Culture and the Arts

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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 […]

PH dance major wins in Malaysia

PH dance major wins in Malaysia

OLIVIA Bugayong, a third year dance student from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, recently won the bronze medal in the senior category of the second Malaysian International Ballet Grand Prix. The competition, which ran from November 26 to 30, was divided into three stages — preliminary, eliminations and final. Participants were judged based on both classical repertoire (80%) […]

Ballet Philippines takes on The Nutcracker but with added Filipino flavor

Ballet Philippines takes on The Nutcracker but with added Filipino flavor

THIS month, Ballet Philippines, the country’s preeminent classical and contemporary dance company, takes on the timeless Christmas ballet The Nutcracker and sets it apart by adding its own unique Filipino flavor. The show runs from December 1 to 3 and from 8 to 10 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Fridays – 8 p.m., Saturdays – 2 p.m. and 7 […]

Pamana ng Lahi exhibit  closes on high notes

Pamana ng Lahi exhibit closes on high notes

THE month-long exposition dubbed Pamana ng Lahi at the Filipino Cultural Center in Los Angeles concluded on high notes last Saturday. Jason “JhayO” Otamias, a boxing photo enthusiast from Torrance, won the 1st place in the “Best Picture of the Year” photography contest. Bienvenido Sibug and Irwin Jazmines placed second and third respectively. The three photographers won trophies and cash […]

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Gian Magdangal leads all-Filipino cast of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

STAGE actor Gian Magdangal leads the all-Filipino cast of Resorts World Manila’s production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” now running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Magdangal, who recently returned to the Philippines after a three-year stint at the Hong Kong Disneyland’s “The Golden Mickeys” and “Mickey and the Wondrous Book,” was also one of the lead performers for Universal […]

Rock musical ‘Hair’ closes Rep’s 50th season, 51st opens with ‘Comedy of Tenors’

Rock musical ‘Hair’ closes Rep’s 50th season, 51st opens with ‘Comedy of Tenors’

THE rock musical “Hair” closes the Repertory Philippines’ 50th season this November-December while the hilarious “Comedy of Tenors” opens its 51st season next January. Directed by Chris B. Millado, “Hair” opens on Nov. 17 and runs until Dec. 17. Hair is considered as “the first-ever tribal love-rock musical on Broadway.” “We, at Rep, are more inspired than ever to keep showing […]

Dong Abay, Joe Crepúsculo set the stage on fire in Posporo(s)

Dong Abay, Joe Crepúsculo set the stage on fire in Posporo(s)

FILIPINO poet, artist and rockstar Dong Abay and Spanish musician Joe Crepúsculo keep the flame of the best live music burning when they share the limelight in Posporo(s) this week. Posporo(s), a series of free concerts organized by the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, […]

3rd Danish Film Festival unreels

3rd Danish Film Festival unreels

THE Embassy of Denmark in the Philippines, in partnership with Shangri-La Plaza and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, recently kicked off the 3rd Danish Film Festival with the screening of “The Sunfish” (Klumpfisken, 2014) at Shang Cineplex Cinema 4. Søren Balle’s debut film follows the story of Kesse (Henrik Birch), a third-generation fisherman living in the small town […]

Pamana ng Lahi participating artists (from left to right) Magoo Valencia, Boi Sibug, Vics Magsaysay (standing 4th from left), Luz Spanks (seated 7th from left) Sal Floriano (seated) and Johnny Otilano (seated). Also in photo are PILAC president Bernie Targa-Ganon (seated 5th from left), FACLA 1st vice president Pol Julian (standing 2nd from right) and FACLA 2nd vice president Art Garcia (seated extreme right). 	                                                Photo © Vics Magsaysay

Pamana ng Lahi is now set to receive entries for “Best Picture of the Year” for its photo contest

THE ongoing Pamana ng Lahi, a month-long art and photography exposition at the Filipino Cultural Center in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, is now set to receive entries for its “Best Picture of the Year” photo contest. Bernie Targa-Ganon, president of Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) said trophies and cash prizes await would-be winners to the […]

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US Withdraws From UNESCO – State Department

By Sputnik News THE United States has announced that it will withdraw from United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization at the end of 2018, citing a need for reform and an anti-Israel bias in the organization, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement on Thursday. “On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova […]

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Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra plays with cellist Ray Wang on Oct. 13

THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), under the baton of its music director Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura, performs with Cellist Ray Wang at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Main Theater on Friday. The concert program, which starts at 8 pm., includes W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 32 in G, E. Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor, and I. Stravinsky’s Petrushka (Complete […]

Tingin ASEAN Film Festival unfolds at Shang Cineplex

Tingin ASEAN Film Festival unfolds at Shang Cineplex

IN COMMEMORATION of the 50th anniversary of the Philippines’ membership to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the country’s chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts will hold the Tingin ASEAN Film Festival (Southeast Asia through the Eyes of Cinema) at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City from October 11 to […]

FACLA president Fernandico Gonong leads the cutting of the ribbon for Pamana ng Lahi exhibit on Wednesday night at the Filipino Cultural Center. With him are (from left to right) Consul Wilma Bautista, PILAC president Bernie Targa-Ganon, Consul Rea Oreta and Vics Magsaysay.

Great enthusiasm greets opening of Pamana ng Lahi expo in Los Angeles

FORMER California Assembly member Ray Haynes, Philippine columnist Ramon “Mon” Tulfo and other personalities on Wednesday graced the opening of the month-long photography and visual arts exposition Pamana ng Lahi at the Filipino Cultural Center in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles Adelio Angelito S. Cruz was not able to come as he […]

One of the many enchanting scenes of the musical Sound of Music Photo © Erickson dela Cruz

‘The Sound of Music’ in troubled times in Manila

THE Sept. 27 opening of “The Sound of Music” at The Theatre Solaire was timely, happening several days after Filipinos commemorated the horrors of martial law under then President Ferdinand Marcos. This London West End production of “The Sound of Music” overjoyed many in the audience who went to watch the Sept. 29 gala performance. At the end of the […]

CCP’s NeoFilipino dance series soars on Oct. 7-8

CCP’s NeoFilipino dance series soars on Oct. 7-8

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines presents “NeoFilipino: Other Matters,” a platform where contemporary choreography becomes the process and medium of exchange that engages both artists and audiences. This year, the NeoFilipino event features five contemporary works by established choreographers JK Anicoche, Novy Bereber, Christine Crame, Ma. Elena Laniog, and Ernest Mandap. The event is to be featured on Oct. […]

Italian opera ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Italian opera ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

THE Italian opera “L’Elisir d’Amore” by Gaetano Donizetti will have two shows at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Oct. 7-8 as part of the festivities marking the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Italy and the Philippines and to raise funds for the construction of the San Pablo Apostol Parish church in Tondo, Manila. Organizers announced that […]

Ready, get set, let’s go to Komiket!

Ready, get set, let’s go to Komiket!

THE Filipino Komiks Art Market (KOMIKET) will launch its biggest event of the year this year at the Centris Elements, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. Over 450 komiks creators, illustrators and writers, ready to share their newest works, will be present during the October 14 and 15 event. Meet and greet Komiks Superstars Arnold Arre, Gerry Alanguilan, Pol Medina […]