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Utopia, dystopia and ‘Disneyfication’ at the 2013 Singapore Writers Festival

LAWRENE Wong,Minister for Culture, declares the 2013 SWF open as writer
Paul Tan, festival director, and Jeyaretnam look on.

The Singapore Writers Festival has grown by leaps and bounds since the biennial event became annual in 2011, but trust writers to bring down the dark clouds on a sunny day and ruin everyone’s bright outlook. As the bard of bleak Philip Larkin would say, “Happiness writes white.”

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Writers, scholars protest DepEd’s downgrading of literature curriculum

EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro. His own memorandum has been
overruled by lower DepEd functionaries. ARNOLD ALMACEN

Writers and literature educators are protesting the decision of Department of Education (DepEd) functionaries to drastically downscale the literature and humanities in the new “K to 12” program, which is supposed to add two years to basic education so as to better prepare Filipinos for higher education.

Posted: September 30th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Norberto Roldan’s painting in Guggenheim touring exhibit


Norberto Roldan will be the only Filipino artist to be featured with a work from the Guggenheim Museum collection when the traveling exhibit, “No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia,” opens in Hong Kong next month.

Posted: September 16th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aguilar Alcuaz, Francisco, Conde– deceased all–to be finally conferred National Artist awards in November


More than four years after they had been proclaimed National Artists, visual artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Tagalog fictionist Lazaro Francisco and filmmaker Manuel Conde will be finally conferred the awards in November in Malacañang, according to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Evoking in line and color the most popular devotion in the Philippines

SANTO NIÑO de Naga, Cebu, with Mexican-inspired tequitequi or façade detail

Without a doubt, the most popular and most widespread Catholic devotion in the Philippines is the Santo Niño, the devotion to the Holy Infant of Jesus. Proof of this is that while having originated from the Visayas, it has fanned out to all the ends of the archipelago.

Posted: May 20th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rodel’s ‘Ladder’: Tapaya builds intercourse between myth, art and reality

“LIKE a Bird That Leaves Its Nest Is a Man Who Leaves His Home,” 2013, acrylic on canvas, 183 x 274.5 cm

Since winning the Signature Art Prize in 2011, Rodel Tapaya, 32, has become the darling of international art dealers, perhaps because of the curious story behind the work that won for him the top prize in the triennial contest sponsored by Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation of Tiger Beer.

Posted: April 15th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pope Francis, Muslim girl make history

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis washes the foot of an inmate at the juvenile detention center of Casal del Marmo, Rome, Thursday, March 28, 2013. Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, an unusual choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples. The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants, and the Vatican said the 12 selected for the rite weren't necessarily Catholic. AP/L'Osservatore Romano, ho

In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 youths, including a Muslim girl, during the Last Supper Mass on Thursday in a correctional for minors in Rome. He was reenacting Jesus Christ’s washing of the feet of his all-male 12 apostles, including Saint Peter, the first Pope.

Posted: March 31st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Be humble and young at heart, Pope urges


Pope Francis, celebrating his first Palm Sunday in Vatican City as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, called for personal conversion to check greed and social iniquity “that hit the weakest” and the poor.

Posted: March 25th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Habemus Papam! We now have two popes’


Perhaps because it had rained hard at twilight, the smoke that emitted from the Sistine Chapel chimney looked deceptively sooty, making everyone think that the fifth ballot had again been a failure.

Posted: March 24th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Pope signals liturgical break with Benedict

Pope Francis. AFP FILE PHOTO

In his first public Mass as the new head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis signaled a striking liturgical difference with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI by facing the people, not turning his back, which the retired Pontiff had done in a controversial attempt to bring back the Latin Mass banished by Vatican II.

Posted: March 16th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Iloilo’s University of San Agustin marks heritage milestone

UNIVERSITY of San Agustin Centennial Memorial put up in 2004

Panay pride and Augustinian audacity were in full display when the University of San Agustin (USA) in Iloilo City celebrated the 60th anniversary of its elevation as a university last March 1 with a solemn High Mass of thanksgiving, a concert that featured a magnificent Olympic-style gallery of lights performed by some 2,000 students, and an impressive fireworks display.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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