CCP to Celebrate Arcellana’s Literary Legacy

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“CCP to Celebrate Arcellana’s Literary Legacy”

 

THE Intertextual Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) invites teachers, students and lovers of Philippine Literature to the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Celebration of the birth of National Artist Francisco Arcellana on September 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the CCP Little Theater.  This event is free and open to the public.

 

There will be performances inspired by Arcellana’s literary works and the launching of the National Artist Francisco Arcellana Commemorative Postage Stamp by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Philpost. Arcellana stamps and books that feature him as author will also be exhibited.  The Arcellana family will grace the event to lead the ceremonies.

 

The Arcellana Centennial Celebration is a chance to get familiar with the works of the Filipino literary genius, Francisco Arcellana. He was an accomplished fictionist, essayist, critic and poet in his own right. He authored well-anthologized stories such as “The Mats,” “The Flowers of May,” “How to Read,” “The Wing of Madness,” “Divide by Two”, and “A Marriage was Made”. Some of his works have been translated into Filipino, Malaysian, Italian, German and Russian.

Born on September 6, 1916 in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Arcellana was part of the generation of writers that reinvented the literary form short story in the English language. He also taught and held key positions at the Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman where he mentored Alfred “Krip” Yuson, Jose “Butch” Dalisay, Erwin Castillo, Charlson Ong, Marra PL. Lanot and Mailin Paterno-Locsin.

 

The Arcellana Centennial Celebration is the offering of the Intertextual Division, formerly known as Literary Arts Division, for the 47th anniversary of the CCP, which will officially start in September.

 

ASSOCIATION OF PINOYPRINTMAKERS EXHIBIT AT THE CCP

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THE Association of Pinoyprintmakers (A/P), previously known as the Printmakers Association of the Philippines or PAP, will hold an exhibition entitled Papers and Layers on August 27 to September 25, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Second Floor Hallway Gallery and Little Theater Lobby.

For their 2016 show at the CCP, the Pinoyprintmakers go back to basics, so to speak and return to works on paper.  However, this does not necessarily mean that they are relegated as “traditional”, for printmaking is vital to the changes of the visual arts landscape. Though the works may be rendered on paper, the final prints may be transposed as sculptural works on paper, installation art with paper, and such. Hence, they just do not pander on one surface but rather give it layers by how they work with images as they add and or press them on surfaces.

Participating artists include Ambie Abano, Buen Abrigo, Jose Santos Ardivilla, Virgilio Aviado, Mars Bugaoan, Mica Cabildo, Benjie Torrado Cabrera, Kristen Cain, Salvador Ching, Joey Cobcobo, Jean Dee, Fil Delacruz, Janos Delacruz, Neil Doloricon, Noell EL Farol, Samantha Feleo, Jess Flores, Raul Isidro, Eugene Jarque, Lea Lim, Lenore RS Lim, Angelo Magno, Fara Manuel, Maja Markovic, Ged Merino, Jonathan Olazo, Renan Ortiz, Henrielle Pagkaliwangan, Rhoda Recto, Jun-Jun Sta, Ana, Suchin Teoh, Josephine Turalba, and Wesley Valenzuela.

The Pinoyprintmakers will interact with the public in an Artists Talk and Demonstration slated on September 7, 2pm-4pm, at the CCP MKP Hall.

Other exhibitions on view at the CCP are Promdi, the group exhibit of Dumaguete artists, until 14 August at the Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery) and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery) and Ryan Rubio’s Instinctual Creationuntil 11 September Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery).

CCP gallery hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-6pm (or 8pm on days with performances in the Main Theater).

For more information, contact the Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at landlines (632) 832-1125 local 1504/1505, or (632) 832-3702, mobile (0917) 6033809, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visitwww.culturalcenter.gov.ph

 

TRIPLE FRET PERFORMS FOR CCP’S SPECIAL CONCERT SERIES THIS AUGUST

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Triple Fret, the country’s leading guitar ensemble and the only guitar trio of its kind in the Philippines, is the second featured artist of the CCP Special Concert Series on August 24, 2016 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino at 7:30 PM.

This classical contemporary guitar trio composed of guitarists Jenny de Vera, Iqui Vinculado and Marga Abejo, are all graduates of premier schools in the country – the UP College of Music and the UST Conservatory of Music.  They have attended masterclasses conducted by David Russell, Carlos Bonnell, Rafael Serrallet, Carsten Link, Lester Demetillo and other influential guitarists. The group stands out for its extensive repertoire of Spanish guitar pieces, tangos, jazz standards, Filipino traditional, love songs and well-loved classical pieces all infused with a style uniquely their own.  In 2014, the group released their first independent album entitled “#GITARA FILIPINA” which was launched in a sold out concert at the Ayala Museum.  They were awarded first prize in the Guitar Ensemble Category in the 2014 Tarrega Malaysia International Festival in Malaysia.  In 2015 they again garnered the First Prize at the 27th Japan Guitar Ensemble Festival in Shinagawa, Tokyo.  Recently, the group received the 2016 National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Ani ng Dangal for Music, the only guitar recipient of the award.  Triple Fret has given numerous performances in Europe and Asia.  It’s most distinguished performances in Europe include the Tong Tong Fair in the Netherlands, the SOL Guitars Festival in Valencia, Spain; and the Guitarra Festival in Siguenza, Spain in honor of the world renowned luthier Jose Romanillos.  The members also performed for the Syrian children refugees in the Syrain Refugee Camp in Kilis, Turkey.

For the August 24 concert, Jeffrey Malazo, the group’s musical director, composer and arranger will take the place of Triple Fret member Marga Abejo.  Jeffrey Malazo is a DCPMA (Diploma in Creative Performing Musical Arts) Guitar graduate from the UP College of Music under Prof. Lester Demetillo.

The program includes Joaquin Turina’s Danza  from Jardin de Oriente, Op. 25  arranged by Lester Demetillo, Albeniz’ Cordoba,Gregorio Labja’s Usahay arranged by Jeffrey Malazo,  Santiago Suarez’ Katakataka arranged by Lester Demetillo, Restie Umali’sPandangguhan arranged by Agot Espino and Lester Demetillo, Bach’s Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043 arranged by Ramon Vergara, the Philippine premieres of Agustin Avila’s Novem (for Triple Fret) and Gerald Garcia’s Le Grazie arranged by Jeffrey Malazo,  the world premiere of Jennifer  (for Triple Fret) by Jeffrey Malazo, Paulo Bellinati’s Baiao de Gude  and Eraserhead’sAng Huling El Bimbo, arranged by Jeffrey Malazo.

For more ticket inquiries please call 832-2304 or 891-9999.

PAMILYA ORDINARYO TOPS CINEMALAYA 2016

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Cinemalaya Main Competition winners pose with their trophies together with the members of the Cinemalaya Organizing Committee, Main Competition jurors and NETPAC jurors. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)
Cinemalaya Main Competition winners pose with their trophies together with the members of the Cinemalaya Organizing Committee, Main Competition jurors and NETPAC jurors. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)
‘Mercury is Mine’ actress Pokwang, with director Jason Paul Laxamana and actor Bret Jackson. The film won Best Screenplay and Special Jury Prize awards. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)
‘Mercury is Mine’ actress Pokwang, with director Jason Paul Laxamana and actor Bret Jackson. The film won Best Screenplay and Special Jury Prize awards. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)
Ramon A.L. Garilao wins the Special Jury award and Best Direction award for the film ‘Fish Out of Water’ in the short film category. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)
Ramon A.L. Garilao wins the Special Jury award and Best Direction award for the film ‘Fish Out of Water’ in the short film category. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)
Best Supporting Actor award went to the ensemble cast of ‘Hiblang Abo’ featuring, from left, Leo Rialp, Jun Urbano, Lou Veloso and Nanding Josef (Not in photo). (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)
Best Supporting Actor award went to the ensemble cast of ‘Hiblang Abo’ featuring, from left, Leo Rialp, Jun Urbano, Lou Veloso and Nanding Josef (Not in photo). (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)

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Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr., a compelling portrait of teen age street dwellers and their desperate search for their kidnapped baby scooped five major awards while veteran actor Tommy Abuel was named Best Actor for his role as a man tormented by his past in Dagsin by Renato ‘Atom’ Magadia, Jr. at the 12th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Awards Night on August 14, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater.

Pamilya Ordinaryo won Best Film, Best Direction, Best Performance of an Actress, Best Editing and the NETPAC Award for the full length category.  Besting eight films in the full length feature category, Pamilya Ordinaryo was lauded “for its strong sense of realism, the mix of narrative and the use of real CCTV footages combine to make it more gritty and dramatically powerful…” while NETPAC praised it “for its grim but engaging narrative about a non-ordinary family…”  As Best Film winner, Pamilya Ordinaryo won Php350,000 cash award and the Cinemalaya Balanghai trophy.

Eduardo Roy, Jr. was cited for his masterful control of his work and for creating a clear vision for his powerful story.  This is Roy’s third time around at Cinemalaya.  In 2013 Cinemalaya, he won major awards, including the Special Jury Prize for Quick Change that went on to earn critical success internationally.  He debuted at Cinemalaya with Bahay Bata in 2011.

