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March 30, 2011


Music performed by the late Filipina violinist Dionisia “Donnie” Fernandez will be featured in Culture Carousel, a classical music radio program, produced by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and aired over 98.7 DZFE-FM on March 26, 2011 at 12nn. The show is a tribute to Donnie Fernandez, one of the Philippines’ most gifted classical musicians. She died on January 15, 2011 in New York, USA. The whole US Army Orchestra and all-male chorale of the US Army performed during the necrological service. She was given full military honors.

Donnie began studying violin at the age of 7. At the age of 8, she won first prize for solo instrument at the Philippines’ National Music Competition for Young Artists and was later named a Scholar of the Young Artists Foundation. She earned the nickname “Little Vivaldi” at the age of 10 and was lauded as “The Little Violinist Who Charmed Van Cliburn” before she had outgrown her half-size violin. She was also the youngest member of the Youth Orchestra of the University of the Philippines Conservatory when she moved to the United States to attend the Juilliard School of Music’s pre-college division. She was awarded both a Tito Puente Scholarship and a Juilliard Scholarship to attend school in New York. At Juilliard, she studied under Louise Behrend and the legendary Joseph Fuchs, while she completed both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music. After Juilliard, she pursued post-graduate training under Syoko Aki at the Yale College of Music and Felix Galimir at the Mannes School.

During her career, Donnie was a featured soloist of several orchestras, including the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, and the U.S. Army Orchestra. She gave recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center, and performed frequently with smaller, chamber ensembles. Donnie joined the U.S. Army Orchestra and served as its Assistant Concertmaster, with the rank of Sergeant First Class, at the time of her death. As a member of the Army Orchestra, she played for every U.S. president and former president since Gerald Ford. She also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Chamber Orchestra, and attended prestigious music festivals around the globe, including Tanglewood, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Blossom Music Festival. The greatest conductors in the world led her - giants like Bernstein, Ozawa, Slatkin, and Eschenbach - but she provided the music that lingered in the mind long after the applause and the ovations. Donnie is survived by her husband, Dr. Walter Belleza, a physician from Fulton, Maryland, and two daughters. She is also survived by her mother, Encarnita Fernandez of Quezon City, and four siblings: Dena Fernandez, a concert marimbist and violist with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra; Gertrudis Boboan; Jojit Fernandez; and Dr. Raymund Fernandez. To honor Donnie’s memory and to help other talented young musicians attend musical programs in the United States, the family has established a Musical Scholarship Fund in her name.

Cultural Carousel is a weekly radio program of the CCP aired over 98.7 DZFE-FM from 12NN to 1PM on Saturdays showcasing the works and performances of outstanding Filipino and foreign artists. It is hosted by Irene Obligacion – Rada, CCP Public Relations and Linkages Director.

For more information, please call CCP PRLD at 832-1125.

March 29, 2011


Hubo Productions’ Ganap na Babae will have its free special screening on March 31, 2011 (Thursday) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Manuel Conde (Dream Theater) at 2:00 p.m.

Ganap na Babae is a film for women made by women directors: Rica Arevalo, Ellen Ramos and Sarah Roxas. Starring a powerhouse cast led by the legendary Miss Boots Anson-Roa, Cannes’ Most Beautiful Actress Mercedes Cabral, Urian’s Best Supporting Actress Sue Prado and newcomer Jam Pérez. It was the opening film during last year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.

Cabral plays a prostitute who bares her soul as a mother. Prado is a devoted sister who prefers to stay in her drought-ridden barrio to take care of the family. Anson-Roa plays a widow who falls in love with a younger man.

Three stories are interwoven to see the plight of Filipino women from the sensitive eyes of three contemporary women directors. Hubo Productions support the different voices of women and aims to expose the complexity of the individual through Ganap na Babae.

The special film screening is part of the CCP 2011 Women’s Month Celebration and is spearheaded by the CCP Gender and Development Focal Point Committee headed by Ms. Chinggay Bernardo, with members Marivic Santos, Nikki Garde-Torres, Gemma Marco and Josie Tabanera.

The screening is on a first-come-first served basis. For more information about Ganap na Babae, please visit or call the CCP Outreach Division at 8321125 loc. 1708 or the CCP Public Relations Office at local 1114-1117.

March 28, 2011

CCP Calendar of Events

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will host the Federation of Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) Governors' Meeting on March 25-27, 2011 at the CCP in Pasay City and the National Arts Center in Makiling, Laguna.

The Federation of Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) is an association for individuals or corporations who are involved or interested in the performing arts. FACP is a non-profit, non-political organization which works to promote networks for performing arts managers in the region and to foster understanding of the rich cultural heritage of Asia around the world. It was founded by a group of professionals, impresarios and performing arts managers from Manila, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo in Manila in 1981. It is now a registered society based out of Singapore and draws participants and observers from almost every city in the region and from every corner of the world which share an interest in the development of cultural exchange in the Asia-Pacific.

The FACP holds an annual conference hosted each year by a different Asian city. The annual conference is aimed at facilitating international touring and artistic issues and challenges facing the arts industry. It provides a friendly meeting place and platform for arts and artist managers, cultural entrepreneurs and leaders.

The FACP Governors' Meeting in Manila is being held in preparation for the 2011 FACP annual conference.

World Theater Day 2011

March 26, 2011, 10:12pm

MANILA, Philippines – Created in 1961 by the International Theater Institute (ITI), World Theater Day (WTD) is celebrated annually on the 27th of March by ITI Centers and international theater community. Every year, an outstanding figure usually in the field of theatre, is invited by ITI to share his/her reflections on theater and international harmony. Among those who have given their international messages are: Edward Albee, Augusto Boal, Jean Cocteau, Arthur Miller, Pablo Neruda, Laurence Olivier, and Helen Weigel.

This year, the WTD International Message was written by Jessica Kaahwa of Uganda, who called attention to the power of the theater “to mobilize communities and bridge the divides” and its potent ability to serve as a tool for peace and reconciliation and engage in the politics of people’s situations in simple straightforward ways.

Leading the ITI WTD celebration is the International University Theater Association (IUTA), which was established in 1994 at the Universite de Liege with the aim of developing and promoting theater training, creation, and theoretical and practical research. The association has members in over 50 countries including the Philippines. Various national and international theater events have been organized to mark the occasion. In Manila, a week-long interaction between various theater organizations in universities and colleges and two German theater experts – Christine Schmalor, director, acting teacher and co-founder of AKT-KENT International Theater Center Berlin, and Dr. Jurij Alschitz, director, theater teacher, and academic who trained under J.N. Malkovsky.

