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PPO stages virtual pocket performance on April 2
THE PHILIPPINE Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) stages its next series of online concerts billed as The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances in April, kicking off on April 2, 8 p.m., through the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) website. The program for the April 2 concert, the Holy Week Special, features the following pieces: “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by John Rutter, to be performed by Ariel Sta. Ana (clarinet); “Ave Maria” by Gulio Caccini, to be rendered by the String Ensemble composed of violinists Berny Dulce Payte, Ma. Angelica Uson, Ayesa Cruz, Gemma Bicaldo, Joseph Regalario, Aristotle Ramos, Alfred Sanchez, viola players Joy Allan Dela Cruz, Ferdinand Dumlao, cellists Gerry Graham Gonzales, Herrick Ortiz, and contra bass players Aris Payte III and Vincent Dela Cruz; “Lacrimosa for Two Flutes” by W.A. Mozart, to be interpreted by flautists Hercules Santiago and Marie Poblete; and “Requiem” by Saegusa Shigeaki, to be played by cellist Gerry Graham Gonzales. The PPO Online Pocket Performance Series, which runs from February to July, is a program of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra that can be viewed from the PPO FB page and the CCP YouTube as platforms.
‘Patriots and Earth Warriors’ take spotlight in CCP Arthouse Cinema
THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) Arthouse Cinema presents “Patriots and Earth Warriors,” a collection of films and documentaries from Cinemalaya and Gawad Alternatibo, for its April offerings. The month-long film screenings put the spotlight on the Holy Week traditions, Filipino bravery, and the various environmental issues that the world is facing. The films can be streamed for free this April at the CCP Vimeo Channel. To watch the films, go to vimeo.com/ondemand/patriotsandearthwarriors and use the promo code WARRIORS. From April 2, 3 p.m., to April 9, 3 p.m., catch Jarell Serencio’s Victor and Chuck Gutierrez’s Heneral Rizal. Serencio’s short film follows Victor who has religiously offered himself to be nailed on the cross every Holy Week for 10 years now. Meanwhile, Heneral Rizal uncovers the story of Paciano Rizal, often regarded as the ever-supportive elder brother of Filipino National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Unknown to many, Paciano was a proficient general who fought the colonizers, together with Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Jacinto. Featuring a powerful performance by Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) artistic director Nanding Josef, Heneral Rizal will form part of TP’s full-length stage productions in 2021. The films to be shown from April 16 to 23 are Ana Agabin’s 24K and Nonilon Abao’s Dagami Daytoy. The first takes a peek into the secret world of treasure hunting in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Dagami Daytoy puts the spotlight on the years of destruction to the rich, ancestral land, culture, and relationships in Nueva Vizcaya by a large-scale foreign mining company, and the Didipio community of Twali-Ifugao indigenous people who set up a barricade and risk continuing the fight for their life, honor, and land. For more information, follow and like the CCP Media Arts official Facebook page. Visit the CCP website at www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.
Ortigas Foundation Library to hold talks on collecting
ORTIGAS Foundation Library Executive Director John Silva will give a talk on why people collect Filipiniana books, discussing the duds and treasures found in his 50 years of collecting, and give pointers on being the best obsessive collector of Filipiniana in a talk “The Crazy Obsession with Collecting Filipiniana Books” on April 10, 2 p.m. as the Ortigas Library brings back the #COOLECTIONS series this April. On April 2, 2 p.m., there will be two talks: “All About Anting-Anting” with Jeffrey Lubang and “Anting-Anting Collection” with Robert Enriquez. The talks will be livestreamed on the Ortigas Foundation Library’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Ortigas.Foundation.
Samsung’s 4-Day Easter Sale
SAMSUNG will hold a Four-day Easter Sale from April 1 to 4. It will offer discounts and bundled promos this Easter on select products, from Smart TVs and soundbars, to digital appliances, and even smartphones and tablets. Among the Easter deals are: purchase select 55- and 65-inch Samsung Crystal UHD TVs bundled with a Soundbar and save up to P17,499; enjoy up to 37% off on select digital appliances from any Samsung-authorized online partner including Window-Type Inverter Air Conditioner, Top Mount No Frost Refrigerator, Top Load Fully Automatic Washing Machine, Jet Stick Vacuum Cleaner, and Air Purifier; get a bundle of two 34sqm Air Purifiers for P19,965. Galaxy devices are also included in the sale. Buy the new Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G and get a free 45mm Galaxy Watch3 in silver worth P20,990. Customers who purchase the Galaxy S21+ 5G and Galaxy S21 5G will get a free 41mm Galaxy Watch3 in silver worth P18,990 and a Galaxy Watch Active2 worth P11,990, respectively. The Galaxy Note20 Series and Galaxy S20 FE are offered with discounts up to P5,000. The Galaxy A01, Galaxy A01 Core, and Galaxy A02s are also available with a buy one, get the second unit at 50% off deal. Customers can also avail of a discount of up to P5,000 on the Galaxy Tab S7 Series and Tab A 8.0. Exclusive online deals on Samsung.com await customers including up to 33% off on Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Buds+, 30% off on 90 sqm Air Purifier, and more. Cash discounts are not valid in conjunction with other cash discounts being offered in some stores. Visit Samsung.com for details on Samsung’s 4-Day Easter Sale.