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July 31, 2012

Potted Potter in Manila

The West End and New York Smash Hit play 'Potted Potter' will be shown in Manila from the 28th of August to the 2nd of September 2012. Tickets are on sale Now!

Intercontinental Mail Art Exhibition 2013

Inter-Art Foundation Aiud, Romania
United Nations Staff Recreation Council, NY, USA

Diablo By Mes De Guzman at 2012 Cinemalaya Film Festival

Diablo, a film about an ageing mother who wrestles both with disturbing visits of a ghostly figure in the night and keeping her broken family together, swept up four major awards in the New Breed Full Length category of the 8th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.

2012 Cinemalaya Winners

Cinemalaya 2012 Winners Announced

by The Click List
Best Screenplay – Sigrid Andrea Bernardo (Paghihintay sa Bulong)
Best Direction – Sheron Dayoc (As He Sleeps)
Special Jury Prize - Manenaya
Audience Choice – Ruweda
Best Film – Victor

July 30, 2012

Dolphy Tribute at the Ayala Malls

Dolphy, you will always make us smile. The Comedy King will continuously be remembered for his gift of love and laughter. 

Ayala Malls paid tribute to the comedy king of Philippine Cinema

Jessica Sanchez Skype Party

16 year old Filipino-Mexican sweetheart Jessica Sanchez has long won the world by capturing the hearts of many with her brilliant singing style and over the top performance during the eleventh season of the reality television singing competition, American Idol.

Lipa Actors Company Stages more Plays in its Third Season

Lipa Actors Company Premieres More Thrilling Plays for Its 3rd Season
MIS 07.18.2012

Regarded as the sole community based theater organization in Batangas; Lipa Actors Company will open POSIBLE TRES Third Season with the restaging of ANG LUHA NI KUMINTANG at Canossa Academy Gym Lipa City on August 24, 2012 with 10:00AM and 2:00PM shows. KUMINTANG was staged last February as part of the company’s TWOKLAS Second Theater Season. It earned commendable reviews from local and Manila audiences alike.

Cirque du Soleil Returns to Manila at MOA Arena

Cirque du Soleil has been delighting people of all ages around the world since 1984, and in the last 20 years, its signature show Saltimbanco has been showcasing the vibrant spirit of the global entertainment company at its best.

July 29, 2012

Tanghalang Pilipino 26th Theater Season - Walang Sugat

Now on its 26th theater season, Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) announces its lineup of shows that are reflective of its two guiding principles - the essential unity of what is good, beautiful, and true as well as the belief that the theater artist is a ‘prophet’ that imitates reality and makes a better copy of the truth.

Far East Movement Newest Album Dirty Bass

Isn’t it evident that the musical trend these days takes on a ‘club vibe’ remix? Turn on the radio and you’ll hear most of the pop songs possess an ‘in the club’ factor like Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”, Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”, Justin Bieber’s “All Around the World”, Jessie J’s “Laserlight”, The Wanted’s “Chasing the Sun”, Mika’s “Celebrate”, Owl City’s and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Good Time” among others. Los Angeles group Far East Movement (also known as FM) does just that as they party high with their newest album, Dirty Bass.

July 28, 2012

Arts and Spirituality Forum

Some of the most respected personalities in Philippine art and art education will lend their insights and expertise at the Institute of Spirituality in Asia’s 12th Spirituality Forum on the theme “Spirituality and Arts”.

Walk The Moon Released Self Titled Debut Album

Walk The Moon has announced the release of their self titled debut album on Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines. Walk The Moon will also head out on their first ever headlining tour beginning in May and criss-crossing the US through July, including appearances at Sasquatch, Governors Ball, Forecastle and Firefly festivals.

July 27, 2012

Tayabas Province Studies National Conference

Calling all Quezonians, interested individuals, Quezon balikbayans, tourism council members, local government unit employees, local legislators, members of historical-cultural groups, retired personnel , college students, teachers, professors, researchers, members of non-government organizations, professionals who want to renew ties with Quezon province, alumni associations, vacationing workers wh...o want to discover their roots, join us in this three-day biennial conference. Be proud of your heritage.

