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Arts & Culture (05/19/21)

Kisame: Visions of Heaven on Earth goes online

IN CELEBRATION of National Heritage Month and in commemoration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, Ayala Museum and the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. present a video of the exhibit Kisame: Visions of Heaven on Earth through the Ayala Museum’s YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kZ7xV6qYlM). The exhibit features photographs of ceiling paintings from 17 churches in the province of Bohol. Co-curated by Fr. Ted Torralba and Ken Esguerra, the exhibit’s photographs were taken by Paquito Ochoa, Jr. The video is on view until Aug. 31.

MCAD Manila’s interactive exhibit ‘do it’

THE MUSEUM of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila, in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI) New York, launches “do it (MCAD Manila)” online, an exhibition where written instructions by artists are interpreted. How this project reimagines the exhibition format as flexible and open-ended is a result of a 1993 conversation in Paris among curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, and has become the world’s longest running curatorial project. MCAD partners with local artists, community groups, and its online audience on the exhibit. As a response to global stay at home orders, “do it (MCAD Manila)” will run both online and on-site. The public is invited to participate by responding to instructions from artists. Local artists MM Yu, Russ Ligas, Madge Reyes, Lourd de Veyra, Manix Abrera, Manny Montelibano, Mark Salvatus, and chef Miko Calo will do a special presentation in interpreting instructions by artists Cao Fei, Jerome Bel, Rivane Neuenschwander, Liam Gillick, Hannah Weinberger, and Robert Ashley. To participate, visit https://www.mcadmanila.org.ph/online-launch-do-it-mcad/.

PHL revolution in ballet film Plaza Libertad

THE ROLE of the Ilonggos in the Philippine Revolution and the symbolism of the historic Plaza Libertad in Iloilo City are the subject of a contemporary ballet film entitled La Libertad de Iloilo. The two-part showcase brings the audience to the onset of the Tagalog War in 1896 and the crucial participation of Iloilo City and its Battalion de Voluntarios, a unit of 500 soldiers shipped to Manila in 1897, leading up to the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato. Hosted by the Dance Program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the film was directed by Dance Major Joanne Therese Sartorio under the guidance of dramaturg and former Virgin Labfest director Armando “Tuxqs” Rutaquio, Jr., the Chairperson of Benilde Production Design. La Libertad de Iloilo will be livestreamed on May 21, 5 p.m., on the official Facebook page of Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster (https://www.facebook.com/benildearts).

‘Above the Headwinds’ exhibit at Robinsons Galleria

ROBINSONS Land ARTablado is hosting an art exhibit featuring the works of Carlos “Totong” Francisco II and MarPolo Cabrera. EntitledAbove the Headwinds,” the exhibit is a collaboration between the grandson of Angono’s renowned muralist Carlos “Botong” Francisco and an aspiring lad from Nagcarlan, Laguna with a common love for abstract. The two turned to their canvas as a beneficial tool for stress relief amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and have found the quarantine to be the time to focus on their art. “Above the Headwinds” will run from May 16 to May 31 at ARTablado Level 3, Veranda of Robinsons Galleria. For more updates, visit www.robinsonsmalls.com or like and follow ARTablado on Facebook and @artablado on Instagram.

Webinar on San Sebastian Basilica cultural heritage, preservation

IN LINE with the 400th founding anniversary of San Sebastian Basilica, a National Cultural Treasure, cultural practitioners from diverse disciplines will discuss its continuing preservation and its current state in the country in a free public webinar. Entitled Beyond the Basilica: Heritage Conservation and Appreciation, it will provide in-depth understanding and diverse perspectives on the subject. The webinar will feature educator Brenson Andres who will share his insights on teaching heritage appreciation in K-12 as well as a glimpse into its curriculum and pedagogy; De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) Architecture Program Chairperson architect Harvey Vasquez will impart the best practices in heritage architecture and conservation; and San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc. (SSBCDFI) Communications and Fundraising Officer Samantha Pacardo will introduce the #SaveSanSebastian Campaign and the mission of the foundation to champion its restoration and all of its original features following the international standards. The webinar will conclude with an online tour of San Sebastian Basilica, Asia’s lone all-steel metal Gothic Revival church, to be facilitated by SSBCDFI Education Head Ysabel de Dios. The audience is transported into an accurate 3D model of the church created through photogrammetry. Complete with historical facts and videos of a Recollect friar, the project aims to bring the beauty of the Basilica to the people even amid the social distancing protocols due to the pandemic. The webinar, hosted by the Arts Management Program of the DLS-CSB, will be conducted in partnership with the SSBCDFI with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The talk will be moderated by Benilde Arts Management Program Chairperson Alain Zedrick Camiling. Beyond the Basilica: Heritage Conservation and Appreciation is on May 20, 2:30 to 5 p.m. Interested participants may register through bit.ly/BeAMBTB.

Writer, painter, actress, theater designer Celia Diaz-Laurel to launch book

HOW does one celebrate her 93rd birthday in this time of pandemic? For mother, wife, philanthropist, writer, painter, thespian, theater production and costume designer Celia Diaz-Laurel, the best way would be to launch her latest coffee table book, aptly titled My Lives Behind the Proscenium, on May 29 via Facebook Live. The book chronicles the life that Celia Diaz-Laurel led with chapter titles: Stage-struck at Five, Wartime Years, Dramatic UP Days, Yale Years, Back to the Stage at Repertory Philippines. “Celia has written an entertaining story about her theatrical life in a straightforward, simple, style that not only will give the curious reader an insight into her life and the social milieu of her time but is a historical narrative of the early years of Manila theater and the personalities who were part of it. She writes about her early personal life as the background for the successful career she carved out for herself — not only as an actress but as a set and costume designer,” wrote Joy Virata in the foreword of the book. The book is edited by Suzie Laurel-Delgado and Cocoy Laurel. For book reservations and inquiries, contact Jenn Tejada at 8869-7298 Monday to Friday from 1- 5 p.m.