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June 23, 2011

CCP Calendar of Events - July 2011


Wi-Fi Body Festival 4
The festival presents landmark pieces of independent dance companies and choreographers. It gathers dance artists who have been producing and creating exciting, innovative work in contemporary dance in the Philippines. Features: Contemporary Dance Workshop, Dance on Screen, Choreographers Platform, Emerging Talent Showcase, and the Choreographers Competition. An initiative of the World Dance Alliance Philippines Choreographer’s Network, presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, in cooperation with the Japan Foundation Manila.
Until 05 July
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Stage
(CCP Main Theater Stage)
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo Lobby
(CCP Main Theater Lobby)
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino Lobby
(CCP Little Theater Lobby)
Tanghalang Manuel Conde (CCP Dream Theater)
Alternative CCP Venues

Now on its fifth year, the Virgin Labfest has earned a solid reputation for its exciting and provocative line up of “untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged” plays from playwrights both young and old.
Until 05 July
Bulwagang Amado Hernandez and
Tanghalang Huseng Batute
(CCP Conference Room and CCP Studio Theater)

June 22, 2011

CCP Calendar of Events - June 2011


Eminent US-based Filipino pianist and pedagogue Reynaldo Reyes performs in an all-Beethoven Sonatas concerts slated at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) on June 21, July 27 and August 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

For the June 21 concert, Reyes will perform Beethoven's Sonata in F minor, opus 2, no.1 (1795), Sonata, quasi una fantasia in E flat Major, opus 27, no.1 (1800-01), Sonata in F # Major, opus 78 (1809), and Sonata in C Major opus 53 (Waldstein), (1803-04).

Currently residing in Maryland, USA, Reyes is a Professor in piano at Towson University. He studied at the University of Santo Tomas’ Conservatory of Music while attending High School at the same time, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at age 17. He then received a French Government Scholarship to study at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique de Paris where he obtained the coveted Premier Prix in Piano. He subsequently received a Philippine Government Scholarship to study at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he obtained his Masters Degree and the Artist Diploma. He has concertized in South America, Central America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Far East and North America.

As the most awarded pianist of the Philippines, Reyes has been a Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee, Ten Outstanding Filipino Overseas awardee by President Marcos, One of the Twenty Outstanding Filipinos of Canada and the US by Fil-American Image Magazine in Washington DC and the Golden Cross Award given by the University of Santo Tomas, the highest award that the University bestows on its alumni. He is the only Filipino musician ever awarded 3 times Musician of the Year by the University of the Philippines. He was a winner in the International Piano competitions in Italy, France and Brazil. For 20 years, he was the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera Company Regional Auditions in Washington DC. He has done outreach programs in the Far East, particularly in the Philippines, bringing classical music to areas where people and mostly students have never heard of classical concerts.

For more details, contact the CCP Music Division at 832-1125 loc. 1604-1605.

June 20, 2011

NCCA Writers’ Prize

NCCA 03.16.2011

The NCCA Writers’ Prize is a biennial award given to five (5) writers, one for each of the following categories: Poetry (Waray language), Novel ( Cebuano language), Essay (Bicolano language), Short Story (Panay language) and Drama (Filipino language). The award, in the amount of TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS gross, will assist the winner during the writing stage of the project. The award is good for one year, after which a manuscript of the writing project will be submitted to the NCCA for possible publication or staging. The Novel manuscript shall be submitted to the Man Asia Literary Prize as official entry of the Philippines, after it has been translated into the English language and published by the NCCA.

The NCCA, in line with its mission to “encourage the continuing development of a pluralistic culture by the people themselves,” will be creating the opportunity to have a direct hand in the development of Filipino literature. With the cash award, the NCCA Writers Prize winners will be freed from the demands of their work and shall be able to focus on the writing of the complete manuscript for one year.

The award is open to all Filipino writers, of legal age, except to the officers and members of the NCCA Secretariat and the incumbent Executive Council Members of the NCCA Committee on Literary Arts.


