday 3:30pm
Sponsored by Team RP

A young girl tries to teach her elders a lesson about self-determination and respect in this drama inspired by actual events. The Aeta are indigenous people who have traditionally lived in the nation's mountain regions. However, after the eruption of a long-dormant volcano, an Aeta community is relocated to the nearby lowlands, and the children of the Aeta attend state-sponsored schools for the first time. Jonalyn is a 13-year-old girl who has just graduated from grade school and is eager to put her knowledge to use for the good of the community. When she learns that an upcoming election will choose the nation's new leader, she encourages the adults in her village to vote; however, she soon discovers that most of them can't read a ballot and have no idea how the voting process works. With the election only a few days away, Jonalyn organizes a crash course to teach the grown-ups in her community how to take part in the democratic process. However, not all of them are eager to learn, and when Jonalyn discovers her grandfather has gone missing during a hunting trip, she and her father set out to find him before Election Day rolls around.

Jay by Francis Xavier Pasion (Cinemalaya 2008)
December 1, Monday 6:00pm
Jay is the name of the two protagonists in the film, one is living, the other dead. The living Jay is producing a documentary of the dead Jay, a gay teacher who was brutally killed. As Jay recreates and examines the life of his subject, his own life is affected when he unravels his subject's hidden life and secret love.

Huling Byahe by Rom Dongeto
December 1, Monday, 8:30pm
Sponsored by Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD)

"Huling Byahe" (The Final Journey) is a story of a young woman named Minda, an OFW returning to her tribal hometown after working abroad for six years—a chapter in her life that is shrouded in silence and from which she returned shaken and wounded. "Huling Biyahe" is a story of trials and courage amidst compelling issues confronting women—gender based violence, family planning, and migration. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Cordilleras and its colorful culture and rituals, "Huling Biyahe" is a film that behooves its audience to rethink harmony between customs/traditions and pressing, modern-day socio-economic issues.

December 2, Tuesday

Pisay by Auraeus Solito (Cinemalaya 2007)
December 2, Tuesday, 3:30pm

Pisay" relates the stories of eight Philippine Science High School (PSHS) students during the volatile 1980s when the Philippines was in its greatest moment in history- as the Marcos Dictatorship is ousted by the 1986 People Power Revolution to Cory Aquino's New Government- as they come of age in a time filled with excitement, conflict and change.

Signos by Mike de Leon
December 2, Tuesday 6pm
Sponsored by POLITIKA – University of the Philippines Diliman

The assassination of Ninoy Aquino in August 1983, generally believed to be the work of the military, became a key moment in Philippine history for a renewed opposition to Marcos. In the same year, Mike de Leon made Signos (1983). The film is an independent Brecthian styled documentary about the anti-censorship protest movement, labor and student rallies, and the funeral of Aquino. Signos is Mike de Leon's first attempt at an explicitly political film and it is his first film outside mainstream cinema. It was produced on a limited and non-commercial scale by the progressive nongovernmental organization, Asia Visions, known for producing socially relevant films. The screening of Signos is a once in a lifetime chance to see an unreleased work of one of the most brilliant filmmaker that Philippine Cinema has produced.


Videoke sa Sine
December 2, Tuesday, 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Kakabakaba Ka Ba? (Will Your Heart Beat Faster?)
by Mike de Leon
December 2, Tuesday 8:30pm

Mike de Leon's wittily demented musical satire about Japanese yakuza, Chinese gangsters, bohemian hedonism, and the Catholic Church. "Undoubtedly, one of the finest Filipino comedy films ever made, KAKABAKABA KA BA is refreshing, literate, and very engrossing. It says more about our society than many of the so-called important films of recent vintage. In fact, it "was considered by critics as one of the landmark films of the 1980's in its absurd, comical, and irreverent treatment of an otherwise serious theme about foreign control of the Philippine economy… had to hurdle the censors, who originally sought to ban the film for its alleged racist attacks against the Japanese and the Chinese." [CCP Encyclopedia: Film]

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PAEA Presents "Titser, Bawal Ang Nakasimangot sa Klasrum."

PAEA presents
"Titser, Bawal Ang Nakasimangot sa Klasrum."
Today’s Humor in the Classroom
November 29, 2008, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
PETA Bldg. Studio A & B

Have you been grouchy in your class? Arrogant? Bad-tempered? Chances are, your students have already labeled you as masungit. Some have probably wanted to skip from your class.

Humor is one of the best methods in helping students learn, that is at least for those who have the sense to understand humor’s significance in today’s lifestyle. However, our Filipino patriarchal mindset has created a tremendous gap between teacher-student relationship. The teacher, with that powers that be, has wittingly or unwittingly put himself into a pedestal which students are unable to reach. Added to that are still many factors that affect the teacher’s temperament which then influence the classroom mood. If only the student can say, "Tister, bawal ang nakasimangot sa klasrum."

When you are in a laughing, funny mode, your students learn a great deal from you. Nakakatawa ka naman ba? Anyone’s sense of humor, most especially that of the teacher can contribute greatly in effecting a positive scenario while promoting a comfortable social environment and encouraging a healthy rapport within the classroom. It is in this setting that the children’s willingness to learn increase. Nagpapatawa ka ba? Resourcefull teachers know how to use their humor and they become very effective that the students become well-motivated and learning is more enhanced. Paano ka magpatawa? Do students find you really funny? Or corny? Is there never a dull moment in your classroom? Do they look forward to attending your class? If not, learn from the authorities, listen to their funniest moments and laugh out loud.

