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PR: PETA MAKES ITS WORKSHOP PROGRAM FOR KIDS AND TEENS AVAILABLE ONLINE THIS SUMMER

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This summer, Philippines Educational Theater Association (PETA) is not letting distance get in the way of giving kids and teens an invigorating way to explore their creative interests and talents. Dedicated to continuing its annual summer program, PETA is offering its summer workshop through its online platform to make for a productive summer for young aspiring artists despite the ongoing
quarantine.

With five (5) courses to be conducted on Zoom, this year’s summer workshop will engage kids and teens in an interactive, fun-filled virtual atmosphere that will make each class a meaningful experience. Opening on May 24, parents may enroll their children ages 7 to 17 years old in any one of these courses:

Children’s Theater is for kids ages 7 to 12 and will focus on nourishing the creative spirit in children. Each activity will help build each child’s confidence by immersing them in rhythmic movements, dance, singing, games, painting, and puppetry. They will also have the opportunity to work on collaborating with others through role-playing and storytelling exercises. Not only is this workshop a great platform for kids to express their artistic potential and nourish their creativity, it can also serve as a wonderful opportunity to meet and make new friends.

Acting for Teens is offered to budding actors ages 13 to 17. This course will teach the fundamentals of acting through an intimate online workshop carefully crafted for beginners. Participants can expect to discover the art of channeling emotions and using body language to create a sincere and engaging performance.

Musical Theater for Teens is for teens who want to develop their musical performance skills. Activities will highlight the connections between body, music, and storytelling, helping each participant improve upon their musicality by interpreting pieces effectively.

Writing for Performance – Teens is offered to young, aspiring writers. This introductory course is aimed at helping teens navigate the challenges of writing performative pieces. More than lessons on the rudiments of writing, participants will be engaged in writing exercises that will help free them of creative blocks as well as empower them as young writers.

With safety and health precautions remaining to be a priority for everyone this 2021, an online avenue for artistic expression and exploration may just be the spark of inspiration kids and teenagers need to start or refresh their creative journey this summer. That being so, PETA is hosting a giveaway of two (2) slots to two eligible participants. Now anyone ages 7-17 years old can get a chance to join this year’s summer program completely free of charge! Interested parents/individuals can join via PETA’s instagram page @petaworkshops.

To enroll directly, go to www.bit.ly/PETAOnlineWorkshop or contact Betita at 0929-891-9538 or betitasarmiento@petatheater.com. Registration opens on April 4 on a “first come, first served” basis.

You may find PETA on Facebook www.facebook.com/petatheater, Twitter @petatheater and Instagram @petatheater and @petaworkshops.

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News: FREE Cinemalaya Film Scriptwriting Workshops to be conducted by Ricky Lee

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APPLICATIONS are now being accepted for Cinemalaya’s Scriptwriting Workshops for Film to be conducted by award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee.

Under the Cinemalaya Institute Training Programs, Ricky Lee will hold two online scriptwriting workshops:  The 3-hour Cinemalaya Scriptwriting Masterclass in April 2021, and the Cinemalaya Intensive Scriptwriting Workshop from May to June 2021.  Both workshops are free of charge.

The Cinemalaya Scriptwriting Masterclass, which will focus on the foundations of storytelling for film, is a 3-hour session to be held on April 14, 2021 at 2:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. GMT Philippine Standard Time.  This is open to all Filipinos residing locally or abroad.

The Cinemalaya Intensive Scriptwriting Workshop, a step-by-step workshop on the creation of compelling scripts told in one’s unique voice, will consist of eight weekly sessions from May 26-July 14, 2021 (Wednesdays, 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. GMT Philippine Standard Time).

The workshop is limited to only thirty (30) participants/scholars who have gone through a selection process.  As a requirement, applicants should submit a 1-2 page storyline and a writer’s intention for the material.

The Cinemalaya Scriptwriting Workshops for Film is part of Cinemalaya’s new vision in the new normal as it redefines its direction and strategy while remaining significant and continuing to fulfill its mission of discovering, encouraging, supporting, training and recognizing gifted Filipino independent filmmakers.

Application form for the Cinemalaya Scriptwriting Masterclass can be obtained through https://forms.gle/P5UPXvh8JuohQa2h7

Application form for the Cinemalaya Intensive Scriptwriting Workshop can be obtained through https://forms.gle/vkLTJ2EampVxXo9i8

Applicants may register for both.

For more information and updates, visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph) or follow the CCP and Cinemalaya official Facebook pages.

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PR: TEN “TULOY PO KAYO PALABAS” THAT SHOULD BE IN YOUR MUST-WATCH CALENDAR

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With over 500 featured artists, 50 workshops, 200 performances, and more than 100 films in nine platforms to experience, it can be confusing and challenging to choose from the numerous variety of activities at the Cultural Center of the Philippine’s biggest online multi-arts open community festival, dubbed “Tuloy Po Kayo: Palihan, Palabas at Palitan,” running since March 19, until March 21, 2021 via tuloypokayo.com.

While every event on the schedule is worth checking out, we narrow down and list some activities on the second weekend of the multi-arts festival that would really make you feel the most welcome. 

