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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jobel Silvestre.

MANY are wondering why there are no known fashion designer that is born and raised in Palawan, and that is true, but not anymore this time, there are numerous young LGBTQ members in the City of Puerto Princesa are trying to make a name in the very competitive world of fashion designing. 

One of them is Jobel Claus Policarpio Silvestre who started young as impersonator, pageant wannabe, dancer, make up artists, choreographer and talent coach for pageant candidates. I remember him being the local "Britney Spears" in many bars or show in and out of Puerto Princesa. 

But fashion brings Jobel into more mature role, being the newest in demand fashion designer who is base in Palawan, he manage to design costumes, gowns and a lot more to some notable pageants not only in Palawan, but in the country too. Recently he won the first ever "Bedbed" fashion design contest intended for Pangalipay sa Baybay. 

Here is the article I wrote for Jobel during the time he is making waves as a choreographer in many pageants in Manila.
Jobel receiving major prizes for Bedbed 2018.
Jobel with other young and upcoming designers from Palawan.

Friday, June 15, 2018

SM Supermalls wins “Shopping Centre of the Year” award in Ph Best Brand Awards

Philippines Best Brand Awards 2018. SM Supermalls bagged the prestigious ‘Shopping Centre of the Year’ award in the Philippines Best Brand Awards, at the recently concluded awarding ceremonies last June 8, held at Dusit Thani Hotel. In photo: SM Supermalls Chief Operating Officer Steven Tan delivering his acceptance speech.
SM Supermalls was presented with the prestigious ‘Shopping Centre of the Year’ award in the first edition of the Philippines Best Brand Awards, at the recently concluded awarding ceremonies last June 8, held at Dusit Thani Hotel.

Accepting the award on behalf of SM Supermalls was its Chief Operating Officer Steven Tan.

“We owe our success to our customers and partners who continue to support and trust the SM brand. This achievement motivates us to further innovate and to strive harder in bringing bigger and better activities and brands to the SM malls,” Tan said.

From its first shoe store in Carriedo, Manila, opened by Henry Sy, Sr. in 1958 – the SM brand has come a long way as it celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

From a one-store operation, the brand grew to provide people with a range of shoes and clothes among others at The SM Store, their daily needs at SM Markets; affordable homes through residential condominiums of SMDC; and family fun experiences at SM Supermalls.

The Philippines Best Brand Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding brands and marketers who have achieved extraordinary success from effective and innovative marketing practices in the country.

Held to promote marketing excellence and foster marketing awareness in the professional community, the Awards aim to disseminate and educate the industry on the importance of branding in the Philippines. (PR)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Northpine Land holds Montana Strands Grand Motorcade.

 NorthPine Land Inc. (NLI), one of the trusted property developers in the Philippines, recently conducted a grand motorcade around the City of San Fernando, Pampanga to promulgate the launch of Montana Stands, its latest residential project.

The 29-kilometer motorcade began at Montana Strands in Barangay Calulut, San Fernando City, Pampanga. The stops were at Sindalan Intersection, Waltermart-San Fernando, San Fernando City Hall and MacArthur Highway, respectively. A lot of freebies were given away throughout the long and sultry route.
More than two hundred sellers, brokers and NLI employees participated in the said event. They withstood the summer heat to help spread the word in the whole town. The motorcade was made grander by the lengthy procession of vehicles which was comprised of more than 40 cars and trucks. Group performers also graced the event as they showed off their lively and energetic dance moves.

“Montana Strands is something that NLI can brag about because of its delicately-structured houses and well-planned community. We must let our Cabalens know about this prestigious project to give them the chance of having a better family life.”, Ferdinand Macabanti, NLI General Manager enthused.
This year, NLI is taking a whole new step towards making dreams come to life with this newest development in Pampanga. The company has a flourishing portfolio in the South as well as in the Metro East. Now, NorthPine Land is bullish on helping families build their dreams together in the North.

About NorthPine Land, Inc.
NorthPine Land Inc. (NLI) is one of the country’s trusted real estate prime movers with a prestigious portfolio of projects in Pampanga (Montana Views and Montana Strands), Cavite (Kahaya Place, Greenwoods Village, Wind Crest and Kohana Grove), Laguna (South Hampton), Antipolo City (Forest Ridge), and Pasig City (Lexington). Its distinguished shareholders are: HongKong Land, BDO, Metrobank, and San Miguel Properties, Inc. To know more about our lineup of products, visit www.northpineland.com or call +632 637.1531. (PR)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The 15 years anniversary presentation of Renaissance Gallery.


Luctor Et Emergo (I Struggle and Emerge) by Sio Montera

In celebration of its 15th Anniversary, Renaissance Gallery, a leading purveyor of non-representational art in the country, presents “XV” which opens on June 10 till June 22 at the SM Art Center, with cocktail reception on June 13 at 6 pm.

Featured are the works of Hermes Alegre, Bien Benitez, Remy Boquiren, Arley Carig, Macoy Coching, Addie Cukingnan, Melvin Culaba, August Espino, Egai Fernandez, Allain Hablo, Sam Penaso, Jay Ragma, Jucar Raquepo, Cid Reyes, Genesis Rovero, Ronaldo Ruiz, Aner Sebastian, Resty Tica, Valen Valero, Mellisa Villasenor , and Janice Young.
Wanderlust by Janice Young
Succeeding this show is “Ambidextrous,” a group exhibition of artists working in both representational art and abstraction, which opens on June 24, with cocktail reception on June 25 at 6 pm. The show runs until July 4.

XV is curated by noted art critic, writer and visual artist Cid Reyes.

The Art Center is on the 4/F, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call Margaux Romero-Oracion at mobile: 0925-555-7790. 

“XV”
THE FIFTEEN YEARS’ JOURNEY OF RENAISSANCE ART GALLERY

By CID REYES

Years and years after leaving college as students taking units in European history, we may have forgotten pretty much about the rise and fall of empires and the religious wars that divided Christendom, but it is a safe bet to say that none of us has ever forgotten the one word that summarizes the whole history of mankind since the Medieval Age: Renaissance! From the Latin root word meaning “rebirth,” Renaissance stands for the intellectual flowering of human knowledge that spanned philosophy, literature, science, and – in the field for which it is best known for: the arts. Think Leonardo da Vinci! Think Michelangelo, whose genius inspired the phrase “Renaissance Man!”

Against this brief background, we come to appreciate the inspiring idea that gave birth to an art showcase named Renaissance Art Gallery. Not surprisingly, it was a “brainchild” conceived in 2003 by the couple Manuel “Noli” and Agnes Romero. Already steeped in the appreciation of all things beautiful, such as jewellery and painting, Noli and Agnes recognized the genuine talent and skill of Filipino artists, many of whom have become personal friends, and whose works have comprised their own private collection. The Romero couple felt that a genuine way of expressing their appreciation is to help promote Filipino artists of various generations and artistic persuasions, both representational and non-representational. The criteria that are uncompromisingly observed are quality and excellence. And proof of the Romeros’ commitment to this conviction is the sustained “staying power” of fifteen years’ existence in the very competitive field of the art market.
Black Night by Cid Reyes
And if further proof were needed, Renaissance Art Gallery continually lives up to its very name. The past many years have all been a compelling experience of re-freshening the vision of Philippine art as an essential expression of the Filipino soul, a “re-birthing” of the ideals that created the Filipino artist. While only the artist himself can find his own direction, or yes! a re-direction, Renaissance Art Gallery can be his precious avenue that allows for experimentation and revalidation, always receptive and sensitive to the personal journey of artists in their highly individual styles and techniques.

Impressive indeed is the list of solo exhibitions racked up in the past fifteen years since Renaissance Art Gallery opened its doors at the SM Megamall’s “ArtWalk,” where it has remained to this day. Indeed, many of these presentations were “debut” shows, the first held and granted especially for the younger generation of artists, who at that stage of their artistic development and maturity, needed and deserved encouragement and appreciation. In fact, these shows were so successfully launched and promoted that the artists were said to have been “discovered” by the art community and the public at large. In turn, these artists express their gratitude by continually exhibiting with Renaissance Art Gallery and participating in significant events such as “XV” – Fifteen Years of Renaissance Art Gallery!

No doubt: even Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo will be raising a toast! So: Here’s to the next fifteen years of Renaissance Art Gallery! (PR)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Award-winning FEU short film goes to US, China after local victories


 A short film from Far Eastern University will be screened as part of the Diwa Filipino Film Showcase at Seattle Center Armory Loft 1 in the United States on June 2 and will compete at the ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival in China from June 9 to 17.

Pua Iyam (Coming Out), a film about a Filipino-Chinese student (Rowi Du) who discovers his true identity and feelings for his childhood friend (Raphael Cruz), further spreads its cinematic reach to other countries. This comes after it bagged the Best Screenplay and Best Actor in a Lead Role awards at the 9th Largabista Film Festival in Tacloban City, Leyte and a special citation on gender sensitivity from the first Palawan International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Juan Pablo Pineda III, the film previously won several awards from different student film competitions starting from its home turf in FEU then moving on to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, University of the Philippines-Diliman and Mapua University.

