THE Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2021 is now open for submission of entries for its Short Film Category. Interested filmmakers must submit their application on or before March 5, 2021 (Friday), 6:00 p.m. to the Film, Broadcast, and New Media Division (FBNMD), 4F Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Only entries by Filipino filmmakers are accepted to the Short Feature Category.
THE global pandemic has changed the way the Cultural Center of the Philippines celebrated the Simbang Gabi. What used to be a live mass celebration at the CCP Main Theater became a virtual gathering of the Catholic faithfuls. While the COVID-19 situation upended many traditions that draw large gatherings, it also presented an opportunity to CCP to partner with different parishes all over the country which shared how they celebrate this time-honoured tradition through the dawn masses from December 16 to 24. It also allows the Filipino people to hear the Christmas Eve Mass from Bicol, one of the provinces affected by typhoons, and the Christmas Day Mass all the way from Rome.
IN the last 15 years, it has been a tradition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines to hold Simbang Gabi when the Christmas season comes. For the Center, holding the novena (nine) masses is no ordinary program; but, a special event that needs careful and meticulous planning. In partnership with the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Pasay City and several business establishments around the CCP Complex, the dawn masses held at the CCP Main Ramp gathers a daily audience averaging close to a thousand mass-goers, while the Misa de Aguinaldo (Christmas Eve Mass) at the Main Theater draws a full-theatre capacity, which spills over to the Main Theater Lobby.
WITH almost eight months of quarantine, the pandemic must have compelled us to introspectively make this perennial question: How is it to be human? What are the rights that we need to fight for? To help us re-evaluate and reflect on these questions, the CCP Arthouse Cinema presents “To Be Human” special screenings on Human Rights, in celebration of the International Human Rights Week. The program features selected films from the European Union, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Cinemalaya, Gawad Alternatibo and from Filipino filmmakers, ongoing until December 13, 3pm, via the CCP Vimeo Channel. This initiative was made possible through a partnership with the European Union Delegation to the Philippines, and in cooperation with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, and the Commission on Human Rights.
WITH the scourge of a global pandemic, it might seem like a good time to cut back on the yuletide cheers; but, the Cultural Center of the Philippines believes that it is just timely to celebrate the season in thanksgiving, love, and hope in spite of our current realities. This year, the CCP heralds the holiday season with “Pasko 2020,” a splendid display of Parul Sampernandu, which will light up the CCP Main Building Facade and the complex grounds from December 10, 2020 to January 3, 2021.