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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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Santuario de San Antonio Parish FRANCISFEST 2020 proudly presents the encore on-stage virtual concert BUILD MY CHURCH ON A SONG

Oct. 25, 8pm – Nov. 8, 11pm.

Watch online via the Santuario de San Antonio Parish Youtube Channel and Facebook page.

Enjoy an hour of listening pleasure from featured artists RACHELLE GERODIAS-PARK
and BYEONG IN PARK.

For the benefit of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Malabon-Navotas and Santuario de San Antonio Parish’s Outreach Programs.

For donations, you may deposit to SSAP Foundation Inc.
BPI 0291-0395-96
Paypal: http://tinyurl.com/paypalssap

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News: QCinema will grant P50,000.00 each to six short films that can depict ‘quarantine’ life.

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This unprecedented time has prompted QCinema International Film Festival to launch pandemic-responsive initiatives to help keep the film industry alive.

Festival organizers announce a QCinema Completion Fund for independent films forced to halt production and post-production during the pandemic lockdown and a partnership with Inter-Guild Alliance (IGA) for QCinema Special Industry Assistance Fund.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Quezon City has been providing financial and humanitarian aid for those who need it most. It is high time we give attention to our film industry” says Mayor Joy Belmonte.

QCinema is the flagship project of Mayor Joy Belmonte aimed at cementing Quezon City‘s brand as the film capital of the country. It is also regarded as the leading international film festival in Southeast Asia and voted for the third year in a row by local film reviewers as the country’s best film festival.

“These initiatives pave the way for a special #QCinema2020 edition. We will announce in a few weeks’ time a new filmscape that will allow us to reach more people across the country” adds festival director Ed Lejano.

The QCinema Completion Fund will give three grants to independent feature films which were either in principal photography or post-production when the community quarantine was implemented.

The grant is available for Filipino citizens, of legal age, whose film has a total budget of more than six million pesos and whose film’s principal photography should have started not earlier than 2019. Proponent can either be the director or producer of the film.

The final film must be completed by 2021 and shall have its Philippine premiere at QCinema in 2021.

Application form and other details are available at QCinema’s website and Facebook page.  Deadline is October 23, 2020.  The three selected projects will be announced during QCinema2020.

QCinema Special Industry Assistance Fund is a special assistance fund for Inter-Guild Alliance members. Under the agreement, QCinema will make available funds for COVID-related projects for 2021, which will be managed by Inter-Guild Alliance.

Some members of the alliance are the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Lupon ng mga Pilipinong Simematograpo, Filipino Film Editors, Soundspeed Philippines, Guild of Assistant Directors and Script Supervisors, Filipino Screenwriters’ Group, AKTOR (League of Filipino Actors), Soundspeed Philippines, Regional Filmmakers’ Network, and Stunts Association of the Philippines.

Sample projects identified by both organizations are safety officer certification; skillset augmentation, training and certification; and inter-guild collaboration workshops.

 

Lockdown Stories 

Aside from the two-assistance program launched by QCinema, it also delves into the lighter side of quarantine life.

It is giving P 50,000.00 each to six short films that can depict this.

The short film must have a minimum running time of three minutes and a maximum of five minutes, including their OBB and CBB. It can be narrative or a hybrid of narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental. The films can be shot using a smartphone, webcam, or any digital devices and must be produced between September to October 2020.

The competition is open to Filipino citizens, living in the Philippines, 18 years old and above.

Deadline for submission is October 30 and details are available at qcinema.ph or the festival’s Facebook page.

Updates about QCinema are regularly posted on its social media accounts. Details are also available at its website – qcinema.ph.

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News: CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES LIGHTS UP IN RED TO SUPPORT GLOBAL LIVE EVENTS INDUSTRY CAUSE

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The facade of the Cultural Center of the Philippines‘ (CCP) Main Building will be illuminated in red color on September 1, 2020, Tuesday from 7pm until 8pm.  The lighting event is CCP’s support to a worldwide cause of the live events industry led by the National Live Events Coalition (NLEC-PH).

