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News: SPOTLIGHT ON ‘HIV’ ADVOCACY WITH PETA’S 52nd SEASON FINALE “UNDER MY SKIN”

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) stages Under My Skin, written by Rody Vera and directed by Melvin Lee, as its 52nd Theater Season finale. The play refelects PETA’s advocacy for raising awareness and starting conversations towards pressing issues, which now sheds light on the different faces behind HIV and AIDS.

Under My Skin is an anthology drama about the stories of Filipinos living with HIV. We are introduced to a number of characters affected by the epidemic, and their stories are woven together by epidemiologist Dr. Gemma Almonte, who ultimately hopes for a change in public preception, an increase in compassion, and a society afflicted not with ignorance and prejudice, but with compassion and understanding.

Mr. Rody Vera. Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

A commissioned piece requested by TV and film director Andoy Ranay in 2016, playwright Rody Vera shares that Under My Skin is actually beased on people he personally knows and loves. “I decided to write in multiple stories that will somehow mirror the overwhelming increase of HIV cases. And yet nobody seems to be as alarmed, thinking that it’s just a ‘gay’ disease,” Rody says.

UNAIDS reports cite the Philippines as the No. 1 Country with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimate of 70,000 cases by the end of 2018. According to the HIV/AIDS & Art Registry of the Philippines under the Department of Health, there are 35 newly diagnosed cases of HIV everyday as of June 2019. It’s an alarming spike from the data of 2008 that reports only one new case per day, and the ages affected are now becoming even younger. To combat this global epidemic, UNAIDS established 90-90-90 -a new target for HIV treatment by 2020: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

That is the reason why PETA chooses Under My Skin to take center stage in the launching of the “Acting on HIV” campaign. In partnership with advocacy organizations LoveYourself and The Red Whistle, with the support of UNAIDS and Unilab, Under My Skin exhibits Rody’s intention to use theater as a platform to educate and stir action. “I wanted to address the misconceptions, the fears, as well as the opportunities for correcting these,: he says.

Director Melvin Lee believes that it is a timely avenue to discuss and confront topics such as this in order to spark conversations among the people. “A change in mindset is important. that HIV is not just a ‘gay’ issue since it can affect anybody of any age. It is not simply a private concern, but one that is a public concern. The spread of HIV is a multi-faceted issue,” says Melvin. He also shares that the challenge of Under My Skin is how to present the different stories as truthful as possible. “The material’s strength is the authenticity of the stories and it has to be told in the most raw form and truthful fashion,” Direk Melvin says.

Under My Skin will be a significant addition to the current efforts of HIV advocacy plans in the country’s theater scene, but Melvin and Rody believe that this will be a standout play, especially with PETA’s evident tradition and success in tackling sensitive topics through the arts in the past. “The play will not only provide the pertinent information about the disease but it will also showcase the wide range of characters that will inspire compassion and humanity in audiences,” Melvin shares. “In doing so, then we will hopefully affect and we can contribute together in the eradication of the stigma on HIV.” Likewise, Rody hopes that both audiences and artists will be moved on an individual level, and also up to the levels of implementing policies and supporting initiatives to address HIV and AIDS. “Under My SKin addresses not only the nature of the disease but also how society views it, their perceived carriers, and the patients,” Rody explains. “It covers medical, political, social and economic factors. It even covers religious and moral issues. Dealing with HIV is not just about dealing with the virus alone.”

Under My Skin stars TV, film and theater artists Cherry Pie Picache, Roselyn Perez, Miguel Almendras, Mike Liwag, Anthony Falcon, and Dylan Talon, together with a roster of PETA artists; Eko Baquial, Gio Gahol, Gold Villar-Lim, She Maala, Mico Esquivel, Bene Manaois, Lotlot Bustamante, Kitsi Pagaspas, Ekis Gimenez, Erold Enriquez, Jarred Jaicten, Joseph Madriaga, Jason Barcial, Dudz Teraña, Rachelle Gimpes, Reggie Ondevilla, Roy Dahildahil, and Csai Habla.

The Cast and Artistic Team of PETA’s UNDER MY SKIN. Photo by Erickson Dela Cruz

Under My Skin will be showing from February 7 to March 22, 2020 (8 pm at Fridays. 3 pm and 8 pm at Saturdays and Sundays) at the PETA Theater Center, #5 Eymard Drive, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila, Quezon City. For tickets and showbuying inquiries, please contact PETA at petatheater@gmail.com / 725-6244, or Ticketworld at www.ticketworld.com.ph / 891-9999.

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News: Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra 2019 Christmas Concert at the CCP

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CELEBRATE the Yuletide season with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on December 20, 2019, 8:00 pm at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Guest soloists are percussionist Aimee De la Cruz, child soprano Alexa Kaufman and clarinetist Franz Jensen Andra. Maestro Herminigildo Ranera leads the PPO.

Program includes two works by Samuel Barber (“Adagio for Strings” and “Die Natali op.36”), Carl Maria von Weber’s “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, op.26”, Cesar Franck’s “Panis Angelicus”, Felipe De Leon’s “Payapang Daigdig”, Pietro Yon’s “Gesu Bambino”, Darius Milhaud’s “Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra”, and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien op.45”.

Aimee Mina-De la Cruz holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Saint Paul University Manila under the Extended Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program, and a Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts from the University of the Philippines. As a soloist, Aimee performed under the baton of the late Maestro Oscar Yatco with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, and also with the PhilBanda Wind Orchestra at the Singapore International Band Festival. Most recently, she was one of the featured soloists in the “OH-Asian Percussionists” Concert in Chai Wan, Hong Kong.

