Japanese Film Festival opens with drive-in screening

THE JAPANESE Film Festival opens on Nov. 20 and 22, 6 p.m., with a screening of Project Dreams — Building Mazinger Z’s Hangar (2020) by Tsutomu Hanabusa at the SM Cinema by the Bay Drive-in Cinema at Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Tickets are priced at P100 and include popcorn, beef franks, and bottled water. To reserve tickets visit https://www.smtickets.com/events/view/9516. The Japanese Film Festival runs from Nov. 20 to 29 online with free screenings at https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp.

Korean films screened online

THE KOREAN Cultural Center (KCC) is holding a special screening from Nov. 21 to 27 featuring three films centered around the theme of “harmony and hope and love.” The three films are The Queen of Walking (2016) by Baek Seung-hwa, Like for Likes (2016) by Park Hyun-Jin, and My Love, My Bride (2014) by Im Chan-Sang. The films can be accessed via the KCC website at http://phil.korean-culture.org/. Viewers residing in the Philippines may catch all the films for free on their Android or iOS devices. KCC has also teamed up with Adarna House, Inc. for a special Film Pop Quiz, wherein participants can get the chance to win the locally translated version of the Korean bestselling title I Decided to Live as Me by Kim Soo-Hyun published by Woods of Mind Books, straight from the publication’s Apop collection.

Estancia holds 3-day sale this weekend

GET deals and discounts up to 70% off when shopping at Estancia Mall from Nov. 20 to 22, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be freebies and special promos at restaurants, and buy 1 take 1 promos, and referral discounts. Participating stores are Twenty Four Bakeshop, Miniso, Cortefeil, Onezo, Sige Kiya, James and Daughters, La Reve Patisserie, Macao Imperial Tea, The Color Bar, Daniel Hechter, @Tokyo, Fino Leather Wear, Lock N Lock, Kuchenomics, Watsons, The Travel Club, Skin Station, Toys R Us, and Digital Walker. What’s more, The SM Store will also be holding its three-day sale with items up to 50% off.

Webinar, workshop on home schooling, art

AS PART of the ongoing Art Express: CCP Children’s Biennale, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Arts Education Department will be hosting a webinar on Nov. 20, 4 p.m., with Prof. Katherine Claudette A. Tandoc, also known as Teacher Claude, who will share insights on how parents can overcome the challenges of the new educational set-up and how children can get most out of it. The webinar will be live streamed via the Batang Sining and CCP Facebook pages. Before the webinar, there will be an Arts and Parents workshop, facilitated by Nikki Junia, on the same day, at 3 p.m., streaming live at the Batang Sining and CCP Facebook pages. Ms. Junia will discuss parenting and the role of arts in the holistic development of children. Parents will get the chance to ask questions on how to develop art appreciation among children and how to engage them in artmaking. The workshop and the webinar are parts of the CCP Children’s Biennale, ongoing until Nov. 29. For more information, visit the CCP website www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and follow the CCP and Batang Sining Facebook pages.

Webinar on culture, art in the pandemic

INDUSTRY experts will answer the question “What becomes of the Filipino artists and the industry in a world without physical spaces of community?” in a webinar entitled “Now What? Conversations on Arts and Culture.” The talk is hosted by Benilde Arts Management (BeAM) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts (SDA). Speakers are Geraldine Araneta, the co-founder of Art Fair Philippines and Art in the Park, Head of the Visual Arts Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and academic adviser and former chairperson of Benilde Arts Management Program; Sandra Palomar-Quan, an arts management instructor at the SDA and fine arts teacher at the Foundation University in Negros Oriental; and marketing expert Bennet Dychangco, a resource person for marketing, branding and business pitching at the Philippine Trade Training Center, and contributing writer in the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. The webinar will be moderated by Arts Management Program Chairperson Alain Zedrick Camiling. They will discuss the impact of the pandemic in museums, theaters, performance venues and other cultural and creative hubs that have closed their doors since March. They will also tackle how the artists thrive despite the restrictions on public events and live theater productions through alternative and innovative creative platforms. They aim to equip the participants with the knowledge on marketing to boost their artistic careers in this time of crisis. “Now What? Conversations on Arts and Culture” will be conducted via Zoom on Nov. 21 and 22, 2 to 4:20 p.m. Admission is P50. Interested participants may register through this link: bit.ly/BeAMNWHT. For inquiries, visit the Program’s official Facebook account @BenildeArtsManagement or e-mail beam@benilde.edu.ph.

Deaf students bring hope through online festival

DEAF students aim to bring aspiration amid trying times through the first ever online edition of the annual 2nd Deaf Festival, themed “Festival of Hope: Moving from a spirit of hopelessness to a spirit of hope.” Hosted by the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), the event  serves as an engaging venue for the Deaf students to enrich their knowledge, skills and creativity. It includes a two-part seminar that allows both the hearing, the Deaf and hard of hearing participants to understand and learn more about each other’s lifestyle. Webinars that guide the Deaf on how they can work with interpreters and how they can adapt and be productive during the pandemic are likewise conducted. The event provides an opportunity for the hearing participants to learn the basics of Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as well as make a new friend with the special online program coined as Meet and Interact with the Deaf. There are a series of activities including Zoom games and poster making contests. An online bazaar, currently on the festival’s official Facebook page, promotes the small businesses of the Deaf, from savory side dishes and desserts and pastries to health and beauty essentials. Deaf students, FSL learners and educators have shared a song of hope through the Sing it with Signs! event permanently available on view through this link: https://youtube.com/channel/UCpVxa0cx7dGV0mC44w1Yk7w. The Festival of Hope will wrap up with a cultural show that showcases the artistic talents of the Deaf students through a collection of interpreted songs, dance numbers, poetry and short stories — all to raise funds to support their online learning. Interested parties may attend the online cultural show on Nov. 28, 2 to 3 p.m. It will be held on a private Facebook group. Tickets are P80 for students and P100 for adults. Register through this link: https://forms.gle/VpABBm7gZKMhYbYPA. For inquiries or donations, contact sdeas.deaffestival@benilde.edu.ph or dea.faustino@benilde.edu.ph or visit the event’s official Facebook account @SDEASDeafFestival.