By Euden Valdez
IN Japan, Japanese women both young and old would be seen wearing the kimono whether casually on the streets or formally on occasions. This, a millennia after its invention.
The “prototype” kimono was first worn as early as the 8th century during the Heian period (794-1192). By the 18th century during the Meiji period (1868-1912), the kimono we knew today came to be.
Meanwhile in the Philippines, the equivalent terno, a beautifully silhouetted gown featuring the iconic butterfly sleeves, can only be seen on stages of beauty pageants orfashion shows. In recent times, during the State of Nation Address. This even if it is much younger traditional dress.
Photos by Euden Valdez
ESTABLISHED in 1987, the Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video has become the longest-running independent film and video competition in Asia. Throughout the three decades, it has discovered and developed cinematic talents in the country.
Last Augustust 4 to 6, Gawad CCP Alternatibo held its 30th edition at the Cultural Center of Philippines in time with the Cinemalaya Philippine Independen Film Festival. It cited the best efforts of Filipino filmmakers in four categories: Animation, Experimental, Documentary and Short Feature.
By Euden Valdez
“MAYBE in the future, if I am able to develop a rich enough material on the subject,” said filmmaker Kip Oebanda when asked about creating a film about the life of “Kumander Liway,” a former National People’s Army (NPA) leader in Negros Occidental during Martial Law. (In detention, but independent, Inquirer.net)
The year was 2014.
Oebanda did not want to rush because the story was “deeply personal and serious.” So in the years to come, he wrote and directed instead three independent films, “Tumbang Preso” (2014), “Bar Boys” and “Nay” (2017), which nevertheless showcased his capacity as a storyteller. In between, continuously researching and developing the biographical film--but always doubting.
“Ayoko talaga siyang gawin noong una, honestly. Why would I put myself in a dangerous position. ‘Liway’ will inevitably have a political slant,” Oebanda said. (The Reel Life of Kip Oebanda, Manila Bulletin)
But “the time is right,” so he said.
By Euden Valdez
THESPIAN Bodjie Pascua returned to the big screen in this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. Starring in the full-length entry “Pan de Salawal” (The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies), Pascua portrayed Sal, an ageing baker who has lost the will to live after being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
While his character was a far cry from the jolly, lively Kuya Bodjie we used to know in a kiddie TV show, Pascua managed to warm the hearts of Cinemalaya audiences with the help of 7-year-old child actor Miel Espinosa.
The tandem of Sal (Pascua) and Aguy (Espinosa) showed how one’s “dying” outlook in life could change with a just a “little” nudge.
“Sana nakangiti kayo pagkatapos ng pelikula (Hope you are all smiling after the film)” said writer and director Che Espiritu at the gala screening last August 6 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
(Released by the CCP
BEYOND showcase of competing films in full-length and short categories, the 14th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival is also giving its audiences a myriad of films in various genres, catering to different cinematic preferences and experiences.
(Released by Human Nature)
HUMAN NATURE, the country’s largest social enterprise, now also serves as a distribution hub for fellow homegrown social enterprises that share its gold standards: sustainably-made items, locally-sourced raw materials, and ethical business practices.
These social enterprises also go beyond uplifting partner communities by producing world-class products that showcase the best of the Philippines.
“Everyone will enjoy the items from our partner social enterprises! Each delicious snack and refreshing drink encapsulates the best of the Philippines. It will give you the warmth of Filipino hospitality, like getting a taste of home wherever you are. Even when you’re stuck in your office or just cozying up at home.” Coco Castro-Cruz, Human Nature’s Category Manager for Social Enterprise Development shared.
(Released by the Cultural Center of the Philippines)
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation are set to roll out the red carpet for the 14th edition of the country's biggest independent film festival.
Themed “Wings of Vision,” the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival runs from August 3 to 12 at various venues of the CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas. It promises to deliver the best visual storytelling to every film enthusiast with its line-up of full-length films and short features.
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THIS 2018, Fête de la Musique continues its tradition of bringing together people from all walks of life. And with over 40 stages in and outside Metro Manila, Fête once again transcends all musical genres and tastes—from pop to hip-hop, reggae to classical, electronic to jazz, and so much more.
Surely, there’s a venue that will suit music fans from all over the country. Where to visit when? Here’s a guide to Fête de la Musique 2018’s main and pocket stages happening on June 16, 23, 29, and 30:
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THE Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. announces the Short Film Category finalists of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2018.
The 10 finalists are: Logro by Kani Villaflor; Si Astri Maka Si Tambulah by Xeph Suarez; Babylon by Keith Deligero; Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month by Carlo Francisco Manatad; Sa Saíyang Islá (In His Island) by Christian Candelaria; You, Me and Mr. Wiggles by Jav Velasco; Nangungupahan by Glenn Barit; Kiko by Jojo Driz; Siyudad Sa Bulawan (City of Gold) by Jarell Serencio and Olivia Ranido; and Yakap by Mika Fabella.
(Released, National Commission on Culture and the Arts)
THIS year’s National Literature Month is culminating with three more cultural and literary events spread out in venues all over the country.
So authors and book lovers, arts and culture enthusiasts, students and educators, and anyone who is passionate about literature, whatever your age and background, gather! Here are what we should not miss:
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