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Arts & Culture (02/02/2022)

Philstage conducts audience survey

THIS year, some theatrical institutions and companies are planning to stage live performances with an audience. After two years without live performances because of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Philstage is rolling out an audience survey to gain more insights about the appetite of the audience to return to the theater. The information gathered through the survey will be shared with member companies, non-member theatrical institutions, venue partners, and other collaborators to help the industry craft a safer and sustainable plan. To answer the survey, visit bit.ly/philstagewindows. Responses are accepted until Feb. 16.

New books out on Artbooks

A NEW set of books ranging from movie history to essays on Philippine culture are now available at Artbooks.ph, both online and on site. Artbooks’ collection ranges from new prints to limited copies of rare books. Among the books that are now available are a rare previously owned copy of Being Filipino (₱21,500), a collection of writings and illustrations tracing the shifting contours of the Filipino identity from the postwar years to early Martial Law. Edited by Gilda Cordero-Fernando, it includes pieces by Fernando N. Zialcita, Lourdes V. Lapuz, Carmen Enrile Santiago, Virgilio Almario, Doreen G. Fernandez, Sylvia Mendez Ventura, and Nicanor Tiongson, as well as painters and photographers BenCab, E. Aguilar Cruz, Antonio Mahilum, and Nik Ricio.  Also available are Riding the Waves (₱2,000) which commemorates 15 years of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Edited by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr., it includes the writings of Doreen Yu, Lito B. Zulueta, Jose Javier Reyes, Marjorie Evasco, Bayani San Diego Jr., Philip Cheah, Max Tessier, Ben Suzuki, Jessica Zafra, Michael Kho Lim, and Chris B. Millado. Allegories & Realities (₱600) is a monograph published in conjunction with the exhibition, “Allegories & Realities Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect,” curated by Ma. Victoria Herrera at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2020. It documents prints and paintings made by the artist from the 1970s to the present. Wala Lang Vol IV (₱1,000) is the fourth in a series by Jaime C. Laya, which gathers his articles on Philippine life and culture published in the Manila Bulletin from 2016 to 2020 under his column, Wala Lang. Ang Liwanag Bago Dumilim (₱785) is a limited-edition set of three books of poetry in Filipino by Allan Popa. Signed by the author. These books and more can be purchased at artbooks.ph. The bookstore is located at 123 Pioneer St., Mandaluyong.  

Film screenings at MCAD

THE MUSEUM of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) is offering free film screenings this month. The films to be shown are Moonrise Kingdom (Feb. 2), Submarine (Feb. 9), Your Name (Feb. 16), and Chungking Express (Feb. 23). All screenings will be at noon. To register, visit https://bit.ly/MCADFebScrn2022. For inquiries, contact 8230-5100 loc. 3897.  MCAD is located at G/F De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Dominga St. Malate, Manila. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MCADManila/.

Altro Mondo hosts Songcuya show

ALTRO MONDO presents Joar Songcuya’s “The Sea is Not a Quiet Place,” curated by Ricky Francisco. A self-taught artist, Songcuya continues his saga at sea with his new works. This is an extension of his first solo exhibit, titled “The History of Water” which was mounted last year in the same art gallery. “The Sea is Not a Quiet Place” is on view at Altro Mondo Creative Space (1159 Chino Roces Ave., San Antonio Village, Makati) until Feb. 12. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Viewings are strictly by appointment. For inquiries, contact the gallery via Facebook (@altromondoart) or Instagram (@altromondoart). To view the virtual exhibition, visit https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/…/the-sea-is-not-a…

Fundraising exhibit for San Sebastian church

THE SAN Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation Inc., in partnership with 22 local artists, is hosting “Para Sa Ina: Rust to Art” exhibit, a fully digital fundraiser. This event is ongoing until April, with all proceeds going to support the restoration of the historic basilica. To view the exhibit, visit https://sansebastianconservation.org/pages/para-sa-ina-2022.

Filipinas Heritage Library is now online

ONE can now read online the Filipinas Heritage Library’s digitized collection, which includes rare books, at https://www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph/online-library. Established in 1996, the library is part of the Ayala Foundation’s Arts and Culture Division. As a one-stop digital research center on the Philippines, its mission is to spark and stoke interest in the visual, aural, and printed story of the Filipino. To access other online libraries, visit https://cpu.libguides.com/openaccess?fbclid=IwAR0tRaMQM1OIylJgIt0COC_R87vIB4xMcoGqi1UASUBNfZXDm8fCyzZzEDY.