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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Seminar on Pottery & Ceramics @ Lopez Memorial Museum

On November 16, Friday, 8am-5pm, representatives from the National Museum of the Philippines' Archaeology Division will be resource persons on pottery and ceramics in a seminar open to those who care for, study and collect such items. This seminar will be held at the Lopez Memorial Museum. China's contribution in terms of ceramics and the distribution in Southeast Asia of these and other Asian ceramics will be discussed. Also included is a general introduction to ceramics (types, terminology, process), and the manufacture, construction, finishing and surface treatment of pottery. Archaeology has helped unearth these items and in terms of underwater archaeology, discussion will focus on its three phases of conserving ceramics from underwater sites.

Research into the Philippines' past has involved looking into pottery and ceramics. Many such samples are in private and museum collections with varying levels of accessibility to the public. While most display excellent preservation in archaeological contexts as stated by Ms Amalia de la Torre of the National Museum, these materials also deteriorate and are damaged. With a better understanding of the materials that embody aspects of our precolonial past, improved means of caring for this tangible cultural heritage can be established. Fee of Php1,500.00 includes lunch and snacks.

The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 8am-5pm, except holidays.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Yuchengco Museum & Swiss Embassy Present 'Jose Rizal and Switzerland'

Yuchengco Museum and Swiss Embassy Present
Jose Rizal and Switzerland on October 29

Closing event for RIZALizing the Future exhibit features talks by Ambeth Ocampo and Maria Theresa Lazaro, former ambassador of the Philippines to Switzerland

Special lectures by historian Ambeth Ocampo and former ambassador of the Philippines to Switzerland Maria Theresa Lazaro are the highlights of Jose Rizal and Switzerland, an event jointly presented by the Yuchengco Museum and the Embassy of Switzerland on Saturday, October 29, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. The talks culminate the museum’s four-month exhibit RIZALizing the Future.

Symbolically linking Switzerland and the Philippines are the emblematic figures of two national heroes, Wilhelm Tell and Jose Rizal. Rizal translated into Tagalog Friedrich Schiller’s drama Wilhelm Tell, who embodied the values and ideals for which Rizal gave his life. In his lecture on “Jose Rizal and Switzerland,” Ambeth Ocampo will talk about Rizal’s links to Switzerland.

Ambeth Ocampo is a public historian whose research covers the late 19th century Philippines, its art, culture, and the birth of the nation. He writes a widely read editorial column, entitled “Looking Back,” for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Dr. Ocampo is currently Chairman and Associate Professor of the Department of History in Ateneo de Manila University.

Relations between the Philippines and Switzerland can be traced back to the early 19th century, when Swiss traders, missionaries, and travelers ventured into Southeast Asia. Since the establishment of a Swiss consulate in Manila—the first official representation of Switzerland in Asia—in 1862, exchange between the two countries has flourished. In her lecture on “Switzerland and the Philippines,” Ambassador Maria Theresa Lazaro will discuss the 150 years of diplomatic and trade relations, development cooperation, and cultural exchange between the two countries.

Ambassador Maria Theresa Lazaro is a former ambassador of the Philippines to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Ambassador Lazaro has been with the Department of Affairs for more than 25 years, and her previous posts include the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, the Philippine Embassy in New York, and the Philippine Embassy in Madrid.

Jose Rizal and Switzerland comes with museum admission (P100 for adults, P50 for students, and P25 for children and senior citizens). Dr. Ocampo’s books on Jose Rizal will be available for sale, and a small reception to meet the speakers follows the program.

As seating is limited, advance registration is recommended. To register, call 889-1234 or Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Photographing Corregidor

October 29-30, 6:30 am assembly with a pre-trip lecture on October 27 at 6-8pm and a post-trip critiquing on November 3 at 6-8pm

Located at the entrance of Manila Bay, Corregidor is a tadpole-shaped island. It is a remnant of a volcano called Corregidor Caldera. Before it became an important island fortress during the Second World War, Corregidor was a small fishing village. Today, the island is a popular tourist spot and historical site, commemorating the heroism of Filipino and American soldiers who bravely held their ground during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.

Corregidor ruins have been photographed countless times, and this photography trip hopes to provide fresh perspectives in capturing these subjects.
The pre-trip lecture will cover topics such as choosing a subject, finding a good vantage point, adjusting to the different lighting conditions, and knowing what camera and other equipment to bring. To take full advantage of the trip, participants are encouraged to plan ahead and research about the place.

During the trip, the participants will be shooting alongside the speaker-photographer. Additional pointers will be given for participants to capture the experience through their images.
To conclude the photo trip, participants must submit 2-3 photographs (printed in 8"x10") for critiquing. The best photos will be selected and will be exhibited at The Alcove photo gallery.

- Digital camera, preferably SLR
- Basic knowledge of photography

The pre-trip lecture and post trip critiquing will be at the Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City (across from The Peninsula Manila). Assembly for the trip will be at the Sun Cruises ferry terminal, CCP Bay Terminal A, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City (near Harbour Square).

Jay Alonzo, who loves traveling and photography, is considered one of the best photographer-speakers in the country. He is a photo contributor for Mabuhay magazine, Philippine Airlines' in-flight magazine. His images have also been used in movie posters, billboards, and travelogues. He shares his passion for both travel and photography by teaching novice photographers.