Pua Iyam kicked off its victorious run last year by winning Best Film, Best Director, Best Performance and Best Poster in the Black Reel category of FEU's Sinepiyu 2017. It won for Pineda the Outstanding Direction trophy and for the production team of IndieGo Pictures the Gold Award for Best Picture and the Design Excellence and Technical Excellence awards in the Sibol Category of DLS-CSB's CineSB 7: The Main Installment. 

This year, the film took home the Best Cinematography award and another special citation from UP Cinema's Piling Obrang Vidyo XIV "for being able to incorporate identity and culture in one film that meshed together tastefully." It bagged the Cardinal Bronze Film Award, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography in the intercollegiate category of CineMapúa 2018.

The film was also selected as part of CineMakulay Film Festival 2017, 29th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Indie Un-Film Festival at De La Salle University-Manila. It was also shown as part of Eksena 2017 organized by Dalubhasaan ng mga Umuusbong na Mag-aaral ng Araling Pilipino (DANUM) DLSU. 

"Pua Iyam is a film that is close to my heart. There are reasons why I should not give up -- my goals and my brother, who's in a comatose condition. As soon as he wakes up I would like to give these awards to him," the writer-filmmaker said.

Pineda got ample support from Du, who also line produced, edited and designed the sound for the film, and their classmates -- associate producer Maria Alanna Cargullo, production manager Lyka Valerie Dela Cruz, camera team members Karla Relis, Jose Miguel Ramirez and Amiel Ona, production designers Reina Rizz Esguerra and Kyla Lodriga, wardrobe and make-up artist Mickey Ponce, assistant director Zahara Depaling and script continuity supervisor Krystel Saguit. Mentor Seymour Sanchez served as creative consultant.

The film will be shown as part of Diwa Filipino Film Showcase's Queer Stories along with Orlie by Avelino Mark Balmes, Queer Transnational Love in the time of Social Media and Globalization by Adrian Alarilla, Act Like A Woman and In This Family by Drama Del Rosario, and Akalingwan Nang Rosa (Rosa Forgets) by Max Canlas. The film festival is made in cooperation with the annual Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival, celebrating the Filipino spirit wherever it resides by sharing Filipino and Filipino-American stories to the Seattle community.
Pua Iyam Team

Pua Iyam will then vie for international recognition at the ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival, which supports emerging Chinese filmmakers and also brings cutting-edge international queer cinema to Shanghai. The ShPFF earlier worked with the Beijing Queer Filmfest to host film screenings and discussions before offering a wide array of events, as well as opportunities for filmmakers.  (PR)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Design Week Philippines builds up on creative vibes and tribes

 The Department of Trade and Industry’s Design Center of the Philippines (Design Center), the national agency committed to strengthening the design ecosystem in the country, wrapped up its nine-day creative festivity with a series of free creative workshops and an outdoor film screening of the award-winning live animation movie “Saving Sally” in Plaza Moriones, Intramuros, Manila.

Apart from the activities in Creative Environment Intramuros, Design Week Philippines partnered with key influencers, collectives, and their respective events to showcase the different facets of Philippine artistry and creativity from different creative hubs and destinations across the metro.
“More than a celebration of design and creativity, Design Week Philippines aims to raise awareness on the Philippines’ up-and-coming creative assets, whether these are people, spaces, or initiatives,” Rhea O. Matute, executive director of Design Center, shares. “As long as they and their activities contribute to the creative quotient of the country and encourage a mindset of innovation, Design Week Philippines is open to collaborate with them, and will be a platform that will amplify their vision.”

Matute acknowledges that there is currently a reinvigorated passion given to the local arts and creative scene, with young minds taking the lead in creative endeavors, new spaces opening up for collaborative work, and more creative communities growing together. “Given such context, Design Week Philippines and the DTI-Design Center want this movement to thrive, and we work on it by being one of the platforms where they can meet, build on ideas together, and grow their network.”
The National Commission of Culture and the Arts, through its Arts in Public Spaces program, showed its support to Design Center’s vision of more creative communities coming together by pooling resource speakers and workshop facilitators from various creative fields such as film making and poetry writing.
“[Our] partnership has brought different art workshops closer to the public, and promoted the integration of arts in the community. It also underscored the significant role of arts, artists, and other stakeholders in uplifting the nation’s spirit and utilizing art as a catalyst of values education,” Ronn Fernando, Special Projects Officer for Arts in Public Spaces, explained about the Design Week-NCCA partnership. (PR)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Beijing Opera’s “The Monkey King Making Havoc In Heaven” in CCP this May.