For the 2011 NCCA Writers Prize competition, the following shall be the requirements in the submission of entries:

1. Applicants must submit an accomplished application form, which is available at the NCCA Planning, Policy Formulation, and Programming Division (P/PFPD) (download application form), together with the applicant’s curriculum vitae; with a 3 – 5 page concept paper discussing the rationale and significance of the project, and the initial output of the project which shall be submitted in four (4) printed copies. For 2011, the categories and the expected initial output for each category are:

Category Initial Output

1. Novel – Cebuano language First 50 pages

2. Poetry – Waray language 10 poems; 1 poem per page

3. Short Story – Panay language First three chapters with a total

minimum of 50 pages

4. Drama – Filipino language 1-act for a full length drama and

two (2) 1-act plays

5. Essay – Bicolano language First 3 essays of no less than

50 pages

All the sample works shall be in typewritten form. Spacing shall be double space, Font shall be Arial 11. Manuscript and concept paper shall not bear the name of the applicant in any of the pages. All manuscripts received with identifying marks shall be disqualified.

2. Applicants are allowed to apply only in one (1) category.

3. Applications will be evaluated by an Ad Hoc Screening Committee, the lists of the members of the Screening Committee for each category shall be provided by the Committee on Literary Arts. There will be three members of the Ad-Hoc Screening Committee per category.

4. The Award will be released in four tranches, with the first tranche to be given during the Awards Ceremony at the beginning of the writing period and the succeeding tranches upon submission of the following percentage of the writing project:

2nd tranche - 50% of the writing project

3rd tranche - 75% of the writing project

4th tranche - 100% of the writing project

5. The NCCA shall give the awardees one year to finish their manuscripts. The NCCA will allow a maximum extension of six (6) months only with written justification from the awardee.

6. Completed manuscript by the winners, which means that it is 100% completed, must be submitted in two forms: Two (2) printed copies and two (2) electronic copies in MSWord format in a diskette. The completed project output shall be as follows:

Category Project Output

1. Novel – Cebuano language Minimum of 50,000 words

2. Poetry – Waray language 30 poems

3. Short Story – Panay language Minimum of 15 chapters

4.. Drama – Filipino language 2 or more acts for a full-length

drama and five (5) 1-act plays

5. Essay – Bicolano language 12 essays or no less than

200 pages

7. The award is non-transferable. All privileges shall be enjoyed by the winner himself/herself based on the successful evaluation of the work in progress. A member from the Ad-Hoc Screening Committee of each category shall be assigned as Reader to evaluate the succeeding materials to be submitted by the winner. Upon submission of the positive evaluation of the Reader for the second and third tranches, the corresponding amounts shall be released immediately to the winner. However, for the fourth tranche, the same will be released only upon completion of evaluation of the completed manuscript by the Reader. Revisions, however, may be recommended by the Reader. Only upon final approval of the completed manuscript shall the final tranche be released to the winner.

8. Deadline of submission of application together with the curriculum vitae of applicant and other requirements shall be on June 30, 2011. All applications shall be addressed to:

2011 NCCA WRITERS’ PRIZE Secretariat
Planning, Policy Formulation and Programming Div. (P/PFPD) - Institutional Programs
National Commission for Culture and the Arts
NCCA Building, 633 General Luna St.
Intramuros, Manila

Attention: Frances S. Alincastre

Planning Officer III

9. Entries that were not selected shall not be returned anymore.

10. Works may deal with any topic, but those dealing with environmental issues and climate change are also welcome.


1. The winner hereby grants the NCCA the first option to publish the completed manuscript. The NCCA will have the right to produce or authorize to be produced, for staging, telecasting, broadcasting, or cinema or other forms of exhibition from time to time any output of the winning manuscripts. The NCCA will also be allowed to include the completed manuscripts in the NCCA Website. The first option to publish of the NCCA expires one year after completion of the writing project.