8:00 to 9:00 am Registration/ Breakfast/ Networking
9:00 to 9:05 am Alegria O. Ferrer National Anthem
Aliw Awardee
9:05 to 9:10 am Alegria O. Ferrer Doxology
9:10 to 9:15 am Jane Arrieta Ebarle Welcome Remarks
President, PAEA
9:15 to 10:15 am Edru R. Abraham "Pampatawa."
President, KontraGapi
10:15 to 12:00am Henry S. Tenedero "Nakakatawa ka ba?"
President, Mindful Ideas
12:00nn to 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 to 1:30 pm Edru R. Abraham "Nakakatawa ka pa ba?".
1:30 to 2:30 pm F. Landa Jocano "Nagpapatawa ka ba?"
Professor Emeritus, Asian Center, University of the Philippines
2:30 to 3:30 pm Dr. Leticia P. Ho "Baka pinagtatawanan ka?"
Former Dean, College of Education, University of the Philippines
3:30 to 4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 to 5:30 pm Soxy Topacio "Di yata ako natawa."
Phil. Educational Theater Association
5:30 onwards Distribution of Certificates

Target Audience: Educators and administrators from public and private schools, Elementary, High School and College levels.

Seminar Fee: P800.00 inclusive of 2 snacks and 1 lunch. Cash/check payment should be made on-site. Also inclusive of the Certificate of Attendance.
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UP Creative Industries Conference Launched

Philippine Conference on Global Prospectus for the Arts
University of the Philippines, Diliman

UP Creative Industries Conference Launched

The UP College of Arts and Letters, The UP College of Fine Arts, The UP College of Music and The UP College of Architecture, with the support of Intellectual Property Office (IP) Philippines, will hold The Philippine Conference on Global Prospectus for the Arts on 27-28 November 2008 at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The conference organizers are Arts and Letters Dean and National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, Fine Arts Dean Tina Colayco, Music Dean Ramon Acoymo, Architecture Dean Dan Silvestre and IP Philippines Director-General Adrian Cristobal Jr.

Conference speakers and discussants include Cultural Center of the Philippines President Nestor Jardin, Summit Media general manager Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Architect Cathy Saldaña, singer and artist manager Carlo Orosa, artist Reggie Yuson, cultural icon Gilda Cordero Fernando, visual artist and broadcast journalist Robert Alejandro, architect and planner Maria Cristina Turalba, Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage Council Lutgardo Labad, Barasoain Kalinangan theater group director Armand Sta. Ana, Tagbilaran's Diocesan Cultural Heritage Commission chair Fr. Valentino Pinlac, Architect Dinky Consunji-Laperal, violinist Coke Bolipata, and IP professionals Ang Kwee Tiang, Atty. Emma Francisco, and Atty. Jesus Antonio Ros.

The conference is designed for creative artists, scholars and other practitioners from architecture/ landscape architecture, the visual, musical and literary arts, and the other allied disciplines. Through the conference, it is hoped that practitioners will be able to share experiences, identify key strengths and assess various determinants that will help sustain the creative industries for the many years to come.

A registration fee of P1000 (good for two days) will be charged to each conference participant. Participants will be entitled to conference giveaways and the opportunity to interact with movers and shakers in the country's creative industries.

Registration will start at 9 AM. For more information, please contact the Creative Industries conference Secretariat at 9287508 and 9818500 extension 2104 or email at creativeindustriesc on@gmail. com.
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UP Theater Council Returns To The Theater Scene With COMEBACK!

Fifteen years after, the UP Theater Council (UPTC), a recognized student theater organization in UP Diliman is back with COMEBACK! - a twinbill theater production featuring potential TC playwrights Krystel Dionisio's '3D: Usapang Dyuts Doobidoobidoo Delusyon' and Carlo Cannu's 'Couture.'

UPTC was initially conceived during the year 1993 in Diliman. Since then, the organization became a home to many of our established and respected artists today in the field of theater, film, television, education, journalism and advertising. Notable artists include Mario Magallona, Eugene Domingo, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Candy Pangilinan, Dolly De Leon, Mailes Kanapi, Harlene Bautista-Sarmenta, Dante Nico Garcia, Issa Lopez, Ricky Ibe, Edwin Serrano, Dave Tolentino, Armie Arnaldo, Rudolph Baldonado, Christian Lopez, Elmir Castillo, Dexter Santos, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Joey Ting, John Neil Ilao Batalla, Voltaire de Jesus, Ohm David, Jobin Ballesteros, Jethro Joaquin, Gemma Geslani, Lloyd Navera, Chyna Roxas, Rico Gutierrez, Mimi Yapchiongco, Patricia Valenzuela, Geraldine Malacaman-Villamil, Chris Martinez, John Lapus, Justeen Niebres, Andoy Ranay, Roy San Luis, Jojet Gorrez
and Tonsi Ignacio.

Lito Casaje's 'Separasyon' , directed by theater stalwart Anton Juan Jr., was the first production of UPTC. Other memorable productions include Allan Palileo's 'Kapatiran: The Musical' and 'Hilakbot', Chris Martinez's 'Sa Sabado Sa Sam's' and 'Last Order Sa Penguin' and the famous social-satire variety show 'Break-a-Leg' series shown every after two years.

This 2008-2009 UPTC season, television / theater director-critic Joey Ting returns home directing the twinbill production with Greek-based theater set designer Ohm David, lights designer Paolo Paulino, video designer Winter David, graphics designer Dickens Polidario and
costume designer Marnelli Puyot, currently the president of UP Quill.

'3D' cast are Arnold Cao, Mark Jacob, Cara Mesina, Mercedes Cabral, Carlo Garcia, Ram Tolentino, Kimmy Maclang, Via Antonio, Abbu Reynoso, Jonjie Rivera, Ria Paz, Lehner Mendoza, Mike Magallona, Dave Tolentino and Ian De Ausen while 'Couture' cast are Vincent de Jesus, Ariel Diccion, Delphine Buencamino, Ria Paz and Cai Cortez.

UPTC is in collaboration with UP Quill.

