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Gantimpala Theater presents Kanser (Noli Me Tangere)!

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"GANTIMPALA THEATER PRESENTS KANSER (NOLI ME TANGERE)!"

The second installment of Gantimpala Theater's Four Classics, Kanser (Noli Me Tangere) penned by award-winning playwright Jomar Fleras, under the direction of Adriana Agcaoili, brings back on stage the life of the European educated Don Crisostomo Ibarra and his lady love Maria Clara, and the many interesting and intriguing characters of San Diego.
Director Adriana Agcaoili says, "The Noli Me Tangere, Dr. Jose Rizal's first novel is the basis for Fleras' award-winning play, Kanser. As a historical record, his novel is a powerful and very real testament that Rizal – and all the revolutionary Eliases, the victimized Sisas and Crispins, and the broken idealists like Ibarra – made for our motherland. As live theater, Fleras play makes for an entertaining two hours of watching and what is wonderful about it is that, it will really allow you to ponder on the many issues that it presents."
The cast includes Jao Mapa (Crisostomo Ibarra), Fame Flores and Meliza Reyes (alternately portraying Maria Clara), Jojo Rieguera (alternate for Ibarra/Padre Salvi/Padre Syubila), Manolet Concepcion (Padre Damaso), Dante Balois (Pilosopong Tasyo), Ed Murillo (Capitan Tiago), Xeno Alejandro (Elias), Meldea Flor Formacil (Sisa), Irra Cenina (Padre Salvi/Padre Sybila/alternate for Mang-aawit), April Anne Dolot and Agnes Ramos (alternately portraying Doña Victorina), Hazel Orencio (Doña Consolacion) , Niesty Lopera (Don Tiburcio), Vangie Inocencio (Tiya Isabel), John Zyke Snatos (Basilio), John Dencel Galoso (Crispin), Molts Meneses (Teniente Guevarra/Tarcilo) , and Von Arroyo (Mang-awit).
"This is my first time to play the role of Crisostomo Ibarra and I must admit that this is a very challenging character," says Jao Mapa. "Ibarra is an idealist, a young man educated from Europe who went home to spend his life with his beloved Maria Clara. When he comes home to San Diego, he sees that Filipinos were being oppressed by the Spaniards and even he, an ilustrado also experienced the oppression. As an actor, people must see my transformation from a naïve young man to a hurting and hunted enemy of the government."
He adds, "I am very thankful to Gantimpala Theater for giving me the opportunity once more to work with them. I appreciate the discipline, hard work and the high level of professionalism of all the people who are part of this production. I just hope that I deliver what they expect from me and that our audiences will enjoy and learn from our play."
Assisting director Agcaoili re-create the world of Crisostomo and Maria Clara are Jose Jeffrey Camañag (Associate Director), Andy Villareal (Lights Designer), Marianne Sedotes (Sets Designer), Albert Figueras (Costumes Designer), Darby Dizon (Choreographer) , Jorge Cabullo (Production Manager), Wilmark Oliver Tabio (Stage Manager), and Tony Espejo (Artistic Director).
Performances are on September 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 (10am/2pm), AFP Theater, Quezon City; and September 18, 18, 20 (10am/ 2pm), SM South Mall, Las Piñas City.
Gantimpala Theater's Kanser (Noli Me Tangere) is fully supported by the National Parks Development Committee and Everbilena.
For inquiries, please call the Gantimpala Theater Marketing Office, look for Ms. Glenda Agravante at (632) 899-5745/ 896-3503/ 474-5198 or visit: www.gantimpalatheat er.multiply. com

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6th Lamiraw Workshop

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6th Lamiraw Workshop Calls for Fellowship Applications

The 6th Lamiraw Regional Creative Writing Workshop (LRCWW) calls for applications to a 3-day writing fellowship which will be held at the Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Institute of Science and Technology (TTMIST), Calbayog City , Samar .


Panelists invited in said workshop are Prof. Merlie Alunan and Dr. Victor Sugbo from UP Tacloban; Dr. David Genotiva from EVSU ( Eastern Visayas State University ) , Tacloban City ; Prof. Daryll Delgado and Prof. Larry Ypil from Ateneo de Manila University; and Mr. Dante Rosales from Calbayog City .


