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August 31, 2012

Delight Delirium By Riley Palanca

As his final output as a Creative Writing student, budding young playwright Riley Palanca offers "Delight/Delirium", a festival of four one-act plays, under the supervision of multi-award-winning writer, Paolo Manalo. It runs from August 31 to September 2 at the Teatro Hermogenes Ylagan, Faculty Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman.

National Artist Ramon Valera's Commemorative Stamps Launched

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through its Chairman, Prof. Felipe Mendoza de Leon, Jr., will launch the commemorative stamps in honor of Don Ramon Valera y Oswalds, National Artist for Architecture, Design and Allied Arts in celebration of his  100th Birth Centennial   on August 31, 2012, through Proclamation No. 291, which was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III declaring the period from August 31, 2012 to August 30, 2013 as the Centennial Year of National Artist for Architecture, Design, and Allied Arts (Fashion

Studio Tacloban Study Center for Children in the Seawall Slum Community

Architecture students Ivar Tutturen, Trond Hegvold and Alexander E. Furunes have initiated and built a study centre in Tacloban, the Philippines, in collaboration with NGO Streetlight and the local community. Completed in summer 2011, the study centre serves children in the seawall slum community of the city of Tacloban, and was built by the architects and local families.

The architects, who form design and make group Studio Tacloban and integrate non-profit studio Workshop, promoted a series of workshops — drawing, making and testing, devised in collaboration with Streetlight's nurse Nerren Homeres — which sought to use the architectural process as a tool to allow parents to improve earning conditions for their children.

See details and photos here.

August 30, 2012

Hollywood Dance Master Class By Airdance

To inaugurate its new studio and to celebrate its 11th anniversary, Airdance brings you the Hollywood Dance Master Class on Sunday, September 2, 2012.

Classes are to be taught by visiting professional dancers/choreographers from Los Angeles, USA, including Filipino dancer/choreographer Paulo Alcedo.

There Can Be No Better World Exhibit

The future we conjure up is often littered with imaginings cobbled from the past, and present fears that unsettle us of certain expectations. We are all unable to imagine a future without having that grey slit of the past’s shadow cutting through its glistening landscape.

Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition 2013

Entries for the New Breed Full Length Feature and Directors Showcase of the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition are now being accepted at the CCP Media Arts Division. DEADLINE IS SETPEMBER 11, 2012.

4th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival

PANDAYANG LINO BROCKA Political Film and New Media Festival is a gathering of students and student groups and independent filmmakers and film/video/media collectives in the Philippines, national in scope. In its launch in August 2009, in cooperation with the NCCA, it is designed to be held at the National Capital Region, where cultural tools such as films finds prominence in the Filipino people's mode of confrontation with today's social ills.

August 29, 2012

Musical Moments A Benefit Concert By Dingdong Fiel

Noted world-class classical pianist DINGDONG FIEL will present a repertoire of compositions by Schubert, Chopin, Scarlatti and Debussy in "Musical Moments - A Benefit Concert for the victims of "Habagat" at the Grand Hall of the UST Museum on August 31.

August 28, 2012

Buhay Pinoy By Aljo Pingol

The folk-narrative practice of painter Alexander Jorge "Aljo" Pingol is increased recognition within the art community. Lauded for his sense of classical composition (with his work referencing Franco-Russian Modernist Marc Chagall), Pingol's works demonstrate a myriad of styles and movements, from surrealism to primitivism, to a naïf sense of the idyll.

Queer Manila - Creating Visual Discussion

Featuring works by Agnes Arellano, Leo Abaya, Jana Benitez, Enzo Camacho+ Amy Lien, Jef Carnay, Valeria Cavestany, Martin Lorenzo De Mesa, Maria Jeona, Sonja Laban, Jason Moss, Maya Muñoz, Leeroy New, Manuel Ocampo, Roselle Pineda, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, Mario de Rivera, Popo San Pascual, John Silva, Julie Tolentino and Jevijoe Vitug.

