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The show goes online

A virus outbreak and enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) have inspired more creativity than hindered it. While the audience is temporarily avoiding going to the...

Artists helping fellow artists

Think about our world during the enhanced community quarantine without the arts – no movies, no music, no online museums and galleries, no dancing, no designers making apps like TikTok or Houseparty, no free online concerts, no online art classes, no food shows, no YouTube, no theater plays and musicals available.

How the Catholic Church will mark Holy Week during quarantine

HOLY WEEK celebrations will commence on April 5 with the Catholic faithful expected to participate in their homes rather than in churches.

Uplifting the arts in challenging times

Cinemas, theaters, concert halls, and museums have all closed their doors since Luzon was placed on enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic two weeks ago. Show openings, gigs, workshops, regional art festivals and conferences have either been postponed or canceled.

Filipino Food Month activities postponed

PREPARATIONS for Filipino Food Month 2020 have been “temporarily postponed,” the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and Department of Agriculture announced on March 26.

Caritas Manila calls for donations

CARITAS MANILA Inc., the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila’s social arm, is calling for cash donations for 6,000 poor communities in Metro Manila that are at risk in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An indefinite interval

ACTORS live and breathe the story of a play or musical. They memorize lines, blocking, and choreography for months prior to sending its message to an audience.

Virtual religious gatherings amidst COVID-19

RELIGIOUS groups are holding televised and online streaming worship services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the Luzon lockdown.

A musical of possibilities

WHAT happens when an Egyptian police band ends up in the wrong town in Israel and has no way to leave before morning? Strangers change each other’s lives with a whole lot of singing.

Nuyda, Ocampo, and Kiukok among highlights at Salcedo auction

SALCEDO AUCTIONS will hold its first major sale of the year with pieces by Justin Nuyda, Ang Kiukok, and H.R. Ocampo up for bid. Carrying the theme “Legacy Refined, the Important Philippine Art,” the sale will be held on March 14 at the NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Ave., Makati City.

Matilda: The power to make the world a better place

BOOKS, shows, and songs are not just words, they are ways of telling stories.

Gelvezon-Tequi’s underlying messages

THE 15 etchings of the Predella series (1984) show a lady seated at a throne. She holds power despite her ignorance of the violence and unrest depicted at the bottom half of the frame.

Art in the everyday

OBJECTS and materials used in daily life are transformed into art at an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

Sandbox restages Lungs and Every Brilliant Thing

TWO Duncan MacMillan’s plays on modern love, climate change, and mental health will be restaged as The Sandbox Collective opens its 6th season with Sandbox Fest 2020.

It’s about time to understand HIV

PETA Theater closes its 52nd season with Under My Skin, a drama about Filipinos living with HIV.

Going back to the classics

ENTERING Resorts World Manila’s (RWM) newly opened signature dining outlet is like visiting a refurbished heritage home where you can enjoy familiar home cooked meals.

ADMU, DLSU unite for a book on faith

ATENEO de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) have been long-time basketball rivals. But the universities set aside their rivalry and came together through a book.

Panagbenga 2020: Staying in bloom

AS SUNFLOWERS, petunias, bonsai plants, and rose cacti decorate the public spaces in the city of Baguio at this time of the year when it holds the Panagbenga Festival, visitors learn that neither earthquakes nor viruses can keep a good city down.

More than selling books

IT ALL began in 2007 when bookstore founders Andrew Yap and Jacqueline Ng established a 500-square-meter bookstore called BookXcess where remainder books from international distributors were sold. It was located in a neighborhood mall in Malaysia, “where you hardly see any customer walk pass,” as Ms. Ng described.

Taking a break from the usual

CONTEMPORARY artist Gig de Pio, Sr. departs from his usual portraits and revisits abstracts in Rustan’s For the Arts’ first exhibition this year.

Matilda international tour comes to Manila

THE STORY of a young girl named Matilda has told on the pages of books since 1988, on the big screen in 1996, and onstage since 2010. This year, the musical (that uses over 100 tubs of chocolate every year) comes to Manila -- its 63rd city -- at the Theater at Solaire beginning March 5.

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.

Streaming hits critical mass as Filipino content thrives

SIX YEARS since the entry of streaming services into the Philippines, Asian streaming platforms HOOQ and iflix have pronounced that the industry has emerged from infancy and consider 2019 a turning point, with more originals being produced and the entry of more players signifying that the Philippines has fully embraced a new way of consuming content.

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.