Comeback! performances will be shown this December 6, 7 and 8, 2008 with 3pm and 7pm shows at the Tanghalang Hermogenes Ylagan, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UP Diliman. For ticket inquiries, please contact UPTC Council Mistress-Production Manager Trixie Dauz at
0915-5362213 or visit
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bea Valdes Presents Bedtime Stories @ SLab

Designer Bea Valdes presents Bedtime Stories, an exhibit of sculptures of animals adorned with crystals and semi-precious stones. Inspired by fairy tales, these whimsical creatures bring us into a darkened landscape where the sinister lurk with the enchanted. Fable and folklore, as we find all throughout the history of oral literature, were often embellished with exaggerated or gruesome details as stories were passed on from one person to the next. Women, who sat in groups as they worked on tasks such as knitting and spinning, often recounted such tales of gore.

Valdes, a graduate of the University of the Philippines and the Inchbald School in London, is a much awarded and published designer often seen on the pages of Vogue, W and Harpers. Known to be a staunch supporter of local artisans and their craft, Valdes received the Katha Award for Creative Excellence in Accessory Design in 2006.

Bedtime Stories by Bea Valdes runs from November 28, 2008 to January 3, 2009 at SLab. The artist will be present at the opening on Friday, Nov.28, 6-9 pm.

Visit SLab at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. For more information, call 8160044/ 09052650873, email or visit /

Bea Valdes
Fawn, 2008
Photo by Rachel Rillo

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Concerto (Limited Manila Screening)

Title: Concerto (Limited Manila Screening)
Date: Wednesday 19 November 2008
Time: 10:00 - 10:00
Location: Indie Sine – Robinson’s Galleria, SM North, SM South Mall, SM Megamall, & Glorietta 4

Notes: “Concerto” by Paul Alexander Morales is about how, in the last part of World War II, a special piano concert is held in the forests of Davao. In these boondocks, a displaced Filipino family becomes acquainted with a group of Japanese officers, similarly camped nearby. Based on true stories from the director's family, “Concerto” celebrates a family whose reverence for life, expressed through their love of music and friendship, can survive even war, and shows how beauty and compassion can grow in even the harshest of situations.

Aside from featuring Japanese actors, the film stars Jay Aquitania, Shamaine Buencamino, Nonoy Froilan, Meryll Soriano, Elijah Castillo, Alyssa Marie Lescano, & introducing Yna Asistio. It features “Niña's Theme” composed by the director's grandmother Norma Campo Ezpeleta as well as other works by Abelardo, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann-Liszt. It also has piano performances by Meryll Soriano, Yna Asistio, Abby Clutario, NAMCYA winner Stephanie Cruz, 2007 Aliw Awardee Mary Anne Espina, and musical director Jed Balsamo.

The film is also slated to open the Mindanao Film Festival on 14 December at the Gaisano Mall Cinemas.
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Global Prospectus for the Arts in the Philippines: Artists for the Creative Industries

Global Prospectus for the Arts in the Philippines:
Artists for the Creative Industries


I. Rationale

The Philippines is looking closely at creative industries and its impact to economy and development. The mapping of creative industries in the country, among other initiatives for the sector, is currently being undertaken by government to guide policymakers. There is a need to develop a clear understanding of the various initiatives in the sector. Practitioners can benefit from knowing the context of their industry vis-à-vis local and global trends.

Architecture/ landscape architecture, and the visual, musical and literary arts have been identified as major contributors to the creative industry, providing content that can be applied to products and services for both local and international consumption. Artists and scholars from these identified sectors have yet to come together to discuss issues, share knowledge and develop recommendations that will help their respective industries to flourish. It is critical to get together and share a common vision for the development of the creative industry, specifically in the identified sectors.

II. Project Description

Global Prospectus for the Arts in the Philippines is designed for creative artists, scholars and other practitioners from architecture/ landscape architecture, and the visual, musical and literary arts. Through the conference, it is hoped that practitioners will be able to share experiences, identify key strengths and assess various determinants that will help sustain the creative industries for the many years to come.

Day 1 of the conference aims to provide a global and national perspective of the creative industry sector particularly in the visual, musical and literary arts and its applications. Keynote addresses, to be delivered by national experts and a speaker from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will provide the local and global context of the ensuing sessions. Successful models of creative initiatives will also be shared by key personalities in their respective fields including processes to develop products and services from creation of original content to profit generation, provide an overview of practices – what works and what doesn’t, and recommend good practice.

Part I of Day 2 of the conference will be a sharing of experiences and key practices from community initiatives led by non-government organizations. The session will discuss community-based practices to develop cultural products and services, and working in the context of a community.

Part II provides an economic perspective to the discussions of the conference. It will be a presentation of the WIPO Study on the economic contribution of copyright-based industries in the Philippines. It will also identify issues and concerns surrounding the visual, literary and media arts that impacts copyright-based industries.

At least two hundred (200) delegates are expected to attend the conference.

The proposed program for the conference is attached as Annex 1.

III. Project Objectives and Expected Outcomes

The Conference aims to:

1. Gather practitioners in architecture/ landscape architecture, the visual, literary and musical arts to share experience – what works and what doesn’t – in the context of local and global trends for the creative industry.

2. Identify issues and develop recommendations to grow and sustain the identified industries

Recommendations from the conference will be communicated to relevant organizations as input to government initiatives to develop the sector.

IV. Implementation Arrangements

The Deans of the University of the Philippines’ Colleges of Arts and Letters (National Artist and Professor Virgilio Almario), Fine Arts (Professor Tina Colayco), Architecture (Professor Dan Silvestre) and Music (Professor Ramon Acoymo) together with IP Philippines Director General (Atty. Adrian Cristobal Jr.) are the lead convenors of the conference.

V. Participant’s Profile

The participants will come from architecture/ landscape architecture, the visual, literary and musical arts sectors of the creative industries including key stakeholders from the academe, government, international organizations and the private sector.