August 26, 2012

James Morrison Live in Manila

Morrison achieved worldwide success in 2006 with the release of his debut single “You Give Me Something.” His first album, Undiscovered, debuted at the top of the UK Album Chart and sold millions of copies, making him the biggest-selling British male solo artist in 2006.

Anting By Ballet Philippines at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Anting brings to life pre-eminent dramatist Tony Perez’s libretto that explores the world of talismans and amulets of Filipino magical traditions. It is made up for four separate movements, each depicting a specific kind of amulet and its powers.

August 25, 2012

The Philippine Worship Tour By Starfield

Canadian worship band STARFIELD is the most-awarded and top-selling Christian band in Canada, and is expanding that following in the US, United Kingdom, and Europe with yearly concert tours and conference appearances.

August 24, 2012

CCP Outreach Program Undertakes Ugnayan Sa Sining

In line with its mission to promote and propagate regional arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Outreach Program undertakes Ugnayan sa Sining, an exchange tour of local artists/groups who have shown significant achievements in the performing arts.

Manila International Silent Film Festival

Instituto Cervantes will be adding a new dimension to the screening of silent films as it brings in renowned Spanish musician Ignacio Plaza to the sixth Manila International Silent Film Festival at the Shangri-la Plaza Cineplex on August 25, 3pm.

August 23, 2012

Biyahe: Sculpture and Painting Exhibit

There are many ways to get around, but in the Philippines things tend to get more creative. From the simple and hardy rural carabao to the colourful city jeepneys, caritelas, calesas, and tranvias, Filipinos find ways to get around the impassable - and moreover, they do it with style.

Ely Buendia Live at the Ayala Malls

No other songwriter/musician deserves to be dubbed with "legendary" status as Ely Buendia, former de facto leader of the Eraserheads, and current PUPIL / OKTAVES frontman and guitarist.

August 22, 2012

Wilson Phillips Live in Manila

In celebration of their 20th year as recording artists, Wilson Phillips releases Dedicated, the album that the groundbreaking female vocal trio was always destined to make.

Gantimpala Theater Presents Kanser

On the occasion of its 35th theater season, Gantimpala Theater (GT) presents the longest running Philippine theater classic (first staged in 1980 at the CCP), “Kanser,” penned by award-winning playwright Jomar Fleras, with Adriana Agcaoili and Jheyar Caguimbal as directors.

The King and I at the Newport Performing Arts Theater

Join the voyage to the dazzling land of Siam in The King and I starting September 15, 2012 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

August 21, 2012

Keane Live in Manila

Keane are one of the biggest British rock bands in the world and recently became one of three bands in pop history to have five consecutive Number 1 albums, with their chart topper ‘Strangeland’ released on 7th May 2012.

August 20, 2012

Saved Festival 2012

Saved Festival 2012 brings together the Filipino Christian community. Pastors and church leaders from all over the Philippines gather in one place not only to exalt His name through heart-felt music, but also to immerse themselves in bold Gospel-sharing, testimonies, and the rendering of their faith through an altar call.

August 19, 2012

The Cast of The Phantom of the Opera

Philippine audiences will be able to enjoy outstanding performances from some of the leading actors in the international theatre industry when the world’s greatest musical, The Phantom of the Opera, opens at the CCP Main Theater in Manila from August 25.

August 18, 2012

Philbanda Wind Orchestra

The Philbanda Wind Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera, takes center stage in Concert at the Park, starting at 5:00 p.m., at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium, Manila. Ms. Minette Padilla hosts the show.

August 17, 2012

50 Artists Gather in Angono this August

FIFTY artists of Angono, Rizal - the Arts Capital of the Philippines - come together in an art exhibition from August 12 to 18, 2012.

Works of Epjey Pacheco, Dave Lock and Iya Consorio

Secret Fresh presents three artists who has a shared aptitude for detailed work and a maximalist approach to a layering process of figurative representation. The gallery, subdivided into three sections would feature the works of Epjey Pacheco, Dave Lock and Iya Consorio.

How To Use Your DSLR

How to Use your DSLR is a beginner class aimed to get you off the automatic mode and teach you how to control your camera and your photography.

