Ibalong opens at the CCP

IBALONG The Musical opens tonight at the Cultural Center of the Philippines at 8:00 pm & will run until Sept 15. Buy your tickets now! Tickets available at all TicketWorld outlets. Call TicketWorld at 891-9999 or contact 0917-750-0107 for more details.

Schedule of Ibalong:
August 30-September 15, 2013
(Thurs) Sept. 5 10:00 am
(Fri) August 30, Sept. 6 and 13, 2013 8:00 pm
(Sat) August 31, 2013 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm
(Sat) Sept. 7, 14, 2013 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm
(Sun) September 1, 2013 10:00am and 3:00 pm
(Sun) September 8 and 15, 2013 3:00 pm

Poster Design by Carlo Vergara
Photography by Manila Avid Photographers

UP Rep presents Lean: Based on ‘Lean the Musical’ by Gary Granada

In its 41st year of service to Philippine theater and to the nation, the UP Repertory Company brings you the story of Lean Alejandro and his comrades – student activists who bravely fought for the country’s liberation from oppression and deceit.

Lean: Based on ‘Lean the Musical’ by Gary Granada
September 9, 14, 16, 21 | 3pm and 7pm
September 13, 20 | 7pm
Aldaba Recital Hall, UP Diliman, QC

Reserve your tickets now via our online reservation form!http://bit.ly/ReserveLEANTickets

For other inquiries, you may contact Jenica Bacud at +63 916 321 0485.

UP Diliman CSSP library to hold free documentary screenings

The UP Diliman CSSP Library will be offering free screenings of the following documentaries on all Wednesday of September:
Sept. 4 – Searching for lost worlds: Tutankhamen 
Sept. 11 – Manila 1945: the forgotten atrocities
Sept. 18 – Science of beauty: face value
Sept. 25 – Rome: power and glory: The rise. 

1. Searching for the lost worlds: TUTANKHAMEN

This mini-series profile some of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century and how those discoveries have changed the ways in which we look at learn from the past. Through archival photography of the actual events, mixed with dramatic re-enactments and recently shot footage, the programs portray the thrill and challenge of uncovering something that reached out and captured the attention of the entire world. The series utilizes much print and photographic archival material that has never before been seen on television.

Hear the story of the richest archaeological find of all time, the Tomb of Tutankhamen and the two men who made it possible. Howard Carter was an obsessed excavator who believed against all popular opinion that there was an uncovered royal tomb in Egypt. His patron, Lord Carnarvon, was an aristocratic adventurer who devoted his fortune to that obsession. In 1922, they found the untouched tomb of King Tutankhamen. This episode illustrates entire process of excavating the tomb, including Lord Carnarvon’s sudden and strange death, which led to the widespread belief in the “curse of Tutankhamen”. It also profiles the explosion of “Tutmania” throughout the world.

2. Manila 1945: the forgotten atrocities

The enormity of the crimes committed by Japanese soldiers in the Philippines is a given fact. Our collective amnesia about those events is nearly as great a crime. Why? Because it is a crime against history and guarantee that such evil will be committed once again.

We live in a world where people are too concerned with their own material existence to recall the battles their fathers and grandfathers had to fight in order merely to survive.

Our forgetfulness dishonors those who suffered and died here.

3. Science of beauty: face value

Why do we value beauty? Do we judged by appearance? Can we spot a good-looking cheat? Using the science of evolutionary biology and psychology, researchers are for the first time cracking the code of beauty. From Geisha in Japan, political makeover in Washington, the pop-in cosmetic surgeries of Los Angeles, looks are all important.

Is beauty more that skin deep or do we judge a person at face value? Scientific research has revealed that if someone looks good we think they are good, and begin reading looks at birth and are immediately drawn to more attractive faces. Looks can be a ticket to success, bringing higher salaries, better job and more power. No one recognizes this more than value of a makeover, but Venezuela’s presidential candidate began as Miss World.

4. Rome: power and glory: THE RISE

In the rise of the Roman Empire, it was not always simple to separate virtue from vice, and hero from villain. Indeed, all too often, they were one and the same. Rome was still an adolescent discovering who it wanted to be, and its dream of greatness was a prelude to a nightmare. It was not for another 100 years that the state would mature and commit to one enduring view of itself. It would be the army, more than any other force, that was destined to shape Rome’s lasting identity. Through the military, traumas of youth would become the tribulations and ultimately the tragedies of old age.

Visit yesterday, watch today and learn for the future!  See the graphic for more details.

NBS goes to MIBF

The National Book Store booth is bigger than ever as we celebrate the love for reading at the 34th Manila International Book Fair, the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair, from September 11 to 15 at the SMX Convention Center.

