Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Circle

In tune with inVoce

WHEN notes harmonize with beautiful musical pieces, choirs are almost always the innocent culprits. Choral groups tend to elevate music a nick higher since their songs reverberate glory, power, and majesty.

For its launching concert titled “First Verse” last October at the Angelo King Auditorium of the UST Hospital, the inVoce Choral Arts Society did not fall short of evoking an ambience of majesty. In fact, the concert showed the impeccable voice and maturity of experts rather than the pretense and insecurity of neophytes.

The leadership of Jonathan Ayson, a choral conducting student of UST Singers’ conductor, Prof. Fidel Calalang, proved to be of great significance in honing the music skills of the 24-strong choral group.

“We chose music that will tickle the fancy of the uninitiated to choral music and catch the attention of the well-versed,” Ayson said.

Noontime variety shows: Spoiled lunchtime fare?

COME noontime, variety shows indubitably rule the boob tube. Like rice, shows such as Wowowee and Eat Bulaga! have become staples of the lunch ritual, promising hungry viewers savory entertainment that’s sure to suit anyone’s palate. However, for these shows, too much competition for ratings runs the risk of compromising quality, not to mention compromising values.

In many instances, since these noontime variety shows have metamorphosed into nothing but game shows featuring multimillion jackpots, they have been accused of promoting the culture of begging among the general masses of Filipinos who are poor.

For countless of poor Filipinos, these shows could be the answer to their prayers to be pulled out of poverty’s quagmire. Little do they know that they have greater chances of being struck by lighting rather than winning the jackpot.

Have daily noontime variety shows really gone overboard? Have they become unsavory like spoiled lunch?

‘Unang Dalaw’: Of first love and first menstruation

YOUNG LOVE with all its sweetness and heartache is the focus of Teatro Tomasino’s Unang Dalaw, staged last Sept. 16 and 17 at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium.

Written by Eduardo Perez and directed by Niña Belle Gavan, Unang Dalaw tells of the triumphs and troubles of the sisters Lucia, Clarita, and Barbara as they find themselves caught up in the unsettling dynamics of love and growing up.

The story is set at the turn of the 20th century during which societal norms dictated that Filipinas be strictly conservative and demure, suppressing their desires and sentiments.

Barbara has just turned 12 and experienced her “unang dalaw” (menstruation); she falls in love with Bisero, a Katipunero whose name means donkey, the lad’s mirror image. But Barbara overlooks Bisero’s unfortunate looks and is attracted to him because of his principled conviction and bravery.

Teatro Tomasino, now on its 30th year

THEATER and drama may not anymore be considered “cool” by the younger generation, but Teatro Tomasino continues to uphold the theater tradition in UST. The theater company in fact is marking its 30th anniversary this year with the theme, “Teatro Tomasino at 30: Celebrating the Grace of Excellence, Striving for a Higher Quest, and Fulfilling the Dream.”

“It is a special accomplishment for Teatro Tomasino to achieve 30 years of producing outstanding plays and molding thespians,” Teatro Tomasino president Niña Belle Gavan told the Varsitarian.

It was in March 1977 when Professor Myrna Hilario, along with 25 other students, formed a group that sought to hone the stage and acting talents of young people.

As a new organization, Teatro Tomasino encountered the usual birth pangs of any new theater group.

Sa pagsikat ng sining ng Tuldok

POPULAR ngayon ang digital animation na dulot ng patuloy na pag-unlad ng teknolohiya na tumutulong sa pagpapataas ng kalidad ng mga cartoons.

Dahil dito, maraming Pilipino ang pumasok sa larangang ito. Ngunit dahil sa kakulangan ng suporta, nahihirapan ang mga Pinoy artists na payabungin ang talento sa sariling bayan, dahilan upang sila ay mangibang bansa at maghanap ng mas magandang oportunidad. Ilan sa mga ito ay mga Tomasinong sina Joe Mateo na lumikha ng T-Rex sa pelikulang Meet the Robinsons at Virginia Cruz Santos na isang tanyag na animator ng Pixar.

Ang sari-saring larawan ng konsumerismo

MAKUKUHA sa tingin ang sinumang tititig sa mga natatakam na mga mata ng imaheng nakaguhit sa obrang “I Want You” ng Tomasinong pintor na si Buen Calubayan.

 

Kabilang ang larawang ito sa mga malikhaing sining na makikita sa pinakabagong art exhibit ni Calubayan na pinamagatang “Tao,” na pinasinayaan sa 1/ of Gallery ng Serendra Shops, sa Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. Sa pamamagitan ng sari-saring pamamaraan ng pagguhit at paglikha ng mga art installations, mahusay na nailarawan ni Calubayan ang ideolohiya ng konsumerismo.

‘Foster Child,’ isang makabuluhang kuwento

SA PAGBUBUKAS ng Cinemalaya Film Festival ngayong taon, ipinalabas sa unang pagkakataon sa Pilipinas ang pelikulang pinamagatang Foster Child. Sa direksyon ng Tomasinong direktor na si Brillante Mendoza, ibinabahagi ng pelikulang ito ang busilak na pag-ibig ng isang ina pagtugon ng isang pamilyang Pilipino sa mga suliranin ng panlipunan tulad ng kahirapan.

 

“Gusto nating patunayang mga Pilipino na maraming mahahalagang bagay na natututunan sa kabila ng pagiging mahirap,” sabi ni Mendoza.

Mga bagong tinig ng Pinoy indie

ISA NA namang panibagong henerasyon ng mga pelikula ang itinampok sa ikatlong Cinemalaya Film Festival na pinasinayaan sa Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas mula Hulyo 20 hanggang 29.

Labing-walong pelikula ang opisyal na kasali sa kompetisyon na hinati sa dalawang kategorya batay sa haba ng pelikula.

Gamit ang iba’t-ibang masining at malikhaing presentasyon sa mga tradisyonal na tema tulad ng pag-ibig, pagkakaibigan at problemang panlipunan, pinatunayan ng bawat kalahok ang umuunlad na kahusayan ng Pilipino sa paglikha ng indie films.

A sister’s life-changing act

HEROES live among us, and usually they start becoming one through simple acts of selflessness and dedication.

Dwelling on social realism, Haw-Ang looks into the story of a missionary nun who becomes a catalyst and an advocate of hope and faith amidst a world of turmoil and conflicts. Directed by indie filmmaker Bong Ramos, Haw-Ang (“before harvest” in the Ifugao dialect Tuwali) is a story of heroism amid the challenges posed by cultural and ideological clashes.

UST Jazz Band rocks at the 5th Manila Jazz Festival

TO THE untrained ear, music should either be too familiar or tremendously catchy to grab attention. For the UST Jazz Band, the latter proved true as they wowed the crowd during the 5th Manila Jazz Festival last June 15 at the Grand Sunset Pavilion of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

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