Indulge: Experience Ecstasy By UP Engineering Society

The UP Engineering Society proudly presents its 16th Anniversary Party, INDULGE: EXPERIENCE ECSTASY. Witness 20 models walk on the runway in the Fashion Show and hear 12 bands battle it out in the Acoustic Jammeng'g.

August 16, 2012

Katrina Saporsantos in Concert at the Cultural Center of Philippines

Noted young soprano Katrina Saporsantos is the featured artist of the second concert of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Special Concert Series on August 29 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

Bayanihan to come up with Manobo dance interpretations

Artistic Team Members Melito Vale Cruz, Suzie Benitez and Bong Jose, Bayanihan Artists and Manobo Tribe

The Bayanihan research team toured Butuan and Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte.

Hosted by Judith Pantangco, Rep. Angel Amante, and Sandayong led by Agnes Andaya, the study tour enabled the team to interview Manobo tribes and historian Greg Hontiveros, and attend lectures on local arts and crafts.

Design Talks at the Ayala Museum

For the third installment in its third season, the Ayala Museum DesignTalks lecture series will bring to stage brothers Ryan and Randall Dagooc of MangoRed on August 18, 2012.

Behind the Scenes with Saltibanco By Beatriz Acosta

Ever wonder what happens behind the stage and during rehearsals for a Cirque du Soleil show? ClickTheCity brings you behind the scenes of Saltimbanco in Manila with these exclusive photos. Have a sneak peek of the artist rehearsals, and what's beyond the Saltimbanco stage.

August 15, 2012

Wood and Fiber Exhibit at the Yuchengco Museum

Two intertwined exhibits exploring the versatility of wood and fiber as materials for furniture and everyday objects, collectively entitled Eloquent Simplicity in Wood and Fiber, will be on view at Yuchengco Museum from August 14 to September 25.

August 14, 2012

Tabon Cave in Palawan Declared Nat'l Cultural Treasure

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Aug 6 (PIA) -- Tabon Cave, the Philippines Cradle of Civilization, was recently declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines.

Ballet Manila's Alamat: Si Sibol at Si Gunaw

To open its 17th performance season, Ballet Manila brings back Alamat: Si Sibol at si Gunaw, an all-Filipino original production that combines magic, myth and a message of love for Mother Earth.

August 13, 2012

Sintang Dalisay By Tanghalang Ateneo

After placing second in the Teatralny Koufar International Student Theatre Festival in Minsk, Belarus and receiving a standing ovation on the festival’s last day, Tanghalang Ateneo’s Sintang Dalisay has returned to Ateneo de Manila University’s Rizal Mini Theatre where it was staged in July 2011.

August 11, 2012

The Seagull/Ang Tagak By Dulaang UP

Dulaang UP’s second offering for its 37th Season, The Seagull (Ang Tagak), is a compelling discourse about art, life, and love presented through intricate characters and situations in what is widely considered to be the greatest work of master dramatist Anton Chekhov.

August 10, 2012

Architectural Photography Workshop

Architecture is one of the most popular but complex subjects in photography, with the demand for skilled architecture photographers increasing together with the rise of residentation and commercial establishments.

MMQs Le Cabaret Celebration

MMQ is pleased to announce their Gala extravaganza--MMQs Le Cabaret 6 scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Dusit Thani Hotel Makati. The champagne begins to flow at 7pm in the ballroom for this year's theme - Speakeasy Cabaret. Like all MMQ programs, this year's Gala is based on historical events.

August 9, 2012

Tears for Fears is Back at Smart Araneta Coliseum

Ovation Productions is bringing back Tears for Fears on August 10 and 11 at Smart Araneta Coliseum and August 12, 2012 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino Cebu.

BONA at the PETA Theater Center

"Bona" re-emerges this August as Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) opens its 45th theater season in retrospect of a film classic that once captivated the hearts of Filipino audiences.

