Rebullida teaches musical theater dance class

PJ Rebullida of Galaw.Co will hold a special musical theater dance class on Mar. 14, 4 p.m. Mr. Rebullida was part of Ballet Philippines and Ballet Lüneburg in Germany. He has also worked with 9 Works Theatrical, Repertory Philippines, Trumpets, and Dulaang UP. No prior dance experience necessary for the class. There will be a requested donation of P500 per participant. Register at

Instituto Cervantes holds debate on Magellan vs Elcano

AS PART of the events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, the cultural arm of the Embassy of Spain, will hold the online debate “Magellan vs. Elcano” on Mar. 10, 6 p.m. The debate will seek to weigh their achievements for this endeavor, and try to establish who should deserve more credit for the final success. Magellan led the expedition — from its beginning in Spain, around South America, and across the Pacific Ocean — until his death in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Elcano took over and led the remaining ship and crew back to Spain, circumnavigating the world in the process. At the debate, Filipino historian Danilo Gerona will advocate for Magellan while Tomás Mazon will campaign for Elcano. Admission is free and open to all on a first come, first served basis. The link to access the event is For further information about the webinar, visit Instituto Cervantes’ website or its Facebook page

Floy Quintos gives lecture on the Ifugao bulul 

THE AYALA Museum will hold its first Discovery Lecture of the year, “The Changing Face of the Ifugao Bulul” by Floy Quintos, online on Mar. 13 and 20, at 4 p.m. This re-examination of the bulul (a granary god) covers its being a symbol of an ancient animism that survived the colonization of Luzon to its changing face throughout Ifugao history. The first lecture on Mar. 13 talks about the Deity behind the statue, seeking to ground the object in Ifugao mythology and oral literature with the use of both archival photos and recent footage. In the second lecture on Mar. 20, Mr. Quintos will trace the changing face of the statues by linking them to specific periods of Ifugao history. To join the two-part lecture, register through or e-mail

International Women’s Month events at Araneta City

ARANETA City kicked off its International Women’s Month celebration by opening a photo exhibit on Mar. 8 that pays tribute to female COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) warriors. The exhibit features artworks with fallen and surviving COVID-19 female frontliners as subjects. The exhibit is on view at the Gateway Mall activity area. Upcoming events are a Women’s Marketplace from Mar. 12 to 14 at the ground floor of the Gateway Mall; Girl Boss Hustle on Mar. 13, 4 p.m., over Araneta City Facebook Live with Nikki Usong of Minnikins, Kath Vicente Ocampo of Cookie N’ Amo, Tin Canafranca and Erika Nera of Forksilog, and Charriz Anne L. dela Rosa, Senior Staff Nurse of The Medical City Clinic at Araneta Center; and Outdoor Movie Screening on Mar. 27, 6 p.m., at the Times Square Food Park.

Podcast tackles the music of Heber Bartolome

THE FILIPINAS Heritage Library and the OPM (Original Pilipino Music) Archive present the latest episode of the Muni-Muni Stories: A Podcast on Filipino Music on Mar. 12, 6 p.m., on Spotify. Episode 11 of the podcast focuses on OPM icon Heber Bartolome who discusses the roots of Pinoy folk rock by rooting them in classical and banduria music as well as in the 1960s to ’70s rock scene. He also recalls the challenges of turning love of country into music. An example is this episode’s centerpiece “Tayo’y Mga Pinoy,” a song that wards off Philippine self-images in colonial mirrors. Mr. Bartolome also dwells on the songs “Alumusal,” “Nena,” and other tunes portraying the lives of ordinary folk or (as Filipinos say) of Juan de la Cruz.

Webinar tackles Philippine Brutalist architecture

THE MUSEUM Foundation of the Philippines presents the webinar “Cariño Brutal: A Beginner’s Guide to Brutalist Architecture in the Philippines” with Mel Patrick Kasingsing on Mar. 20, from 10-11 a.m., over Zoom. Polarizing from its inception, the Brutalist architecture movement has had its share of naysayers for every fan it gains, a side effect drawn from its raw, uncouth appearance, domineering volumes, and unfortunate association with authoritarian regimes. However, the movement has undergone a rediscovery of sorts lately and is being reappraised by the younger generation so it’s safe to even say it’s “cool” again. But what exactly is Brutalism? What ideals does it embody? Why is it attracting new fans again? And how is it faring? This talk delves on these questions and more, presenting viewers an easy-to-digest primer on the style and how it fits in the continuing architectural and cultural narrative of the Philippines. Mr. Kasingsing is the founder and moderator of @brutalistpilipinas, an Instagram and Facebook-based visual database of Philippine brutalist architecture. An avid architecture fan and heritage advocate, he was previously the creative director of the architectural magazine Blueprint, and now editor-in-chief of design and culture website To register for the webinar, go to this link: The webinar will also be streamed via Facebook Live through the Museum Foundation of the Philippines Facebook page: For inquiries, e-mail

PPO stages Virtual Pocket Performances

THE NEXT performance of Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) online concert series The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances will be streamed on Mar. 19, 8 p.m., through the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) website. The series, which runs until July, is a program of the PPO that can be viewed from the PPO FB page and the CCP YouTube as platforms.

Palacio de Memoria holds Primero 2021 auction

PALACIO de Memoria’s auction house, Casa de Memoria, will hold its Primero auction on Mar. 20, noon. For its first quarterly auction of the year, the Lhuillier-managed auction house has curated paintings, furniture pieces, sculptures, and religious antiques. These include a pair of Qing Dynasty famille rose ginger jars with pedestals (Lot 24), with the starting bid at P420,000. There is also a selection of paintings, from the classic to the contemporary. These include Vase of Flowers by Jose María Armengol Farré (Lot 066), Joueur de flute et chèvre by Pablo Picasso (Lot 099), Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol (Lot 141), and Toro y Toreros by Salvador Dali (Lot 148), with many of them starting at P60,000. Among the vintage furniture going under the gavel are a 19th century Italian paper desk in ebonized wood with ivory and bone inlay (Lot 010) which has a starting bid of P360,000, and a Spanish ivory-inlaid small table with foliage, bird, and fruit motifs (Lot 011). Primero also has an ecclesiastic collection, including an oil on copper painting of the Holy Trinity (Lot 124); a Santo Niño wooden relief (Lot 147); and a 16th century oil on wood painting of the Assumption of Mary. To explore the auction items, visit Auction viewings are also available until Mar. 19. Preview cocktails will be on Mar. 11. For more details, call (02) 8253-3994 or e-mail For more information and to register, visit