Arts and Theater

Xian Lim to direct PHL’s first-ever puppetry film series

Actor Xian Lim is joining the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Office of the President’s productions to share knowledge, inspiration and entertainment through the arts.  He will be directing the country’s first-ever puppetry film series. Movies Adapted from Literary Arts or MALA will feature reimagined versions of local literary classics such as Ibong Adarna …

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LOOK: Iloilo Grade 12 student creates gown sketches with petals and leaves

This aspiring fashion designer from Iloilo uses materials found in nature to create beautiful gown sketches.  Edgian James Calapardo Florida’s hand-drawn gown sketches are fused with unconventional materials such as petals, leaves, beans and even corn kernels! He told the STAR’s LatestChika that he gathers most of his materials just outside his home. Some pieces …

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‘What a disappointment!’: Direk Erik Matti on Mulan live-action film

After a year of waiting for Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, filmmaker Erik Matti expressed his disappointment with the “heavily diluted generic live action version.” BuyBust director expressed his fondness for the animated version of the film.  “The animated version was a favorite. Watched the original with my kids over and over again when they …

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Lea Salonga debuts new song to raise funds for COVID-19 relief efforts

Broadway icon Lea Salonga recently released her new song Dream Again to raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts around the world, including the non-profit organization The Actors Fund.  The Actors Fund provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals. Lea debuted the track on her Instagram page with a video of her performing …

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‘Nood Tayo ng Sine’: How FDCP plans to help cinemas recover from pandemic

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) launched a new campaign to support local cinemas in getting back on their feet even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. Cinematheque Centre Manila said the online campaign by the FDCP encourages Filipino moviegoers to watch films at their local cinemas as the country continues to adapt to …

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WATCH: Rico Blanco performs Liwanag sa Dilim for the benefit of COVID-19 frontliners

On Wednesday, OPM icon Rico Blanco uploaded a “quarantine version” of his hit song Liwanag sa Dilim to raise funds for COVID-19 frontliners. His rendition of the loved song is in support of Safeguard’s BayaniHands, an initiative that aims to support frontliner efforts through Philippine Red Cross.  “Pagbibigay pugay ko na rin sa ating mga …

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Opera star Andrea Bocelli reveals he had COVID-19

On Wednesday, Italian Opera singer Andrea Bocelli revealed that he and his family silently fought their battle with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Though he did not specify exactly when they were sick with the virus, he assured that they had a swift and full recovery by the end of March.  “The pandemic which has shaken …

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Michael Cinco designs fashion-forward PPEs for frontliners in Dubai

Dubai-based Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco created fashion-forward personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the United Arab Emirates’ COVID-19 frontliners.  In an Instagram post, Cinco featured a plain protection lab gown that legitimately looks runway ready! He shared that Michael Cinco Couture has joined the Arab Fashion Council and the Dubai Health Authority’s project #AThread4Cause.  The …

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Netflix picks up 5 new Pinoy films!

Netflix is making June a month to look forward to as they picked up five beloved and critically-acclaimed Pinoy films. Cinemalaya 2016’s Best Film Pamilya Ordinaryo will be released on the platform soon. The award-winning film features the life of teenage parents who resort to desperate measures after their child was kidnapped.  The film stars …

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National Artist BenCab stands with ABS-CBN, says press freedom is necessary during critical times

On Thursday, National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto Cabrera took to social media to express his support for “ABS-CBN and all other news organizations in the line of fire for critical coverage of events affecting the nation.” In a statement posted on his personal Facebook account, BenCab, as he is popularly known, said press freedom …

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