The live events industry is a wide network of collaborators – planners, organizers, suppliers, talents, and freelancers.  NLEC-PH was formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its critical impact on the live events industry to amplify the voices, to empower, and to be advocates for every event practitioner.

While the NLEC-PH has made strides in coordinating with the government (with the Inter-Agency Task Force, in particular) in seeking support for the industry, thousands are still unemployed and companies are still struggling. Millions of our counterparts across the globe in the live events industry are still seeking aid, unemployment benefits and government assistance.

In the past couple of weeks, there have been campaigns across Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in support of the Live Events Industry where many event venues, outdoor spaces, theaters, arenas, iconic buildings and landmarks were lit red to shine a light on the crisis during the pandemic.  Movement in the United States plans to light red hundreds of buildings on September 1st, to call for urgent government assistance.

In order to raise awareness in the Philippines, the NLEC-PH is encouraging its fellow technical providers and rental companies to join in the campaign “Light up in Red” on the same date and time in support for all live event stakeholders.

The CCP fully supports these initiatives; and, as convenor of the Association of Philippine Performing Arts Spaces (APPAS), enjoins all its member-art spaces to participate in solidarity with NLEC-PH.

Ariel S.R. Yonzon, Associate Artistic Director for Production and Exhibition, CCP, said:  “The live events industry sector is a unique conglomeration of talent, skilled labor and service supply chain – many of whom have been direly affected by the pandemic; with mass gatherings embargo and quarantine protocols, in place.  We are all eager to get back to work and do what we love most – to interact and socialize, to present and perform, to fully experience live events with all our senses beyond mere virtual substitutes.  With Red Light September 1, let the light shine on our plight.”

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News: TOKWIFI NAMED BEST SHORT FEATURE FILM IN CINEMALAYA 2020

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Besting nine other films, Tokwifi prevails in this year’s edition of Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival as it brought home the coveted Best Short Feature Film and NETPAC Prize awards during the Awarding Program held on August 12, 2020, live on CCP and Cinemalaya Facebook pages, Vimeo and KUMU.

Directed by Carla Pulido Ocampo, Tokwifi was cited for its “highly original take on love between two persons coming from different eras and worlds, and how modernity and tradition could best be bridged by common humanity.”

Aside from the Balanghai trophy, the Best Film winner took home Php150,000 cash prize, a set of OSMO 3-Axis pocket hand-held camera and full color-grading services from Optima Digital Inc., worth Php360,000.

A film about an unlikely love story between a 1950s mestiza star trapped inside a television set that fell from the sky and a Bontok Igorot man who doesn’t know how to kiss, the film also won received the NETPAC Award for its magical but very convincing depiction of how women are boxed into stereotypes by television and how cultural communities are reduced into backward primitivism by the media.

NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) is a worldwide organization that promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of Asian films and filmmakers.

Filmmaker Martika Ramirez Escobar took home the Balanghai trophy for Best Direction for her film Living Things. She has “effectively orchestrated the resources of cinema in its whimsical yet convincing tale of how two people in
love confront the challenges of change by even more love and devotion.” Her film is about a woman who discovers that her decade-long lover has turned into a cardboard standee.

Best Screenplay award went to Pabasa Kan Pasyon, a film by Hubert Tibi. It was cited for its “moving tale of mother and son struggling to survive amid the sounds and sights of lent in the Philippine countryside.” The film follows a Bicolano family that turns to religion to make both ends meet.

Reeden Fajardo’s Quing Lalam Ning Aldo brought home the Audience Choice Award. He receives a certificate and Php50,000 cash prize. The heartwarming tale of a transgender sampaguita farmer who decides to renovate their neglected kitchen as soon as she hears that her son is coming home endears the film to the audience.

Joanna Vasquez Arong’s Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos received the Special Jury Prize for “its moving account through the eyes of a child of the ravages wrought by the strongest typhoon ever recorded in human history, its poignant poetry losing none of the event’s immediacy and tragedy.” She will take home a Balanghai trophy, Php60,000 cash prize, and DCP mastering package, worth Php25,000, from Central Digital Lab.

The Cinemalaya continues to screen on Vimeo until August 16. For those living outside the country, you can catch the global premiere of Cinemalaya on the Filipino Channel (TFC) from August 17 to 31, and on iWanTV from August 24 to September 7, 2020.

