Culture and the Arts

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Actors, rappers, opera singers headline Huseng Batute tribute at CCP

By Ibarra C. Mateo HOW does one explain to the young Filipino millennials the life and literary achievements of poet José Corazon de Jesus, considered as the first king of “balagtasan”, who is marking his 86th death anniversary on May 26? The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), under its President Arsenio J. Lizaso, has enlisted a phalanx of seasoned […]

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog as they sign the proclamation declaring April 26 to 29 the 37th Annual Flame Tree Arts Festival week. Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

CNMI declares April 26 to 29 the 37th Annual Flame Tree Arts Festival week

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to promote the culture and arts of Pacific islanders, Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands Governor Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday gave US$50,000 to the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture for its Flame Tree Arts Festival on April 26 to 29. At the same time, Torres and Lt. Gov. Victor Hocog have signed […]

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Tax break for registered artists granted in the Marianas

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH of Northern Marianas Islands Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Thursday signed a law providing a tax break for local artists. The signing ceremony of House Bill 20-42, which is now Public Law 20-56, was witnessed by CNMI officials and artists. It was held at the Multi-Purpose Center after the proclamation signing ceremony of the 73rd […]

Poetry Reading in San Pedro, CA

Poetry Reading in San Pedro, CA

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Visual artist, singer and song writer Johnny Otilano opens one man show in La Habra, California

Visual artist, singer and song writer Johnny Otilano opens one man show in La Habra, California

By Vics Magsaysay THE 21-day one-man art exhibit of visual artist, singer and songwriter Johnny E. SJ. Otilano opened last April 7, 2018 at the La Habra Art Gallery, La Habra, California. Johnny, a California-based and multi-awarded artist, has exhibited in many galleries in the U.S. and museums abroad. Being also a musician, his works create a dialogue between his […]

Joshua Enciso and Nicole Barroso will compete as a pair in the USA International Ballet Competition, where they will dance the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle. Photo © Giselle P. Kasilag

Ballet Manila dancers chosen to compete in Jackson derby

By Susan A. De Guzman FOR the first time, two teenage Filipino dancers have been accepted as competitors in the junior division of the prestigious USA International Ballet Competition to be held in Jackson, Mississippi in June. Ballet Manila (BM) company artist Nicole Barroso, 16, and junior company artist Joshua Enciso, 18, are among just 53 dancers from around the […]

Benilde film “Kaming Mga Nakakulong” bags GEMS Best Short Film award

Benilde film “Kaming Mga Nakakulong” bags GEMS Best Short Film award

By  Seymour Barros Sanchez A CAPSTONE project from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde won the Best Students’ Short Film at the Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) Hiyas ng Sining awards night. The awarding ceremony was held last March 2 at the Center for Performing Arts, DLS Santiago Zobel School, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City. Kaming Mga […]

Fil-Ams from Los Angeles mourn the passing of stage actor Bernardo Bernardo

Fil-Ams from Los Angeles mourn the passing of stage actor Bernardo Bernardo

By Abner Galino THE passing of stage and movie actor Bernardo Bernardo last Friday has triggered an outpouring of sympathy from fans and friends here in Los Angeles where he used to be one of the stars of the Filipino American community’s musical and entertainment events and social gatherings. Social media is awash with expressions of sympathy for the family […]

Pinay represents Filipino artistry  in Santa Monica women’s art show

Pinay represents Filipino artistry in Santa Monica women’s art show

By Abner Galino “My companion,” is a 21” x 29” watercolor on paper. The frame is an intriguing proposition. Consider this: An unknown black-haired woman, her frontal features completely hidden from view, while her hands hold the leash of familiar-looking black-haired dog. The dog’s frontal features are also partly hidden from view. And there are two ways to describe the […]

Five Ways Makati City Fosters Art

Five Ways Makati City Fosters Art

FOR artists, being able to have their works seen and appreciated by people is of paramount importance. It allows people to see their views of the world and marvel at how they bring their thoughts into actions, either through the stroke of the brush, the molding of metal or clay, or capturing everyday images into photos. Despite the lively art […]

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National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon-Abueva. Image © Cultural Center of the Philippines

Nation to pay homage to National Artist Napoleon V. Abueva

  THE Cultural Center of the Philippines leads the nation in paying homage to the late National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon V. Abueva, who died Friday. Abueva, 88, also called the “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture,” was survived by his wife Cherry and three children, Amihan, Mulawin, and Duero. In 1976, Abueva, who was mentored by Guillermo Tolentino, was elevated […]

Opera and Fashion Show for Marawi Set

Opera and Fashion Show for Marawi Set

THE biggest names in Philippine opera and fashion are all set for the magnificent production of “MARAWING SALAMAT – The Best of Opera & Fashion for Marawi,” an extraordinary synergy of the high art of opera and the popular art of fashion for a noble & worthy cause. Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and The Lyric […]

PH Film Development Council honors University of the East professor for internationally recognized film

PH Film Development Council honors University of the East professor for internationally recognized film

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines named University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (UE CFAD) advertising professor and filmmaker Richard Soriano Legaspi as one of the honorees when it recognized recent international film festival winners and other achievers during the second Film Ambassadors’ Night held at Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City last Friday. FDCP recognized […]

