Monday, January 22, 2018


Eye to eye in Stalingrad

In Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Enemy at the Gates, the war between two states is reduced to a conflict between three men.

The story starts with the friendship of Danilov (Joseph Fiennes), a Soviet political officer, and Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law), a Russian sharp-shooter.

Danilov survives an encounter with Nazi troupes and witnesses his friend, Vassili shoot down with a marksman’s facility several Nazis in Stalingrad, the last unconquered city of Russia. The fall of the city would have given the Germans access to the oil fields of the Caucasus.

From an artist’s lineage

AT SEVEN months old, he already held paint brushes. At three, he started drawing. And, at six, he had his first one-man painting exhibit.

For 17-year-old Eleazar Abraham Luna Orobia, the manifestations of his talent in painting came too early. This teenager has in his name seven one-man shows and 37 group exhibitions. He has joined his father and other respected artists like Racuya Albida, Ben Cabrera, Jose Joya, and Al Perez in group exhibitions.

Daan sa pagkilala kay Aguinaldo

MARAMING pangyayari sa ating kasaysayan na mahirap maunawaan.

Ang desisyon ni Pangulong Emilio Aguinaldo na nagbigay-daan sa pananakop ng mga Amerikano ang isang halimbawa nito.

Sa dulang El Camino Real, na orihinal na akda ni Nick Joaquin at isinalin sa Filipino ni Ony de Leon, ipinakita si Aguinaldo bilang anak, heneral, at presidente. Ipinaliwanag din kung bakit siya nag-atubili na agawin ang Maynila mula sa mga Espanyol nang walang tulong mula sa mga Amerikano.

Musikang Asyano

ISANG natatanging pagkakataon ang masaksihan ang mga piling kabataang Asyanong miyembro ng Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) sa kanilang pagtatanghal ng kanluranin at klasikong musika sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo.

Ipinamalas ng AYO ang kanilang husay noong Agosto 17 at 18 sa Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). Bahagi ng kanilang 2001 Southeast Asian at Japan Summer Concert Tour na nagsimula noong Agosto 11 sa Penang, Malaysia ang pagtatanghal.

Tunog at tinig Tomasino

SA NAKALIPAS na mga taon, hinangaan ang UST Symphony Orchestra na binububo ng mga mag-aaral ng UST Conservatory of Music sa kanilang mga pagtatanghal sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa.

Nitong Agosto 5, muli silang naghatid ng musika sa pamamagitan ng isang konsiyerto sa Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas.

Itinampok rito ang mga komposisyon nina Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Peter Ilytch Tchaikovsky, Giacomo Puccini, Sergei Prokofief, Modest Mussorgsky, at Max Bruch.

Life and love-the cowboy way

THE MOVIE All the Pretty Horses, adapted from the 1992 National Book Award-winning novel of Cormac McCarthy, shows that an understanding of life can be attained by striving for a certain goal and hurdling the problems that come along.

Directed by actor Billy Bob Thornton, the movie stars Matt Damon, Henry Thomas, Lucas Black, and Spanish sensation Penelope Cruz. The supporting cast includes Ruben Blades and Miriam Colon.

Redefining Filipino Architecture

He is famous for his unconventional and distinctly Filipino designs. His exceptional architecture transformed the native bahay-kubo from a house associated with trivial rural folk, to an edifice depicting the nation’s unique ancestry and culture.

An Architecture graduate of the old UST College of Architecture and Fine Arts in 1953, Francisco or Bobby Mañosa is the genius behind the historic Edsa Shrine, the Coconut Palace, and the Metro-Rail Transit.

Spectacular Spectacular

CONSIDERED by Hollywood critics as probably the year’s best film, director Baz Luhrmann’s musicale Moulin Rouge is a love story in the truest sense.

Known for his critically acclaimed works such as Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which both formed part of his “Red Curtain” trilogy, Luhrmann blended together history and fiction in making this semi-fantasy film, which caps the series.

Reminiscing Spain

ONE OF the country’s foremost writers in English expressed his regret in failing to acquire a working knowledge of Spanish.

“One of my regrets is that I didn’t master the Spanish language,” new National Artist F. Sionsil Jose said in “A Spanish Detour,” a forum at the Instituto Cervantes last July 11. He emphasized, however, that the study of the language must not be forced on anyone. One should learn it in his own will and interest.

Anatomy of the heart

NO ONE can escape from the past. No matter how one hides, it has a way of coming back.

A sad, dark, and compelling tale, Black Hearts, written by Filipino-Australian author Arlene J. Chai is about the weakness and shortcomings of the human heart. It deals with complex family issues and intrigues like Chai’s previous bestsellers, The Last time I saw Mother, Eating Fire and Drinking Water, and On the Goddess Rock.