Alexa Isobel Kaufman is the youngest member of the Philippine Opera Company. Likewise, she is the youngest student of Emeritus Professor of the University of the Philippines College of Music and Gawad CCP Maestra Fides Cuyugan Asensio. She has undergone vocal coaching with National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, tenor Francisco Aseniero and soprano Karla Gutierrez and has attended several Masterclasses by Mr. Nick Lizaso, Mr. Robbie Guevarra, Mr. Ronnie Fortich, Ms. Menchu Lauchengco and Mr. Maynard Peñalosa.

Franz Jensen Andra is currently a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts under the tutelage of Prof. Ariel Sta. Ana, principal clarinetist of The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently won 2nd prize at the First Macao International Clarinet Competition in the 18 years under category. Franz is one of the finalists of the First FilKor Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition and was featured as soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in their Family Concert of 2019. At present, Franz is the concert master of the community-based General Trias Youth Symphonic Band, and also a member of the Sta. Cecilia Band 89 of General Trias, Cavite and The Philippine Youth Symphonic Band.

Ticket prices are P1500/1200/800/500/400, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. For inquiries, please call the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704.

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News: Daang Dokyu – A Festival of Philippine Documentaries Launched

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With 100 years on its back, Philippine cinema celebrations have mainly focused on narrative films. A group of filmmakers now feel it is high time that films with real-world impact and purpose are celebrated.

Documentary filmmakers Jewel Maranan, Baby Ruth Villarama, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala and Monster Jimenez have decided to initiate a move towards this and pioneer a documentary festival about the Philippines.

What started as a casual conversation two years ago among the four women gradually evolved into a full-scale documentary-driven event.
 
“We want people to fall in love with documentaries.  Like any good movie, it can be compelling, emotional, life changing, life-saving and transformative,” shares broadcast journalist Kara Alikpala.

Daang Dokyu is a festival of Philippine documentaries slated from February 15 to 20, 2020 at Cine Adarna at the University of the Philippines. 

The six-day festival will exhibit films curated and presented with Q&As with filmmakers. It will hold a supplemental exhibition presenting the expanse of Philippine documentaries; launch a book on Philippine documentaries; and will culminate with the first ever Philippine Documentary Forum, which will be the largest gathering of documentary filmmakers in the country.

Researchers of the Daang Dokyu Festival have already found 200 remarkable documentaries, and the festival is looking forward to discovering more.

“We are at a point when there has never been as many documentary practitioners in our cinema history not only continuing the practice of documentary filmmaking but also actively pushing the limits of acceptable form, stories and ways of seeing. For this, Daang Dokyu is an occasion for the inspiration and encouragement of the documentary community,” says documentarist Maranan who is also the founder of Cinema Is Incomplete, an alternative arts and film distribution center.

Daang Dokyu is still open to look into films that resonate with Pinoys, provoke convention, or question existing taboos. They are also hoping to discover hidden films emerge from different regions.

The search is ongoing for nonfiction or documentary work of any type and running length.

Updates on the Daang Dokyu Festival are available at daangdokyu.ph and on its various social media platforms. For direct inquiries on film submissions, email info@daangdokyu.ph.

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News: SOLAIRE GIGS’ KWERDAS featuring Ice Seguerra and Noel Cabangon, November 23 at The Tent at Solaire

SOLAIRE GIGS presents KWERDAS featuring Noel Cabangon and Ice Seguerra

What better way to reward oneself after a week of hard work than to spend the weekend chilling with friends and loved ones. Solaire has come up with the ideal entertainment for the working crowd. It is launching “Solaire Gigs,” an intimate concert series featuring today’s hottest music acts with drinks galore and favorite bar chow thrown into the mix.

“Solaire Gigs” kicks-off with “KWERDAS” an evening with two of the country’s best acoustic artists – ICE SEGUERRA and NOEL CABANGON who will be performing their hit songs along with current ones and other crowd favorites. Ice and Noel will have something for everyone when they perform this November 23 at The Tent at Solaire.

Totally spontaneous and unstructured, braver audience members will be invited to join the performers up onstage to jam with Ice, Noel, and a six-piece band while the rest can sing-along to their hearts’ content from wherever they are.

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Noel Cabangon (Photo courtesy of Solaire Gigs)
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Ice Seguerra (Photo courtesy of Solaire Gigs)

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Chill out this November at Kwerdas. Buy your tickets now at www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 8891-9999

For reference and inquiries, please contact:

Krizia Cortez
Public Relations and Communications Manager
Solaire Resort & Casino
Telephone Number: + 63 2 8883 8784
Mobile Number: +63 998 586 1327
E-mail: kriziacortez@solaireresort.com

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News: Celebrate The Eraserheads’ Legacy with “Ultraelectromagneticpop!” Vinyl Launch

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Sony Music Philippines, in partnership with Offshore Music, honors the lasting impact of The Eraserheads on Pinoy pop culture by hosting the official vinyl launch of Ultraelectromagneticpop! —the game-changing debut album released in 1993 under BMG Records.

Be the first to own the 25th edition remastered vinyl, which will be exclusively available on November 24, Sunday at Eastwood Central Plaza in Quezon City from 11am onwards.

A tribute party wouldn’t be complete without performances and tribute covers from the country’s finest music acts including The Itchyworms, Barbie Almalbis, Cheats, Nathan & Mercury, Pinkmen, We Got!, and Nobody’s Home.

