Cultural shorts: art exhibitions, PPO concert, etc.

MANILA — Here are a few events that might be of interest to art and culture lovers.

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CCP’S FIRST LIVE PERFORMANCE WITH PPO

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is set to return to live performances with a musical conducted by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under the direction of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera.

The show will take place on March 11 at 6 p.m. at the CCP grounds and will also be broadcast live on the CCP Facebook pages, the CCP Chairman’s Office, and PPO.

The PPO will perform timeless orchestral classics, Broadway favorites and Filipino works during the concert, which is free and open to the public.

CINEMALAYA 2022 CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS OF SHORT FILMS

The Filipino Independent Film Festival Cinemalaya 2022 is now open to submit entries for its short film category.

The deadline for submission is April 8, 6 p.m.

The short films category is open to Filipino filmmakers only. Entries must have been produced between March 5, 2021 and April 8, 2022. Interested entrants may submit their entries online or at CCP’s Film, Broadcast and New Media Division office in Pasay City.

The 10 finalist shorts will be screened during the 2022 Cinemalaya Film Festival from August 5-14. More details are available on the CCP and Cinemalaya websites.

CINEMA REHIYON ORGANIZES THE 14TH EDITION

Cinema Rehiyon is holding its 14th edition until March 31, 2022 in Davao City and nationwide via online video-on-demand platforms.

The festival follows the general theme of National Arts Month, “Sining ng Pag-asa”, with a particular focus on films with social commentary.

It aims to showcase the best of recent regional films from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Metro Manila.

More details are available on Cinema Rehiyon’s Facebook page.

EXHIBITION ‘OF ART AND WINE: 20/30’ BY CONRAD MANILA

Conrad Manila is curating the latest installment of his art exhibition “Of Art and Wine” at the hotel’s Gallery C, this time featuring works from the Association of Pinoyprintmakers in cooperation with the CCP.

Featured artists include Ambie Abaño, Elmer Borlongan, Leonard Aguinaldo, Hershey Malinis, Manuel Ocampo, Jonathan Olazo, Suchin Teoh, the late Neil Doloricon, the late Rod Paras Perez, Renan Ortiz, Radel Paredes, Fil Dela Cruz, the artist national Benedicto Cabrera, Alfredo Juan Aquilizan, Virgilio Aviado, Joey Cobcobo, Janos Dela Cruz, Jess Flores, Eugene Jarque, Henrielle Baltazar Pagkaliwangan, late Rhoda Recto, Benjie Torrado Cabrera, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Yas Doctor, Raul Isidro, Villia Jefremovas, Angelo Magno, Caroline Ongpin, Anton Villaruel, Lenore RS Lim, Kristen Cain, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, Mars Bugaoan, Salvador Ching, Noell EL Farol, Rodolfo Samonte, Jun-Jun Sta. Ana and Wesley Valenzuela.

“Of Art and Wine: 20/30” will run until April 2.

DOKYU POWER FILM FEST LAUNCH

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The “Dokyu Power” film festival, which aims to create meaningful political discourse in light of the May 2022 elections, is streaming for free until April 9.

The festival features five Philippine premieres that feature citizens who have stood up or paid the ultimate price to protect their democracy.

These include “The Silence of Others”, “Collective”, “Writing with Fire”, “People Power”, “Isang Harding Papel: A Musical About Martial Law”, “Manila Lockdown”, “Aswang”, “The Cleaners” and “The Kingmaker.” “Dokyu Power” is presented by the Filipino Documentary Society with Dakila and its Active Vista Center. More details are available on Daang Dokyu’s Facebook page.

EXHIBITION ‘HEART TO ART’

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The J. Amado Araneta Foundation and Gateway Gallery in Araneta City have partnered with public interest law organization ImagineLaw to host an art anthology exhibition to celebrate the culmination of Filipino Heart Month.

Titled “Heart to Art,” the exhibit features participatory artwork by local Filipino artists that depicts personal stories and experiences of heart disease and COVID-19.

It is open to the public free of charge at the Gateway Gallery until March 15.

“Heart to Art” aims to raise awareness among Filipinos about heart disease as a widespread concern and build support for the publication of policies to eliminate trans fats in the country.

Gateway Gallery is a free-entry museum open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located on the fifth floor of the Gateway Tower at Araneta City in Quezon City.

CONSUMER RIGHTS GROUP ART SHOW INTERNSHIPS

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The multi-sectoral group Rights Action Philippines (RAP) mounted an art exhibit titled “Protecting our consumer rights in the state of the pandemic”.

The exhibition, which features more than 80 paintings and sculptures by 49 contemporary artists, runs until March 12 at Gallery M, Taft Avenue, Pasay City.

The works can also be viewed online via RAP’s website and Facebook page.

NEW ARTABLADO EXHIBITION

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Artists Melli Villavicencio and Kimberly Mamaril present a whole rainbow of vision paintings in their exhibition at Robinsons Galleria’s ARTablado through March 15.

Mamaril expresses themes of plague against consumerism, the digital age and the sexual objectification of women via juxtaposed and fragmented pop imagery.

Villavicencio, on the other hand, is known for her colorful, whimsical, almost childlike visual style.

Robinsons Land created ARTablado – a portmanteau of “art” and “entablado” (Filipino word for stage) – as a way to showcase Filipino ingenuity and creativity.

William E. Bennett