Collage Posters of Cinemalaya 2021 short films

WITH the ebb and flow of the global health crisis gripping the country, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival navigates the social currents and plugs in the life support for the Philippine cinema industry as it journeys anew to the digital platform this coming August 6 to September 5, 2021, streaming on

17th Cinemalaya theme, Navigating currents.

Banking on the know-how built-up from last year’s edition, the country’s biggest independent film festival presents its second online edition this year with thirteen (13) short films competing for the prestigious Balanghai trophies.

Competing for the Best Film are: AN SADIT NA PLANETA (THE LITTLE PLANET) by Arjanmar H. Rebeta; ANG MGA NAWALANG PAG-ASA AT PANLASA (THE LOST HOPES AND FLAVORS) by Kevin Jay Ayson; ANG PAGDADALAGA NI LOLA MAYUMI by Shiri De Leon; ATE O.G. by Kevin Mayuga; BEAUTY QUEEN by Myra Aquino; CROSSING by Marc Misa; KAWATAN SA SALOG (A TOY IN THE RIVER) by Alphie Velasco; KIDS ON FIRE by Kyle Nieva; LOOKING FOR RAFFLESIAS AND OTHER FLEETING THINGS by James Fajardo; MASKI PAPANO (I MASK GO ON) by Che Tagyamon And Glenn Barit; NAMNAMA EN LOLANG (GRANDMOTHER’S HOPE) by Jonnie Lyn P. Dasalla; OUT OF BODY by Enrico Po; and THE DUST IN YOUR PLACE by David Olson.

An Sadit na Planeta poster

An Sadit na Planeta follows the adventure of a young man as he explores a little planet. (more details hereAng Mga Nawalang Pag-Asa at Panlasa (more details here), meanwhile, is a documentary on the quest of finding “pagkaing iloco” in the midst of a pandemic.

Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-asa at Panlasa Poster
Ang Pagdadalaga ni Mayumi poster

In Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Lola Mayumi (more details here), a virginal old woman hires a callboy to change her perspective about men. Ate O.G. (more details here) tells about a struggling aging house helper who finds herself going through an unexpected and uplifting experience.

Ate O.G. poster
Beauty Queen, Cinemalaya 2021 short feature film Poster

A young woman struggles to find herself after losing her father during World War II in Beauty Queen (more details here). On the other hand, a desperate robber is forced to choose whether he should become a hero to his victims or fall victim to a robbery himself in Crossing (more details here).

Crossing film poster
Kawatan sa Salog film poster

Kawatan sa Salog (more details here) is about a mischievous child learns the value of time and life as he finds his way back home to his father. Kids on Fire (more details here) is the story of a prepubescent boy who discovers the power of his sexuality during a religious camp.

Kids on Fire film poster
Looking For Rafflesias and Other Fleeting Things film poster

Looking For Rafflesias And Other Fleeting Things (more details here) narrates how a tikbalang transforms into a teenage boy to disprove the rumor that horse demons are killing civilians in the mountain.

Maski Papano poster

A disposed facemask turns into a humanoid and starts an adventure looking for its previous owner in Maski Papano (more details here), while a grandmother and her baby grandson find solace in each other and face the harsh reality of the pandemic together in Namnama En Lolang (more details here).

Namnama en Lolang poster
Out of Body poster

Out Of Body (more details here) takes the audience in a macabre commercial shoot with a young model. Meanwhile, career and friendship are on the line when a comic strip artist tells her writer the truths about his relationships in The Dust In Your Place. (more details here)

The Dust in your Place poster

On its 17th year, the film festival re-thinks its direction and strategy to remain significant in the contemporary time, while continuing to fulfill its mission of discovering, encouraging, supporting, training and recognizing gifted Filipino independent filmmakers.

While Cinemalaya has remained the vanguard of the Philippine independent filmmaking since its inception in 2005, the Selection Committee has observed that submissions for the Main Competition have become predictable and followed recurrent themes such as gender, poverty, and social inequalities.