Global Prospectus for the Arts in the Philippines:
Artists for the Creative Industries
Abelardo Hall, University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
27-28 November 2008


27 November, Day 1

0900H Registration

0930H Opening Ceremonies

Philippine National Anthem – Prof. Ramon Acoymo, Dean, U.P. College of Music

Opening Remarks - Dr. Sergio S. Cao, Chancellor, University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD)

Message- Atty. Adrian Cristobal Jr., Director-General, Intellectual Property (IP) Office Philippines

1000H Session 1: Global and National Perspective on the Creative Industries and the Arts

Keynote Speakers:


Overview of the Arts in the Philippines – Mr. Nestor Jardin , President, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)

Global Perspective – Mr. Dimiter Gantchev, Acting Director, Creative Industries Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Convener – Prof. Ramon Acoymo, Dean, UP College of Music

Moderator – Prof. Gemma Malicdem, College Secretary, UP College of Music

1200H Lunch Break

1330H Session 2: Managing the Arts

The session aims to present successful models of creative initiatives including processes to develop products and services from creation of original content to profit generation and provide an overview of practices – what works and what doesn’t. The panel will be composed of key personalities who have made globally in their respective fields -- Advertising, Music, Furniture Design/Visual Arts and Architecture/ Landscape Architecture.

Speaker – Ms. Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, General Manager, Summit Media

Convener – Prof. Tina Colayco, Dean, UP College of Fine Arts/ Publisher and Founder, Art Post Asia

Moderator - Prof. Ruben de Jesus, Assistant Professor, UP College of Fine Arts

1415H Panel Discussion

1. Mr. Marlon Rivera, President and Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Manila

2. Prof. Ryan Cayabyab, former Executive and Arts Director, San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts.

3. Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue, furniture design leader

4. Archt. Cathy Saldaña, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)

1500H Break

1515H Session 3: Artists as Entrepreneurs

Local and individual initiatives that have spurred successful businesses will be discussed in the session. It aims to provide a perspective from the artist as creator and as entrepreneur. The panel will be composed of key personalities in Sculpture/Visual Arts, Publishing/Literary Arts, Jewelry Design/Visual Arts and Architecture/ Landscape Architecture.

Speaker – Mr. Carlo Orosa, singer, star builder and artist manager

Convener – Prof. and Archt. Dan Silvestre, Dean, UP College of Architecture / Founder, DA Silvestre and Associates (DASA)

Moderator - Prof. Gerard Rey Lico, Campus Architect, UP Diliman

1600H Panel Discussion

1. Mr. Reggie Yuson, visual artist

2. Ms. Gilda Cordero Fernando, writer, publisher, cultural activist and icon

3. Mr. Robert Alejandro, visual artist, book designer and television reporter

4. Archt. Joven Ignacio, visual artist and architect

1645H Summary and synthesis of Day 1.

1700H Cocktails

1800H Concert Featuring The U.P. Jazz Orchestra

28 November, Day 2

0900H Session 4a: Case Studies of Community-Based Industries

Community based initiatives have helped create niche markets for creative services locally and internationally. This session aims to discuss and share the context of creating viable creative initiatives within the context of the community and present case studies as models. Panelists will be led by a community organizer; discussants will be key leaders of community-based organizations who have initiated sustainable creative work.

Speaker – Mr. Lutgardo Labad, Director, Teatro Bol-Anon

Convener – Prof. Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature and Dean, UP College of Arts and Letters

Moderator – Prof. Jose Wendell Capili, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UP College of Arts and Letters

0945H Break

1000H Panel Discussion

1. Mr. Armand Sta. Ana, Artistic Director, Barasoain Kalinangan theater group

2. Mr. Alfonso "Coke" Bolipata, Executive Director, Miriam College Center for Applied Music

3. Archt. Dinky Consunji-Laperal, Director and Treasurer, DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI)

1200H Lunch Break

Host: University of the Philippines President Emerlinda R. Roman

1330H Session 5: Managing IP in Creative Industries

The session provides inputs to the sector in terms of managing creative enterprises using collective management of copyright and the trademark system and considering the challenges of a digital environment for creative industries to add value that will benefit the business bottom line.



Ang Kwee Tiang, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers

Atty. Emma C. Francisco, President, Intellectual Property Professors Association

Atty. Jesus Antonio Z. Ros, Bureau of Trademarks, IP Philippines

Convener – Atty. Louie Calvario, IP Office Philippines

Moderator – Ms. Precious Lejano, IP Office Philippines

1500H Break

1515H Session 6: Development of Policy Statements

1700H Conference Summary and Presentation of Resolutions

1730H Conference Cocktails

1830H World Premiere of Dulaang U.P.’s “Atang”, a musical based on the life of National Artist Atang de la Rama

Venue- Wilfrido Maria Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, U.P. Diliman

Cast – Ms. Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ms. Shamaine Centenera-Buencamin o, Ms. Ayen Munji-Laurel, Ms. Bituin Escalante, Mr. Ricky Ibe, Ms. Jacinta Remulla, Mr. Mitoy Sta. Ana, Mr. Eric de la Cruz, Mr. Arkel Mendoza and The Dulaang U.P. ensemble

Script- Mr. Floy Quintos, playwright, scriptwriter and television director

Direction- Prof. Alexander Cortez, Artistic Director, Dulaang U.P.
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Friday, October 31, 2008

Artists' Welfare Project Tiangge @ CCP



Come take a stroll with family and friends through our Artists' Tiangge at the shady lane between the Main CCP Building and the Production Design Center, CCP complex. The Artists' Tiangge includes many artists whose one of a kind products can not be found at any other market in Manila . There will be over 40 different stalls showing and selling a rich variety of wares. From the new to the recycled, fine arts to folk art, jewelry to ceramics, sculpture to textiles, curios and collectibles, there will be something for almost every taste and budget. The Artists Tiangge also features street performers and a gourmet café. Pets are welcome.

Artist Applications:
For a 2 meters X 2 meters stall space are now being solicited. The stall space rental is as follows:
Php500 (members) and Php1000 (non members) for the Open Booths.
Php700 (members) and Php1200 (non members) for the Shaded Booths.
Food booth is Php700 (members) and Php1,200 (non members) awning is provided.
A 5% sales commission will be levied on all gross sales in favor of Artists Welfare Project, Inc.
(See attached Registration From, Regulations and Directory.)