The theater has been cited as an effective tool for advocating and advancing the cause of peace, It is in itself threatening and is inclusive, and like music, it has become a Universal language by which messages of peace and reconciliation can be freely advanced.

As we observe World Theater Day this year, we are all urged to ponder on the prospect of optimizing the use of the theater – a spontaneous, human, inexpensive, and powerful medium – as a viable universal tool for undertaking dialogue toward the achievement of sustainable social transformation, international cooperation and tolerance, and peace.

March 22, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Lucresia Reyes-Urtula

Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula
Dance (1988)

Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula, choreographer, dance educator and researcher, spent almost four decades in the discovery and study of Philippine folk and ethnic dances. She applied her findings to project a new example of an ethnic dance culture that goes beyond simple preservation and into creative growth. Over a period of thirty years, she had choreographed suites of mountain dances, Spanish-influenced dances, Muslim pageants and festivals, regional variations and dances of the countryside for the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company of which she is the dance director. These dances have all earned critical acclaim and rave reviews from audiences in their world tours in Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Among the widely acclaimed dances she had staged were the following: Singkil, a Bayanihan signature number based on a Maranao epic poem; Vinta, a dance honoring Filipino sailing prowess; Tagabili, a tale of tribal conflict; Pagdiwata, a four-day harvest festival condensed into a six-minute breath-taking spectacle; Salidsid, a mountain wedding dance ; Idaw, Banga and Aires de Verbena.

March 21, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Ramon Obusan

Ramon Obusan
Dance (2006)

Ramon Obusan was a *dancer, choreographer, stage designer and artistic director. He achieved phenomenal success in Philippine dance and cultural work. He was also cknowledged as a researcher, archivist and documentary filmmaker who broadened and deepened the Filipino understanding of his own cultural life and expressions. Through the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Grop (ROFG), he had effected cultural and diplomatic exchanges using the multifarious aspects and dimensions of the art of dance.

Among the full-length productions he choreographed are the following:

"Vamos a Belen! Series" (1998-2004) Philippine Dances Tradition
"Noon Po sa Amin," tableaux of Philippine History in song, drama and dance
"Obra Maestra," a collection of Ramon Obusan's dance masterpieces
"Unpublished Dances of the Philippines," Series I-IV
"Water, Fire and Life, Philippine Dances and Music--A Celebration of Life
Saludo sa Sentenyal"
"Glimpses of ASEAN, Dances and Music of the ASEAN-Member Countries"
"Saplot (Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group): Philippines Costumes in Dance"

*from the citation

March 20, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Leonor Orosa Goquingco

Leonor Orosa Goquingco
Dance (1976)

Dubbed the "Trailblazer", "Mother of Philippine Theater Dance" and "Dean of Filipino Performing Arts Critics", Leonor Orosa Goquingco, pioneer Filipino choreographer in balletic folkloric and Asian styles, has produced for over 50 years highly original, first-of-a-kind choreographies, mostly to her own storylines. These include "TREND: Return to Native," "In a Javanese Garden," "Sports," "VINTA!," "In a Concentration Camp," "The Magic Garden," "The Clowns," "Firebird," "Noli Dance Suite," "The Flagellant," "The Creation..." Seen as her most ambitious work is the dance epic "Filipinescas: Philippine Life, Legend and Lore." With it, Orosa has brought native folk dance, mirroring Philippine culture from pagan to modern times, to its highest stage of development.

Today, she is the Honorary Chair of the Association of Ballet Academies of the Philippines (ABAP), and is a founding member of the Philippine Ballet Theater.

Goquingco died in July 2004.

March 19, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Francisca Reyes Aquino

Francisca Reyes Aquino
Dance (1973)

Francisca Reyes Aquino is acknowledged as the Folk Dance Pioneer. This Bulakeña began her research on folk dances in the 1920's making trips to remote barrios in Central and Northern Luzon. Her research on the unrecorded forms of local celebration, ritual and sport resulted into a 1926 thesis titled "Philippine Folk Dances and Games," and arranged specifically for use by teachers and playground instructors in public and private schools. In the 1940's, she served as supervisor of physical education at the Bureau of Education that distributed her work and adapted the teaching of folk dancing as a medium of making young Filipinos aware of their cultural heritage. In 1954, she received the Republic Award of Merit given by the late Pres. Ramon Magsaysay for "outstanding contribution toward the advancement of Filipino culture", one among the many awards and recognition given to her.

Her books include the following: Philippine National Dances (1946); Gymnastics for Girls (1947); Fundamental Dance Steps and Music (1948); Foreign Folk Dances (1949); Dances for all Occasion (1950); Playground Demonstration (1951); and Philippine Folk Dances, Volumes I to VI.

March 17, 2011

The Musical - Ako Si Ninoy

Heroes on stage
February 25, 2011

The ‘Ako si Ninoy’ musical presents the life and times of Ninoy and the EDSA Revolution intertwined with the stories of the country’s modern-day heroes.

MANILA, Philippines — Twenty-five years after, the spirit of the first People Power Revolution continues to inspire other nations today.

Indeed, that historic and incredible show of bravery and unity in toppling the dictatorship has inspired the Tunisians, Egyptians, and now Libyans to launch their own people power revolts to claim freedom from their own dictatorial leaders.

But while the EDSA legacy in the country has given birth to more people power uprisings, its true meaning, purpose and spirit seems to have been lost in the hearts of many Filipinos today.

A growing community theater in Balic-Balic, Sta. Mesa, Manila, however, is trying to revive that love for country, especially among the youth, and urge them at the same time to be heroes in their own little ways.

Truly Filipino
For ten years now, The Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF), an award-winning community theater group composed of students and young professionals, has been coming up with all-original Filipino musical productions about the Philippines' history, culture and its heroes.

In fact, the PSF was established primarily to provide an ideal all-Filipino alternative to the kind of fare that was being served to the theater-going public at the time.

“Back then, we felt the need to revive the state of Philippine theater because the productions being shown are not good, and were just adaptations of Broadway musicals. They didn't showcase our own culture and history. It seemed to me that theater had become a money-making venture because the quality of the shows was being sacrificed,” recalls Atty. Vincent Tanada, president and artistic director of PSF.

Tanada founded the PSF along with his actor friends Chris Lim and Jeffrey Ambrosio from Dulaang Bedista of San Beda College.