Get big discounts on textbooks, educational supplements, general references, religious and inspirational titles, self-help books, management books, Filipiniana, coffee table books, popular novels, children’s books, art books, graphic novels, rare and hard-to-find titles, magazines, multimedia, teaching supplies and services, publishers’ technology, and travel materials.

Enjoy freebies and giveaways, pick-a-prize promos, workshops and seminars, demos and contests, mascot visits, and other activities by All About Scrapbooking, BIC, Disney Art Attack, Dong-A, Post-it Notes, Scotch, Sharpie, Titus, Faber Castell, Mongol, Stick-ee and Hallmark Cards.

Meet and greet, and have your books signed by local authors Jaime Licauco and Cory Quirino, Haveyouseenthisgirl for Diary ng Panget, Jomike Tejido for Foldabots, Elbert Or, Tin Belen, Liza Flores and Hubert Fucio for Lola Basyang, Alexander Lacson, Pol Medina for Pugad Baboy, Marcelo Santos for Para sa Hopeless Romantic, Aivan Reigh Vivero for Fan Girl Meets Superman, Ricky Lee, Nicole Hyala and Chris Tsuper for Tambalan Nicole Hyala at Chris Tsuper: The Philippines’ Most Popular DJs, Bianca Bernardino for She’s Dating the Gangster, RJ Ledesma, Mina Esguerra, Papa Jack for Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from Papa Jack, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo for Trese, and Ian Sta. Maria and Mervin Ignacio for Skyworld.

Plus! Join New York Times bestselling authors Melissa de la Cruz, Alyson Noel and Margaret Stohl for a book signing event on September 15, 2 pm. Registration starts at 10 am. Only the first 200 registrants will be given signing slots.

Click on the Manila International Book Fair Tab for the complete schedule of events in the National Book Store booth: https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Book-Store/72546266913?id=72546266913&sk=app_329898510397252.

Launch of Ang Kuwento ng Haring Tulala set

The public is invited to the launch of  Ang Kuwento ng Haring Tulala (Crónica del rey pasmado), a novel by Spanish writer Gonzalo Torrente Ballester with Filipino translation by Marlon James Sales.

Date / Fecha: Martes, 10 de septiembre de 2013,  6pm

Venue / Lugar: 13th Floor Exhibit Hall, The Learning Commons

Henry Sy Sr. Hall

De La Salle University

2401 Taft Avenue, Manila, Philippines

MC / Presentadora: Prof. Carla Pacis

Many centuries ago, a king suddenly fancies something that causes a great stir in the court as well as protracted and furious disputes between friars, moralists and inquisitors. Crónica del rey pasmado by Gonzalo Torrente Ballester is first published in Tagalog to bring to Filipino readers the humour and irony of the renowned Spanish author.

The launch is presented by: Cacho Publishing House, DLSU – Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, Embassy of Spain, Instituto Cervantes, SPCC, and Fundación Gonzalo Torrente Ballester















Repertory Philippines presents The Producers

Repertory Philippines is proud to announce that the big Broadway Musical that won a record breaking 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction and Best Choreography is FINALLY HERE in Manila!!! THE PRODUCERS is coming this November 2013!!! Top billed by Topper Fabregas, Carlo Orosa, Robbie Zialcita and G Tongi, to be directed by Jaime del Mundo.

The Producers is open for Show Buying.

For more information please email shows@repertoryphilippines.com or visit the new REP website at www.repertoryphilippines.com)

Poet Romulo Baquiran to lecture at the UP Diliman

The Likhaan: UP Insitute of Creative Writing invites everyone to the lecture “Punto de Bista Bilang Ideolohiya sa Mga Tulang Pasalaysay sa Tagalog 1911-1955” by Prof. Romulo P. Baquiran, Jr. The lecture will be held on 4 September 2013, 2:30 p.m. at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The lecture will focus on how the literary device called “point of view,” not only controls the formation of character, theme, and diction, but expresses both the subject’s and, unconsciously, the author’s ideology. Prof. Baquiran will focus on selected Tagalog long narrative poems from 1911 to 1955 for his lecture. The lecture is part of the ICW’s Panayam lecture series, a venue for the institute’s fellows, associates and advisers to share with the public at large their academic and creative projects.

This event is free and open to the public.

PETA offering workshop on the weekends

Make your weekends memorable! This October, PETA is offering workshop weekends once again with courses on Acting, Theater Arts, and Musical Theater. We are on for EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS if you register until August 31. Drop us a call at 725-6244 or email us at petatheater@gmail.com.

Like PETA on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/peta.tapets for more details.

