Character illustration workshop with Myle Villareal

THE BGC (Bonifacio Global City) Arts Center will hold a character illustration workshop with artist Myle Villareal on April 10 (10 a.m. to noon) via Zoom. Ms. Villareal will share her techniques on how she creates character illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. The workshop is open to participants ages 12 and above. The application to the workshop includes a requested donation of P500 per participant (the contribution will support programs that champion the arts in the community). Register at For inquiries, e-mail

Webinar on Pigafetta and Philippine history and heritage

THE PHILIPPINE Italian Association presents a webinar on Antonio Pigafetta and Philippine History and Heritage on April 12, 2 p.m. Pigafetta chronicled the first encounter between Europeans and the people who would become Filipinos. Speakers in the webinar are Danilo Madrid Gerona, PhD., from the Magellan-Elcano Studies Center — Partido State University, who will talk about Pigafetta’s participation in the Magellan expedition and questions on his purposes; and sculptor Juan Sajid Imao, son of the late National Artist Abdulmari Asia Imao, who will talk about his father’s stories on when he was working on the monument to Pigafetta mounted in Cebu. To register for the webinar, visit

Atlantis’ virtual workshop continues in May

LAST year’s Atlantis Virtual Workshop proved to be a huge success, which is why Atlantis Theatrical is bringing it back with another intensive yet fun-filled training program for young, aspiring musical theater artists. The workshop will tackle the necessary topics and activities to develop and hone children’s talents in performing arts. Kids from ages seven to 12 and teens from 13 to 18 can enter this safe online space. And because it’s online, even kids from different parts of the world can join. Song analysis, storytelling techniques, vocal techniques, and basic jazz are just four of the many topics that will be explored. Classes are an hour to an hour and 15 minutes long, and will only have two to three students per time slot. All classes will be held live via Zoom from Mondays to Fridays. There are two 15-session schedules to choose from: May 10 to 28 with a recital on May 29, and July 5 to 23, with a recital on July 24. Visit for more details. Contact Atlantis Theatrical at or at 0917-838-1534 to sign up.

The Not So Ugly Duckling dance showcase

A NEO-CLASSICAL version of the literary fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling” takes shape in the form of online film The Not So Ugly Duckling, which encapsulates the beauty of ballet as a performance art. It will be livestreamed for free from April 10 to 17, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on The dance showcase follows the journey of Cacciatore, a duck from a small town in pursuit of her Hollywood dream. The modern interpretation of the iconic story speaks of self-love, acceptance and appreciation. The Not So Ugly Duckling is written by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Dance Program Chairperson and dancer Nina Anonas-De Santos, directed and choreographed by contemporary dancer Ruthame Hurtado. It features emerging classical ballet dancers and performers including Nika Villarin, Yella Carlos, Jireh Cariaso, Anthony Peñaranda, Agatha Yulo, Jessa Aquino, Jharexa Myze Carvajal, Trisha Galang, Esabel Galang and Athena De Guzman.

Instituto Cervantes presents 4 contemporary Spanish filmmakers

THIS APRIL, Instituto Cervantes de Manila will screen online the work of four contemporary Spanish filmmakers. The film series, Del corto al largo, will be streaming two works (a short and a feature film) by each of the selected filmmakers: directors, Álex Montoya, Belén Macías and Juanjo Giménez, and the producer María del Puy Alvarado. The films will be shown through the Instituto Cervantes channel on the Vimeo platform ( and will be freely accessible for 48 hours from their start date and time. The series will kick off on April 7, at 2 a.m., with the online screening of Lucas, directed by Alex Montoya in 2016. Available anytime for 48 hours, the short can be watched for free and with English subtitles through this link: The comedy Asamblea, directed by Alex Montoya in 2018, will be available on April 10 and 11 through this link: Other films in the series are Mala espina (2001), a short film by Belén Macías; Juanjo Giménez’ Rodilla and Nos hacemos falta (2001); and María del Puy Alvarado’s Pulse (2013) and Antonio Muñoz Molina, el oficio de escritor (2014). The films, presented by Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with ALCINE, the Alcalá de Henares Film Festival (Spain), and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. For further information on the film series, check out the event page on Instituto Cervantes de Manila Facebook site: