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Con Bravura: A Night of Music and Legacy

  THE MUSICAL excellence of the UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) that withstood the test of time was celebrated during their 20th anniversary concert dubbed Con Bravura last June 19. The elegantly clad alumni and current members of AB Chorale demonstrated their group’s musical journey through an interesting …

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Philippine Independence: Are We Celebrating on the Right Day?

IN 1965, President Diosdado Macapagal signed Republic Act No. 4166, declaring June 12 as the official Philippine Independence Day. While it is commonplace for Filipinos to celebrate the country’s independence on June 12, confusion on the rightful date to celebrate the Independence Day  still remains. Was it Aug. 1 or Sept. …

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6 Takeaways From This Year’s Pasinaya Festival

FOR 12 years and counting, the Pasinaya festival continues to showcase the unique and evolving Filipino creativity. Here are six remarkable performances during this year’s festival held last Feb. 7 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 1) Ballet Philippines: Journey to the Pool Ballerinas immersed into a swim as …

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Escaping the Humdrum in Lindslee’s Cliché Untitled

JADED BY the monotony of exhibits that yield to imitative styles and concepts, esteemed abstract artist Lindslee probes the nature of contemporary art while presenting artists’ continued struggle to survive in a world where art’s value lies on price tags in his exhibit titled Cliché Untitled. Lindsey James Lee, known in the art …

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Revisiting the Thomasian Life of Jose Rizal

DURING HIS youth, Jose Rizal was, in many ways, just a simple teenager who had big dreams for himself and his country. As we commemorate the 119th year of his martyrdom, take a look at some interesting facts about his formative years while studying in the University of Santo Tomas (UST)—years before …

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PARA/PHRASE: Fil Delacruz’s Journey in Fine Print and Painting

WHAT DOES it take for a Thomasian to earn a National Artist nomination? Filimon “Fil” Delacruz celebrates his past years in the arts scene through a solo exhibit titled “PARA/PHRASE: An Artist’s Journey in Fine Print and Painting.” A visit to the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) gallery while …

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Supernatural Beings and Their Haunting Legendary Tales

IT IS AGAIN that time of the year when stories of ghostly creatures and haunting experiences are seen on television and heard on radio. But before the fame of vampires, werewolves, and zombies, the early people feared mythical creatures from their legends and folklore. Here are some scary creatures from …

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Expressing circumstances through artistry in ManilArt 2015

ART PATRONS assembled at the SM Aura Convention Center last Oct. 8 to 11 to view this year’s ManilArt. With the theme “Raising the Philippine Colors on the World Stage,” the country’s longest-running art fair showcased and uplifted Filipino pride and talent through visual arts such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, …

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