Participation fee and discount
P7,000 inclusive of lecture fee, round-trip ferry transfers, guided island tour, exclusive use of a "Tranvia" bus for the special itinerary, terminal/entrance/shrine fees, meals, and hotel accommodation based on triple sharing (can be upgraded to twin/double sharing for an additional P400 and to single occupancy for an additional P800). Cash or check payments are accepted at the library or through a BPI bank deposit. Payment through BPI EPS and major credit cards is also accepted.

Due to the limited number of available slots, interested participants are requested to register on or before September 29 by paying at least P4,000 (nonrefundable; full payment is due on the first day of class).* An early bird discount of 5 percent will be given to those who pay in full on or before the deadline (except for credit card payments).

* Payment is transferable to another class if a written notice is given at least one month prior the photo trip. Otherwise, a P2,000 no-show penalty will be deducted.

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-559-4417, e-mail, or visit

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Bastedor Art Project Presents "Mukha" in ArtSpace

Bastedor Art Project invites everyone to a celebration of art in the group’s latest exhibit entitled, “Mukha.” Featuring multi-awarded and well-respected contemporary artists in the country the show promises to present us with only the best of the best. The much-awaited event will be held on October 24, 2011 6 pm in ArtSpace ,Glorietta Mall.

For every masterpiece, there must be a foundation on which it stands. “Bastedor,” is a group that attempts to embody such a foundation to the people. By definition, a “Bastedor” is the wooden frame, which holds the canvas on which the artist paints. It is only fitting, that the group has taken this name for themselves as the perfect metaphor for what they hope to do for the local artistic community.

Norlie Meimban, a distinguished visual artist and former animator, is one of the pioneers of “Bastedor.” The group and this project in particular have come into being from his own experiences as a struggling artist. After enjoying a successful career in animation and advertising his decision to devote his time fully to painting was not without difficulty. And it is through those difficulties that he was able to see the camaraderie and close ties among fellow artists who are more than willing to help our a fellow craftsman. It is because of this that he hopes to organize their loving capacity to support one another into a formal group, and thus “Bastedor” was born.

Bastedor aims to, “to provide financial assistance for Filipino artists and marginalized children…to help these artists to promote their arts locally and internationally, and also to aid Filipino children in their everyday lives through their own talents and skills.”

This coming October will be a celebration of such a goal, with an upcoming event brought by “Bastedor.” “Bastedor Arrt Project: Mukha” will have its opening in Art Space in Glorietta on October 25, 2011, 6pm. “Mukha” is a group exhibit featuring the works of the most talented visual artists of our country.

The exhibiting artists are, Hermes Alegre, Grandler Bella, Elmer Borlongan, EJ Cabangon, Mike Cacnio, Roen Capule, Buddy Ching, Demetrio Dela Cruz, Raynold Dela Cruz, Simkin De Pio, Vincent De Pio, Melvin Culaba, Thomas Daquiaog, Dennis Gonzales, Juan Sajid Imao, Jon Jaylo, Ronald Jeresano, Mark Justiniani, Aileen Lanuza, Tony Leano, Neil Manalo, Lutso Manes, Norlie Meimban, Ferdie Montemayor, Rodel Omampo, Jim Orencio, Vincent Padilla, Jerson Samson, Julius Samson, Reynaldo Samson, John Santos, Pamela Yan Santos, Ronald Solon, CJ Tanedo, Tammy Tan and Olan Ventura.

The exhibit will contain a diverse number of works from different mediums as well as sculptures. Each participating artist will submit one and a portion of the proceeds will be given to The Shepherd of the Hills Orphanage in Zambales and will benefit 100-200 artists by contributing to their accidental insurance. Sponsored by JJS entertainment, many others were included in the organization of the project having supported its vision. More than an exhibit promoting a good cause, it is one which promises to commemorate life, art and friendship.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

23rd CCP Independent Film and Video Competition

22 to 25 November 2011
CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde (Dream Theater)

Awards Night: 25 November 2011, Friday

Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video (The CCP Independent Film & Video Competition)
promotes Filipino independent filmmaking by giving recognition to the year's most outstanding film and video artists.
It is also the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia.


Short Feature/Narrative

Short Feature/Narrative

*Best Regional Entry
*Best Entry On/For/By Children

1. Open to all Filipino citizens. Employees of the CCP and their close relations are disqualified from participating in the competition.

2. Entries may be in the following format:
FILM - 16mm, 35mm
3. All works must be strictly independent works and not produced for commercial screening. School-based work (e.g. theses) are eligible.

4. Entries must have been completed not earlier than December 2010.

5. An entry must not exceed 60 minutes in all categories.

6. Each participant is allowed a maximum of three (3) entries in each category.

7. An entry can only be submitted in one (1) category.

8. A digital video entry (DVD or MiniDV) must contain only one (1) title.

9. Entries must include the following a duly accomplished entry . Forms may be obtained online (downloadable from or from the CCP Media Arts Divsion (4th Floor, CCP Main Building, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City) office during office hours (9:00am to 6:00pm), Tuesday to Friday. Regional Entries should download the forms via the internet.