Fifteen slots are at stake; three of which are allotted for fellows coming from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (1 slot per area), nine of which are apportioned for writers residing in Samar, Leyte and Biliran, and the remaining three slots are affirmatively reserved for Abaknon speakers in Capul, Northern Samar. Applicants will be admitted given that their works pass the aesthetic standard of the Selection Committee. Writers may send entries in Waray, Cebuano, or English. Entries written in Abaknon or in any regional languages spoken in Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao should have a translation in English or Filipino.


Evaluators of Lamiraw RCWW manuscripts this year are Dr. Victor N. Sugbo, NCLA Regional Coordinator; Harold L. Mercurio, Lamiraw Project Coordinator; and Mr. Dante A. Rosales, member of Ibabao Arts Council of Calbayog.


If you are a writer, send us a collection of any of the following: 3 poems, 2 short stories, 2 essays, 1 one-act play, or any reasonable combination of the above in hardcopy and on a CD containing the manuscripts and your application form in Microsoft Word (Windows 2003, font 12, Arial) and two 2x2 pictures. Sending your entries together with other requirements (scanned) through email at lamiraw@yahoo. com is also accepted. Include in your submission a statement from one person of authority attesting to the originality of your works. You may use the application form posted at Panitikan.com, the NCCA website or simply google it.


The 15 fellows are subsidized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) while walk-in auditors will have to pay a registration fee of P3,000.00 each which cover their meals, accommodations and workshop materials. Teachers will be admitted on a first-come-first served basis and will have to pay a registration fee of P3,000.00.


Deadline for submission is September 30, 2009. For inquiries, call 0917 798 2781 or email at lamiraw@yahoo. com.


Send applications to:

Harold L. Mercurio
Project Coordinator
Lamiraw Regional Creative Writing Workshop
c/o Office of the Arts, Social and Cultural Affairs
TTMIST, Calbayog City, Samar 6710


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invite to launch of joven velasco book

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Here's to invite everyone to the launch of the book "Huwaran/Hulmahan: The film writings of Joven Velasco" , on Tuesday, 5:30 pm, Sept 1 at the Bernal gallery , UPFI . Published by the University of Philippines Press, the book is edited and with an introduction by Joel David. Here’s the back cover of the book :

“When Johven Velasco died in 2007, a few months shy of his 60th birthday, he left behind a draft for a book, a growing record of impressive film and stage and journalistic output, and a circle of colleagues and students who revered him for his unusual combination of talent and compassion. Although Huwaran/Hulmahan Atbp. is, strictly speaking, a work in progress, it stands as evidence of a critic approaching toward an ideal rarely realized anywhere: using critical and cultural expertise to throw light on a lengthy period of film practice, focusing on (and admitting his love for) popular texts and figures but disengaging himself from any personal agenda that might stand in the way of providing the reader with a full understanding of the material. Whether engaged in scholarly discourse, journalistic interpretation, or personal disclosure, Velasco manages to maintain a balance between clear thinking and a rigorous grounding in theory.

“Huwaran/Hulmahan Atbp. straddles two so-called Golden Ages in Philippine film (roughly the 1950s and the martial-law years of Ferdinand Marcos) and proffers useful takes on a turbulent, still-transitioning contemporary scene. Films as diverse in period and genre as the 1950s melodramas Sino’ng Maysala? and Mga Ligaw na Bulaklak, the 1970s thriller Gumising Ka, Maruja, the 1980s fantasy Hiram na Mukha, and the contemporary comedy Ang Cute ng Ina Mo, queer sex drama Masahista, and digital art film Kubrador – these and more, along with the star personas of such luminaries as Susan Roces, Jaclyn Jose, Coco Martin, Angelo Ilagan, and the late Rico Yan get a much-deserved though rarely encountered critical treatment that only a fan specialist with Velasco’s visionary approach could provide.”

