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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Opening of Another Other by Eric Zamuco & A Child’s Memory by Anton del Castillo

warmly invites you to the opening of

Another Other, Eric Zamuco
A Child’s Memory, Anton del Castillo
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
4:30 PM

Transforming spaces and perceptions through memory are at the heart of Anton del Castillo’s A Child’s Memory and Eric Zamuco’s Another Other. Drawing inspiration from their experiences as fathers and husbands, the two artists create and construct retrospective worlds of movement and change.

In A Child’s Memory, del Castillo presents us with an intensified reminiscence of childhood: a well-enjoyed game of jackstones, each piece easily captured in one’s hand, becomes a monument to an object whose meaning and use is fading. The travels of a family are visually archived in detail and retrospect in Zamuco’s Another Other. Each object represents a specific time-space, a moment in a family’s life, living abroad and moving from place to place. It is also a speculation of what has come to pass and what will happen next: a documentation of memory, domesticity, travel, and anticipation.

The works from the two shows employ materials that can be found used in the building of homes: metal, concrete blocks, wood, screws, varnish to protect surfaces with—things that represent the cohesion and strength that the father’s authority brings to the household. Yet, it is belied by a certain kind of tenderness that passes by undetected at first glance: a child’s toy embedded in concrete and an article from the wife (proof of the desire to hold on to something that will eventually disappear or disintegrate), and the lines and scratches on the metal surface of a jackstone sculpture (a testament of another kind of “labor of love”).

Form and narrative meet in A Child’s Memory and Another Other, bodies of work that provide a different angle and insight on the cause of gender equality and roles. They can also be seen as a call to re-evaluate our sense of sex, that perhaps in seeking to prove that one is better than the other, rather than seek for balance, to meet each other half way, we are merely replicating the biases that we wished to do away with in the first place. In this respect, the works go beyond mere recollection and revisit but also a re-evaluation of each person’s presence in other people’s life.

For more information, please contact Ria Talamayan-Aguilar at 4266488 or via email at
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Portrait, A Group Exhibit @ Ysobel Art Gallery

Portrait is an experimental show that showcase the works of young artist connected thru groups and institutions, such as Neo Angono Artist Collective, Naif Visual Artist Society and UP Fine Arts. This new breed of artists, show their different notion and interpretation of their own portrait, for them to be able to present themselves and their art in a formal venue, in the local art scene.

The exhibit will feature the works of George Laconsay, Jerwin Villanueva, Jerome Choco, Jesusito Borja, Jie Adamat, Jovert Aguilar, Randy Bacurnay, Irish Flores, Lawrence Nico Raya, Joanne Carla Sebuc, Sarah Geneblazo and Pipo Alido.

The show opens on 18th of November, 2014 (Tuesday) and will run until the 28th of November, 2014.

Ysobel Art Gallery is located at the 2ND Floor Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. The gallery is open from 11:00am to 9:00pm Monday to Sunday. For more information you may call 09285071117/ 5764758 or email
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dayaw Festival in Baguio Highlights Northern Philippines Indigenous Cultures

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the prime government agency for arts and culture headed by its chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr., will be holding the Luzon leg of its Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, touted to be biggest gathering of Philippine indigenous peoples, from October 22 to 23, 2014, in Baguio City.

The two-day festival will feature forums on issues and concerns of the indigenous peoples; demonstrations of traditional crafts and cuisines; recognition of cultural masters; an exhibit of photographs and crafts; and outreach performances of ethnic songs and dances.

The Dayaw Festival in Baguio is organized by the NCCA, the Negros Cultural Foundation, Inc. and the city government of Baguio in partnership with the Department of Tourism - Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR), the provincial government of Benguet, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-CAR), SM City Baguio, Onjon ni Ivadoy Association, the University of the Philippines Baguio and the Benguet State University.

It will be participated in by indigenous groups of northern Philippines including Gaddang, Isinay, Tinggian, Itneg, Ibanag, Yogad, Itawit, Malaweg, Kasiguran, Ivatan, Itbayat, Bugkalot, Isnag, Kalinga, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Balangao, Bontok, Applai, Ilocano, Bolinao, Pangasinan, Tagalog, Sambal, Pampangan, Ayta, Agta, Mangyan, Palawani, Molbog, Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, Agutaynen, Bicolano, Batak and Cuyunon.

The Balangao of Mountain Province

The Baguio celebration is part of the nationwide celebration of Dayaw 2014: The Indigenous Peoples Festival, which will have events in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Organized by NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA), headed by commissioner Al-Anwar Anzar, Dayaw is annually held in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month observed every October, showcasing the different indigenous groups of the country, and an enriching and interesting array of activities including performances, rituals, forums, traditional cuisine demos, traditional games, arts and crafts exhibit and cultural tours, among others.

Dayaw aims to highlight the importance and richness of indigenous cultures, to discuss issues indigenous peoples face today and facilitate interactions with other indigenous peoples. It also aims to mine traditional knowledge as well as draw inspiration and insight from indigenous ways of life to find solutions for modern problems.

In previous years, Dayaw gathered indigenous peoples in one venue. This year, it will be held in three different venues in the three major island clusters of the country. It will have the theme “Katutubong Filipino Para sa Kalikasan at Kapayapaan” (Indigenous Filipino for the Environment and Peace).

In the Visayas, Dayaw will be held from November 10 to 11, 2014, in Bacolod City, also in partnership with Negros Cultural Foundation, Inc. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of central Philippines including Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano.

In Mindanao, Dayaw will be held from November 6 to 7, 2014, in Zamboanga City, also in partnership with Zamboanga City Indigenous Peoples Council of Leaders. It will be participated in by indigenous groups of southern Philippines including Yakan, Subanen, Manobo, Higaonon, Bagobo, Mandaya, Mansaka, B’laan, Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray, Arumanen, Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao, Iranun and Tausug.

Sen. Loren Legarda (center) with NCCA officials (from left) the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities head Alphonsus Tesoro; NCCA chairman Felipe M. de Leon Jr.; the National Committee on Southern Cultural Communities and SCCTA head Al-Anwar Anzar; and National Committee on Northern Cultural Communities head Edwin V. Antonio
Senator Loren Legarda, who is the chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, expressed her support for the festival.

“Our indigenous peoples never fail to amaze me. Whenever I visit a province and go to IP communities, I always discover marvelous things about our culture and heritage like intricately woven fabrics, cultural songs, chants and dances that narrate the story of our ancestors, and the distinct way of life that our indigenous peoples, who are our culture-bearers, strive to preserve,” she said during the press conference of Dayaw. “We have a very rich culture. I salute our indigenous peoples for preserving our culture and I thank the NCCA, led by chair Jun De Leon, for always showcasing our indigenous heritage through the Dayaw Festival.”

In line with this year’s Dayaw theme, Sen. Legarda commented: “It is sad to note that while our IPs contribute the least with respect to carbon emissions due to their simple and sustainable lifestyles and practices, they are most affected by the consequences of climate change. As we work on measures to better protect the environment and conserve our biodiversity, I urge our IPs to continue to be the primary guardians of the environment.”