10. Awards for winning entries shall be given to the filmmaker/director indicated in the entry form.
For joint directorial works, the group must assign a single representative to act in its behalf. All official communications shall be addressed to this representative. The CCP shall not be liable for any controversy re the sharing of awards among the members of the group.
11. The decision of the Board of Judges is final. The board reserves the right not to give awards in any category should no entry merit it. In the case of ambivalence, the jurors shall decide the category of the entry.

12. Cash prizes for the categories SHORT FEATURE, EXPERIMENTAL, DOCUMENTARY and ANIMATION, are as follows:
1st PRIZE - P25,000.00
2nd PRIZE - P15,000.00
3rd PRIZE - P10,000.00
13. Honorable mentions may be awarded by the jury, in consultation with CCP officials, with cash equivalent and/or changes in the prize structure.

14. Special cash prizes worth P15,000.00 each will be given this year to the following:
Best Regional Entry
Best Entry for/on/by Children
15. All cash prizes are subject to standard government tax on prizes and awards (20%).

16. Entries must be submitted not later than 6:00pm, October 18, 2011 (Tuesday) at the CCP Media Arts Division Office (4th Floor, CCP Main Bldg).

17. Winners shall be announced in the awards ceremony during the festival week, and in the leading dailies right after. Winners will also be informed by phone, mail, email or telegram after the competition.

18. The Center reserves the right to exhibit the entries, winning or not, during the festival week. Also, the Center reserves the right not to screen entries it deems unsuitable for public screening.

19. All entries are insured by the Center.

20. Winning entries will be archived (copied to disc/hd) by the CCP for library purposes, as well as for possible inclusion in CCP programs and productions. Films/videos shown will be properly compensated based on existing copyright laws.

21. Entries may be picked up a week after the festival.

22. Previous winning titles (i.e. as Best Short Film or Special Jury Prize) in the short film category of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival are not eligible to join the festival. Kindly note that all Gawad short feature entries are eligible to join the Cinemalaya shorts competition if they meet the Cinemalaya guidelines.

For more information, kindly call CCP Media Arts at 832 1125 locals 1702, 1704 and 1705.

Or visit the CCP website at
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Cultural Center of the Philippines
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dia Delos Muertos @ Secret Fresh Gallery, Ronac Art Center



Opening : October 23 Sunday 6PM
Show Duration : 23 October – 18 November 2011
Secret Fresh Gallery, Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan

Participating artists :

A.lien, Albert Sy, Alvin Capistrano, Alvin Zafra, Archie Geotina, Argie Bandoy, Arnold Austria, Beejay esber, Bembol dela Cruz, Bjorn calleja, Carina Santos, Chati Coronel, Christian Tamondong, Clint Catalan, Cos Zicarelli, Dave Lock, Deejae Paeste, Garapata Boy, Dexter Sy, Don Dalmacio, Edric Go, Epjey Pacheco, Frederick Sausa, ChillS Project, Ferdz Valencia, Gail Vicente, Gani Simpliciano Genepol Martin, Gino Javier, Goldie Poblador, Heidi Franco, Hepe, Ian Jaucian, Igan D’Bayan, Ino Caluza, Jacob Lindo, Jason Tecson, Jayson Oliveria, Jed Escueta, Jigger cruz, JJ Zamoranos, Joey Cobcobo, Joseph Tecson, JP Cuison,JP Tria, Kat Medina, Kiko escora, Lea Lim, Luis Santos, Lynyrd Paras, Marc Gaba, Mark Salvatus, Marija Vicente, Marvin Tojos, Mica Cabildo, Mike Crisostomo, Nemo aguila, Rain Dial, Ryan Villamel, Rolf Campos, Sam Kiyoumarsi, Tanya Villanueva, Tawnie Tantay, Tin Garcia, Tripp, Ungga, Vermont Coronel, Veronica Peralejo, Whoop, Yason Banal, Yeo Kaa and Zeus Bascon.

The show’s title takes off from the more festive Mexican version of our own Todos Los Santos (which is mistranslated in the vernacular as Araw ng mga Patay or as Undas).

Their persistence in being represented in the arts or in every platform of representation in our visual culture seem symptomatic of our fascination for and for our grasping for our fleeting mortality, hence being more than symbols of death, skulls also signify the preciousness of life that we all have to hold on to as dear and celebrate it for the fullness achieved in living it.

Of this existentialist exercise of pondering upon the calcic armature that supports the drapery of flesh and tissue which has been made as a yearly ritual/feast , does it ere yonder reveal our precarious hold on our mortality? We celebrate, we gorge on the deluge of tenuous emotions of sorrow and merriment, but tis the vanity or is it not we just prolong the eventuality of our inescapable end. The themes we like to portray in the pictures we like to hang on our walls seem to bespeak of such. We ponder and wonder but it’s both a miracle and an abomination. Alas, these are portraits of our very frail shells. We fill them up instead with the spirit of infinite jest.

A hundred cast resin skulls lined up on a shelf each customized by various artists as diverse as their age, cosmological outlook and style flesh out this philosophical point aside from the numerous drawings, paintings, prints and other sculptural works to complement the aforementioned custom skulls.

Dia De Los Muertos will have its opening on October 23 Sunday at 6PM and will be on view until November 18, 2011.

Secret Fresh is at Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.

Secret Fresh is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 2-10 PM and Sundays from 1-6 PM.