Artists Market hours are Saturday, November 29, 2008 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with artists' set-up beginning that morning at 6:00 a.m.

For more information please contact Clottie Gealogo via email drama_ccp@yahoo. com or by phone at 8322314.

Space is limited so please do not delay in submitting your application. The Arists' Tiangge is roughly patterned after the outdoor tiangge of Malatapay, Dumaguete and the street markets of Montmarte, Paris.
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Revenge & Revolution in Gantimpala Theater's El Filibusterismo


El Filibusterismo or the Fili, the continuation of Noli Me Tangere, is about the arrival of Don Simoun, a business magnate and jeweler, a mystical, demoniacal figure whose only thoughts are to overthrow the existing order, the colonial rule. He is moved partly by political motives and partly by a personal desire for revenge.

Thus, he uses his wealth to promote the corruption of the ruling class, its arrogance towards the natives and the oppression machinery - and at the same time to draw the attention of the oppressed people to the conditions which he himself, to some extent, has caused, and to provoke their opposition.

Characters that were originally from the Noli return - Basilio, Dona Victorina, and Padre Salvi - while new ones are introduced: Kabesang Tales and his struggle for justice; the nationalist student Isagani; the Indio priest Padre Florentino. Through them the colonial milieu is expanded--its officialdom, education, legal system, power plays, social patterns--and seen anew as context for conflict and insight.

This darker novel of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal has become one of Gantimpala Theater’s Four Classic, and on the occasion of its 31st season celebration, the play version written by Jomar Fleras, with Soxie Topacio as director, comes to life with a vengeance on stage.
Giving life to some of the novel’s immortal characters are Roeder Camañag (Don Simoun/Mr. Leeds); Perry Escaño (Kabesang Tales) Kimberly Diaz (Juli);Billy Parjan (Padre Florentino/Tagapags alaysay); Perry Dizon (Tata Selo); ; Bluemark Roces (Basilio); Norman Peñaflorida (Kapitan Tiago/Ben Zayb); Abel Napuran (Tano); Jose Jeffrey Camañag (Padre Camorra); Edwin Domino (Padre Salvi); Jeanette Ann Queblatin (Doña Victorina); Troy de Guzman (Isagani); Fame Flores (Paulita Gomez); Jojo Riguera (Juanito Pelaez); Allan Talatala (Placido Penitente); Xeno Alejandro (Heneral/Kapitan/ Imuthis); Dart Zia (Macaraig); and Julius Empredo (Quiroga).

Performances are on November 2 (7pm., Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium, Luneta Park, Manila); November 7-9, 21-23 (AFP Theater, Quezon City); and November 12-14 (SM Southmall, Las Piñas City).

The National Parks Development Committee fully supports Gantimpala Theater’s El Filibusterismo.

For information, booking and ticket reservations, call the 899-5745/896- 3503 or 474-5198 or write to: ph
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Gantimpala's Bien Aligtad Free Shows

Bien Aligtad (1st prize 1985 CCP Playwriting contest), is about the life of a small time criminal that helps his community by sharing with them his loot, thus earning their love and admiration, much to the dismay of the authorities especially now that a movie about his life is forthcoming, solving a problem named Bien is giving them endless headaches and has made them the people's laughing stock.

The cast are Jojit Lorenzo (Bien Aligtad); Hope Matriano (Takyang Bagting); Joey David (Abeng Barbero); Doreen Bernal (Huling Harapipak); Alexis Aubrey Fernandez (Salome/Miriam) ; John Rhoderey and Joseph Matthew Dizon (Bien's children); Ronnie Bertubin, Paul Sy and Ed Murillo(tres berdugos) plus the GTF Actors' Company as koro. Roobak Valle is director, choreographer and production designer of this movement drama.

Tony Espejo, Artistic Director says, "The Second Pearl Theater Festival is a biennial project of Gantimpala Theater. Winners of the CCP Playwriting contests are being re-staged to present to the public the many artistic and production contributions of the company that helped in the development of Philippine dramaturgy."

Members of the artistic and production team are: Joey Nombres, lighting designer and Marianne Sedotes, production designer, Raymond Talavera, stage manager for Hiblang Abo; Dong Calingacion, lights designer; Jun Austria, musical director and Joey de Guzman, assistant
musical director and Jhey-Ar Caguimbal, stage manager for Bien. Pamela Hundana and Lailanie Ann Tejuco are the production manager and assistant production manager respectively

Bien Aligtad's performance date is on November 6 and 8, 7p.m, Concert at the Park
Open Air Auditorium, in Luneta, Manila. Both performances of Hiblang Abo and Bien Aligtad are free.

For further queries, please call 528-0603/536- 5860 or write to: gantimpalatheater@ ph
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Pamela Yan Santos’ Like Exhibit @ Blanc

Pamela Yan Santos' Like

In her upcoming solo exhibition entitled LIKE, Pamela Yan Santos explores personal history as known and remembered through various indices such as photographs, written and scribbled language and other signifiers that many of us consider as mundane.

Working in mixed media and in layers, she uses the processes of serigraphy, painting and collage as components to a kind of visual syntax intended to essay personal episodes and remembrances of emotional significance. The approaches through which she interrelates the various processes make the works resonate as wish, as a point of comparison, as a mnemonic or as a conjunction, which are among the permutations of the word LIKE.

From a personal perspective, the works bridge the artist's past and present by transforming events through time into a synchronous testament, expressing how agreeably or uncannily the two echo and mirror each other.

Pam Yan -Santos graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting from the University of the Philippines. A prize winner in the print category of the 1993 AAP Annual Art Competition, she has joined significant number of group exhibitions both here and abroad, the latest of which is ArtBeijing in China.

LIKE is Pam's 5th solo exhibition and will be curated by Leo Abaya.