Legarda also assured that she is working on other measures that will benefit indigenous peoples and their communities. Among the bills filed in the Senate for the welfare of IPs and for cultural preservation are: Ethnic Origin Act; Department of Culture Act; Traditional folk arts preservation through National Museum’s regional branches; Traditional Property Rights of IPs Act; Equal Employment Opportunities for IPs Act; Resource Centers for IPs Act; and Anti-Religious and Racial Profiling Act.

Legarda is particularly supportive of the country’s weaving traditions. She helped create the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile gallery at the National Museum as well as promote indigenous weaves.

The Itneg of Abra

Since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 1906, declaring October as National Indigenous Peoples’ Month, the NCCA has been annually celebrating the occasion in different parts of the country through Dayaw. In 2007, Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering) was held in Davao City in November, featuring 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. Dayaw 2010 was held in Metro Manila, and in 2011, it was held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. In 2013, Dayaw graced the province of Bulacan. Last year, Dayaw was slated to be held in Tacloban City but super typhoon Yolanda hit the region. It was reprogrammed into psychosocial and arts for healing activities in Leyte, Bohol, Aklan and Cebu.

The SCCTA is composed of the National Committee on Northern Cultural Communities headed by Edwin V. Antonio, the National Committee on Central Cultural Communities headed by Alphonsus Tesoro, and the National Committee on Southern Cultural Communities headed by Al-Anwar Anzar. They are assisted by Marichu Tellano, chief of the Plan/Policy Formulation, and Programming Division and Renee Talavera, SCCTA section head of the NCCA secretariat.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yuchengco Museum Offers "Business Savvy for Creatives" Program for Artists, Creatives, and Designers

Are you an artist or designer facing difficulties in sustaining your business? Are you overwhelmed by business tasks such as managing production, inventory, and personnel; funding new projects; planning for expansion; or complying with government requirements?

Learn how you can break from the stereotype of the “starving artist” and become a business-keen creative entrepreneur. Yuchengco Museum, in partnership with Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) and Business and Professional Women’s Network (BPW) Makati, present “Business Savvy for Creatives,” a new two-day seminar-workshop that teaches creative industry practitioners what they need to know about basic business—from identifying the unique selling points of their work to applying for a bank loan. “Business Savvy for Creatives” runs for two days from November 6 – 7, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Yuchengco Museum.

“Business Savvy for Creatives” is a practical investment for creative practitioners, such as artists, designers, and creative professionals, who want understand the business side of art to make their artistic endeavors profitable and sustainable. Participants will learn basic business skills training through informative sessions, Q&A discussions, and hands-on workshops with successful creative entrepreneurs, business experts, and RCBC officers. Among the topics to be covered are understanding your products and markets, using financial statements in running your creative business, mapping potential markets, addressing concerns with managing resources, creating and plotting a business plan, preparing for special projects, and applying for a business loan. The seminar-workshop will be facilitated by Jeannie Javelosa and Dannie Alvarez of Yuchengco Museum, Renato Carpio of RCBC, and specially invited speakers and panelists such as Oliver Segovia of, Chiqui Go of Mansmith and Fielders, Tony Gonzales of A Greeting Card Company, Zarah Juan of Greenleaf Bags, and Pacita Juan of ECHOsi Foundation.

Seminar fee is P2,500, which includes snacks and refreshments, a kit and materials, a certificate of attendance, and admission to Yuchengco Museum. A discounted fee of P2,000 is available to Yuchengco Group of Companies account holders, plan holders, employees, as well as students. Seminar slots are limited, and registration is required before October 30. For details and registration, contact Yuchengco Museum at (632) 889-1234 or email Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City.
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The Mabini Art of Paco Gorospe

The Mabini Art of Paco Gorospe
GSIS Museum
October 16 – November 14, 2014

It has been written that a civilization is not so much defined by the amount of currency it possesses as by the wealth of its people’s character as reflected in its literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, architecture, and theater.

By looking at an overview of the development of visual arts in the Philippines, and then focusing on the life and contribution of one modernist painter who strove to overcome his own personal limitations to develop his own style and thus bridge the gap between street art and fine art, we hope to achieve a better appreciation for the rich legacy of talent and cultural wealth we have as a nation.

Luna and Hidalgo had already proven to the world that the Philippines was able to compete with Spain when it came to the visual arts during the period of Spanish colonization; the Neorealists have proven that Filipinos were global in the mid-twentieth century; Francisco “Paco” Gorospe, as a member of the Mabini Triumverate of modernist painters, and on his own, has proven that the lack of a college degree is not a hindrance but rather an opportunity to rise above mediocrity.

Paco Gorospe was just like any other man with hopes and dreams. He differed in that instead of harnessing his skills within the confines of a classroom, he pursued knowledge and skills from street corners and from life itself. He travelled to several places in the Visayas and Mindanao right after his secondary education, spending time with the locals and tribal minorities imbibing their way of life. He gave all that he had to something he derived pleasure from and made it his life’s vocation.

And because his art was his life, he tried to outdo himself in each phase of his artistic development, setting the standards a notch higher every time.

And so we find him progressing from painting movie billboards in Cagayan De Oro; to setting up his own gallery along Mabini Street in Ermita; to becoming the only non-graduate to be exhibited at the Philippine Art Gallery, bulwark of progressive Neorealists; to representing as Mabini artist the country in exhibits and in expositions abroad; and to accepting commissioned works from institutions and discriminating art collectors as a “self-educated” artist.

As such, culture and the public are benefited in that he has become the flag bearer for the Mabini School of Art at the time when Mabini was the center of art brokerage during postwar Philippines.

May we have the honor of introducing you to Francisco “Paco” Gorospe Sy of the Mabini School of Art. Transwing Art Gallery Inc.( in cooperation with the GSIS Museum presents a retrospective of 71 artworks by Paco Gorospe covering all his stylistic experimentations covering various subject matters from people, landscapes, animals, to abstracts from October 16 until November 14, 2014. FREE ADMISSION.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Samsung Launches Digital Gallery at Yuchengco Museum

Fast internet access and the rapid evolution of smart devices have enabled people to engage with information like never before. Younger people in particular—this "always on" generation—have choices to consume information and other forms of new media in volumes and varieties never experienced before by previous generations. Museums and other cultural institutions that preserve and impart the relevance of our history and culture now face the challenge of catching the younger generation's attention.

Samsung Electronics Philippines (SEPCO) has tied up with Yuchengco Museum in a long-term partnership to launch a permanent digital gallery on the third floor of the museum. Named the Samsung Digital Gallery, the space allows visitors to interact with digitized artworks by Filipinos masters and contemporary artists through the use of Samsung tablets and augmented reality technology. Now open to the public, the Samsung Digital Gallery provides the new generation of museum visitors a new way of further engaging and interacting with Filipino art. This also enables Yuchengco Museum to further its mission to promote the appreciation of art, culture, and history amongst its various audiences.

As a technology leader, SEPCO recognizes the challenge of attracting younger generations of museum goers. The Samsung Digital Gallery uses technology to bring back the passion for visiting museums and appreciating the joy of viewing art, as well as augments artists' tools with new ones that provide platforms for art to be more engaging and interactive. This innovative collaboration to create a permanent space germinated after the successful mounting of Relative Realities, an exhibit of select works of Filipino contemporary artists who worked with app developers with the aid of leveraging technology, smart devices, and the Internet. Succeeding museum-led exhibits will be complemented by the gallery. The Samsung Digital Gallery hopes to evolve with the audiences’ rapid adoption of new technologies. The gallery is dedicated to the digital generation, to whom our cultural heritage will be passed on to.