You may also check out Secret Fresh online - or or Secret Fresh on Facebook for the latest updates.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Cosmetic Order @ Mo-Space Gallery

Mo-Space Gallery features Oscar Floirendo, Claro Ramirez, and Eric Zamuco in Cosmetic Order, a group exhibition of installative works taking jabs at superficiality. The three artists who are all graduates of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts and who have several Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Awards and Philippine Art Awards citations between them, regroup after having first shown together in the 90s. This showing, Cosmetic Order hints at a lurking unease, one that is deliberately glossed over or veiled by trumpeting a sense of détente. In referencing this surface tension, Zamuco, Ramirez, and Floirendo take off from various directions—superficial postures of knowing, politics of representation, downplayed as well as hyped hierarchies, and so on.

Coupling photography, video, assemblage, and installation, among a mix of other ways of dealing with materials, these three artists' takes converge to suggest the possibilities of agitation through modes ranging from earnest grasping of core spirituality, countervailing image-making, and assertions of positionality and agency.

 The exhibition runs in Mo-Space's main gallery and project space from October 22-November 20, 2011, gallery hours are from 11 am-8pm daily. Mo-space Gallery is on the third floor of Mo's Design Building on Bonifacio High Street , Taguig. Contact tel. 8562748 loc. 2 or 3; fax 8562345; cell: 09176683951 for details or visit Cosmetic Order is partially sponsored by The Abba's Orchard Montessori School Philippines.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dayaw 2011: A Grand Celebration of Indigenous Cultures

A grand celebration and gathering of indigenous Filipino cultures recently concluded in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, where about 40 indigenous groups and clusters performed and discussed issues, exhibits were mounted, traditional games and dishes were showcased and vernacular architecture was displayed.

About 400 delegates from all over the Philippines converged at the Energy Park in the barangay of Apokon of the progressive city for the celebration of Dayaw: Indigenous Peoples Festival 2011. The event was spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), particularly its Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), with the Mindanawon Initiatives for Cultural Dialogue, the Tagum City government, the Tagum City Tourism Council, different government agencies and the private sector.

The NCCA has been annually celebrating the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month in different parts of the country through this event. This year, it was held from October 7 to 9, with the theme “Paghabi ng Ating Pagkakatulad Tungo sa Kapayapaan” (Interweaving Our Commonalities Towards Peace).

A Mansaka group of Tagum City led by Datu Agidong Suknaan and Datu Rudy Onlos opened the festival with a ritual, thanking Magbabaya. The participants, about 400 of them, and guests were welcomed by Tagum City mayor Rey T. Uy. Department of Education Undersecretary Albert Muyot delivered the message of NCCA chairman Felipe de Leon, expressing appreciation to the city of Tagum, dubbed as the cultural hub of Mindanao. Also in attendance is NCCA executive director-officer-in-charge Adelina Suemith, who will serve the Commission while in search of executive director.

The highlight of the opening ceremony was an exhilarating parade of indigenous groups and clusters, including the Iloko and Bago, Pangasinan of Bolinao, Gaddang and Isinay, Tinggian and Itneg, Ibanag and Yogad, Itawit and Malaweg, Ivatan, Bungkalot and Isnag, Kalinga, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey and Balangao, Bontok and Applai, Ayta of Central Luzon, Tagalog of Bulacan, Mangyan, Palawani, Molbog and Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan and Batak, Cuyunon of El Nido, Agta of Bicol, Bikolano, Ati of Negros Occidental, Ati of Guimaras, Iloilo and Capiz, Bukidnon of Panay, Ati of Antique and Aklan, Hiligaynon, Kiniray‐a and Aklanon, Waray and Abaknon, Yakan, Subanen, Manobo, Higaonon, Bagobo, Mandaya and Mansaka, B’laan and Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray and Arumanen, Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao and Iranun, and Tausug.

NCCA SCCTA Commissioner Joycie Dorado Alegre expressed her admiration for Tagum City for taking up the challenge to host such a big event particularly to Alma Uy, the president of the City of Tagum Tourism Council, which oversaw and managed the event.

For three days, different groups performed at the sprawling park where a main stage was constructed as well as an intimate stage and an inamungan made by the Ata Manobo of Talaingod in Davao del Norte, an elevated structure used for special occasions, gatherings and important discussions. There were also performances in other parts of the region as outreach such as schools and malls in Davao City and several towns around Davao del Norte and in nearby Compostela Valley.

Aside from the performances, there were exhibits at the park: “Gama” (mats, baskets, bamboo crafts and wood crafts), “Dalit” (food and culinary arts), “Bantug” (prestige symbols), “Habi” (woven items, textiles and clothes) and “Kalinaw” (excerpts from Dr. Jesus Peralta’s book Glimpses). There were also examples of vernacular architecture erected at the park including the bebalay pagsalabukay, a Subanen common house;binotok, an Ata Manobo house; balay, an Ati house; patil, a house with single and high post; and an Ifugao hut.

Additionally, the 9th Kaimunan Festival of Tagum City was held on Oct. 7 as part of Dayaw. Held at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), the event showcased the cultures of the ethnic groups of the city, particularly the Mansaka, and concluded with a traditional feast of rice, chicken and catfish cooked in bamboo tubes and bais, the ginger wine.

A substantial part of the Dayaw festival was the forum and workshop held at the DepEd Conference Room, with case presentations and discussions on indigenous peoples (IP) concerns. There were also presentations of traditional games to the delight of visitors.