  1. Meet and greet the screenwriter/director and actors of award-winning film John Denver Trending in live sessions on March 27; followed by a virtual tour of Pandan, Antique, where the Cinemalaya 2019 Best Film was shot.  These live sessions will happen after the special screening on John Denver Trending on March 27, 11:30am on the CCP Vimeo Channel (https://www.tuloypokayo.com/tmc/)
  2. Go on Virtual Tours in more than 40 museums and galleries from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Experience more than 50 online art exhibits featuring Filipino artists in their studios and creative spaces.  Head to Museum Mile (https://www.tuloypokayo.com/museum-mile/).
  3. Experience the rich Mindanao culture through the 15-minute patikim of Popong Landero and Kuntaw Mindanaw, highlighting folk and neo-ethnic music from Davao.  This will be on March 27, 10am.
  4. Did you miss the Cinemalaya last year?  You have a chance to see the films in competition again through Tuloy Po Kayo.  Check out last year’s winning films – Tokwifi (Best Film), Living Things (Best Direction), Pabasa Kan Pasyon (Best Screenplay), Quing Lalam Ning Aldo (Audience Choice), and Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos (Special Jury Prize) – as well as the other short film finalists.

Access these films for free on the CCP Vimeo Channel, which you can access via https://www.tuloypokayo.com/tmc/.

For full schedule, check out the CCP Media Arts Division Facebook page.

  1. Give some curtain calls to Xavier Stage from Cagayan de Oro as they introduce their company and present their latest production “Nang Lumuha Ang Tala” on March 27, 9:30am, at the virtual Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo stage.
  1. Tuloy po kayo to the dance studio of Gawad CCP Awardee Agnes Locsin. Watch Dasal and Bathala dance performances on March 27, 2pm, at the virtual Tanghalang Huseng Batute.
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  1. Lea Salonga invites everyone to her creative space on March 28, 4:30pm, as she shares her Broadway theater experiences and sings Broadway songs from the musicals she starred in.
  1. Listen to opera royalties Arthur Espiritu and Camille Lopez Molina as they do annotations of excerpts from the opera Lucia Di Lammermoor on March 28, 4pm.  The opening of Act III of the opera classic will precede this.
  1. Words are at play in various literary events featuring Mary Ann Salvador, Kataga Lucena, Ian Casocot, and Valenzuela Arts and Literature Society, among others.  For full schedule of literary events in Tuloy Po Kayo, check out the CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page.
  1. Watch Jerrold Tarog’s short film “Ang Kabaligtaran ng Gunaw,” with a Behind-the-Scenes cut video, on March 28, at 5pm.  Featuring the original concept and choreography of Ronelson Yadao, with music also from Tarog, the short film brings to life the poem with the same title by playwright Eljay Castro Deldoc.

Together with the CCP Dance Workshop members, the film brings together the different art forms to create a unique collaboration, reminding the public and artists alike the importance of artistic expression and undaunted creativity amid the pandemic.

To experience all these and more, go to tuloypokayo.com. For more information and updates on Tuloy Po Kayo: Palihan, Palabas, Palitan, follow the CCP official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph).

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PR: TULOY PO KAYO’s PALITAN: ART MARKETS IN THE TIME OF COVID

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TULOY PO KAYO, the CCP’s largest online multi-arts open community festival, is not just a place for learning in/about the arts (Palihan) and engaging performances (Palabas).  Through its Arts Exchange (Palitan) component, it is also a venue for business-to-business exchanges and networking opportunities for Filipino artists and performing groups to expand their reach beyond Philippine borders.

Happening on March 19 and 26, 2021, Palitan aims to make both local and international partners and stakeholders aware that the Filipino creative works and products still continue amid the enforced quarantines.

A platform to introduce and promote talented Filipino artists, Palitan has different activities the public can engage in.

There will be a virtual booth for exhibition and business meetings for artists and performing arts companies to establish possible future partnerships with various stakeholders including international partners from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Embassies, Philippine Consulates, the Department of Tourism and its overseas offices, international programmers, arts impresarios, and festival organizers.

Each arts company will be available via their company zoom account when guests visit their virtual booth exhibit.  For schedules, please visit https://artseducation.culturalcenter.gov.ph/ccpdirectory/categories/tuloy-po-kayo).

There will be pre-arranged business meetings between confirmed performing arts companies and participating international partners and stakeholders, too.

The arts company will present or pitch their works and/or productions in a one-on-one interaction with international partners, arts programmers, arts impresarios, and festival organizers.

From 2 to 4pm on March 19 and 26, there will be streams of various productions of the participating performing groups via the CCP Arts Education Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ccpartseducation).

A special feature talk by the international global network about buying and selling productions in the time of the pandemic, towards the new normal, slated on March 19, 8:30pm will also be on the CCP Arts Education Facebook page.

A re-branding of Pasinaya, Tuloy Po Kayo 2021 invites the audiences to the artists’ creative spaces.  Featuring Palihan, Palabas at Palitan, the online art festival is one of CCP’s ways to provide venues to Filipino artists to share their creations, while introducing and developing audiences to the arts through a series of performances, workshops and exhibits.

