Arts & Culture (02/24/21)

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South South Veza auction, viewing room at Silverlens

SILVERLENS is collaborating with South South, a new online community and anthology for galleries, artists, curators, and collectors engaged with the Global South. For the platform’s inaugural event, “South South Veza,” Silverlens is joining over 50 international galleries to present major works in a timed digital auction and an Online Viewing Room. “South South Veza’s” online viewing room runs from Feb. 24 to March 7. The gallery will be featuring works by three influential Southeast Asian artists in a presentation entitled Our Islands. This presentation will be composed of three recent videos by Martha Atienza that amplify the link between climate change and migration; a selection of pieces by Norberto Roldan; and new paintings by Pow Martinez. Currently, works by Roldan and Martinez are available for sale via the Online, Timed Selling Event, visit

PPO holds chamber music concert online

THE PHILIPPINE Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will stage its third Chamber Music Concert on Feb. 26, 8 p.m., streamed via the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and PPO Facebook pages and the CCP YouTube channel. The concert will highlight wind instruments. Flute players Hercules Santiago, Edgardo Silangcruz, and Rosemarie Poblete will play Sonata for 3 Flutes NR.166 by Johann Joachim Quantz. This will be followed by Quintet No. 1 by Victor Ewald, to be performed by Edwin Matias (trumpet), Jay Ar Mesa (French horn), Benedicto Dela Peret, Jr. (tuba), Ricson Poonin (trombone) and Glober Calambro (trumpet). For more information, visit the CCP website or follow the official CCP and PPO Facebook pages.

ACC holds benefit art auction at Leon Gallery     

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Philippines will be holding its annual auction on Feb. 27 at the Leon Gallery for the benefit of the Philippine Fellowship Program. This year’s ACC Auction features a number of works by Philippine masters including Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s Tinapa Vendors, Vicente Manansala’s Pila sa Bigas, and works by Cesar Legaspi, H.R. Ocampo, Lee Aguinaldo, Lao Lianben, Manuel Ocampo, and Jose John Santos III. Proceeds from the benefit event help fund the program that has given grants to over 500 local artists to date. The ACC Auction will be held on Feb. 27, 2 p.m., at Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1 Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more details, visit To know more about the ACC and its grant programs, visit

Ayala Museum’s online H.R. Ocampo exhibit

AYALA Museum has opened its first new virtual gallery experience for the year with the exhibit The Real H.R. Ocampo, featuring pieces from the Paulino and Hetty Que Collection. It is a virtual re-staging of the exhibit curated by the late Ramon Villegas back in 2013. The exhibit is in celebration of Ocampo’s 110th birth anniversary this year. Through this virtual exhibit, guests will be able to explore over 50 pieces from Ocampo’s body of work from one of the largest private collections of his work. To view the gallery and participate in the exhibition lectures, visit

WWII heritage tour live streamed

MANILA, once considered a sparkling gem in Asia, one of the first truly global cities in the world, a lucrative entrepot well before the Spanish arrived, something the Spanish and Americans built upon, was destroyed in one month. From Feb. 3 to March 3, 1945, the US and Japanese forces waged war against each other in what is now known as the Battle of Manila. When all was said and done, over 100,000 lives were lost, and a city destroyed. Four hundred years of history, culture, and art, wiped out in a hail of fire and blood. WanderManila presents the “Stories from the War” Online Livestream Tour for free on the  WanderManila Facebook Page on Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. The tour will visit the key areas of the Battle of Manila to get the gist of the horrors that happened to the city during that fateful month.

Multimedia exhibition on WWII veterans


THE FILIPINAS Heritage Library, photographer Rick Rocamora, and journalist Howie Severino present “A Long Road to Dignity: A virtual multimedia exhibition on WWII veterans,” which is now live at Filipinas Heritage Library — Google Arts & Culture. The virtual multimedia exhibit features the documentary work of acclaimed photographer Rick Rocamora, pairing his photos with 1940-1945 images of Filipino soldiers from Filipinas Heritage Library’s Retrato Photo Archive and Roderick Hall Collection. Together they portray Filipino veterans’ wartime experiences and a long struggle linked to the Rescission Acts of 1946. Supplemented with audio and video materials from the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project and filmmaker Howie Severino’s documentary Little Brown Man in San Francisco (1999-2001), the exhibit highlights the Filipino veterans’ contributions to rights movements in America and in the motherland. It brings into focus how veterans value themselves, striving to keep a dignified existence in the face of aging.

CCP launches a book on Cinemalaya

THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) will launch the book Scenes Reclaimed: CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15 via Facebook live ( on Feb. 25, 5 p.m. The publication is a joint project of the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division and the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division. Through images, objects, and motion pictures, the exhibitScenes Reclaimed” traced how “independent” cinema views the historical pursuit of freedom in the national narrative. This book, apart from serving as a catalog of the exhibit, also serves as educational material for Filipino students and makers of film, as a compendium of keywords for a critical pedagogy of Philippine cinema.

LGBTQIA+ safe spaces tackled in free public webinar

BUDDING scholar Gregorio “Gio” R. Caliguia III, who specializes on the history of gender and sexuality, will discuss how to create a safer Philippines for the LGBTQIA+ community in a free and public online lecture on March 5. Entitled “SENSE on LGBTQIA,” Mr. Caliguia will explain the implications of not having a gender-sensitive language. He will share the vital tools, connections and current challenges for the better communication for all genders, to include the LGBTQIA+. SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression) will likewise be discussed in depth. He will discuss archival rediscoveries on Philippine gay history, extended to the broader challenges of the LGBTQIA+ community. Mr. Caliguia is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Philippine Studies at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he specializes in Philippine gay historiography and is presently the Senior Research Specialist at Casa de Memoria auction house. The webinar is hosted by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), the first accredited LGBTQIA+ student-organization. “SENSE on LGBTQIA+” will be conducted via Zoom on March 5, 4 to 6 p.m. Interested participants may register through this link: For inquiries, visit the official Facebook page of Benilde Center for Inclusive Education ( or send an e-mail to

Workshop on visualization

JOIN artist instructor Patricia Zulueta of Art Spark PH on Feb. 27, 4 p.m., for a workshop on making a visual reflection of one’s dreams and goals. The workshop is open to participants ages 13 and above. There is a requested donation of P500/participant. All proceeds help sustain the #YouArtNotAlone programs that champion the arts and support artists. To register, visit