There will be readings and songs by FPJ’s daughter Grace Llamanzares , Jaclyn Jose, Angelo Ilagan, PETA, Joel Lamangan, Nanding Josef and a number of artists , friends , former students and colleagues to commemorate and celebrate. Sept. 1 is his 2nd death anniversary. Hope you can join us.

ellen ongkeko-marfil , ed instrella, jess evardone, joel david , rudy diamante and the friends of Joven Velasco.


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57th San Sebastian Intl Film Fest 18-26 September '09

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''Chloe'', by Atom Egoyan, will open the competition at the 57th edition, to close with Rodrigo García's ''Mother and Child''
Bruno Dumont, Christophe Honoré, François Ozon and Juan José Campanella to compete in the Official Selection
From San Sebastian Filmfest Website
Friday, August 21, 2009
The Canadian director Atom Egoyan will open the competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival with his film Chloe, starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. Egoyan, one of the great renovators of modern film language with movies like Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1987) or Ararat (2002), will compete for the first time at San Sebastian.

Another outstanding name in contemporary cinema, Rodrigo García, will close the Festival with the North American film Mother and Child, starring Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Samuel L. Jackson. The director of Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her (2000), Nine Lives (2005) and Passengers (2008) has Alejandro González Iñárritu as its executive producer.

Bruno Dumont, Atom Egoyan, François Ozon and Juan José Campanella, among other directors, will compete for the Golden Shell corresponding to San Sebastian Festival’s Official Selection. Other prestigious directors like Jeon Soo-il, Ana Kokkinos and Matthias Glasner will also present their new movies for the Official competition, and Christophe Honoré will return to San Sebastian after having participated last year with La belle personne. Furthermore, the winner of an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Aaron Schneider, will compete with his directorial feature debut, Get Low.


Three of France’s most prestigious directors will compete for this year’s Golden Shell. Bruno Dumont, having bagged the Cannes Grand Jury Prize twice with L’Humanité (1999) and Flanders (2006), confirms the singular personality of his cinema with Hadewijch. François Ozon, who previously competed at San Sebastian with Sous le sable (2000) and is the author of several works including 8 Femmes (8 Women, 2002), Le temps qui reste (2005) and Ricky (2009), will present Le refuge. And Christophe Honoré returns to the Official Selection for the second consecutive year with Making Plans for Lena, starring Chiara Mastroianni, Marie-Christine Barrault and Jean-Marc Barr.

Following her enormous success in Zabaltegi-New Directors in 2005 with her directorial feature debut, Oyun (The Play), the Turkish director Pelin Esmer will compete for the first time in the Official Selection with 11’e 10 kala / 10 to 11, a co-production between Turkey, France and Germany.

German cinema will be represented by Matthias Glasner, the director of Die mediocren (1999) and Der Freie Wille (The Free Will, 2006), with This Is Love.

The USA will participate with Get Low, the first fiction-length feature from the cinematographer Aaron Schneider, who already holds an Academy Award for Best Short Film for Two Soldiers (2003). Get Low stars the Donostia Award recipient Robert Duvall, alongside Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek.

From Argentina, Juan José Campanella adds El secreto de sus ojos to a career including some of the biggest hits in recent Argentinean cinema, such as El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999), Oscar nominee for Best Film in a Foreign Language with El hijo de la novia (Son of the Bride, 2001) and Luna de Avellaneda (2004), starring Ricardo Darín.

Asian cinema will be backed by three titles: the Korean film Yeong-do Da-ri / I Came From Busan, by Jeon Soo-il, a moviemaker who garnered awards at Venice and Pusan with films like The Bird Who Stops in the Air (1999), Time Between Dog and Wolf (2006) and With the Girl of Black Soil (2007); the Chinese City of Life and Death, from the director Lu Chuan, author of Xun quiang (The Missing Gun, 2002) and Kekexili (Mountain Patrol, 2004), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and of the Special Jury Prize at Tokyo Festival; and the Iranian Keshtzarhaye sepid /The White Meadows, by Mohammad Rasoulof, director of The Twilight (2002) and Iron Island (2005), Special Jury Prize at the Gijón Festival.

Australia will be present with the director Ana Kokkinos and Blessed, her third feature following Head On (1998) and The Book of Revelation (2006), telling a tale from two points of view, that of a group of youngsters and that of their mothers.