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News: PETA LAUNCHES NEW BATCH OF ONLINE THEATER WORKSHOPS

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Driven by its advocacy for education based on the principles of theater, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) continues to reinvent its workshop curricula to cater to the needs of not just individual artists and enthusiasts, but also of organizations and institutions. With the success of the recently concluded Creative Pedagogy classes, a newly crafted course aimed at helping educators cope with the demands of blended learning, the creation of new online workshop courses, on top of the expansion of current ones, has proven to be a step in the right direction.

This August, Stream 2 of Let’s Get Creative Plus offers a lineup of courses in varied topics. This month will see the return of the Acting for Stage and Acting for Screen classes, the online version of the highly requested Creative Musical Theater class, as well as two new introductory courses: Introduction to Writing for Performance and Introduction to Visual Arts. Taught by PETA’s finest artist-teachers, each course will bring a unique learning experience to each participant:

  • ACTING FOR STAGE

August 24, 26, 28, September 1, 3  (Weekdays)

August 22, 23, 29, 30, September 5 (Weekends)

Led by actors and directors, Ian Segarra and Dudz Teraña, PETA’s signature acting curriculum is once again brought onto the online realm. This course will give participants an intimate online space where they can master the craft of theater acting by learning the rudiments of script analysis, scenework, and character creation.

  • ACTING FOR SCREEN

August 24, 26, 28, September 1, 3 (Weekdays)

August 22, 23, 29, 30, September 5 (Weekends)

Designed to get participants to shake off their camera shyness, actor and director Phil Noble will guide workshop students as they learn and improve on the technical aspects of acting in front of a camera, including character creation and monologue performance.

  • CREATIVE MUSICAL THEATER

August 25, 27, 31, September 2, 4 (Afternoons)

August 25, 27, 31, September 2, 4 (Evenings)

Topping polls for online course requests, PETA is finally bringing its highly-anticipated CMT workshop online to be taught by composer and musical director, Jeff Hernandez. A course made to develop one’s musicality through activities rooted in experimentation and discovery, it is a sure way to boost one’s creative potential for musical performance on stage.

  • INTRODUCTION TO WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE

August 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

A course made to empower aspiring writers, J-mee Katanyag, writer and actor, will be leading participants in brain-stimulating exercises aimed at freeing writers of creative blocks in writing performative monologues, songs, short narratives, poems, or even in keeping a journal.

 

  • INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL ARTS

August 22, 23, 29, 30,

September 5

A creative journey designed to help participants gain confidence in their drawing skills, this course is also aimed at exercising one’s mindfulness amidst stressful times. Actor and designer, John Moran, will be leading participants in a series of creative projects infusing different elements of the arts such as the exploration of lines, shadows, light, texture, and movement. 

 

Conducted via Zoom, these courses will provide participants with an optimal online learning experience with a limited number of ten to twelve (10-12) students per class from the safety and comforts of their own home.

With safety and health precautions remaining to be a priority for everyone amidst the threat that COVID-19 poses, PETA continues to maximize the digital platform in bringing its services to patrons and partners alike. To this end, PETA has initiated the revival of its extension programs by launching its digital iteration—pioneered with a partnership with De La Salle Zobel and paving the way for the creation of a specialized wellness workshop, aimed at the emotional and mental wellness of students at a time where support through a sense of community is more important than ever. This, together with the expansion of Let’s Get Creative Plus, is PETA’s way of continuing its advocacy for education in the time of crisis.

Interested to enroll in any of these online workshops? Find out more at www.bit.ly/PETAOnlineWorkshop, or contact Betita at  0926-406-6858 or betitasarmiento@petatheater.com 

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

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News: FREE SCREENINGS AT CINEMALAYA 2020

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Want to be part of the Cinemalaya film festival but life’s a little tough on the pocket nowadays?  Don’t worry you can still participate with the free screenings of selected Cinemalaya featured films.

Watch the award-winning short stories from across the Asia in Visions of Asia and Allied Festival sections.  These films screenings are made possible through the partnerships with Eiga Sai Japan Film Festival, EuroPelikula, and Iran Film Festival.