Limited-edition merchandise such as shirts, pins, stickers and caps will also be up for sale courtesy of Offshore Music.

Groundbreaking debut

Ultraelectromagneticpop! made waves in the summer of 1993 with songs such as “Tindahan ni Aling Nena,” “Pare Ko,” “Ligaya,” and “Toyang” becoming seminal hits. The Eraserheads’ first major label record not only catapulted the band into the canon of OPM greats, but also ushered into the Pinoy rock explosion of the ‘90s.

“It was also the album that proved that anyone can make music,” shares The Eraserheads’ Ely Buendia. Initially recorded on a shoestring budget, the record is currently being archived by the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology for its massive cultural importance.

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Remastered vinyl release

25 years after its groundbreaking release, the debut album from the alt rock legends is finally out in vinyl format for the very first time with limited pressing of 2,500 copies only.

During its pre-order period last month, the first batch of 25th anniversary vinyl reissue of Ultraelectromagneticpop! immediately sold out in less than four minutes, setting another unprecedented record in local music history.

The Eraserheads Ultraelectromagneticpop! 25th Anniversary Numbered Limited Edition vinyl are pressed at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI) Camarillo, California, and packaged using premium quality Old Style Tip-On Gatefold Jackets by Stoughton Printing Company.

Music fans and vinyl junkies will surely enjoy this audiophile-grade release, which was exceptionally remastered by Bernie Grundman. The renowned audio engineer, who was responsible for giving the album a more pristine makeover, has worked on several critically acclaimed recordings including Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Prince’s Dirty Mind, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.

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Ely Buendia also personally handpicked the Grammy Award-winning maestro after collaborating with him on Apartel’s sophomore album, Full Flood. “You don’t give Bernie Grundman instructions, you just trust his ears,” shares the Offshore Music head honcho and The Eraserheads’ frontman. “The remaster sounds bigger and clearer to me.”

The Eraserheads Ultraelectromagneticpop! 25th Anniversary Numbered Limited Edition vinyl is out on November 24 via Sony Music Philippines.

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Invitation: The Guitar Friends & Gitara Manila present ENCORE! Iconic Pieces of the Classical Guitar

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Get ready for a night of beautiful artistry and music

Y Space at the Yuchengco Museum, The Guitar Friends & Gitara Manila present

ENCORE!

Iconic Pieces of the
Classical Guitar

Performances by:
DUO MANILA

(Monching Carpio & Dr. Ivar Fojas)

featuring:
The beneficiaries of the

Maestro Jose Valdez Guitar Scholarship Fund,
Aaron Aguila, Edel Mark Bitao, Bea Rose Cena,
Leandro Ong, Iqui Vinculado, PWU Guitar Ensemble
andSt. Scholastica’s College Guitar Ensemble

Thursday, November 21, 2019

6:30pm

Tickets:
Php 700 (Regular)
Php 500 (Seniors & PWDs)
Php 300 (Students, YGC Employees &
Embassy Employees in RCBC Plaza)
For tickets and reservations contact:
yspace@yuchengcomuseum.org
OR (02) 8-889-1234

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NEWS: EIGHT MUST-WATCH FOREIGN FILMS, FEATURE IN 2019 CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS FESTIVAL THIS NOVEMBER

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Cinema One Originals brings multitude of new takes on storytelling through its exciting World Cinema section line up for its 15th year, featuring the films “The Lighthouse,” “The Father,” “The Invisible Life of Eurice Gusmao,” “Knives Out,” “Matthias and Maxime,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” “The Truth,” and “The Two Popes.”

Opening the festival is the much-awaited sophomore film from “The Witch” director Robert Eggers, “The Lighthouse,” which stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as lighthouse keepers slowly going insane on a black rock. David Sims of theatlantic.com commends the film for capturing its audience in its strangeness. He wrote, “It’s a bracing squall of a movie, a briny delight that’s as amusing as it is mesmerizingly strange.”

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Thematically kindred in many ways, Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes“, about the often tenuous relationship between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, is also about two men negotiating their estrangements. The Netflix film stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

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Alienation shadows two other films in the lineup, this time, between parent and offspring, with Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s tragicomic road movie “The Father“, which won the Crystal Globe at the 2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, centering on a father who takes a trip with his son after their neighbor claims his dead wife has been making phone calls from beyond the gravel; and Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s follow-up to his Palme D’Or winning “Shoplifters,” and first feature outside his native Japan, “The Truth.” It features Catherine Deneuve as a French movie star whose tumultuous relationship with her daughter gets even more fractious when her revealing memoir goes into publication. The film also stars Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, and Ludivine Sagnier.

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Xavier Dolan’s present day “Matthias And Maxine,” where two friends reconcile dormant and kindled feelings during a summer abroad, and Celine Sciamma’s period drama “Portrait Of A Lady on Fire“, which screened in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and won both the Best Screenplay award as well as the Queer Palm, about a young painter who falls in love with her subject, may be generations apart in their settings, but both are incisive and poignant evocations of desire. According to theguardian.com, the director demonstrated “a deeply satisfying new mastery of classical style to go with the contemporary social realism” in this drama.

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Brazilian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz’s describes his sprawling and expansive “The Invisible Life of Eurice Gusmao”, which won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is based on Martha Batalha’s 2016 novel, as a tropical melodrama with all the emotional upheavals the descriptor suggests, while Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” is an Agatha Christie riff that lovingly reconstructs it while cleverly deconstructing it and being fiendishly entertaining in the process. Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer star in this film.


