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León Gallery holds 15th online auction

LEÓN Gallery will hold the 15th León Exchange Online Auction, featuring art, jewelry, books, and furnishings, at its official website (www.leonexchange.com) on May 30 and 31.

VLF 2020: the boundlessness of a couple’s relationship

PALANCA award winner and filmmaker Dustin Celestino and director Roobak Valle reunite for their second collaboration in VLF 2020 KAPIT: Lab in the Time of Covid (A Virtual Labfest Lockdown Edition).

VLF 2020: Giving a voice to the Lumad community

A YOUNG student named Patrick got into trouble at his new school. Scared that he might face a sanction, he hides inside a dilapidated storage room. Titser Kit finds him there and helps him with the situation he is facing.

Nora Aunor makes her online debut

TANGHALANG Pilipino has released the “monovlog” Lola Doc starring award-winning actress Nora Aunor through its online platform PansamanTANGHALAN.

Storytelling through the digital space

THE Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) revisits the tradition of storytelling, this time online.

VLF 2020: On family and acceptance

FOR the first time since its launch in 2005, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)’s Virgin Labfest (VLF) theater festival, which focuses on new, unstaged works, is going online.

How the arts have been helping during hard times

THE enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila has hit its 60-day mark. While selected industries will slowly begin to resume operations as the metropolis transitions to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), live performances and other activities which entail large gatherings remain postponed. Still, over the past two months, singers, musicians, actors, directors, and writers have collaborated to raise money for the benefit of those who have been badly affected by the enhanced community quarantine. And they are already planning for the future.

Bringing life to broken parts

BROKEN bits of fishing boats drift on the sea before making landfall on the beach in Panglao, Bohol. The bangka are used for transportation between islands, by fishermen, and people taking leisure trips. As time goes by, parts of the fishing boats wear out and come off, some after rainy season storms.

Salcedo opens an online exhibition

WHILE museums and art galleries remain closed, and gatherings for art events are still prohibited, enjoying — and purchasing — art continues online.

Casa de Memoria holds charity fundraising online auctions

CASA DE MEMORIA, Palacio de Memoria’s auction house, celebrates its fourth anniversary with two online auctions.

WFH during ECQ: Salcedo Auctions’ Richie Lerma

AUCTION houses, much as art fairs and galleries, are now selling and exhibiting online, having made a total shift to digital platforms during the quarantine period.

CCP reinvents ways of engaging audiences during hard times

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has been transitioning to the digital platform as live shows and programs have been suspended until the end of the year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gavel&Block to hold online benefit auction

SALCEDO Auctions’ subsidiary Gavel&Block will hold an online benefit auction on its official website on May 23, 2 p.m., to support communities affected by the COVID-19 enhanced community quarantine. The fundraising auction will be for the benefit of the international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger (RAH) Philippines.

NCCA provides P63.8-M pandemic fund for artists

THE Board of Commissioners of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) approved a cumulative budget of P63.8 million for an assistance fund for arts and culture workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

International art fairs go online amidst virus outbreak

WHEN COVID-19 started to spread across the globe early this year, big public events in the arts industry were either postponed or canceled. As much of the world went under quarantine, the arts moved online with performers, musicians, theater and entertainment companies offering shows via streaming. This led international art fairs, such as this year’s edition of Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Dubai, to cancel the physical fairs but to push through via their respective virtual viewing platforms.

PETA launches YouTube channel

THE Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) has launched its YouTube Channel featuring works by and inspired by English poet and playwright William Shakespeare.

CCP realigns its programs to deal with the pandemic

IN LIGHT of the COVID-19 outbreak and enhanced community quarantine, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has realigned its artistic programs with the aim of protecting lives and livelihoods, and deliver content to Filipinos on alternative platforms.

Untried and untested: the festival of one-act plays goes online

ALREADY a hotbed of the new and cutting edge in theater, the 2020 Virgin Labfest theater festival does not disappoint this year. Instead of cancelling outright in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will stage its new “untied and untested” plays online for the first time. The use of green screens, recorded material, and meeting platforms are all being considered in this unique staging of the festival.

Music to explore during quarantine (part 2)

Whether it be a workout session, studying or working, or enjoying a good book, activities gain a different vibe when set to music. Here’s another list of artists – this time from across Europe – to consider adding to your daily routine playlists.

Art sale for building quarantine facilities

BID for the Future (BFF) is currently holding an online art sale featuring the paintings of Kenneth Montegrande to raise funds for the construction of COVID-19 Emergency Quarantine Facilities (EQFs).

Leon Gallery holds Summer Online Auction

LEÓN Gallery is pushing through with its 2020 Summer Online Auction on April 25, 11 a.m. It will be held at its official website.

Staged readings go online

C.A.S.T., a theater group that specialized in staged readings, will present a livestream reading of an abridged version of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on April 18, 4 p.m.

Art sale in support of Bicol hospital

PRINTS for a Cause, an online gallery, has gathered works by 15 Filipino artists to raise funds to help the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH), one of the biggest public hospitals in Region V, receiving cases of COVID-19.

Cultural Center of the Philippines shows go online

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is making HD and archival recordings from its Cultural Content Digital Archives available to the public through CCP Online.

Music to explore during quarantine

It’s almost a month into the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Since public events like music festivals and concerts have been canceled, we take our music fix on endless playlist repeats on Spotify and return to favorite music videos and live performances streamed on social media. As we endure another two-week quarantine extension indoors, here are some Nordic artists and albums, as well as performances by more familiar singers (think Neil Sedaka and Josh Groban) recorded at their homes to check out and give an interesting spin to your “quarantunes.”

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.