To unearth new cinematic voices and develop a growing audience for independent cinema for its 2023 edition, the Cinemalaya introduces new direction and further expands its cinematic boundaries through the Cinemalaya Film Lab, a three-month-long film-laboratory mentorship program happening on September to November 2021.

The CCP will open its ground with a hybrid drive-in cinema, dubbed Cinema Under the Stars, where film habitués can watch a film in the hybrid drive-in cinema at Liwasang Ullalim. The first audience-centered on-site event since the lockdown, the hybrid outdoor cinema welcomes everyone, whether they are riding their cars or bikes, or even just walking and jogging.

Meanwhile, the Cinemalaya mainstays remain. 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; while IndieNation showcases notable and critically acclaimed feature length and short films produced in the past year that will have a continued run at Cinemalaya.

Don’t miss out on other components such as the Cinemalaya Retrospectives, featuring past Cinemalaya films, and Cinemalaya Campus, among others. The film festival will also pay tribute to individuals who have made great contributions to the Philippine film industry, including director Mel Chionglo, former head of the Cinemalaya Competition and Monitoring Committee with the screenings of three of his best films.

Catch the Premieres, featuring full-length and short films which have been produced in the past year and will be screened for the first time in the Philippines, as well as the book launching of the “Riding the Waves: 15 Years of Cinemalaya,” a complete guide to the colorful history of the country’s biggest independent film festival.

The 2021 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc., in partnership with streaming partners and Kumu.

For more updates, please visit the CCP ( and Cinemalaya ( websites.

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The 2021 Cinemalaya Short Feature Film Finalists

Cinemalaya 2021 -Short Feature Finalists banner

THE Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival announces the 13 finalists who will compete in the Short Film Category.

The finalists are: Kids On Fire by Kyle Nieva; Maski Papano by Che Tagyamon & Glenn Barit; Beauty Queen by Myra Aquino; An Sadit na Planeta by Arjanmar H. Rebeta; Crossing by Marc Misa; Kawatan Sa Salog by Ralph John Velasco; Looking For Rafflesias and Other Fleeting Things by James Fajardo; Out of Body by Enrico Po; The Dust in Your Place by David Olson; Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-asa at Panlasa by Kevin Jay Ayson; Ang Pagdadalaga ni Lola Mayumi by Shiri Francesca D. De Leon; Ate OG by Kevin Mayuga; and Namnama en Lolang (Grandmother’s Hope) by Jonnie Lyn Dasalla.

The 2021 Cinemalaya Short Film Makers. Edited by Sir Mell Navarro.

Because of the continuing COVID-19 situation, the country’s biggest independent film festival will have its second online edition this year.  On its 17th year, Cinemalaya will focus on Short Films in Competition, Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, exhibitions under the Visions of Asia, Documentary and Premiere section.

Alongside these festival components, Cinemalaya revitalizes its education initiatives through masterclasses offered by the Cinemalaya Institute.

In addition, starting this year, a salient breakthrough for upcoming Cinemalaya finalists is the Film Lab, which will give them the opportunity to learn from professionals and experts in the industry the different aspects of filmmaking — from scriptwriting, directing, cinematography, performance, editing, production design, sound, music, production management to promotion strategies.

Co-produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cinemalaya 2021 will have a month-long run starting August 6, 2021.

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News: Over 30 world-renowned musicians unites for PINTIG, A Percussion Festival this May

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Before this month of May ends, There will be a one-of-a-kind musical Festival which will happen online. Brought to us by The Cultural Center of the Philippines‘ Office of the President and Percussive Arts Society Philippines (PAS PH), PINTIG -A Percussion Festival marks as one of the biggest gatherings of performing artists in the country today, for over 30 talented musicians from all over the world will gather to show us their impressive talents through the wonderful sounds of percussion and drum instruments. Apart from performances, there will be also Master Classes to be conducted by world-renowned percussionists.