LIKE opens on Monday, November 3, 2008 6PM at the blanc compound 359 Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong City. For More information please call/sms 752-0032/0920- 9276436, email or visit
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Clay Art Workshop @ Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street

Clay Art Workshop for Beginners (for ages 8 & up)
Learn the basic techniques in handling clay in the spirit of play and free expression with terra cotta artist and painter Aba Lluch Dalena. Lessons include the basic techniques in handling clay, sculpting with a free theme --- figurative, functional and abstracted forms --- and mending / painting clay works.

VENUE: The Forum, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street Bonifacio Global City
DATES & TIME: November 10, 17 & 24, 2008 (Mondays) from 5:00pm-7:00pm
3 sessions @ Php3,500 total inclusive of clay materials per student
PHP 1,680 must be settled upon registration to cover materials and reservation
Please sign up at Customer Service or visit

Note: Clay Art Workshop focuses on Figurative Sculpture, not pottery.

Aimee Diego
Events Manager
Tel. no. 858.7008
Fax no. 858.7035
Mobile: (0921) 2581333
Email: aimeediego@fullybookedonline. com
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Mariano Ching
's Recent Work @ 20SQUARE

Mariano Ching

Recent Work


October 16-November 8

Mariano Ching is first to exhibit at 20SQUARE, the gallery at SLab for smaller shows, curatorial projects, and consignments.

A Monbusho Japanese Grant scholar, Mariano Ching paints and draws macabre portrayals of alternate worlds, most often found solely in the inner recesses of a genius’ imagination. His eye for the surreal and images of childhood monsters and dreamlike characters are original and exude a quiet excellence alluding to maturity. He has shown work in various spaces in Manila, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and France and in 2006, was awarded the highly coveted Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award.

SLab now open!

On October 16, 2008, the Silverlens Group opened SLab, their highly anticipated new gallery with the much-awaited solo show of Patricia Eustaquio, Death to the Major, Viva Minor. SLab was packed, and the bridge held.

Visit SLab at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Silverlens Gallery is showing Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives simultaneously. For more information, call 8160044/09052650873 , email manage@silverlensph or visit and
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Beyond Frame: Philippine Photomedia

Beyond Frame: Philippine Photomedia
28 October - 21 November 2008
UTS Gallery
Level 4, 702 Harris Street
Ultimo Sydney, NSW Australia

Twelve artists push the boundaries of traditional photography and its derivatives moving beyond the frame as a 'filter' to local nuances, historic anchors and site-specificity. This is an astute picture of Philippine contemporary art now.

The first exhibition of Philippine photography and photomedia to be presented in Australia will open at Sydney's UTS Gallery 28 October from 6 - 8 pm. Curated by Gina Fairley, this exhibition will travel the work of twelve artists that push the boundaries of medium and a prescribed imaging of the Philippines in new expressions from video installation, digital banners, site-specific wall-drawing and a kind of third world manipulation of traditional photography.

Featured in the show are:

Poklong Anading **
Ringo Bunoan **
Mario Co **
Lena Cobangbang **
Romina A. Diaz
Christina Dy *
Lani Maestro
Gina Osterloh *
Rachel Rillo *
Steve Tirona **
Norberto Roldan
Gerardo Tan
Tony Twigg

* Silverlens/SLab Represented Artists
** Silverlens Exhibiting Artists

OPENING: Tuesday 28 October from 6 - 8pm
UTS Gallery - Level 4, 701 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney

Christina Dy will be creating Running with Scissors (Before), a wall-based work in-situ. A performative work followed by a conversation between the curator and the artist will take place on Friday, 31 October from 1pm

Satellite exhibitions in SLOT by Gerardo Tan in collaboration with David Griggs until 2 November and Tony Twigg opening 3 November.

Beyond frame acknowledges the support of lending institutions: Silverlens Gallery and The Institute d'art Contemporain (IAC) France; the partner venues: La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo and Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila and the satellite venue SLOT, Redfern. Christina Dy's in-situ work is made possible with the support of Silverlens Gallery and UTS.
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Rhetoric & Theater Educators Assembly


The Association of Rhetoric and Theater Educators will hold its First Annual Assembly and Seminar-workshop in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts with the theme "Theater Arts: Catalyst For Social Transformation. "

The dates and venues are October 28, 2008 at Bacolod Chicken Inasal in Quezon Memorial Park, Elliptical Road, Quezon City and on October 29 and 30, 2008 at the Café Hasmin Hostel, Polytechnic University of the Philippines on Valencia St., Sta. Mesa, Manila. All activities will start at 8:00 a.m.

Day1: Undersecretary Dr. Vilma L. Labrador, Chair of the NCCA will speak on "Cultural Education in the Country." Presidential Adviser for Culture and NCCA Executive Director Cecille
Guidote-Alvarez will dwell on "Theater Arts: Catalysts for Social Transformation, " while Ambassador and UNESCO Commissioner Preciosa S. Soliven will speak on "UN Millennium Development Goals."

Day 2: Dr. Ricky G. Abad, Head of the Theater Department of Ateneo de Manila University will speak on "Theater Arts: Tool in the Formatting of Filipino Character."

Following Dr. Abad's piece is the presentations of Dr. Anita M. Navarro, Philippine Normal University Humanities Professor with the topic, "Effective Education and Value Formation for Children."

Noted scriptwriter Ricky Lee, Creative Manager of ABS-CBN will present "Theater As Origin f Film and Television."

Day 3: CHED Commissioner Dr. Nona S. Ricafort will speak on "Government Support for Theater Education." There will be workshops during the Conference.

For more information, contact Tel.Nos. 713-38-18 / 718-09-33 or e-mail pup-graduateschool@, or http//www.pup.

