1335MABINI is proud to present Soun Hong’s solo exhibition ‘Sidescape – Objections’ opening on Saturday 9 March at 6pm. In 2018, he had a solo exhibition at 1335MABINI titled ‘Ordinary Monument’; for this exhibition he asked “can a still life show pain? Can a still life be a monument?” For the current exhibition he returns to the ongoing series ‘Sidescape’.
Contemporary art will take centre stage at The Peninsula Hotels from 26 March 2019, with the launch of a multi-year global campaign titled ‘Art in Resonance.’ Featuring newly commissioned, immersive installations by mid-career contemporary artists, The Peninsula Hotels, official hotel partner of Art Basel Hong Kong (29-31 March 2019), promises to provide inspiring new experiences for visitors, while helping to shine a spotlight on the culturally-rich city of Hong Kong, The Peninsula’s home.
Review by Hannah Louise Pascua; Photos by Irvin Arénas
The universe has not been kind to Maria Rosa Luna Henson, the first Filipina who shared her story of being a comfort woman for the Imperial Army during the Second World War. She was raped, forced to became a sex slave in her younger years, left by the love of her life for other woman, lost a beloved daughter, and died without receiving the justice she’s been fighting for.
To close the 27th season, UP Playwright’s Theatre stages ‘Nana Rosa,’ following Henson’s nine months of nightmare as a comfort woman for the Japanese army during World War II. The play is under Jose Estrella’s direction and Rody Vera’s words.
Watching "Nana Rosa" is a unique opportunity to delve into her excruciating journey that I felt privileged to be an audience to. It is bold, uncensored, and courageous. I saw myself saluting at her grave unendingly as I understood her struggle.
Nana Rosa (alternately portrayed by accomplished actresses Upeng Galang Fernandez and Peewee
O’Hara) kept her story a secret between herself and her diary or letters; just as what her mother
wanted. Her fear of being judged and living her life together with the ghosts that haunted her through the years led her to decide to bury her dark past.
Different ‘pasts’ of Henson were presented beyond her time as a comfort woman. There are some things worth remembering while others are too dark urging ourselves to just forget—that time, Nana Rosa knew that remembering what she had been through is an act of courage and a necessary thing to do.
50 years after that life changing experience would she decide to tell her story after hearing a radio announcement finding Filipino comfort women spearheaded by the Task Force on Filipina Women in 1992, after Kim Hak Sun of South Korea told her story.
Henson's painful journey was emotionally moving. Beyond being a woman, being a grandchild myself greatly affected how I see elderly women. I live with my grandmother and seeing how fragile she is reminds me of the gravity of Nana Rosa's struggles, apart from the pains brought by aging no human being should be dealt with a fate as harsh as hers. As much as I refuse to accept the fact that humans like them exist, whispering behind me are the trembling voices of the Lolas in the audience discussing what they have been through and still seeking for the elusive justice up to this day.
UP Playwright’s Theatre leaves a note on the audiences’ mind that they should never forget the past for it may become their answer for the future.
Shows run until March 17 at Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, UP Diliman.
Photos by Hannah Louise Pascua; Text by Hannah Louise Pascua and Art+ Staff
The Cast and creative staff of Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) could not have been more overwhelmed by the standing ovation they received from the audience at the opening night of Coriolano on the 22nd of February.
We all know what being in a family is like. There are happy moments, bitter fights, and a whole lot more in between. Repertory Philippines is giving us a play that examines this shared journey in the most relatable way. Father’s Day is a fitting tribute to imperfect families, so prepare yourself for a fresh and unique theater experience.
The second offering in REP’s 2019 season, Father’s Day runs from March 22 to April 14 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1. Witness the legendary Baby Barredo make her comeback on the director’s chair as she adapts this West End play for Pinoy audiences. Tickets are out now, so don’t miss this sharply-written story come to life.
Senator Loren Legarda invites everyone to watch ‘Noli Me Tangere, The Opera’ on March 8-10, 2019 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) main theater, Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.
Legarda, Honorary Chair for this opera presentation, said that the return of National Artists Guillermo Tolentino and Felipe Padilla De Leon’s most beloved 1957 opera, ‘Noli Me Tangere, The Opera’, coincides with the CCP’s 50th anniversary.
FILINVEST CITY, MUNTINLUPA CITY – March is National Women’s Month Celebration. Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila honors fearless women with its #BOSSBABE campaign. Ladies who rise up to challenges and take on the world are offered with special dining treats. An art exhibition will also happen to highlight the colorful world of women.
by Art+ Staff
Silverlens will be presenting some of Pacita Abad's important works specifically her her trapunto paintings in the Kabinett sector. Trapunto is a technique wherein the canvas is quilted and objects are layered on top: stones, sequins, glass, buttons, shells, mirrors, printed textile. Pacita Abad is known for her colorful and larger-scale trapunto paintings.