Culture and the Arts

The Maningning Miclat Art Foundation extends deadline of the online submission to the 2018 Maningning Miclat Art Award

The Maningning Miclat Art Foundation extends deadline of the online submission to the 2018 Maningning Miclat Art Award

By Seymour Barros Sanchez THE Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. (MMAFI), in cooperation with District Gallery and Far Eastern University, has extended the submission of online entries to the 2018 Maningning Miclat Art Award to the end of this month. Entries must be submitted to maningning2018@gmail.com. Image file of the entry must be high-quality, high-definition, and in .jpg format. Artist […]

Carolinian Affairs Office, Rivers Pictures to produce Carolinian language and culture show

Carolinian Affairs Office, Rivers Pictures to produce Carolinian language and culture show

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN an attempt to preserve their culture, the Carolinian Affairs Office will collaborate with Rivers Pictures to do an educational and cultural series about the local language and culture. CAO Executive Assistant John I. Tagabuel said the production on ‘Akkabwung Mwaleiyasch Refaluwasch’ or Learning our Carolinian Language will start in August. Rivers Pictures created and produced […]

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CNMI to revive latte stone curving

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Indigenous Affairs Office is set on promoting and producing latte stone curving in a bid to revive this tradition in the islands. This was learned after the CNMI-IAO said they are now reaching out with carver instructors in Guam in an attempt to start a latte curving program in the […]

NMI Museum soon to be more accessible

NMI Museum soon to be more accessible

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to make the Northern Mariana Islands Museum History of Culture more accessible to the public soon, a plan to put up an overpass that will connect the museum grounds to the nearby Sugar King Park is now “on the table.” Museum Executive Director Danny Aquino said Saipan Mayor David Apatang and his office […]

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More art program for CNMI residents coming soon

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE National Endowment for Arts has reinstated the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture’s eligibility to apply for state partnership for grants after. Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter said the NEA informed them that the Arts Council is now eligible to apply after the federal grantor reviewed and accepted the end- of-year […]

(L-R) Darell Artates, Public Diplomacy Officer of the Philippine Embassy and Sentro Rizal Washington DC Administrator; the artist Nilo M. Santiago; Dr. Bernardita Churchill, member of PALM Steering Committee and President of the Philippine National History Society; Ms. Mencie Hairston, community leader and artist, and founder of Mabuhay, Inc.; Ms. Rosalinda Yangas, member of PALM Steering Committee; and Mr. Jon Melegrito, community leader and one of PALM’s founders.

Renowned Fil-Am Artist Nilo Santiago Exhibits Paintings of PH Historic Churches, Women’s Fashion

SENTRO Rizal-Washington D.C. and the Philippine Arts, Letters and Media Council, Inc. (PALM)  recently collaborated to mount an exhibition of the recent artworks of renowned Filipino-American artist Nilo M. Santiago at the Philippine Chancery Building in Washington to commemorate the 157th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal. A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Fine Arts School, Santiago has been […]

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Pulso Filipinas gala celebrates diverse Philippine dances

Ibarra C. Mateo THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) production “Pulso Filipinas” is a gala showcasing and celebrating the country’s diverse dance culture, dance groups, and dance artists. Thus said artistic director Paul Alexander Morales as he notes in an interview that the “Pulso Filipinas: Filipino Dance Gala 2018 Synergy in Philippine Dance,” on June 30 and July 1, […]

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‘Labfest’ audience hungry for original, daring, brave stories

‘Labfest’ audience hungry for original, daring, brave stories

By Ibarra C. Mateo THE audience’s “hunger for original, brave, daring stories” are among the factors that sustained the growth of the annual festival Virgin Labfest or VLF. This according to Cultural Center of the Philippines Vice President and Artistic Director Chris B. Millado as he acknowledged that the early years of the VLF attracted mainstream performers. VLF is now on its […]

