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[OPINION] Why art fairs matter even to non-artists and non-collectors

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:29 PM

Attendance, however, is not the be-all and end-all of art fairs

U.P. Diliman Arts and Culture Festival 2020 commemorates 50th year of First Quarter Storm

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:53 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The festival serves to raise awareness on the significance of this pivotal chapter during the turbulent Marcos regime especially on issues concerning human rights

UP Diliman commemorates 70th year of move from Ermita campus

Jan 22, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The event urges everyone to contemplate on our sense of place and the routes in place-making

Louvre Abu Dhabi gears up for launch

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors this week, bringing the famed name to the Arab world for the first time

LOUVRE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. Louvre Abu Dhabi'­s exterior. Photo by Mohamed Somji, copyright Louvre Abu Dhabi

Malacañang, Google offer virtual tour of Presidential Museum

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Anyone with internet access can now tour the Presidential Museum and Library and see its precious memorabilia on Philippine presidents

From left to right: Googles Philippines Country Manager Kenneth Lingan, PCOO Asec. Margaux Uson, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, Google Arts and Culture Program Manager Pierre Caessa pose after the launching of the Online Malacanang Presidential Museum and Library with Partnership with Google in Malacanang Palace on Wednesday. Photo by Lito Boras/

Culture clash: Why Freddie Aguilar isn't ready

Jul 22, 2016 - 12:18 PM

I believe his views on Cultural Revolution and Purification will set us back from being participants in a globally connected creative world

Mother of fallen student files P100-M lawsuit vs British School Manila

Dec 05, 2015 - 8:30 AM

We cannot put a price tag on my son s life We re fighting for justice and we believe that justice will give us some measure of peace and closure

ANOTHER CASE. Trixie Madamba (R), mother of fallen British School Manila student Liam Madamba, files a P100-million damage suit (L) against the school. Photo of lawsuit from Trixie Madamba

NY police union calls for boycott of Tarantino films

Oct 26, 2015 - 10:37 PM

New York s largest police union demands a boycott of Quentin Tarantino films after the Oscar winning director protested against the deaths of unarmed suspects at police hands

‘PURVEYOR OF DEGENERACY.’ Director Quentin Tarantino attends a protest to denounce police brutality in Manhattan October 24, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur / Getty Images / AFP

UN envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn

Oct 26, 2015 - 9:43 PM

A UN special envoy calls on Japan to ban cartoon images featuring extreme sexualized images of children after Tokyo last year fell into line with other G7 nations by criminalizing possession of child pornography

MANGA. Visitors looks at drawings in an exhibit of the "Milano Manga Festival," tracing the 200-year history of Japanese manga on May 2, 2013 during the press preview in Milan. Photo by Olivier Morin / AFP

Senate report: 'Alarming' how BSM handled aftermath of student's death

Oct 07, 2015 - 7:20 PM

UPDATED A Senate committee criticizes the British School Manila for giving Liam Madamba s teacher Natalie Mann phenomenal support after the student s death instead of placing her under preventive suspension

Photo from the British School Manila website

Senate report recommends DOJ probe into BSM student's death

Oct 07, 2015 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED The report also recommends that the education department determine if the school should face sanctions over the tragic death of British School Manila student Liam Madamba

TEATRO Lasalliana stages Elektra

Oct 04, 2015 - 11:03 AM

Press release: Elektra ni Euripedes runs from Ocotber 5 9 2015 with three shows each day for five consecutive days at the Severino de las Alas Alumni Auditorium Building

DepEd target: Build 20,000 senior high classrooms in 2016

May 05, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Education Secretary Armin Luistro says if Congress approves the budget for it this will be his department s last major classroom construction

LAST MAJOR CONSTRUCTION. The Department of Education's target is to build another 20,000 classrooms in 2016 for its senior high school program. File photo by Rapper/Jee Geronimo

Many schools not yet training teachers for K to 12

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:57 PM

Senator Pia Cayetano is worried that schools only acknowledge that training is needed She says people need to see actual trainings happening now

IS PH READY? The Senate committee on education, arts and culture – chaired by Senator Pia Cayetano – conducts a hearing on the issues involving the implementation of the K to 12 Education program. Photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Global art festivals and the artists who remain starving

Apr 12, 2015 - 8:54 AM

The art world has become an art market for dealers galleries speculators and money launderers Artists turn into art workers with no stable income

In clay, Palestinian artist captures Gaza pain

Oct 28, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Among the sculptures is a barefoot woman her features barely discernible who is carrying a naked child Next to her is an old man leaning on a stick a disheveled little boy in his arms

Artist, purist: Fu Yabing, the Blaan master weaver

Oct 21, 2014 - 3:29 PM

Vibrant beautiful traditional weaving – a craft protected by master designer Fu Yabing

Netizens on Nora Aunor: National Artist or National Saint?