With over 500 featured artists, 50 workshops, 200 performances, more than 100 films in 9 platforms, you can access the festival through the Tuloy Po Kayo site (tuloypokayo.com).

 

TULOY PO KAYO!

Palihan. Palabas. Palitan

(The CCP Online Multi-Arts Open Community Festival)

March 19 – 28, 2021

https://www.tuloypokayo.com/

 

Taking off from PASINAYA: The CCP Open House Festival, the CCP gathers as many artists as possible from the various art disciplines and puts together TULOY PO KAYO: The CCP Online Multi-Arts Open Community Festival, the very first and the biggest online multi-arts festival in the country! Audiences are invited to enter the artist’s home, studio, and performance space, to observe and be part of the creative process. We believe that culture and the arts must continue to flourish, to provide joy and comfort, to guide, and to inspire Filipinos – Tuloy ang Sining!

The CCP VAMD will have a number of options for those interested in the visual arts. The three-day festival weekend starts with Friday workshops under the PALIHAN banner. Saturdays and Sundays are for PALABAS. On Saturdays, we have our regional partners – get to know artist initiatives and art spaces outside Metro Manila, and how the pandemic pushed for innovations in their programs and community connections. Sundays are for our Thirteen Artists – get an exclusive look into the studio spaces of selected artists from each batch of the CCP’s Thirteen Artists Awards, and how their artistic process progressed during the pandemic. And for the whole duration of the festival, check out the virtual tours and online exhibits of over forty museums from all over the Philippines in our MUSEUM MILE.

Here’s how to check out Tuloy Po Kayo:

  1. Go to www.tuloypokayo.com
  2. On the upper center part, you’ll be able to see a Menu bar showing the different forms such as Palihan, Palitan, Palabas, etc. Click your desired option.
  3. Choose the venue you want to go to. (For example: Bulwagang Juan Luna for visual art programs)
  4. Upon clicking the BJL venue, you will  be taken to a new page that shows the stream schedule and the Zoom link.
  5. Press Launch Meeting and you will be able to launch Zoom on your browser or mobile device.
  6. For the Palabas, there will be a link posted under its tab that will redirect you to the CCP’s Vimeo page to watch the films.

BEFORE YOU START WATCHING – Please take note of the ratings and warnings.  If you are underage, we strongly urge you to view the plays with your parents.

Now sit back, relax and enjoy TPK 2021!

 

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE – VISUAL ARTS PROGRAMS

PALIHAN: Friday, March 19, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez

9-9:30am What’s in a sculpture with Avie Felix

10-10:30am Editorial Cartooning with Renan Ortiz

11-11:30am Puni (Leaf Art) with Rheeza Hernandez

12-12:30pm Monotype Printmaking at the Association of Pinoyprintmakers Studio with Anton Villaruel (LIVE!)

 

PALABAS: Saturday, March 20, Bulwagang Juan Luna

9:30-10am Linangan Artist Residency (Cavite)

10:30-11am Salingoy Art Group (Bicol)

11:30-12nn Aurora Artist Residency Program and Space (Aurora)

1-1:30pm Regional Art Forum (Cebu)

2-2:30pm Mariyah Gallery (Dumaguete)

3-3:30pm Himbon (Iloilo)

4:30-5pm Panagtagbo (Davao)

5:30-6pm Lupad Artists Collective (Zamboanga Del Norte)

6:30pm-7pm Arkadia Collective x House 115 (Cagayan de Oro/Misamis)

 

PALABAS: Sunday, March 21, Bulwagang Juan Luna

9:30-10am Virgilio Aviado (13 Artists 1970)

10:30-11am Joe Bautista (13 Artists 1972)

11:30-12nn Nestor Vinluan (13 Artists 1974)

1-1:30pm Mariano Del Rosario (13 Artists 1978)

2-2:30pm Jean Marie Syjuco (13 Artists 1990)

3-3:30pm Nunelucio Alvarado (13 Artists 1992)

4-4:30pm Martha Atienza (13 Artists 2015)

5-5:30pm Doktor Karayom (13 Artists 2018)

 

PALIHAN: Friday, March 26, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez

1-1:30pm Re Cycles: Collage and Zine-Making Workshop with Charles Salazar and Gerome Soriano

2–2:30pm Young at Art Exclusive Preview with Karl Jincgo (LIVE!)

3–3:30pm How to Read Abstract Painting with Arianna Mercado

4–4:30pm Mat Weaving with Tagolwanen Weavers Association

 

PALABAS: Saturday, March 27, Bulwagang Juan Luna

9:30-10am Nomina Nuda (Laguna)

10:30-11am Vocas Art Space (Baguio)

11:30-12nn Bellas Artes Projects (Bataan)

1-1:30pm Ariniego Art Gallery (Dumaguete)

2-2:30pm Baji Arts Collective (Bohol)

3-3:30pm Giatay Collective (Cebu)

4:30-5pm Balud Arts Network (Davao)

5:30-6pm Kublai Milan (Cotabato)

 

PALABAS: Sunday, March 28, Bulwagang Juan Luna

9:30-10am Lao Lianben (13 Artists 1976)

10:30-11am Phyllis Zaballero (13 Artists 1978)

11:30-12nn Agnes Arellano (13 Artists 1988)

1-1:30pm Alwin Reamillo (13 Artists 1994)

2-3pm Mideo Cruz (13 Artists 2003) & Raquel de Loyola (13 Artists 2009)

4-4:30pm Kawayan de Guia (13 Artists 2009)

5-5:30pm Riel Hilario (13 Artists 2012)

 

Schedules subject to change without prior notice. For more information, visit event page: https://fb.me/e/Fnd7TU9z

 

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PR: PHILIPPINE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’s VIRTUAL POCKET PERFORMANCE on MARCH 19

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The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra stages its online concert dubbed as The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances to be streamed on March 19, 2021 at 8pm, Friday through the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Website.