Featured films include: MY LITTLE GOAT by director Misato Tomoki; A JAPANESE BOY WHO DRAWS by director Kawajiri Masanao; A SUNNY DAY by director Faouzi Bensaidi; HUNGRY SEAGULL by director Leon Wang; OLMO by director Silvio Soldini; TUA INGUGU by director Daniela Thomas; and I AM AMERICAN by director Omid Mirzaei.

Gawad Alternatibo Para sa Pelikula at Video screens for free all its short film finalists in Animation, Experimental, Documentary, Short Feature, Crosscurrents, and Emergent Media (Video Games).

There will also be Gawad Special Screenings, featuring films from the European Union and Embassy of Iran under the CCP Arthouse Cinema section, shorts from the School of Slow Media coupled with a human-centered storytelling workshop, the QuaranTimes Chronicles shorts and docu essays from alternative media organizations, and the winning shorts from DepEd’s National Festival of Talents-Sineliksik Competitions.

Award-winning playwright Ricky Lee will have a class reunion with the alumni of his writing workshop, which started in 1982.  Cinemalaya will host the grand reunion on August 8, at 1pm.  It will be streamed online via the Cinemalaya and CCP Facebook pages and KUMU.

Not to be missed are the sessions of Cinemalaya Campus, free live streaming on the Cinemalaya and CCP Facebook pages and KUMU from August 10 to August 14.  You can also watch the Cinemalaya Campus Short Shorts Winners on August 14; it will be screened within the Cinemalaya Campus session.

Know who will take home the plum awards in the Cinemalaya Awards program on August 12, 2pm. There will also be a Closing Program on August 16, also at 2pm. You can watch both events live in the Cinemalaya and CCP Facebook pages, KUMU and Vimeo.

For a complete schedule and more information, check out the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph), follow the CCP official account in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You may also check out the official Cinemalaya Facebook page.

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News: CINEMALAYA SETS SAIL WITH ITS DIGITAL EDITION THIS AUGUST

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THE Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival continues to sail on its 16th year with its digital edition slated on August 7 to 16, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s biggest independent film festival will be screened on Vimeo.

Co-produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc., this year’s film festival will feature Short Films in Competition.

Out of 244 entries submitted, 10 short films were selected and will vie for the Best Film award. These are: ANG GASGAS NA PLAKA NI LOLO BERT (THE BROKEN VINYL RECORD) by Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori; ANG PAGPAKALMA SA UNOS (TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE) by Joanna Vasquez Arong; EXCUSE ME MISS, MISS, MISS by Sonny Calvento; FATIGUED by James Robin Mayo; LIVING THINGS by Martika Ramirez Escobar; PABASA KAN PASYON by Hubert Tibi; QUING LALAM NING ALDO (UNDER THE SUN) by Reeden Fajardo; THE SLUMS by Jan Andrei Cobey; TOKWIFI by Carla Pulido Ocampo; and UTWAS (ARISE) by Richard Salvadico and Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay.

In Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert, an old vinyl record alters a closeted gay man’s life. Meanwhile, memories catch up as a girl visits a ravaged port city in Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos.

Excuse Me Miss, Miss, Miss tells the story about a department store sales lady who unearths the ultimate secret to regularization; while Fatigued is about an employee who overslept and must wake-up from a nightmare.

Living Things is about a woman who discovers that her decade-long lover has turned into a cardboard standee. Pabasa kan Pasyon follows a Bicolano family that turns to religion to make both ends meet.

In Quing Lalam Ning Aldo, a transgender sampaguita farmer decides to renovate their neglected kitchen as soon as she hears that her son is going home. The Slums, on the other hand, follow a documentary team who progressively intervenes and trespasses  into the lives of a poor family living in the slums as they try to cope with the loss of
their TV.

In Tokwifi, a 1950s mestiza star, trapped inside a television that fell from the sky, dreams up a romantic romp with a Bontok Igorot man who does not know how to kiss. Meanwhile, Utwas narrates how a young boy discovers the ocean as he tries to learn how to dive and fish.

