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I am Jake: Songs of freedom

WHAT is it like to start a new life after you lived one as someone else? This is the question the singer formerly known as Charice Pempengco answers in an autobiography that officially introduces Jake Zyrus to the world. Jake Zyrus holds a copy of his book, “I am Jake,” …

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National Arts Ambassadors for keeps

It was in 1991 that then president Corazon Aquino signed Presidential Proclamation 683 officially declaring February as National Arts Month (NAM). Commemorated since under the auspices of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), NAM was created to fulfill the agency’s mandate “to conserve, promote and protect the …

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LPT conducts acting workshop for ensembles

Contemporary performance company Langgam Performance Troupe (LPT) presents its second acting module offering, “Bodies as One,” a whole-day physical theater workshop designed specifically for ensemble performances on all Saturdays of February. It follows LPT’s initial workshop for solo pieces dubbed the “Personal Spectacle” which took place in November. Focusing on …

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Exhibition celebrates Brocka and Bernal

A special exhibition that features the interesting lives and impressive works of Philippine National Artists for Film Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal marks an early celebration of the Philippine cinema’s 100 years of existence. Called “Brocka, Bernal and the City,” the exhibition honors the legacies of the iconic auteurs at …

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NCCA fetes artistic excellence in ‘Ani ng Sining 2019’

National Arts Month opening ceremonies in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao Filipino artistry and creative genius are once again recognized as the whole nation celebrates National Arts Month (NAM). National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts will present ‘Loob at Labas: Talakayan at Pagpaparangya,’ an exhibit and forum enhancing appreciation and …

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The life of Benilde in a musical

“Br. Benilde,” a theatrical showcase of the extraordinary life, works, and principles of the French educator and saint, is set to be shown on Wednesdays to Saturdays, from January 23 to 26, 30 to 31, and February 1 to 2 at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) SDA …

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Is it all imaginary?

Filipinos have a knack for comedy. They joke about their struggles and laugh about difficult situations as a way to get by them. But when things become too absurd, where do they draw the line between what is still funny and what is no longer a laughing matter? Set in …

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Classic children tale comes alive on stage

How does one become “real?” This is the central question that the musical “Manikang Kuneho” explores. Adapted from Margery Williams’s timeless classic, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” Manikang Kuneho is the first offering of performance company Ikarus Theater Collaborative for 2019. The company’s Artistic Director, award-winning playwright and director Jay Crisostomo 4th, …

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Rest assured the best is yet to come

CARLA BIANCA RAVANES-HIGHAM The past week my social media feed has been filtered with interesting collages of my friend and family’s photos showcasing how much they have “grown” in the past year. For one thing, it amazes me that social media, specifically Facebook, has chronicled our lives for ten years …

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