Jul 01, 2014 - 5:32 PM

Netizens air their support for or disdain toward Malacañang s refusal to name actress Nora Aunor a National Artist

Journey of a brown girl: Discovering my story

Apr 30, 2014 - 8:30 PM

it was an exploration of Filipina issues and experiences through various lenses

Artists and artistas

Feb 09, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Arts and humanities have taken the back seat for the sake of human resource importation One wonders which type of poverty is worse: empty wallets or barren soul?

ENTERTAINMENT. What's your cup of tea? Graphic by Raffy De Guzman

Korean holographic artist Juyong Lee in Manila

Nov 09, 2013 - 2:31 PM

In his Philippine exhibit Lee focuses on themes that involve the relationship of objects time and nature to memory

HAPPY WITH THE FILIPINO RECEPTION. For Juyong Lee, 3D should be the status quo. Photo by Victoria Herrera

NCCA says ambassadors are 'icons,' not representatives

Nov 04, 2013 - 6:08 PM

The NCCA says its controversial stable of ambassadors serve as icons not representatives of the entirety of the art and culture scene

AMBASSADORS. The public questions the selection of celebrities as ambassadors for culture and arts. Photo from the Philippine Arts Festival Facebook

Raw theater at Virgin LabFest 9

Jul 02, 2013 - 3:57 PM

Catch zany and fiercely independent plays this week

ENCORE WEEK. Catch the last week of Virgin LabFest 9. Image from

Anti-stereotypes in 'Blame it on the Heat'

Jul 01, 2013 - 5:58 PM

Surrealist photographer Francesca Balaguer Mercado takes your favorite feminine stereotypes and turns them around in her first Philippine exhibit

MORE THAN THE USUAL PORTRAIT. Francesca Balaguer-Mercado styles and shoots portraits with a character twist. All photos courtesy of Francesca Balaguer-Mercado

The Juan Luna Shrine: Badoc’s hidden gem

Jun 13, 2013 - 3:03 PM

The recreation of Juan Luna s home in Ilocos Norte reveals not just the artist but also the simple man behind the person we know as a patriot

LA BULAQUENA. Literally meaning "the woman from Bulacan," this portrait of a woman wearing a Maria Clara gown is one of the few paintings of Juan Luna that depict Filipino culture. Photo used with permission from Lili Ramirez (

Manuel Ocampo brings Pinoy art to France

Jun 08, 2013 - 11:32 AM

The Filipino artist opens a solo exhibit in Montpellier France

SOLO EXHIBIT. Part of the poster for Manuel Ocampo's exhibit in Montpellier, France. Photo from Carré Sainte-Anne - Espace d'art contemporain de Montpellier Facebook page

Sinirangan: Off the beaten path through art

May 02, 2013 - 4:04 PM

It certainly made me want to pack my bags again and explore places I haven’t been to yet in this off the beaten region

EXHIBIT ORGANIZER-SLASH-ARTIST. Val Villanueva with one of his artworks, 'Mountain Life of Samar.' All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

Lent and the search for happiness

Mar 26, 2013 - 12:09 PM

Lost on how to reflect this Holy Week? Here are some suggestions

LIKE CHILDREN. Miss the kind of happiness you felt as a child? Take this time to reflect and find it again. Image from 'The Bluebird' poster courtesy of Trumpets

Ann Pamintuan's art in the city

Mar 05, 2013 - 5:14 PM

Metal artist jewelry maker and renowned furniture designer Ann Pamintuan shares her desire for more public art spaces in Manila her go to museums in the metro and her newest exhibit

MORE PUBLIC ART. Artist Ann Pamintuan believes that everyone has an inclination for art; it just needs to be awakened

Dialogues and contrasts in David Logan's 'Red'

Mar 01, 2013 - 4:58 PM

Bart Guingona and Joaquin Valdes electrify the stage with chemistry as they play Mark Rothko and his assistant Ken in David Logan s Red

THE MASTER AND THE APPRENTICE. Bart Guingona (right) stars as Mark Rothko while Joaquin Valdes (left) stars as his assistant, Ken. All photos by Andrew Robles

Topaz Arts, a green gallery

Oct 30, 2012 - 11:46 AM

Art studio dance space roof garden heated floor — what more can we ask for?

TODD RICHMOND AND PAZ Tanjuaquio of Topaz Arts at the Brooklyn Arts Center in May. All images from the Topaz Arts Facebook page

Claudio Bravo exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum

Sep 17, 2012 - 5:43 PM

The paintings of Bravo produced during his stay in Manila in 1968 will be featured in the exhibit

Why Dolphy is not yet a National Artist

Jul 11, 2012 - 1:50 PM

Dolphy s controversial gay roles and a difficult selection process are cited as reasons for the King of Comedy s failure to be recognized as National Artist when he was alive