Stuff to do at home (07/24/20)

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PPO ‘Instruments Petting Zoo’ with bassoonists

THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) continues with its live online program, “Instrument Petting Zoo,” with featured bassoon players Adolfo Mendoza and Frenvee Andra on Sunday, July 26, at 4 p.m., via the PPO Facebook page. For the instrument petting zoo session, Mendoza and Andra will talk about the bassoon and demonstrate how it is played. They will also perform classical pieces suited for the bassoon. A project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the PPO, the instrument petting zoo aims to promote appreciation for the musical instruments of the orchestra and its music among children and families. It is held every Sunday at 4 p.m., and runs for several months.

Chieri and Cherry on Japan Film Week

THE Japan Foundation Manila is holding an offshoot of the Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival, Japan Film Week, a week of screenings of digital films featuring Japanese movies. The screenings will run until July 27. On July 24, Japan Film Week will be premiering Chieri and Cherry (2015) by Makoto Nakamura, an animated film about a girl navigating through the grief of losing her father by going on an adventure with a stuffed animal. On July 25, to be screened is The Takatsu River (2020) by Yoshinori Nishikori, a film about the lives of people living on the river basin of the Takatsu River and how they keep traditions alive despite their decreasing population. The film screenings can be accessed by visiting and registering for a free Vimeo account. The screenings are free on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to limited capacity. Visit the Japan Foundation Manila Facebook page for the other films that are to be shown during the film week.

How to shift from offline to online

ON FRIDAY, 5 p.m., the Bounce Back Network presents Perspectives, a talk about how multi-level marketing company FrontRow Philippines shifted its operations from offline and online. The talk will be broadcast on

Artist Playground Acting Workshops

THEATER company Artist Playground is offering an acting workshop focused on “how to become an effective actor for film, TV, and theater” starting July 27. The workshop spans six sessions, with each session lasting one-and-a-half hours. The workshop will be led by Roeder Camanag. For more information, visit or visit the Artist Playground Facebook page.

Artist Playground’s 4 Your Eyes Online

ARTIST PLAYGROUND is presenting 4 Your Eyes Online: Four Quick Stories About Lust and Love, a play written and directed by Paul Jake Paule. The show will stream on July 25 and 26 at 4, 7, and 10 p.m., via Zoom. The show is intended for mature audiences and will run approximately one-and-a-half hours including a talkback with the cast and crew. Admission is free for students while working adults are encouraged to donate what they can to view the show. For more information on how to watch the show and donation details, visit the Artist Playground Facebook page.

Salcedo Auctions’ Bags for A Cause

SALCEDO AUCTIONS is offering a selection of bags during its subsidiary Gavel&Block’s fourth online auction titled “Interiors,” on July 25, 11 a.m., for the benefit of Hands On Manila Foundation which will go to COVID-19 relief feeding programs for children in Coron, Palawan. The bags that will be auctioned off include a Louis Vuitton, a Trouville Monogram tote bag, a Celine Trapeze bag, and a Parada nylon leather tote bag. The auction will have about 700 lots up on the block ranging from art to home decor. About 100 of these items will serve to benefit Hands on Manila. Another special section of the sale will be devoted to the Bid for the Future fundraising program for Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, an NGO that trains underprivileged youth with the skills needed for cultural heritage preservation. To join the auction, register through The online catalogue is available at

Endslate Quiz Night Part 2

THOSE who want to test their knowledge on everything about TV and cinema can do so via Endslate Quiz Night Part 2 on July 24, 8 p.m. The quiz night is for the benefit of the Lockdown Cinema Club. Entrance is P100 and prizes are up for grabs. For more information and how to join, sign up at

Instituto Cervantes presents La Buena Estrella

NEXT IN its ongoing “Classics With You” film program, the Instituto Cervantes de Manila will be showing Ricardo Franco’s 1997 film La Buena Estrella. The film received five prizes at the Goya awards, including Best Film, Director, and Actor (Antonio Resines). It will be screened with English subtitles from July 15 and 26. It will be accessible to Filipino viewers at: When entering Vimeo, use this password: clasicoscontigojulio17. Along with this film cycle, Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines present Cineclub Pelikula, an online cinema club. Video discussions of the weekend’s films are conducted by writer and cultural activist Jessica Zafra every Sunday, 5 p.m., on the Facebook page of Instituto Cervantes Manila ( For this session, she will be joined by Philippine Ambassador to Spain Celia Anna Feria, film producer  Monster Jimenez, and actress Annicka Dolonius. The discussions are in English.

Ballet Philippines conducts masterclasses online

FOR THE entire month of July, Ballet Philippines (BP) is conducting a series of online masterclasses taught by international dancers. On July 24, Carlos Lopez, a Ballet Master with the American Ballet Theater and recognized as a pioneer in teaching ballet classes online, will be hosting his masterclass at 4 p.m. The schedule of other masterclasses can viewed on the BP website at The masterclasses are free, and registration can be done via

Ballet Philippines streams Gabriel Barredo’s Opera

THE 2016 production of Gabriel Barredo’s Opera, which Ballet Philippines President Kathleen L. Liechtenstein called “one of our finest productions,” is currently viewable online via the new Ballet Philippines website ( The ballet — which is based on Mr. Barredo’s exhibit, Opera, which took its inspiration from a Victorian operating theater (“opera” here means “to operate”) — focuses on the beauty and terrifying aspects of the human body as it tells the story of a pair of twins and their mother fighting against an entity called The Watcher.

Tirada printmaking exhibit catalog now online

THE EXHIBIT catalog of Tirada: 50 Years of Philippine Printmaking 1968-2018, featuring essays by guest curator Patrick Flores and printmakers Virgilio Aviado, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya and Jose Santos Ardivilla, is now available for digital download in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) website. The exhibit, which was held at the CCP from May 19 to July 15, celebrated five decades of the Association of Pinoyprintmakers, formerly known as the Philippine Association of Printmakers or PAP. The Tirada exhibit catalog may be downloaded using the link

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.