(Released, Cultural Center of the Philippines)
FOR their significant contribution to the development of Philippine arts and culture, seven Filipinos were bestowed the highest honor given to our artists.
Visual artist Lauro “Larry” Alcala, theater advocate Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, music master Raymund “Ryan” Cayabyab, filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, architect Francisco Mañosa, and literary writers Resil Mojares and Ramon Muzones were conferred as National Artists by President Rodrigo Duterte last October 24 at Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace.
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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
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, 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:
THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes the new year with a fifth concert for its 35th season. Billed "Romancing the Classics," it takes place on January 19, 8 pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera, the PPO will perform Manuel Maramba OSB’s Symphony Ode “La Naval,” Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concertino in E-flat, and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 in B minor “Pathetique.”
Text and Photos by Euden Valdez
DIRECTED by veteran music video director Treb Monteras 2nd, scored by South Border frontman Jay Durias, and topbilled by today’s most in-demand hip-hop artist Abra.
One would easily think that “Respeto” is film about music, particularly the fliptop scene and how the underdog rapper makes his way to the top of the underground world—as is said in its synopsis.
But watching it proved otherwise because all those were secondary to the film’s bigger picture, deeper message and powerful portrayals.
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