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National Artist: It’s a presidential award, after all

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The outrage that greeted the decision of President Aquino to reject the nomination of actor Nora Aunor (shown in photo) as national artist has overshadowed and even eclipsed what should be the biggest development in arts and culture in years: the proclamation of the biggest batch of national artists since 2006. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

It is unfortunate that the outrage that greeted the decision of President Aquino to reject the nomination of actor Nora Aunor as national artist (NA) has overshadowed and even eclipsed what should be the biggest development in arts and culture in years: the proclamation of the biggest batch of national artists since 2006.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Wilwayco’s intriguing ‘Recalibration’ to open in Singapore this week

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EDWIN Wilwayco in his atelier

Edwin Wilwayco returns to Singapore through the exhibit “Recalibration,” which opens July 8 at Momentous Arts Gallery.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

José Maria Zaragoza: Master builder

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MERALCO Building, still the most beautiful building in Ortigas Center.

José Maria Zaragoza (1912-1994) played a key role in the reconstruction of postwar Philippines, helping reshape the landscape of Manila ravaged by the Second World War through his striking structures that melded modernism and Philippine motifs and styles.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

First at Vatican in 60 years

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A poster showing Pope Francis middle pope John Paul II (L) and Pope John XXIII (R), that will be canonized next Sunday, is seen in Borgo Pio street near the Vatican during the pontiff weekly general audience in St. Peter's square on April 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Pope John Paul II might have beatified more than a thousand martyrs and holy men and canonized almost 500 during his papacy but his canonization, along with that of Pope John XXIII on Sunday, will be only the first of a Pope in 60 years.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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

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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 »

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