2012 NCCA Grants Program Call for Proposals

Grants Program
Through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA), the NCCA provides assistance to artists, arts organizations, NGOs, POs, and NGAs through its NCCA Grants Program, and Institutional Programs (NCCA Outreach Program, Resource Person’s Bureau, Technical Assistance Program).

Fiery Night of Fire of Music and Dance - Flamenco

The FilFest Cultural Foundation and Insular Life with Ginajane Grey Dance and Art Center present a fiery night of fire of music and dance. The show is a collaboration of great flamenco dancers and guitarists of our time.

July 26, 2012

Rituals in Philippine Dance By Ramon Obusan

Range and Variability

    Ritual practices in the Philippines take a multitude of forms and take place on any number of occasions, reflecting the intentions that motivate the practice. There is a great range of variability in the degree of elaborateness and sophistication and in the way that they employ narratives and symbolic gestures. Despite the commonality of intentions and content, similar rituals may exhibit marked variations in the way certain elements are emphasized. It is not uncommon to observe differing versions from neighboring villages . Depending on the significance of the ritual and the potential beneficial effect it may have on the community, certain rituals can be performed simply and without much preparation. On the other hand, where the practice is performed for the benefit of an entire locality, the ritual may extend to period of weeks and involve the entire populations of several towns.

The Smashing Pumpkins Live in Manila

The Smashing Pumpkins was formed in Chicago in 1988, with original members Billy Corgan (lead vocals, lead guitar), James Iha (rhythm guitar), D’arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums).

Digital Photography 101 Workshop

We are inviting all beginning photographers and hobbyists to the Digital Photography 101 workshop on August 4 and 11 at 9am-4pm and discover the many artistic possibilities for digital photography.

July 25, 2012

Isang Litrong Liwanag at the Cinemalaya Film Festival

Isang Litrong Liwanag (1 Liter of Light), the story of the first grassroots solar lighting program in the world, will make its national debut in a special screening at the Cinemalaya film festival.

Bessie Badilla First Filipina Brazilian Carnival Queen in Dance of My Life

Filipino audiences will have a chance to see Bessie Badilla, the first Filipina ever to become a Brazilian Carnival Queen in “Dance of My Life” a documentary to be shown on Friday, July 27 at 9:00pm at the CCP Little Theater during the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival’s Documentaries section presented with support from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Film Development Council of the Philipines and Econolink Investments Inc.

Experimental Thai Films By Green Papaya Art Projects

Talk will present Bangkok experimental film festival curator Mary Pansanga and Thai filmmaker Tanatchai Bandasak.

Strip 2012 Curated By Rachel Rillo

The line between painting and photography is a often a fine one within contemporary art. Constantly altered by the modern technologies of digital imaging and reproduction, these two respective mediums often cross each other traditional boundaries. STRIP 2012, curated by Rachel Rillo, further delves into these relationships by presenting the work of three Filipino painters as photographers: Allan Balisi, Manuel Ocampo and Costantino Zicarelli.

Cinemalaya Film Festival in UP Diliman

For the eighth year around, the UP Cineastes’ Studio brings the hottest films of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival to the UP Dilman.

July 24, 2012

What is Philippine About Philippine Art By Leo Benesa

       What makes Philippine Art Filipino? To what extent is Philippine art derivative of Western art? Is there anything “Filipino” about, for example, the Manila Wyeth school, the so-called magic realists? How about the paintings of Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos Francisco and Hemando R. Ocampo, all of whom have been identified in a big way with the native sensibility?

Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2012

See the latest indie films coming out of Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2012 from July 20 to 29 at three venues: Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Greenbelt and Trinoma. Fifteen full length films and ten short films will vie for top honors in three categories – Full Length New Breed, Short Films New Breed and Director’s Category.