The quest to take on a different and lonely path in theater proved to be difficult at first for the trio because they had no audience, and they practically dragged their own families and friends to watch their plays. They also had to hire the services of celebrities and theater actors from various theater organizations to act for them.

A few years later, PSF finally formed its own talented pool of budding actors to breathe life into the musical productions that they themselves had written.
Today, the PSF regularly performs four sold-out shows in a day to thousands of students in public and private schools all over the country as well as to employees of various corporations.

It is particularly devoted to producing curriculum plays that bring to life the lessons only learned in textbooks. It has linkages with the Department of Education and various schools for this purpose. PSF also regularly conducts campus tours to promote their latest plays and invite students to participate in their workshops.

Ninoy and the modern-day heroes
One of PSF’s best and most watched productions is “Ako si Ninoy”.

The musical earned for PSF not only a Best Musical and Best Director award in the 2009 Aliw Awards, but also helped them to be chosen as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) of 2010.

Atty. Tanada says the “I Am Ninoy” campaign of the Benigno S. Aquino Foundation (BSAF) inspired him to write the play.

“Some youths only know Ninoy as the person on the P500 bill but they don’t really know about his or President Cory’s heroism. So I was inspired to write the play to help rekindle that spirit of nationalism and the spirit of EDSA through the story of Ninoy and Cory,” says Atty. Tanada.

Unlike other plays on the EDSA Revolution and the famous couple, “Ako si Ninoy” presents the story of the former Senator and his wife Cory intertwined with the life stories of 11 ordinary individuals who have become modern-day heroes in their struggles to fight for their own causes.

Narrating the musical is the character of Ninoy himself who correlates the events in his life to those of the 11 individuals, namely Noli, a hardworking overseas Filipino worker; Ivy, the ideal housewife of Noli; Ms. Nunez, a dedicated teacher; Oscar, an honest and brave reporter; Yosef, a teen actor who wants to quit showbiz to continue his schooling; Andeng, a labor leader; Quentin, a farmer activitist; Dr. Ungria, a doctor to the barrios; Ingrid, an outstanding student; Nanding, a war veteran; and Osborne, a child hero who will eventually become president of the Philippines.

“What is good about this particular play is that it is not shown in chronological order. Magugulat ka nga kasi 'yung second scene will be Ninoy’s death already. We are also showing the ills of society through the villains who are making the lives of these ordinary people difficult. Through their simple but noble deeds, we hope the people can relate and realize that they don’t need to die or do another EDSA in order to be a hero,” he explains.

Overwhelming feedback
Before coming out with their first performance, Atty. Tanada says he submitted the manuscript of “Ako si Ninoy” to the BSAF for verification of facts in the hero’s life.

To their surprise, the manuscript was sent by BSAF to former President Cory. She and everyone else appeared to be very happy with it. When they performed for the BSAF officials, the Cojuangcos and the Aquino children, their reaction was overwhelming and it moved them to tears. The partnership with BSAF began and many of the Ako si Ninoy shows were eventually produced by them. Unfortunately, President Cory passed away without being able to watch the show.

That untimely passing however, made the musical more famous and attracted a lot of audiences from all over the country.

“Hindi namin plinano na President Cory will die during the run of the play. I guess pinagsadya ng panahon na mangyari itong lahat. At that time, we had 300 performances all over the country in just a year and more than half a million people watched us. Tinalo namin 'yung Miss Saigon na naka 100 performances lang in a year. But apart from these, people who watched the play were moved to act and make a difference in their own ways. Some formed their own organizations to help people in need. Some registered for the 2010 elections. Some organized outreach activities. And some even pushed me to run for senator!” reveals Atty. Tanada.

PSF is staging “Ako si Ninoy” once again on Feb. 27 in Manila and on March 2 in Palawan. Its international debut will be held in Guam in June.

Tanada says they are now in the process of producing a play on the life and times of President Cory and how she has emerged to become a revered global icon and mother of democracy. It is expected to open PSF’s second season in July.

Giving back
Even before the play “Ako si Ninoy” was produced though, the PSF had already been making a difference, especially in the lives of its actors.

For one, it has been conducting free acting workshops to students and young professionals, including the less fortunate. Those who pass its rigid, two-month workshops are absorbed by PSF and given the chance to fulfill their dream of acting. But while they are required to work full-time in the organization, PSF also encourages them to continue their studies. Of its 60 members, half are scholars of PSF. These stagers also get honorariums for their performances.

The continuous growth of the members is also among main thrusts of PSF so every year it holds workshops on voice, dance and writing to further hone their skills.

When not acting, PSF engages in their outreach activities for the underprivileged. Its members come from diverse backgrounds and have even tried to practice their professions. But all of them still end up at PSF doing what they love most.

(Philippine Stagers Foundation marks its 10th anniversary with shows and free summer workshops from April to May. Auditions will be held on March 24, 25, and 26 at its studio in Sta. Mesa, Quezon City. Interested parties may call 781-6727 or visit

National Artist of the Philippines - Severino Montano

Severino Montano
Theater (2001)

Playwright, director, actor, and theater organizer Severino Montano is the forerunner in institutionalizing "legitimate theater" in the Philippines. Taking up courses and graduate degrees abroad, he honed and shared his expertise with his countrymates.

As Dean of Instruction of the Philippine Normal College, Montano organized the Arena Theater to bring drama to the masses. He trained and directed the new generations of dramatists including Rolando S. Tinio, Emmanuel Borlaza, Joonee Gamboa, and Behn Cervantes.

He established a graduate program at the Philippine Normal College for the training of playwrights, directors, technicians, actors, and designers. He also established the Arena Theater Playwriting Contest that led to the discovery of Wilfrido Nolledo, Jesus T. Peralta, and Estrella Alfon.

Among his awards and recognitions are the Patnubay ng Kalinangan Award from the City of Manila (1968), Presidential Award for Merit in Drama and Theater (1961), and the Rockefeller Foundation Grant to travel to 98 cities abroad (1950, 1952, 1962, and 1963).

Next to Normal

Atlantis Productions, Inc.

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize
Winner of 3 Tony Awards

Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Bobby Garcia

Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium
4th Floor, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave. cor. Gil Puyat Ave. (Makati City)

March 16, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Wilfrido Guerrero

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero
Theater (1997)

Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero is a teacher and theater artist whose 35 years of devoted professorship has produced the most sterling luminaries in Philippine performing arts today: Behn Cervantes, Celia Diaz-Laurel, Joy Virata, Joonee Gamboa, etc. In 1947, he was appointed as UP Dramatic Club director and served for 16 years. As founder and artistic director of the UP Mobile Theater, he pioneered the concept of theater campus tour and delivered no less than 2,500 performances in a span of 19 committed years of service. By bringing theatre to countryside, Guerrero made it possible for students and audiences in general to experience the basic grammar of staging and acting in familiar and friendly ways through his plays that humorously reflect the behavior of the Filipino.

