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CCP Opens MET OPERA in HD Season 6 with Die Zauberflӧte

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the Ayala Mall Cinemas, opens the sixth season of the Met Opera in HD with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflӧte (The Magic Flute) on January 8, 2019. Featuring the German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, The Magic Flute tells the story of a handsome prince who has been persuaded by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity. Accompanied by Papageno, the prince and the princess undergo severe trials, which end in triumph. Soprano Golda Schultz stars as Pamina, tenor Charles Castronovo as Tamino, baritone Markus Werba as Papageno, and soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night. Julie Taymor’s spectacular production is a classic of the Met repertoire. The CCP partners with the Met Opera of New York to feature screenings of its operatic productions through the high-definition digital video technology and Dolby sound, recreating the experience of watching an opera production at the Met “live.” Other productions …

Filipino Films You Can Stream on NETFLIX Right Now

Yes, you read that right. Once upon a time, there were only two Filipino films on NETFLIX – “Birdshot” and “Metro Manila”. If you’ve read my “Birdshot” review by filmmaker Mikhail Red, you know that this is the first Filipino film released worldwide by Netflix. Birdshot (2016) Diego, a rural caretaker, shows his 14-year-old daughter Maya how to shoot a gun to learn self-sufficiency. She ends up killing an endangered Philippine eagle, bringing unforeseen and frightening consequences into their quiet life. Initial release: October 2016 (Japan) Director: Mikhail Red My thoughts: A COMING-of-age thriller: “Birdshot” by filmmaker Mikhail Red Metro Manila (2013) Oscar flees from a life of poverty and moves with his family to Manila. They fall victim to the hardened locals until Oscar finds work with an armoured car company. Release date: 9 October 2013 (Philippines) Director: Sean Ellis I honestly think (and probably you do, too) that there are numerous Filipino films that deserve to be seen worldwide. If NETFLIX is one of the gateways, then why not? If you have an …

CCP Brings in the Christmas Spirit with Lights and Shadow Play

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines spreads the message of Christmas and brings holiday cheers to every Filipino through its amazing Christmas display, featuring the interplay between lights and shadow, which will be shown every night until January 6, 2019. A series of illuminated images, using stencils that are painstakingly made by creative hands from the Production and Exhibition Department, relives the biblical story of how the Messiah was born. The “Christmas Story” begins with the Annunciation, or Mary’s journey of obedience that marks her role in giving birth to the Messiah. The light and shadow play continues with the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem after Emperor Augustus ordered people to return to the town where their families originally came from. It has been a Filipino Christmas tradition to re-enact the difficult search of Joseph and Mary for shelter in Bethlehem; this is locally known as Panunuluyan. Accompanied by beautiful carols, the Christmas Story continues to unfold with projected images of the Three Wise Men, with the shepherds, who were guided by the …

PPO Outreach Concerts for December and January

FRESH from its jam-packed outreach concerts in Davao City and the province of Antique, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will share the gift of music this holiday season with free concerts, featuring classic pieces, popular songs, and all-time favorite Christmas carols. The Philippine premiere orchestra will bring holiday cheer to the students, faculty members and visitors of the University of the Philippines-Diliman on December 8, at the Quezon Hall Amphitheater at 7pm. The concert is in cooperation with the University of the Philippines, led by its president Danilo Concepcion. Dubbed “Pamaskong Handog ng UP,” the live orchestra concert will be conducted by PPO resident conductor Maestro Herminigildo Ranera. The concert will also feature guest performers such as mezzo soprano Jai S. Aracama, UP Cherubim and Seraphim, UP Concert Chorus, UP Singing Ambassadors, UP Staff Chorale and UP Chorus Classes. On December 18, at 6pm, the PPO will bring the excitement of live orchestra music to the men in uniforms at the Lapu-Lapu Grand Hall in Camp Aguinaldo. The free concert is in partnership with the …

Will You Still Love Me: Festival of Arts and Ideas 2018

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Julia Buencamino Project, brings attention to mental health through the Festival of Arts and Ideas, billed WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME?, slated on November 28 to December 9, 2018, at various CCP venues. For its second year, the Festival of Arts and Ideas engages artistic expression to create awareness and hold conversations on issues concerning mental health conditions. The festival offers interactive arts activities designed to help participants express the struggles they are going through, and hopefully cope with them by learning new skill, finding new interests while gaining a support group in the art community. Festival director Shamaine Centenera Buencamino believes in the power of arts to bring healing and help overcome the stigma of mental illness. “Art heals. Arts help focus the mind. Art even changes the way the brain functions,” enthused Shamaine, who – together with her husband Nonie – founded the Julia Buencamino Project to honor the memory of their daughter Julia, who died from suicide on July 7, 2015. It …

