Archive for the ‘Arts and Culture’ Category

Cinemalaya 2016: showcase of Filipino talent, substance and relevance

I hope the movies shown in the recent Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival would be shown in commercial theaters more widely later. I was able to watch only two: “Kusina” starring Judy Ann Santos under the direction of David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares and “Pamilya Ordinaryo” by Eduardo Roy, Jr. (“Pamilya Ordinaryo” won the best fim, […]

August 15, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment  One Comment

French film festival, a delightful respite from the toxic political exercise

Martin Macalintal, audiovisual attaché at the French Embassy in Manila, might as well have taped his answer to the question, “Will Ma’ Rosa be shown during this year’s festival?” That was the question everybody asked Macalintal at last Wednesday’s press preview of the 21st Film Festival held at My Cinema in Greenbelt 3 in Makati. […]

May 27, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment  One Comment

Standing ovation for Rossini’s La Cenerentola in Manila

By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files Rossini’s La Cenerentola made its Philippine debut Saturday night (August 15, 2015) at the Meralco Theater with a cheering crowd who loved opera’s retelling of Cinderella with another twist: no overbearing stepmother, no missing golden slippers. Instead we are treated to a tale of the bracelet which ultimately sealed […]

August 17, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture  2 Comments

Rossini’s La Cenerentola stirs anticipation

By Elizabeth Lolarga, VERA Files Photos by Anna Leah Sarabia THE cast and music directors of La Cenerentola promise not to change a thing that Gioachino Rossini had written in his opera. Well, maybe skip parts or let the voice of the storyteller take over but to change to make it easier for the human […]

August 12, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture  No Comments

The story of two unreceived notices: 2. Dennis Garcia of The Hotdog

I have been following another case that involved a failed delivery of a letter. The issue is about copyright, an artist’s protection for his or her creations. Dennis Garcia of the much-loved Hotdog band wrote that over a week ago, his group was about to close a lucrative deal with a reputable casino group and […]

July 1, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Tourism  No Comments

Adding Sweet-ness to PETA’s Rak of Aegis

By Vic Altiche No stranger to the stage, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson of the premier vocal group, The Company, joins the Barangay Venizia of the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA)-Rak of Aegis as Kapitana Mary Jane. Having been immersed in the performing arts industry for 22 years, she fits right in with the talented cast of Rak […]

June 18, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture  No Comments

Movies Filipinos can relate to in French Film Festival

In the movie “La Famille Bélier,” which is one of the featured movies in the ongoing 20th French Film Festival, there’s an election campaign because the father of the main character was running against the incumbent mayor. Filipinos, who loves election campaigns, should be able to identify with the movie especially when the mayor was […]

June 7, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Malaya  One Comment

An abundance of Filipino talent in Asia’s Got Talent

I hope and pray that since the Philippines is blessed with so many artistic talent, we will also have enough votes to make one of them be declared the winner of this year’s “Asia’s Got Talent”, which will have its grand finals on Thursday. To be held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, it will […]

May 11, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Malaya  8 Comments

The Lantern festival crowd: showcase of Taiwanese’s admirable discipline

In the 30 or so minutes that I was in the midst of the teeming crowd in Wuri Railway Station in Taichung, Taiwan last Saturday, I gained insights about the Taiwanese and in way, in their relations with mainland China, more than what I have learned in my readings in the past. Thousands and thousands […]

March 12, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Foreign Affairs  11 Comments

Filipinos are worth making good movies for

It was one time when I didn’t feel bad when I was told that there were no more tickets available for the film I wanted to watch. I was so happy seeing the Cultural Center of the Philippines filled with people who love films. It showed that Filipinos yearn for good films. The scene disproved […]

August 4, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment, Malaya  2 Comments