Arts and Culture

ARTS AND THEATER GUIDE | The art of a village and a master painter remembered

The woodcarving skills of Filipino farmers and fishermen are showcased in 'Banglos Project' ongoing at the Ayala Museum. Photo source:

The Banglos Project
Ayala Museum, Makati City
The Banglos Project is a creative outreach collaboration between Australia and The Philippines. In 2004, a mix of severe typhoons, flooding, and over-logged mountains resulted in catastrophic landslides that devastated villages in Quezon province in The Philippines. The Banglos project is a work between Omnium Research Group, Australian designers and the Banglos Sculptors, Filipino woodcarvers whose village has been destroyed by the said storms. Its main focus is to help the rebuilding and reskilling of a rural community wiped out by natural disaster

The installation, featuring over 500 hand-carved fish, sees an abstract depiction of Jesus’  miracle to aid the fishermen. The sculpture aims to represent the struggle and subsequent hope shown by the people of Banglos and their strength of community.

• Visit the exhibition at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue cor. De la Rosa Street, Makati City. For more information, (+632) 757-7117 to 21.

Up Close and Personal: Botong Francisco through Lenses and Letters
Yuchengco Museum, Makati City
Through April 30, 2013
National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos “Botong” Francisco is considered one of the Philippines’ most distinguished muralists. As part of the ongoing celebration of life, work, and influence of Botong Francisco on the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Yuchengco Museum presents a new exhibition that paints a more intimate portrait of the renowned muralist.

Up Close and Personal: Botong Francisco through Lenses and Letters brings together original correspondence from the Francisco family collection and photographs of the National Artist by late master lensman Dick Baldovino.

Also on view are original letters by Botong Francisco written between 1966, while he was working on his series of commissioned murals entitled Filipino Struggles through History for Manila City Hall, and 1969, the year of his death. Most of the letters are addressed to his eldest child, Carmen, who was then studying and working in the United States. The exhibit includes correspondence to an American priest and friend, Father Yeo.

The museum is open from Monday to Saturday, 10 am. to 6 p.m. Visit Yuchengco Museum at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati. For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit

Top Japanese photographers are showcased in 'Tohoku' at the National Museum.

National Museum, Manila
Through March 17, 2013
Learn a little Japanese culture as Japan Foundation and National Museum of the Philippines presents Tohoku,through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers. The works of famed Japanese photographers Teisuke Chiba, Ichiro Kojima, Hideo Haga, Masatoshi Naito, Hiroshi Oshima, Meiki Lim, Masaru Tatsuki, Sendai Collection, Nao Tsuda, Naoya Hatakeyama are presented in this rare exhibit all curated by Kotao Iizawa.

Visit Gallery XVII of Legislative Building, National Museum of the Philippines, Padre Burgos Avenus, Manila.

Jan Leeroy New
Galleria Duemila, Pasay City
Through March 23, 2103
Be astounded by the imagination of Jan Leeroy Newin this sci-fi sculptor’s ongoing solo exhibit. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. Visit Galleria Duemila at 210 Loring St., Brgy San Rafael, Pasay CityFor information,  call (+632) 833-9815 or 831-9990 or visit,

Elmer Borlongan presents his vision of the future in 'Hari Sonik' at Secret Fresh Gallery.

Hari Sonik by Elmer Borlongan 
Secret Fresh Gallery, San Juan
Get a vivid view of everyday Pinoy life as Secret Fresh present’s Elmer Borlongan’s 1st art toy Hari Sonik. Hari Sonik, encapsulates one of Borlongan’s distinct Pinoy everyman that populate his paintings. One aspect of this, the Pinoy’s love of music is the focus of the toy Hari Sonik. It will be released in 40 limited edition.

Visit Secret Fresh at visit G/F Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills. For information call (632) 570-9815 local 7.

D’ Wonder Twins of Boac
Until March 3
PETA Theater Center, Quezon City
PETA Theater Center Award-winning Filipino playwright Rody Vera retells “Twelfth Night,” William Shakespeare’s comedy of errors in the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) comedy-musical, “D Wonder Twins of Boac.”

Cris Villonco as Cesar in 'D'Wonder Twins of Boac' at PETA Theater.

Vera’s latest opus, D Wonder Twins of Boac maintains Twelfth Night’s theme of mistaken identity as Shakespeare’s lovers and dukes turn into studio producers who regard themselves as royalty and their stable of stars as their minions. The new setting is the 60′s Philippine film industry, with two competing studios Campanilla Pictures and BLV Studios.