The Dayaw 2011 closing ritual was held at the USeP, where the different indigenous groups gathered and watched the showcase of southern ethnic cultures and feasted on sumptuous traditional food. The event was highlighted by the reading of the Dayaw Tagum Declaration, ratified by the heads of different IPs and synthesized by anthropologist Dr. Prospero Covar. The declaration voices the issues, concerns and aspirations of the IPs as well as the actions to be taken by government, the general public and IPs themselves.

Overall, the Dayaw 2011 celebrates the cultural richness of the country through its indigenous peoples as well as confronts the problems that sadly beleaguer them. It is hoped that the festival will foster a deep appreciation of their contributions. Mindanawon Initiatives for Cultural Dialogue is this year’s conduit NGO for the celebration.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Piolo Pascual is the new NCCA Ambassador for Culture

Piolo Pascual is now the country's ambassador for culture.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the prime government arm dedicated to the promotion and development of Philippine arts and culture, has named the popular actor, singer, television personality, and film producer as the country's face and voice in promoting the rich and diverse cultures the Philippines has to offer.

Pascual, who will work with the NCCA in various ways through his participation in major programs of the commission, was selected from among the various personalities in the entertainment industry because of his mass appeal to the public; his positive image which can inspire and influence people of all ages; his love for culture and the arts; and his outstanding achievements as a young Filipino who can reach to all Filipinos around the globe.

Specifically, Pascual did an infomercial highlighting respect and love for the indigenous peoples of the Philippines, also in line with the celebration of the National Indigenous People's Month this October.

Titled as Dayaw: Indigenous Peoples Festival 2011, the leaders and representative of more than 100 indigenous people from all across the country will converge together from October 6 to 10 at Tagum City, Davao to showcase the rituals, performing arts, cuisines, games and crafts in the festival.

Under the auspices of the NCCA's Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts and Mindanawon Foundation, in partnership with local governments, government agencies and the private sector, Dayaw 2011 will spotlight the country's indigenous peoples in celebrating their arts and ways of life, discussing important issues and making more people aware of the richness and importance of indigenous cultures.

They will be joined by delegates from Southeast Asian countries in simultaneous exchange and interactive activities such as performances, exhibitions, forums, lecture-demonstrations, workshops on traditional crafts and cuisines and indigenous games.

This year, Dayaw aims to celebrate the cultures of the Filipino people as well as those of the visiting foreign delegates by "understanding the commonalities of the various indigenous peoples." It also aims to "strengthen/broaden the awareness, appreciation and pride of all Filipinos for our own traditional culture in the context of cross-cultural interactions in a global society.

With the theme "Paghabi ng Ating Pagkakatulad Tungo sa Kapayapaan" (Interweaving Our Commonalities Towards Peace), the festival features many components such as Tanghalang Makulay (a ritual and performing arts festival), Salu-salong Sarap (a food festival), Mga Habi ng Panaginip (an arts and crafts exhibit, focusing on basketry, textile and mat weaving), Sama-sama sa Tuwa (games/sports), and Usapang Dangal at Likhang Paghayag (forum and creative workshop on peace and unity).

The celebration is in consonance with Presidential Proclamation 1906, declaring October as National Indigenous Peoples' Month. The NCCA has been holding major festivals for several years now in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. In 2007, Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples' Gathering) held in Davao City in November, featured Mindanao's ethnic groups. The following year, Timpuyog: Indigenous Peoples' Month Celebration in Luzon was held in Santiago City, Isabela, focusing on Luzon ethnic groups and featuring performances, arts and crafts workshops, cultural awareness lectures, forums, tours, and a theme-park exhibition featuring the traditional houses, cultural resources, practices/rituals, chants, music, songs and dances, stories, traditional arts and crafts, indigenous games. In 2009, the Indigenous Peoples' Festival was held in the Visayas, particularly in Roxas City, Capiz, called Dungog, with similar activities and aims. Last year, Dayaw 2010 was held in Metro Manila.

This festival aims to provide venue for indigenous peoples to celebrate the richness of their cultures; allow cultural exchanges that will foster deeper cultural understanding to sustain a culture of peace; provide opportunity to discuss IP rights; give students and other people a chance to deepen their awareness and appreciation of indigenous cultures; recognize the expertise and contributions of indigenous communities; and advocate for the preservation as well as integration of traditional culture into the national cultural mainstream.

Dayaw 2011 is held in cooperation with local governments of Tagum and Davao as well as other LGU's nearby, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Education, Department of Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Foreign Affairs, Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Trade and Industry, the National Commission for Muslim Filipino, SM City Davao, as well as non-governmental, socio-civic and peoples' organizations.

For more details, contact Ms. Marichu Tellano, Chief of the NCCA Planning, Policy Formulation and Programming Division, at 527-2214; or Rene Napenas, Head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office at 527-5529 or 0928-5081056. E-mail us at or visit our Web site at

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MaARTe 2011: A Contemporary Arts & Crafts Fair

ART FLOOD 2011: 3-Day Art Sale

October 21 to 22, 10am to 6pm and October 23, 9am to 3pm
SLab and Silverlens Gallery
2/F YMC Building, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

MaARTe 2011 is an exhibition and sale of some of the finest artisanal works in the country. On its second year, the event will showcase contemporary and antique jewelry, decorative and functional pottery, clay sculptures, glass and metal works, fashion accessories, and home accents, all crafted locally from indigenous materials.