Organizers of the seminar-workshop are Dr. Ramona B. Rañeses, Dr. Rustica C. Carpio, Dr. Lilian DL. Peña, Dr. Felicidad C. Robles, Dr. Amalia C. Rosales, Prof. Segundo C. Dizon, Dr. Milagros F. Cañares, Ms. Jorgina FV. David, Dr. Ma. Lourdes DP. Garcia, Dr. Anita M. Navarro, Dr. Guillermo G. Gastelo and Fray Paolo D. Casures.
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Artbreak-Fastbreak! Invitation to Talented Filipino Artists

Calling all Artists who haven't been featured in a one-man-exhibit! Here's your chance to be included in a hi-profile group exhibit together with other outstanding artists. Cocktails, invitations and promotions will be shouldered by the organizers. All you need to do is come up with an impressive piece of work measuring 36 x 36 inches- box type (museum wrap or commonly known as wrapped around), no need to frame. Just make sure that the sides are neat and presentable.

Submission is November 14, Friday at the AAP office Kanlungan ng Sining, Rizal Park. Tentative date of launching is November 24, 2008. Make sure to include title of work, name of artist, birthday, age and contact number attached at the back of the artwork. All artworks will be subject to screening to meet a high level of standard for the exhibit. Good Luck to everyone!

For more details please text or call Buds Convocar at 0920920 8149.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

This October @ Pinto Art Gallery

Four art shows to open at Pinto Art Gallery this October

The Silangan Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Ecology in cooperation with Britania Art Projects present four simultaneous art exhibitions to be unveiled at Pinto Art Gallery from 26 October to 18 November 2008: three one-man shows by Dennis Ascalon, Reynald Bon Mujeres, and Joey de Castro, and Showcase a group show of contemporary Philippine art at Pinto's Silangan Studio Gallery.

Solo Shows by Ascalon, Mujeres, De Castro at Pinto Gallery

On view at Pinto's Main Gallery is Dennis Ascalon's one-man exhibit of alternative mixed media works entitled I Ain't That Kinda Angel..

Ascalon's angels, in the artist's own words, “are not your usual church-going angels”. Straddling toy rocking horses and taking them on a ride, the images are a satire on current societal conceptions of morality, as defined by contemporary religious norms. Angels, which ironically denote humanity here, are depicted as being mounted on materialism, differing realities, carnal passions, the dictates of sexuality and ambition.

Dennis Ascalon graduated from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, Iloilo, and from La Consolacion College, School of Architecture and Fine Arts, Bacolod. A member of the Black Artists in Asia, he was also an executive council member for visual arts for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for the Visayas (2001-2004). He has been collected by the Singapore Art Museum, and has exhibited in the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Pinto's Upper Gallery features the one-man exhibition entitled Tales of Sisters by Reynald Bon Mujeres. At Pinto's Gallery Shop, Joey de Castro presents photographs and pottery works in his one-man show entitled Spontaneous Combustion.

The show unveils de Castro's comprehensive collection of black and white photographs accumulated during the past two decades, printed on Ilford paper using Kodak infrared film. The photographs exude a quiet beauty, illuminating images of heritage sites and outdoor scenes with a dignified simplicity.

Also included in the show are exquisite samples of de Castro's handmade stoneware pottery works. Starting out with pottery as a hobby, de Castro has honed his art as a ceramicist during the past five years, producing classic ceramic pieces which merge careful and loving craftsmanship with calculated artistic alchemy in the use of form, color, and material.

Group Show at Silangan Studio Gallery

Showcase at the Silangan Studio Gallery is a group show of recent works by Arnel Brillantes, Zean Cabangis, Froilan Calayag, Demosthenes Campos, Jef Carnay, Mary Grace Corpuz, Don Dalmacio, Dexter Fernandez, Raymar Gacutan, Carlo Gernale, Joselito Jandayan, Mervin Pimentel, Arturo Sanches Jr., and Alex Tan.

Pinto Art Gallery is a member of the Silangan Foundation for Culture and the Arts. It is located at #1 Sierra Madre St, Grandheights, Antipolo City, Rizal. For inquiries you may log on to the gallery website at, email us at or call us at (632) 6971015.

0r contact Britania Art Projects. For inquiries, please get in touch with Britania Art Projects at (02)387-6373, mobile number (63)917-807-0327, or email For additional information, visit the Britania website at
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IFG's 5th Art Film Festival at PWU

The 5th Art Film Festival of the IFG will be held at the Philippine Women's University Manila on December 18 & 19, 2008.

This inter-collegiate festival is open to all college student filmmakers from any school or university, with a vision to promote cinematic talent, and the enthusiasm to share one's creativity.


1. The competition is open to college student filmmakers currently enrolled in any college or university in the Philippines.

2. All entries are to be shot using any type of film camera, video camera and must be
submitted in DVD format.

3. Entries must have been completed not earlier than June 2008, and have not been
entered in any other competition or produced for commercial purposes.

4. Running time for all entries is 10-20 minutes.

5. Interested participants must submit the following on or before 6:00 PM on December 4, 2008 at Shotlist Cafe Shop Gallery located at 67-B Kalayaan Avenue Diiman, Quezon City

* Final output in DVD format labeled with:
a) Title of Entry
b) Production Company
c) Director/ Filmmaker with contact no.
d) Synopsis in Filipino or English
e) Running time of entry

6. All entries will be presented to a selection committee prior to the day of the event. Only
the top ten entries will be eligible as finalists to compete during the festival.

7. The top ten entries will be announced on December 11, 2008 via e-mail, and through
the our official website:

8. The PWU IFG movie clapper award will be given to entries who will excel in the
following categories:

Best Screenplay

Best Director

Best Short Feature

9. Finalists will also receive gift prizes from the festival sponsors, and Certificates of Participation to the festival.

10. Email us at pwuifg@yahoo. com
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Dekada Cinemanila Announces Official Selections For Digital Lokal

Dekada Cinemanila announces official selections for Digital Lokal

Six films from acclaimed directors will compete for the prestigious Lino Brocka Award at Cinemanila's Digital Lokal competition.