Program for the March 19 concert, which is focused on the Holy Week Special, features the following pieces such as “How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg to be played by Roland Guerrero (Cello), “Tanging Yaman” by Nonong Buencamino and Manoling Francisco to be performed by Michael Del Rosario (Violin), “Ave Verum Corpus” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to be interpreted by Ernani Pascual (French Horn); and “Lift Up Your Hands” by Cecille Azarcon–Picasso (arranged by Angelita Pasamba) to be rendered by Christian Tan (Violin), Ma. Angelica Uson (Violin), Ferdinand Dumlao (Viola), and Herrick Ortiz (Cello).

The PPO Online Pocket Performance Series, which runs from February to July 2021, is a program of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra that can be viewed from the PPO FB page and the CCP YouTube as platforms.

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PR: TULOY PO KAYO AT THE CCP

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TAKING cues from the Pasinaya, the country’s largest multi-arts open house festival, the Cultural Center of the Philippines welcomes netizens inside its virtual theaters through the CCP online multi-arts open community festival, happening on March 19 to 21 and March 26 to 28, 2021 via the various online platforms of the CCP.

Dubbed “Tuloy Po Kayo: Palihan. Palabas. Palitan,” the concept of the festival comes from the tenet of Philippine psychology that touches on the Filipino’s desire to welcome his kapwa or fellow man into his home.  For this festival, the audiences are invited to the artists’ creative spaces.

The artists and groups of all art forms welcome them to their homes, ateliers, salons, performance spaces and venues, and invites them to be part of the whole creative process.  They will show how they continue to create art despite the forced isolation, share their art forms and new talents discovered during the pandemic, and explore the spaces where they now create.

The festival is also a protest of sort to the ongoing pandemic.  “Tuloy Po Kayo” (TPK) embraces the idea that no pandemic can stop artists from creating great works, finding new means of expressions, and sharing their ingenuity with others no matter what the medium is.

TPK gathers as many artists as possible, engaged in as many art forms as possible.  Taking the new realities into consideration, TPK focuses on the revitalization of the industry through the presentation of a broad spectrum of artistic activities in all artistic genres.

This is CCP’s way to revitalize the Philippine arts scene, which has been greatly affected by the pandemic.  The center aims to provide venues to Filipino artists to share their creations, while introducing and developing audiences to the arts through a series of performances, workshops and exhibits.

For two weekends, the netizens can enjoy and join over 260 artistic and cultural activities, various workshops, performances from both solo artists and performing art groups from all over the country, exhibitions and virtual museum tours, and arts market, among others.

A re-branding of Pasinaya, the online multi-arts festival feature three-part program – Palihan, Palabas and Palitan.  Happening on March 19 and 26, Fridays, Palihan features workshops conducted by various artists and artistic groups; while Palabas, which is slated on March 20, 21, 27 and 28, puts the spotlight on performances, productions, shows, and other activities from the CCP resident companies, regional groups and other participants.

Palitan, meanwhile, is all about business-to-business art exchanges with international and local festival organizers, art programmers and creative stakeholders.

The journey starts at the virtual lobby of the TPK site.  From there, the participants can choose which venue they want to explore.  There are the virtual Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Tanghalang Manuel Conde, and Bulwagang Juan Luna.

Once they are inside the venue, they can choose which activity they want to participate in.  Each workshop, performance or artistic activity will be 15 minutes long.  The activities begin from 9am to 7pm in the evening.  There will also be film screenings via the CCP Vimeo Channel.

Unlike in Pasinaya, where participants can only get through one venue, what makes TPK different is that participants can jump from one venue to another, from one show to next since everything is digital.  And if they miss a show or workshop, they can head to Archive.  All the shows which premiered remain online for the duration of the festival.

All daily offerings will include as many types as possible for greater access and variety.  Museums and venues offer virtual house tours of their facilities and exhibitions.  Online games similar to what was offered during Cinemalaya will also be included in the line-up of presentations to choose from.

Through “Tuloy Po Kayo,” the CCP hopes to show to the audience that despite all difficulties, art, artists and culture thrives.

For full schedule of Tuloy Po Kayo and how to enjoy the artistic journey, follow the CCP official social media accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CulturalCenterofthePhilippines), Twitter (www.twitter.com/theCCPOfficial), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/CulturalCenterPH).  Visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph) for more details.