MaARTe 2011 is organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines to raise funds for programs that benefit art and culture in general and the National Museum in particular.

Happening alongside MaARTe 2011 is Silverlens Gallery's ART FLOOD 2011. ART FLOOD is a 3-day art sale where galleries and collectors sell modern and contemporary artworks. 

On its third year, ART FLOOD benefits Sagip Buhay Medical Foundation Lupus Fund for the patients of the Philippine General Hospital.

MaARTe and ART FLOOD will run from October 21 to 23 at the SLab – Silverlens Gallery, 2/F YMC Building, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. From Friday to Saturday, sale hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

So spend an exciting few hours this weekend at the SLab – Silverlens Gallery and see our evolving heritage: arts and crafts produced in time-honored traditions and contemporary pieces inspired by them!

You can download the flyer from here (2.7Mb).

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Raymond Red’s Himpapawid Tops YCC Honors For Distinguished Achievement in Film in 2010

Raymond Red’s Himpapawid swept five of six categories of the annual awards of the Film Desk of the Young Critics’ Circle for film year 2010. The tragic drama of a deranged hijacker pushed to his limits by modernity’s dehumanizing and oppressive social relations was voted Best Film of the Year and conferred recognition for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Visual Design, Best Film Editing and Best Performance for Raul Arellano. It won over two other nominees for the best film category: Remton Siega Zuasola’s Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria and Jerrold Tarog’s Punerarya (an episode of Shake, Rattle & Roll 12).

Tarog’s Punerarya, which garnered nominations in all categories, scored in Best Sound and Aural Orchestration, and the film’s lead performer Carla Abellana tied with Arellano for Best Performance. Zuasola’s Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria got nominations in all categories, except in performance.

YCC cites Himpapawid for intelligently plunging into the ironies and complexities of interstitial spaces left open by the tensive relations between social injustice and individual redemption. The film’s trope of escape, flying, fleeing and migration frames the desperation and angst of characters negotiating the countryside’s abjection, the city’s inhumanity, and society’s decaying institutions. While all characters are eventually trapped in several labyrinths of debilitating alienation, the film succeeds in investigating the poignant circularity of humanity’s convoluted fall – which draws us into reframing the materiality of the human condition, in general, and the impoverishment of Filipinos, in particular, all in terms simultaneously dialectic, cyclical and spiral.

Only Himpapawid, Punerarya and Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria made it to YCC’s short list, which is composed of films that got the nod of majority of the members of the organization. Only short-listed films earn the privilege to be nominated for any of the six categories. YCC does not confer nominations on artistic or technical merit if the film does not qualify in the short list. This is one of the major departures of the YCC from all award-giving bodies in the country.

Established in 1990, YCC is composed of members of academe who, through the years, have become attentive observers of Philippine cinema. Coming from various disciplines, they bring an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of film. Current members of the organization are from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. The organization departs from many conventions of other award-giving bodies both here and abroad in bestowing cinematic honors. For instance, the award for Best Film of the Year is reserved for the director such that no separate prize for direction is needed. The Best Performance award is most coveted as it is conferred on a screen performer whether male or female, adult or child, individual or as part of an ensemble, in leading or supporting role. To uphold a more dynamic and encompassing way of looking at films, technical honors refer to fusion of outstanding efforts in fields otherwise deemed apart. In this case, the Best Cinematography and Visual Design recognition covers both camerawork and art direction. Similarly, Best Sound and Aural Orchestration encompasses not sound engineering alone but musical score as well.

Schedule for the awards presentations has yet to be arranged.

Here is the complete list of winners and nominees for this year’s YCC film awards:

The Film Desk of the Young Critics’ Circle

21st Annual Circle Citations for Distinguished Achievement in Film for 2010

Best Film of the Year:

Winner: Himpapawid directed by Raymond Red (Pelikula Red, Pacific Film Partners, Ignite Media, Filmex Inc., and RSVideo Production; Raymond Red, David Hukom, Roger Garcia and Butch Jimenez, producers; Jimmy Duavit and Oli Laperal, associate producers)


Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria directed by Remton Siega Zuasola (Cinema One Originals and Panumduman Pictures; Jiji Borlasa and Beverly Tañedo, producers; Ronald Arguelles, executive producer; Sherad Anthony Sanchez, supervising producer)

Punerarya (episode of Shake, Rattle & Roll 12) directed by Jerrold Tarog (Regal Entertainment; Lily Monteverde, executive producer; Roselle Monteverde-Teo, producer; Sarah Pagcaliwagan, associate producer; Manny Valera, supervising producer)

Best Screenplay:

Winner: Himpapawid (Pelikula Red, Pacific Film Partners, Ignite Media, Filmex Inc., and RSVideo Production) – Raymond Red


Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (Cinema One Originals and Panumduman Pictures) – Remton Siega Zuasola

Punerarya (Regal Entertainment) – Onay Sales and Aloy Adlawan

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


Carla Abellana in Punerarya (Regal Entertainment); and
Raul Arellano in Himpapawid (Pelikula Red, Pacific Film Partners, Ignite Media, Filmex Inc., and RSVideo Production)

