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Rak of Aegis goes online
THE PHILIPPINE Educational Theater Association (PETA) presents the pay-per-view streaming of the jukebox musical Rak of Aegis on Aug. 7 and 8 via www.ticket2me.net. The story follows Eileen and her efforts to help her community which has been submerged in floodwaters, told using the songs of the rock band Aegis. Written by Liza Magtoto and directed by Maribel Legarda, the streaming cast includes Aicelle Santos, Pepe Herrera, Poppert Bernadas, Isay Alvarez-Seña, Robert Seña, Joann Co, Jimi Marquez, and Gie Onida. The Rak of Aegis online streaming is part of the Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) 2021 celebration and is the banner project of the #TakePETAbeyondCOVID campaign, a fundraising drive that aims to help PETA. Tickets to Rak of Aegis are now on sale via www.bit.ly/rakofaegisstreaming. The viewing options are: Livestream at P350 (8 to 11 p.m., Philippine Standard Time or PST); Video On Demand at P500 for 24-hours streaming from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. the next day (PST); Video on Demand Premium at P1,000 for 24-hours streaming from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. the next day with exclusive access to the Rak with Aegis live virtual concert on Aug. 8 (8 p.m.), featuring the Aegis Band and select cast members. For more information, follow PETA’s social media pages: Facebook (www.facebook.com/petatheater), Instagram (@petatheater), Twitter (@petatheater), YouTube (www.youtube.com/petatheateronline) or visit www.petatheater.com/rakofaegis.
Week-long event celebrates role of art
“PANDELIKHA: Arts, Community, and Creativity in the Pandemic and Beyond” delves into conceptual and performative digital media, has workshops on puppetry and printmaking, and discussions on art and society, featuring award-winning visual artists, art educators and student-artists throughout next week. Among the events are an online demo-workshop on puppetry to be facilitated by visual artist, puppeteer, dancer, chanter, musician, ceramist, researcher and art educator Carlito Amalla. Multimedia artist Noell El Farol, whose practice borders the disciplines of archaeology and fine arts will likewise conduct a class on printmaking without a press. Both workshops are scheduled on Aug. 5, 11:20 a.m. for puppetry and 2:40 p.m. for printmaking. The week will conclude with conversations on art in relation to community-based projects, social engagement, social justice, creative pedagogies and traditional and folk crafts as categories in diverse creative industries. The talk will be headlined by theater and visual artist Dr. Brenda Fajardo; painter Emmanuel Garibay; painter, writer and organizer Alee Garibay; and visual artist, curator and art educator Karen Flores. The discussion will be held on Aug. 6, at 12:30 p.m. PANDELIKHA is a free public event to be held via Zoom. For more information, visit the official Facebook page of Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster at https://www.facebook.com/benildearts.
Philippine costumes on notecards
THE ORTIGAS Library has come out with a set of notecards featuring illustrations of Filipino costumes which first appreaded in Ilustracion Filipina in the Philippines and the Illustrated London News and other publications abroad. The illustrations, both engravings and color lithographs, capture the elegant and graceful attire of cosmopolitan Filipino city dwelers and the rustic wear of provincial inhabitants.
CCP announces first KSSLAP awardees
THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) Kaisa Sa Sining (KSS) Visayas Network announced the recipients of the first KSSLAP (Kaisa Ini sa Sining, Lunsay nga Artistang Pilipino) Awards. Due to the travel restrictions and quarantines brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the KSSLAP Awards Ceremonies will be held virtually on Aug. 24 to 27, and aired via the CCP Facebook page in September. The awardees are: Lutgardo Labad (Bohol) for theater and cultural administration; Alphonsus Tesoro (Capiz) for cultural administration; Marilyn Gamboa (Negros Occidental) for cultural administration; Ian Rosales Casocot (Dumaguete) for literature; Peque Gallaga (Bacolod) for film and theater; Jess de Paz (Tacloban) for dance; Dr. Jesus C. Insilada (Calinog-Iloilo) for literature and cultural education; Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez (Dumaguete) for music; Dennis Sugarol (Cebu) for music; the Negros Cultural Foundation; the Silliman University Culture and Arts Council; the Calbayog City Arts and Culture Office; and the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts (Dumaguete). The Kaisa sa Sining Regional Arts Centers is a partnership program of the CCP through its Cultural Exchange Department, aimed at strengthening the CCP’s linkages and cooperation with regional educational institutions, NGOs, and LGUs. Since its launch in 2014, the KSS network has grown to 56 organizations in 46 areas/communities around the country. For more information, contact the CCP CED at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenneth John Montegrande exhibition
“A DECADE of Kenneth Montegrande,” the artist’s 11th solo exhibit, features 15 paintings which are a mix of abstract expressionist works and cloudscapes done in contrasting hues and bold impastos. The exhibit runs until Aug. 5 at the Art Lounge Manila at the ground floor of The Podium Mall in Ortigas Center. For inquiries, call at 0977-839-8971 or 0998-993-7963, or e-mail email@example.com.
Pinoy artist Jefrë wins Jacksonville design tilt
FRESH off his first solo exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art, US based Filipino artist Jefrë has won a multi-million-dollar sculpture competition by the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida. Announced on July 22 by the Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority (DIA), a sculpture proposed by Jefrë is slated to become the new centerpiece of the four-acre Jacksonville River Park. Fourteen architecture and design firms partnered with artists from around the world to present their creative concepts to the city. Jefrë was part of the One Park Jax team put together by Chicago-based firm Perkins & Will. Jefrë has earned a reputation for his public artworks. His sculptural concept for Jacksonville was inspired by the St. Johns River, which stretches throughout Florida and into the City of Jacksonville. The stainless-steel sculpture is a literal reflection of the city’s history. The sculpture is set to be 1,822 inches (152 feet) tall, which corresponds to Jacksonville’s founding date in June 5, 1822. The total linear length of the sculpture is 310 feet, which represents the length of St. Johns River in nautical miles. He used these numbers to form abstract images and shapes to form the sculpture. Jefrë’s proposed sculpture is valued at $12-18 million and is expected to be completed by 2023.
Wildlife exhibit in the Conrad
THE CONRAD Manila has unveiled “Of Art and Wine: Para sa Kalikasan,” a physical and virtual art exhibition by the Philippine Fauna Art Society (PhilFAS) in celebration of the World Nature Conservation Day on July 28, together with up-and-coming Malaysian artists. The exhibit aims to raise awareness about Philippine native fauna and its protection and conservation through visual art. It features artworks from members of the PhilFAS, Malaysian Art Society, Penang Art Society, and the Universiti Teknologi Mara Faculty of Arts and Design. “Of Art and Wine: Para Sa Kalikasan” is open to the public until Sept. 4. For inquiries on the artwork, call 8833-9999 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCP donates books to Ormoc City High School
THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) has donated a variety of publications to the Ormoc City Senior High School. The books were delivered to the Ormoc City Senior High School in Barangay Don Felipe Larrazabal in Leyte in June. The donated materials were CCP’s Posterity book, a copy of Virgin Labfest Book 3, and various editions of the Ani literary journal. The school, through teacher Java Jemmar de Asis, made an appeal to the CCP requesting for any learning resources such as books, video materials containing lessons on dance, public speaking, literature, and sciences. The senior high has had to face immense challenges brought about by the ongoing pandemic, particularly the lack of reliable learning materials.