His plays include Half an Hour in a Convent, Wanted: A Chaperon, Forever, Condemned, Perhaps, In Unity, Deep in My Heart, Three Rats, Our Strange Ways, The Forsaken House, Frustrations.

March 15, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Lamberto Avellana

Lamberto V. Avellana
Theater and Film (1976)

Lamberto V. Avellana, director for theater and film, has the distinction of being called "The Boy Wonder of Philippine Movies" as early as 1939. He was the first to use the motion picture camera to establish a point-of-view, a move that revolutionized the techniques of film narration. Avellana, who at 20 portrayed Joan of Arc in time for Ateneo's diamond jubilee, initially set out to establish a Filipino theater. Together with Daisy Hontiveros, star of many UP plays and his future wife, he formed the Barangay Theater Guild which had, among others, Leon Ma .Guerrero and Raul Manglapus as members. It was after seeing such plays that Carlos P. Romulo, then president of Philippine Films, encouraged him to try his hand at directing films. In his first film Sakay, Avellana demonstrated a kind of visual rhythm that established a new filmic language.

Sakay was declared the best picture of 1939 by critics and journalists alike and set the tone for Avellana's career in film that would be capped by such distinctive achievements as the Grand Prix at the Asian Film Festival in Hong Kong for Anak Dalita (1956); Best Director of Asia award in Tokyo for Badjao, among others.

Avellana was also the first filmmaker to have his film Kandelerong Pilak shown at the Cannes International Film Festival. Among the films he directed for worldwide release were Sergeant Hasan (1967), Destination Vietnam (1969), and The Evil Within (1970).

March 14, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Salvador Bernal

Salvador F. Bernal
Theater Design (2003)

Salvador Bernal is a theater designer who has designed more than 300 productions distinguished for their originality since 1969. Sensitive to the budget limitations of local productions, he harnessed the design potential of inexpensive local materials, pioneering or maximizing the use of bamboo, raw abaca, and abaca fiber, hemp twine, rattan chain links and gauze cacha.

As the acknowledged guru of contemporary Filipino theater design, Bernal has shared his skills with younger designers through his classes at the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University, and through the programs he created for the CCP Production Design Center which he himself conceptualized and organized.

To promote and professionalize theater design, he organized the PATDAT (Philippine Association of Theatre Designers and Technicians) in 1995 and by way of Philippine Center of OISTAT (Organization Internationale des Scenographes, Techniciens et Architectes du Theatre), he has introduced Philippine theater design to the world.

March 13, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Rolando Tinio

Rolando S. Tinio
Theater and Literature (1997)

Rolando S. Tinio, playwright, thespian, poet, teacher, critic and translator, marked his career with prolific artistic productions. Tinio's chief distinction is as a stage director whose original insights into the scripts he handled brought forth productions notable for their visual impact and intellectual cogency. Subsequently, after staging productions for the Ateneo Experimental Theater (its organizer and administrator as well), he took on Teatro Pilipino. It was to Teatro Pilipino which he left a considerable amount of work reviving traditional Filipino drama by re-staging old theater forms like the sarswela and opening a treasure-house of contemporary Western drama. It was the excellence and beauty of his practice that claimed for theater a place among the arts in the Philippines in the 1960s.

Aside from his collections of poetry (Sitsit sa Kuliglig, Dunung - Dunungan, Kristal na Uniberso, A Trick of Mirrors) among his works were the following: film scripts for Now and Forever, Gamitin Mo Ako, Bayad Puri and Milagros; sarswelas Ang Mestisa, Ako, Ang Kiri, Ana Maria; the komedya Orosman at Zafira; and Larawan, the musical.

March 12, 2011

News - Dapitan is ASEAN Culture Capital of RP for January 2011

DAPITAN is playing host for the launching of the celebration Rizal's sesquicentennial (150) birth anniversary in 2011.

Dapitan is a land rich in history, heritage, language and creative industry, endowed with a calming beauty of its habitat that shows virtues of a simple life.

Historically, Dapitan, acknowledged as a Shrine City of the Philippines is a place where our national hero, Jose Rizal was exiled for four years (1893 to 1897).

It was during this period that he had been most productive and happy. He was the people's physician, teacher, writer, farmer, businessman and environmentalist. It is here where he was able to serve his people in many different ways, through his diverse talents.

In recognition of Rizal's life in Dapitan, the Philippines highlight it as the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Culture Capital for the month of January.

On January 24, the Asean flag will be transferred to Dapitan, after being previously installed in Tarlac (the Asean Culture Capital for the month of November) while having a prelude focus in December at Fort Santiago, where Rizal was imprisoned.

Philippine ITI President and RM Outstanding Asian Art Awardee 1972, Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, who is part of the committee which organized the program, gave a heads up on what's going to happen during the Dapitan recognition. According to her, various performances will be seen during the program recognizing Dapitan as the 10th highlighted place in the two-year framework operationalization of the honor of the Philippines as first Asean Culture Capital.

This includes the choral arrangement of Asean songs, with 10 fancying higantes representing its 10-member nations. Also, a theatrical presentation of the works of Rizal in Spanish and translation into Filipino, English and Cebuano will also be featured, utilizing the artistic talents from the Rizal State College in Dapitan and interpreting his writings in dance, drama and music.

Participants from the different high schools of Dapitan and Zamboangga del Norte will join a special media caravan workshops by the Department of Education-National Council for Children's Television DepEd-NCCT in conjunction with Earth Savers-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) Dream Center, providing a children's perspective of Rizal through varied media forms.

This program is an inter-agency project of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Asean, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine ITI Earth Savers-Unesco Dream Center, in liaison with the National Historical Commission and the Knights of Rizal.

The program was coordinated through Vice Mayor, Patri Chan, chairman of the Dapitan Heritage Committee, with the local government officials led by Mayor Dominador Jalosjos Jr. and del Norte Gov. Rolando Yebes of Zamboangga, with Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio.

Other members of the committee are NCCA Officer in Charge Chairman and KWF Chairman Jose Laderas Santos with Malou Jacob, NCCA Executive Director Lihok Bisaya, Lutgardo Labad, DepEd-NCCT director, Frank Rivera, Philippine ITI Chairman Dr. Vilma Labrador.

