The Draybers 10th anniversary concert

IT all started in 2008. Six musicians were struggling for something catchy to name their group which was ready to compete for a local battle of the bands competition. Eventually they settled for the name The Draybers. A decade later, the name is now a three-time ALIW Awardee and Hall of Famer and fronted by […]

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Quezon City introduces Queen of QC 2018 candidates

THE Quezon City Government on Tuesday introduced to the press the candidates for the 2018 Queen of Quezon City pageant. The candidates – Erwina Tirambulo, Redj Daria Espinosa, Ehm-jay Buena Tuazon, Terresa Caranzo, Samantha Garcia, Louise Manalo, Avah Torres Pineda, Angel Artita, Shine Rodriguez, Jhade Ellorin Soberano, Naomi Fontanos, Denine Palacio, Keith Legara, Casey Banes […]

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BP’s ‘Carmen and Other Dances’ is on Oct. 5 – 7

By Ibarra C. Mateo THE Ballet Philippines’ “The Innovators: Carmen and Other Dances,” featuring the works of choreographers Denisa Reyes, Augustus “Bam” Damian III, and Alden Lugnasin, is BP’s second offering for its current season. The featured choreographers “have made their mark in Philippine dance with choreographic gems that showcase unique styles in movement, story-telling, […]


FEU film ‘Aswang’ gets ticket to Short+Sweet Hollywood

By Seymour Barros Sanchez A SHORT film from the Far Eastern University earned a ticket to Hollywood after winning People’s Choice Award at the Short+Sweet Manila Gala Finals held last September 26 at the Century City Mall Events Center in Makati. Hannah Grace Maur‘s Aswang will represent the Philippines in the international competition together with […]

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FEU alumni’s short film wins Audience Choice Award

By Seymour Barros Sanchez ENA Legaspi’s “Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali” brought home the Sine Kabataan Audience Choice Award during the 2018 Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Gabi ng Pasasalamat held last August 19 at Whitespace, Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City. The short film, which was screened along with Jason Paul Laxamana’s “Bakwit Boys” during the […]

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All set for “Ginugunita Kita” at FEU Auditorium today

By Seymour Barros Sanchez IT IS all systems go for Ginugunita Kita, a performance art featuring Maningning Miclat’s poems and award-winning composer Jesse Lucas’ all-original music. Ginugunita Kita will be presented by the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation Inc., in cooperation with District Gallery-Artist Playground and the Far Eastern University President’s Committee on Culture, on September […]

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The spectacular ‘M(anila) Butterfly’

Ibarra C. Mateo   IN the opening scene of the play, Director Kanakan Balintagos swiftly beguiled and bewitched the audience of his own re-imagination, if not reinvention, of Henry David Hwang’s “M Butterfly,” a Jhett Tolentino and Front Row Entertainment-production in Manila. Those who professionally know the-former Aureus Solito and the-now Kanakan Balintagos comprehend that […]


4 FEU films to compete at first ORMIN IFF

By Seymour Barros Sanchez FOUR short films from the Far Eastern University Department of Communication will vie in the student division of the inaugural Oriental Mindoro International Film Festival from November 15 to 17. Trisha Marie Antonio’s “Dama” (Checkers), Angela Aguila’s and One Carlo Diaz’s “Kumari,” Juan Pablo Pineda III’s “Pua Iyam” (Coming Out) and […]

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Janice Javier to sing with musician father in LA (To raise funds for the rehab of her voice)

By Abner Galino ROLANDO “Rollie” Javier used to be the “famous” musician in the family. After all, he had a short stint with the “Hotdog,” the popular Filipino band that set out the classic songs “Manila” and “Annie Batongbakal” into the airwaves. “That was 1978,” Rollie recalled, “I stayed with them for a short while […]

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PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival unreels from October 4 to 20

By Seymour Barros Sanchez THE 17th PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival will bring the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema at Greenbelt 3, UP Diliman and Instituto Cervantes Intramuros from October 4 to 20. PELÍCULA has been an annual attraction at Greenbelt since it was first held by Instituto Cervantes in 2002. Following that tradition, […]

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Benilde docu vies for La Union filmfest prize in October

By Seymour Barros Sanchez A DOCUMENTARY from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde will compete in the open category of the Pagwanawanan Festival short film competition next month at PUÓN/Alfredo F. Tadiar Library along Ortega Highway in San Fernando City, La Union. “Househusband,” directed by James Garcia and Luigi Macalintal, which will be shown […]

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3 Benilde films vie for Viddsee Juree PH awards

By Seymour Barros Sanchez THREE thesis film projects from the Digital Filmmaking program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts have been officially selected as finalists to the second Viddsee Juree Philippines, which is part of the online video platform’s initiative to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities […]

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UE CFAD films make it to Pagwanawanan, Nabifilmex festivals

By Seymour Barros Sanchez AN experimental video and an animated film from the University of the East College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design will compete under the student category of the Pagwanawanan Film Festival on September 21 at PUÓN/Alfredo F. Tadiar Library along Ortega Highway in San Fernando, La Union. Marangle by Angeline Tabilog […]

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PPO opens 39th season, featuring French-born pianist

By Ibarra C. Mateo THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) opens on Friday its 36th season featuring French-born pianist Monique Duphil at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater. Conducted by PPO music director Yoshikazu Fukumura, the season opener begins at 8 pm. Duphil has been praised by critics for her “flawless technique, power, and […]

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‘M Butterfly: The great wall of illusion’

Ibarra C. Mateo INTERNATIONALLY awarded film and stage director and playwright Kanakan Balintagos declared that in these era of disinformation, news fabrication, and historical revisionism, it is easy to fall for the story of the Chinese Peking Opera star, Song Liling, who had fooled a French diplomat for 20 years of his/her gender. Balintagos (Auraeus […]