2. It is understood that the entry submitted has not been submitted to any other award body or has not received any prize and is not a completed manuscript but a work in progress. Any violation of the guidelines shall mean withdrawal of the prize and any amount paid to the winner shall be returned to the NCCA. The award then will be transferred to the person who garnered the second highest votes during the Screening of the materials.

For inquiries,please contact Ms. Frances S. Alincastre at tel. No. 527-21-92, loc. 503 or 527-2214 (DL), and e-mail address:

June 19, 2011

1st International University Theatre Festival in Quezon City

IUTA Philippine Center 06.10.2011

THE International University Theatre Association (IUTA) Philippine Center will host the First International University Theatre Association Festival/Conference/Workshop that will enable local theatre teachers from 17 regions to have an interaction and sharing of practices in the teaching of theatre with their counterparts and peers from various universities around the world.

Anchored on the theme: “Strengthening University Theatre: Cultural Traditions Enriching Contemporary Theatre,” the event will be held on July 18 to 20 at Miriam College, the official venue. It will consist of dialogue, workshops, demonstrations, round-table discussions and performances.

Established in 1994 at the University de Liege, IUTA aims to develop and promotes theatre training, creation and theoretical and practical research. The association has members in over 50 countries including the Philippines. Heading the IUTA Philippine Center, Arsenio “Nick” Lizaso is the project executive director of the event.

This is the most prestigious event that will not only bring honor and prestige to the Philippines but will also greatly benefit Filipino teachers in terms of exposure to new knowledge and best global practices in the field of theater arts as well. “Echoing the message of Jessica Kaahwa of Uganda for World Theatre Day in March, the interactions between our university-based theatre organizations and the foreign theatre experts show that theatre could, indeed, bridge divides,” Lizaso says.

At the same time, Lizaso thinks that the Theatre Festival will underscore the role of theatre in teacher development. “I have always believed that teachers can employ theatrical skills to make them more effective in the classroom, whatever the subject,” said Lizaso.

“This kind of interactions with foreign professors will help contribute to the enhancement of the quality of Philippine education through teacher development,” he added.

Lizaso further announced that so far 18 foreign delegates from IUTA have already signified their intention to participate. Invitations have already been sent to State Colleges all over the Philippines. With the strong endorsement from the Commission on Higher Education, Lizaso is confident of a robust attendance from local educational institutions.

For school-based theater organizations interested in joining the Festival, contact the IUTA Philippine Center office at 621-9467.

June 17, 2011

CCP Calendar of Events - June 2011

THE Virgin Labfest, a festival of new plays (untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged) by emerging and well-known playwrights, directors and actors will be held from June 29 to July 10, 2011 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Huseng Batute (Studio Theater) and Bulwagang Amado Hernandez (Conference Room). The event is a joint venture of CCP, Tanghalang Pilipino and the Writers’ Bloc, Inc. in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Now on its seventh year, the Virgin Labfest has earned a solid reputation for its exciting and provocative line-up of one-act plays from playwrights both young and old. This year’s plays include KINAUMAGAHAN by Rachelle Rodriguez and Wennielyn Fajilan, REQUIEM by Juan Ekis, KAFATIRAN by Dingdong Novenario, ISANG GABI BAGO MAGBUKAS ANG PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AS A FILIPINO NI NICK JOAQUIN the first featured full-length play by Carlo Pacolor Garcia, STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO by Mixkaela Villalon, KAWALA by Rae Red, EVENING AT THE OPERA by Floy Quintos, MGA LOBO TULAD NG BUWAN by Pat Valera; BAWAL TUMAWID, NAKAMAMATAY by Joey Paras, and THE VALLEY MISSION CARE by Russell Legaspi. Plays from the previous Virgin Labfest will also be restaged. They are HIGIT PA DITO by Allan Lopez, ONDOY by Remi Velasco, and BALUNBALUNAN, BINGIBINGIHAN by Debbie Ann Tan.