Clutter the World With Pictures By Raul Rodriguez

Everybody can make pictures,’ Philip Guston said in 1966. "In our kind of democracy this is going to proliferate like mad. In the next ten years there will be even much more than there is now… Everybody will be making pictures".

July 23, 2012

Tao Isang Tagulaylay in San Pablo City, Laguna

Frank G. Rivera's Tao Isang Tagulaylay

A Musical Play inspired by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez's "TAO" based from the medieval morality play "Everyman" will be shown in San Pablo City, Laguna on September 1, 2012, it's a week after the Ambon, Ulan, Baha Show (August 25, 2012).  It will be presented by ACTION-ARNAI, directed by Niña Manalo and produced by Bunny Manalo. 

More info soon. 

Contact ACTION-ARNAI for details.

Popular Music in the Philippines By Jonas Baes

  Popular Music in the Philippines
Jonas Baes
       Spanish and later American colonial regimes created a Philippine society whose Western social institutions were modeled after their respective societal structures. While both Spanish and American regimes gave their shares of social and cultural influences, it was the American regime that established institutions that make up some of the present structure of modern Philippine society. The creation of such institutions and the absorption of Philippines into the global political economy likewise created a need for forms of leisure that was fit for such a society. This social condition gave rise to the development of Philippine popular music into the forms that are known today. 

Ryna Villamael's Meticulous Process of Paper Cutting

Ryan Villamael lays out the new terrain shaped by forging together two complex structures: the city’s multifaceted scenery and his meticulous process of paper cutting; the landscape’s imploded view absorbed and then unfolded to reveal its transformation:

Paradis/Paraiso in Manila By Alvin Erasga Tolentino

Filipino-Canadian choreographer and dance artist Alvin Erasga Tolentino will perform his critically-acclaimed solo dance piece “Paradis/Paraiso” in Manila on July 27, 2012.

Ateneo Junior Marketing Association (AJMA) Launch

For all the members of the Ateneo Junior Marketing Association (AJMA) waiting on the edge of their seats to get active and meet their fellow orgmates, AJMA Launch is definitely the place to be.

July 22, 2012

Plants vs Zombies Live at Trinoma Mall

Catch this hilarious musical show at TriNoma on August 4-5 at the Activity Center.
TriNoma Mall
EDSA cor. North Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Saturday August 4, 2012 - Sunday August 5, 2012

Concert for the Benefit of Kythe Foundation

Sit back to a night of pure entertainment and delectable dining experience from VS & F, with performances from the comedy and singing acts of Ms. Kaye Brosas and Kim Idol, followed by a mellowing down your evening with the soothing and heart-rending hits of Sub project and Mr. Martin Nievera.

July 21, 2012

General Luna - All Female Band By Warner Music Philippines

Two years ago Warner Music Philippines launched a new all-female band called General Luna. The contrast was striking, though it seemed a perfect match – the members were all pretty and their group's name commanded fear and respect.

Seminar on Built Heritage Conservation - Pamana

One of the most visible forms of heritage is built heritage. It is part of the environment we work in and the country we live in. It is both everyday and ancient. It holds so much value, yet it is mostly overlooked by today’s society.

July 20, 2012

The Love Yourself Project - Preventing the Spread of HIV/AIDS

The Love Yourself Project, an ongoing advocacy group which aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS is celebrating its first year anniversary party “Circle of Love” on July 21 - Saturday, 9:00pm at BED Manila.

2012 Cinemalaya Film Festival and Competition

Twenty five new digital films will compete in the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition on July 20-29, 2012 at the CCP, Greenbelt and TriNoma.

6Cyclemind On the Road for 2012 and Beyond

6cyclemind sure have come a long way since their inception in early 2000.

With five successful full-length albums (2003’s Permission To Shine, 2005’s Panorama, 2007’s Home and Fiesta, and 2009’s Project: 6cyclemind) and over a dozen memorable radio singles to their name including such anthems as “Biglaan,” “Sandalan,” “Magsasaya,” “Aaminin,” “Kasalanan,” and the ultimate paean to countless late night drinking sessions, “Sige,” these proven hitmakers have already cemented their place in OPM's rich musical history.