As we already announced a few weeks ago, three Spanish films will participate in the competitive Official Selection: Los condenados (The Damned), La mujer sin piano and Yo, también (Me Too). Fernando Trueba will moreover present El baile de la Victoria (The Dancer and the Thief) out of competition.

Get Low will also compete for the Kutxa-New Directors Award, adding its name to the 17 competing titles already announced. The number of films competing for the Kutxa-New Directors Award will therefore amount to 18.


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Sept 5-6: Book Launch - Pan de Sal Saves the Day

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You are cordially invited to the book launch(es) of

Pan de Sal Saves the Day

A Story book for children
Written by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco
Illustrated by Mark Salvatus

(1)
Date: September 5, 2009 (Saturday), 5:00 PM
Venue: Powerbooks, G/F Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas Complex, Pasig

(2)
Date: September 6, 2009 (Sunday), 4:30 PM
Venue: The Forum, 4/F Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street

Synopsis

Pan de Sal is a shy, plain little girl, embarrassed for living in a poor thatched-roof hut and for eating simple foods. She envies Croissant, Muffin and Doughnut, her richer and prettier classmates. One day, the school bus they are riding in has a flat tire, and Pan de Sal saves the day by entertaining her friends and sharing her simple lunch with them—and it turns out that she has no reason to feel ashamed after all!

Pan de Sal is the name of the simple, yet ever-popular sweet bun eaten in the Philippines. It is completely unassuming, and yet still beloved by everyone. Pan de Sal Saves the Day teaches children to see the unique qualities in every thing—especially which we give little thought to, but which bring us such great love and joy.


Biography

Norma Olizon-Chikiamco won first prize in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and received the Outstanding Journalism Award from Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and the National Book Award from the Manila Critics' Circle. She lives in the Philippines.

Mark Salvatus hails from Quezon province in the Philippines. He has won several national competitions in the Philippines, including ArtPetron.


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PCDA Regional Convention for Visayas

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The Philippine Choral Directors' Association invites you to attend its National Masterclass Series for Choral Conductors

Regional Convention for Visayas
University of the Visayas
Colon St., Cebu City, Philippines
November 19-22, 2009

masterclass speakers:
Eudenice Palaruan - advanced conducting
Edgardo Manguiat - vocal techniques
Anna Piquero - basic conducting
Arwin Tan - solfege/theory/ choral arranging
Leonyl Torres - movement and choreography
Msgr. Rudy Villanueva - choral literature

masterclass aims:
The Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA), in cooperation with the University of the Visayas (UV) holds this Masterclass for Choral Conductors. The main objective of this workshop is to offer basic and advanced training for local conductors, and provide an opportunity to raise their standards and awareness to the international level, while honing their skills, and making information available to a wide choral network.

masterclass group:
We invite all choral conductors who wish to improve their skills and knowledge at the highest level with outstanding teachers. Public school music teachers, church choir conductors, and choral music enthusiasts are highly encouraged to attend this week-long masterclass.

masterclass topics:
* vocal training and warm-up exercises (practice)
* conducting techniques for beginning and advanced conductors (analysis)
* solfege and sight-reading exercises (knowledge)
* basic music theory (knowledge)
* rehearsal techniques (synthesis)
* conducting laboratory (application)
* Visayan sacred and secular choral literature and it’s fusion into standard programming (knowledge)
* basic choral arranging (konwledge)
* movement and choreography (knowledge and application)

The speakers are also available for choirs interested in having a specialized choral workshop for their group.

masterclass credits:
Participants are required to join membership to the PCDA. A certificate of participation will be awarded at the end of the workshop period (36 hours). Attendance in four consecutive workshops will qualify the participant to a PCDA conductor’s diploma (144 hours).

for details and reservations please contact:

Leonyl Torres 09209416695
Anna Piquero 09178064358
Dennis Sugarol 09202053194
Sherwin Sulla 09275066667

Watch out for the interactive site where you can download the application form for the PCDA Regional Convention for Visayas

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Call for Entries: ROUND ONE PHOTO-STATEMENT EXHIBIT

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Call for Entries:

Round One Photo-Statement Exhibit

The Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the awarding of this year’s National Artist Awards. As we celebrate this first-phase victory, we keep our stance to the next fight, expanding our call to bring to surface other perennial issues that we, artists of the people, are facing. It is time for a larger, stronger, louder outcry.

