Pope’s Worldwide prayer network goes Filipino

IN CELEBRATION of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, the Vatican Office of the Pope’s Worldwide Network (Apostleship of Prayer) has sponsored the Tagalog version of the Pope’s video “Ang Video ng Papa” in the following platforms: YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWjwd6pWuKI401Bp8R-nZnw), Facebook (https://wwwfacebook.com/angvideongpapa), Twitter (https://twitter.com/angvideongpapa), Instagram (https://instagram.com/angvideongpapa), and the Ang Video ng Papa website (https://thepopevideo.org/mga-video-2021/?ang=tl). One can choose another Filipino language from the dropdown menu of languages at https://thepopevideo.org/about-the-pope-video/. To help with one’s prayer routine, download the following apps via App Store and Google Play Store: Click to Pray, Tweeting with God, Online with Saints, and Click to Pray eRosary.

Pregnancy & Beyond forum goes virtual

MAKATI Medical Center (MakatiMed) is taking its popular pregnancy forum series Pregnancy & Beyond online this year. The free monthly lay forum features MakatiMed doctors from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Pediatrics who will provide parents with the information they need to get a better understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood. This is also a chance for mothers-to-be to prepare on what to expect in every stage of their journey. Held monthly every second to the last Saturday via Zoom, Pregnancy & Beyond covers a range of topics scheduled throughout the year. On Mar. 20, experts will discuss Boosting Immunity During Pregnancy through Proper Nutrition. It will be followed by a Breastfeeding 101 on Apr. 17. Then, on May 22, parents will learn about different Pregnancy Yoga and Relaxation Techniques. Offered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Pediatrics since 2010, this series aim to promote pre- and postnatal care, safe infant care practices, breastfeeding and pediatric development. To register and for further inquiries, parents-to-be may contact 8888-8999 locals 3757 or 3784.

Sustainability tackled in free webinar

SHOES and accessory designer Maco Custodio, global platform Humble Sustainability co-founders Nina Opida and Josef Werber, and multidisciplinary artist-designer Leeroy New will discuss how the interconnected facets of art and fashion lead towards a more sustainable future in a series of free public webinars. The first webinar, which will be held on Mar. 19, 1 p.m., will feature Mr. Custodio discussing his advocacy to help indigenous people by supporting and uplifting Philippine fabrics, sustainable production practices, and how to build a career in the fashion industry. Ms. Opida and Mr. Werber will talk about how their start-up team promotes circular living through decluttering with the belief that “nothing should be useless, everything must be useful.” The webinar will be held on Mar. 20, 3 p.m. Finally, Leeroy New will tackle his design process in diverse relevant art forms, from conceptualization to execution on Mar. 20, at 5 p.m. He will also talk about the role of collaborative effort between artists and communities to address environmental issues. The sessions will be livestreamed on the official Facebook page of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts Fashion Design and Merchandising Program (https://www.facebook.com/BenildeFDM).

PPO’s Virtual Pocket Performance focuses on Holy Week

THE PHILIPPINE Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) is staging online concerts dubbed as The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances, the latest of which will be streamed on Mar. 19, 8 p.m., on the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Website. The program for the concert, which is focused on Holy Week, features the following pieces: “How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg to be played by Roland Guerrero (cello), “Tanging Yaman” by Nonong Buencamino and Manoling Francisco to be performed by Michael Del Rosario (violin), “Ave Verum Corpus” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to be interpreted by Ernani Pascual (French horn); and “Lift Up Your Hands” by Cecille Azarcon–Picasso (arranged by Angelita Pasamba) to be rendered by Christian Tan (violin), Ma. Angelica Uson (violin), Ferdinand Dumlao (viola), and Herrick Ortiz (cello). The PPO Online Pocket Performance Series, which runs until July, is a program of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra that can be viewed from the PPO FB page and the CCP YouTube as platforms.

CCP’s Tuloy po Kayo festival holds art market

TULOY po Kayo, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’s (CCP) largest online multi-arts open community festival, is not just a place for learning in/about the arts and engaging performances, through its Arts Exchange — Palitan — component, it is also a venue for business-to-business exchanges and networking opportunities for Filipino artists and performing groups to expand their reach beyond Philippine borders. Happening on Mar. 19 and 26, Palitan has different activities the public can engage in. There will be a virtual booth for exhibition and business meetings for artists and performing arts companies to establish possible future partnerships with various stakeholders including international partners from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Embassies, Philippine Consulates, the Department of Tourism and its overseas offices, international programmers, arts impresarios, and festival organizers. Each arts company will be available via their company Zoom account when guests visit their virtual booth exhibit.  For schedules, visit https://artseducation.culturalcenter.gov.ph/ccpdirectory/categories/tuloy-po-kayo). There will also be pre-arranged business meetings between confirmed performing arts companies and participating international partners and stakeholders. The arts company will present or pitch their works and/or productions in a one-on-one interaction. From 2 to 4 p.m. on Mar. 19 and 26, there will be streams of various productions of the participating performing groups via the CCP Arts Education Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ccpartseducation). A talk about buying and selling productions in the time of the pandemic is slated on Mar. 19, 8:30 p.m., also on the CCP Arts Education Facebook page. A re-branding of Pasinaya, Tuloy Po Kayo 2021 invites the audiences to the artists’ creative spaces.  Featuring Palihan, Palabas at Palitan, the online art festival has 500 featured artists, 50 workshops, 200 performances, more than 100 films on nine platforms. The festival can be accessed through the Tuloy Po Kayo site (tuloypokayo.com).

SMDC holds Good Time concert series

SM Development Corp. (SMDC) is addressing residents’ need for music and stress management through the Good Times with The Good Guys concert series, held in different SMDC developments in Metro Manila. The concerts will be streamed via SMDC’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UC3fdgPlvQeaVisEAUiTrE7g) on Fridays. This month, listen to the soothing sounds of Moira dela Torre and groove with KZ Tandingan. Residents and guests of an SMDC property where a Friday night concert is held are invited to be in the audience (following COVID-19 protocols).

String quartet at Robinsons Magnolia

A string quartet will perform at The Garden, Robinsons Magnolia on Mar. 20 and 27, 3 p.m. Enjoy meals al fresco as while listening to renditions of classical pieces, Broadway, pop, OPM, and kundiman songs. For the complete line-up of upcoming performances, events and promos, visit www.robinsonsmalls.com or the Virtual Directory bit.ly/RMallsVirtualMallDirectory.

Korean Cultural Center’s anniversary activities

THE CELEBRATION of the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines’ 10th year anniversary kicks off this March. K-Pop dancer Dasuri Choi is joining K-Dance Power Up!, an online dance tutorial which will feature the most-requested songs on KCC’s SNS such as EXO’s “Obsession,” Twice’s megahit “I Can’t Stop Me,” and IU’s newly released dance single, “Celebrity.” Participants can also join the K-Dance Power Up! Quiz where they would be expected to answer specific questions correctly in order to receive special KCC prizes. KCC has also launched “Kreation: KCC PH’s 10th Anniversary Logo-making Contest.” Participants will work on the theme “10 years of KCC” in creating the logo. The entries will be judged by four judges representing the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc, the UP Korea Research Center, and iAcademy. The winner takes home P40,000, and the winning logo will be used in all promotional and event materials related to the anniversary. For more information on KCC’s events and activities, visit its official social media accounts: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KoreanCulturalCenterPH), and on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube via KCCPhil.