The ITI Creative Team, giving cultural caregiving services in Dapitan are composed of Placidas Pilapil Jr., Sai Collado, Peter Macrohan, Rollie de Leon with his design group under the direction of Lihok Bisaya artist, Lutgardo Labad. Pixel Media Arts is the video documentary team for the said program, under the direction of CJ Andaluz.
For details, please contact RENE NAPEÑAS, Head of the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at cellphone number 0927-5582656 / 09285081057 or at tel. nos. 527-5529. You can also call us at 527-2192 (loc. 612-615) or email us at

March 11, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Atang Dela Rama

Honorata "Atang" Dela Rama
Theater and Music (1987)

Honorata "Atang" Dela Rama was formally honored as the Queen of Kundiman in 1979, then already 74 years old singing the same song ("Nabasag na Banga") that she sang as a 15-year old girl in the sarsuela Dalagang Bukid. Atang became the very first actress in the very first Tagalog film when she essayed the same role in the sarsuela's film version. As early as age seven, Atang was already being cast in Spanish zarzuelas such as Mascota, Sueño de un Vals, and Marina. She counts the role though of an orphan in Pangarap ni Rosa as her most rewarding and satisfying role that she played with realism, the stage sparkling with silver coins tossed by a teary-eyed audience. Atang firmly believes that the sarswela and the kundiman expresses best the Filipino soul, and has even performed kundiman and other Filipino songs for the Aetas or Negritos of Zambales and the Sierra Madre, the Bagobos of Davao and other Lumad of Mindanao.

Among the kundiman and the other songs she premiered or popularized were Pakiusap, Ay, Ay Kalisud, Kung Iibig Ka and Madaling Araw by Jose Corazon de Jesus, and Mutya ng Pasig by Deogracias Rosario and Nicanor Abelardo. She also wrote her own sarswelas: Anak ni Eba, Aking Ina, and Puri at Buhay.

March 10, 2011

National Artist of the Philippines - Daisy Avellana

Daisy H. Avellana
Theater (1999)

Daisy H. Avellana, is an actor, director and writer. Born in Roxas City, Capiz on January 26, 1917. She has elevated legitimate theater and dramatic arts to a new level of excellence by staging and performing in breakthrough productions of classic Filipino and foreign plays and by encouraging the establishment of performing groups and the professionalization of Filipino theater. Together with her husband, National Artist Lamberto Avellana and other artists, she co-founded the Barangay Theatre Guild in 1939 which paved the way for the popularization of theatre and dramatic arts in the country, utilizing radio and television.

She has starred in plays like Othello (1953), Macbeth in Black (1959), Casa de Bernarda Alba (1967), Tatarin. She is best remembered for her portrayal of Candida Marasigan in the stage and film versions of Nick Joaquin’s Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. Her directorial credits include Diego Silang (1968), and Walang Sugat (1971). Among her screenplays were Sakay (1939)and Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1955)

March 9, 2011

About National Commission for Culture and the Arts


In 1987, then President Corazon C. Aquino penned Executive Order No. 118 creating the Presidential Commission on Culture and Arts. Five years later, in 1992, this presidential directive was enacted into law-- Republic Act 7356, creating the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The original bill was jointly authored by Senators Edgardo Angara, Heherson Alvarez, Leticia Ramos Shahani, and Congressman Carlos Padilla.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippines is the overall policy making body, coordinating, and grants giving agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture; an executing agency for the policies it formulates; and task to administering the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA) -- fund exclusively for the implementation of culture and arts programs in line with the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan for Culture and the Arts.

The government’s support for cultural development is particularly highlighted by the passage of R.A. 7356 that created the NCCA. The coordination among the cultural agencies was strengthened by the virtue of Executive Order No. 80, which placed the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Historical Institute, the National Museum, The National Library, and the National Archives under the NCCA umbrella. Further, through Republic Act No. 9155, administratively attached the earlier aforementioned five cultural agencies to the NCCA, including now the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. Thus, the NCCA is responsible for culture and the arts in the Philippines --- and, if not in the name, the de facto Ministry of Culture.

The NCCA together with the six cultural agencies work with the principle of partnership, collaboration and shared responsibility in effectively and efficiently achieving the implementation of cultural programs as well as maximizing of resources.

A Filipino nation united, empowered, and sustained by its cultural and artistic life and heritage.

NCCA's Mandate

Pursuant to Sec. 8 of RA No. 7356Formulate policies for the development of culture and the arts

* To coordinate & implement the overall policies and program of attached agencies on the development of culture and arts as stated under Executive Order No. 80
* Administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts
* Encourage artistic creation within a climate of artistic freedom
* Develop and promote the Filipino national culture and arts; and
* Preserve Filipino cultural heritage

March 8, 2011

32 artists honored with Ani ng Dangal

February 27, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The celebration of Philippine International Arts Festival 2011 (PIAF) comes to a close today with Ani ng Dangal. Held in recognition of Filipino artistic talents that have brought honor to the country in the previous year, Ani ng Dangal, since its inception, has become the traditional closing event of the festival.

This year, there are 32 honorees from the seven arts represented in the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) Sub-commission on the Arts. These are architecture, cinema, dance, literature, music, theater, and visual arts. Ani ng Dangal also recognizes efforts made in allied fields like broadcasting. This year, it will be held at the Sofitel Hotel and will be attended by NCCA OIC-Chairman Joelad Santos, NCCA Executive Director Malou Jacob, Commissioner for the Arts and Festival Director Ricky de Ungria, and the members of the Artistic Committee together with PIAF Art Ambassador Boy Abunda and NCCA Youth Ambassador Dingdong Dantes.

This year’s honorees come from cinema, dance, literature, music, visual arts, and broadcasting. Cinema tops the number of honorees with 15. Following cinema are music with seven and the visual arts with five. Broadcast arts has three, and dance and literature have one each.

Cinema’s honorees are Nassier Handang Anggahan, Rustica Carpio, Odyssey M. Flores, Monster Jimenez, Ralston Javer, Lou Veloso, Mark Meily, Meryll Soriano, Francis Xavier Pasion, John Paul Seniel, Anita Linda, Joseph Andrew, Brillante Mendoza, Ellen Ramos, and Paolo Villaluna.