Aside from the main competition, the Cinemalaya will have a specially-curated Short Films in Exhibition, featuring 20 short films namely:

1. GULIS (LINES) by Kyle Francisco
2. IGIB (FETCH) by Joey Paras
3. GRAND GESTURES by Cody Abad
4. HIMAGSIK NG HIWAGA (REVOLT OF THE MYSTIC) by Geoffrey Solidum
5. PAON (BAIT) by Seb Valdez
6. TAHANAN by Mick Quito
7. TARANG (LIFE’S PEDAL) by Arvin Belarmino
8. SUMASAIYO, (YOURS TRULY,) by Jermaine Tulbo
9. ANG MERON SA WALA (BEYOND NOTHING) by Arby and Christine Laraño
10. DISPLACED by Aedrian Araojo
11. JEPOY by Avid Liongoren
12. KUNG SAAN PATAG ANG BUNDOK (WHERE THE HORIZON MEETS THE
MOUNTAIN) by Dolliete Cristi Mari Echon
13. OCTOGOD by Shievar Olegario
14. PINAKANAKAPAGPAPABAGABAG-DAMDAMIN (MOST DISTURBING
FEELING) by Jermaine Tulbo
15. HABAK (CHARM) by Christian Paolo Lat and Mia Salisbury
16. SI GLORIA AT SI JUAN by Gilliano Salvador
17. ANG NAWALANG HALIGI (PILLAR) by Sarah Mya Regacho
18. DAMA DE NOCHE by Lawrence Arvin Sibug
19. MATA by Bryan Kenette Padilla
20. THE ROOFTOP by Avirup Biswas

 

Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia, will also continue its run this year. Visions of Asia, one of the major components of the film festival, will screen award-winning indie films from Asia.

Cinemalaya will also pay tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the Philippine film industry – director Peque Gallaga and actress Anita Linda.

Screenwriter Ricky Lee, in partnership with Cinemalaya, will conduct a scriptwriting masterclass. There will also be a virtual reunion of his writing workshop alumni.

Don’t miss out on other Cinemalaya components such as the Cinemalaya Retrospectives, featuring past Cinemalaya films, and Cinemalaya Campus, among others.

For more updates, please visit the CCP and Cinemalaya websites. Follow the official CCP and Cinemalaya social media accounts.

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NEWS: THE CCP KAISA SA SINING MINDANAO ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 1ST GADOR AWARDS

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Kaisa Sa Sining (KSS) Mindanao announces the recipients of the 1st GADOR Awards namely Joey Ayala (Davao City), Dr. Steven P.C. Fernandez (Iligan City), Nestor Horfilla (Davao City), Agnes Locsin (Davao City), Sunnie Noel (Marawi City & Dipolog City), Maria Wanan Todi (Lake Sebu), Integrated Performing Arts Guild (MSU-IIT Iligan City), and Sining Kambayoka Ensemble (MSU Marawi City).

Joey Ayala

The Kaisa sa Sining Regional Arts Centers is a partnership program of the CCP thru its Cultural Exchange Department (CED) that was launched in 2014 and is aimed at strengthening further the CCP’s linkages and cooperation with regional educational institutions, non-government organizations and local government units in order to broaden public participation in the arts, promote and showcase artistic excellence and facilitate a vibrant collaboration between and among communities.  In the past six years, the cooperation and exchanges between and among CCP and the KSS network have become more dynamic.  To date, the KSS network has already grown to a total of 50 organizations in 46 areas/communities in the regions: 19 in Luzon, 14 in Visayas and 17 in Mindanao.

The Gador Awards: A Salute and Gratitude to Outstanding Mindanao Artists, Cultural Workers & Organizations, was one of the action plans and projects that the KSS Mindanao agreed to implement during a KSS regional forum held in Koronadal City last 2018.  In fulfillment of this plan, the CCP CED facilitated the conceptualization and planning of the project.  In early June 2019, a five-member technical working committee (TWC) was formed by the CED composed of key representatives from four KSS Mindanao organizations with CED as the lead facilitator.  The program guidelines were made and disseminated to all the KSS Mindanao network in August 2019.  The nomination period was from August 2019 to January 2020.  The Selection Committee (SC) was formed in December 2019 composed of prominent leaders/artists/practitioners from various communities and sectors in Mindanao.  The final deliberation and selection was held on February 13, 2020 in Davao de Oro.

