Many people think it wasn’t until the time of Whilce Portacio (the first to put an X-man in leather, instead of Spandex) when Filipino illustrators began making their mark in DC and Marvel comics. But there’s a whole history of Filipino illustrators who predate Portacio.
On the National Heritage route of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ recent Pasinaya open-house festival was the seldom-seen lantaka exhibition at the National Museum, probably known only to those interested in ancient Filipino warfare.
For starters, let’s consider some little known, eye-opening facts: Did you know that the great balladeer Tony Bennett, now at the autumn of his life, does not have to sing for his supper? His paintings exhibited at posh New York galleries are snapped up by his rabid collectors. He signs his paintings by his real name: Anthony Benedetto.
This year marks the 55th anniversary of the character who put a spell on young Sleeping Beauty in the animated feature released by Disney in 1959.
Much of David Ramirez’s life is full of science. A former molecular biologist, Ramirez had worked on the cutting-edge Human Genome Project, an international study into the nature of human DNA, and then came home to the Philippines to get married. Ramirez also decided to add “fiction” to the “science” part of his life.
The famous sunset at Manila Bay at the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex was the perfect setting for the opening of Ballet Philippines’ (BP) new studio and the launch of its program for its 45th year.
May is National Heritage Month. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is celebrating with activities kicked off by a concert featuring popular, folk and classical music artists.
This is an exciting month for Southeast Asia’s Francophiles who will schedule visits, or are already on a holiday, in Hong Kong and Macau. Ongoing until June 28 is Le French May, the annual cultural showcase of all things French. It has staged more than 800 events in over two decades.