The Naga We Know to be launched Aug. 31

A new book on Naga will be launched on Saturday, Aug. 31, 3 p.m. at SM Naga’s 2nd floor Atrium. The Naga We Know is the sixth in Anvil’s series on Philippine cities that have featured Manila, Baguio, Davao, Dumaguete and Cebu. The editors state that when Anvil’s city series first came out, they knew that it would be incomplete without a volume on Naga, one of the “seven original golden cities of the sun,” according to Nick Joaquin. Naga has also attracted some fame in recent years for its innovativeness and progress.

The collection of 25 essays and two poems compiled and edited by Paz Verdades M. Santos with Kristian Cordero, is divided into three sections, Shrine, Tree, and River, based on a poem by the renowned Bienvenido N. Santos, “The Heart of Bikol.” Heart of Bikol is Naga’s official nickname as coined by Luis General Jr. This poem and excerpts from some of the essays will be read during the Aug. 31 launch. The book is a veritable rainbow with its wide range of topics, from the obligatory and profound essay on the Peñafrancia fiesta by Carlos Ojeda Aureus, to memories of well-loved sites and icons such as the seminary and its football field, cinemas, restaurants, a sari-sari store, Bikol Express both the train and the delicacy, the carretela, new Bikol tourist spots, as well as personal accounts of Naga’s history, politics, and people.

The book however does not dwell only in “memory’s fictions” but is also forward-looking with articles by young contributors who carry Naga’s and Bikol’s culture with them into the future. This book is dedicated to three persons who loved and were loved by Naga, Fr. Raul Bonoan S.J., Mayor Jess Robredo, and Ms. Jean Navera-Llorin. The other contributors are Fr. Wilmer Tria and Erick Lagdameo, Evelyn Soriano, Luis Ruben General, Benjamin Pimentel, Greg Castilla, Julma Narvadez, Gabriel Bordado, Tito Valiente, Mary Jane Guazon-Uy, Tuting Hernandez, Sol Santos, Vic Nierva, Fenella Canell, France Clavecillas, Marne Kilates, Conrad de Quiros, Sieg Borromeo, Louise Mabulo, Lorie Santos, Jay Salvosa and Travel-up. The book cover design, a throwback scene of Naga’s centro with the Bichara cinema sign, is by Vic Nierva and includes the butterfly logo designed by priest-artist Fr. Jerome Gonzales for Giringgiting, the Bikol shop.


Image source: http://wikimapia.org/8093327/Naga-City-Camarines-Sur

LIRA’s Nationwide Literature Education Series visits Tarlac

The literary and youth volunteer group Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), in partnership with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), will hold the 25th edition of its nationwide seminar-workshop series, “Sining ng Tugma at Sukat” (STS; Art of Rhyme and Meter) at the Tarlac State University – Lucinda Campus, Tarlac City, Tarlac on August 27, 2013.

STS Tarlac will be held in partnership with the local hosts, namely the Tarlac State University and its Sentro ng Wika at Kultura.

Started in 2008, the STS is a nationwide education outreach program that has toured 24 towns and has served 1,591 people, mostly public school teachers and students. It aims to help advance literature, language, patriotism, and the beneficiaries’ communication skills through the teaching of native literary works and forms.

For 2013, the STS program is part of the larger project titled “Sulong: Dangal ng Filipino,” which includes day-long seminar-workshops on the “Sagisag Kultura” (cultural icons of the Philippines) and the National Orthography. Albay and Capiz were the first beneficiary provinces for 2013, and Tarlac will be followed by Naga City in Camarines Sur and Cauayan in Isabela. More towns in Visayas and Mindanao are slated for STS visits.

Founded in 1985, LIRA is a nationally recognized, volunteer-run, education NGO; the oldest organization of poets in Filipino; and one of the country’s premier literary groups. In pursuance of its mission of advancing literature, language, and patriotism, the organization holds a yearly five-month-long poetry clinic held for the most part in UP Diliman. The STST is an effort to bring part of this clinic outside of Metro Manila.

In 2011, LIRA was declared as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) in Malacañang Palace by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, making LIRA the first literary group in the TAYO Awards’ nine-year history. In 2012, LIRA was named by the National Outstanding Volunteer Awards as the National Capital Region’s outstanding volunteer organization.

Heading the STS Tarlac team as its lecturer is the award-winning poet and novelist Dr. Edgar C. Samar of the Ateneo de Manila University. The program is directed by Phillip Kimpo Jr., LIRA president, with the help of Beverly W. Siy, immediate former president and creator of the STS.

Kimpo and Dr. Cherubim Valerio are the coordinators for STS Tarlac. Parties interested in helping or participating in the program can contact the STS team at pykimpo@gmail.com.