As we continue this battle to protect, defend and uplift arts and culture in the country, the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) call on our fellow artists to participate in a photo-statement exhibit to further show our unity and solidarity. This exhibit will be a collection of photo-statements from various artists and supporters. Photo-statements are photographs of written short statements/slogan and the author of the statement. This exhibit aims to form a collective voice of artists and cultural workers through an ensemble of opinions, complaints and calls to action from various subjectivities and positionalities.

All artists, enthusiasts, scholars, art students and cultural workers are encouraged to submit their photo-statements. We are targeting as many entries as possible. You may opt to send group and individual photo-statements.

The exhibit will be displayed in various venues and virtual spaces. The first of the series will be on August 28, Friday, at ‘70s Bistro in time for the solidarity event/cultural night with the title Round One, Winner By TRO: Tuloy Ang Laban Para Sa Makabuluhang Sining at Kultura. Event poster attached.

Mechanics:

  1. Let your voice be heard through a short statement (may be a call to action, complaints/comments against violation of artists’ rights, or direct statements to the intrusive, abusive “leader”). Write your statement on any paper, board, or panel.
  2. Have a photo of you taken with your written statement in hand or on the foreground.
  3. Send your photo-statement to concerned_artists_ phil@yahoo. com on or before August 28, 12nn. Include your name, byline (e.g. painter, writer, performing artist, etc.), affiliations (school, company, organization) , contact details (email and mobile).

Avie Felix

UP Film Institute
9206863

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LAKAS YAMAN NG BAYAN

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Social Security System and Sining Laya invited you to the opening of

“SINING LAKAS YAMAN NG BAYAN" Opening 3:00OPM Friday August 28, 2009 SSS Gallery, Second Floor, SSS Bldg., East Avenue Diliman, Quezon City


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Muziklaban Indie Film Challenge

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You may submit your entries until September 15, 2009. Please submit together with all the requirements at Suite B., 5flr Builders Ctr., Salcedo St., Legaspi Village Makati City. Please attention to Bluefish Asia Events & Media, Inc.

For full details of the mechanics you may log on at www.redhorsebeer. com, you may also watch the promo video at http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=dLi7VvgJ- Sc.

For inquiries please call 468-2822 / 0919-6130173 / 902-0922.

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Petition to the NCCA Board

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Dear Colleagues in the Arts and Culture Sector

The petition to accept Cecile Guidote Alvarez's resignation and the removal from office of NCCA Chairman Vilma Labrador is now online at

http://www.petitiononline.com/artista/petition.html

Please put it up on your Facebook walls and post the link to your various egroups for the campaign to reach more intended signatories. Let us not rest content with the recent Supreme Court decision until we achieve our targets of cleansing the NCCA ranks with leaders who do not represent the sector's interest.

Please do not just forward this email message. The Cecile Guidote Alvarez-Vilma Labrador camp does not look kindly on criticisms and will surely go on witchhunt to harass those whose views run diametrically oppose to theirs. Kindly remove this email's transmission and receipt history when you forward this message.

Thank you very much.

Alliance of Concerned Artists of the Philippines
Reform the NCCA Movement

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Lighting for Portrait Photography

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Registration is still ongoing for --

Digital 101: Photography and the Computer

September 9, 11, 14, 16 and 18 (6–9 p.m.)

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Lighting for Portrait Photography

September 12 and 19 (9a.m.–5p.m.)

This two-day seminar covers the basics of lighting for portrait shots, a popular application in photography. This course aims to reduce the complexity of light and illumination to a learnable level, and show its application in photographing people as subjects.