The Samsung Digital Gallery is located at Yuchengco Museum beginning mid-September 2014. The museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 Lampara Storytelling Competition Grand Finals at the Mall of Asia!

Manila, Philippines – Storytelling kids will make you laugh, cry and tickle your imagination, live at the SMX, Mall of Asia! The 2014 Lampara Storytelling Competition Kuwentong Bata, Kuwentistang Bata 3 finalists will be taking the stage at the grand showcase at the Manila International Book Fair, SM Mall of Asia (MOA) on September 21, 2014.

Out of the more than 200 contestants that joined the Elimination Workshops last September 5, only ten finalists per category were chosen for the final competition.

For Category A, Grades 1-4, the finalists are Jazz Doon Milan (Santiago A. De Guzman Elementary School), Luis Benjamin Isidro and Emmanuel Alberto Syquia (PAREF Northfield School for Boys), Chelsea Jemimah V. Gupo (Comembo Elementary School), Wilfred Reyes, Jr. (P. Gomez Elementary School), Samantha Maye Chua, (Chiang Kai Shek College), Marxinne Pajarin (San Joaquin Elementary School).

Finalists for Category B, Grades 5-7 are Ma. Catrina Chan (A. Regidor Elementary School), Elfritz Angelo Peralta (St. Joseph College of Novaliches), Mark Ashly Villarama (Maybunga Elementary School), Miguel Antonio Encarnacion (PAREF Northfield Schools for Boys), Sealtiel Anne Pael (Santiago A. De Guzman Elementary School), Jeremy Matthew M. Trinidad, (Ilaya Barangka Integrated School), Jasmin Cassandra Angulo (Caloocan National Science and Technology High School), Sancai delos Santos (San Joaquin Elementary School), Ericka Krystal U. Nuguid (Academe of Donna Christine), Aila Marie Villeza (Las Pinas National High School)

The 2014 Lampara Storytelling Competition (Kuwentong Bata, Kuwentistang Bata 3) features not only talented kids but also the brilliance of our own writers and illustrators in the field of children's literature.

Winners of the competition shall receive a trophy, certificates, gift packs and cash prizes: Php15,000(1st place), Php12,000 (2nd place) and Php7,000 (3rd place). 
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Friday, September 19, 2014

“Handog sa Bansa” Screening for Lav Diaz’s “Mula sa Kung ano Ang Noon”

Widely acknowledged for bringing the singular highest honor to Philippine Cinema, “Mula sa Kung ano Ang Noon,” Lav Diaz’s Martial Law epic, will have “Handog sa Bansa” special screening on September 21, 2014 at the SM Cinema Centerstage at the SM Mall of Asia.

The special screening, coinciding with the anniversary of the declaration of the Martial Law, is meant to be an offering to the Filipino people (free admission for the public) and will be attended by honored guests. It celebrates the film’s recent triumph at the Festival del Film Locarno 2014 in Switzerland, where it won the Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard) Grand Prize. The International film festival in Locarno, held last August 6-16, is one of the oldest and most prestigious A-list film festivals in Europe, in the league of Cannes, Venice, and Berlin.

Presented by the Film development Council of the Philippines and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, in partnership with SM Cinema, the special screening is, additionally highlighted by a photo and video exhibit outside Centerstage. A short program with the cast and crew precedes the film screening at 2:30pm.

The film tackles life in the village in one of the remotest regions of the Philippines before Martial Law was declared.

Diaz in an earlier interview with the FDCP entices Filipinos to see the film, “[as] it talks about what happened in the last two years before martial law. It’s based on real events. The characters are based on real characters in our village when I was in grade six up to first year high school. I reenacted everything from memory. But it’s about the coming, it’s a foreboding thing, it’s a horror film actually. We’re entering hell and we felt that then.”

In Locarno, the film also garnered the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize; the International Federation of Film Societies Don Quixote prize, the Youth Jury Environment Is Quality of Life Prize, and the Boccalino de Oro Independent Critics Award for Best Actress for lead Hazel Orencio.

The photo and video exhibit will chronicle the journey of the film’s cast and crew, from the film’s inception and pre-production stages up until the win at Locarno and the triumphant return to the Philippines. The public can view the exhibit as early as in the days leading up to the September 21 event.

For more screening information and updates, please visit the “Mula Sa Kung ano Ang Noon” Facebook page, FDCP Facebook page, and FDCP website ( Treats and prizes await lucky film viewers.
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Human Sa Lokat: A Solo Exhibition by Roedil "Joe" Geraldo

Appropriating the mystical accord of creation, Roedil “Joe” Geraldo recreates life out of terra cotta to articulate known biblical narratives about creation of life--- that the first man was made of out clay. In his language of form, he evokes plastic visions of mythology or spiritual truth while also turning to his ideas of the divine forces in his clay sculptures; they become physical manifestations of his faith revealed only by his own hands.

Turning soil found under Geraldo’s own feet into shapely mass of art has been his creative commitment that mainly defined much of his career. His dexterous intervention meeting the tactile pleasures and the sensuous manipulation of clay together produce these vigorous corporeal forms, dramatic figures of terra cotta with absolute pitch of dignity and ceaseless curiosity. In the promptings of his unconscious and fertile interventions, he shapes his sculptures with connected limbs, tangled bodies, all forming visible contours of unnatural collocations of the human form with palpable dramatic and robust gestures and in various scales and orientations.

Geraldo is an accomplished sculptor as seen in his consistent production and accomplishments in various national prizes. He has been a Juror’s Choice in the Philippine National Art Awards for in for two consecutive years 2013-14. He has also been exhibited in major venues locally, most of them in Bacolod and Dumaguete, twice at the Alliance Francaise de Manille and in an exhibition at the Ayala Museum. Among the creative communities and affiliations which he actively engages with include the Art Association of Bacolod (AAB), Kasamahan ng mga Artisan Mulat ang Isip (KAMI), Art Association of Talisay (ATA) Signus of Negros

Human Sa Lokat will be on view from Sept 27 to October 8, 2014. YSOBEL art gallery is open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

For more information, contact Mark Tiongco at; 09285071117.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 17, 2014 is Ask A Curator Day

Is there anything about Philippine art and culture that you're curious about? Do you have any questions about Yuchengco Museum?

Next week is your opportunity to ask us or our curator, Jeannie Javelosa, on Twitter. September 17, 2014, Wednesday, is Ask A Curator Day. Take part in this unique Q&A session and annual worldwide Twitter event.

Send us your questions through Twitter using the hashtag #AskACurator and the handle@yuchengcomuseum or @jeanniejavelosa. We'll be answering your questions throughout the day!
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

NCCA Calls for Project Proposals for its Competitive Grants for 2015

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the country’s leading government agency for arts and culture headed by its chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., encourages cultural and art groups, academic institutions, local arts organizations, non-government organizations involved in culture and arts, and others to submit their project proposals for the NCCA Competitive Grants Program for 2015. Deadline is on August 31, 2014.

