Arts & Culture (04/21/21)

CCP opens memorial site

THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP), through the Office of the Artistic Director and the Intertextual Division, pays tribute to the artists, cultural workers, and media practitioners who died during the COVID-19 pandemic through an online memorial site. Launched on April 9 via the CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page, the Hanggang sa Muli: Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat sa mga Pumanaw (Until We Meet Again: Honoring and Thanking Those who Passed) memorial website features obituaries with short biographies and photos of the Filipino artists, cultural workers, CCP employees, patrons of arts and culture, and media personalities who passed away from March 2020 to the present. The site will also serve as a bulletin board to inform the general public about the passing of an artist and/or cultural worker. While it primarily aims to preserve the legacy of the departed artists and cultural workers, it also aims a spotlight on their contributions in the development and preservation of the Philippine arts and culture. Visit the online memorial site at, or the official Facebook page,

Instituto Cervantes showcases contemporary filmmakers

INSTITUTO Cervantes de Manila is screening the work of four contemporary Spanish filmmakers this April online. The films are being shown through the Instituto Cervantes channel on the Vimeo platform ( and are freely accessible for 48 hours from their start date and time. The third filmmaker on focus will be Juanjo Gimenez. On April 21 and 22, Instituto Cervantes will offer the free online screening of Rodilla (2009), a short film about the world of soccer, the passions it arouses, and the emotional universe that it means for many people. Meanwhile, Gimenez’s feature film Nos hacemos falta (2001), a road-movie that tells the encounter between different antiheroes, will be shown on April 24 and 25.

Ortigas Library releases video on the mythical kapre

THE ORTIGAS Foundation Library has released a new video on its YouTube channel which tells all about the quintessential Filipino mythical beast, the kapre. The Origins of Kapres can be found here The Origin of Kapres-YouTube.

Ayala Museum holds online summer art workshops

THE AYALA Museum will be holding virtual art workshops for children and adults this summer. The virtual art workshops go back to basic art techniques while finding inspiration from the museum’s art and history collection. Each workshop includes consultation sessions with the teachers and is limited to 10 slots for a better learning experience. The children’s workshops (open to eight to 10 year olds) are Basic Drawing: Mythical Creatures with Karla Sajona on April 24 and May 1 (10 a.m.), and Digital iPad Drawing and Composition: Lozano’s Still Life with Mandee Sarinas on May 22 and 29 (10 a.m.). Both workshops are priced at P2,500 (regular), P2,250 (early bird), and P1,785 (PWD). Meanwhile, the adults’ workshops (open to participants 18 years old and above) are Basic Drawing: Lozano’s Still Life with Abe Orobia on April 24, May 1 and 8 (2 to 4:30 p.m.), and Acrylic Painting: Landscapes of Luna with Benedict Reyna on May 15, 22 and 29 (2 to 4:30 p.m.). Both workshops are priced at P3,500 (regular), P3,150 (early bird), and P2,500 (PWD). To take part in Ayala Museum’s virtual art workshops, register through or e-mail

PETA Theater’s online summer workshops

PETA Theater will offer its annual summer workshop programs this year through sessions via Zoom. Opening on May 24, parents may enroll their children (ages seven to 17 years old) in any of the following programs: Children’s Theater (for children ages seven to 12), which will focus on nourishing the creative spirit in children through rhythmic movements, dance, singing, games, painting, and puppetry; Acting for Teens (ages 13 to 17,) which will teach the fundamentals of acting through an intimate online workshop crafted for beginners; Musical Theater for Teens (ages 13 to 17), which will enable teens to develop their musical performance skills; and Writing for Performance — Teens, which is offered to young aspiring writers. This introductory course is aimed at helping teens navigate the challenges of writing performative pieces. To enroll, visit or contact Betita at 0929-891-9538 or e-mail

Filipinas Heritage Library’s Summer Playlist

THE FILIPINAS Heritage Library has released “Awit sa Tag-Init: A Summer Playlist” featuring OPM (Original Pilipino Music) music from its Himig Collection, #FilipinianaOnline, on Spotify. The library has several other playlists available, all based on music from its Himig Collection. These include “Sayaw Tayo!,” “Muni Muni Muna,” “Salamat, ‘Cher!,” “Pasasalamat sa Real Life Heroes,” “Maging Magiting,” and “Muni Muni Muli.”

Museum, library open in Tagum City

RESIDENTS of Tagum City in Davao del Norte can now visit the Kagikan Museum and the Tagum City Library and Learning Commons, two of the star facilities inside the Tagum City Historical and Cultural Center as they are now both open to the public. Library services and the guided museum tours started on April 5 and 6, respectively. Interested parties can use the museum’s booking app to schedule a visit as there is a limit of only 20 persons per time slot. A free guided tour can be booked via The Kagikan Museum is the first LGU-operated (local government unit) museum that chronicles the development of Tagum from the lens of its tri-people: the Tipanud, the Moro, and the Dayo. Meanwhile, the Tagum City Library and Learning Commons is limited to a maximum of 50 persons, in adherence to protocols set by the local COVID-19 Task Force. A first come, first serve policy will be applied for all library patrons. The entrance fee to the Kagikan Museum and the fee for the annual library card which will be used to avail the amenities and services of the Library are waived for the first two months of operation. Visitors to these facilities can also visit the Sentro Rizal gallery located at the ground floor of the Center. These facilities are open all days of the week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for the Kagikan Museum which is closed on Mondays.

UST Architecture student wins silver award

COLLEGE of Architecture student Napoleon Marion Clarke F. Mui won the Silver Award under the Architecture category of the Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA) 2020 for the Philippines. AYDA is an annual design competition organized for Architecture and Interior Design students by Nippon Paint in 15 Asian countries. With the theme “Forward: Human-centered Design,” the design competition called for a socially driven space to serve the community’s needs. Project proposals were required to have a clear positive impact, especially for the booming population in Asian cities. For his entry, Mr. Mui, who is in his fourth year, proposed a humanistic design solution for the community of Estero de la Reina in Manila, whose problems include waste disposal and water pollution. The community-scale recycling center encourages a sustainable recycling system from the local garbage, which would then be a source of livelihood for the locals. Titled “Estero Recycling Hub,” the project utilizes community participation, innovation, and architecture design to positively impact the locals. Participants of the national competition were from the University of Baguio, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, and Batangas State University. In the AYDA 2020, the Gold Award in Architecture was won by Paul John Jandoc of the University of Baguio, while the Gold Award in Interior Design went to Maita S. Hagad of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Lauren Ghenrich L. Khoo of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde won Silver for the Interior Design category.