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April 10, 2011

DANCE XCHANGE: The Philippine International Dance Festival

In the hopes of creating conditions for dialogue and cooperation within the world dance community, the National Committee on Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will again be spearheading the International Dance Day celebration held all over the world by the International Theater Institute (ITI). The International Dance Day is created under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris, and the Philippine observance of this celebration is slated to take place at the Manila Hotel on April 27 - 29, 2011 organized by the NCCA-National Committee on Dance.

The National Committee on Dance under the innovative and active leadership of Ms. Shirley Halili-Cruz has decided to hold the Dance Xchange 2011: The Philippine International Dance Festival with the theme “Cultural Connectivity through Dance”, following the highly successful 2009 and 2010 Dance Xchange. This international festival is in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 154, declaring the last week of April as the “National Dance Week” and considered as one of the banner projects of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

The Dance Xchange aims to: 1) provide venue for interaction and facilitate learning among dancers, directors, dance teachers, choreographers, Physical Education teachers and dance scholars, 2) establish an international event which will become an cultural destination for foreign artists; 3) provide new ideas and inspiration that will stimulate the creativity of the dance educators, directors and choreographers, 3) showcase different dance forms by foreign and local dancers; 4) facilitate cultural exchange and understanding, and 5) strengthen network among dance organizations and dance directors. The Dance Xchange will have activities such as dance competition, artists forum, masters classes, dance workshops and festival of performances.

The Dance Xchange promised to be a bigger international event in the Philippines. A bigger network of international dance companies and top Philippine dance companies will be invited to participate in the said event.

The Dance Xchange is an opportunity of exposure for local dance groups to different international dance artists and groups in the hope of mutually enriching the each others’ experiences. It has been the intention of this event to provide dynamic activities for the dance community in the Philippines and establish an international dance festival that can be a destination for foreign dance companies.

The celebration will be in two parts:
Part 1: NCCA National Dance Competition
April 25 – 26, 2011
Part II: Dance Xchange: The Philippine International Dance Festival

April 26 - Arrival of foreign and regional dance groups
April 27 - Opening ceremony
April 27 - 29 - Artists’ forum, workshops, performances
Closing program
April 30 - Cultural Tour for performers
May 1 - Departure of foreign and regional dance groups

The NCCA- National Committee on Dance are inviting everyone; dancers, dance educators and teachers, dance moderators/ directors, choreographers, P.E. teachers and supervisors, cultural and tourism officers, festival organizers and dance enthusiasts to come and be part of Dance Xchange, The Philippine International Dance Festival 2011. The registration fee is P 1,000 to cover the kit, IDs, T-shirt, certificates, tickets for the shows and other materials.

Attached, please find the Registration Form, CSC Memo, DepEd Memo, CHED Memo, DILG Memo and list of places to stay in Manila. For your confirmation and pre-registration, please email to,,, or Should you have inquiries, please contact Shirley Halili-Cruz at 09175296946, Franco Velas at 09291755740, Marichu Tellano at 527-2214 or 09209514911 or Ferdie Isleta/ Ogie Nicolas at 527-2209.

April 9, 2011

Performing Arts

Music for 6 Strings: A Guitar Concert featuring Monching Carpio, classical guitarist
April 18, 2011 - 04:00 pm to 07:00 pm
"Music for 6 Strings"
A Guitar Concert

Monching Carpio
Classical Guitarist

4pm Monday
April 18, 2011
College of Music, UP Diliman

Free Admission
• Venue: Mini-Hall, College of Music, UP Diliman
• Website:

April 8, 2011

NCCA Lectures/Conferences/Workshops

April 07 - 09:00 am to May 07, 2011 - 06:00 pm
Kids and teens enjoy a fruitful summer as they emerge themselves in different arts discipline through a workshops. Interwoven to this activity is the global call to take a stand for the care of our Mother Earth. Arts serves as a medium for the advocacy for the care, preservation and rehabilitation of the environment.
• Venue: Beachvolleydrome, Rotary Park, Tagum City
• Contact: City of Tagum Tourism Council
• Website:
• Contact No.: 084-370-1424 or 09265494952
• Fax. No.: 084-370-1424
• Email Address:
Story Tour Asia - Philippines: TV & Film Screenwriting Seminar
May 07 - 08:00 am to 15, 2011 - 05:00 pm
Offering the first comprehensive English film and television storywriting classes of its kind in Philippines, the Story Tour Asia seminars and workshops aim to bridge the gap between screen industries in the East and West. In a globalised market it is the products with universal appeal that travel beyond national and language borders. The Story Tour Asia (Philippines) 2011 – English film and television storywriting seminars allows participants interested in creating stories for the screen to identify the elements of this appeal, leading to the creation of internationally successful product.