The priority projects for 2015 have been defined by the 19 national committees under the four subcomissions which are the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts, National Committee on Cinema, National Committee on Dance, National Committee on Dramatic Arts, National Committee on Literary Arts, National Committee on Music, and National Committee on Visual Arts of the Subcommission on the Arts; Northern, Central and Southern Cultural Communities of the Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts; National Committees on Archives, Art Galleries, Libraries and Information Services, Historical Research, Monuments and Sites, Museums under the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage; and under the Subcomission on Cultural Dissemination, the National Committees on Cultural Education, Communication, and Language and Translation.

As underlying theme, projects to be funded by the NCCA must capture the aspiration of the arts and culture community, expressed by NCCA’s vision in the 21st century: “Filipino culture as the wellspring of national and global well being.”

Furthermore, projects must establish culture as pillar of sustainable development, advance creativity and diversity of artistic expression, and promote a strong sense of nationhood and pride in being Filipino through culture and arts.

Through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA), the NCCA Grants Program provides support to individuals and organizations in fields that are aligned with the Philippine culture and arts and in accordance with the defined priorities of each of the national committees. The NCCA provides funds for projects for the promotion, development and conservation of Philippine culture and arts, and it continuously encourage collaborative efforts which provides significant contributions to the realization of the mandate of the NCCA.

Each year, the NCCA Board of Commissioners, in coordination with the four subcommissions, defines its thrusts and priorities anchored on the following major programs for 2013-2016: Program for Cultural Education, Program for Cultural Diplomacy, Program for Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Program for Culture and Development, and Program for Artistic Excellence and Creativity.

Interested individuals or groups can avail of NCCA assistance by submitting a project proposal under the NCCA Competitive Grants, or file a request under the Institutional Programs, namely, NCCA Outreach Program, Experts and Resource Persons Bureau and Technical Assistance Program.

Accomplished project proposals must be submitted to Marichu G. Tellano, chief of Policy, Plan Formulation and Programming Division (PPFPD), 5th Floor, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), 633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, with telephone number (63-2) 527-2192, fax numbers (63-2) 527-2198 and 522-2084, and emails and

Proposal submission through electronic mail (email) are accepted provided that all project documents are complete and with scanned signature of the official proponent/head of the organization/LGU. Absence of the signature of the proponent shall be considered unofficial.

Proposals must be stamped received by the Policy/Plan Formulation and Programming Division of the NCCA on or before August 31, 2014. Late or incomplete project proposal will not be considered. Only one proposal per proponent can be submitted to NCCA. Copy of the project proposal form may be obtained at the PPFPD office or may be downloaded at (Go to “Grants Program”).

For inquiries on the NCCA Grants Programs, please get in touch with the Planning, Policy Formulation and Programming Division (PPFPD) through direct line 527-2214, or trunkline 527-2192 local 509 (SCA); 501 (SCCTA); 506(SCH); and 511(SCD). Email addresses are,, and
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 Lampara Children’s Storytelling Competition

2014 Lampara Children’s Storytelling Competition

Now in its third year, PETA, the country’s pioneering company in the use of theater for education, joins one of the country’s biggest publishing companies, Lampara Publishing House in enriching the competition with creative workshops to enhance the participants’ storytelling and performance skills.

Register now to begin a fun journey of learning, self-discovery and telling of some of the most exciting and value-laden children’s stories!


1. Application forms are available in all PRECIOUS PAGES NCR outlets and the PETA Theater Center located at No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila Quezon City. You may also email to request for an electronic copy of the form.

2. Fill-up registration form and submit to any of the PRECIOUS PAGES outlet or to the PETA Theater Center with the following:

a. Photocopy of student ID and school registration form
b. Registration fee of P 400.00 which will cover workshop and materials costs.


1. Eligible Participants

The competition will have two categories:
· Category A Grades 1-4
· Category B Grades 5-7

Each school may send up to 3 participants per category.

2. Storytelling Workshop and Selection of Finalists

Registered participants should be available to join a 4-hour workshop to be held at the PETA Theater Center on September 5, 2014. The performance showcase at the end of the workshop shall determine the 10 finalists for each category.

Announcement of finalists will be on September 8, 2014.

3. Orientation of the Coaches/Parents

The coaches/parents of all selected participants should be available to attend the orientation for the rules and mechanics of the competition and a children’s rights education session on September 14, 2013.

4. Finalists Workshop

All finalists will be invited to join a 1-day storytelling workshop on September 14, 2013 to be conducted by PETA Artist-Teacher to prepare them for the finals.

5. Finals

The finals will be held during the Manila International Book Fair on September 21, 2014 at the SM Mall of Asia SMX.


1st Prize P 15,000.00
2nd Prize P 12,000.00
3rd Prize P 7,000.00

Plus trophies, certificates and gift packs from Lampara Publishing House, Inc. for winning storytellers and their respective coaches

For more information, contact
(02) 725-6244, (02) 410-0821 to 22
0916-4376551 (Rexie Quizon)
0915-5813005 (Mark Lim)
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Endless Hours at Sea by Martha Atienza

warmly invites you to the opening of ENDLESS HOURS AT SEA by Martha Atienza

Opening on Wednesday, 30 July 2014
ArtSpeak at 4.30pm
Opening Reception at 6pm

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

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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Rebellion by Jinggoy Buensuceso at Galleria Duemila

Jinggoy Buensuceso
July 5- August 31, 2014
Galleria Duemila Inc.
210 Loring Street, 1300 Pasay City

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Jinggoy Buensuceso explores the multiple dimensions of raging ideas and emotions in his solo show entitled Rebellion.

In Rebellion, the artist takes you on a tumultuous journey from the birth of a powerful idea that consumes an individual, the building pressure and force that makes people come together and move as one organism for a common passion and cause, the powerful release of tension and expression of freedom, to the quiet yet indelible aftermath which serves as a potent force within each and one of us. This potent force, when triggered ignites the vigorous cycle once more.

Rebellion is the aftermath of the artist’s personal turmoil as he separates himself from his present realities to fulfill his artistry away from the trappings of domestication. In this show, Buensuceso ventures into the bold and unorthodox use of materials and methods in the featured bodies of work, challenging the expected presentation of his mediums—industrial tracing paper and woodwork rendered with the severity of fire as well as uncovering new pursuits with cement, charcoal, and graphite—a reaction to the status quo. An uprising.

He graduated from the University of The Philippines in Diliman with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, major in Visual Communication in 2003.He is a strong proponent of linear art—his works evoke stories and brave statements of oneself, culture, and way of life through the use of lines. Buensucesof is also an emerging figure in Philippine furniture design, a three-time Mugna awardee, and co-founder of Epoch, a movement of six young international artists who provoke new thinking in the domain of furniture design.

The artist has gained extensive local and international experience in visual arts. His work showcase bold statements and clean lines. He is influenced by art and architecture in New York and Singapore where he was based the longest.

The exhibition will run from July 5- August 31, 2014 at Galleria Duemila, located at 210 Loring Street, 1300 Pasay City.For more information, please contact Thess Ponce or Mark Arvin Patiag, Tel. No. +632 831 9990; Telefax no. +632 833 9815, email:, Twitter and Instagram: @galleriaduemila or visit our website at and follow us on Facebook.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

YSOBEL Art Gallery Presents "ANI-MOTION" by Norlie Meimban

YSOBEL Art Gallery will be presenting "ANI-MOTION" an art exhibit featuring the works of Norlie Meimban on July 26, 2014 to August 6, 2014 at Ysobel Art Gallery, 2nd flr., Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Museum Foundation Mounts Proudly MaArte 2014

Proudly MaArte 2014 promises to be an outstanding intersection of arts and crafts as it brings together carefully selected pieces exquisitely designed and executed by local Filipino artisans from all over the country.

