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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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