Cast of Ballet Philippines' Don Quixote

Toasting love, life, loyalty through ‘Don Quixote’

AS IF the Filipinos’ fixation on stories of love, life, and friendship were not being satiated by the everlasting telenovelas, current films such as “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes,” “Changing Partners,” and “Call Me By Your Name,” Ballet Philippines is closing its 48th season with the famous romance between Kitri and Basilio in the classic ballet “Don Quixote.” BP President Margie […]

Fringe Manila’s 2018 edition sizzles the Nat’l Arts Month

Fringe Manila’s 2018 edition sizzles the Nat’l Arts Month

THE Philippine celebration of the National Arts Month this year further sizzles with the kick off of the 2018 Fringe Festival which runs until Feb. 25. Fringe Festival organizers said from Feb. 7 to 25, the 2018 Fringe Festival celebrates the Philippine Arts Month by featuring several of the “most dynamic interdisciplinary performances and groundbreaking new works in contemporary arts.” […]

PH Film Development Council to honor outstanding Filipino films, filmmakers and actors

PH Film Development Council to honor outstanding Filipino films, filmmakers and actors

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines will pay tribute to Filipino films, filmmakers and actors who made waves internationally in the second FDCP Film Ambassadors Night to be held at the Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City this coming Friday. FDCP Chair and Chief Executive Officer Liza Diño said that the event is “the best way to start the year. […]

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CCP unveils 2018 shows, new national artists to be presented in July

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines unveiled its roster of 2018 shows, with the July conferment of the newest batch of national artists and the September gala concert to honor its first and longest-serving president as among the peak points. Chris B. Millado, CCP vice president and artistic director, made the official announcement of the 2018 CCP season in a […]

Fil-Am artist Johnny Esj Otilano in front of his works at Erehwon Gallery in Quezon City.

Two Pamana ng Lahi visual artists respectively doing solo in Los Angeles and PH

TWO visual artists who participated in the Pamana ng Lahi art exhibition during the Filipino American Heritage month in the United States recently got themselves solo shows here in Los Angeles and in the Philippines. Here in Los Angeles, 65-year-old unconventional artist Sal Floriano, better known as Sal Budhz, brought out his full collection of his so-called “Tawas Series” at […]

Three Benilde films to defend CineMapúa title

Three Benilde films to defend CineMapúa title

THREE short films from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Film making program will attempt to duplicate last year’s success of their fellow Benildeans when the annual CineMapúa student film festival kicks off this week at the Mapúa University in Intramuros, Manila. Karla Urquiaga‘s Healing, Jaig de Guzman‘s Amy and Regina Aceron‘s and C.J. Villa‘s Binihag are among […]

Fil-Am Debbie Winkfield has been quilting for 40 years now. For her, quilting is a connection of memories. Photo ©  Lyn Lirio

Quilt artist’s work in display in Saipan’s Joeten-Kiyu Public Library

DEBBIE Winkfield’s Quilt “Coral Kingdom” is an artwork made out of reused and recycled materials. Her under-the-sea themed quilt is now on display at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. In an interview, Winkfield said it was her first time to quilt for public display. “I do quilt for my kids and grandkids but I never did this one before.” She said […]

FEU short film wins first prize in Manila Student Film Festival

FEU short film wins first prize in Manila Student Film Festival

A SHORT film made by third year college students from Far Eastern University won first prize in the 19 to 21 age group (Further/Higher education) category of the Manila Student Film Festival held last Tuesday at the International School Manila (ISM) Fine Arts Theater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Fat You, written and directed by Ronnel “Thirdy” Rivera III, tells the […]

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The Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Island Museum of History and Culture soon to open

TWO years after it was shutdown, the Northern Mariana Islands Museum of History and Culture is close to reopening it again as the repair of the facility is 75 percent complete. Thus quipped the museum’s Executive Director Danny Aquino. He also disclosed that the immediate problems that existed prior to his arrival have already been fixed. Problems such as roof […]

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Popular dramatic movie “Love Kennedy,” premieres in Saipan

YVONNE Bennett, one of the actresses at ‘Love, Kennedy’ graced the premiere showing of the film at the Regal Theater on Sunday. She played one of Kennedy’s friends Lexi Velasquez. Love, Kennedy is a film based on the life of 16-year-old Kennedy Hansen who is dealing with debilitating Juvenile Batten Disease. The story is about her legacy of love and […]

Three of Eijita Itakura's twelve paintings that depict the lifestyle on Saipan during the Japanese era.  Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

Art works depicting Japanese era on the Marianas on show

THE Sugar King Foundation has donated to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands 12 paintings that depicted the life on Saipan during the Japanese administration when sugarcane industry was still booming. Keiichiro Saeki, Sugar King Foundation president, led last week’s opening of the Sugar King Era Art Exhibit at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. The art works of Eijita Itakura will […]

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Shortest Day Film Festival set at the Ayala  Museum

Shortest Day Film Festival set at the Ayala Museum

ON DECEMBER 21, the winter solstice and shortest day of the year, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, the cultural center of the Embassy of Spain, and Ayala Museum will offer a free screening of four multi-awarded Spanish short films – Elena Asins-Génesis, Pulse, Luchadoras and Consulta 16 – as part of El Día Más Corto/The Shortest Day, a short film festival […]