Now on its 5th year, the MaARTe Artisan Fair is an annual fundraising project of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI) and will be staged at the Rockwell Tent on August 29-31, Friday to Sunday, from 10am to 10pm. Craft items produced by entrepreneurs, NGOs, designers and craftsmen have been meticulously selected to provide the discerning MaARTe shopper a wide array of striking items ranging from indigenous baskets and fabrics, charming home decor to elegant fashion accessories and delicate jewelry from more than 50 participants. For limited edition items from designer ateliers and museum shops, MFPI has a special section dubbed as MaARTe Finds.

This yearly gathering of local artisans at the MaARTe Fair aims to support the creative industries, and has been a unique platform for the Museum Foundation as it continues to support the National Museum and its many activities. Dannie Alvarez, a long-time exhibitions curator in numerous museum exhibitions and design fairs, has joined the MaARTeorganizing committee as creative director. He envisions this project as a showcase for “museum-quality crafts” that will provide the visitor a unique cultural shopping experience. Over the span of 3 days, The Rockwell Tent will be the perfect playground for those who enjoy draping and surrounding themselves with beautiful, vibrant and well-made pieces and aim to live life “may Arte”.

For this year, Security Bank and Smart Infinity lead the list of its partners. Corporate foundations have joined MaArte as well in presenting their community based efforts in assisting local artisans. The Museum Foundation of the Philippines will also include local food items under its banner, MaARTe Eats, which visitors can indulge in at the MaArte Lounge by Gree, and the MaARTe Café.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

LCF’s ‘Rising from Ruin: The Story of Bohol’ Lecture and Exhibit


LCF’s ‘Rising from Ruin: The Story of Bohol’ lecture and exhibit opening on July 26

Explore the state of Bohol’s built heritage after the devastation of last year’s earthquake, and the shift in attention toward provinces devastated by typhoon Haiyan.

LCF is a Philippine network of over 80 operating and grant-making corporate foundations and corporations, including the Lopez Group Foundation. It promotes and enhances the strategic practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among its members and the larger business community toward sustained national development. Members participate in various events organized by its secretariat and LCF’s five program-based committees: Arts and Culture, Education, Enterprise, Environment and Health.

For more information, contact LCF at 892-5753 or
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Monday, July 07, 2014

British Artist Questions “The Price of Everything”, Live in Manila

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Ever contemplated the difference between ‘price’ and ‘value’? Ever watched a ‘special performance lecture’? How about drank milk in a theater while doing all of the above? Now you can.

The PETA Theater Center, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and British Council Philippines present The Price of Everything by British performer Daniel Bye, showing at the PETA Studios on Thursday, July 10, 7:00 PM.

The Price of Everything has been performed to critical acclaim at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and enjoyed a sold-out run as part of the Northern Stage at St. Stephens Festival last year .

Profound, provocative and definitely funny, Bye becomes the proverbial gadfly through this one-man show. Touted as a ‘special performance lecture’, the show combines stand-up comedy, satire and storytelling.

Writer and performer Daniel Bye offers the audience milk

Bye is a theatre-maker from North East England whose material tackles big political and philosophical issues with naivety and reckless abandon. As part of the show, Bye asks the audience serious questions about ideology and money, while offering them all free glasses of milk!

More than just the show, Bye will also be giving a workshop on July 11 at 1:00PM -5:00PM, also at the PETA Theater Center. The workshop explores techniques in creating solo performances rooted in the performers own advocacies.

The Price of Everything was cited by United Kingdom daily The Times, as the “future of British theatre”. Manila audiences are invited to watch the Philippine premiere of what British paper The Independent reviewed as “ Is this show worth the ticket price? A resounding yes.”

Tickets to the show are P250.

The workshop fee, inclusive of one ticket to the show, is P1,000 per participant.

PETA Studios are located at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5, Eymard Drive, New Manila QC.

For inquiries and reservations, contact Ticketworld or the PETA Theater Center at 7256244 (loc 23), 09175183654 or email
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Ayala Museum: ArtistSpace - Renaissance of Classical Realism


An Art Exhibition featuring
Alfred Galura, Luna Arguelles, Margie Villonco
Pilar Quiros, Stephanie Honrado and Sky De Leon

Renaissance of Classical Realism
July 9 – 21, 2014
Artist Space, Ayala Museum
Dela Rosa St. Makati City

On its fourteenth year, L’Arc en Ciel Atelier and Gallery stays true to its tradition with “Renaissance of Classical Realism” – a group exhibition featuring six Filipino artists at the ArtistSpace of the Ayala Museum, which runs from July 9 – 21, 2014. The exhibition presents works of Alfred Galura, Luna Arguelles, Margie Villonco, Pilar Quiros, Stephanie Honrado and Sky De Leon.

The curation of works takes viewers to unexpected spaces and scenes that are both local and foreign, and at the same time, celebrates the glory of realism by showcasing works of various artists depicting the human form, still life, and landscape and waterscapes viewed in unique angles.

For inquiries on the exhibition, please contact Elaine Herbosa at +63 917 890 1219.

For more information on the ArtistSpace, contact Lorraine Datuin, coordinator at +63 917 826 4399 or
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Monday, May 19, 2014

NOVA Gallery Presents "Gen:Ngayon" - An Exhibition of Works by Japanese & Filipino Women Artists

Gen : Ngayon
An exhibition of works by Japanese & Filipino women artists

NOVA unveils exhibit by Japanese and Filipina artists on May 21

NOVA Gallery will be hosting 現Gen/Ngayon, an exhibition of works by Japanese and Filipina artists from May 21 to June 11, 2014. The participating artists in this show are Charlene Bayani, Aba Lluch Dalena, Sinag de Leon, Mayuko Fukumoto, Marie Ikura, Atsuko Yamagata, and Aze Ong.

現Gen/Ngayon opens on May 21 (Wednesday) at 6 PM with live painting, music performances and papercut art demonstrations by the artists.

The title of the show combines the Nihonggo word gen (現), which is roughly translated into “now”, “actuality” or “expression” and the Filipino word for now, ngayon. The works in the exhibition combine various forms of artistic media: from painting to wearable art, from crochet-based sculptures to papercut forms. Through these, the artists weave connections between shared artistic practices and histories of the two countries.

The Japanese artists featured in the show are connected by works which seek beauty in living and creating within both natural and urban spaces.

Atsuko Yamagata merges performance and improvisation through live painting. A painter and illustrator, she held her first solo show at the Artcomplex Center of Tokyo in 2012. Her works for the show use construction paper and chiyogami (traditional block printed paper) to document her various impressions of the metropolis.

Ecology and functionality merge in the works of Mayuko Fukumoto and Marie Ikura.
Osaka-based Fukumoto depicts the vivid freshness of the natural world in her paintings. She has participated in the Kawwanan nan Batawa Eco Art Festival in Sabangan, Mountain Province in November 2012. Ikura is a painter and production designer who held her first solo exhibition in Tokyo in 2009. For the exhibit, she showcases wearable works on hand-painted kimono, a type of Japanese traditional clothing.