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News: ABS-CBN Film Restoration launched a RICKY LEE FILM FESTIVAL via KTX and Apple TV

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ABS-CBN Film Restoration led by Sir Leo Katigbak announced last weekend that there will be an “Sagip Pelikula online Film Festival” which features the classic films written by scriptwriter Master Sir Ricky Lee via KTX, an online streaming site featuring PREMIUM Films, Concerts and other quality shows starting March 16 and on Apple TV starting March 22. The festival kicks off with the premiere of the 1994 classic SEPARADA starring Maricel Soriano and Edu Manzano last Monday evening, March 15, with a pre-show attended by Separada’s director, Direk Chito Rono, some of the supporting cast Ms. Racquel Villavicencio, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Ms. Tessie Tomas who also co-wrote the film, and Sir Ricky Lee. According to Sir Leo, this is also a celebration prior to Sir Ricky’s birthday on March 19.

The Films of Ricky Lee

Among Sir Ricky’s remarkable work in films that included in Sagip Pelikula Film Festival are Separada, Himala, Nagsimula Sa Puso, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, Anak, Labs Kita Okey Ka Lang, Nasaan Ka Man, Sa Aking Mga Kamay, Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara, Minsan Minahal Kita, Cain At Abel, Haplos, Karnal, and Moral. Each film has been successfully restored and remastered by the ABS-CBN Film Restoration Sagip Pelikula Team with the help of the Central Digital Lab.

 

Also announced today that the restored MORAL Directed by Marilou Diaz Abaya launches on Apple TV/iTunes beginning March 16, 2021 in over 60 countries.

 

You can Book your Tickets by simply going to www.ktx.ph and click BOOK EVENTS.

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PR: Scenes Reclaimed; CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15 Catalog Launch

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The Cultural Center of the Philippines launches a publication entitled “Scenes Reclaimed: CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15” on February 25, 2021 at 5pm via FB Live at https://fb.me/e/3VwwKPwIJ.

The catalog launch is in line with its 2019 exhibition “Scenes Reclaimed: CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15”, a joint project of the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division and the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division.

The rise of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) along Manila Bay set in motion a series of irrepressible reclamations that endure until today. As a monumental construct whose final definition remains suspended, the CCP has served as both venue, a site for the contestation of the meaning of nation, and avenue, a route for approaching the internal contradictions of and making progress toward national cinema. Its history, which has harbored opposing ideals of culture and witnessed the opposition of state
and society, spans half of Philippine cinema’s first century. Cinemalaya, emerging in 2005, was a practical and discursive outworking of these contending political and ideological strains.

Through images, objects, and motion pictures, the exhibit “Scenes Reclaimed” traced the interrogation of “independent” cinema in view of historical pursuits of freedom in the national narrative. This book, apart from serving as a catalog of the exhibit, is also an educational material for Filipino students and makers of film, a compendium of keywords for a critical pedagogy of Philippine cinema.

To revisit “Scenes Reclaimed”, the exhibit can be viewed at the third floor of the CCP Main Theater building in the 360 tour in the CCP website.

The publication “Scenes Reclaimed: CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15” will be made available after the launch through the CCP Shop. CCP offers a 24-hour flash sale at P200.00 as launch price, and also P200.00 as exclusive price for the Film Society Members.

To purchase, visit www.facebook.com/theccpshop/ or email culturalcenterphshop@gmail.com.

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PR: CCP launches Kanto Canta; collaborates with BRWN

BRWN members, in Bench barongs by Joey Samson, releases ‘Bangon’ music video. (Photo by Bolichie Suzara)

KANTO CANTA, a competition initiated by the CCP Board of Trustees, rises to the challenge of defining what is uniquely Filipino and hope to find that inherent sound that harmonizes the Filipino identity. The online music competition for original Filipino musical works, which was officially launched last February 17, 2021 via an online press conference, aims to create a contemporary music that incorporates traditional musical instruments and local languages in order to create a “new Pinoy sound.” Deadline for submission for the first quarter is on or before March 20, 2021.

In line with this, CCP collaborates with OPM R&B group BRWN to produce “Bangon!,” a music video featuring an uplifting lyrics, with a melodious blend of orchestral arrangement with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the band’s electronic flair. Giving it a more Pinoy flavour are Philippine ethnic instrumentation and Cordilleran chants. The music video, which premiered on February 23, 2021 in BRWN YouTube channel, is in partnership with Bench, who provided the Barongs designed by Joey Samson worn by the band members in the music video.

For more details, follow the CCP Kanto Kultura Facebook page (facebook.com/kantokultura) and official social media pages
(@kantokultura). For inquiries, contact the CCP Marketing Department at (02) 8832-1125 local 1409/1800 or email (ccpkantokultura@gmail.com).
Visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph) and official CCP Facebook and social media pages.

*Photo by: Bolichie Suzara

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PR: ASIAN CULTURAL COUNCIL sets benefit ART AUCTION on February 27 at Leon Gallery

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The Asian Cultural Council pursues its mission to support artists by facilitating opportunities for creative advancement and mutual cultural understanding. Since the global pandemic began, ACC New York and its affiliate offices in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines, have gradually adapted nearly 70 percent of its grants program to hybrid or completely online versions. ACC upholds the importance of art and the impact of cultural exchange as it strategize innovative ways and virtual platforms in response to the current global situation.

