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The new MMFF gave exposure to real talents.
Much better than the old format that used to celebrate box-office receipts over "artistic excellence".
And the reform that the film festival took is now bearing fruits. :cheers:

This concert would not have been possible without the buzz generated by the MMFF.


What: Concert of Joanna Ampil: "Love Wins"
When: Feb 14th, 8:30pm
Where: BGC Arts Center (Globe Theater)

Tickets from 1,000 to 3,500
Go to Ticketworld outlets in SM or Robinsons malls,
or buy at Ticketworld Online (link).


Instagram of Director Rowell Santiago


BGC Arts Center: Audience. (Source)


BGC Arts Center: Sample Stage. (Source)


I will be there for "Candida". :)
 

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Emotional Connection:

People handling her concert promotion
have been wrongly selling her
as "Kim of Miss Saigon" and "Grizabella of Cats".

But Filipinos have no emotional attachment to those characters.
If I were the promoter,
I would package her as "Cándida of Ang Larawan".
She captured the hearts of Filipinos in that role,
not as "Kim" nor "Grizabella".

2 weeks remaining.
REMEMBER: We are selling tickets to Filipinos, not to Londoners.
 

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Emotional Connection:

People handling her concert promotion
have been wrongly selling her
as "Kim of Miss Saigon" and "Grizabella of Cats".

But Filipinos have no emotional attachment to those characters.
If I were the promoter,
I would package her as "Cándida of Ang Larawan".
She captured the hearts of Filipinos in that role,
not as "Kim" nor "Grizabella".

2 weeks remaining.
REMEMBER: We are selling tickets to Filipinos, not to Londoners.
Alam mo naman ang pinoy, l AKa colonial mentality, where most of us prefer foreign over our own. Kasi pag local = inferior quality
 

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Cityscapes :

Case#1.
EDSA traffic. MRT queue. Pollution. Beggars. Poverty.
Stressed and wanting to clear your mind.

The architecture to pacify your anxiety:

Cultural Center of the Philippines (Source)
Slogan: "Rest here, my child."

Case#2.
Bored. Disenchanted. Demoralized. Uninspired.
Same MMFF movies.
Shake Rattle and Roll Part 25.
Vice Ganda is on TV Monday to Sunday.

The architecture to wake your dead spirit:

National Museum (Source)
Slogan: "Get up, couch potato. Let's explore!"

February is "National Arts Month".
#Maki-Sining.
Facebook CCP (link)

Facebook National Museum (link)
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Napoleon Abueva, National Artist for Sculpture, 88


1) Classical works:


Blood Compact Monument (Bohol)
(source)


Muses (U.P. Diliman, Asian Institute of Tourism)
(source)

2) Modernist works:

Bench (Manila Metropolitan Museum, Roxas Blvd)
(source)


Altar (Manila Metropolitan Museum, Roxas Blvd)
(source)


^^ Abueva is the "Father of Filipino Modernist Sculpture",
but I prefer his Classical works, especially "The Muses" (above).
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After the film adaptation of "Ang Larawan",
National Artist Nick Joaquin is back with another theater offering:
"How Love Came to Juan Tamad".

"Juan Tamad" is played by Ybes Bagadiong.
He is the funny sidekick in the 2017 Cinemalaya Best Film "Respeto".
Synopsis:
All gods and men are going crazy in love with the goddess Maria Makiling.
But she has her eyes on one man only: Juan Tamad.

She bestows him with all the riches of the world.
But Juan Tamad is... tamad.

Written by Nick Joaquin for kids as a bedtime story,
this theater comedy will appeal to teenagers.

From Feb 16 to March 11 at the CCP.
SPOILER:
The closing song reveals the allegory.
Juan Tamad is the Philippines.
Maria Makiling is Mother Nature.
Verdict/Review
I have seen it.
Is it funny? Yes.

You will laugh at Juan Tamad,
and the blindly crazy for love "Maria Makiling".

Theater comedy.
Facebook: Tanghalang Pilipino (link)
 

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******... WARNING: Conceptual Art ahead... *****
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By Mideo Cruz (Manila Biennale 2018)... rubber gloves


By Oca Villamiel (Manila Biennale 2018)... kaya rin ito gawin ng Grade 2 students.

