Culture and the Arts

Gov. Ralph Torres and first lady Diann at the Sakau ceremony.  The king bestowed upon them the title of  lukhan sau sap and luhk pein. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

CNMI Governor and First Lady honored by the Pohnpei community

By Lori Lyn Lirio GOV. Ralph DLG Torres and first lady Diann Torres were recently honored by the Pohnpei community who bestowed on them the Lukhan sau sap and Luhk pein titles through Nan Mwarki Kerbet Hebel during the sakau ceremony held at the Garapan Central Park. The Pohnpei community hosted the ceremony in honor of the King and Queen […]

Donald Mendiola, center, has been practicing herbal healing for 47 years now. He conducted Amot Chamorro at the PIBBA conference. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Alternative medicine, popular subject among middle schoolers in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio HERBAL medicine is one of the most popular topics in the bilingual class among the middle schoolers in Saipan. This according to Hopwood Middle School (HMS) teacher and herbalist Donald Mendiola, who was among the presenter in the recently held Pacific Island Bilingual Bicultural Association conference at the HMS campus. About 20 participants, mostly women, who […]

Photo shows the opening event on May 26, 2018. Eleanor Academia and her husband Cass Magda and members of the kulintang musicians and martial artists performed at the Kulintang Concert and Filipino martial arts demo. Kulintang is an ancient gong and drum ensemble music from the Southern Philippines. Eleanor Academia is a Durfee Master Musician with the World Kulintang Institute. Cass Magda owns Magda Institute of Martial Arts, in Reseda where he teaches Kali-Silat and other forms of Filipino martial arts. He is a world-renown Master Teacher and Martial Artist. Photo by Abner Galino.

Exhibit on Filipino indigenous textiles in San Pedro, California is extended

By Abner Galino DUE to popular demand, Linda Nietes, Founder and CEO of Pinta*Dos Art Gallery has announced the extension of their exhibit, Strands: Part l – Filipino Indigenous Textiles, to Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The exhibit opened on May 26 and is open to the public from July 23 until July 25. Please call 310-514-9139 or email: info@pintadosgallery.com if […]

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista. Photo © https://en.wikipedia.org

QC Mayor Herbert Bautista creates Culture and Arts Council

FINALLY after more than a decade, Quezon City can now boast of a Culture and Arts Council. This after city Mayor Herbert M. Bautista ordered the creation of a Culture and Arts Council (CAC) pursuant to a 2006 ordinance that aims to develop and strengthen the premier city’s cultural fabric.  In issuing Office Order 110-2018, Mayor Bautista appointed the following to […]

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Deborah Ellen, left, talks about the effect of Western education in the indigenous community during her presentation of "Schooling the World' at PIBBA conference on Thursday. Also in photo, Tanya King. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Western education program focus only on building economy for corporations – educators

By Lori Lyn Lirio COLONIAL education, whether British or American, are geared to answer the needs of corporations and it impacts the language, culture and the beliefs of indigenous communities. Thus said Deborah Ellen as she led the discussion about western education on ‘Schooling the World,’ one of the presentations at the Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association or PIBBA conference. […]

Guma' Simiyan Manaina-Ta will send 19 students for cultural immersion on Guam. photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Three-day cultural immersion tour for young Chamorros begins today in Guam

By Lori Lyn Lirio IN a bid to make young Chamorros to experience their culture, Guma’Simiyan Manaina-Ta sent 19 students to Guam for a cultural immersion tour which began today and will last until Sunday. Guma founder and instructor Luis John Castro said the cultural immersion tour will allow the students to learn more about Chamorro culture in the different […]

The Carolinian culture promotion continues

The Carolinian culture promotion continues

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Carolinian culture promotion continues with the completion by 104 children of the three-week summer camp program designed to promote the nation’s culture and language. The completion ceremony was recently held at the Carolinian Utt and Kagman Community Center. According to Carolinian Affairs Office executive assistant John I. Tagabuel, they had two sites for the culture-centered […]

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 […]

A latte stone in Latte Stone Park, Hagåtña, Guam. Image © https://en.wikipedia.org

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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UP Dance Company. Image courtesy of CCP

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, […]

Anyong Pilipino Flores de Mayo at San Lazaro featured beauty title holders - a project of the Designers Circle Philippines and supported by Juenesse Napkins, Calcium Cee, Winford Manila Resort and Casino and the Manila Mayor's Office.

Flores de Mayo @ San Lazaro

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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 […]

Ms. Lynda Reyes Photo © Vics Magsaysay

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 […]