Arts & Culture (01/30/19)

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Plato’s classic goes on stage

ANG APOLOGIA NI SOKRATES brings to stage the classic text in European Philosophy, written by Plato and translated from the original Greek by Roque J. Ferriols, SJ. Ateneo Philosophy teacher Jovi Miroy directs, while Aliw Awardee Ron Capinding essays the role of Socrates. Accused of corrupting the youth, Socrates delivers an “apologia” or defense against false accusations. The 70-year-old philosopher knew the tragic fate of those who questioned authority. Envisaged as interactive theater, the production will give the illusion that the audience are being taught by Socrates himself. It provides a Study Guide prepared by Michael Ner Mariano, Albert Lagliva, and PJ Strebel. There will be a Q&A at the end of the show. Ang Apologia ni Sokrates will be shown on Feb. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 22, and 23, at 8 p.m., and Feb. 9, 16, and 23 at 3 p.m., at the Doreen Black Box, Arts Hub, Arête, Ateneo de Manila, Katipunan Ave. Quezon City. For details and tickets text Cholo Ledesma at 0917-100-9305.

WW II book, films, exhibit

THE launch of Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila by Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Scott is part of the 3rd World War II Film Festival and Exhibition at the Ayala Museum, Makati in February. The book is a history of the monstrous 29-day battle to liberate Manila and its immediate aftermath, based on research in the US and the Philippines, including war crimes testimony, after-action reports, and interviews with survivors. The book will be launched on Feb. 12, 4:30 p.m., at the Ayala Museum, and includes a lecture by the author. This will be followed by a university tour of UP Diliman and Ateneo de Manila on Feb. 13; the University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University, and the UP Manila College of Medicine on Feb. 14; the University of Asia and the Pacific, Far Eastern University and the Ortigas Library on Feb. 15. Mr. Scott will have a speaking engagement with Memorare. The 3rd World War II Film Festival: War and Women, will be held on Feb. 9, 16, and 23 at Greenbelt 3’s MyCinema. To be screened are Days of the Crimson Sun: The Retelling of the Battle for Manila by Liliane Manahan (1995), The War We Were Not Taught About by Jin Takaiwa (1994), Iliw by Bona Fajardo (2009), Sa Tokyo Ikinasal by Manuel Silos (1948), Liway by Kip Oebanda (2018), and Nanay Mameng by Adjami Arumpac (2012). In conjunction with this is the exhibit Women and War which will run from Feb. 2 to March 3 at the Ayala Museum. This is an exhibit on Filipina workers, warriors, and survivors of World War II. For details visit and

French guitarist in concert

THE 3rd edition of the French Embassy and the Alliance Française de Manille’s program “Les Jeudis culturels,” or Cultural Thursdays, opens on Jan. 31 with a performance by French classical guitarist Thibault Cauvin, who became the most-awarded guitarist in the world with 36 distinctions. In Manila, he will be performing his original compositions inspired by his travels around the world. The performance will be on Jan. 31, 7 p.m., at the Alliance Française de Manille, Nicanor Reyes Ave., Makati.

Japanese traditional music

JAPANESE traditional music is infused with contemporary rock beats at Rocking Tradition: A Shamisen Concert with Keisho Ohno on Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at the GT-Toyota Auditorium, UP Asian Center, Quezon City. The free concert is co-organized by The Japan Foundation Manila, and UP Asian Center in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. Keisho Ohno was accredited as a master (natori) of the tsugaru shamisen. His music, which combines the shamisen with rock tunes, is exemplified by his motto, “Keeping traditional music as well as destroying it.” Seating is first come, first served. Walk-ins are welcome, but attendees are encouraged to sign up. For inquiries, e-mail:

Concert for a cause

MUSIKA AT MISYON, the first concert of Ang Misyon’s The Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY) — which consists of young music scholars, majority of which come from less-privileged families — will be held at Sun Life Amphitheater on Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m. This concert is free admission. Joining the OFY will be the Apprentice Orchestra. The concert, conducted by Joshua Dos Santos, OFY’s Music Director, will include pieces from Tchaikovsky and Wagner plus National Artist Ryan Cayabyab. For more information about Ang Misyon, Inc. and the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth, visit

Book sculpture exhibit

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents Artipak, an exhibition of book sculptures by Sven Wilbur Lim. With a title culled from a combination of the words art+artifact+panitikan (literature), Artipak opens on Jan. 31 at the CCP’s Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino. It runs until March 3.