Free the Word! at the CCP

FREE THE WORD! Manila: Poetry, Prose, and Performances will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Lobby on Oct. 2, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. This will kick off the series of free public events to be held as part of the 85th PEN International Congress hosted by the Philippine PEN. It will be a night of multi-cultural prose and poetry readings, as well as music. The roster of performers includes writer-musician Lourd de Veyra, poet Marjorie Evasco, Cordillera musician Kurt Alalag, Indonesian poet Fariq Alfaruqui, Indonesian novelist Seno Adijarma, Hong Kong poet Tammy Lai-Ming Ho, poet Santiago Villafania, poet Marne Kilates, writers Ayi Dossavi-Alipoeh of Togo, Yorn Young of Cambodia, Felix Villenueve of Quebec, Veera Tyhtila of Finland, Judyth Hill of Mexico, and Danson Kahyana of Uganda, to name a few. For details, visit

Yupangco exhibit at Globe Art Gallery

“I WAS DRAWN to the circle and liked to work within it… I like things contained in a space I can control,” said Pia Benitez Yupangco on the genesis of her art. The result is a solo exhibit titled Sphere, organized by Hiraya Gallery, now on view at the Globe Art Gallery, The Globe Tower, 32nd corner 7th Aves., BGC, Taguig. from Oct. 2 to 31.

Talks on Japanese literature with Ginny Takemori

THE Japan Foundation, Manila, in partnership with the Philippine Center of International PEN and Fully Booked, announce a series of talks on contemporary Japanese literature with award-winning Japanese literary translator, Ginny Tapley Takemori, to be held at the 85th PEN International Congress in Manila at the National Museum of Fine Arts on Oct. 3, 11 a.m. and at The Studio, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street on Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Admission is free for both events.

Shell Students Art Tilt deadline looms

THE 52nd National Students Art Competition (NSAC) is now accepting entries that embody the theme “Imagine Nation.” Pilipinas Shell’s NSAC is open to all college students currently enrolled in Philippine schools for the year 2018-2019. Participants can submit a maximum of two entries using any of the following mediums: oil/acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, and digital fine arts (print). Metro Manila-based applicants can submit their entries on Oct. 3, 4, and 5. For more details, visit Pilipinas Shell’s official website at

MSO does Sibelius and Beethoven

THE MSO’s 2019-2020 Season Gala Concert #3, Sibelius & Beethoven’s 5th, features 15-year-old violinist Jeanne Rafaella Marquez, first prize winner in the 2018 National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) as she performs the holy grail of all violin concertos — Sibelius’ D-minor. Finnish-Filipino conducting prodigy Tarmo Peltokoski, 19, a protégé of the legendary Finnish conducting legend Jorma Panula, will have his Philippine debut as he leads the MSO in this program that will also feature Beethoven’s most popular Symphony, his Fifth in C-minor. The concert will be on Oct. 6, 6 p.m., at the Hyundai Hall, Areté, Ateneo de Manila, Katipunan Ave., QC.

Clara Schumann honored in concert

IN AN ERA when women, apart from singers, almost never performed in public or composed, Clara Schumann did both. In commemoration of the Clara Schumann’s 200th birth anniversary this 2019, the Goethe-Institut is staging a multi-faceted concert on the life, time and works of the celebrated Romantic musician. In partnership with the University of Santo Tomas’ (UST) Conservatory of Music, the concert features German musicians Boris Schönleber (piano) and Katharina Padrok (soprano), as well as performers from the university, Peter Podrico (actor) and Mary Patrice Pacis (actress). Alongside Clara Schumann’s works, the concert highlights German poetry and contains theatrical performances chronicling important events in her life. The concert is set for Oct. 16 at the UST Museum. Registration starts at 6 p.m. The guest musicians will also give a voice workshop for selected participants at the UST on Oct. 17.

Van Gogh Alive in BGC

THE FAMOUS multi-sensory experience celebrating the world’s most famous artist, Van Gogh Alive, will come to life at One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig from Oct. 25 to Dec. 8. The Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. and One Bonifacio High Street, in collaboration with Grande Exhibitions, present Van Gogh Alive, which stretches the definition of the word “exhibition” as it stimulates the senses and opens the mind. The exhibition will be located at the 4th level of the mall. For details, visit Bonifacio High Street’s official Facebook page at