Over a Hundred Free Screenings to Catch at 1st Digital Edition of Cinemalaya

THE Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival has officially opened yesterday, albeit a digital edition in response to the ongoing global health crisis we are all facing. While we’ll be missing the sense of community we get from going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines, catching online screenings, on the hand, gives another good thing: accessibility.

Imagine, you can watch a set of films for only P75? This is for the Regular Bundle featuring Main Competition Shorts A and B (five films per program); Indie Nation full-length: Mindanao; Cinemalaya Retro full-length Jay and Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (Double Feature A); and Cinemalaya Retro full-lengths Amok and Ekstra (Double Feature B).

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Giving Back to Cinemalaya Film Festival: Let’s Watch at Home!

By Euden Valdez; Photos Courtesy of CCP

BRIGHT lights everywhere. Above, three magnificent chandeliers hang, its dangling crystals illuminating the already grand hall with glamour. Spotlights bring the eyes to the exhibits along the wall. And at the second floor balcony, multi-colored light bulbs spell Cinemalaya.

This is the scene that has been engraved in my memory in the last decade of covering the country’s premiere and leading independent film festival, held annually at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This is also the scene that I will surely miss this year, as the 16th edition of Cinemalaya will be officially be held virtually—the as a result of the pandemic that we all still grapple with in our own ways.

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Full Transcript: Ebe Dancel on his 20th Year in Music Industry, 1st Solo Concert

INTERVIEW BY EUDEN VALDEZ

FOR Ebe Dancel, the show always goes on. He has been doing so in the last 20 years. The show went on for the singer-songwriter when his longtime alternative rock band Sugarfree disbanded eight years ago. He went solo and almost slowly but surely made a name for himself in the industry.

Come February 29, 2020, the show continues for Dancel as he finally holds his first solo concert at the Metrotent in Pasig City. It marks and celebrates his two decades in the local music industry.

Last December, this author was able to exclusively interview the OPM icon in promotion of the upcoming solo concert, which sold out within months of selling by the way. It was serendipity of sorts for the last time I was able to interview him exclusively was for the promotion of his first solo album eight years ago. 

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CCP to Unveil Commemorative Markers on 50th Anniversary

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

ON September 10, the Cultural Center of the Philippines will unveil markers to commemorate the important role played by the premiere institution in promoting, preserving and developing the Philippine arts and culture in the past 50 years. The markers will be installed at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.

“The Cultural Center of the Philippines is a fulfillment of the decades-long quest of countless Filipino artists and government officials for a National Theater,” the marker partially reads.

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Lav Diaz’s 4-Hour ‘Ang Hupa’ is Cinemalaya’s Opening Film for 2019

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

FOR the first time in its 15-year history, Cinemalaya is opening with a four-hour-and-thirty-minute film come August 2 at the CCP Main Theater. Lav Diaz’s “Ang Hupa (The Halt)” is the the center of this bold move for the most anticipated film festival in the country. 

This screening is a homecoming of sort for Diaz’s “Ang Hupa” after making its world premiere at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight, the non-competition section of Cannes Film Festival, in France early this year. 

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#FetePH25 Opens this Friday – Here Are 6 Things to Watch Out For

(From Alliance Française de Manille)

SINCE its very first staging in Paris in June 1982, Fête de la Musique has become an international phenomenon that continues to promote music through a free-for-all event in more than 700 cities in 120 countries every year.

In the Philippines, Fête de la Musique is celebrating its 25th year of showcasing the best of the best in the local music scene, while providing a cross cultural experience between the Filipino and French people thereby forging friendships and building a community.

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Cinemalaya 2019’s Short Film Finalists Revealed

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. announce the finalists for the Short Film Category of the 2019 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

From 168 submitted entries, the selection committee, composed of Nick Deocampo, Teddy Co, Milo Sogueco, Alvin Yapan and Law Fajardo, narrowed down the list and confirmed the 10 finalists.

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Celebrating Women and Literature at CCP this March

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

IN this year’s celebration of Women’s Month, the Cultural Center of the Philippines will showcase the creativity and talent of women playwrights.

From March 15 to 16, the CCP, in cooperation with Women Playwrights International-Philippines, will host READATHON: Dramatic Reading of Plays by Women 2019 at the Silangan Hall, Cultural Center of the Philippines, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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IN PHOTOS: Musical Artists, Rock Legends and OPM Icons at Pinoy Playlist 2018

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY EUDEN VALDEZ

FOR two weekends of October, audiences near and far Bonifacio Global City in Taguig were treated to the Filipino musical talent spanning all genres and decades.

​Over a hundred solo artists, bands and icons played in celebration of original Pilipino music at this extraordinary festival co-curated by Moy Ortiz, Noel Ferrer and new National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab. 

Here are some of the performances we caught at the Maybank Theater of the BGC Arts Center: 

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Meet and Know More about the New National Artists of the Philippines

(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

Photo shows (from left) Filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, theater advocate Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, late visual artist Lauro Alcala, late literary writer Ramon Muzones, music master Ryan Cayabyab, architect Francisco Mañosa, and literary writer Resil Mojares.

FOR their significant contribution to the development of Philippine arts and culture, seven Filipinos were bestowed the highest honor given to our artists.

Visual artist Lauro “Larry” Alcala, theater advocate Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, music master Raymund “Ryan” Cayabyab, filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, architect Francisco Mañosa, and literary writers Resil Mojares and Ramon Muzones were conferred as National Artists by President Rodrigo Duterte last October 24 at Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace.

Know more about these exemplary individuals: 

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