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The Lighthouse” officially opens the 15th Cinema One Originals on November 7 (Thursday), 7pm at Ayala Malls Manila Bay Cinema 7. The festival runs from November 7 to 17 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Gateway, and Powerplant Makati. There will also be screenings at Vista Cinemas in Iloilo and Evia Lifestyle and in Cinema Centenario, Cinema ‘76, Black Maria, UP Cine Adarna, and FDCP Cinematheque Manila.

For updates, visit @CinemaOneOriginals on Facebook, @c1origs on Twitter and @c1originals on Instagram.

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NEWS: POLISH JAZZ PIANIST AND COMPOSER WILL PERFORM AT THE CCP

Artur Dutkiewicz – Photo by Rafael Latoszek (medium)

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland presents leading Polish jazz pianist and composer Artur Dutkiewicz in a solo concert on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM and Piano Improvisation Workshop on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 12 noon. Both events will be held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

Called the “Ambassador of Polish jazz” by the Jazz Forum Magazine in 2012, Dutkiewicz has appeared in more than 60 countries around the world from the USA through Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Artur Dutkiewicz studied composition and arrangement where he graduated from the Jazz Department at the Academy of Music in Katowice (Poland), receiving a diploma with distinction. He was a finalist of the Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington, USA.

Artur Dutkiewicz has taken part in dozens of renowned jazz and music festivals around the world. These include the Hague’s Northsea Jazz Festival, Warsaw’s Jamboree, Hamburg’s Campnagel Theater, Bern’s Festival Kleiner Bunchen, Nuremberg’s Jazz Ost West, Cannes’ MIDEM, Milan’s Music Oggi, Paris’ Festival D`Europe Centrale, Budapest’s Sziget Festival, Havana’s Jazz Plaza Festival, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Duesseldorf’s Jazz Rally, Berlin’s World Culture Festival, Milan’s Notturni in Palestro Festival, Beijing’s BJ Ninegates Jazz Festival, Helsinki’s Kontu Festival, and Melbourne’s International Jazz Festival.

In 2011 Arthur Dutkiewicz performed at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin during the World Culture Festival, arranging and playing a piece for 30 pianos with pianists from around the world, gathering an audience of 35,000 from around the world.

Besides playing in solo recitals, he is leader of the Artur Dutkiewicz Trio which plays modern jazz. His last albums “Mazurki”/solo, “Prana”, “Traveller”/trio, have been superbly received by audiences and critics alike.

His CCP program entitled ImproMazurka is as follows: Antonin Dvorak’s Theme from the 2nd part of New World Symphony; Dutkiewicz’s Africa Mazurka, Polish Mazurka, Chased Mazurka, Morning Mazurka, Mazurka Oberka; the Polish Christian song The Lord is my Shepherd; Ignacy Paderewski’s Nocturne in C Major, Op. 16 No. 4 and Minuet in G Major, Op. 14 No.1; and Alexander Tansman’s Les Iles Philippines.

Ticket prices for the concert are at P1,000 and P800 with 50% discount for students and 20% discount for senior citizens.

For more information regarding the concert please contact the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704. For information regarding the Piano Improvisation Workshop please contact 8832-1125 loc. 1604/1605 or email ccp.artist.training@gmail.com

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News: Cinema One Originals continue in challenging audiences on their 15th-year of delivering brave cinematic experiences

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For its fifteenth year, Cinema One Originals loudly and proudly declares what it’s stood for all these years, originality in all its forms, with the tagline “Kaya Mo Ba?” (Can you handle it?) challenging old and new audiences if they’re ready for the Cinema One Originals experience that goes beyond cinema, beyond cinephilia, beyond entertainment.

All these years, the Cinema One Originals mandate is to give filmmakers, first-timers and otherwise, a platform to fully express their visions. This year, eight original narrative features got P3 million worth of grant each. There are four first time filmmakers, three previous Cinema One Originals alumni, and one director making her second feature and her Cinema One Originals debut.

The Cast and crew of METAMORPHOSIS, C1Originals 2019, Photo by Erickson dela Cruz
J.E. Tiglao makes his feature debut with “Metamorphosis” which stars Gold Aceron, Iana Bernardez, Ivan Padilla, Ricky Davao, and Yayo Aguila in a coming-of-age drama about intersexuality that’s as wistful as it is provocative.

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Dustin Celestino reverses the wrong time/wrong place dynamics of noir with a little help from a comet in “Utopia,” a blackly comic riff on the genre starring Enzo Pineda, Joem Bascon, and Aaron Villaflor.

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Eve Baswel’s “Tia Madre” is a gothic horror featuring Cherie Gil and Jana Agoncillo in which a young girl starts to suspect her mother has been changed into something not quite herself and perhaps not quite human either.

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Nigel Santos’ “Yours Truly, Shirley” casts Regine Velasquez as a widow who believes a young pop star (Rayt Carreon) is the reincarnation of her late husband.

Returning to Cinema One Originals are Victor Villanueva and Kevin Dayrit, who made their feature film debuts with Cinema One Originals.

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Victor’s resumes his fascination with the intertwining of rom-com tropes with supernatural tinges that made “My Paranormal Romance” a quirky treat with “Lucid”, in which Alessandra De Rossi plays a lucid dreamer whose waking life and dream life start to blur when she meets JM De Guzman.

