Culture and the Arts

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 […]

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. […]