Tricks and Musical Treats: a PPO Family Concert

Tricks and Musical Treats: a PPO Family Concert, an orchestra appreciation concert for children and families moves online on Saturday, Oct. 31, 4:20 p.m., on the CCP Batang Sining Facebook page, Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Facebook page, and Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) Facebook page. Subtitled “A Virtual Adventure in Camp Melodia,” Tricks and Musical Treats will be hosted by Liesl Batucan, and will see the PPO performing favorite pieces from previous Tricks and Musical Treats concerts. The concert will also include a special segment where individual PPO musicians and ensembles introduce their musical instruments to the children. An online Zoom party will also be held during the concert, which includes a Best in Costume competition. Participants can come in their favorite costumes, and get a chance to win prizes. Five Best in Costume awardees from the online party will be selected. Participants are required to register early since the Zoom party slots are limited. Facebook Live viewers are also entitled to join the Best in Costume competition by following the mechanics. This includes sending a photo wearing the costume while watching the FB Live; uploading it using the hashtag #TricksandMusicalTreats2020. Viewers are advised to change the privacy setting to public so that their entries can be included. Five winners from the FB Live viewers will be chosen. The concert is one of the events to take place before the opening of ArtsXpress: CCP’s Children’s Biennale slated on the same date.

Mona Santos exhibits at Mo_Space

TWO exhibits are ongoing at MO_Space. One view at the Main Gallery is Mona Santos’ solo exhibit, The Grass Withers and the Flowers Fade, while at Gallery 2 is Isabel Santos’ exhibit, Where are We? Both are ongoing until Nov. 29. The Grass Withers and the Flowers Fade is Mona Santos’ exploration of finding solitude and stillness in the wreckage of best-laid plans. In this new body of work, Santos offers five square paintings, the largest two spanning four feet in both directions. They are closeups of floral arrangements, rendered in oil. In her latest solo exhibit, Where Are We?, Isabel Santos paints her pandemic projections using post-war capitalist imagery in found advertisements from the 1950s. For Santos, there was a dip in motivation and the looming questions of purpose were harder to escape: Will anyone see this? Why would anyone buy this? MO_Space is open daily except for Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For inquiries, call 8403-6620 or 0917-572-7970. The gallery is at the 3rd level, MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Ibong Adarna to open Sining Sigla’s new puppet series for kids

THE FAMED Filipino literary classic Ibong Adarna will be showcased in a puppetry film series slated on Oct. 31, 5:45 p.m., on the Cultural Center of the Philippines — Office of the President Facebook page. Using muppets, visual effects and live action, MALA: Ibong Adarna is part of the puppet series for children under the Movies Adapted from Literary Arts (MALA), which is part of Sining Sigla. MALA is directed by actor Xian Lim and is written by ventriloquist Ony Carcamo. Ibong Adarna is one of the events to take place before the opening of ArtsXpress: CCP’s Children’s Biennale slated on the same date.

West Gallery opens 4 exhibits

West Gallery is opening four exhibits tomorrow, all of which will be on view until Nov. 28. The first is a group show called Drawing With Water featuring the works of Elmer Borlongan, Lena Cobangbang, Jigger Cruz, Epjey Pacheco, Julius Redillas, Julio San Jose, Carina Santos, Isabel Santos, Yasmin Sison, Manuel K. Tan, Jemima Yabes,  and Ev Yu. Also opening are three solo shows: Renz Baluyot’s Empire, Jel Suarez’s Small Bones, Holding a Mountain, and Katherine Nunez’s Natutulog nang mahimbing, ngunit hindi nananaginip. Visitors are welcome by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 3411-0336. The gallery is located at 48 West Ave., Quezon City.