Eric Santos at the Meralco Theater

Prince of Pop Erik Santos stands out among his contemporaries because of his ability to convey a whole array of emotions through his songs, making him the most sought-after interpreter of theme songs.

July 19, 2012

Art Works By Mario Parial - Joy of Life

The naïf works of eminent painter and Thirteen Artists Awardee Mario Parial have long been characterized by lively exuberance. The fantasy worlds of color and life that he brings out in his paintings have made him one of the most sought-after artists in the country.

Award Winning Play " William" Back on Stage

The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) has emerged as the biggest winner in the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay awards, bringing home a total of thirteen wins for two of its box office hits: “Care Divas” a comedy-drama about five Filipino transvestite caregivers in Israel who moonlight as glamorous entertainers, and the musical “William”, which familiarizes young people with the beauty of Shakespeare’s works through rap and hip-hop.

Joe: A Filipino Rockssical By Vince Tañada

A Press Preview will be presented by Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF), the theater company who brought the three most talked about, the all-original, longest-running, and the undisputed highly-successful productions of ‘Ako si Ninoy’, ‘Enzo… Santo’, and ‘Cory ng EDSA’ - will be mounting its latest opus - ‘Joe: A Filipino Rockssical’.

Manila Composers Lab 2012 - An Encounter with Bernd Asmus and Trio Chambre d'Ecoute from Germany

The Manila Composers Lab, with the friendly support of the ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, in cooperation with the University of the Philippines College of Music, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and Goethe-Institut presents Manila Composers Lab 2012: Aguyoy(Gentle Wind).

July 18, 2012

Abstraction is Homeless Exhibit

Abstraction is Homeless -- the title, a playful nod to the style’s unpopularity in mainstream consciousness - attempts to activate a conversation around form, line and mark making.


Selected outstanding 2011 First Prize winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) will have their debut with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 8 PM at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). The concert, entitled “Classical Champs: The Young Music Idols”, will feature Gabriel Paguirigan (Piano Category B), Jimmy Tagala (Violin Category C) and Jeline Oliva (Violin Category B) who will perform their winning concertos under the baton of PPO Music Director Olivier Ochanine.

A Night of Beautiful Music in Paco Park Presents

A night of beautiful music awaits the public in Paco Park Presents, this Friday, July 20, 2012, starting at 6:00 p.m., with the winners of the 2012 Jovita Fuentes Vocal Compettion, namely, Stephanie Anne Aguilar, Jade Rubis Riccio and Mary Rachelle Maaño, with pianist Jamie Samilliano. Ms. Thea Perez hosts the program.

The Phantom of the Opera - Extended in the Philippines

The Phantom of The Opera is the longest-running musical on Broadway, and is in its 26th year in London’s West End. Acclaimed as the world’s most successful musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece has been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide. Audiences in The Philippines will be able to experience this legendary musical for the first time from August 25.

Tonight Alive at SM Sky Dome in September 2012


Australia’s hottest Pop/Punk Band Tonight Alive will perform live at the SM Skydome on September 22, 2012, Doors open at 6pm by Pulp Live World!

Drum Tao - Art of Drum Show Promo

July 17, 2012

FILVADRO First Annual General Assemble - Filipino Visual Arts and Design Rights Organization

The Filipino Visual Arts and Design Rights Organization or FILVADRO will hold the first annual general assembly for its members on July 28, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at the Pearl Room of Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast in Quezon City. FILVADRO, the Philippines' collective management society for the visual arts created by national laws and international treaties where the country is a member state, administers the intellectual property rights of its members.

The Ramon Obusan Folkoric Group (ROFG) 40th Anniversary Presentation

The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group

Mr. Ramon A. Obusan, Founder And Artistic Director

The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group (ROFG)  celebrates its 40years of preservation and perpetuation of Philippine traditions with social emphasis on music and dance.

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