The exploration of equally diverse media is seen in the works of the participating Filipina artists. Sculptor and performance artist Aze Ong unveils a series of crochet-based works collectively entitled Resilience: vivid, tensile textiles that are both wearable and capable of standing as art installations.Ong’s first solo exhibition, Liwanag, was held in 2011. Papercut artist Sinag de Leon showcases her individually unique designs and patterns from her Tiklop-Gupit: Kirigami Series, which uses both Japanese and Iloilo handmade paper. She held her first solo exhibition, HabiHiraya: DreamWeaves, in 2010.

The show also features new works by visual artist, musician and art educator Aba Lluch Dalena, who held her first solo exhibit at six years old and later pursued studies in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines and the Art Students League in New York. Like Dalena, the youngest member of the group, Charlene Bayani, is a visual artist and musician. She and Ong have collaborated on art performances for several exhibits and events. Bayani showcases new acrylic on canvas paintings that depict figures amidst shadows and dusk.

現Gen/Ngayon runs until June 11, 2014 at NOVA Gallery, Warehouse 12A La Fuerza Compound, 2241 China Roces Avenue, Makati City. For inquiries, contact the gallery at +63.292.7797.
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation Open Until June 6

New Olds:
Design between Tradition and Innovation

Together with German curator Volker Albus—who previously curated the travelling exhibit Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention at Yuchengco Museum in 2012—IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.) and Goethe-Institut Manila present New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation.

New Olds features 60 objects that explore the relationship between tradition and innovation in contemporary design. The show looks into how contemporary designers work with traditional elements, whether it is style, material or craft. The exhibit also explores the themes of material, construction, configuration, production, and traditional use. 45 designers and design teams from Germany, other European countries, and the US enter into an intensive dialogue at the exhibit.

The international nature of the show is further emphasized by a selection of Philippine examples of design that put a twist on tradition. For the Philippine leg of New Olds, curator Volker Albus has especially selected chairs designed by Gabriel Barredo and Dem Bitantes.
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

In a State of Panic: Nune Alvarado at Ysobel Gallery

In this show Panic at Ysobel Gallery, Nunelucio “ Nune” Alvarado takes on issues of urban chaos, frivolous lifestyles and dependence on material happiness and the demons of compulsive excesses while effectively engages a nagging call to go back to organic and simple ways. Particularly, these artworks also call to mind a discernable visage of the panic and devastation of Typhoon Hyan/Yolanda which directly connects man’s propensity for excesses. As an artistic investigation on society, these works also collectively provide a point of departure to look at the artist’s own state of mind and creative process. Nunelecio Alvarado has been known for his seminal cubistic work on canvas but now takes a slight shift to smaller works on pen and ink.

 The show is a visual feat that demonstrates his dexterous skills and commitment to details. As always, he engages an incessant interplay of meaning and representation so characteristic to his work in any medium he commits his artistic labor.

For more information, please call Mark Tiongco 0928-5071117 at or Philip Paraan at 0915 205 33 82
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

6th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival: Call for Workshop Applicants

6th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival
Call for Workshop Applicants

We are calling on Filipino student, amateur and independent filmmakers and film collectives to apply for the 6th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival intensive workshops. The series of workshops include scriptwriting, directing, digital cinematography, non-linear editing and sound design. Each workshop will last for 2 to 3 days each which will be conducted from May to June 2014. The workshops are for free. Slots are limited to 5 applicants only.

Deadline of application is on May 17, 2014.

§ Accomplished application form;
§ Story concept for a short film or any audio-visual work based on the festival’s theme (social movements);
§ Synopsis if work is already under production. The work should also carry the festival’s theme;
§ Short biography of filmmaker or short orientation of film collective/organization;
§ Photo of filmmaker/logo of film collective/organization;
§ Title and link to works uploaded online (if available);
§ Signed Terms and Conditions

Send application requirements to any of the following:

Via e-mail:

Via courier:
Flor Chantal Eco
Unit C3, 9/F, City Tower Condominium
Aurora Boulevard, Brgy. Kaunlaran
1109 Cubao, Quezon City

For details contact the following:
Mobile No: 09359207053; 09107509757 (Ariel)
E-mail Address:;
Twitter: @tudlaprod
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Heritage Pilgrimage: To Churches Declared as National Cultural Treasures

Heritage Pilgrimage: To Churches declared as National Cultural Treasures
May 16 to 17, 2014

Heritage Churches have been at the forefront of Philippine history as a tool in furthering Christianity in the archipelago. The Philippines is home to hundreds of centuries-old Spanish colonial churches, more than forty (40) of which have been declared as National Cultural Treasures (NCT). Most of these churches were built during the Spanish colonial rule and are mostly a fusion of European and Asian architectural motifs.

Presidential Decree No. 374 describes a National Cultural Treasure as "a unique object found locally, possessing outstanding historical, cultural, artistic and/or scientific value which is significant and important to this country and nation."

As the Heritage Pilgrimage aims to promote "awareness" for the sites for their historical, artistic and architectural interests, it also strongly recognizes and acknowledges that these more than 40-Heritage Churches have a strong tradition of religious meaning - for devotion, healing and spiritual significance for the majority of the Filipino People.

May 16, 2014

7:30 am Departure from Makati (Tour Bus / Breakfast on Board)

10:00-11:30 am Arrive PILA, LAGUNA
Heritage Walk Tour:
Ø Shrine of San Antonio de Padua
Ø Pila Square and Museum
Ø Alava Ancestral House
(Resort house of the ALAVA’S)

2:00 -3:00 pm Arrive MAJAYJAY, LAGUNA
Visit Parish Church of St. Gregory the Great (NCT)
The Parish Church of San Ildefonso was built in the second half of the 18th century by the Franciscans. This church is the best preserved church complex in Rizal Province. The interior is rich, with five beautiful examples of rocoinfluenced retablos. On the walls are panels of the Via Crucis. These are celebrated because of the way in which there were indigenized through perspective, proportion and other details, one of the characters wears glasses.

4:00-6:00 pm Arrive LUCBAN, QUEZON
Pahiyas Town Tour
(Lucban Town is still decorated on this date and a beautiful feast for the senses when lights are on evening time. Lucbanins share this special festival until the weekend for those who can’t make it on May 15.)

(menu specially prepared by a Quezon cuisine authority, MILADA DEALO VALDE)

7:45 pm Arrive TAYABAS CITY

Rest overnight

May 17, 2013

6:30-8:00 am Breakfast at MEMPHIS GARDEN CAFÉ
8:30-9:00 am Check-out from hotel
Guided Church Tour and Diocesian Museum Tour
The Basilica of St. Michael was built in the 18th and 19th centuries by the Franciscans. This basilica is the best preserved and most beautifully decorated church complex in Quezon Province. The overall interior decoration is a good example of the new-classic style. Within the town are two other stone chapels and an ancient cemetery with its own chapel. The town is located on the foothills of Banahaw, with cool temperature.