Anggahan won the Grand Prize at the 2010 ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition & Exhibit and Best Film at South East Asian Documentary Award - International Science Film Festival for “IskWATER: Buhay Estero.”Carpio, Flores, Linda, and Mendoza won multiple awards for the film “Lola.”Carpio and Flores won Best Actress and Best Cinematography, respectively, at the 11th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival. Linda also won Best Actress at the said festival. Mendoza, meanwhile, won the Golden Lady Harmiguada grand prize.

“Lola” also won for Mendoza Best Director at the Sitges International Film Festival, Grand Jury of Long Metrage& Press Award at the Festival International de Cinema du Grain a Demoudre,the Muhr International Film Festival Prize at the Dubai International Film Festival, the Grand Knight Jury Prize at the Miami Filmfest, the Ecumenical Jury Award and the Don Quijote Award at the 24th Fribourg International Film Festival, and Best Film at the Rome Asian Film Festival.

Jimenez won the IDFA Award for First Appearance - Best Documentary at the 23rd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam for “Kano: An American and His Harem.”Javer won multiple awards for “Bakal Boys.” These are Best Screenplay at Saitama Kawaguchi Intelligent Park SKIP City International Digital Cinema Festival, the Cipputti Prize for Best Film about Child Labor at the Toronto International Film Festival, Best Digital Film at the 12th Barcelona Asian Film Festival, and the Public Award for Best Film at the Lyon Asian Connection Film Festival.

Veloso won the Best Actor Award- International Competition at the 36th International Independent Film Festival in Belgium for “Colorum.” Meily and Soriano both won for “Donor” at the 37th Brussels International Film Festival. Meily won Best Film, and Soriano won Best Actress. Pasion won Best Fiction Feature Film at the 8thZinegoak International Film Festival for “Jay.” Seniel’s “Latus” was adjudged Best Short Film at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.

Mateo won Outstanding Animation Program for “Prep and Landing” at the 62nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. And Ramos and Villaluna won Best World Showcase Feature at the 2nd SoHo International Film Festival 2010 for “WalangHanggangPaalam.”

Music’s honorees are Marielle Corpuz, Margaret Marie Necio Ortega, Lorden Panganiban, Philippine Normal University Chorale, VehneeSaturno, University of Santo Tomas Singers, and University of St. La Salle Chorale.

Corpuz won Grand Champion Performer of the World and Grand Champion Vocalist of the World at the World Championships of the Performing Arts. Ortega won the Grand Prize and English Song Winner for 15 to 21 years old at Star Factor 2010, and Panganiban won the Grand Prize at the 11th Asia New Singer Competition (2010 Asia Music Festival).

PNU Chorale won Grand Champion, Category III: Youth Choir – Mixed Young Adult Choir (Champion), Category IV: Mixed Choir – Historical Program (Champion), and Category IV: Mixed Choir – Free Program (Champion) at the 1st InstitutTeknologi Bandung (ITB) International Choir Competition 2010.Saturno’s “Within” won Best Song at the 11th Asia New Singer Competition (2010 Asia Music Festival).

The UST Singers won a slew of prizes at several competitions in Europe. They won 1st Prize – Premio de Habaneras (Juan Aparicio) and 1st Prize – Premio Intercontinental and Premio del Publico at the 56th Certamen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia; Top Prizes at the Mixed Choir and Folk Song categories of the 28th Festival Internacional De Musica De Cantonigrós (28th International Music Festival); Choir of the World Grand Prix – The Pavarotti Trophy, 1st Prize – Youth Choirs Category, and1st Prize – Mixed Choirs Category at the 63rdLlangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2010; 1st Place in Mixed Voice Choir, Madrigal Singing, Sacred Music and Open Choral Competition and Best Visiting Choir at the 2010 Bangor International Festival; Grand Prix Mundus Cantat Sopot 2010 and 1st Prizes in Sacred, Secular/Folklore, and Jazz / Gospel / Spiritual Categories at the 6th International Choir Festival Mundus Cantat Sopot 2010; and Grand Prize – Open Choir Category and 1st Prize in the Mixed Choirs, Madrigal Singing, and Sacred Categories, and Best Singing Choir¬ at the 17th Bangor International Choral Festival.

The DLSU Chorale won gold in Folkore – A Capella, silver in Chamber Choir – Mixed, and silver in Spiritual, Gospel, Jazz at the International Choir Festival Grand Prix.

Visual arts’ honorees are Carlos L. Esguerra, Marvin Torres Langote, Jerome Allen Lorico,Vance Galvin Tiu Tangcueco, and Orley Yu Ypon. Esguerra’s”Chrysler Building – 8369” won the Gold Medal at the 9th Special Themes Contest, 2010 Trierenberg Super Circuit, “Architecture” category. Tangcueco’s “Here is My Life” won the Grand Prix at the Mitsubishi Asian Children’s EnikkiFesta. And Ypon won Grand Prize for People and figures Category at the International Artist Magazine Competition.

Langote’s”My World-My Dream” won the Grand Prize at the Hong Kong International Students’ Visual Arts Contest and Exhibition. Lorico’s“A Dress Inspired by Ink and Water” won the Fashion Grand Prix, Onward Fashion Award, and Japan Cotton Association Award at the Japan International Fashion Competition.

Marjorie Evasco and Halili-Cruz Dance Company are the respective honorees of Literature and Dance. Broadcast Arts honorees are Nina Corpuz, Kara David, and

Evasco won the South East Asian Write Award. The Halili-Cruz Dance Company won the Grand Prize and four gold trophies at the 21st Century International Arts Festival Dance Competition and Best Male Dancer at the Bauhinia Cup International Dance Championship.

source: Manila Bulletin

March 6, 2011

Musical Play - Breakups and Breakdowns

A New Musical
February 18 to March 12, 2011
Teatrino Promenade (Grennhills, San Juan)

Ticket Prices:

Orchestra PhP 978.50
Balcony PhP 721.00

About the Show:

Upstart Productions, Inc.

A New Musical

Written and Directed by JOEL TRINIDAD

MARK, a young playwright, is putting the finishing touches on a play about finding the One Perfect Girl. The story is a thinly veiled retelling of his failed relationship with NINA, who, unbeknownst to Mark, is starting to miss him, just a little.

DEREK, Mark’s roommate and best friend, thinks that Mark would be better off actually meeting women instead of just writing about them, and is convinced that Mark should get out of his unhealthy funk and back in “the game”.

Derek himself is a notorious playboy, an expert at “the game”. But that was before he started dating SANDY. Gorgeous and flirtatious, yet apparently uninterested in commitment, Sandy is the female counterpart of Derek—and is driving Derek crazy. He doesn’t know that Sandy, whose last boyfriend left her because she was too needy, earnest, and available, is also playing “the game”, and is only feigning aloofness to keep Derek interested.