Navotas HS students compete in 3rd Navoteño Film Festival

Navotas HS students compete in 3rd Navoteño Film Festival

By Seymour Barros Sanchez NINE short films made by junior high school students from Navotas City will battle it out in the 3rd Navoteño Film Festival this weekend at the NC Sports Complex. Kaunlaran High School‘s “Love @ First Vlog,” La Naval Academy‘s “Mea Patria” (My Homeland), Navotas National High School‘s “1485,” Navotas National Science High School‘s “Sukbit,” San Jose […]

"Ivy Grace", 11" x 14", Prismacolor pencil, Strathmore Tone Gray. Image © Vics Magsaysay

Bernadette Manahan Sta. Maria: When Love, Passion and Art Touch Lives

“PAINTING is the love of my life; it’s my passion. And not only that, it enables me to touch the lives of people, especially my subject,” says Bernadette Manahan Sta. Maria, in justifying the many years that she has been zealously engrossed in doing just that. One thing I noticed with this painter is the fact that when her subject’s […]

Benildean filmmakers bag INPFF award

Benildean filmmakers bag INPFF award

By Seymour Barros Sanchez A SHORT documentary made by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking students won Best Direction at the Istorya ng Pag-asa (Stories of Hope) Film Festival gala night and awarding ceremony held last June 12 at Glorietta, Makati City. Winning the award for their short documentary “Pamilyang Bernardo” are Anna Mikaela Quizon, Alda Dalisay and […]

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Artist Lynda A. N. Reyes’ Solo Exhibit in Burbank set

THE Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center Gallery, the municipal gallery of Burbank, California is proud to present this July, artist Lynda A. N. Reyes in her the solo exhibition in oil and watercolor. The exhibit, which will be held at the BLCAC Gallery at 1100 West Clarke Avenue, will highlight her watercolor and oil paintings that have been featured in […]

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PHL films highlighted in 23rd French Film Fest

PHL films highlighted in 23rd French Film Fest

By Ibarra C. Mateo AS THE Philippines marked its 120th independence today, June 12, this year’s French Film Festival showcased three films by Filipino directors who had garnered awards in French film competitions. French Ambassador to Manila Nicolas Galey said the screening of Filipino films during the Philippine Independence Day is a “tradition of paying tribute to Philippine cinema.” On […]

CNMI to preserve Chamorro and Carolinian languages

CNMI to preserve Chamorro and Carolinian languages

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN A bid to preserve the Chamorro and Carolinian languages, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands will present via the World Wide Web on June 16, ‘KETUNGU Chamorro’(Let’s Learn Chamorro), a 10-part series of educational and cultural show about the people of the Marianas. Produced by Rivers Pictures, KETUNGU Chamorro will feature instructors from three Public […]

Benilde films featured in Seattle

Benilde films featured in Seattle

By Seymour Barros Sanchez SEVEN short films from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking program (BenildeFilm) were officially selected and screened as part of the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle held at the Armory Loft 1 Seattle Center, Washington. John Craig de Guzman’s Amy, Christian Rae Villanueva’s Ang Mga Turo ng Gabi (The Lessons of the […]

Global, Asian Shakespeare scholars, theatre people assemble in PH

Global, Asian Shakespeare scholars, theatre people assemble in PH

By Ibarra C. Mateo PROMINENT Shakespearean scholars and theatre practitioners from all over the world, with focus and keen interest in “Shakespeare as produced in and by Asia,” have started on Monday in the Philippines the 3rd biennial conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association. Filipino organizers of the Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics – jointly hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University […]

EU launches 1st Euro-Pinoy music concert on May 30

EU launches 1st Euro-Pinoy music concert on May 30

By Ibarra C. Mateo THE European Union delegation to the Philippines gathers musicians from Austria, Spain, Sweden, and in the country to perform in the 1st Euro-Pinoy Concert in a bid to expand EU-Philippine collaboration and cooperation among its artists. Admission to the Euro-Pinoy Concert is free. The concert is set at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday (May 30), the The […]

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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 […]