Agnes Locsin

The Gador Award aims to give recognition to deserving Mindanao individuals and/or organizations who have exemplified commendable work and services in cultural and artistic endeavors, and have been in the forefront of the research, development, preservation, education and promotion of arts and culture in Mindanao for at least ten (10) years or more.  The general criteria indicate that an awardee must have made exceptional accomplishments in creative work, leadership, resource management, education, artist support, audience development, community service, solidarity and partnership.

When asked why is it important to recognize the achievements of the artists, cultural workers and organizations in Mindanao?  Felimon Blanco, Artistic Director of Teatro Guindengan of La Salle University Ozamiz City, which is one of the KSS Mindanao, shared – “Mindanao is always celebrated through the ingenious works of its highly artistic and creative people.  But, rarely has it been given national prominence due to its “distance” to the “center”.  The Mindanao experiences are very distinct as these celebrate the rich cultural heritage and vibrant artistic practices of the region.  Recognizing the people behind these initiatives in Mindanao means elevating these for the rest of the world to take notice of the artistic excellence and cultural integrity of grounded artists and cultural workers.  The Gador Award will create a stamp in the history of Mindanao arts and culture, that highlight exemplary works and advocacies that are worth emulating.  It is hoped that this will inspire the next generation of Mindanao artist-leaders to continue practicing high artistry and cultural integrity in their works that are grounded on peoples’ traditions in Mindanao”.

The Chairperson and President of another member of the KSS Mindanao, The Musikahan sa Tagum Foundation Inc., Alma L. Uy, RN, maintained that the Gador Award is long overdue for Mindanaoan artists and culture specialists who deserve to be recognized for their valuable contributions and achievements in the flourishing of arts and culture not just in Mindanao but in the whole country as well.

Dr. Christine F. Godinez Ortega, Founder and Board Chair of the Mindanao Creative & Cultural Workers Group and a former Professor at the MSU Iligan Institute of Technology, another member of the KSS Mindanao, adds “Mindanao’s artists and cultural workers continue to pursue cultural and artistic activities without any recognition or promise of awards because what they do are significant for future generations.  CCP had always reached out to the regions but I am happy that the CCP has embarked on this program to give recognition to Mindanao’s artists and cultural workers.  This is one more opportunity for Mindanao’s artists and cultural workers to shine because they are the bearers of native cultures and traditions, and they are not just resourceful but, are equally gifted in their innovations and their contemporizing various artistic forms to show what is beautiful and diverse about Mindanao”.

CCP CED Department Manager, Chinggay Bernardo expressed, “In our continuous cultural community outreach work in four decades, we have witnessed the unique and superior artistry, dedication and perseverance of many Mindanaoan artists and cultural workers.  So, we fully support the institutionalization of an awards program that will regularly give recognition to outstanding achievements of Mindanaoan artists, cultural workers & organizations.  The Gador Awards, the most recent initiative and joint project of the CCP KSS Mindanao network, will certainly encourage and inspire the Mindanao artistic & cultural community to aim for excellence and do public/community service”.

The 17 CCP KSS Mindanao are: Ateneo De Davao, Central Mindanao University Musuan-Bukidnon, City of Cotabato, City of Glan, City of Koronadal, City of Tacurong, Consortium of Universities & Colleges-Cagayan De Oro City, DMC College Foundation-Dipolog City, Dumendingan Arts Guild-Pagadian City, La Salle University-Ozamiz City, Mindanao State University-Marawi City, MSU Iligan Institute of Technology-Iligan City, MSU TCTO-Tawi Tawi, Musikahan Sa Tagum Found. Inc.-Tagum City, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges Gen. Santos City and Marbel, and St. Francis Xavier College-San Francisco-Agusan Del Sur.

Due to the present quarantine and travel restrictions, the GADOR Awards Ceremony is being held virtually.  It began last July 2 and is ongoing up to July 16 from the home base of the awardees.  For more information, contact the CCP CED at tel. no. (632-8) 832-3674 and 832-1125 locals 1708-1709 or email at ccp.ced2014@gmail.com.