The Philippine Screenwriting Tour 2011 showcases two internationally experienced screenwriting instructors, Karel Segers and Luke Devenish, who will share their insights on dramatic writing for television and film. Taking the role of Philippine creative ambassadors, we make the talent and expertise of renowned industry professionals from international territories available to establish and aspiring creative professionals in our own region in the Philippines.
The screenwriting seminars are open to the public and a must for established and aspiring writers, producers, directors, or anyone who is creative and wants to write stories that capture the imagination of a broadest possible audience.

Schedule of Seminars:

Manila May 7 & 8
Bacolod May 11 & 12
Cebu May 14 & 15

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• Contact: Sophia Erasmo/ Wigile Group International
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• Contact No.: +63 915-9582640
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Sayaw Pinoy 2011: NCCA National Dance Competition

Sayaw Pinoy 03.30.2011
The National Committee on Dance of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts under the leadership of Shirley Halili-Cruz has organized the Sayaw Pinoy: The NCCA National Dance Competition as part of its efforts to promote dance in its various forms – folkdance, ballet, modern/ contemporary, hip hop and ballroom. It aims to stress the importance of the competition as a means of motivation for artistic excellence but not an end to itself. It also hopes to teach emotional fitness through teamwork as the group experience will bring about dependability, responsibility, commitment, sportsmanship, discipline, creativity and awareness of the value of the art of dance. Consequently, acquiring the value of working together toward common goals will extend to daily undertakings beyond the competition.

Anchored on this belief, the NCCA-NCD launches the Sayaw Pinoy: The NCCA National Dance Competition. This competition aims to promote artistic excellence in the different dance forms in the spirit of friendly competition.

Dates and Venues:
April 25: Folkdance, Neo-classical and Ballroom
April 26: Contemporary and Hiphop
Venue: Manila (specific venue to be announced)

General Guidelines

1. The Competition is open to all Filipino citizens residing in the Philippines.
2. Dance categories for the 2011 competition are the following: Folk Dance, Neoclassical Ballet, Ballroom, Contemporary and Hip Hop.
3. Entries on the Official Form only (download entry form) should be submitted to the NCCA Arts Section, 5th Floor, NCCA Building, 633 Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila on or before the closing date, April 15, 2011 Entries may also be emailed to,, or or faxed to 5272198.
4. All participants must be at least 13 years old as of April 15, 2011 deadline for the submission of entries.
5. Each group shall be composed of a minimum of 6 dancers and a maximum of 20 dancers.
6. Dance groups and dancers directly or indirectly associated with judges, National Dance Committee members and organizing committee will not be allowed to participate in the competition.
7. Prompting of competitors from the backstage or from the audience is not allowed.
8. All expenses in joining the competition shall be shouldered by the participating groups.
9. No registration fees will be charged to participate in the competition.
10. No group/dancer may appear more than once in the same dance category. ( A folk dance group or a folk dancer cannot appear twice in the folk dance category)
11. A group/ dancer may participate in more than one dance category. (Example: a folk dance group or a folk dancer may have entries in the other dance categories: Neoclassical ballet, Contemporary, Ballroom or Hip hop)
12. A time limit of 5 minutes will be enforced and corresponding one point from each judge’s average score shall be deducted in the event the time limit is exceeded. The time of the performance starts with the first note of the music or the first movement, whichever comes first. Please enter the length of the performance in the Entry Form.
13. The committee reserves the right to amend these guidelines or refuse any entry on any grounds with proper advice to the parties concerned.
14. All music must be recorded on CD only – no cassette tapes allowed, no live band or musicians allowed. There shall only be one music in one CD..
15. No lighting design/special lights will be allowed.
16. All competitors will be assigned numbers for the competition through drawing of lots.
17. Personal photography and video taping will be strictly prohibited during the competition proper. Official photographers and videographers will be provided by the organizers for documentation purposes.
18. Participation in the event is entirely at the dancers' own risk. Performance of dangerous choreography is not endorsed by the competition committee (and will not be reflected favorably in the scoring).
19. Failure to comply with any of the foregoing rules and conditions will result to disqualification.
20. The judges’ decision is final and unappealable.
21. The following are strictly not allowed in the performance:
1. The use of real fighting armor (e.g. sword, knife, guns, arrow, spears, etc…)
2. The use of any form of liquid (e.g. blood, oil, water, etc.)
3. The use of fire, candles and any pyrotechnic materials.
4. The use of confetti either drop or bomb.
5. Breaking of glass, pots, etc…
6. Audio visual presentation or screen projection.

