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Jaroslav Olša, Jr.: Linking states through stories

Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša, Jr. with his collection of Filipiniana books. (Photo by Alvin I. Dacanay) CIVIL. Conventional. Formal. Inscrutable. Reserved. We often think of these qualities as associated with diplomats. It is hard not to, since we always see them display these traits in public, be …

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‘Eat Bulaga’ proud of its board topnotcher scholar

“EAT Bulaga” certainly isn’t about fun and laughter. For besides helping those who need a bit of financial push in its daily segment “Juan for All, All for Juan,” the show’s advocacies continue to make a difference in many Filipinos lives. The latest pride of the longest running noontime show …

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MET Theater costume on view at NCCA Gallery

Well-known theater artists joined the opening of the “Curtain Call” led by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the Rehabilitation and Conservation of the Metropolitan Theater Program at the NCCA Gallery on December 10. The exhibit opened with a welcoming remark from the NCCA Executive Director …

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Filipino artist unveils Emirates founding father’s portrait

Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum unveiled the specially commissioned art piece “From the Heart of Zayed” in honor of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The art piece was designed and created by Ely Graf, a Filipino artist based …

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Spotlight on Baguio’s arts and crafts

Unique crafts and folk arts of Baguio City, the first-ever Unesco Creative City in the Philippines, were highlighted during its “Creative Festival.” Art installations by Kidlat Tahimik at Dominican Hill Heritage Site. Organized by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) and the Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR), the week-long festival …

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Award-winning Italian musical composer headlines forum

Italian Cinema from Venice to Manila, an Italian film festival featuring selections of movies from the Venice International Film Festival, hosted a seminar-workshop headlined by award-winning Italian soundtrack and score composer Franco Eco. Eco, who shared the composition and significance of music in films among young student-artists at the School …

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‘Met Opera in HD’ opens 6th season with ‘Die Zauberflöte’

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 Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)” on January 8, 2019. Featuring …

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NCCA announces 2018 Composers’ Prize winners

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in line with its mission to “encourage the continuing development of a pluralistic culture by the people themselves,” created the opportunity to have a direct hand in the development and enrichment of the genres in Philippine music literature through the Composers’ …

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The integration of everyday movements to dance

What qualifies for a dance step? Can everyday movements be presented as formal choreography? These questions were answered when Ani ng Dangal awardee Olivia Bugayong took the stage for her presentation “sa•yaw.” A dance project she directed and choreographed, Bugayong noted through personal interviews and vignettes that “sa•yaw” looks at …

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Not your usual ambassador: Olša’s Filipino friends speak

THERE is no question that outgoing Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša, Jr. made a tremendous personal impact on many Filipinos. This is especially true for the Filipino authors and publishers with whom he collaborated on several book projects during his four-and-a-half stint in the country. Here are what …

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