The course allows the participants to:

- Learn the fundamental principles of lighting and its importance in creating better portraits

- Master the primary controllable characteristics of light and see how they apply to portraiture

- Become familiar with the different in-studio lighting tools, both standard and improvised, in order to achieve desired lighting results

- Master the systematic way of setting up lighting for portrait shots using artificial light sources

Requirements

- Must have taken Primer on Lighting or equivalent course

- Digital SLR camera

- Optional: exposure-flash meter, tripod

Venue

Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City (across The Peninsula Manila)

Speaker

Jay Alonzo specializes in people photography. He has taken photographs for the talents’ portfolio of a local modeling agency, worked with movie production companies on their cinema posters and publicity photos, and done celebrity shoots for High Life magazine, a Business Day publication.

Joining fee, discount, and freebies

A workshop fee of P4,500 includes studio equipment use, model’s fee, lunch, and certificate. Cash or check payment can be made at the library or through bank deposit.

Due to the limited number of slots, interested participants are requested to register on or before September 5 by paying at least P1,000 (nonrefundable, full payment is due on the first day of class). A 5 percent discount will be given to those who pay in full on or before the deadline.

Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will get a YKL/Fujifilm printing voucher and a one-day pass to the library’s photography book collection. Photography magazines and other raffle prizes await lucky participants.

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-5594417, e-mail cruz.ct@ayalafoundation.org, or visit www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph.

--------- AUGUST PHOTO EXHIBIT --------
PHOTOGRAPHING ARCHITECTURE IN TAAL, BATANGAS
August 11 to 29, 2009
Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 9am-6pm
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FUN SHOOT SERIES | Photographing People (at Work) and Product in Laguna
August 29 (8am-6pm)
For more details, please call 8921801, send an SMS to 0917-5594417, email cruz.ct@ayalafoundation.org, or visit www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph.

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UP Diliman Premiere of Manghuhula (Indie Film)

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The UP Sirkulo ng mga Kabataang Artista
The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Student Council
Buklod CSSP and UP Alyansa

presents "MANGHUHULA" (UP Diliman Premiere)



31 August 2009 * 5:00pm
UP Film Institute (Cine Adarna)


Tickets at only Php 80 each



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You are cordially invited to the UP Diliman premiere of MANGHUHULA
-- starring Eula Valdes, Glaiza De Castro, Emilio Garcia, Chanda Romero,
Bella Flores, Pinky Amador, Angel Aquino, Mark Gil, Epy Quizon, Candy Pangilinan,
John Lapus, Mel Martinez, Alchris Galura, Harlene Bautista, and more!
Directed by Paolo Alessandro Herras (Lambanog - 2007, Rekados - 2007).


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This event is brought to you by the UP Sirkulo ng mga Kabataang Artista (SIKAT),
the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Student Council (CSSPSC),
BUKLOD CSSP, and UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran
at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA).

Contact (+63922) 8005172 to purchase tickets (P80 each) or for more information. Thank you.

Watch the movie trailer here: http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=r6GhgZ- 3a9s


Thank you.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE 1ST CCP NATIONAL CHORAL COMPETITION 2009

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1ST CCP NATIONAL CHORAL COMPETITION 2009

Competition Results

Sacred Music Competition

August 19/1PM/Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

GOLD AWARDEES

SILVER AWARDEES

BRONZE AWARDEES

Imusicapella

(2nd prize – $ 600.00)

Himig Sanghaya Chorale (San Pedro, Laguna)

Hiyas ng Pilipinas Children‘s Choir (Manila)

University of Visayas Chorale

(3rd prize – $ 400.00)

ANIMA ( Quezon City )

The Lighter Side Movement (San Felipe Neri Parish Music Ministry, Mandaluyong)

Tarlac State University Choir

The Loreto Minstrels ( Manila )

Sta. Teresita Parish Chorale

Coro Basilica de Malolos (Malolos, Bulacan)

UPLB Choral Ensemble (Los Baños, Laguna)

Coro Tomasino ( Manila )

UP Vocal Ensemble-SIC Singers

University of the Philippines Medicine (UPMed) Choir

The Lipa Choral Ensemble (San Sebastian Cathedral)

MSU-IIT Octava Choral Society

Anima Christi Chorale ( St. Jude Shrine)

