Manila, 11 October 2018 – This October, the Cultural Section of the Embassy of France to the Philippines and the Alliance Française de Manille will launch a new monthly rendez-vous: Les Jeudis culturels (Cultural Thursdays)!
Text by Marco Angelo M. Felizardo; Photos by Marz Aglipay
This year’s Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City concluded last Sunday. This Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) fair provides a platform for home grown products that showcase the handiwork of indigenous people of the Philippines.
This government initiative provides an avenue for grassroots businesses that hail from the different parts of the archipelago in order to make their products accessible to the Metro Manila market. Textiles from Tawi-Tawi, headpieces from the Cordilleras, and chocolates from Davao were among the meticulously crafted products were made available to be reveled upon. The government invited and provided generous support to these MSME locals who produced these pieces.
text and photos by Ma. Leriecka Endico
Makati, Philippines – Music has been the universal language of the soul. It exceeds dialect barriers. Do you remember those times when you don’t actually know the exact lyrics of a song and yet you continue to sing? Have you ever tried wondering why so? Perhaps, it’s the melody, rhythm or the tune. Nevertheless, music oddly captures our souls in ways we cannot completely explain and understand. “Do not underestimate the power of music” said Ernesto Dela Cruz of the movie Coco. Maybe he’s right, not only in the movie, but also in real life.
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.
Kids take center stage once again in this year’s Lakbayin Natin ang EU (Journey to EU) Children’s Festival, to be held on May 12, at Museo Pambata, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Children from various underprivileged communities will learn about the rich history and culture of Europe by learning more about European popular pastimes, literature, and art.
This children's festival forms part of Viva Europa 2018 which highlights the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the partnership and friendship between the European Union and the Philippines.
Text and Photos by Leriecka Endico
The first collaboration of Likhang Habi and Kultura showcases local indigenous textile products to promote the preservation and creative enhancement of the industry, through entrepreneurship and synergy. This three day exhibit from April 13-15 took place at SM Megamall New Fashion Hall D as these two joint advocates of Filipino craftsmanship highlights brands that support the same advocacy.
Likhang HABI: The Philippine Textile Council began its project to promote and help Filipino artisans in the textile trade since 2009. As their annual tradition, this year marks their 8th Likhang HABI Market Fair in October at Glorietta Activity Center. Meanwhile, this first ever collaboration with Kultura serves as a teaser of their main local textile market fair this year.
From April to June Filipinos will get the chance to experience a European Cultural Summer
dubbed "Viva Europa 2018" to showcase the best of European dance, film, literature, music, sports, and visual arts.
European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen said that Viva Europa 2018 aims to highlight the shared cultural values between the EU and the Philippines and will also mark the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage in the country.