11:30-12:30 am Arrive SARIAYA, QUEZON
GALA-RODRIGUEZ Ancestral House Tour
(NHI declared heritage house in Art Deco Architecture by National Artist Juan Nakpil)
Food Tasting of local delicacies (Tamales/Puto/Leche Flan)
1:00-2:30 pm Arrive Tiaong, Quezon
Lunch at UGU’S Pottery Garden or PATIS TITO GARDEN CAFE
5:00 pm ETA Manila

For inquiries and reservations, please contact Filipino Heritage Festival Inc. at 523-9692 or 330-2215. Look for Tonie or Mai.

Email us at :
send us a text message : 0916-4788163
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ambeth Ocampo on Great Expectations from Philippine Museums

Great Expectations from Philippine Museums
A special talk by historian Ambeth Ocampo
May 17, 2014 Saturday
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

Open to members of the Alliance of Greater Manila Area Museums (AGMAM), museum professionals, supporters of museums, and those interested in knowing more about museums, the talk will dwell on Dr. Ocampo's observations of museums here and abroad in light of new museology, community and audience engagement, and globalization.

Dr. Ambeth Ocampo is a popular historian whose books and Philippine Daily Inquirer column have placed a different perspective on figures and events in Philippine history. His work as a historian has brought him to different libraries and museums here and abroad.

The talk is presented by AGMAM in celebration of International Museum Day.

Lecture fee is P150. AGMAM institutional members (one representative) and individual members attend for free.

To reserve slots for the talk, email or call Yuchengco Museum at 889-1234. To inquire about AGMAM, email
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Last Chance to Sign up for Bulilit Bato-Balani Children's Art Workshop

Appreciate Philippine art and culture, explore different materials, and, enhance your creativity and imagination!

Ateneo Art Gallery
Summer Art Workshop 2014

Children's Art Workshop
Learn about Philippine myths and folktales
Discover beauty and enchantment in Rodel Tapaya’s artworks
Create masks and collages MAY 6-8 ; 9am-12noon

BATO-BALANI (10-13 yrs)
Teens' Art and Writing Workshop
Learn about Philippine myths and folktales
Discover the inspiration behind Rodel Tapaya's paintings, sculptures and installation
Develop your own mythology and write stories about modern magical creatures
Design artwork-inspired desserts MAY 13-15 ; 9am-12noon

Facilitator: Bong Oris
Venue: Ateneo Art Gallery

To reserve slots or inquire about the classes:
Call: +63 2 4266001 ext. 4160 or +63 2 4266488
Email :
Visit: www.

Fees are INCLUSIVE of materials and snacks
Discounted rate | Php 2,520 for Ateneo Students and Children of Employees

Payments can be made either by check (payable to Ateneo de Manila University) or cash. Kindly proceed to Ateneo Art Gallery Office located at Level 2, Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
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Friday, May 09, 2014

PETA Offers Circle of Friends Card and Prepaid Card

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) Theater Center has emerged to be one of the most hip and happening art events spaces in Quezon City. Last April 5, PETA launched its exciting line up of original works and international offerings for its 47th season.

For original PETA performances, the hit musical Rak of Aegis will be having it's much awaited second run on June 20 to August 31. Meanwhile, Florante at Laura Remastered, a top-flippin' Balagtasan battle which infuses the classic text with gritty hip-hop humor and rippin' rhymes is sure to thrill theater fans this August 8 to September 20. Other beloved PETA productions suchBatang Rizal, William and Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyangwill also be available on tour.

International partnerships with the PETA Theater Center Program offer cutting-edge pieces. In partnership with the British Council Manila, PETA offers Daniel Bye's The Price of Everything, a comic and provocative one-man show, showing on July 10-11, and James Cousin's There We Have Been, an award winning dance, showing this October 9-10. With support from the Japan Foundation Manila, Dora Company's Ayanasu will be showing back to back with PETA's Strong Boy, Deaf Boy and a Girl in an Abaya on July 26 at 3pm and 8pm . Finland's magical show for the whole family, Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow will enthrall audiences during its November run.

Other than a unique season lineup, PETA also offers innovations to make your theater experience more enjoyable. Be our partner through the PETA Circle of Friends Card or make your reservations easy and hassle-free with the new Theater Center Prepaid Card!

Members of the PETA Circle of Friends ensure the continuity of PETA's groundbreaking programs to create a wider art-loving public.

For 5,000.00 PETA Circle of Friends In the Loop receive acknowledgement in the souvenir programs of all major PETA productions for the season, as well as a donation of P1,000 to the Theater Appreciation Program, which pays for the tickets of 2 public school students to a PETA play.

For P10,000.00, members of the PETA Circle of Friends Inner Circle get the following perks:

* VIP Seating (advance reservation required) for all Program Offerings at the Theater Center and 50% discount for up to 2 companions

* Priority parking (advance reservation required)

* 5% discount on PETA workshops

* 5% discount on Theater Center usage

* Use of VIP tambayan (lounge) with free coffee/tea while waiting for Open House Acknowledgment in the souvenir program of all major PETA

Skip long lines and confusing ticket booking with the PETA Theater Center Prepaid Card: a pre-loaded card in P 2,000 and P 5,000 denominations. Cardholders can call in or text their ticket reservations, avoiding the hassle of depositing payments to the bank or going to the venue to pay in advance. The cost of tickets bought will be automatically deducted from your stored card value.

Card holders enjoy the following perks:

* 10% discount on published rate

* 5% discount on PETA workshops

* Plus 1 ticket on first card usage for P 2,000.00

* Plus 1 ticket on the first and second card usage for P5,000.00

Rely on PETA to give you more than just exciting shows and meaningful events, but a whole new way to enjoy theater altogether.

To avail of the PETA Circle of Friends Card and the PETA Theater Center Prepaid Card, contact (632) 725-6244 loc 23, 09175183654 or email
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Thursday, May 08, 2014

"Normal Abnormal": 2nd Solo Show by Frelan Gonzaga @ YSOBEL Art Gallery

Here’s To The Crazy Ones

Frelan Gonzaga’s “Normal Abnormal” is a collection inspired by how Philippine society treats its mentally ill.

It revolves around themes such as the artist’s experience in dealing with a violent and mentally ill uncle, and how living with such a person became part of his normal life. It also deals with the common sight of an unusually great number of the disturbed and unbalanced roaming the streets of Bacolod City. The pieces also explore the people who choose to be “crazy”: they who embrace a lifestyle with extreme dedication, uncommon to most.

As a whole, the paintings allow us to confront these themes up close, and pose the question: how are we as a society with how we treat those who see reality differently?

“Normal Abnormal”, Frelan Gonzaga’s second one-man show will be featured at YSOBEL Art Gallery, 2nd Floor Shops at Serendra BGC Taguig from May 9 – 20, 2014. For more information, please contact Mark S. Tiongco at 09285071117/
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

New Olds Curator's Talk with Volker Albus @ Yuchengco Museum

New Olds Curator's Talk

A special talk and exhibit tour by Volker Albus
May 9, 2014 Friday
4:00 p.m.

Join German design curator Volker Albus for a special talk and tour of the exhibit New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation. Mr. Albus will take guests around the show before it opens to the public and share his insights into specific objects and furniture on display.