... just need a little more work and effort,
especially when you are charging PhP 800 for a Biennale daypass ticket
(no complaints though if it were free).
Otherwise, I'd rather go to the free-entrance National Museum :

^^ I'm not a fan of "Conceptual Art"
moreso when it charges entrance fee to see this art movement
that is supposedly "against the commodification of art".

Php 800 for day pass to see those art works?!?
Maybe I'll just spend my 800 Pesos on a nice restaurant dinner.
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... and because artistic skill matters:
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The National Museum will soon open a new gallery for "Philippine Sculptures".


"Muslim Woman" by Julie Lluch (Facebook: National Museum)

^^ Maybe they meant "Philippine themed"?

Because they already have galleries for the classical scultures
of Isabelo Tampingco and Guillermo Tolentino.

I also remember seeing "Judas Kiss" by Napoleon Abueva (RIP).


"La Mujer" (The Woman) by Isabelo Tampingco in classical style (source)
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^^ Sorry about the big photo.
(anyway, that was just one big photo;
hope your PC did not hang)
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The National Museum of Fine Arts opens 3 new exhibits.

One of them is the mural by National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco
"Timbulan ng Lahi" (Lifesaver/Savior of the Race).

The logo reads: "Timbulan ng Laya at Diwang Dakila"
(Savior of Freedom and Great Spirit).



^^ Looks like this was originally from the Manila City Hall.
The Barangays of Manila are enumerated at the bottom of the mural.


(Facebook: National Museum) is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Nearest LRT is UN Avenue Station.
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^^ For me, his best work is the 4-panel "The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines".

Originally from the PGH, they now hang in the National Museum.

Below is the first panel: "Pre-hispanic mystical healing".
(Notice the 2 bamboo poles with the shaved curls design).

(Photo Inquirer)


(GMA7 photo)
 

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The National Museum of Fine Arts opens 3 new exhibits.

One of them is the mural by National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco
"Timbulan ng Lahi" (Lifesaver/Savior of the Race).

The logo reads: "Timbulan ng Laya at Diwang Dakila"
(Savior of Freedom and Great Spirit).

<see photo above>

^^ Looks like this was originally from the Manila City Hall.
The Barangays of Manila are enumerated at the bottom of the mural.


(Facebook: National Museum) is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Nearest LRT is UN Avenue Station.
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As per The Daily Tribune (link),
this is only part of a 10-panel series.

This fourth painting (consisting of 3 panels),
shows the then newly elected Mayor Villegas leading the city to a progressive future.

The first painting of the series,
depicts the old Kingdom of Manila under Lakandula.


(Instagram)

^^ Not sure if these are the first 7 panels,
but these murals entitled "Filipino Struggles through History",
were reported to originally hang in Bulwagang Mayor Villegas in Manila City Hall.

Details of the murals:

(Pinterest)

In 2013, the Botong murals were reported "Missing" (Source: ABS-CBN).
In 2015, the contract with the private company tasked to restore the murals was revoked (see Daily Tribune article above).

Now, a new controversy
(as if the restoration itself was not controversial enough).

Now, Atienza wants the restored mural returned to the city hall.
(Source Link: metromanila.politics.com.ph)
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Netflix bags Brillante’s ‘Amo’
By: Bayani San Diego Jr.
12:06 AM March 19, 2018

Cannes-winning filmmaker Brillante Ma Mendoza’s 12-part series on the drug war, “Amo,” scores a deal with Netflix, the world’s leading internet-based entertainment company.

“The great thing about this new development is that we can now expand our audience for Filipino movies and TV series,” Mendoza told the Inquirer. “Foreign viewers will get acquainted with our stories and culture on a different platform—beyond the film festival circuit.”

Mendoza’s series was initially set to premiere on TV5 last Aug. 25. But since TV5 joined forces with ESPN late last year, reinventing itself as a sports channel, “Amo” has found itself a more suitable home in Netflix—which is renowned for such hits as “House of Cards,” “Black Mirror,” “The Crown” and “Stranger Things.”

A Singapore-based Filipino-American Netflix representative sought out Mendoza for a possible partnership.

“They were familiar with my films, so I made an ‘Amo’ screener for Netflix,” the filmmaker recalled.
Read more at: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/266288/netflix-bags-brillantes-amo

Has anybody else watched this?
 

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unless they will dub it in English maybe more people around the world would want to watch it but if its in plain tagalog, only the overseas pinoy would subscribe to it.
 