 The National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines together with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China proudly presents a special Beijing Opera performance of “ The Monkey King Making Havoc in Heaven ” featuring The Qingdao Peking Opera Company on Friday, 18 May 2018 (Gala Night) at 7:30 pm and Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

Admission is FREE. For ticket reservations, please call the NCCA International Affairs Office at (02) 527-2206 --- Mon. – Thurs. 10 am to 4 pm.

The year 2018 marks the 43rd year of the formal establishment of the Philippines - China Diplomatic Relations. In light of the progress made by the increase of official people-to-people contacts and exchanges, both countries agreed to facilitate cultural activities to further enhance the Philippines-China bilateral relations.
Part of the 2015-2018 Executive Program (EP) under the Philippines-China Cultural Agreement is a cross-cultural collaboration of the Filipino Sarswela 萨斯威拉剧 and Chinese Jingju (Peking Opera) 京剧:

"Both sides will exchange visits of a delegation of artists, composed of, but not limited to performers, directors, playwrights, musicians, and designers, who shall work towards a cross-cultural collaboration engaging the tradition, aesthetics, conventions, and innovations of the Filipino Opera and/or Sarswela and the Peking Opera.

Specifics, including the number of members of the delegation, length of period of visit / interaction, and activities, shall be decided through consultations between the concerned theatre/academic institutions in the Philippines and National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing. ”

A successful synergy of foregoing art forms would not only entail combination of their commonalities but also facilitation of a dialogue between their contradicting attributes. Bridging the differences and how to go about the strict performance elements would provide a good groundwork for this particular theatre collaboration.

The China - Philippines Diplomatic Relations was formally established back in June 9, 1975. The late Premier Zhou Enlai and the late Philippine President Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos signed the joint communiqué of the establishment of diplomatic ties in Beijing and formally established diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level.
Synopsis of "The Monkey King Making Havoc in Heaven"
When Sun Wukong led the monkey training in the “Mountain of Flowers and Fruits”, The Jade Emperor sent the God Venus to invite him to temple peach feast, which is not real invitation. Enraged by the news that he is not in the guest list of peach feast, Sun Wukong smashed abode of immortals in heaven and stole the temple peach and elixir made by the God Venus.

Flaunting the banner of “The Monkey King”, Sun Wukong called his own troops in the “Mountain of flowers and Fruits”. After defeating the Li Tianwang army sent by the Jade Emperor, Sun Wukong and all monkeys enjoy their happy lives in the “Mountain of flowers and Fruits”.

Established in 1950, Qingdao Peking Opera company is “National Key Provincial Opera Troupes” and “National Advanced Culture Collectives ” named by the Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China. Awarded as “Shandong National Advanced Culture Collectives”, Qingdao Peking Opera company was officially ratified as “Province-level Intangible Cultural Heritage” by People’s Government of Shandong Province.

Over the past 60 years since its founding, Qingdao Peking Opera company has inherited and developed various schools of Peking Opera through endless efforts of Peking opera artists as Yan Shaopeng, Zhang Chunqiu, Zhang Shaolou, Jie Yun Hong, Li Shibin, Dong Chunbo etc. In recent years, Qingdao Peking Opera company has been developing vigorously “Young Talent Cultivation Strategy”. Qingdao Peking Opera company is charged with the important task of cultural exchanges with foreign countries, and constantly sends art troups performing visit to Japan, Russia, Britain, South Korea, Norway and other countries. Qingdao Peking Opera company is one of the elite and distinguished Peking Opera Troupe with strong ability in China.

The theater is actively developing the performance market, which is a very active Beijing opera performing art group in the country. In the years of artistic creation and the performance appraisal in the Central Propaganda Department won five awards, "China Peking Opera Art Festival Award", "National Children's Drama Repertoire of Outstanding Performances Award", "Shandong Province Quality Engineering Award" and "Shandong province Taishan Literary Award and other awards.

The classic traditional repertoires are "Harmony through a Royal Marriage," "Silang Visiting His Mother," "Wild Boar Forest," "Qin Xianglian," "Wangjiang Pavilion, "Zhu Lian Village," “The Legend of Wang Baochuan and Xue Pinggui," "Big Two," “Uproar in Heaven," "Bazhen Decoction," "Mu Guiying," "Losing Pavilion·Use of Empty City·Killing Masu," "Farewell to My Concubine," "Nest," "An Imperial Concubine Gets Tipsy," "Changbanpo" " Village Of Tigers," "Champion," "Taking Turns Fight against Four Pairs of Mallets.” The repertoires have won extensive influence and deep love among audiences from home and abroad. (PR)