Stuff to do at home (07/10/20)

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Behind: An Online series on Movie making

The Film Development Council of the Philippines, in partnership with the Film and Media Arts International Academy, is conducting a series of Facebook live sessions every Friday and Saturday of July with lectures about movie making: from sound design to scriptwriting. On July 10, the session will talk about Production Management, helmed by Ronald Arguelles, channel head of Creative Programs Inc. at ABS-CBN (which includes CinemaOne) at 6:30 p.m. and Editing by editor and documentary filmmaker Cha Escala at 7:30 p.m. On July 11, the session will be about Production Design with Tracy Tang, the creative director of Film and Media Arts International Academy, and Cinematography with cinematographer Pantit Pablo. Both talks will be held at 7:30 p.m. The sessions will be livestreamed on the FDCP Facebook page.

Pantawid ng Tanghalan on its final week

Six productions from Tanghalang Pilipino’s repertoire are still available for free streaming on iWant and The Filipino Channel. The shows will be online until July 12 and are meant not only to entertain the theater group’s patrons while live shows are still prohibited under existing quarantine guidelines, but also to raise funds for the resident theater group of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The six productions available online are Der Kauffman, Mabining Mandirigma, Sandosenang Sapatos, Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw, Coriolano, and Lam-Ang: An Ethno-Epic Musical. The productions can be viewed on iWant and The Filipino Channel while those who want to donate to the group can do so via or via the theater group’s corporate account: Account Name: Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation Inc.; Savings Account Number: 3131-0387-46; Bank Branch: BPI — Harrison Plaza.

Virgin Labfest 2020: Kapit extended until July 15

Due to public demand, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Virgin Labfest 2020: Kapit is extending its run until July 15 on Vimeo. The festival of first-run one-act stage plays will continue showing its 15 main features alongside staged readings and revisited plays. Each play having English subtitles. To access the plays online, visit to subscribe and avail of the series packages. For more information, visit the official Facebook pages of the Cultural Center and Virgin Labfest.

Instituto Cervantes de Manila presents Los Santos Inocentes

Next in its ongoing “Classics With You” program, the Instituto Cervantes de Manila will be showing Spanish auteur Mario Camus’ film Los Santos Inocentes (1984), a story about a poverty-stricken family that grapples with the complications brought by the arrival of an aging brother-in-law who just lost his job. The film’s stars, Alfredo Landa and Francisco Rabal, won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year. The film will only be available from July 11 to 12 at the Instituto Cervantes’ Vimeo page. To access the film, visit The film will have English subtitles. The other movies to be shown over the next few weekends are The South (1983) by Víctor Erice; La vaquilla (1985) by Luis García Berlanga; and The Good Star (1987) by Ricardo Franco. Along with this film cycle, Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines present Cineclub Pelikula, an online cinema club. Video discussions conducted by writer and cultural activist Jessica Zafra will take place every Sunday, 5 p.m., on the Zoom platform. For further information and updates on this film series, check out or Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page:

Lisa Macuja Elizalde in Romeo and Juliet

BALLET Manila present’s Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s favorite roles from her Swan Song Series for streaming at its official social media pages ( and ( This week’s feature is Romeo and Juliet until July 10 (10 p.m.).

French films online

THE French embassy presents IFCinema a la carte, a festival of films from France and Africa, this month. While in normal years the films are shown in theaters across the country, this year the films will be shown online. Ten full features and 11 short films are being screened online at All 21 films are subtitled in English and are available online until July 13.

New show at BenCab Museum

JOHN Frank Sabado’s solo show, Distinction, which is up at BenCab Museum’s Gallery Indigo until Aug. 2, can be viewed online at the museum’s exhibit Facebook page ( The exhibit features Mr. Sabado’s new series of intricate pen and ink drawings that take a deeper look into the distinct ethnic markers of the peoples of the Philippine Cordillera.