The ACC Philippines, for its part, continues to work on its commitment to ensure more grants for Filipino artists through the Philippine Fellowship Program. The annual Asian Cultural Council Auction held in cooperation with the trustees of the ACC Philippines Foundation, Inc. chaired by Ernest Escaler in collaboration with Jaime Ponce de Leon and Team Leon Gallery has been a significant undertaking that seeks support from donors, collectors, and like-minded patrons in the arts. Proceeds from the benefit event help fund the program that enabled transformative avenues for creative growth and international cultural exchange to over 500 local artists to date. Art scholars and professionals from across all fields have also added to the list of ACC alumni and fellows. Some of whom have become icons and important names in our nation’s cultural heritage led by National Artists Jose Joya, Lucresia Kasilag, Jose Maceda, Alice Reyes, Ramon Santos, and Kidlat Tahimik, to name a few.

This year’s ACC Auction promises to be a momentous edition with the lineup of exquisite masterpieces bannered by Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s “Tinapa Vendors,” Vicente Manansala’s “Pila sa Bigas,” and stunning works by Cesar Legaspi, H.R. Ocampo, Manuel Ocampo, Lee Aguinaldo, Lao Lianben and the exceptional Jose John Santos III. Other pieces on spotlight are by ACC grantees– stalwarts Jose Joya and Roberto Chabet, and young outstanding artists Dex Fernandez, Winner Jumalon, Nona Garcia, and Don Salubayba.

The Asian Cultural Council Auction is set on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1 Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Auction starts promptly at 2:00PM.

ANITA MAGSAYSAY-HO Tinapa Vendors signed and dated 1955, egg tempera, 20” x 16” (51 cm x 41 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VICENTE MANANSALA Pila sa Bigas signed and dated 1975, oil on canvas, 39” x 33” (99 cm x 83 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEE AGUINALDO Mandala in Green
signed and dated 1963 (verso), oil on fiberboard, 34” x 36” (86 cm x 91 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOSE JOHN SANTOS III The Game
signed and dated 2006, oil on canvas, 37” x 33” (94 cm x 84 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOSE JOYA Blue Dream
signed and dated 1976, sponge-acrylic on canvas, 28” x 22”
(71 cm x 55 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROBERTO CHABET Blind Window
signed and dated 1964 (verso), oil on canvas, 36” x 48” (92 cm x 122 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINNER JUMALON
Untitled
signed and dated 2017 (lower left),
oil on canvas 36” x 24” (91 cm x 61 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NONA GARCIA Revelation (17)
Duratrans and lightbox frame, 40” x 28” (102 cm x 71 cm)

 

 

 

 

For more details on the event, visit www.leon-gallery.com. To know more about ACC and its grant programs visit
 www.asianculturalcouncil.org

 

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PR: THE REASONS ‘SIMBANG GABI’ SHOULD STILL BE PART OF OUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

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COME the Christmas season, the Cultural Center of the Philippines usually gets busy with the preparation for its annual tradition of Simbang Gabi.  But since this year has been quite isolated, the CCP has decided to migrate this time-honored tradition to the digital platform.

The Center partnered with different parishes all over the Philippines to put the spotlight on the different ways the Filipino people from the different regions celebrate the dawn masses, as well as reach out and uplift the spirits of our kababayans whose communities have been devastated by the recent typhoons.

The CCP Simbang Gabi, an annual traditional, will start on December 15 to 23, 9pm (Anticipated Masses), and December 16 to 24 (Dawn Masses), 5am.  Followed by the Misa de Aguinaldo on December 24, 9pm, celebrated from St. Gregory the Great Cathedral Parish (also known as the Albay Cathedral) in Legazpi City.

The CCP Simbang Gabi culminates with a special Christmas Day Mass on December 25, 10am, with Cardinal Luis Tagle leading the celebration all the way from Pontificio Collegio Filipino in Rome.

All masses will be livestreamed via the official CCP Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.  It will also be broadcasted on the CNN Philippines Channel.

But in this trying time, why should we still celebrate Simbang Gabi?  Let us count the reasons this time-honored tradition should be kept alive.

“Many wars, natural disasters, political changes, changes in society, problems have occurred in this country ever since we ceased to be a part of Espan?a in 1898, and yet this practice has endured because the Misa de Gallo is an expression of the strong faith and piety of our ancestors, who themselves have willed and prayed that the Catholic Faith that they have believed and accepted may remain forevermore in this land, and that may God continue to bless and protect this country in perpetuity.

As much as possible, people should still practice the centuries-old tradition of the Misa de Gallo/Rorate Mass/Simbang Gabi not only because of the main reason why this has always been done (as a Votive Mass of 9 consecutive dawns, asking God through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the spread and preservation of the Catholic Faith in this country) and its religious significance, but also because this is one of the most enduring intangible traditions that Filipino Catholics have inherited from our ancestors.