No other nominees in Best Performance

Best Achievement in Cinematography and Visual Design

Winner: Himpapawid (Pelikula Red, Pacific Film Partners, Ignite Media, Filmex Inc., and RSVideo Production) – Raymond Red, cinematographer; Danny Red, production designer; Cesar Hernando and Ronald Red, design consultants


Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (Cinema One Originals and Panumduman Pictures) – Christian Linaban, cinematographer; Kaloy Uypuanco, production designer; Victor Villanueva, art director; Syrel Lopez, costume

Punerarya (Regal Entertainment) – Mackie Galvez, director of photography; Benjamin Padero, production designer

Best Achievement in Sound and Aural Orchestration

Winner: Punerarya (Regal Entertainment) – Lamberto Casas Jr., sound designer and engineer; Jerrold Tarog, musical scorer)


Himpapawid (Pelikula Red, Pacific Film Partners, Ignite Media, Filmex Inc., and RSVideo Production) – Diwa de Leon, musical scorer

Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (Cinema One Originals and Panumduman Pictures) – Vanya Fantonial, sound designer; Jerrold Tarog, musical scorer

Best Achievement in Film Editing

Winner: Himpapawid (Pelikula Red, Pacific Film Partners, Ignite Media, Filmex Inc., and RSVideo Production) – David Hukom, Jay Halili and Raymond Red


Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (Cinema One Originals and Panumduman Pictures)

Punerarya (Regal Entertainment) – Renewin Alano

Film Desk of the Young Critics Circle 2011: Eulalio R. Guieb III (chair), Flaudette May V. Datuin, Patrick D. Flores, Tessa Maria T. Guazon, Eloisa May P. Hernandez, Jayson Jacobo, Jema Pamintuan, Choy Pangilinan and Jaime Oscar Salazar; on leave: Noel D. Ferrer, Nonoy L. Lauzon, Eileen C. Legaspi-Ramirez, Gerard R. A. Lico, Jerry C. Respeto, Neil Martial R. Santillan and Galileo S. Zafra.

YCC drew its selection from both regular and non-regular releases comprising the entirety of Philippine cinema output in 2010. Films considered for discussion were those that had three or more screenings before a paying or non-paying audience in any public venue.
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Photography for Teens Workshop

Photography for Teens
October 26 and 28 at 1-5pm with a photo shoot on October 27 at 1-5pm

This workshop is designed for young digital-camera users who want to learn the basics of photography, covering both the aesthetic and technical aspects. The workshop—which features a lecture, actual photo shoots, and a photo clinic—discusses topics such as:

·Basic understanding of light
·The digital camera (types, components, and settings)
·Composition, perspective, and elements of design
·How to see and take better pictures
·Overview of the digital workflow
·PLUS: Various shooting applications

·Any digital camera
·Must be at least 13 years old

Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City (across The Peninsula Manila)

Jay Alonzo has taken advantage of modern technology for his craft from the time he got his first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix 995, in 2001. Now an Olympus camera user (E510, E3, and EPL), he has taken photographs published in magazines such as High Life and Mabuhay (Philippine Airline's in-flight magazine).

Participation fee and discount
P3,500 inclusive of handouts, meals, and a certificate. Cash or check payments are accepted at the library or through a BPI bank deposit. Payment through BPI EPS and major credit cards is also accepted.

Due to the limited number of available slots, interested participants are requested to register on or before October 19 by paying at least P1,500 (nonrefundable; full payment is due on the first day of class).* An early bird discount of 5 percent will be given to those who pay in full on or before the deadline (except for credit card payments).

* Payment is transferable to another class if a written notice is given at least five days prior the start of the workshop. Otherwise, a P750 no-show penalty will be deducted.

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-559-4417, e-mail, or visit

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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Raymond Libiran's "Black Rain" Exhibit @ Nova Gallery Manila

While other artists choose to be armed with a paintbrush, Raymond “Rain” Libiran opts for a ballpoint pen instead. Utilizing such medium in canvas might be considered raw and amateurish in such creative battle but Libiran proves it wrong as he lends an artistic touch in giving depth and definition to the works. His current set of works is mostly of the “altar feast” and chess themes which presuppose his mastery on the media and technique through careful concentration on minute details.

The exhibit runs from 14 October until 4 November at NOVA Gallery, Warehouse 12A, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.

For more information call 392-7797 or send an electronic mail to or visit

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

PAP Announces Schedule of Workshop for 2011

The Philippine Association of Printmakers (PAP) announces schedule of workshop for 2011 as follows:


6 Sessions every Saturdays 1:00 to 5:00 pm
October 8,15, 22,29 and November 5 and 12

Learn the basics of four different printmaking techniques and produce a variety of prints. The course covers monotype, collagraph, rubbercut, and drypoint to be conducted by noted printmaker/engraver Benjie Torrado Cabrera and Ambie Abaňo .

Workshop Fee for each course: Php 5,000.00 inclusive of materials

Payments can be made in terms of 2 tranches.

All activities will be held at the PAP workshop studio located behind the Folk Arts Theatre in CCP Complex, Pasay City

For inquiries and reservations, please text or call 09276543707 or email

Certificates shall be given for those who will complete the workshop.