Hasmine Killip won Best Actress for her role as Jane, the 16-year old mother of infant Arjan.  Killip was cited “for her brilliant, gritty and moving performance as a young teenage girl living in the street jungle of Manila.  Carlos Francisco Manatad won Best Editing and was cited for “precision and a relentless rhythm that maintains the momentum of a hopeless search for a missing child.”

Multi-awarded actor Tommy Abuel added another laurel to his cap with his outstanding performance in Dagsin by Renato Magadia, Jr.  In the film, Abuel plays an ageing and newly widowed judge who spends his days bound to a wheelchair and held hostage by his past.  Abuel was cited “for an extraordinary performance that is the soul of the film.  From the very first frame, till the last image, all we see is his soul’s torment…”

Mercury is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana garnered the Special Jury Prize and Best Screenplay awards.  The film was cited for its “deft balance of comedy, drama and dark satire” and its screenplay, written by the director Laxamana, was praised for exploring multiple themes of acceptance and rejection of the other within a delicious context of food and film.  Pokwang stars in the film as Carmen, the cook and owner of an eatery at the foothills of Arayat in Pampanga while her Mercury, played by Bret Jackson, is the young American who waits on tables.

Tuos by Roderick Cabrido, which starred Nora Aunor, won five awards for Best Cinematography (Mycko David), Best Production Design (Steff Dereja), Best Sound (Monoxide Works), Best Original Music Score (Jema Pamintuan), and Audience Choice.

Lollie Mara for Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching tied with Elizabeth Oropesa for I America for the Best Supporting Actress award. 

The Best Supporting Actor award was given to the ensemble cast of Hiblang Abo consisting of Lou Veloso, Jun Urbano, Leo Rialp, Nanding Josef for Hiblang Abo. The jury decided that “no one actor is better than the others—they all build a group.”

In the Short Feature category, the awards were dominated Isabel Quesada’s Pektus and Ramon A.L. Garilao’s Fish Out of Water.  The Best Film and Best Screenplay awards went to Pektus while Fish Out of Water won Special Jury Prize, Best Direction.  The NETPAC Award was garnered by Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit , At ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa while the Audience Choice Award went to Forever Natin by Cyrus Valdez.

Nine films competed in the Full Length Feature category.  These were: 

    ANG BAGONG PAMILYA NI PONCHING by Inna Miren Salazar and Dos Ocampo

·         DAGSIN by Renato ‘Atom’ Magadia, Jr.

·         HIBLANG ABO by Ralston Jover

·         I AMERICA by Ivan Andrew Payawal

·         KUSINA by David Corpuz & Cenon Palomares

·         LANDO AT BUGOY by Vic Acedillo, Jr.

·         MERCURY IS MINE by Jason Paul Laxamana

·         PAMILYA ORDINARYO by Eduardo Roy, Jr.

·         TUOS by Roderick Cabrido

Ten films competed in the Short Feature category.  These were: 

·         ANG HAPON NI NANDING (NANDING’S AFTERNOONS) by Rommel Tolentino

·         ANG MAANGAS, ANG MARIKIT AT ANG MAKATA by Jose Ibarra Guballa

·         BUGTAW by Noah del Rosario

·         BUTAS by Richard Cawed

·         FISH OUT OF WATER by Ramon A.L. Garilao

·         FOREVER NATIN by Cyrus Valdez

·         GET CERTIFIED by Isaias Herrera Zantua

·         MANSYONG PAPEL by Ogos Aznar

·         NAKAUWI NA by John Relano, Patrick Baleros and Luis Hidalgo

·         PEKTUS by Isabel Quesada

Members of the NETPAC Jury were Yasu Tanaka, Axel Estein and Nestor O. Jardin. Members of the Main Competition Jury were Hubert Niogret, Philip Cheah, Jerrold Tarrog, Lav Diaz and Ma. Rosario ‘Charo’ Santos-Concio.

Now on its 12th year, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 127 full feature independent films and 106 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films. Cinemalaya this year was held at the CCP and in Ayala Theaters in Greenbelt 3 and Glorietta, Makati, Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, and UP Town Center, Quezon City, Solenad, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Ayala Center Cebu.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas.  Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

MR. DON GORDON BELL PHOTOGRAPHS ‘DAHLING NICK’ SCREENING AT CINEMALAYA 2016…

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mr. don gordon bell, acttor-film artist-photographer

“As the evening of Thurs, 11 Aug, 2016, came and I was faced with a decision on which film to watch at 9 pm….This was actually my chance to see ‘Dahling Nick’ and so I just HAD to go and watch. And I didn’t have any regrets watching it! II’s a beauiful docu film!