Ticket prices are Php 800 for VIP and Php 600 for regular admission. For reservations,call (632) 891-9999, 725-6244, (632)917-5765400, or visit

Until March 2, 2013
CSB, SDA Theater, Manila
In 1958, the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko was commissioned, for an astounding sum, to paint a series of murals for the cutting edge Seagram Building on Park Avenue. Red, the play introduces a fictitious assistant who engages Rothko in arguments and conversations that ultimately make us understand why he might decide to withdraw his work from the commission. After completing the works, he decides to keep them and returns every penny of his commission. Years later, he donates the works to the Tate Gallery in London and commits suicide.

Red is set to open on February 22, 2103 7:30 PM, other play dates include Feb. 23, March 1 and 2, 2013, at College if Saint Benilde, SDA Theater, 5/F College of St. Benilde School of Design at Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila.

Be enthralled by the mythical creatures and characters of 'Ibalong' at the CCP Theater.

Until March 3
CCP Theater
Entitled after Legazpi City’s week-long festivity, “Ibalong,” the musical tells the story of Handyong and his warriors who come to Bicol and wage war against beasts and monsters pillaging the land’s natural wealth. Handyong mightily battles creatures bearing a solitary eye and three throats, several winged sharks, and wild carabaos. The cast of Ibalong includes Jenine Desiderio. May Bayot, Myke Salomon, Red Nuestro, Delphine Buencamino  and many more.

Ticket prices are: Php800, Php400 ( students ) and Php640 (for senior citizens—20% discount on the regular price) The musical will run until March 3, 2013. For inquiries on ticket reservations, (632)832-1125 local 1620/1621 or contact Cherry Bong Z. Edralin at (63) 917-750-0107, (63)918-959-3949.

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Ukit: A Tribute to Manuel Rodriguez, Sr.
Yuchengco Museum, Makati City
Liven up your walls, build your art collection, and bring home the works of some of the country’s finest printmakers. In a limited-edition folio assembled by the Printmakers Association of the Philippines (PAP), Ukit: A Tribute to Manuel Rodriguez, Sr. features 14 original fine prints that pay homage to the Father of Philippine Printmaking.

The prints are made by Ambie Abaño, Pandy Aviado, Benjie Torrado Cabrera, Noel Soler Cuizon, Fil Dela Cruz, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Brenda Fajardo, Vic Fario, Jess Flores, Raul Isidro, Lenore RS Lim, Angelo Magno, Sam Occeno, and Josephine Turalba. The folio includes a cover sheet with quotations from Rodriguez and comes in a specially designed handmade paper box, priced at Php68,000. Each print is 13.5 x 17 cm (image size). Matting and framing are not included. Prints are sold as an entire folio. Every purchase of this folio supports the PAP and Yuchengco Museum.

‘SMART’ Summer Program
Makati City
The Makati city government is now accepting and screening applicants for its summer youth program dubbed Sports, Music, Arts and Recreational Training (SMART) at the Office of the Mayor at the 21st Floor and Office of Councilor Ferdinand Eusebio at the 18th Floor of Makati City Hall.

Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said that the program is free of charge and aims to promote a  healthy lifestyle among young residents and develop their potentials in a creative and innovative manner.

Aside from free registration, program participants will also receive free T-shirts. Registration is on a ‘first come first served’ basis, and will continue until all slots have been filled up.  The orientation will be held on April 8, venue to be announced later.

The Office of the Mayor and Office of Councilor Eusebio are open for registration, screening and interview of SMART applicants from 8am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays.

The Office of the Mayor handles the following events: aikido for 12 to 21 years old; arnis for seven to 12 years old; badminton for ages eight to 16; basketball clinic for nine to 15 years old; karate for ages 10 to 15; muay thai for ages 12 to 21; table tennis for ages eight to 21; and taekwondo for seven to 15 years old.

Meanwhile, the following events are handled by the Office of Councilor Eusebio: academic tutorial for grade 2 to 6; classical ballet for six to 13 years old; cooking and baking for ages eight to 15; dance clinic for ages 12 to 21; drama/acting workshop for three to 12 years; drawing and painting for ages six to 15; guitar lesson for ages nine to 18; personality development for 12 to 21 years old; swimming for seven to 12 years old; voice lesson for seven to 15 years old; and volleyball for kids ages eight to 12 years.

The Makati SMART summer program is open to residents who are required to present the following: duly accomplished registration and waiver form, certified true copy and photocopy of Birth or Baptismal Certificate of the child; original and photocopy of Voter’s ID or COMELEC Certificate of parent or legal guardian; and two pieces 1×1 latest picture of the child.

For more information on the SMART program, call the numbers (632) 870-1152 or 899-8739 or visit the website or e-mail