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Art Fair PH 2020: Going beyond visual arts to attract more...

FOR the 8th installment of Art Fair Philippines (AFP), the focus will be on the process of creating art.

The characters of the big city

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.

Mr. C’s tunes: from sheet music to an exhibition

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.

New gallery opens at La Fuerza

MODEKA Creative Space joins the roster of contemporary art galleries in La Fuerza 1 in Makati City.

Keeping things abstract

DR. MENELINE WONG began painting in 2017 thanks to the influence of a friend and quickly found renown.

No dozing off for Ballet Manila as it readies for Sleeping...

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.

Video mapping, a black box theater, archival performances…

“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.”

New art fair set for Feb.

TEN CONTEMPORARY art galleries come together for their first collaborative project, ALT Philippines 2020, on Feb. 14 to 16 at the SMX Convention Center Aura, SM Aura Premiere, BGC in Taguig City.

Award-winning writer Sylvia Mayuga, 77

AWARD-WINNING writer Sylvia L. Mayuga passed away on Dec. 31, 2019 her friends and relatives announced through posts on social media. She was 77.

The Filipino banig: more than just decor

THE INITIAL idea was to use the 40 banigs — mats which had been woven in Basey, Samar — as gifts and room decor. It was the plan when Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Celia Anna M. Feria arrived in Lisbon in May 2017 to assume her post.

Artist Eisa Jocson, winner of the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award,...

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.

Sindak 1941 wins big at 2019 ALIW Awards

PHILIPPINE Stagers Foundation’s musical Sindak 1941 bagged five awards at the 32nd ALIW Awards held on Dec. 17 at the Manila Hotel.

Sweet treats are made of these

CANADIAN quick service restaurant Tim Hortons launched its holiday collection with the Dark Chocolate Iced Capp and Truffle Timbits.

Alice Reyes on 50 years — and counting — of Ballet...

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.

Language of tsinelas art

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.

Subanen ritual now in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

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).

Celebrating bilateral relations through art

KOREAN CRAFTS and contemporary art are showcased at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Philippine-Korean bilateral relations.

Posterity for posters

UNLIKE most other kinds of art, posters are ephemeral — put up to make some sort of announcement then thrown away after the event.

4th CineFilipino Film Fest finalists announced

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.

Second branch of M&S Café opens at Mall of Asia

A PERSON can get really tired after long hours of walking around the mall and rummaging through items on sale, so it is a relief to have a place where one can sit down and recharge over a light meal.

PETA’s season final is anthology that tackles stories of HIV/AIDS

THE ARTS can influence our thoughts and actions in the face of a disease.

Monthly flag ceremony honors modern-day heroes

AS NOTED singer Bayan Barrios sang the National Anthem in the cool morning air on Monday, a giant Philippine flag was raised up the 105-foot tall Independence Flagpole -- the highest in the country -- in Manila’s Luneta park.

It all starts with one book

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.

Why Jessica Zafra gave up writing for newspapers

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.”

Anita Magsaysay-Ho in the house thanks to Rustan’s new home decor...

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.

The nation through the eyes of young artists

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.

Kärcher returns to clean its 3rd cultural site in PHL

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.

Holiday auctions in 2 cities and a website with cause

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.

Fil-Am editor, art director win top Palanca awards

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.

The memory of Cats

COMPOSER Andrew Llyod Webber’s first memory of T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats was of his mother reading the poems to him at bedtime when he was six-years-old.

Dreams and travels on canvas

IMAGES OF butterflies in acrylic paint and figures of love and humanity made with laser-cut steel are the highlights in Ross Capili’s Tales and Trails, the 11th installment of Conrad Manila’s “Of Art and Wine” series.

Big Ass Fans’ Haiku offers stylish, energy-efficient solution to cooling homes

PHILIPPINE GeoGreen, Inc. is hoping to encourage more Filipinos to adopt a sustainable lifestyle by introducing energy-saving and green products to the market.

Lee Kum Kee chooses two winners for HK food tilt

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.

Need art for your living room? Go shopping online.

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/).

PETA combats the stigma of HIV/AIDS through art

THE Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is closing its 52nd season with the Acting on HIV campaign.

REP 2020: A year of many firsts

AFTER 52 years and 82 seasons, Repertory Philippines (Rep) opens 2020 headed by a new artistic director, three first-time directors, and a new staging concept that is separate from Rep’s regular season.

Experiencing Van Gogh on-screen

“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.

CCP launches QRated tour and commemorative stamp

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines’ celebration of its 50th founding anniversary continues with the launch of the special commemorative stamp and a digitally guided walking tour.

The show must go on

SHORTLY PAST midnight on Oct. 2, the Star City Complex in Pasay City caught fire. Aside from the amusement park’s rides, the inferno, which lasted for 14 hours, also consumed the Aliw Theater — the home of Ballet Manila for nearly 20 years.

Manila FAME 2019 pays homage to heritage

CHANDELIERS, wallcoverings, doors, and mirrors adorned with laminated capiz shells (windowpane oyster) are among Shell Arts Co. Inc.’s houseware pieces that have been showcased since Manila FAME began in 1983.

The revenge of Sweeney Todd

THE ABUSE of power may lead its victims to go to extremes when seeking revenge.

Nature through the eyes of Filipino and Chinese artists

BREATHTAKING landscapes and personal encounters in Palawan take focus on the Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s latest exhibit, In Harmony with Nature.

Tribute show tonight for theater icon Tony Mabesa

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.

Ultheraphy is not just for women

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.

BenCab across mediums

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.