Children’s Choir Competition

August 20/10AM/Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

GOLD AWARDEES

SILVER AWARDEES

BRONZE AWARDEES

Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir

(3rd prize - $ 400.00)

Hiyas ng Pilipinas Children‘s Choir (Manila)

GSMS (Guy Simondac Music Studio) Children’s Ensemble (San Pedro, Laguna)

Ilocos Norte National High School Samiweng Singers ( Laoag City )

Mary the Queen Children’s Choir

Mixed Choir Competition

August 20/2PM/Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

GOLD AWARDEES

SILVER AWARDEES

BRONZE AWARDEES

Imusicapella

(1st prize – $ 1,200.00)

MSU-IIT Octava Choral Society

Anima Christi Chorale ( St. Jude Shrine)

University of Visayas Chorale

(3rd prize – $ 600.00)

Coro Tomasino ( Manila )

University of the Philippines Medicine (UPMed) Choir

UP Vocal Ensemble-SIC Singers

Our Lady of Fatima University Chorale ( Valenzuela City )

Folk Music Competition

August 21/1PM/Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

GOLD AWARDEES

SILVER AWARDEES

BRONZE AWARDEES

Imusicapella

(1st prize – $ 800.00)

Himig Sanghaya Chorale (San Pedro, Laguna)

Anima Christi Chorale

( St. Jude Shrine)

University of Visayas Chorale

(1st prize – $ 800.00)

Coro Tomasino ( Manila )

MSU-IIT Octava Choral Society

(3rd prize – $ 400.00)

The Lipa Choral Ensemble (San Sebastian Cathedral)

Tarlac State University Choir

(3rd prize – $ 400.00)

UP Vocal Ensemble-SIC Singers

ANIMA ( Quezon City )

(3rd prize – $ 400.00)

Hiyas ng Pilipinas Children‘s Choir (Manila)

UPLB Choral Ensemble (Los Baños, Laguna)

University of the Philippines Medicine (UPMed) Choir

Coro Basilica de Malolos (Malolos, Bulacan)

Congratulations to everyone! Mabuhay ang Korong Pilipino!:)


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AFM Ciné Club presents " Le Placard "

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Forum on the National Artist Award

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The UP Department of Art Studies cordially invites you:
NAA, NAA PAANO KA GINAWA?: Forum on the National Artist Award
August 25, 2-5 pm, UP College of Mass Communication Auditorium
Invited Speakers:
Atty. Teddy Te
Prof. Bien Lumbera
Prof. Rolando Tolentino
Prof. Eufracio Abaya


Rethinking the National Artist Awards

(Department of Art Studies, UP Diliman Statement)

We, faculty, students and staff of the University of the Philippines Department of Art Studies in Diliman are one with the community of concerned artists and cultural workers in deploring the process by which this year’s National Artists were named and in calling for a review of the law and rules governing the Awards.

The National Artist Award was created in 1972 through Proclamation No. 1001, at the height of Martial Law and Imelda Marcos’ reign as First Lady and patroness of the arts, and recast as the Order of National Artists, akin to a “knighthood,” by the present administration in 2003. Recent events show that this law bestows almost unlimited power to a President, who acting as patron awarding spoils and gifts for services rendered to favored people, can brazenly abuse this prerogative.

The National Artist Award was symbolically buried on August 7, 2009 by an aggrieved community most affected by the blatant abuse of power by a morally bereft, dishonest, and unethical administration, who superseded the judgment of those who took part in the exercise in good faith and with the hope that the process – no matter how fraught and flawed – could produce a truly worthy roster of National Artists.

The question is: if the Awards have been tainted and degraded probably beyond recuperation, can and must we revive it at all? If we do revive it, what form will it take? What is a National Artist, anyway? What does it take to make a National Artist? How is a National Artist produced? Who has the power to select and confer the Award? On what and whose authority and according to what criteria? What and whose interests does the National Artist Award ultimately serve?