Included in the official list of films in competition are the following: Imburnal by Sherad Anthony Sanchez; Next Attraction by Raya Martin; Ala Pobre Ala Suerte by Briccio Santos; Sisa by CJ Andaluz; Carnivore by Ato Bautista; and Ang Manghuhula by Paolo Herras.

Past Lino Brocka awardees Aureaus Solito, Dante Mendoza, and Raya Martin all gained international recognition. Solito's winning entry, Tuli, won Outstanding International Narrative Feature at the 2007 Outfest in Los Angeles and the NETPAC Award from the Berlin International Film Festival. Dante Mendoza's Manoro, on the other hand, garnered a record 7 nominations during the 30th Gawad Urian. Last year's Brocka winner, Raya Martin's Autohystoria bagged the Special Mention at the International Competition of the Marseille Film Festival.

Dekada Cinemanila will run from October 16-29 at Gateway Cineplex 1, Araneta Center, Quezon City. It is presented by the Independent Cinema Association of the Philippines (ICAP), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and is supported by Gateway Cineplex 10, the Official Festival Venue, Philippine Airlines, Screen Australia and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Cinemanila is also brought to you by Business World, Rene Barbier Wines, Orion Chocopie and Mike and Ike Candies. is a media partner of Dekada Cinemanila.

For more information, log on to or call the Cinemanila Secretariat at 440-8812.
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Stand Up, Take Action Against Poverty Campaign

Last year, the Philippines won the no. 1 slot for the most number of people who stood up against poverty in the Stand Up Against Poverty, according to Minar Pimple, United Nations Millennium Campaign deputy director who is personally giving the good news to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

To achieve 15 million people who will stand up and take action against poverty for this year in order to sustain the country’s first place position, no less than Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal will lead the campaign on the occasion of the Asian Conference on Religion for Peace at the University of the Santo Tomas (UST).

Minar Pimple, United Nations Millennium Campaign deputy director, who had a TV interview in Equilibrium: Sukatan ng Katarungan, hosted by former Senator Heherson Alvarez, Presidential Adviser on global warming and climate change, will be joined by Suneeta Mukherjee, UNRC AI and UN family focal person for the Philippine campaign, together with partners in the aforementioned meeting with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

This year, as in the last 2 years, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), headed by Chairman Vilma Labrador and Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, is following up this achievement and supporting the Stand Up Against Poverty, a campaign for global mobilization to end poverty and inequality and for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), through a series of cultural-educational activities. The event will be from October 17 to 19, 2008. The global campaign to mobilize cultural diversity for the UNMDGs was launched in 2006 by UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura at the Philippine hosting of the 31st UNESCO-ITI Congress and Theater Olympics of the Nation with the full support of Pres. Arroyo.
On October 17, 2008, there will be an inter-agency event led by NAPC to be held at the Rizal Park where people will pledge to end poverty and achieve the UN MDGs.

Students will be reflecting on poverty alleviation measures through contests on editorial cartoon, poster making and poetry writing via SMS or “text tula,” which are being conducted to drum up awareness and will culminate with the awarding. The elementary student winner from NCR will be presented to the President. Similar activities are held by DepEd together with NCCA in all regions on the 17th. A Mural MDG sample painting from the NCCA-ITI Kalahi Cultural Caregiving program planned for 1,500 municipalities will be undertaken with the League of Municipalities.

In connection with the campaign, the agreement between TESDA headed by Sec. Augusto Syjuco and NCCA for the accreditation of the NCCA-supported Dreams Academy Performance and Media arts and creative industry modules for the ladderized curriculum focused on the MDGs, as well as the accreditation for the Schools of Living Traditions (SLTs) for Indigenous Peoples and all cultural care-giving programs for poverty alleviation to be given to DSWD centers addressing the needs of abused women and out-of-school-youth, prisoners, and even overseas Filipino communities abroad in cooperation with DFA and CFO, and in particular in Mindanao for a care-giving service that would focus on healing and therapy of victims of trauma due to war or environmental disasters in coordination with the Presidential Office for the Peace Process and Alay sa Kawal.

All the video images of Philippine mobilization for the Stand Up Against Poverty will be featured in Sining Gising, the NCCA program on NBN 4 in collaboration with DepEd and TESDA.

People are enjoined to send letters to their local governments, organize teach-ins, distribute books or other educational materials, donate blood, plant trees or any number of other ways to contribute towards ending poverty and inequality. Those participating must enroll and report their involvement and count of participants to the UN Office not later than 4:00 pm of Sunday, October 19, to 901-0403 (Secretariat), 901-0100 (UNDP), 901-0300 (UNFPA), 901-0124 (UNICEF), and 338-5520 (UNIC) or email to or

In 2000, leaders of 189 countries signed the Millennium Declaration agreeing to do everything in their power to end poverty. They pledged to do this by achieving the Millennium Development Goals, a roadmap to end extreme poverty by 2015. As a pledge of the nation on this, PGMA was at the Head of States Summit at the United Nations recently.

Still, every day, 50,000 people die as a result of extreme poverty and the gap between rich and poor people is increasing. Nearly half the world’s population live in poverty, of which 70 percent are women.

Last year, 43.7 million people joined Stand Up worldwide, setting a new world record. This year, people are enjoined to “Stand Up and Take Action” to ensure governments worldwide hear our demands to end poverty and inequality.

This year, campaigners worldwide are expected to “Stand Up and Take Action” to push their governments for more and better aid, debt cancellation, education for all boys and girls, healthcare, trade justice, gender equality and public accountability.

To make sure more people can take part, the event will see the unfolding of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty across the world.

Aside from Stand Up Against Poverty, the NCCA has several programs, which aim end poverty and inequality utilizing culture as an instrument in a comprehensive creative communications program.

The event will be in partnership with the League of Municipalities, the Department of Education and the Cabinet Education Cluster.

For details, contact the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office at 527-5529 / 527-2192 loc. 612-615.
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