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It’s Veni, Vidi, Venice for Loren Legarda. And yes, she Cannes!

May 31, 2015

It took 51 years for the Philippines to regain recognition at the Venice Biennale 2015. And it took a woman of powerful determination and a heart that beats for art to do it. Even if it took forever for Senator Loren Legarda to place the Philippines once again in the global art map, she would do it.
In government, there are only a few stalwarts of Philippine culture as persistent and hardworking as Loren. I have seen her work–even as a […]


World-class artistry at PH’s return to Venice Biennale

May 30, 2015

AFTER a 51-year hiatus, the Philippines returns to the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest and most prestigious biennale of international contemporary art. In its anticipated comeback, the Philippine Pavilion and was chosen by London-based artist and curator Pippa Koszerek as one of the ten must-see national pavilions.
The Philippine Pavilion, stationed at the European Cultural Centre-Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy, showcased the works of renowned Filipino artists Manuel Conde, Carlos Francisco, Jose Tence Ruiz, and […]


Paje hails ‘Taklub’ success in Cannes

May 27, 2015

From the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje expressed elation over the Yolanda-inspired movie “Taklub” winning a special award in the recent Cannes Film Festival in France.
In its website, the Ecumenical Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival awarded “Taklub” the Special Mention “for the sensitive portrayal of individuals and communities working for life in the midst of suffering and death in the shadows of natural catastrophies in the Philippines.”
Paje was hoping the film, which was […]


‘Taklub’ wins Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention in Cannes

May 24, 2015

Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Taklub” won the Ecumenical Jury Prize-Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival.
Mendoza, who is already back in Manila, told the Inquirer that he is “happy and honored” that his film was able “to bring home an award from Cannes.”
“Kahit papaano, nakapag-uwi tayo ng award,” said Mendoza, who was already sleeping before accepting a call from the Inquirer.
He said he had instructed producer Larry Castillo, who is still in France, to “dedicate the award to the […]


Pinoy film ‘Taklub’, angat sa Cannes film festival

May 23, 2015

Kinilala ng Vogue Italia ang Pinoy film na “Taklub” bilang isa sa “must-see” movies sa Cannes Film Festival. Samantala, huhusgahan na rin ang cast ng “Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical.” Nagpa-Patrol, Jeff Fernando. TV Patrol, Mayo 22, 2015, Biyernes


Thematic Hangover

May 22, 2015

For emerging Southeast Asian art scenes striving for recognition within the international landscape of contemporary art, Venice is obviously a major focal point. Southeast Asia had little involvement with the Biennale until 2000. Since then, Southeast Asian artists have been gradually invited to participate in the various curated sections, and, for the past decade, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia have had solid representation with their own national pavilions.
At the 2015 Venice Biennale, a number of Southeast Asian national pavilions showcase outstanding […]