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Kevin, whose “Catnip” was the multi-awarded darling of its year takes on vampirism, necrophilia, the drug wars and rom-coms in “O” which stars Anna Luna, Lauren Young and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

Topper Fabregas, Gio Gahol and Giancarlo Abrahan from SILA SILA, C1Originals 2019, Photo by Erickson dela Cruz

Giancarlo Abrahan whose second feature was the Best Picture-winning Cinema One Original “Paki” returns with “Sila Sila”, which stars Gio Gahol and Topper Fabregas and which he describes as an LGBT ghosting story and which finds him taking another look at the interstitial dynamics of yet another extended family, a group of friends nursing consensual emotional traumas.

Denise O' Hara, Jane Oineza and JC Santos of Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Tayo, C1Originals 2019

Denise O ‘Hara makes her Cinema One Originals debut and her second feature with “Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo” a rom-com inversion with JC Santos and Jane Oineza, about the underside of trauma that even the truest of loves have.

Cinema One Originals has been producing breakthrough films with thought-provoking contents for the Filipino audience for 15 years. This year’s celebration will be held in line with the 100th anniversary of Philippine Cinema and the 25th anniversary of leading cable channel Cinema One.

Fresh, cool, vibrant, inclusive, brave, original. The 15th Cinema One Originals runs from November 7 to 17 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Ayala Manila Bay, Gateway, and Powerplant Makati. There will also be screenings at Vista Cinemas in Iloilo and Evia Lifestyle and in Cinema Centenario, Cinema ‘76, Black Maria, UP Cine Adarna, and FDCP Cinematheque Manila.

For updates, visit @CinemaOneOriginals on Facebook, @c1origs on Twitter and @c1originals on Instagram.

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News: A Series of Cultural Events in Commemoration of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 500th death year anniversary

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On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, a theater play entitled “Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview” by renowned italian director and actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory will be staged on November 21, 2019, 7 pm at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The event is held in cooperation with the Philippine Italian Association, Italian Embassy, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Inc. with the support of OMAN AIR, Rustan’s, Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La, East West Bank.

Who doesn’t know Leonardo da Vinci?

The painter, the musician, the scenographer, the machines and automation inventor, the anatomist, the philosopher, the civil and war engineer, the scientist… and even a master cook!

Leonardo excelled in an extraordinary number of different fields, often envisioning prototypes centuries ahead of their actual invention.

His legacy is vast but still seems freshly inspiring for the trust Leonardo endlessly placed in the power of Reason and his sensitivity to Beauty.

500 years have passed from the death of Leonardo da Vinci and on this important anniversary, cultural events in Italy and throughout the world are remembering and celebrating the multi-faceted genius and icon of the Renaissance.


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Alessandro Milani, President of Philippine-Italian Association, PIA (Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz)

Massimiliano Finazzer Flory’s latest project, with the special collaboration of Filipino actor, director and screen/play writer Carlito (Lito) Casaje brings the immensely multi-talented Leonardo da Vinci to life on the stage. Being Leonardo da Vinci is a one-act play, which uses theater to present the Italian genius’ true life, art history and science. Through the format of an impossible interview, Finazzer Flory “physically” becomes Leonardo. Dressed in period costumes and wearing make-up which reconstructs da Vinci’s face, he performs in Renaissance language original texts written by Leonardo himself, among which the famous “Trattato di pittura” (Painting Treaties). Finazzer Flory’s Leonardo answers questions about his childhood, his civil and military activities, and how to become a “good painter” (bono pittore), and about the relationship between Painting and Science, Painting and Sculpture, Painting and Music. He comments on “The Last Supper” and the figures of the apostles, replies to his enemies’ attacks, prophecies man’s flying, and finally offers maxims and aphorisms to live by in our times. The theatre play has been toured in USA, Russia, Japan, France, Italy and Switzerland, among other countries.

Likewise, a masterclass and short film screening of “Being Leonardo da Vinci, an impossible interview” will be held on November 20, 2019 at the CCP Dream Theater at 2 pm. The masterclass will deal with the topic of interdisciplinary through the conjugation of: Art and Science, Memory and Imagination, Tradition and Technology, Theater and Cinema.

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Other events in celebration of Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary include the following:
  1. Introduction on the secrets of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” by Mr. James Freney – November 13, 2019 at the Italian restaurant Caruso, in Bel Air, Makati.
  2. Cook-Off with Leonardo – November 5,-6, 14, 2019 at the LPU (Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila) Culinary Institute.
  3. Film Presentation – November 19, 2019  at Cinematheque Center Manila.
  4. Dinner and lecture on “Leonardo da Vinci, wine and cuisine” by Chef Salvatore Arria, and Mr. Luca Galli, sommelier – November 20, 2019 at the Italian restaurant Pnte di Rialto, in Venice Piazza mall, Taguig.

Alessandro Milani (President of Philippine-Italian Association, PIA) with Ms. Irene Rada (CCP Public Relation)
Alessandro Milani with Ms. Irene Rada (CCP Public Relation)
 

The above mentioned events are part of a series of cultural and artistic activities in Metro Manila aimed at remembering and spreading knowledge of Leonardo da Vinci and the relevance of his achievements in our contemporary world to be held from November 5 until November 21.

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NEWS: Emerging, Seasoned Filipino Visual Artists Support Launch of Online Art Marketplace, FilipinoArt.ph

Sariling Sining – FilipinoArt .ph

A first of its kind in the Philippines, FilipinoArt.ph, an online art marketplace that showcases emerging and seasoned Filipino visual artists and their artworks, has been launched. The launch also coincides with the physical exhibition titled Sariling Sining: A Showcase of Contemporary Filipino Art, which runs at Art Circle Gallery, 3L Ayala Malls Circuit, Makati City until October 27, 2019.