One stormy night, while Derek is on a date with Sandy, Mark settles in for another night of perfecting his play. Suddenly, there is a knock on the door. It is Nina, soaking wet. Her car has stalled in the storm somewhere nearby, she has no place else to go. After a few moments of awkward conversation, it slowly becomes clear that there may still be something between them…

… but just then, Derek and Sandy arrive unexpectedly, and everyone is surprised to discover that Sandy is someone Mark knows pretty well; Someone he used to call by another name, back when she was a little too needy and a little too earnest and a little too available.

March 4, 2011

Philippine Dance -Part 3

Maria Clara –Maria Clara is the main female character in Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere -a literary piece that features the colonial situation of the Filipinos during the Spanish regime. She was characterized as a Filipina woman of virtue and nobility. This dance is a mix of Spanish gracefulness and customized native props, such as bamboo castanets and Asian fan. Female dancers wear Maria Clara dress that typifies the European style, while men are in barong tagalog, a traditional Filipino embroidered long-sleeve shirt made of pineapple fiber.

Cariñosa - Cariñosa is a word that describes an affectionate, friendly and lovable woman. This dance is performed in flirtatious manner with fans and handkerchiefs to assist the dancers’ hide-and-seek movements.

La Jota Manileña - It is a dance named after the capital city of the Philippines, Manila, where an adaptation of Castilian Jota afloats with the clacking of bamboo castanets played by the dancers themselves. The costume and the graceful movements of the performers noticeably inspired by Spanish Culture.

Sakuting - Originated in Abra, this dance interprets a mock fight between Ilokano Christians and non- Christians with training sticks as props. It is traditionally performed during Christmas at the town plaza or from house-to-house as a caroling show. As a return, the dancers receive presents or money locally known as “aguinaldo”.

Pantomina - Meaning "Dance of the Doves", this dance is the highlight of Sorsogon’s Kasanggayahan Festival every third week of October. Groups of participants, mainly elderly in colourful costumes, dance to the tune of Pantomina song. It is a courtship dance originated from immitating the courtship and lovemaking of doves that then showed during the dance where men attempt to please the women.


March 3, 2011

Philippine Dance - Part 2

Sublian - The term “subli” is from two tagalog words “subsub” meaning falling on head and “bali”, which means broken. Hence, the dancers appear to be lame and crooked throughout the dance. This version is originally a ritual dance of the natives of Bauan, Batangas, which is shown during fiestas as a ceremonial worship dance to the town’s icon, the holy cross.

Kuratsa - Commonly performed during festivals in Bohol and other Visayan towns, this dance portrays a young playful couple’s attempt to get each other’s attention. It is performed in a moderate waltz style.

Itik-itik - According to history of this dance, a young woman named Kanang (short for Cayetana) happened to be the best performer in the province of Surigao del Norte. At one baptismal reception, she was asked to dance the Sibay, and began improvising her steps in the middle of her performance imitating the movements of an “itik”, a duck, as it walks with choppy steps and splashes water on its back while attracting its mate. Because of its unusual steps and fascinating interpretation, the audience began imitating her.


Tinikling - Tinnikling is considered the national folkdance with a pair of dancers hopping between two bamboo poles held just above the ground and struck together in time to music. Originated from Leyte Province, this dance is in fact a mimic movement of “tikling birds” hopping over trees, grass stems or over bamboo traps set by farmers. Dancers perform this dance with remarkable grace and speed jumping between bamboo poles.

Maglalatik - Originally performed in Binan, Laguna as a mock-war dance that demonstrates a fight between the Moros and the Christians over the prized latik or coconut meat during the Spanish rule, this dance is also shown to pay tribute to the town’s patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. It has a four-part performance such as the palipasan and the baligtaran showing the intense battle, the paseo and the escaramusa- the reconciliation. Moro dancers wear read trousers while the Christian dancers show up in blue. All dancers are male ; with harnesses of coconut shells attached on their chests, backs, thighs and hips.


CCP Calendar of Events - March 2011



The Cultural Center of the Philippines launches its digitization project with the EMC Computer Systems with the turn over of storage solutions for CCP’s Digitization Program. The partnership transforms selected items from CCP’s vast audiovisual and manuscript collection into digital format to startup the Digital Heritage Program.

11:00 A.M. Press Conference. By invitation

6:00 P.M. Dinner launch. By invitation

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

March 04 - 13


Vack with a Vengeance . . .

The rousingly funny hit musical returns! Movie star Eula Valdes reprises her role as the stunning red-haired warrior who saves the world from a giant frog, rampaging zombies and power-tripping planet women. Now on its sixth year, the beloved musical is back in fighting form with a new set design by Gino Gonzales and lighting design by Katsch Catoy. Based on the popular graphic novel penned by Carlo Vergara and adapted for the stage by Chris Martinez. Music and lyrics by Vincent de Jesus. Chris Millado directs.

March 4,5,11,12 - 8:00 P.M.

March 5,6,12,13 – 3:00 P.M.

Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

Ticket Prices: PhP 950, PhP 850, PhP 650

Tickets and Info: CCP Box Office 8323704 / 8321125 loc. 1409 &1406

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Category: theater, musical comedy

March 05


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Featuring the famous singer from China, Mr. Wang Honghei and pianist Ms. Yang Shanshan in concert.

8:00 P.M.

Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

Ticket Prices:

Tickets and Info: CCP Box Office 8323704 / 8321125 loc. 1409 &1406

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March 10

BAD SEED (Mauvaise Graine)

How does society view the “different” person – one who does not conform to what is normal? A puppetry performance inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, “The Ugly Duckling”, tackles this question with a moving social message of difference and acceptance.

Performed by La Compagnie A and presented in cooperation with the French Embassy and Alliance Francaise de Manille.

8:00 P.M.

Venue: Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)

Ticket Prices:

Tickets and Info: CCP Box Office 8323704 / 8321125 loc. 1409 &1406

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March 18



Helen Lyons, soprano

Nicole Brikland, mezzo

Leodigario Del Rosario, tenor

Andrew Fernando, baritone/bass

Philippine Madrigal Singers et al

Ateneo Chamber Singers

AUP Ambassadors Chorale Arts Society

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Olivier Ochanine, conductor

The PPO’s March season concert features two works of monumental significance by the Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi. The first represents a symbolic and historical feat: this year’s 150-year anniversary of Italy’s unification. The opera Nabucco, Verdi’s first very successful opera, has become very known in part for its beautiful chorus ‘Va, pensiero’, which has become the unofficial second national anthem of Italy, and which is also included in the overture to Nabucco, the first work on this concert.