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NEWS: The Virgin LabFest 2020 KAPIT is EXTENDED this July

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DUE to insistent public demand, the Virgin Labfest 2020: Kapit will have its extended run on Vimeo, starting July 2 to 15, 2020.

For two more weeks, theater fans will have a chance to watch and experience the theater festival of untried, untested and unstaged plays on the virtual stage.

Fifteen main features, staged readings and revisited plays will have their extended run, namely Nicko de Guzman’s Bagahe, Tyrone Casumpang’s BlackPink, Jay Crisostomo’s Dapithapon, Dingdong Novenario’s Dominador Gonzales – National Artist, Herlyn Alegre’s Fangirls, Luisito Nario’s Gin Bilog, Buch Dacanay’s Jenny Li, Bernice Dacara’s Matira Matibay, Norman Boquiren’s Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw, Claro De Los Reyes’ Mongoloida’s Casa De Pun, Juliene Mendoza’s Multiverse, Daryl Pasion’s Papaano Turuan Ang Babae Humawak ng Baril, Floyd Scott Tiogangco’s Pilot Episode, Kim Vergara’s The Boyboy and Friends Channel, and Jobert Gray’s Titser Kit.

Sign up with Vimeo to subscribe.  Avail the Regular Package (Php100) to access all the extended plays.  Or opt for the Premium Package (Php100) to access the plays with special features. Log on to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vlf2020kapit.

With the assistance from Japan Foundation, all plays will have English subtitles.

Read the VLF 2020: Kapit Souvenir Program: https://bit.ly/3cQi894

Engage with the VLF community.  Join the VLF online hangout place! https://bit.ly/36QdOp0

Share your VLF experience using the hashtags #VLF2020 #VLFKapit #CCPOnline #CCP50

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News: PETA ONLINE PERFORMANCES ON NATIONALISM AND HEROISM THIS JUNE

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) launched its family-themed Storytelling Sundays series last month, featuring a mix of music, shadow puppetry, animation and performances by various storytellers. This June, PETA’s Storytelling Sundays focuses on the themes of nationalism and heroism, as Filipinos celebrate Independence Day to honor past and modern-day heroes.

As the country begins to face the new normal and other challenges brought by the General Community Quarantine and the COVID-19 pandemic, PETA’s Storytelling Sundays aim to fit its featured stories to teach lessons on current social issues to audiences. “For three Sundays of June, we’re devoting to stories that center on heroism – what makes a hero out of even ordinary Filipinos,” says Storytelling Sundays writer Felinda Bagas. “No matter who we are, what our situations are, we can all be heroes for our country.”



The first of the June series opens June 7, with two stories: Marvino’s League of Superheroes by Rae Rival-Cosico, performed back to back with song-turned-story Ako’y Isang Mabuting Pilipino by singer-song writer Noel Cabangon.

In time for Independence Day, on the second week of June, PETA will feature stories about Andres Bonifacio and Gregoria De Jesus, Ngumiti si Andoy by Xi Zuq and Ang Lakambini at Ako by Becky Bravo, on June 14.

For June’s finale episode, Storytelling Sundays revisits and reinvents of one of PETA’s beloved plays, Christine Bellen’s Batang Rizal on June 28, a condensed adaptation for the digital platform with new animation. This line-up of stories aims to inspire a love for country and people across all ages, during a time when we need it most.

Aside from the theme of nationalism, Storytelling Sundays gives a treat for Father’s Day on June 21 with Russell Molina’s Tuwing Sabado and Ano’ng Gupit Natin Ngayon?, two stories about fatherhood that tell how, in so many ways, our fathers and father-figures influence who we are, how we think, and what kind of persons we could be.

Storytelling Sundays this June is presented by an exciting roster of storytellers: Rak of Aegis’ well-loved ‘Tolits’ Jerald Napoles and Pepe Herrera, renowned folk singer Noel Cabangon, Noel Comia, Jr. and Bourne Livelo from Tagu-taguan Nasaan Ang Buwan?, PETA’s own Gold Villar-Lim, and master storyteller Bodjie Pascua who will be making a comeback in one of the episodes.