_CEO and FOUNDER of FILIPINOART (dot) PH, Mr. YURI STEGEMAN
CEO and FOUNDER of FILIPINOART.PH, Mr. YURI STEGEMAN (Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz)
 

Together with FilipinoArt.ph, led by its CEO & Founder Yuri Stegeman, six exhibiting artists Armenius Aralar of Binangonan, Rizal; August Punzal of Taytay, Rizal; Hermel Alejandre (guest artist) of Camarines Sur; Jose Ehric Egualada of Boracay Island, Aklan; Pamela Lei Bermudez of Las Pinas City, Manila, and Ryan D. Orig of Pandacan, Manila/Iloilo City, rally behind the new digital platform.

_Exhibiting Artists with Jellicleblog creator ORLY AGAWIN, SARILING SINING Art Exhibit (image 01)Exhibiting Artists with Jellicleblog creator ORLY AGAWIN
 

FilipinoArt.ph has been created to help Filipino artists to be seen by a wider audience and for art lovers to have easier access to art. People are diverse and so is art. By being accessible online, FilipinoArt.ph provides plenty of space to showcase this diversity and the Filipino’s exemplary artistry.

Egualada says: “Art in my region is extremely popular. Even though I live by the beaches of Boracay, I’ve been hoping that my art will be able to reach even the outskirts of Manila. Myart pieces recreate a society centered on faith, nature, and people. It’s an honor and privilege to share my works with other people. Thanks to FilipinoArt.ph, I can make these things possible.”

“Of course, physically seeing an artwork in real life is and should be a different experience than seeing a representation online, but considering the benefits, it’s a very good alternative for perusing and buying such,” says Stegeman.

“I’m very happy that artfairs have become increasingly popular; it shows that art is important to Filipinos. But even in those fairs,they often showcase the more established artists whose artworks are quite inaccessible to many because of their prices,” he adds.

“FilipinoArt.ph takes away those boundaries by showcasing a whole lot more artists and offer prices for every Juan. And if an original piece of art is still inaccessible because of the price, we also offer prints via our partner, No Blank Walls; it’s a less expensive way of getting beautiful art into your home, office, or personal space.

”Developed by Internet solutions company Chanz Global, FilipinoArt.ph currently features curated contemporary artworks such as painting, drawings, and mixed media–sculptures and photographs will be available, too, in the coming months.

About the Artists Supporting FilipinoArt.ph Launch-Exhibit

Armenius Aralar
Expressionist, Binangonan, Rizal
Armenius only realized this passion for arts at a later age. His art revolves around freedom and expression; he believes that everybody has their interpretations of everything, which includes his art.


_Artist ARMENIUS ARALAR, Painter of Jose Rizal and the GangARMENIUS ARALAR, Painter of Jose Rizal and the Gang
August Punzal
Abstract Artist, Taytay, Rizal
A former banker at a top firm, August presents his art in the abstract form–with a twist of enthusiasm for what is life beyond his home country, such as in Egypt and elsewhere.

Hermel Alejandre (Guest Artist)
Cubist, Expressionist, Camarines Sur
Inspired by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, Hermel is an artist born to fulfill one thing: to bring forth happiness in his audience. Strength, passion, and integrity are his main ideas to reflect on his art.

Jose Ehric Egualada
Expressionist, Boracay Island, Aklan
Raised in a religious family along the beaches of Boracay Island, Ehric channels his creative flow into art pieces that recreate a society centered on God, nature, and people. He is also an art educator and critic.

_Painter, Jose Ehric EgualadaPainter, Jose Ehric Egualada
Pamela Lei Bermudez
Expressionist, Las Pinas City, Manila
A graphic designer and painter, Pamela’s artworks are visual representations that pay tribute to some of the most respected occupations of Filipinos.

Ryan D. Orig
Portrait Artist, Pandacan, Manila/Iloilo City
Ryan’s works creatively portray the lives of our fellow Filipinos in the rural areas.


_Painter, Ryan D. OrigVisual Artist/Painter, Ryan D. Orig
 

FilipinoArt.ph Launch-Exhibit has been made possible with the help of our industry partners: online property portal PropertyAsia.ph; art and craft company The Craft Central; courier service company SNDT; high-quality photo printer No Blank Walls; Art Circle Gallery-Circuit, and Ayala Malls Circuit, Makati.


_SARILING SINING Art Exhibit (image 01)
_SARILING SINING Art Exhibit (image 02)
_SARILING SINING Art Exhibit (image 03)
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_Ribbon Cutting, SARILING SINING Art Exhibit (image 01)
_Ribbon Cutting, SARILING SINING Art Exhibit (image 02)
_Ribbon Cutting, SARILING SINING Art Exhibit (image 03)
_Exhibiting Artists, SARILING SINING Art Exhibit (image 01)

Exhibit Event, Photographs by Erickson dela Cruz

For more info: www.facebook.com/filipinoartph

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News: Glenn Barit’s debut film wins top award at the 2019 QCinema International Film Festival

CLEANERS cast and crew receives the Best Film award at the QCINEMA 2019 (image 01)

A film made of photocopied stills and hand colored with highlighter pens wins big at QCinema International Film Festival.

Cleaners of debuting filmmaker Glenn Barit won best film, besting seven other films in the QCinema’s main competition section – Asian Next Wave.

The nostalgic coming-of-age film Cleaners, set in schoolyear 2007-2008 in a high school in Tuguegarao, also bagged audience choice award and best screenplay.

Glen Barit, Director of CLEANERS, a full length film entry in the Qcinema 2019.