These and other questions aim to subject to relentless scrutiny, not just process, rules and law but our foundational assumptions on the terms “national,” “artist” and “awards” and their intersections. And it is in light of these questions that we - constituents of an institution that educates future professionals in the fields of art history, art criticism, art theory and aesthetics – are calling for the rethinking of the very concept of recognizing and awarding monetary reward from taxpayers’ money to a very few, and our part or even collusion as scholars and cultural workers in this skewed system. Fully committed to integrity, reflexivity and auto-critique, let us:

Review the law, review the rules!

Rethink the National Artist Award!


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Special screening of Brillante Mendoza's KINATAY

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ADOBO MAIN COURSE PRESENTS
BRILLANTE MENDOZA'S KINATAY

Fresh from gracing the cover of adobo's July-August issue, 2009 Cannes Film Festival's Best Director Brillante Mendoza and his film KINATAY headline adobo main course.

Join adobo magazine and Kodak as they celebrate this Filipino's talent and achievement. Attend this exclusive screening at Cinema 2, Greenbelt 3 on Tuesday, August 25, 2009.

Screening starts at 7:00 pm sharp. Adobo main course caps the evening with a Director’s Commentary.

Tickets available at PHP300.00. Please contact Mafel Hebulan atinfo@adobomagazin e.com or sms +63 917 582 6536 for additional information. RSVP

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Focus on Filipino Filmmakers

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PETA's Official Statement on Nat'l Artist Issue

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PETA’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT

One should have been far too many, yet President Arroyo has abused her power – again. This time it threatens to divide the artist community.

We join our fellow artists in the condemnation of President Arroyo’s abuse of her so-called prerogatives and her utter disrespect for a selection process that has served the awards program well. During the term of President Aquino, that prerogative was already in place, but in contrast to President Arroyo, Cory had the grace and wisdom to entrust the selection to the legally appointed bodies. President Arroyo’s elimination of one legitimate nominee, and her insertion of four persons without the benefit of the rigor of standards, and scrutiny that the awards deserve have debased the National Artists Award.

We question the prudence of those who nominated Cecile Guidote-Alvarez to President Arroyo, those who decided to bypass the rules of the selection process. They knew full-well that any member of the two selection bodies, NCCA and CCP, cannot be nominated for this honor. Cecile Guidote-Alvarez is the Executive Director of the NCCA and yet they still pushed for her inclusion in the roster. Finally, President Arroyo, sanctioned this violation when she offered to elevate Cecile Guidote-Alvarez to the status of National Artist.

We have the highest respect for Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, and even to this very day, decades after she has left PETA, we still owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude as our founder and original guiding spirit.

It is precisely because of our respect, admiration and affection for her that we request her to decline the award at this time as it is sadly tainted. We believe that the award will be much more meaningful for her if it is granted the benefit of the rigorous scrutiny, and endorsement of her peers.

Her vision and blueprint for a national theater was a masterplan which helped change the direction of Philippine theater in the 60’s. Her work, especially in the first five years with PETA, created a spirit that until now animates parallel cultural movements and initiatives. Her legacy has been greatly expanded and enriched by wave after wave of PETA members but her original vision and mission remain: theater can be a force to educate, to mirror and forge our cultural identity, and to break the culture of silence. It is in the same spirit that we have chosen to speak now and in this manner. This is especially important at a time when the nation is suffering from so much loss of public trust, in government, and in ourselves as a people.

As PETA members, we are encouraged to express our opinions as individuals. On this issue however, we have deliberated as a body to formulate this statement. The issue of the National Artists Award is a national issue. It affects us as individual artists because the award symbolizes the best in us. It affects the whole country because these artists, once given this honor are transformed into examples, beacons, and icons for our country. It defines all Filipino artists and all Filipinos. To surrender the power to one person to declare – who among us should be considered exemplary is not acceptable. That is not the President’s prerogative!

The culture of insensitivity and disrespect for due process, spawned by eight years of absence of transparency and accountability of the Arroyo administration has finally reached our gates. Art is the last of the few independent refuges of freedom, and when this refuge is breached, all freedom is utterly lost.

We join the arts and culture community in condemning this administration' s abuse of power that threatens the freedom of the arts. We artists, performing the sacred role of committed citizens, will be standing as one to defend this refuge - vigilant and courageous in the pursuit of genuine democracy.


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