Very glad I made this choice.”—DON GORDON BELL (ACTOR-PHOTOGRAPHER, after watching “Dahling Nick”).

PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW BY MR. DON GORDON BELL HIMSELF.

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sari dalena, director of “dahling nick”, with her lead actor in the film- mr. raymond bagatsing.
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sari with her husband-director keith sicat
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sari, keith and raymond with v.i.p. friends who watched “dahling nick screening” at cinemalaya 2016
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actress ms.carmi martin dropped by to watch the screening of “Dahling Nick”, with a foreign media beside her.

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ON THE PHOTOS: ACTOR RAYMOND BAGATSING, LEAD STAR OF “DAHLING NICK”, SARI DELENA, KEITH SICAT, MS. CARMI MARTIN,  RICKY LEE, MIKE HERRERA AND OTHER FRIENDS, STAFF AND CAST OF THE FILM, WHEN IT WAS SCREENED RECENTLY AT CINEMALAYA 2016.

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GIL M. PORTES’ HERMANO PULI CLOSES CINEMALAYA

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“GIL M. PORTES’ HERMANO PULI CLOSES CINEMALAYA”

 

Gil M. Portes’ Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli (The Agony and Fury of Hermano Puli) will be the closing film of the 12th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

Slated on August 13, 9pm at the CCP Main Theater, the film is a historical drama based on the life and times of Apolinario de la Cruz, who led a revolt in 1841 against the Spanish colonial government in the Philippines in the name of religious freedom. Decades before the rise of liberalism in Spanish-era colonial Philippines, a young charismatic preacher leads a movement for equality and religious freedom for his fellow native Filipinos.  He is hailed as the Christ of the Tagalogs, but is sentenced to death for heresy by both Church and State.  Hermano Puli is a story about love. The love of a prophet for his God, the love of a nation for its culture, the love of a native for his country.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

Catch the Cinemalaya films at the CCP and Ayala Theaters — Greenbelt 1 and Glorietta 4, Makati, Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, and UP Town Center, Quezon City, Solenad, Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and at the Ayala Center Cebu.

Additional screenings for sold out Cinemalaya films Pamilya Ordinaryo and Kusina, both competition films in the full length category, have been set to satisfy audience demand.  Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr. is slated on August 12, 12:45pm at the CCP Main Theater.  Kusina, the Judy Ann Santos starrer directed by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares, will be shown on August 13, 12:45pm at the CCP Main Theater.

For more information, visit www.cinemalaya.org or www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya Facebook page or CCP Media Arts at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

Cinemalaya Awards Night on August 14 at the CCP

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WINNERS of the 2016 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival will be announced at the Cinemalaya Awards Night on August 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

With the theme “Break the Surface, this year’s Cinemalaya Festival boasted of 19 new digital films in competition.  

In the full length feature, nine films competed. These were:  Ang Bagong Pamilya Ni Ponching by Inna Miren Salazar and Dos Ocampo, Dagsin by Atom Magadia, Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover, I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal,Kusina by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares, Lando at Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr., Mercury Is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana, Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr. and Tuos by Derick Cabrido.

Ten entries competed in the Short Feature category. These were: Ang Hapon Ni Nanding (Nanding’s Afternoons) by Rommel Tolentino, Ang Maangas, Ang Marikit at Ang Makata by Jose Ibarra Guballa, Bugtaw by Noah Del Rosario,Butas by Richard Cawed, Fish Out Of Water by Mon A.L. Garilao, Forever Natin by Cyrus Valdez, Get Certified by Isaias Herrera Zantua, Mansyong Papel by Ogos Aznar, Nakauwi Na by John Relano, Patrick Baleros and Luis Hidalgo,Pektus by Isabel Quesada.

Awards in the short film category will be given for Best Screenplay, Audience Choice, Best Film and Best Director. The NETPAC Prize and Special Jury Prize will also be awarded. The Best Film winner of the short film category will receive Php150,000 cash prize while all winners will receive the Balanghai trophy.

Awards in the full length category will be given for Best Sound, Best Musical Score, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Audience Choice, Best Film, NETPAC Prize, and the Special Jury Prize.  The winner of the Best Film will receive a cash award of Php350,000 and the Balanghai trophy.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with Ayala Malls Cinemas.  Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

For more information, visit www.cinemalaya.org or www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya Facebook page or CCP Media Arts at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.