April 5, 2011


The Literary Arts Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines will launch Ani 36 on April 1, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at the CCP promenade. Ani is a publication that showcases the varied literary traditions in the country and the vibrant creative writing by Filipinos in other parts of the world. Ani 36, themed Disaster and Survival, has sections on prose, poems, children's literature, an essay on a CCP activity in response to a disaster in the regions, and art reviews.

The art reviews section is composed of three winning essays in a competition spearheaded by the Liongoren Gallery at the CCP dubbed Walong Filipina 2010: Sa Ngalan ng Kalikasan III from October 14, 2010 to November 28, 2010. Works outside the issue's theme are in the section titled “Malayang Haraya”.

“Ani 36 mirrors the writers' reflections on and responses to experiences in confronting disasters,” says Herminio S. Beltran, Jr., Literary Arts Division Director. “Although the works express untold suffering, destruction to life and property, nightmares and folklore, they also speak of courage and heroism, which inspire imagination, literature and art,” adds Beltran, the Ani 36 editor.

Ani 36 features the works of 43 authors namely, Angelo B. Ancheta, Rebecca T. Anonuevo, Mark Joseph Z. Arisgado, Edgar Bacong, Miguel Balboa D'Mendoza, Abdon M. Balde, Jr., Gil S. Beltran, Herminio S. Beltran, Jr., Catherine Candano, Ayn Frances dela Cruz, Jun dela Rosa, China Pearl Patria M. de Vera, Raul Esquillo Asis, Luis P. Gatmaitan, Genaro R. Gojo Cruz, Joscephine Gomez, Melanie Joy Gunio, Nestor Librano Lucena, Elyrah Loyola Salanga, Scott Magkachi Saboy, Perry C. Mangilaya, Shur C. Mangilaya, Francisco Arias Montesena, Wilhelmina S. Orozco, Will P. Ortiz, Melba Padilla Maggay, Loreli Pama, Ma. Christina Pangan, Jasmine Nikki C. Paredes, Chuckberry J. Pascual, Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin, Ian Rosales Casocot, E. San Juan, Jr., Priscilla Supnet Macansantos, Ariel S. Tabag, Christian Tablazon, Vincent Lester G. Tan, Ludwig Jan Tauro Batuigas, J.I.E. Teodoro, Enrico C. Torralba, Santiago B. Villafania, Nonon Villaluz Carandang and Bernadette Villanueva Neri. Betty Uy-Regala is the managing editor of Ani 36 while Rommel Manto did the graphic design and layout.

For more details, please contact Betty Uy-Regala at 0906-2604175.

April 4, 2011

CCP Calendar of Events


Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) invites everyone to join its Summer Adventure 2011, a theater workshop series on April 5-26, 2011 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Workshops to be offered are Children's Theater, Teen Theater, Beginning Acting, Rehearsal and Performance, and Events Production and Stage Management.

TP will hold workshops in Miriam College, Quezon City and Arts in the City, Taguig City.

For more information, please call TP at 832-1125 local 1620.

April 1, 2011

CCP Calendar of Events - April 2011


4 – 17


An interactive exhibit on Street Dance Festivals featuring the winning contingents of Aliwan Fiesta Street Dance Competition. Hisotry, photography, videos, costumes, headdresses, props, and screenings of past Aliwan Fiesta’s fun and excitement. Presented in cooperation with the Manila Broadcasting Company.

Venue: Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco Lobby (CCP Little Theater Lobby)

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Poom Prommachart, piano

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Olivier Ochanine, conductor

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



A dance exploration performance merging / fusing two different genres of dance meeting in a common plane. Hip hop and modern dance, two dance forms that differ in nature, culture and purpose, but share a common point where dance defines them – expression. Choreography by Gerald Mercado. Featuring dance scholars of E-Dance Theater

3:00 PM / 7:00 PM

Venue: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

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

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