This three (3)-day virtual festival, which seeks to further promote the musical sounds of percussion and drums, boasts of highly-engaging activities for everyone. Pintig is a Tagalog word for “Beat” or “rhythm” in musical terms. Pintig Festival will conduct and provide performances, clinics, master classes, workshops and panels given by the finest artists in the country and showcasing all areas of percussion, drum set, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health & wellness.  PINTIG, A Percussion Festival will happen from May 28 to May 30, 7:30 PM, at the CCP Office of the President Facebook Page. ( –OPEN TO ALL and NO ADMISSION FEE.

Delight in the performances of over THIRTY (30) of the most recognizable names in drumming and percussion.  The performers are Alexis Constantino (Percussionist from ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra),
Aaron Awitan Reyes (FEU Drumline),
Andrea Tanlapco (Temple Hill International School),
Arthur Lipner (World-renowned Keyboard Percussionist),
Arvin Olete (UP College of Music),
Benedict Marcelino (UP College of Music),
Chico Macorol (UP College of Music),
Cyd and Ruth Tumpalan (Filipino artists based in USA),
Daniel Bartolome (Award-winning Music Director),
Eisen Soler (Citizen’s Brigade Band of Dasma City),
Ernie Severino (from Side A band),
Gian Vergel (UST Conservatory of Music),
Jacques and Jose Dufourt (UP College of Music/ Pinikpikan/ Salsamba),
John Paul Villahermosa (UP College of Music/ OFY/ Banda 46, Carmona Cavite),
Dr. John Wooton (World-renowned Percussionist and Rudimental Drummer),
Otep Concepcion (South Border),
Julia Tabije (UP College of Music),
Junjun Regalado (drummer of Bamboo),
Jun Regalado (Asia’s Best Drummer),
Karmi Santiago (Drummer of Ebe Dancel/ Baihana/ Richard Poon),
Kent Bryan Capistrano (PWU/ OFY/, Banda 5, Cardona, Rizal),
Kevin Castelo (Jacobs School of Music Indiana University),
Lexter Deo D. Santos (OFY/ CEU/ PWU),
Mar Dizon (First Zildjian Philippines Ambassador),
Mariella Evhavez (Classic Youth Orchestra, Cebu City),
Maria Elora C. Aquino (Temple Hill International School),
Rhonnel Iban?ez (OFY/ CEU / Banda Dos Kabataan, Angono Rizal),
Ryan Peralta (Drumstart Drum Circles Philippines),
Satur Tiamson (Filipino Artist based in Hong Kong/ Angono Wind Ensemble and President of PAS Philippines),
Tusa Montes (UP College of Music),
Abby Clutario (UP College of Music),
Vinnie Aguas (Filipino based in USA),
Zara Lachica (UST Conservatory of Music and Secretary and Treasurer of PAS Philippines),
Jayson Rivera (Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra),
Batukada De Negros Percussion Group,
Digos City Tribal Beatz,
UST Percussion Ensemble: Mark Eduard Hipona, Gabriel Zagala, Roby Calderon, Allan Abdulla, Isaac Belostrino, Emmanuel John Mahipus, Franco Tantay, Isaac De Alva, Koreen Trinidad, Nicolette Zamora,
KKK: Kundiman, Kwentuhan at Katuwaan musicians, Nobel Queano (Guitarist and Arranger- HK Based), Lorraine Lisen (Soprano) and Zscharmaine Princess Baretto (Soprano),
Orchestra of the Filipino Youth Percussion Ensemble, and
Patrick Jarod Paz (OFY).

