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FOR the 8th installment of Art Fair Philippines (AFP), the focus will be on the process of creating art.
THE commute from EDSA to Manila took an hour on the day before the Traslacion — Manila’s giant celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene. It was past the lunch hour when I arrived at the 1919 Grand Café (in what was formerly the HSCB Building) in Manila’s Binondo district.
VISUALIZING music is quite a challenge. But it was a challenge that was accepted by the The Center for Campus Art of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the result of which is Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika: An Exhibit on the Life and Work of National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, its third exhibit featuring National Artists and the its first focusing on music.
THREE MONTHS after a fire ravaged the Star City complex destroying the Aliw and Star Theaters which was Ballet Manila’s home in the process, the dance company continues undaunted with the rest of the performances in its 24th season.
“A POTTED plant in the middle of a corridor” is how Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Vice-President and Artistic Director Chris B. Millado described the state of the 50-year-old institution, adding that the plant is “not for decor but to catch leaks from the ceiling.”
MERGING the past and present of Filipino culture through body movements is the focus of Filipino artist and 2019 Hugo Boss Asia Art awardee Eisa Jocson.
TRAVELING AROUND the world and representing the Philippines as a diplomat was the plan. However, fate decided that Alice Reyes would spend her professional life dedicated to the art of movement. “I was going to be in foreign service,” the 2014 National Artist for Dance told BusinessWorld in an interview in November. After all, she had a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Foreign Services from Maryknoll College and completed post-graduate studies in Ateneo De Manila University.
THE COLORFUL canvases hanging in the Avellana Gallery illustrate positive words. In the aptly named exhibit Kumpas ng Kamay, the paintings feature hands spelling out words in Philippine Sign Language — and reading the gestures is not a problem a series of smaller paintings hung along the three walls serve as a guide to the English alphabet.
BUKLOG, the thanksgiving ritual system of the Subanen, an indigenous group in Zamboanga, is now inscribed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).
THE CineFilipino Film Festival has announced the finalists for its fourth installment. Organized by Cignal TV and Unitel Productions, Inc, the film festival will showcase stories in feature length, shorts, and series categories by young and aspiring Filipino filmmakers.
THE ARTS can influence our thoughts and actions in the face of a disease.
ELEMENTARY STUDENTS from public schools in Manila and the Camanava areas lined up at the Main Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Nov. 20 to each receive a children’s book titled Kwentong Karapat-Dapat. The children then went to the corners of the lobby and a buzz started filling the air as they read from the book aloud.
FICTION WRITER, columnist, and radio and TV host Jessica Zafra routinely writes 1,000 words a day — a working method inspired by one of her favorite authors, Graham Greene, who wrote in his novel The End of the Affair (1951): “Over 20 years I have probably averaged 500 words a day for five days a week.”
A MASTER artist’s work is most of the time enjoyed by private owners (those who acquire it directly from the artist, the winning bidder at an auction, or heirloom keepers). But Filipino modernist painter Anita Magsaysay-Ho (1914-2012) believed that art is to be enjoyed by everyone.
JUSTIN ANGELO D.G. VITAL, 21, led the invocation at this year’s Shell National Students Art Competition (NSAC) awarding ceremony at the Glorietta Mall in Makati on Nov. 11. At that moment, he did not know that he was among the 12 winners to be awarded for their art depicting country’s reality, its citizen’s actions, and aspirations for its future.
AFTER THE cleanup of the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park in December 2017 and the People Power Monument along EDSA in February 2018, German cleaning equipment manufacturer Kärcher returned to Manila for the weeklong restorative cleaning of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila.
FROM ITS regular auctions in Makati City, Salcedo Auctions is extending its reach and fundraising efforts through its subsidiary brand Gavel&Block by holding a sale in Pasig City for the first time, in conjunction with its new online platform.
FILIPINO-AMERICAN freelance editor Reine Arcache Melvin flew in from Paris for just two days to receive one of two grand prizes at the 69th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature at the Rigodon Ballroom of Peninsula Manila on Friday night.
PHILIPPINE GeoGreen, Inc. is hoping to encourage more Filipinos to adopt a sustainable lifestyle by introducing energy-saving and green products to the market.
TWO CHEFS will represent the Philippines in the International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge (IYCCCC) in Hong Kong next year. Michael Lee Avisado of Vikings Luxury Buffet bagged gold while Muhajiran Ijiran III of Manila Commisario took silver in the local qualifying round. They will join around 50 young chefs from over 20 countries at the international championship.
THE EXPRESSIVE eyes of the portrait of an Aeta woman carrying a monitor lizard inspire the viewer to take a closer look at the painting. Ryan D. Orig, the painter, said that the image was inspired by an Aeta woman whom he recalled would pass by his family’s house in the province when he was a child. Aeta Girl with Bayawak is one of five portraits of indigenous people by Mr. Orig which are on view and for sale through the “online art marketplace” at FilipinoArt.ph (https://www.filipinoart.ph/).
“I CAN’T change the fact that my paintings don’t sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture.” Artist Vincent Willem van Gogh — whose painting The Red Vineyard (1888) is the only work known to have been sold in his lifetime — wrote those prophetic lines in a letter to his brother, Theo in 1888. Today, his works are sold for millions in auctions and private sales worldwide.
BREATHTAKING landscapes and personal encounters in Palawan take focus on the Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s latest exhibit, In Harmony with Nature.
THERE will be a program honoring the “Lion of the Theater,” Antonio “Tony” Mabesa, who passed away last Friday after a seven-decade career in theater and film. Tonight for Tony: A Celebration will be held today at 4 p.m. at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in Quezon City.
ACCESS TO technology and information has been beneficial in educating ourselves about beauty and skincare. Articles and knowledgeable beauty gurus now advise that one should start investing on anti-aging products as one approaches 30 -- to delay the aging, not totally prevent it. This applies for both women and men.
MASTERPIECES by celebrated artists that adorn a house or room usually come in the form of paintings or sculptures. But if one would like to have a work by National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, they can now choose from a selection of his famous paintings which have been transformed into tapestries.