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Ben Farrales’ masterpieces on exhibit
“FARRALES@BENILDE,” a physical exhibition focusing on the fashion of the legendary couturier Ben Farrales, opens on May 27 at the 12th floor Main Gallery of the Design and Arts Campus, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB). Known as the Dean of Philippine Fashion, Mr. Farrales was considered ahead of his time when he started in the industry in the 1950s. His 60 years of success introduced signature Muslim-inspired gowns, traditional ternos, and sophisticated traje de mestizas as well as a series of contemporary loungewear, cocktail dresses, and draped frocks. Produced by the Center for Campus Art of DLS-CSB, the exhibit showcases Filipiniana ensembles, beaded ball gowns, pleated dresses, satin garments, and single items from skirts to capes. The exhibit likewise features 40 14-inch miniature designs by Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising students, inspired by the works of the late icon. “FARRALES@BENILDE” will be on view until Sept. 10. For viewing appointments, visit Benilde CCA on Facebook and Instagram. For more information, visit www.benildecampusart.com.
Chance to sing on RWM stage
GUESTS have a chance to live out their stage dreams with resorts World Manila’s (RWM) Calle-Oke Nights. For a P500 cover charge, guests can take the stage and perform three of their go-to karaoke songs every Sunday and Monday night from 7 p.m. to midnight at the El Calle Food and Music Hall, 2F Newport Garden Wing, Resorts World Manila. El Calle Food and Music Hall’s stage is also home to some of the Metro’s hottest acoustic acts every other day of the week. On Friday, May 27, Cass is on deck from 8 p.m., followed by Rox Puno as he serenades the crowd with his acoustic renditions of songs by 10:15 p.m. On Saturday, May 28, it’s Musica’s turn at 8 p.m. followed by Alex Arias at 10:15 p.m. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice. For more information on RWM’s Calle-Oke Nights and other entertainment offers, visit www.rwmanila.com or follow @rwmanila on Facebook and Twitter, and @resortsworldmanila on Instagram.
Musica FEUropa Choral Fest returns
MUSICA FEUropa is Far Eastern University’s (FEU) annual national choral festival supported by the European Union (EU) in the Philippines. Now in its 13th year, Musica FEUropa shifts temporarily from live to virtual performances because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each choir in the festival has to sing two songs: one from any EU composer in an official EU language and one from the Philippines. Over the last 13 years, choirs have sung songs in Czech, Latvian, English, Basque, Spanish, Italian, German, Finnish, French, French-Flemish, Flemish, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Tagalog, Cebuano, Bisaya, Ifugao, Ilokano, Itneg, Kinaray-a, T’boli, Maguindanaoan, Yakan and Hiligaynon, among others. One innovation this year will be the special awards awaiting the participating choral groups: Best in Virtual Performance and the Best in Video Production. Musica FEUropa 13 takes place on May 28, 2 p.m. via Zoom and will also be streamed on Musica FEUropa’s Facebook page.
Talks on opera and musical theater
THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents Behind Arias and Showstoppers: Conversations with the Pinoy Stars of Opera and Musical Theater, a two-part show featuring the leading Filipino performing artists and theater personalities in the Philippines. Moderated by Floy Quintos, the second part of the series will stream on May 28, 6 p.m. Both episodes will be available for streaming at the official CCP Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Part 2: Quartet For Leading Lights features opera singers Rachelle Gerodias and Camille Lopez-Molina, and musical theater artists Sheila Francisco and Reb Atadero who have all devoted their lives to their arts. The conversations include the differences and similarities of the training, the preparation, rehearsal process and performance of the musical and the opera.
Ayala Museum holds virtual art workshops
LEARN about Filipino culture through art with the Ayala Museum’s virtual summer art workshops for kids, teens, and adults. The Kids’ Workshops (for ages seven to 12) will consist of two sessions, while the Teens’ (ages 13- 19) and Adults’ Workshops will have three sessions each. The workshops feature works by Juan Luna, Damian Domingo, Jose Honorato Lozano, and Fernando Amorsolo from the museum’s current exhibition, Intertwined: Transpacific, Transcultural Philippines. The virtual workshop “Drawing for Adults: Domingo and Drawings with Carla Gamalinda” is scheduled on May 28 (9 a.m. to noon). For all virtual art workshops, students may avail themselves of Art Kits (P1,500) containing exclusive Ayala Museum Shop items as well as the essential art materials needed for the chosen workshop. Each workshop includes consultation sessions with the teachers and is limited to 10 slots only for a better learning experience. Art Kits are of limited quantity and delivery will only be in Metro Manila areas via same day delivery couriers. Register at www.ayalamuseum.org/summer-workshops-2022. The workshop sessions are priced at P3,500.