 

CLEANERS cast and crew receives the Best Film award at the QCINEMA 2019.

 

CLEANERS cast and crew, QCINEMA International Film Festival. Photographed by Erickson Dela Cruz © 2019

Two other new directors bagged major awards. Chinese Qui Sheng won the NETPAC Jury Prize for Suburban Birds and Rae Red brought home the best director award for her first solo-directorial work, Babae at Baril. The film, Babae at Baril, also won the Gender Sensitivity Award.

Janine Gutierrez, who plays the titular lead in Red’s film, got her first international acting award as best actress while Por Silatsa of the Laotian film The Long Walk won best actor.

Lee Chatametikool of the Thai and German film Nakorn-Sawan was recognized for his artistic contribution in film editing.

It is the first time QCinema pitted its local grantees against Asian directors in this competition section, Asian Next Wave (ANW) Competition . It put in ANW’s wing the former cluster — Circle Competition, which was for the Filipino filmmakers.

In the QCShorts competition, Judy Free won best short film for Che Tagayamon, a recent UP film graduate,

Judy Free is about a young girl whose reality is intruded when her father, an overseas Filipino worker, brought home an animated doodle figure.

The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Bontoc-based filmmaker, Carla Pulido Ocampo. The comedy short Excuse Me Miss Miss Miss by Sonny Calvento garnered the audience choice award for shorts.

This year’s batch of winners is an affirmation of the festival’s theme, Rising Wave, which recognizes debuting and female filmmakers.

The international set of jury for the Asian Next Wave is headed by renowned screenwriter Ricky Lee. The members are Richard Bolisay, Toshiyuki Hasegawa, Phan Dang Di, and Claire Marty.

The QCShorts competition jury members are Sari Dalena, Jun Sabayton, and Benjamin Tolentino.

Also, for the first time in 7 years, QCInema recognized the contribution of one of the living pillars of the film industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Mr. Vic del Rosario or “Boss Vic” of Viva Films.

This 7th edition of QCinema is its biggest yet, with 73 titles contained in 10 sections. Twelve of these have received generous grants, which are 3 full-feature films, 6 shorts, and 3 documentaries.

The festival will run until October 22 at Gateway Cineplex 10, Robinsons Movieworld Galleria Ortigas, Ayala Malls Cinema Trinoma, Cinema Centenario, Cinema 76 Anonas, and Cine Adarna.

Festival partners are Quezon City Film Development Commission, The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, The Film Development Council of The Philippines, Sine Sandaan, Australian Embassy, Embassy of France, Japan Foundation, Embassy of the Republic Of Singapore, Viva Communications, ABS-CBN Sagip Pelikula, CMB Film Services, Outpost, Novotel Manila Araneta City, Cinema Bravo, ClickTheCity, GMA 7, Phar Philippines, Film Geek Guy, Film Police, Pelikula Mania, PEP.ph, MagandaBa, MagandaBa Movie, When in Manila, Unreel, Geoffreview, Explore Philippines, Business Mirror, and Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

For more information, log on to qcinema.ph

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News: Repertory Philippines’ 2020 season holds a mirror up to human life

(5) 2020 Season Directors

Throughout its 53-year illustrious history, Repertory Philippines has allowed audiences to see the world with new eyes. By transporting them back in time or putting them in the shoes of another, REP has always reflected humanity in all its great diversity. For its 83rd season, REP is holding up a mirror to different experiences, highlighting stories that are both unique and familiar.

With Liesl Batucan on her first season as REP’s Artistic Director, audiences can expect a new creative spirit that remains faithful to REP’s legacy while bringing it forward, as she assembles a brilliant and diverse core of creatives who will be making their debut in the REP director’s chair; celebrated thespians who will be treading the REP boards for the first time; and REP veterans who will be making their much-awaited theater comeback.

Tarek el Tayech (as HE), and Missy Maramara (as SHE) are caught in a delightful mess in the romantic comedy Stage Kiss.

The 2020 season opens with The New York Times’ Critic’s Pick of 2014, Stage Kiss by American playwright Sarah Ruhl, which runs from February 7 to March 1, 2020. This romantic comedy takes audiences backstage and introduces them to She and He, two stage actors who find themselves cast as lovers in a 1930s melodrama. But She and He have a romantic history together, and after sharing several stage kisses as their characters, they unintentionally rekindle their love. A deliciously witty and insightful play about life imitating art and art imitating life, Stage Kiss stars Missy Maramara, Tarek El Tayech, Andres Borromeo, Justine Narciso and Mica Pineda, among others, and is directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna, renowned and multi-awarded filmmaker of critically-acclaimed movies Hihintayin Kita sa Langit, Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin, and Azucena.

Gab Pangilinan (as Marela) contemplates how Tolstoy’s ANNA KARENINA ominously intertwines with their lives in Anna in the Tropics.

From March 13 to April 5, 2020, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz comes to the REP stage. When Juan Julian arrives in Tampa, Florida in 1929, he unwittingly heralds change in the Cuban cigar factory where he has been employed as a lector. As he reads aloud from Leo Tolstoy’s passionate Anna Karenina, the workers soon find the story creeping into their lives and informing their decisions. Marriages collapse, affairs are pursued, and tensions run high as the workers are confronted with the threat of automation. To be directed by New York-based noted production designer Joey Mendoza and starring Ana Abad Santos, Jake Macapagal, Paolo O’ Hara, Brian Sy, Gab Pangilinan, Gie Onida and Madeleine Nicolas, Anna in the Tropics paints a sympathetic portrait of oppressed laborers and lovers who flout tradition, as it shows the transformative power of literature.