And it is beautiful and right indeed if we continue to preserve and practice our traditions in order for our culture and heritage to be preserved and be passed on to future generations; and having a strong sense of history and culture gives our people a strong sense of identity, a sense of belonging, which makes us Filipinos know and appreciate what we have and what we are, which will become a source of strength, inspiration and joy in our everyday lives, as we continue to face the challenges of the future.”   — Fr. Al John A. Miñoza, parish priest of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Loboc, Bohol

“During this pandemic, many people became depressed, anxious, and sad. Some felt hopeless because they could not see anymore a bright future especially many lost their jobs, business have closed, people’s poverty became worse. The church has a very important role in these trying times. Simbang Gabi is one of our beautiful traditions that give us hope that everything will just pass. Because the Messiah will come and restore all back to God. The symbols of Advent and Christmas like the stars (parols), Christmas Tree, the Belen, Advent Wreath and other Christmas decorations create an atmosphere of a joyful expectation in the hearts of the people.”  — Fr. JAMES NARISMA, CSSR, the rector of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Redemptorist) Church (San Miguel, Iligan City)

“Simbang Gabi is waiting in darkness. Together as a family and community of faith, we hold on to the four candles of the Advent Wreath that brings us Peace, Hope, Joy and Love. These are the graces we need in this trying time. Simbang Gabi 2020 will be the most Real yet most Spirit-filled as we await a most meaningful Christmas in the midst of the pandemic.  We need it.”   — Rev. Fr. Deogracias Kerr S. Galang, the parish priest of the Holy Cross Parish (Margot), Sapang Bato, Pampanga

“Simbang Gabi is a very beautiful Filipino tradition.  It is an expression of our faith as Catholics and a manifestation of our love for God in the Child Jesus.  Nothing can stop us from that, not even the pandemic.  The more we have to uphold this tradition especially these difficult times where so many are losing faith and hope. This will remind people to hold on to God and never lose hope.”  — Rev. Fr. Julius B. Clavero, SSJV, the parish priest of St. Francis Xavier Parish (Pueblo de Oro, Cagayan de Oro City)

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PR: PETA SHOWS TO STREAM ONLINE VIA PAY-PER-VIEW STARTING NOVEMBER 27, 2020

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 The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is ready to open to doors of its virtual theater, welcoming the first online edition of the PETA Laboratory! Dubbed K.E.-POP: Kalinangan Performers Overcoming a Pandemic, this year’s PETA Lab offers a wide array of new and old works relevant to the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The online streaming festival features a total of six shows streaming via www.ktx.ph from November 27-29, December 4-6, 2020.

PETA Artistic Director and PETA Laboratory Director Maribel Legarda describes PETA Lab 2020 as a tribute to the artist’s capacity to be creative and resilient despite COVID-19. “It’s going to be a mixed bag of things,” she says, “We hope that these explorations will be very interesting for our audiences, especially in these times of isolation and disconnection.”

PETA Lab 2020 is offering two sets of new works with three productions in each set: PETA Lab Set A brings audiences Maskian, a dance piece on mask-wearing throughout history until the pandemic, written and choreographed by Carlon Matobato; WFH, a Zoom-based theater piece on the struggles of employees during quarantine, written by Michelle Ngu and directed by Meann Espinosa; and Hello, a devised work about isolation amongst young people, directed by Ian Segarra and Keiko Yamaguchi, sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

 

Alongside this, PETA Lab Set B presents Finding Z, a play on mental health written by Jean Gladys Vicente and directed by Ian Segarra and Julio Garcia; Harinawa, a play on extra-judicial killings in the Philippines, written by Michelle Ngu and directed by Lotlot Bustamante; and Second Set: 2 Meters Apart, a docu-musical about the experiences of parents, teachers, children, and frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic directed by Norbs Portales with music by Ada Tayao.

 

The cherry on top for this year’s PETA Lab is something that has not been done for the previous years: PETA is streaming three of its past, well-loved productions. Audiences can now revisit one of PETA’s most in-demand hit musicals, Liza Magtoto and Vincent De Jesus’ Care Divas, along with the voter’s education musical Vincent De Jesus’ Si Juan Tamad, Ang Diyablo, at Ang Limang Milyong Boto, and, for the first time on screen, the historical and landmark musical, Carlos “Charley” de la Paz and Lucien Letaba’s 1896 – the first and only sung-through musical of PET, which tells the story about the Philippine revolution. In addition, PETA has also shot a full-length documentary that weaves through its 54 years of work as one of the country’s groundbreaking theater companies. Directed by Dudz Teraña, Living Voices, is an in-depth look into the rich history of an institution that has withstood time and tide, featuring tales of humble beginnings – also available with this year’s PETA Lab offerings!

 

Coming to our screens starting November 27, these new explorations are PETA’s response to the changing times we are currently facing, by creating works of art and bringing back performances that echo the stories of Filipinos today. “We would really love and need the energy that the audiences bring to us, because of course, we miss that,” says Maribel Legarda about migrating theater to the virtual stage, “That’s the gaping hole that will never be filled. But given this condition, we’re more than willing to accept this challenge – explore and create new ideas and new stories, and at the same time, introduce who we are as artists.”

Support the arts. Support theater artists!

Watch PETA’s streaming festival from November 27 to 29 and December 4 to 6 via www.ktx.ph.

Tickets are only 120 pesos and 220 pesos.