Directors tapped to handle the plays include Riki Benedicto, Juan Ekis, JK Anicoche, Paul Santiago, Ed Lacson Jr., Paolo O’Hara, Jomari Jose, Pat Valera, Joey Paras, Missy Maramara, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Issa Lopez, Dennis Marasigan, Jose Estrella and Allison Segarra. Likewise, there will be readings of plays, among them, CHIAROSCURO by Lito Casaje, HOUSE OF CANDLES by Nick Pichay and HERMANO PULI by Layeta Bucoy. Open-forum will be held after each performance. Fragments, site specific excerpts, shall be staged by the Sipat Lawin Ensemble featuring new plays by Krista Ann Taclan and Lito Casaje.

For further inquiries, please call the CCP Dramatic Arts Division at 832-1125 locals 1606 to 1607.

June 14, 2011


In commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, various activities will be presented at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from June 14-17, 2011.

The thirteen (13) episodes of CCP’s telemovie “Noli Me Tangere” by National Artist Eddie Romero will be shown at the CCP Dream Theater from June 14-17, complemented with lecture-discussions for teachers by prominent resource speakers. "Mga Kwentong Rizal", a storytelling session for children/youth will be held at the CCP Multi-Purpose Hall, while Rizal’s books and videos will be mounted at the CCP Library.

Noli Me Tangere Screening schedule is as follows:

June 14, 2011
10:00AM Episode 1: Crisostomo Ibarra (TRT:42:28)
1:30PM Episode 2: Sisa (TRT: 42:50)
3:00PM Episode 3 Dito Po sa Amin (44:03)
4:00PM Episode 4: Ang Baliw ay Pantas (TRT: 42:26)
5:30-6:30PM Q & A/Discussion: Resource Person Mario Hernando, Film Critic
JUNE 15, 2011
1o:00AM Episode 5: Nagdidilim ang Langit (45:37)
1:30PM Episode 6: Haka-haka at Kuro-kuro (TRT 44:58)
3:00PM Episode 7: Kaibigang Lihim (TRT:42:13)
4:00PM Episode 8: Katwiran at Kapangyarihan (TRT: 44:41)
5:30-6:30PM Q & A/Discussion: Resource Person: Dr. Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr, Filmmaker and Educator
June 16, 2011
10:00AM Episode 9: Pagbubunyag (TRT: 43:26)
1:30PM Episode 10: Bayan o Sarili (TRT: 44:51)
3:00PM Episode 11: Ama ng Ikakasal (TRT: 42:56)

Episode 12: Noche Buena (TRT:52:59)

Episode 13: Pasko (TRT: 9:33)
5:30-6:30PM Q & A/Discussion: Resource Person: Atty. Francis "Oggs" Cruz, Film Critic
June 17, 2011
9:00AM Episode 1: Crisostomo Ibarra (TRT:42:28)
Episode 2: Sisa (TRT: 42:50)
11:00AM Episode 3 Dito Po sa Amin (44:03)
Episode 4: Ang Baliw ay Pantas (TRT: 42:26)
1:00PM Episode 5: Nagdidilim ang Langit (45:37)
Episode 6: Haka-haka at Kuro-kuro (TRT 44:58)
3:00PM Episode 7: Kaibigang Lihim (TRT:42:13)
Episode 8: Katwiran at Kapangyarihan (TRT: 44:41)
5:00PM Episode 9: Pagbubunyag (TRT: 43:26)
Episode 10: Bayan o Sarili (TRT: 44:51)
7:00PM Episode 11: Ama ng Ikakasal (TRT: 42:56)

Episode 12: Noche Buena (TRT:52:59)

Episode 13: Pasko (TRT: 9:33)

*(TRT: Total Running Time)

An exhibition of paintings on Rizal by J. Pasena will be on view at the Main Gallery (June 17-August 21) and a mural exhibit by Pilipinas Street Plan to be shown at the 2nd floor hallway (June 17-July 31). Malou Jacob’s documentary “Si Jose at Si Andres” will be made available on line for public viewing thru the CCP website beginning May 27 to June 30.