Gian Magdangal (as Billy Bigelow) and Nikki Gil (as Julie Jordan) grapple with issues of love, forgiveness and redemption in the award-winning musical Carousel.

The universally-loved and enduring favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical Carousel caps off the season and runs from May 1 to 24, 2020. Helmed by much lauded young director Toff de Venecia, the production showcases a star-studded cast led by the luminous pairing of Nikki Gil and Gian Magdangal, who will both be making their REP debut. The musical follows a poor young couple, millhouse worker Julie Jordan and carousel barker Billy Bigelow. When they both lose their jobs because of their whirlwind love affair, Billy is pressured into committing theft to provide for their unborn child. After everything goes tragically wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. Hailed as TIME Magazine’s Best Musical of the 20th Century, Carousel explores the heartbreak and complexities that make its characters so tragically and wonderfully human.

Snow White and the Prince brings a beloved fairy tale to life for families everywhere.

REP 2020 ends with REP Theater for Young Audiences’ (RTYA’s) children’s musical Snow White and the Prince by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. From the same writers of REP’s mega hit 2018 production Rapunzel, Rapunzel, A Very Hairy Fairytale comes this witty new take on a beloved classic. Running from September 12, 2020 to January 31, 2021, this play is directed by none other than the legendary Joy Virata. When Snow White meets her prince at the ball, they fall in love. But when the magic mirror tells the Evil Queen that Snow White is the fairest in all the land, she burns with jealousy. She vows to vanquish Snow White, but the young girl flees into the forest and befriends seven unusual miners. Children of all ages will delight in this fun re-telling of this beloved fairytale that reminds us that people united in goodness are more powerful than the forces of evil.

Ed Lacson Jr. directs for REP Unplugged, REP’s edgy take on alternative theater, which will be launched in June 2020.

For the first time in REP history, audiences will get to experience REP Unplugged, an edgy and exciting new staging concept that is independent—or “unplugged”—from the rest of the season. Directed by theater wunderkind Ed Lacson Jr., REP Unplugged is alternative theater and will be performed in unconventional performance spaces. It will be launched in June 2020 during the interim between REP’s first three plays and its children’s production. Featuring an out-of-the-box approach and a fresh take on theater, REP Unplugged is ready to shake things up.

For the full experience of REP’s 2020 seas0n, purchase season passes now. Season subscribers can get access to REP’s 2020 plays at up to 30% off. The Gold Year Pass (includes 3 season shows + RTYA) costs Php 4,900, the Silver Year Pass (includes 3 season shows + RTYA) is only Php3,700, the Gold Season Pass (includes 3 season shows) is Php 4,200, and the Silver Season Pass (includes 3 season shows) is Php 3,150.

For show-buying and ticket inquiries, contact REP at 8451-1474 or 0966-905-4013. You may also purchase your season passes by calling Ticketworld at 891-9999, or through www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, or like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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NEWS: CCP MARKS GOLDEN YEAR WITH SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS

CCP Official Stamp Design (small)

The celebration for the 50th founding anniversary of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) continues with the launch of the special commemorative stamps, featuring the facade of the CCP main building and the CCP 50th Anniversary logo.

CCP chairperson Ms. Margarita “Margie” Moran opens the launch with her welcome remarks on October 15, 2019, at the Main Theater Lobby, followed by a short message from PHLPost postmaster general Joel Otarra.
PHLPost chairman Norman Fulgencio presents the special commemorative stamps, along with the CCP 50th Anniversary Souvenir Folder and the Official First Day Cover.

Acapellago (Photographed by Erickson dela Cruz)

Acapellago performs well-loved Filipino songs including “Handog” and “Limang Dipang Tao,” while PPO Brass Band provides musical entertainment.
In partnership with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), the special stamps commemorate the CCP’s innumerable contributions in the preservation, promotion and development of the Philippine arts and culture for the last 50 years.

“The CCP stamps encapsulizes what the CCP is, what it has been doing in the past decades, and what the future brings. The stamps are our tangible promise that CCP will continuously be at the forefront in making arts matter to every Filipino,” enthused CCP chairperson Margie Moran-Floirendo.

This is the second time that the CCP launches a commemorative stamp. The first one was in 1969, two months after CCP’s inauguration. The CCP’s 1969 postage stamp, showing the CCP building and ground, came in a set of two stamps with 10s and 30s denominations.

Signature signing for the CCP commemorative stamp.

“The stamps serve as visual reminder about the architectural significance of the main building designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin. Serving as a beacon of Philippine arts and culture, the CCP has always been in the forefront of cultural development, art appreciation and art education. And it will continue to do so in the next 50 years,” said CCP VP and artistic director Chris Millado.

Inaugurated on September 8, 1969, the CCP has been the premiere venue to showcase the best of Philippine arts and culture, and remains peerless in its achievements in nurturing excellent artists, producing high quality works and developing audiences for the performing arts. One of the first major venues for the performing arts in Asia, it is considered one of the world’s finest examples of Brutalism architecture.

Through the years, the CCP has been keeping its promise to make arts matter to every Filipino. It has become the leading institution for arts and culture in the Philippines by promoting artistic excellence and nurturing the broadest audiences to participate in art making and appreciation.

PHLPost has printed 10,000 copies of the CCP 50th Anniversary commemorative stamp sold for P12.00 each. The stamps and official first day covers are now available at the Philatelic Counter, Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000, Manila and area post offices nationwide.

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PHLPost and CCP officers.
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