CCP and BENCH Join in Preserving The Filipino Terno

THE successful turnout of Fashioning the Terno mentoring program for regional designers in 2017 inspired both the Cultural Center of the Philippines through the CCP Cultural Exchange Department (CED) and Bench to team up anew in undertaking a second phase for 2018 entitled TERNOCON, a terno making convention and contest for regional designers. TERNOCON was presented in a press conference held at the Bench Café in Taguig City recently, graced by Filipino professional designers Inno Sotto, JC Buendia, Cary Santiago and Len Cabili. The contest proper will be held at the CCP Main Theater stage on November 11, 2018, where 28 finalists from 17 provinces nationwide will vie for the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for two categories – Balintawak Cocktail Terno and Formal Evening Terno. The program will also include performances by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, MEN Vocal Ensemble and the Sinala Manunubli from Batangas and an exhibition of dolls in ternos by Pampango artist Cholo Ayuyao at the Main Theater Lobby. It will also showcase new couture ternos by …

Seven Filipino Individuals Named National Artists

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has conferred the National Artist Awards to seven exemplar individuals for their significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts and culture on October 24, 2018, at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañang Palace. Upon recommendation by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), after the rigid evaluation and selection process conducted by panels of artists, cultural workers, scholars and experts, visual artist Lauro “Larry” Alcala, theater advocate Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, music master Raymund “Ryan” Cayabyab, filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, architect Francisco Mañosa, literary writers Resil Mojares and Ramon L. Muzones were declared National Artists, joining the league of Filipino artists who have received the highest recognition bestowed by the nation. Throughout his 56 years of cartooning, Alcala utilized his comic strips to spice up the Filipino lives with witty illustrations, featuring over 500 characters in about 20 comic strips serialized in various publications. His iconic work Slice of Life, which had been circulated for decades, helped his avid readers and followers to …

‘Bleach’ Live-Action Adaptation is Now on Netflix

When high schooler Ichigo is suddenly given reaper abilities, he really wants to give the powers back. But he’ll have to reap some souls first. In case you missed it (like I almost did), you can now stream the live-action adaptation of the famous manga by Tite Kubo. Yes! Besides the TV series, the live-action adaptation of BLEACH is now on Netflix! As of 2018, the Bleach manga series has sold over 120 million copies. It’s anime series has a total of 366 episodes which was produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe. Bleach also have four feature films by the same director which includes: Bleach: Memories of Nobody(2006), Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion (2007), Bleach: Fade to Black (2008) and Bleach: Hell Verse (2010). And now they have Bleach (2018) also known as Bleach: The Soul Reaper Agent Arc, a film produced by Warner Bros. under the direction of Shinsuke Sato. The film stars Sota Fukushi as the main protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki and Hana Sugisaki as Rukia Kuchiki. It was released in Japan …

Erik Matti Continues to Push Cinematic Boundaries

You’ve probably read various reviews of director Erik Matti’s first full-on action thriller, BuyBust. Let me tell you now that I truly enjoyed his latest film. Not only did it bravely tackle the controversial national issue of the war on drugs, but it also gave us a well-crafted in between story that’s more than just a buy-bust gone wrong. Now that may or may not be the real story but it does give the audience a view of the present state of humanity and moral decay. Come on! We all know the world isn’t perfect and we’re at fault… but I digress. In this post, I want to focus on how Erik Matti pushes the boundaries of local cinema. If you check my reviews, there are only a few about mainstream Filipino films and more on independent films and foreign box office hits. Don’t get me wrong. I love Filipino films and all the genres but I won’t pay to watch a film in cinemas if it’s something that can be enjoyed at home. And, …

Tricks and Musical Treats, a PPO Family Concert at the CCP

COME in your Halloween costumes, inspired by your favorite book characters, and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at the Tricks and Musical Treats: A PPO Family Concert, slated on October 28, 2018, starting at 3pm, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater). Now on its fourth year, Tricks and Musical Treats will take its audience to a “Journey to the Kingdom of Books,” featuring an afternoon concert with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera. The Philippine orchestra, fresh from their international stint at the Asia Week 2018 in Japan, will perform a selection of popular classical masterpieces made for children’s ears including Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Third Movement), Brahm’s Hungarian Dances 5 and 6, Chabrier’s Spanish Rhapsody and other surprise numbers. One of the highlights will be the Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a ‘symphonic fairy tale for children’ where the narrator tells a children’s story, while the orchestra illustrates it with different instruments, representing characters in the story. It is Prokofiev’s most frequently performed …

Ani 40: Katutubo, CCP Literary Journal Book Launching

THE Ani 40: Katutubo will be launched on October 26, 2018 at the Silangan Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Registration will start at 5:00 PM. The book launching is free and open to the public. The literary journal features 130 writers of different cultures in the Philippines with their 189 works. Through the Intertextual Division, the CCP is one with the celebration of the National Indigenous People’s Month. The special section entitled “Antolohiyang Marawi” is a collection of works written by Marawi people. The authors shared their experiences during the Marawi Siege last May 23, 2017. Ani 40 also features the artwork of the student Jalicareza R. Jamail that depicts a mother embracing her son. The editor for the special section is a professor from Marawi State University, Almayrah Abbas Tiburon, who also wrote about her pregnancy during the crisis. The works are written in some of the major languages in the Philippines such as Filipino, Meranaw, Ilokano, Akeanon, Bikol, Bikol-Naga, Chavacano, and Kinaray-a. The Ani 40 features …