Alongside with these exciting performances from the artists mentioned above, a series of workshops will also be offered EXCLUSIVELY to Percussive Arts Society members.  World-renowned keyboard percussionist Arthur Lipner will elevate your understanding of various keyboard percussions on his workshop entitled, KEYBOARD PERCUSSION MASTERCLASS, which will happen on May 28, at 8:30 PM.  John Wooton a.k.a. Dr. Throwdown, a highly-respected percussion educator gives his lecture on UNDERSTANDING RUDIMENTS AND CLAVE,” on May 29, at 8:30PM. Those who would like to attend these workshops may sign up for PAS membership.  The link for registration is or you may contact Mr. Satur Tiamson on Facebook and email at

PINTIG, A Percussion Festival is a project of the CCP Office of the President’s SINING SIGLA Program.  This program, under the leadership of CCP President Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso, aims to continuously reach out to the public, even in the midst of the pandemic, by providing culturally-relevant art programs online.  Past programs include ‘Jazz Stay At Home’ (Jazz Festival), ‘MALA’ (Movies Adapted from Literary Arts), ‘Sigla ng Pasko,’ and ‘Awit at Dula: Pagbabalik-tanaw sa Unang Hari ng Balagtasan.’

Schedule of Performances:

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Day 2

Day 3

Mr. Satur Tiamson, President of Percussive Arts Society Philippines mentioned during the virtual press launch to make sure not to missed the 3rd day of the festival because there will be a special presentation not only for the audiences but for all the percussionists.

The Pintig, a Percussion Festival is also supported by JB Music Philippines, Initial- P Percussion Studio (HK), Innovative Percussion, Inc. (USA), Gip Percussion (HK), Coray Percussion (HK)and Prologix Percussion USA.

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PR: 2021 QCinema Shorts Finalists Unveiled

QCinemaShorts 2021 Film Makers (v2)

QCinema International Film Festival’s #QCShorts are back.

Festival organizers announce the six entries chosen to compete in this year’s #QCShorts competition. Each film will receive a production grant worth P350,000 with ownership of film rights. These films will premiere in this year’s QCinema that is set for the last quarter of this year.

QCinema Festival Director Ed Lejano says “It has been a series of pivots in these trying times where festivals all over have been hit hard & struggling to present new works. This year, we are bringing back one of our audience’s favorites, our QCShorts competition, for them to look forward to this year, whether it will be theatrical or streaming. “

Out of hundreds of entries, QCinema has chosen to award six grants to a promising batch of filmmakers in a line-up that’s edgy and diverse. It spans a range of visionary stories – from nostalgic coming-of-age & topical LGBTQ themes, compelling dramas amidst urban & regional settings, to experimental fiction & wacky mockumentary.

The winning entries are Skylab by Chuck Escasa; Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol by Maria Estela Paiso; i get so sad sometimes by Trishtan Perez; MIGHTY ROBO V by Miko Livelo and Mihk Vergara; Henry by Kaj Palanca; and City of Flowers by Xeph Suarez.

Skylab by Chuck Escasa is about two troubled boys, a satellite falling to the earth, and dark forces threatening the world.

Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol tells the story of Maya who is forced to go home to Zambales and confront a house that terrorizes her as frogs rain outside.

i get so sad sometimes is about a gay teenager eagerly waiting for a mature man to finally reveal his face after developing an anonymous sexual relationship with him online.

MIGHTY ROBO V tells what happens when a documentary crew covering the Philippine Giant Monster Defense Institute’s Mighty Robo V program learns that the wrong people were hired for the job.

Henry is about a teenager longing for another life when he visits a mansion’s construction site to seek compensation for his older brother’s work injury.

City of Flowers is set in 2013, when the City of Zamboanga is celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, just before the Zamboanga siege. It tells the story of a pregnant couple trying to survive a drought wreaking havoc on their flower farm and raising enough money for the childbirth.

Livelo, Vergara, Suarez, and Palanca returns as QCinema directors.

In 2014, Livelo directed the #QCShorts entry Sa Ngalan ni Ultimate Warrior. Vergara, in 2015, joined the Circle Competition and his entry Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo won the audience and gender sensitivity awards.

Suarez’ short film Si Astri maka si Tambulah made it to QCinema 2017 shorts competition. He also produced the QCinema 2016 Best Short Film Hondo.

Palanca co-wrote and co-directed the short film Contestant #4, the Audience Choice Award winner at the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival.