For more information follow PETA’s social media pages:

Facebook www.facebook.com/petatheater

Twitter @petatheater  | Instagram @petatheater

YouTube www.youtube.com/petatheateronline

 

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PR: CCP HIGHLIGHTS THE ROLE OF BOOKS IN FILIPINO LIFE THROUGH ‘SA PAGBABASA, HINDI KA NAG-IISA’ EBOOK LAUNCH

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Committed to the promotion and development of Philippine children’s literature, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) through its Intertextual Division launches “Sa Pababasa, Hindi Ka Nag-iisa” e-book on November 27, 2020, at 4pm, via CCP and CCP Intertextual Division’s Facebook pages.

As part of the celebration of the CCP Children’s Biennale, the launch does not only highlight the role books should play in our lives, but it champions the importance of nurturing the young readers’ curiosity and imagination through reading.

The e-book contains a collection of children’s books, artworks for children, comics and other artistic and literary works about health, COVID-19, and the value of cooperation created by Filipino writers, illustrators and children from different regions of the country.

The title of the e-book came from the Philippine Board on Books for Young People’s (PBBY) tagline for this year’s National Children’s Book Day (NCBD), as well as the cover design of the book which was illustrated by Kat Melo for the official poster of NCBD, a children’s literary festival celebrated every third Tuesday of July annually.  Co-organized by the CCP and the PBBY, the NCBD commemorates the anniversary of the publication of Jose Rizal’s “The Monkey and the Turtle” in Trubner’s Oriental Record in London.

In addition to the e-book launch, there will be a storytelling session of “Masama Bang Humiling Ng Isa Pang Araw?” a story written and illustrated by Teacher Oliver V. Arevalo of Olongapo City.  His story is part of #KuwentongKalusugan, a project of the Department of Education’s Bureau of Learning Resources.  Teacher Oliver won the National Competition on Storybook Writing for his story “Di Biro.”

Amidst the current social climate and pandemic, the e-book hopes to bring an encouraging message that can alleviate social isolation and generate a sense of purpose.

The book project aims to engage children in reading local and relevant materials, as well as to give the general public, especially parents and teachers, access to numerous published children’s literature that teach children about the coronavirus and encourage them to protect themselves, in response to the COVID-19 global health crisis.

The e-book will be offered to the general public for free.

For more information, visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph). You can also follow the Facebook pages and social media accounts of CCP and CCP Intertextual Division for updates.

CCP – https://www.facebook.com/culturalcenterofthephilippines

CCP Intertextual Division –https://www.facebook.com/CCPInterxtualDivision/

 

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PR: LINE UP OF FILMS TO STREAM AT QCINEMA 2020 FROM NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 6

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Cinephiles from across the country will now get to savor the delights of the QCinema International Film Festival.
 
There’s no need to go to Quezon City for this special edition of QCinema.  No need to rush to the cinemas, brave the Metro traffic, nor line-up for movie tickets.  QCinema brings the international film festival experience to anyone in the country, right in the comfort of their homes, through any internet-connected device.
This is made possible through QCinema’s partnership with UPSTREAM and GMovies.
The film festival, which runs from November 27 to December 6, will stream two sets of films for five days each.
It opens its virtual doors with ten award-winning and highly acclaimed films available for rent for only P 150.00 each.
 
The films include QCinema grantees Cleaners by Glenn Barit; Oda sa Wala by Dwein Baltazar; Balangiga Howling Wilderness by Khavn; and Babae at Baril by Rae Red.  
 
Aside from these films, QCinema also hosts the Asian premiere of Genus Pan by Lav Diaz; the Southeast Asian premiere of Song Without a Name by Melina León and Divine Love by Gabriel Mascaro; and the Philippine premiere of Rom by Tran Thanh Huy;  Suk Suk by Ray Yeung; and Corpus Christi by Mateusz Pacewicz.
 
Genus Pan is a look at how much human beings are like animals.  The film is the only Philippine entry at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.  It also won for Lav Diaz the best director award in the same festival.
 
Song Without a Name is a 2019 Peruvian drama film directed by Melina León. It was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It is also the Peruvian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. The film is about a mother who takes her newborn baby to a health clinic, but the baby and clinic both disappear.
 
Rom is the first Vietnamese film to receive the New Current Awards at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. The film is about the residents of an apartment complex that is slated for demolition.
 
Divine Love is a Brazilian drama screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Divine Love tells the story of a religious woman who uses her position at work to help struggling couples save their marriage. While waiting for some praise, she is confronted with a personal crisis.
 
Suk Suk is a 2019 award-winning and critically acclaimed Hong Kong drama film about two secretly homosexual married men in their twilight years.  This film premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival.

Corpus Christi is about a reformed criminal who is prevented from applying to the seminary after his release. He dresses as a priest and ministers a small town parish. It premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and is the Polish entry in the 92nd Academy Award.

Limited number of tickets will be released per film and will be made available starting November 24.

QCinema Festival Bundles will also be made available for P 750.00 each.  Bundles give access to five films plus will give away QCinema-branded items.

To rent a film, go to upstream.ph to choose a film.  Viewers will be guided to GMovies to pay for the ticket. To avail of QCinema bundles, go to qcinema.ph.

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