Friday, January 19, 2018


Tale of a reluctant writer

FOR AN ordinary, career-oriented person, with no formal background or previous interest in writing, publishing four critically-acclaimed novels in six years is definitely an extraordinary feat. But for Filipino-Australian author Arlene Chai, it was a decision she does not regret, having explored the other side of her personality and tried something different.

Her first novel, The Last Time I Saw Mother, released in Australia in 1995, received incredible responses from readers. Chai later wrote Eating Fire and Drinking Water and On The Goddess Rock.

Seeing through eyes down under

IF YOU?RE thinking of lines, brush strokes, and canvasses, this exhibit is not for you.

Pilipinas Loud and Clear, a month-long exhibit at the Australian Center in Paseo de Roxas, Makati City features works of Australian artists Jenny Sanzaro and Rowena Friemann. The works are products of their three-month stay here in the Philippines.

Si Mila at ang “silid-aralan”

MAY DALANG aral ang bawat karanasan at mga taong dumarating sa buhay. Ito ang mensahe ng Mila, isang pelikulang hinango mula sa buhay ni Anita Pamintuan, isang gurong nakipaglaban para sa mga karapatan ng kapwa niya guro sa ilalim ng administrasyong Aquino.

Sa ilalim ng direksyon ni Joel Lamangan at panulat ni Ricky Lee, matagumpay na naipaabot ng Mila ang mga katotohanan ng buhay. At sa pamamagitan ng pangunahin nitong tauhan na si Mila Cabangon (Maricel Soriano), nakapagdulot ng iba?t ibang aral ang nasabing pelikula.

UST singers kick off world tour with “Museo Musica”

THE UST Singers once more left a captivated their Thomasian audience with an astounding and high-level performance before an upcoming tour that kicked off June 25.

Seemingly giving a glimpse of their concert tour selection, the UST Singers? ?Museo Musica,? under the baton of Prof. Fidel Gener Calalang Jr., was a feast of Thomasian talent and ingenuity.

The songs consisted of sacred classical music, Kundiman, international spiritual pieces and excerpts from musicals Nine and Miss Saigon.

Who’s the accomplice?

REPERTORY Philippines ended its 62nd theatrical season with the impressive staging of Accomplice.

The play, directed by Miguel Faustmann, is a two-act comic thriller written by Rupert Holmes. It ran earlier this month at the Carlos P. Romulo Theatre of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation Plaza(RCBC) in Makati.

Francophone resonance

FOR MOST people, sitting in a stuffy theater, listening to Bach?s Baroque pieces and Mozart?s classical compositions is dull and uninteresting.

But the French Spring in Manila packaged such music well in its Chamber Music series in a two-night performance at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater at the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) Plaza in Makati.

French art figure out ‘La figure’

DARING, experimental, and individualistic.

These three words best describe the works of six French painters-Valerie Fav, Philippe Cognee, Jerome Fran?ois, Philippe Perrot, Didier Dessus, and Fran?oise Petrovich-featured in the exhibit Peinture [figures] Peinture at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

A Filipino feast of French films

For the past three years, the French Film Festival has been treating Filipinos to a wide range of movies. This year?s festival offered movies that were close to the heart of the Filipinos. Two of the offerings in fact had some connection with the Philippines? experience with colonialism.


USTv Reviews

SURVIVOR PHILIPPINES: Gripping but sadomasochistic

Students’ Choice of Reality TV Program criterion

*Despite its name, reality television is really a construction. It is a “construction” on the lives of ostensibly real people in a highly controlled setting, purportedly on a round-the-clock or 24/7 coverage. By the nature of reality TV, there is a tendency toward voyeurism which the Christian viewer must deal with critically. In some instances, characters in a reality TV show by virtue of their isolation as a result of the controlled setting they’re in are made to “naturally” gravitate toward one another, resulting in illicit or near-illicit liaisons. The Christian viewer must view these “forced” or “artificial” narratives of distorted relationships with care. If reality TV is, like any TV program, a construction, then there’s no reason it cannot be made to construct what is positive, moral, and uplifting.

Ikabod lives on

WELL-LOVED cartoonist Severino “Nonoy” Marcelo may be gone, but his humor and artistry live on as shown in a commemorative exhibit.

“The two most important things that Nonoy gave us were one, humor, and two, art,” curator Virgilio Aviado said during the opening of the exhibit, Muling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo, which ran from Sept. 16 to Oct. 3 at the UST Museum. It featured original Nonoy Marcelo drawings from the private collection of lawyer Saul Hofileña.

While the collection is not actually for public viewing, Hofileña has agreed to a campus tour, with Vargas Hall at the University of the Philippines as the exhibit’s first venue.