More details about the festival and the #QCShorts competition will be released soon. Information is also available at or

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Musica Europa 12 (resized)
Far Eastern University’s annual choral festival with the European Union Delegation in the Philippines as its principal partner proudly presents
Musica FEUropa 12,
a virtual series of concerts
for the first time on
May 15, 22, 29 and 30, 2021.

 Musica FEUROPA 12  will celebrate the power of music  with choral groups sharing  their virtual performances  to showcase both Philippine and European pieces for the public to see, hear and enjoy.

 Musica FEUROPA aims to elevate the standards of participating choirs by using the European guidelines for competitions. It prepares Filipino choirs to participate in European choral competitions and fosters an openness to cultural exchange.

The main purpose of Musica FEUROPA is to make it one of the definitive festivals in the choral circuit, first in the Philippines, then in the world:
— To promote the European Union in the Philippines, particularly through its music during the European Union Month of May;
— To expose Filipino choirs to the works of European composers; and
— To give equal importance to the works of Filipino composers.

 As in previous years,  highly respected Adjudicators  from the Philippine choral circuit  will be present in the first three concerts to provide constructive feedback to each of the selected choirs.

The adjudicators are as follows:
Anna Abeleda-Piquero,
Mark Anthony Carpio,
Dr. Ed Manguiat,
Ramon Lijauco, Jr.,
Jonathan Velasco, and
Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan.

 Some of these adjudicators will return for the finale on May 30 to conduct their choir in the Concert of Champions.

 The latter will feature various Filipino choirs who have won not just in Musica FEUROPA but bigger competitions in the Philippines and abroad.

 Invited choirs will submit videos of past or virtual performances of one piece in an official EU language by a composer from the EU, one in any Filipino language or dialect by someone of Filipino descent and the Ode to Joy in German.

 The deadline for submission of entries is May 18.

 Musica FEUROPA 12 will happen via Zoom.

 All Musica FEUropa 12 concerts will also be posted on its YouTube Channel
and that of the FEU Center for the Arts.

 Musica FEUROPA 12 is also brought to you by 98.7 DZFE, official media partner.

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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

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 (
  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 (
  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

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.
Jellicleblog head Mr. Orly Agawin with Ms. Lea Salonga, photographed by Erickson dela Cruz
  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 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 (

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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

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 (

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 (



Palihan. Palabas. Palitan

(The CCP Online Multi-Arts Open Community Festival)

March 19 – 28, 2021


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
  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!




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:


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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 (, Twitter (, and Instagram (  Visit the CCP website ( 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 and click BOOK EVENTS.

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THE Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2021 is now open for submission of entries for its Short Film Category.

Interested filmmakers must submit their application on or before March 5, 2021 (Friday), 6:00 p.m. to the Film, Broadcast, and New Media Division (FBNMD), 4F Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.  Only entries by Filipino filmmakers are accepted to the Short Feature Category.

Those who are submitting their entries must provide the following: the final work in MP4 format, with violator/watermark, properly labeled with title, production company, address and contact numbers, production date, director’s name, and running time (which should not exceed 20 minutes inclusive of credit titles).  It must be accompanied with the duly completed entry form, synopsis in English, a brief resume and two (2) recent 2×2 photos of the filmmaker/s.

Entries must have been produced within the period of February 29, 2020 to March 5, 2021.

Entries can be submitted through online portal — just follow the link (, fill out the entry form and upload your film and filmmaker’s profile.

For offline submission, film entry must be submitted in a USB. Entries must be submitted in a long brown envelope properly labeled with the proponent’s name, title of film, and contact details.

The ten (10) short feature finalists will be screened online during the 2021 Cinemalaya Film Festival from August 6-15, 2021.

For more information and updates, visit the CCP website ( or follow the CCP and Cinemalaya official Facebook pages.

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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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PETA Theater Online

 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 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

Tickets are only 120 pesos and 220 pesos.

For more information follow PETA’s social media pages:


Twitter @petatheater  | Instagram @petatheater



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

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


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 or the festival’s Facebook page.

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

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