August 8, 2012

Photography Competition: Imagining the Future: Europe and Southeast Asia

The EU Centre in Singapore invites all residents in Southeast Asia aged 30 and under to take part in our photography competition, Imagining the Future: Europe and Southeast Asia. If you are aged 30 and below and a citizen/PR of an ASEAN country and have a creative or artistic eye, this competition is for you.

CCP Calendar of Events in August 2012

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The images by San Francisco-based photographer Rick Rocamora focus on the “people he wants us to look at an think about.” Selected black and white photographs represent the various series Rocamora has been pursuing since taking on a career as a documentary photographer in the 1980s. These include the series America’s Second-Class Veterans that captured the plight of the Filipino war veterans. In his regular visits to the Philippines, Rocamora explored themes focusing on the homeless, informal settlers, the maternity ward and the Japayukis. At times, personal bonds are established with his subjects. He is able to capture images that are poignant but not necessarily hopeless conditions.
Dates: 1 July - 12 August
Venue: Pasilyo Vicente Manansala
(2/F Hallway Gallery)

The Launch: Retro All Stars and Class of Six

Teatrino and Godspeed Management present "The Launch: Retro All Stars and Class of Six" happening this August 10, 2012 8:30pm at Teatrino Promenade.

Platters Live at the EDSA Shangri-la, Manila

Head to EDSA Shangri-La, Manila on August 27, 2012 and catch "The World Famous Platters" live.

Standing ovations in Branson, Atlantic City, Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila. Over 50 Top 10 Worldwide Hits including Only You, The Great Pretender, Magic Touch, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Twilight Time, My Prayer, I'm Sorry, Red Sails in the Sunset, Remember When, The Harbor Lights and And much more...

August 7, 2012

Rehearsal Performance of the Scenic Cantata Carmina Burana

Tuko Film Productions, the Manila Symphony Orchestra and the Ortigas Foundation Library invite you to a private rehearsal performance of the scenic cantata Carmina Burana composed by Carl Orff.

August 6, 2012

Video Production Workshop

Which would you prefer? Reading a page full of text on a website or clicking “play” on a short video? People have short term attention spans and therefore prefer to be entertained.

August 5, 2012

Lui Castillo's Profile

Artist Profile: Lui Castillo

Whether rocking out guy tunes, going mellow acoustically, singing and dancing in reggae beats, or crooning some Norah Jones music, Lui (and a band sometimes) has been on and off the music scene since 2001 starting off her professional career as a musician at the age of 19.
She started out as a solo performer in the heart of Manila, getting gigs at local bars around The Fort, Eastwood, Quezon, Makati, etc.  These gigs include weekly mainstays, corporate events, and front acts.

By 2005, Lui transferred to Cebu City where a four piece band came together under the influences of U2, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, India Arie, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman, Bob Marley, Ben King, and the like.
The sound of the band keeps evolving through the years hence the versatility but it is only this year that Lui has released her first 4-song E.P. dubbed LUI STORIES, which gave way for her to showcase her different sides in music.

The first track, Live for Today, is a fresh reggae beat you can skip around to whilst the second one is a jazz-influenced track with a lot of guitar riffs.  The third track, written by one of Cebu’s brilliant singer/songwriter Mr. Makuz Cortez, is a super sedated song that is actually used as one of the OST for Jerrold Tarog’s indie movie, Senior Year (2011).  The last track is an upbeat, alternative-ish composition that talks about never losing hope.

While Lui and the band is all about passion and pleasure, the strong belief of breaking down the barriers of judgments and complexities and just uniting people through the power of music is always an end goal.

Album under Lui Castillo:
Lui Stories by Lui CastilloLui Stories
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Jennifer Lopez' Dance Again...The Hits

Packed with a dozen sensational career-spanning hits and two new chart-topping songs, “Dance Again…the Hits,” released by Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines, marks Jennifer Lopez’s first-ever greatest hits package. 

August 4, 2012

Yutaka Yamakawa plays the lead role in "Florante at Laura"

TV audiences remember Yutaka Yamakawa as the lead in last year’s popular McDonald’s Sundae “Date” commercial. With the popular pop ditty “Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” as its main theme, the commercial became more unforgettable.

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