PETA’s Shé Maala continues to host Storytelling Sundays, “Shé narrates about the world of storytelling, its importance, and even talks about what elements make a good story,” says Felinda Bagas. “Through our host, our viewers have the chance to better understand the value of the stories, and maybe also learn to become great storytellers and artists themselves.”

As June’s episodes deal with heroes, fathers, and Filipinos, PETA hopes to show viewers how the characters of the stories help us recognize who we are, understand what we feel, and understand other people and their actions and motivations. “I think this is particularly important when we talk about heroes or historical events,” says Felinda Bagas. “These children’s stories bring heroes closer and more relatable to listeners. Our heroes were just like us, and now we get to understand what made them extraordinary. We get to relate to the situations that gave them strength and courage to fight for a whole nation’s freedom.”

“We have a really full program,” shares PETA Artistic Director Maribel Legarda. “It’s very exciting and we’re excited to perform it for audiences.” With the upcoming line-up for Storytelling Sundays, presented by notable artists both in theater and on screen, PETA hopes that all viewers will enjoy and hopefully learn from them – maybe even find something in the stories to hold on to, to help us cope with everything happening in our country and all over the world right now.

Storytelling Sundays streams through PETA’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/petatheater.

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News: Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, Tanghalang Pilipino’s Walang Sugat, Michael Cinco x Ballet Philippines Autumn-Fall 2020 are among the CCP shows in line up to be stream online this May

CCP shows (online streaming) May 2020

Miss going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines and watch its world-class shows? The CCP Online premieres archival recordings and shows in HD that celebrate Filipino artistry and talents.

This May 19, CCP puts the spotlight on the Visayan culture and traditions in “Perlas ng Silangan” (Pearl of the Orient Sun). Made possible through its Cultural Exchange Department, the collaborative dance drama featuring four leading regional performing groups, namely the Sinukwan Kapampangan Performing Arts of Angeles City, Pampanga; Maskara Theater Ensemble of the University of St. La Salle Bacolod City; the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe Rondalla from NCR; and the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) of MSU-IIT Iligan City. The show was presented on October 10 at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

Ballet Philippines’ Romeo and Juliet takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster on May 21. With music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes, the Shakespeare’s classic romance tale of star-crossed lovers offer audiences a captivating feast for the senses.

It’s a sarsuwela night on May 23 with Tanghalang Pilipino’s Walang Sugat. Written by Severino Reyes who is regarded as the father of the Tagalog sarsuwela, it follows the story of Tenyong who outwits the people trying to separate him from his love interest Julia. The literary masterpiece speaks against imperialism, revealing scenes that depicted the cruelty of the Spanish friars and how patriotic Filipinos died in their hands.

Tanghalang Pilipino’s Walang Sugat. Photographs by Erickson Dela Cruz © 2012

 

Fashion and ballet come together on May 26 with the Michael Cinco x Ballet Philippines Autumn-Fall 2020. Produced to celebrate the golden anniversary of BP, the one-night gala features Swan Lake-inspired dance choreography by Alden Lugnasin and the couture fashion collection by designer Michael Cinco.

 

Agnes Locsin’s neo-ethnic masterpiece, Ballet Philippines’ Encantada, premieres on the virtual stage on May 28. Presented as the opening salvo for BP’s 42nd dance season, it centers around the sovereign spirit of the mountain. The show featured guest artist Georgette Sanchez and BP principal dancer Candice Adea as the Encantada, Jean Marc Cordero as Estranjero and Katherine Trofeo and Carissa Adea as the Babaylan.

 

The hit superhero musical, Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal, saves the day on May 30. Based on graphic novel of the same title by Carlo Vergara and performed by Tanghalang Pilipino actors, it follows the adventure of a gay beauty salon owner who transforms into a voluptuous superhero who saves her town from marauding zombies, power-tripping fashion forward aliens and a giant dancing frog.

Catch these shows at CCP YouTube channels. Watch as much as you can for free. The shows are live for a week. Subscribe to their YouTube channel at bit.ly/CCPOnlineYT!

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