Volker Albus was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1949 and studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen. He has worked as a freelance architect and designer since 1982 and also as Professor for Product Design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design since 1994. In 2012, Albus curated the Manila leg of the traveling exhibit Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention at Yuchengco Museum.

Curator's talk is for free. The opening of the New Olds exhibit follows at 6:30 p.m.

To reserve seats for the curator's talk, contact Yuchengco Museum through 889-1234 or
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Friday, May 02, 2014

Face to Face: Critic Meets Artist with Cid Reyes @ Lopez Museum

The Lopez Museum and Library presents eminent art critic and scholar Cid Reyes in a lecture, Face to face: Critic meets artist, on May 3, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm.

Reyes, who writes actively on Philippine art, will share his thoughts about Filipino artists based on his book Conversations on Philippine Art (1989). The book chronicles his interviews of prominent Filipino artists including eight National Artists for Visual Arts. The lecture is organized in conjunction with Lopez Museum’s latest exhibition Context: Rod Paras-Perez Art Historian, Critic, and Writer.

From 1994-2004, Reyes wrote numerous reviews and essays for his weekly art column for TODAY. He studied at De La Salle University and the Accademia de Belle Arti in Rome as an Italian government scholar. He also took courses in Art History at the City Lit Institute in London.

Reyes wrote Conversations on Philippine Art, Inspired Creativity: A Decade of Philippine Art Awards, and books on art of National Artists Arturo Luz and Bencab. In 1978, he won the Art Criticism Award of the Art Association of the Philippines. For two consecutive years 2001-2002, he was voted Art Critic of the Year by Art Manila Quarterly. In 2003, he was elevated to Hall of Fame for Art Criticism.

Context commemorates the 80th birth anniversary of Dr. Paras-Perez and highlights his contributions to Philippine art history and criticism. The museum collaborated with his estate to showcase select writings and memorabilia which give insight into the man behind the writing.

Registration fee for the lecture is P120 (students P100). For more information and registration for the lecture, call Tina at 631-2417.

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

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Tanghalang Pilipino Offers 2014 Summer Theater Adventure

Tanghalang Pilipino proudly offers 2014 SUMMER THEATER ADVENTURE at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

WORKSHOP DATES: April 1-27, 2014 / Tuesday to Saturday Classes

TANGHALANG PILIPINO (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), is proud to present the 2014 Summer Theater Adventure, a month-long program of various theatrical activities in different age levels designed to unleash the creative potentials of aspiring theater artists. TP’s acting workshops have been highly-acclaimed by parents, students and educational institutions for the intensive training and excellent experience it imparts on the participants.

The 2014 Summer Theater Adventure is composed of classes for children, teens and adults facilitated by some of the country’s most outstanding thespians and practitioners in the field. Special lectures are also given by TP’s outstanding alumni. Each workshop culminates in a recital held at the CCP – Tanghalang Huseng Batute, where students get the chance to be seen by talent scouts.

Course Details:

Children’s Dramatic Theater 1
5-8 years old
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am -12nn

Children’s Dramatic Theater 2
(9-12 years old)
16 sessions
Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-12nn

Creative dramatics for children using games, storytelling techniques, movement, music and masks as tools of expression. Participants perform in a showcase production at the end of the course.

Teen Theater
16 sessions
(13-16 years old)
Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm -5pm
An introduction to performance skills for young adults, the workshop integrates creative drama, music, writing, movement and visual arts to explore themes concerning the youth. Script analysis and voice for theater are likewise incorporated in the course.

Beginning Acting
(17 years old & above)
16 sessions
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5pm
A practical application of the rudiments of acting, including concentration, spontaneity, improvisation, confidence, body and voice preparation, characterization and script analysis to create a unique and authentic life on stage.

Production & Stage Management
(17 years old and above)
16 sessions
Tuesday-Saturday, 6-10pm
Organizing the production, communicating across different disciplines, and keeping everything running smoothly. Learn about the seamless management of the technical as human aspects of a production.

Basic Directing (18 yrs. old and above)
Basic Playwrighting (18 yrs. old and above)
Basic Digital Photography (15 yrs. old and above)

WORKSHOP FEE: Php8,000.00
(Inclusive of All Materials & Recital Fee)

For Reservations:
• Call us at 822.6920, 832.3661 / 832.1125 loc. 1620 / 1621 / 0917-7500107/
0908-8941384/ 0915-6072275
• Email us at
• Visit us at 2/F PDC Bldg., CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dean Teodoro Publishes Vantage Point: The Sixth Estate and Other Discoveries

The UP College of Mass Communication is pleased to announce the publication of Dean Luis V. Teodoro's Vantage Point: The Sixth Estate and Other Discoveries.

Vantage point is a collection of Dean Teodoro's opinion pieces generated from more than a decade of writing for Manila newspapers such as Today, Business Mirror, and Business World. The articles are political commentaries on the use of power by those that wield them, be they individuals or institutions within and out of the government, or even by those beyond the country's shores, colonizers of the past and present.

The book is jointly published by CMC and the UP Press under the Media and Communication Series. The series publishes scholarly books on Philippine communication effects, processes, industries, and products, including works on critical analyses of media industries, journalism studies, new media and society, and cultural and politics in media texts.

Vantage Point is available at the UP Press. For more information, please call 9253243 and 9266642.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Keys to Discovery: An Afternoon at the Museum

Invitation from our friends from Keys School Manila:

Keys to Discovery: An Afternoon at the Museum
30 March 2014, Sunday, 3pm to 6pm
National Museum - National Art Gallery
Ticket Price: Php 900

For inquiries, please email:
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tribute Concert for Lucio San Pedro at Lopez Musem

The Lopez Museum and Library and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY) invites you to a concert organized as a tribute to Maestro Lucio San Pedro on April 5, 2-4 pm.

OFY Quorum and their Prep Club will play songs written by San Pedro, such as “Sa Ugong ng Duyan”, “Katutubong Awitin”, and “Leron-leron Sinta”. Guests to the event will also be able to view the museum's latest exhibition, Complicated.

Lucio San Pedro, a prolific artist with more than 60 years of artistic creation, is noted for his works that are highly evocative of the folk elements. Through his compositions, he strove to reflect the Filipino soul and stayed true to his musical philosophy of “creative nationalism.” He has written hymns, masses, choral works, songs for solo voices, chamber music, incidental music, even background music for movies. Conferred National Artist for Music in 1991, his popular compositions include “Sa Mahal Kong Bayan”, “Simbanggabi”, and “Sa Ugoy ng Duyan”.

OFY is a joint venture between ABS CBN Corporation and First Philippine Holdings. Ang Misyon established OFY along with its after-school music education program, Sistema for the Filipino Youth, which offers children from deprived communities the opportunity to achieve their full musical potential through music lessons, with the ultimate hope of creating a positive impact on their communities.

The Lopez Museum’s latest exhibition, Complicated, explores at the complex relationship of the Philippines with its colonial pasts. It features commissioned works by guest artists Leslie de Chavez, Mike Adrao, and Ea Torrado juxtaposed with works by Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Juvenal Sanso, and other artworks from the collection.

To watch OFY practicing for the concert, please click here. To read more about Complicated, please click here.

Concert ticket costs Php 500 (Php 450.00 for students and museum members) and includes admission to the museum. For more information and ticket reservation, contact Tina Modrigo at 631-2417 or email
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