After several standing ovations and sold-out shows from more than 7 million audiences in over 17
countries, the renowned Drum Tao group of Japan recently brought their extraordinary show to Shangri-La Plaza at the Grand Atrium for a captivating display of their dance, martial arts, and percussion talents.
The Alliance Francaise de Manille, together with the Embassy of France to the Philippines as
well as with other institutional and private sector partners, have prepared a line-up of events to
commemorate the celebration of the Francophonie and French language in the Philippines from
March 20 to March 28.
There will be a variety of events and activities, such as live performances from French musician/
DJ, Charles-Baptiste as our guest star, a photo competition, a singing contest, and film screenings.
Alliance Française de Manille, and the Embassy of France to the Philippines, wish to acknowledge the support of all the partners of the celebration namely, the Embassies of Qatar, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, and Hungary to the Philippines, the Consulate General of Monaco in the Philippines, SM Supermalls and SM Aura Premier, Qatar Airways, Lane Movers, Y2 Residence Hotel, Aficionado perfumes, La Mère Poulard, Don Papa Rum, 20:20 and Piefke.
18 chefs from the Philippines have been selected to join 3,000 others to join the 4th edition of
Goût de France / Good France – the biggest dinner in the world to celebrate French gastronomy.
Launched in 2015 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse, Goût de France / Good France is an annual event organized by French diplomatic missions in their host countries as a tribute to the excellence of French cuisine and its capacity to innovate and unite people around the common values of sharing and enjoyment in an environmentally-friendly and healthy way.
text by COLLEEN LEANNBERT F. MARIÑO
Ever heard of the gossip that Murakami is going to the Philippines? Sad but the rumors remained rumors. Yet the good thing is Japan actually brought his grace in the country. On February 27 (Tuesday,) The Japan Foundation Manila with Kritika Kultura opened the very first Haruki Murakami Festival (in Manila - Experience his Works through Music, Films and Talks) at the Leong Hall Auditorium in Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU). This month-long festival aims to showcase a series of free exciting events where people can enjoy understanding Murakami’s world with our senses: 1. “Talk about” Murakami 2. “Watch” Murakami and 3. “Listen to” Murakami.
Our writer Colleen Leannbert F. Mariño gives us a personal account of Manila Biennale's Artist Ball and Manila Transitio. These two events are part of the Manila Biennale which takes place in Intramuros, Manila. Photos by Miguel Uy.
I never needed any justification for fathoming why Intramuros, for me, is the heart of Manila. Yet, the best adjectives aren’t enough to expound its majesty and beauty. The Walled City lines the rich culture and heritage of Filipinas, the identity of its people and the histories that were made from different generations. Preserving its magnificence would be tough, but it is worth the sacrifice nonetheless.
The nation paid tribute to the late National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva with a necrological ceremony on February 24, 2018, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater. The Armed Forces of the Philippines honored the late National Artist with a full military salute. National Artists Virgilio Almario, F. Sionil Jose, Benedicto Cabrera, Alice Reyes, Bienvenido Lumbera and Ramon Santos paid homage with floral offerings to their departed fellow artist. CCP resident companies Ballet Philippines, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and Philippine Madrigal Singers, along with sopranos Maria Blanca Kristi Buesa and Katrina Marie Saga, Loboc Children's Choir and violinist Coke Bolipata, celebrated the life and works of Abueva through music and dance. Interment at Libingan ng mga Bayani followed immediately after the necrological service. Abueva became the youngest, at age 46, to receive the National Artist award in 1976. He died last February 16, 2018 at 88. (Photos by Orly Daquipil)
The Japan Foundation, Manila presents the first ever Haruki Murakami Festival in Manila -- Experience his Works through Music, Films and Talks from February to March 2018. The Festival, which showcases one of the world’s best-selling and most popular Japanese contemporary novelists, Haruki Murakami, consists of a series of free events categorized in three segments where you will have opportunities to enjoy the world of Murakami with
The Cultural Center of the Philippines pays tribute to the late National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva through a state necrological ceremony to be held on Saturday, February 24, 8:30 a.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). It will be followed by an internment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.