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Fete de la Musique turns 25

BACK for its landmark 25th year, Fete de la Musique, once again brings together “the best of the best in the local music scene,” with more than 50 pocket stages and nine main stages scattered across eight cities in the country.

Wanderland’s lineup of performers released

THE 7th Wanderland music and arts festival, which will be held on March 9 and 10 at the Filinvest City Open Grounds in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, will see both international and homegrown acts perform their hits.

The blossoming of Baguio

NATURE takes away, and nature gives. July 16 awakens painful memories for many, as it was the day of the great 1990 Luzon Earthquake. With its epicenter near Nueva Ecija, it shook most of the island of Luzon, but particularly the Cordillera Region, the nest of summer playground Baguio City. Around 20 buildings in the city were leveled by the 7.7 magnitude quake, including the grand Hyatt Terraces Hotel. From the rubble, the city found hope in one of its joys — flowers — by launching the first Panagbenga Flower Festival in 1996.

Ilocos Norte’s Tan-Ok festival and its stories of greatness

A LITTLE boy is eager to wear a colorful costume for the first time; a new mother who recently returned as a festival dancer, is dedicating her performance to her daughter; and last year’s best female performer from Badoc hopes to bag the same award for a second consecutive year. They have been preparing their routines, props, and costumes since November, and rehearsing along with 49 other performers for a month.

CCP’s Pasinaya festival to be upsized this year

THE largest multi-arts festival in the country is back, but this year, the CCP Pasinaya Open House Festival will be held for a longer period — from Feb. 1 to 3.

Spreading unity through music

A HARMONIOUS string instrumental of “Habanera” from George Bizet’s opera, Carmen filled the living room of the Gaston Mansion in Silay City, Negros Occidental — considered as “the seat of arts and culture in Western Visayas.”

The Hulpon festival and value of pagtutulungan in Brgy. Malico

Text and photos by Michelle Anne P. Soliman A six-hour drive away from Makati, through the sharp curves of Dalton pass in between Nueva Vizcaya...

Innovation, technology mark both fashion and event

INNOVATION in style and technology highlighted the eighth season of the recently concluded and rebranded Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival. Held on April 10 to...

Ang Larawan to make its European premiere at the Udine film...

ANG LARAWAN, the award-winning musical film based on National Artist Nick Joaquin’s play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, will be making its...

Murakami in Manila?

IS Haruki Murakami finally coming to Manila? Talk that Japan’s famed writer would be coming to the country started in 2016, right after acclaimed novelist...

Inaul weaving festival serves as a centerpiece of ARMM tourism

DAVAO CITY -- The second Inaul Festival, which highlights the traditional handwoven textile from Maguindanao, will start on Feb. 14 and this year’s celebration...

Montreal celebrates Leonard Cohen, who wouldn’t like it

MONTREAL, CANADA – Montreal this week celebrates Leonard Cohen, its native son whose sage and spiritual songwriting impacted generations. But the singer, who died...

TLC’s festival returns with show hosts

TRAVEL and lifestyle channel TLC is bringing back the TLC Festival to the Philippines on Nov. 4. Last year, more than 100,000 Filipino fans...

PETA holds festival on bringing art to daily life

OVER THE last 50 years of its existence, PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) has been staging successful commercial shows like Care Divas, Rak of...

How Oppo plans to stand out in a crowded smartphone market

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter While 2016 has been a very busy year for Chinese mobile phone brand, OPPO, 2017 may prove to be even...

Isabela’s Bambanti Festival

FOOD, MUSIC, AND SCARECROWS — these are just some of the things that a visitor to Isabela will see if they visit during the...

The sound of silence

By Zsarlene B. Chua Film Festival 10th International Silent Film Festival Aug. 25 to 28 Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City MUSIC AND SILENT FILMS are inseparable, and...

Speaking about architecture…

Festival Anthology: Stories about Architecture June 17 to 19 The Book Stop, Plaza de Roma, Intramuros, Manila AN ARCHITECTURE festival called “Anthology: Stories about Architecture” will be held...

Sun, sand, music and mangroves at the SarBay Festival

JUST LIKE its tasty tuna which has tickled the world’s palate, South Cotabato’s Sarangani Bay will sizzle once more with the SarBay Festival, the...

Festival colors at Aliwan Fiesta

FOR ONE WEEKEND every summer, the stretch of Roxas Blvd. in Manila from Quirino Grandstand to the CCP Complex is filled with color music...

Scottish islanders don helmets for Viking fire festival

LERWICK, UNITED KINGDOM — Residents of Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands brandishing swords and shields celebrated their Nordic roots on Tuesday at a spectacular fire...