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Monday, May 30, 2011

'Art 2 Art' Airs Rizal Episodes

Art 2 Art scores a coup as it presents National Artist for Literature Virgilio “Rio Alma” Almario discussing national hero Jose Rizal as a writer in its episode on June 19, the 150th birth anniversary of Rizal.

This will be preceded on June 12, Independence Day, by another Rizal episode featuring multi-awarded composer/musical arranger Ryan Cayabyab who will talk about the making of his musical adaptation of Rizal's novel, Noli Me Tangere. With libretto by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera and costumes, the critically acclaimedNoli Me Tangere The Musical will be restaged in August.

Hosted by prima ballerina Lisa Macuja and produced by the Manila Broadcasting Company, Art 2 Art is airednationwide every Sunday, 3:30 to 4 p.m., on DZRH (666 khz on the AM band). It can also be viewed simultaneously on Cablelink cable television’s Channel 9 and accessed on the Internet through the website

Almario, who translated both of Rizal's novels, Noli and El Filibusterismo into Filipino, shares the hero's literary legacy which also includes scores of poems, essays and “The Monkey and the Tortoise” cartoons. Based on his studies, Almario also reveals why one poem that has been attributed to Rizal could not have been the hero's work.

Meanwhile, Cayabyab recalls how the Noli musical came to be in 1995 and the process the production team underwent to turn Rizal's prose into music. He notes that the Fili adaptation came first, then later on was followed byNoli, and led to a third Rizal-themed musical, Ilustrado.

For its June 5 episode, Art 2 Art features sisters Jai Sabas-Aracama and Hazel Sabas-Gower who are accomplished in their respective fields of classical music and ballet. The Sabas sisters recall that growing up in a household filled with art and music inspired them to pursue careers as artists.

The program caps the month with a tribute to National Artist for Film Gerardo de Leon on June 26, with the assistance of resource speaker Ed Cabagnot of the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Visual, Literary and Media Arts Department.

For inquiries, please e-mail On Facebook, check out the account Ballerina ng Bayan for updates on Art 2 Art episodes and Ballet Manila performances.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

10 At Ysobel Art Gallery

MAY 21, 2011

Ysobel Art Gallery exhibits 10 on May 21, 2011.  With recent works by Rene Cuvos, Jaylenver Peñafiel, Teofilo Alagao, Joselito Jandayan, Heraldo Corpus, Jake Catah, Martin Honasan, Niño Hernandez, Lirio Salvador and Ian Valladarez, Ysobel Art Gallery opens its doors for the unveiling of its first group exhibition.
Having earned their laurels in various local and international competitions, these ten emerging artists will showcase the diversity in form, technique and sensibilities that the gallery wants to present to the art-going public.  True to the mystical representation of the number 10 in literature and the arts, a well-rounded sampling of Honasan’s experimental forays into acrylics, Catah’s fauvist saturations of color, Corpus’ deviation from grayscale, Hernandez’ hybridized abstractions, Cuvos’ harlequinesque characters, Peñafiel’s puzzle portraits and the biting commentary of works on canvas by Jandayan and Alagao will be displayed along with metal sculptural assemblages by Salvador and the continuous wire forms of Valladarez.

Ysobel Art Gallery is located at the second floor of Serendra, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.  Artists’ Reception is on May 21, Saturday, at six o’clock in the evening. 10 will run until June 9, 2011.  Call or text +639285071117 and email for details.

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