A special program entitled “J.P., ang gig ni Rizal” will be presented on June 17, 4:00 p.m. at the CCP Main Theater, featuring prominent artists and performing groups led by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Olivier Ochanine, Ballet Philippines’ Candice Adea and JM Cordero, Tanghalang Pilipino, Philippine High School for the Arts, and a 150-voice choir conducted by Jai Sabas Aracama. To be directed by Chris Millado, the performance will also include Rachelle Ann Go, Erik Santos, John Arcilla, Philippine All Stars, soprano Myra Mae Meneses, and Juana Change. Thirty (35) Filipino youth achievers who will be honored as “Mga Makabagong Rizal: Pag-Asa ng Bayan” will be introduced during the program.

The project is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), Philippine Center for Gifted Education (PCGE), Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Phils. (AMRSP) and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.

June 8, 2011


Jeresano, Pacena et al, and PSP: June 2011 at the CCP

Young talents converge at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on June 17 to coincide with the CCP’s celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Jose P. Rizal. The CCP has chosen to observe the day by honoring deserving young leaders who epitomize the National Hero’s dedication and idealism. Likewise, CCP’s exhibit venues will be just as devoted to the musings and assertions of some of the most dynamic young visual artists today.

Prize-winning artist Ronald Jeresano presents his first solo exhibition “MANHID” at the Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (Third Floor Hallway). The exhibit marks an important passage for Jeresano, notwithstanding the recognitions he has received. “Manhid” collects the artist’s detailed figuration in paintings that counter the grounded certainty of the pose with the fleeting ethereality of the bubble; thus shaping the threshold of what constitutes numbness, or else a suspension of feeling or emotion. One such work pays tribute to Rizal as a figure of fragile hope in a child’s future.

A painting by Ronald Jeresano

Most notable among Jeresano’s awards was to twice garner the Grand Prize of the ArtPetron on 2008 and 2007. He was also Grand Prize winner for painting in the 2008 Metrobank Art and Design Competition. “Manhid” is presented in cooperation with Nineveh Art Space. The exhibit is on view until August 21, 2011.

At the Bulwagang Juna Luna (Main Gallery), J Pacena II has curated “KULÔ,” an exhibit gathering artists who were invited to reflect on Jose Rizal’s complexity as educator, ideologue and revolutionary. The exhibit is also meant as a fringe extension of the celebration of 400 years of the University of Santo Tomas, featuring artists who as Thomasians, relive scenarios of the toss-up between submission and rebellion; indeed, a boiling amalgam of raging heat that also serves to cleanse or make things clear. The exhibit will go on till August 21, 2011.

J Pacena II is a recent fellow of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) Programme for Creators. Pacena was chosen through the curatorial development workshop organized by the UP Vargas Museum and Archives and the Japan Foundation in 2009. Joining him as co-curator is Jocelyn Tullao-Calubayan, a UST Fine Arts professor who has worked with the university’s museum and publishing house.

Painted directly on the wall of the Pasilyo Fernando Amorsolo (Second Floor Hallway) is a mural by the Pilipinas Street Plan (PSP), a group of graffiti artists who have worked their way from the streets, to museums, and to expositions around the world. Contributing to this ephemeral tribute to Rizal and the youth are artists Boy Agimat, Epjey, Egg, Exld, Whoop, Kookoo, Tawnie, Nemo, Ver, Tripp, Ungga, Wesndestroy and Jood.

All exhibits are scheduled to launch starting at 3:00pm on June 17 at their respective venues. The openings will be part of the program preceding the CCP’s program “JP: Ang Gig ni Rizal” to be performed at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) starting at 4:00pm.

For particulars about the exhibits call CCP Visual Arts and Museo at Tels. 832-3702 and 832-1125 locals 1504+1505 from Tuesdays to Fridays 9:00am-6:00pm. Museum hours are at 10:00am-6:00pm daily

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