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Ian Fairweather (1891-1974) is considered one of the greatest painters in Australia of all time. (Wiki)



Painted in 1957 while Ian Fairweather was living in Queensland,
"Anak Bayan" recalls the artist’s time in Manila,
where he lived for a period during the 1930s.
The painting has been viewed as a celebration of birth
('anak bayan' means 'son of the country' in the Tagalog language),
yet public birth celebrations are not customary in the Philippines.

The well-known street, Anak Bayan, in the Bukid district
was most probably the artist's inspiration for painting.
According to Fairweather scholar Murray Bail,
Anak Bayan is the artist's 'summation of the crowded everyday in Manila'
and 'a streetscape of the mind',
encapsulating Fairweather's memories of the Filipino people.


Source: Art Gallery of New South Wales (link)
 

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"That millions of Englishmen
were wallowing in ignorance in Shakespeare's time
in no way alters the fact that,
with Shakespeare, though he was only one man,
England reached a summit of culture,
and that English culture then must be judged by that summit.

But we judge differently, in reverse,
preferring to judge Philippine culture not by the highest it has reached
but by the lowest it has stayed backward."

-- Nick Joaquin, National Artist for Literature

8th Reprinting (Anvil Publishing)
Available in National Bookstore.
 

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^^ 505 Pesos, 400 pages.

I am not aware of the prevailing cultural sentiments
when Nick Joaquin wrote these essays,
but I can only guess that he was against the purging of colonial influences
that was happening during the "Ang Bagong Lipunan" era. Cultural purification.
There was even a gossip that Marcos wanted to change the name of the Philippines to "Maharlika".
Anyway, that is now water under the bridge, and our country remains to named after King Philip.

I have read 100 pages already,
and I can guess that Nick Joaquin was living in a Philippines
that was on a crossroad:
"Will we turn towards West, afterall our collective memory was shaped by Spain and America,
or to the East, closer to our neighbors, with whom we didn't have big cultural exchanges
(e.g. Pancit only entered our culture through the Chinese-Spanish creoles, not from pure Chinese)".
And looks like the author is for embracing the western influences
(by exorcising ourselves of Spain, we are also saying goodbye to "pan de sal").

Same dilemma that the Ukraine is facing now:
"Will we ally with Russia, our cultural brother,
or to Western Europe, where the promise of economic glory awaits?"


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After this book of essays,
I will read a Nick Joaquin fiction: "Cave and Shadows",
a crime novel about a halfie (half Filipina, half American),
who was found dead... or was she really dead?

The author is good at inventing eccentric women characters
(e.g. Cándida hunting rats in "Ang Larawan").
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Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa invents "Pinya Leather".

She now supplies big companies like "Hugo Boss".
She affirms that the demand is much much greater than the supply.
She holds the patent (i.e. only she can legally manufacture "Pinya Leather")

Carmen Hijosa, la mujer que convierte las piñas en zapatos
El País | el 25 de mayo de 2018

Esta diseñadora textil ha desarrollado,
a partir de las fibras desechadas de esa fruta,
un tejido sostenible que funciona como alternativa al cuero.



Y en otro de sus viajes a Filipinas dio con el filamento de la hoja de piña
—“allí la usan desde hace 400 años para realizar prendas artesanales”
— y un amago de idea empezó a tomar forma:
“Pensé: ¿Y si intentáramos obtener un material no muy distinto al cuero
fabricando una malla densa con estas fibras
a través de un proceso industrial?”.

Actualmente Ananas Anam comercializa al año
“miles, pero no decenas de miles” de metros de Piñatex
y los vende a más de 400 marcas de moda
que comparten sus mismos principios
(desde grandes nombres como Hugo Boss
hasta firmas veganas como Bourgeois *Boheme,
aunque de momento no hay ninguna española).
Como Hijosa remarca con orgullo,
son ellos quienes las eligen, y no al revés.
Tienen mucha más demanda de Piñatex de la que pueden satisfacer.
Ahí es justamente donde la española quiere hacer crecer su negocio:
escalando y optimizando la cadena de suministro.

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/18/eps/1526643160_179213.html



Carmen Hijosa con el Presidente Rodrigo Duterte en el Palacio Presidencial
https://www.ananas-anam.com/
 
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