CCP to hold first Children’s Biennale

THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) launches a month-long online creative expression biennale for children this November. Dubbed Arts eXpress: CCP Children’s Biennale, the series of events aims to encourage and develop creativity and artistic expression in children, create new works/activities to focus on children’s appreciation and value for the arts, and engage the participation of the guardians and parents in sustaining the appreciation for the arts. The biennale will kick off on Oct. 31, 4 p.m., via the CCP Facebook Page, with a short program led by CCP chairperson Margie Moran-Floirendo, VP-artistic director Chris Millado and board member Nikki Junia. It will be followed by the pre-opening events, starting with Tricks and Musical Treats: A PPO Family Concert at 4:20 p.m., and the puppet show MALA: Ibong Adarna at 5:45 p.m. The CCP also launches the CCP Batang Sining Facebook page. For the whole month of November, children can join the different activities — Curtains Up!, Arts eXpress, ARTs Playground, Pelikulit, and Arts Connect. In Curtains Up!, the kids are treated to performances in theater, dance and music every Sunday, at 4 p.m. On Nov. 1, Tanghalang Pilipino collaborates with Anino Shadow Play for a series of performances based on children’s books, which will be collectively known as Pamanang Pahina. Soprano Alexa Kaufman and opera performer Gerphil Flores will serenade the young audience in Small Voice on Nov. 8. Philippine Ballet Theater’s Cinderella will be performed on Nov. 15. The storytelling event Mga Kuwentong Karapat-Dapat, which features three CANVAS published stories, will be on Nov. 22.  After every Curtains Up! event, there will be a screening of short animated films for kids through the Pelikulit. Arts eXpress, meanwhile, are arts workshops for children age eight to 12 years old, and include shadowplay (Nov. 6), the basics of rondalla playing (Nov. 13, with follow up classes on Zoom will be on Saturdays), storybook writing (Nov. 20),  how to make your own book (Nov. 21), painting (Nov. 13), book illustration (Nov. 14), a basic puppetry workshop (Nov. 27), and an Art for Parents workshop on Nov. 21. Meanwhile, Arts Playground, held on Saturdays at 9 a.m., is meant for pre-school kids. For more information and the full schedule of events, visit the CCP website ( or follow the CCP and Art Education Facebook Pages and social media accounts.

Proposals sought for CCP’s Innovation Grants Project

THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) Board of Trustees is now accepting proposals for its Innovation Grants Project 2020. As part of the CCP’s calibrated response to the pandemic, the grants aim to help the artistic community to devise new ways to create and produce new works in various art disciplines, as well as implement the distribution of new content on the arts using online technology, blended or hybrid technologies. These may include non-traditional collaborations within art genres or between arts and other fields or professions, and deliver community-wide, multi-platform events and festivities using novel ways of distribution and dissemination. The project is open to duly registered Filipino organizations implementing arts and culture programs, with a good track record for the last three years, which have proven their organizational capability to implement their proposed activities. The interested organizations must not be a current CCP resident company. Priority will be given to those who have not received previous grants from the CCP. Interested applicants must submit a fully accomplished form, along with the required supporting documents to the CCP Office of the VP-Artistic Director or via e-mail on or before Nov. 10. The official Grantees will be announced on Nov. 27. Selected proposals can receive a maximum of P500,000 per project, based on the evaluation of the gap being addressed by the proposal and the overall impact of the project. Proposed projects and activities should be implemented and completed within the period November to December 2020, and January to March 2021. For more information and details, visit the CCP website or e-mail

Free contemporary pointework ballet class

A FREE online workshop on contemporary ballet pointework, spearheaded by Christine Crame, and hosted by the Arts and Culture Cluster of the School of Design and Arts of Benilde, will be conducted via Zoom on Oct. 30, 2 to 4 p.m. Interested participants may register until Oct. 29 via this link: . For inquiries, visit the official Facebook page of the Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster at .

Walkthrough of Pacita Abad show

SEVEN of the late Pacita Abad’s Masks and Spirits works currently hang in the 11th edition of the Berlin Biennale. After decades of travel, Silverlens is privileged to host these trapunto paintings within its own gallery space. Silverlens will present Masks and Spirits by Pacita Abad in the upcoming Art Basel Online Viewing Room, which runs from Oct. 28 to 31. In conjunction with this event, the gallery will be conducting a live walkthrough of its presentation on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., Manila Time. Register for this event at