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Thursday, October 06, 2011

P2P: Facing the Social Network @ Nova Gallery Manila

P2P or peer-to-peer is a collaborative exhibition featuring the two contrasting facets of the social network – publicity and piracy, sharing and stealing. But beyond presenting its good and bad aspects, the show also aims to represent a landscape comprised of a chaotic fusion of functional and futile information. The exhibition will involve two-dimensional, threedimensional works that may even be accessed and presented as an interactive interface via social networking sites.

The exhibit runs from 14 October until 4 November at NOVA Gallery, Warehouse 12A, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City.

For more information call 392-7797 or send an electronic mail to or visit
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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Wanted Tubero: A Solo Exhibition by Claro Ramirez

END FRAME VIDEO ART PROJECT 3, the 2011-2012 Philippine Video Art Festival,
with Finale Art File presents

a solo exhibition by Claro Ramirez

Opening on 6 October 2011, Thursday, 6 pm.
Artist talk on 22 October, Saturday, 4 pm. Exhibition runs until 27 October.

A prequel to Claro Ramirez's offering for the upcoming 2011 Jakarta Biennale, Wanted: Tubero features an initially minimal installation of television monitors connected with PVC pipes. During the exhibition opening and throughout the show's run, visitors will be invited to adjoin to the installation through available pipes which may be connected to the existing work. Wanted: Tubero, particularly within the arts, emphasizes the importance of engagement, participation and community. Ideas that are reflected as well in the monitors' content, the televisions play videos of other artists' work as well as Ramirez's own. The process of audience involvement in the installation will also be documented to eventually become a part of the evolving work.

Wanted: Tubero is the 10th solo exhibition of Claro "Chitz" Ramirez, who practices both as an artist and curator. A recipient of the Thirteen Artists Award in 2000, Ramirez's works are often site-specific installations, attached to the exhibition space, context and audience. With the latter, he gives particular value to reception, connection and interactivity. Having studied Commercial Arts in the University of Santo Tomas and Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Ramirez held his first solo show in 1996 and has been exhibiting his video installations since 2002. From 2005, he has also been acting as consultant for Lopez Memorial Museum in artistic direction and in multimedia exhibitions.

Ramirez's Wanted: Tubero is the third offering of End Frame Video Art Project 3, a project of the non-profit organization Visual Pond. Throughout the Philippine video art festival, artists stage a solo show presenting new video work in various venues from 2011 to 2012. Curated by Clarissa Chikiamco, the theme of the third edition, Present, refers to the current project's focus on the video art practices of selected Philippine contemporary artists. Ramirez's exhibition follows the End Frame 3 shows of Tad Ermitaño and Manny Montelibano and will be followed by the exhibitions of Kiri Dalena, Yason Banal, Kaloy Olavides and Maria Taniguchi.

The show opens at the Video Room of Finale Art File on 6 October 2011, Thursday, at 6 pm. An artist talk will be held at 4 pm on 22 October, Saturday, and the exhibition runs until 27 October 2011. Finale Art File gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. Finale is located at Warehouse 12A, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati Metro Manila with telephone number (632) 813-2310, 812-5034.

For more on Visual Pond projects and End Frame 3, visit or call Rica Estrada at +63917-8170198 or email

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'Art 2 Art' Bares Upcoming Episodes This October

Art 2 Art continues to bring “usapang sining at kultura para sa lahat” as host Lisa Macuja interviews interesting personalities from various art disciplines. Produced by the Manila Broadcasting Company, Art 2 Art is aired nationwide every Sunday, 3:30 to 4 p.m., on DZRH (666 khz on the AM band), and can be viewed simultaneously on Cablelink cable television’s Channel 9 and accessed on the Internet through the website

On October 2, National Museum director Jeremy Barns and technical adviser for research and museology Ana Labrador reveal the activities celebrating the museum's 110th anniversary this month which also happens to be Museums and Galleries Month. The two guests also detail the many projects the National Museum is undertaking not just in the visual arts, but also in archeaology, botany, anthropology and heritage preservation.

On October 9, Chuck Gutierrez and Ruth Villarama-Gutierrez share their experiences in independent filmmaking as the couple behind Voyage Film Studios. Despite being a new player in the industry, Voyage has already produced several works tackling environmental and social themes that have won awards in Cinemalaya and in international festivals, including Halaw (Ways of the Sea), Sampaguita, National Flower and Pink Halo-Halo.

On October 16, artists Michael Cacnio relates how he puts together his often humorous sculptures, from drawing the ideas on paper to giving them shape in brass. Now celebrating his 20th anniversary as a sculptor, this second-generation artist has made a name for himself for his works depicting facets of family life and Filipino scenes and values. Lately, he has been using glass in his sculptures, specifically for his Lobo (Balloons) series.

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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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Windows to Conversations @ Ateneo Art Gallery

warmly invites you to the opening of

Windows to Conversations:
Roberto Chabet, Lee Aguinaldo,
Fernando Zobel

On Thursday, 6 October 2011 at 6pm

Level 2, Rizal Library Special Collections Building
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Aveneu,
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108

ArtSpeak: Curator’s talk by Ma. Victoria Herrera
Tuesday, 22 November, 2011 at 5pm

Exhibition runs through 10 December 2011

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday 8am – 7pm
Saturday 8am - 6pm
Closed on Sundays and Holidays

For more information please call
+63 2 4266488

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