The second work, the ‘war horse’ for this PPO concert, is the magnificent, terrifying and exhilarating Requiem of Verdi. While Verdi was not a pious man, he certainly is able here to give the listener quite the Requiem that puts into doubt his dislikes for religion. Joining the PPO and Maestro Ochanine for this performance are soloists Helen Lyons (Soprano), Suzanne Birkland (Mezzo), Leodigario del Rosario (Tenor), and Andrew Fernando (Baritone/Bass). Also featured are the fantastic forces of the Philippine Madrigal Singers (et al), the Ateneo Chamber Singers, and the AUP Ambassadors Chorale Arts Society.

8:00 P.M.

Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

Ticket Prices: PhP 1000, PhP 800, PhP 500, PhP 350, PhP200

Discounts: student, senior and group

Tickets and Info: CCP Box Office 8323704/8321125 loc. 1409 &1406 and Ticketworld 8919999

Category: music, symphony, classical

Dress Code: smart casual


Until 02 April 2011
DYSTOPIA solo exhibition by Randalf C. Dilla. The solo exhibition by Randalf C. Dilla takes off from the artist’s observation of body modifications, ranging from indigenous markings by way of tattoos, scars, piercing and adornments to present-day augmentations for beauty and reconstruction. Randalf C. Dilla hails from Basco, Batanes and since 2004 has been an awardee of various national art competitionsincluding First Place in the 2007 GSIS Painting Competition. He is a Fine Arts major from FEATI University, graduating with distinction in 2008.
Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery)
Free Admission

Until 30 April 2011
Lenore RS Lim: FULL CIRCLE is a twenty-year retrospective of an artists’ journey in printmaking, revealing a total sense of awe at nature’s intimate grandeur, through an exciting plethora of traditional and cutting edge techniques.
Lenore RS Lim was awarded the 2004 Pamana ng Pilipino, Republic of the Philippines; and 2009 One Hundred Most Influential Filipinas in the USA. She was a grantee of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and is represented by Paul Sharpe Contemporary in New York.
Bulwagang Juan Luna (CCP Main Gallery)
Free Admission

Until 1 May 2011
The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Printmakers (PAP) jointly celebrate National Arts Month in February 2011 with the exhibit Petit Format: PAP Fine Print Exhibition 2011, an exhibit of small-format prints by various artists who are members of or affiliated with the PAP.The exhibit endeavors to bring together as many artists/printmakers from across the archipelago to participate in a national exhibition that will promote contemporary Philippine art done in a versatile art form that is printmaking.

Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (2nd and 3rd Floor Hallways).
Free Admission

March 2, 2011

Philippine Dance - Part 1

Most Philippine dances were originally patterned after European dances during the Spanish regime. Pandango Sa Ilaw, Cariñosa, Rigodon and Balitao are examples of these dances Filipinos are known for. Aside from these western-influenced dances, ethnic-created dances such as Tinikling made its way to nationwide recognition. Despite its apparent adaptation to western dances, still Filipinos pay tribute to their cultural roots. Every district in the islands has its own folk dance, interpreted attractively in festivals and local shows, which have added to the country’s reputed contribution to world’s illustration of traditional arts.

The following are examples of popular Philippine folk dances :

Binasuan - Originated in Pangasinan Province “meaning with the use of drinking glasses”, this vibrant dance basically shows off balancing skill of the performers. Glasses filled with rice wine are placed on the head and on each hand carefully maneuvered with graceful movements. This dance is common in weddings, fiestas and special occasions.

Rigodon - Originated from Spain, this dance is commonly performed at formal affairs like inaugural balls where prominent members of the government participate and enjoy.

Pandanggo sa Ilaw - The word pandanggo comes from the Spanish dance “fandango”characterized with lively steps and clapping while following a varying ¾ beat. Pandanggo requires excellent balancing skill to maintain the stability of three tinggoy, or oil lamps, placed on head and at the back of each hand. This famous dance of grace and balance originated from Lubang Island, Mindoro.


PETA gears up for summer
First Posted 15:09:00 02/26/2011

MANILA, Philippines—Moms and dads, classes are almost over. If you're looking for a fun, yet creative activity for your kids this summer, then look no further! Have your kids enroll at the 2011 Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) Summer Theater Arts Workshop and let them enjoy a unique artistic experience while boosting their self-esteem.

In age-appropriate workshops, students embark on fun-filled dramatic journeys through acting, movement, singing, and playwriting. Students may choose between a one-day lecture, 5-day workshop or an intensive three-week performing arts experience, during which they will actively develop their creative interests and grow as confident, young artists.

PETA’s Children’s Theater courses allow children (Ages 6-12) to explore and experience music, movement and dance, visual arts, storytelling, drama improvisation, poetry and short story writing. Coupled with lots of fun and games, PETA’s creative processes will also develop and enrich every child’s imagination, inspiration, self-confidence, and appreciation of self, others, nature and culture.

PETA’s Summer Workshop also caters to teens and adults. Young thespians and aspiring actors can enroll in various Theater Arts courses, such as: Teen Theater (Ages 13-17), Teen Theater Production (Ages 13-17), Theater Arts (Ages 17 and up) and Basic Acting classes (Ages 17 and up). Each course is designed to provide basic knowledge, skills and attitudes for budding stage actors. Applicants will also various acting styles as well as studying the artistic and technical components of theater production.

Workshop courses such as: Creative Dance Theater (Ages 17 and up), Creative Musical Theater (Ages 17 and up), and Musical Theater for Young People (Ages 13-21), allow each applicant to explore the use of music, dance and movement as a form of artistic expression in a theater setting, while the course Visual Arts for Young People (Ages 13-17), introduces them to the colorful world of painting, drawing and other media.

Special courses are also offered to educators and teachers to improve their teaching competency by introducing them to the integrated arts approach through the Theater-In-Education workshop and Culture-Based Teaching of the Basic Education Curriculum workshops.

Aside from the month-long classes, PETA is also offering one-day lecture series in the field of Stage Management, Technical Theater and Make-up for Theater, as well as 4-hour lectures on Music Appreciation, Song Writing, and Choreography.

Classes are limited so don't miss this exciting activity! Enrollment is ongoing until April 2011. For inquiries and slot reservations, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at Tel. No. 725-6244, 410-0821 or 0917-5769339,

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