Wednesday, January 23

Culture

Vulnerability and the art of expression

Vulnerability and the art of expression

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By ANGELA M. SE HONESTY IS key to art, and as much as it comes at a price of one’s vulnerability, to manifest oneself is to reveal the wounds that need healing or unearth one’s hidden burdens. Just like any therapies, honesty in oneself is a must to uncover issues and repressions to have a better understanding of one’s current situation. However, not everyone would find it easy to talk about their issues and this is how Expressive Arts Therapy has come into the picture. Expressive Arts Therapy focuses mainly on one’s exploration of expression to channel his or her manifestation, may it be through traditional art, movements, or dancing. In short, this entails one to find his/her best mode of expression through the arts. Adrienne Santos, Communications Officer of Magis Creati
Artlet Bites: Eat, drink, study, repeat

Artlet Bites: Eat, drink, study, repeat

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By REYANNE LOUISSE AMPONG, ALISHA DANIELLE GREGORIO, ANGELA SE, AND CARLITO TOPACIO WE UNDERSTAND your pain. It is again the season of studying and drowning into piles of readings, burning the midnight oil, cramming projects to meet the deadlines, and staying awake just to finish all the chapters covered for the exam. And what adds to the academic stress is looking for a solace locale where one can simply study and relax without the hustle and bustle of crowded study places. The Flame takes you to cafés you might try this exam week. “A bit of everything” in a cozy spot It’s that time of the semester again when the library is full and cafes near the university have gone too noisy as students prepare for the exams. But it would only take a few good rides to save oneself from that tr
A nation-changing tantrum

A nation-changing tantrum

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“TEMPERAMENTAL BRATS” is the label that Communications Secretary Martin Andanar aptly attached to Filipino youth. The youth could throw tantrums all they want, but the fact that they are millennials still remains. If there is anything these “snot-nosed” kids know how to do, it is how to get loud. A “Day of Protest” was held on Sept. 21 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.  A torrential downpour of discontented citizens flooded the streets, carrying banners, effigies, and most importantly, their conviction. Held in the middle of a rainy day, the Filipino masses brought in a different kind of storm. One that shook the very foundation of this country with hashtags, slangs, and the wittiest forms of political commentary made possible by this generation’s
War At Its Finest

War At Its Finest

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By ALISHA DANIELLE M. GREGORIO ONE OF the essential lessons taught to Filipino students as early as elementary is the history of war in the Philippines and the world. Most people know their basic Philippine history and their respective effects on the world we live in today. Filipino artist Eric Zamuco decided to shed some light into the notion of war, alongside different elements in an exhibit titled “Almost Not.” On display from Aug. 16 to Sept. 16, the exhibit stars chromed military jackets turned stretchers made of leather, each displayed alongside another artistic element to provide uniqueness. The piece Anthem is a chromed military stretcher mostly consisting of leather and is built through the support of chords and wood. The entire piece is hung on the wall whilst accomp
‘Tis the season to hoard books

‘Tis the season to hoard books

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By REYANNE LOUISSE AMPONG IT IS not December yet but Christmas came early for book lovers. Bookshelves upon bookshelves in the convention center await visitors. The air is filled with bookworms’ curiosity and excitement over finding an addition to their collection. Sounds of joy are heard when one finds the novel he or she is searching for; murmurs of disappointment linger in the place when a book is not available anymore. It is the perfect time to splurge on different kinds of books. Now on its 38th year, the annual Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) is a great avenue to look for books to be added in one’s to-be-read-list or to buy books which are out of someone’s comfort zone. The biggest and longest running Philippine book fair runs from Sept. 13 to 17 at the SMX Convention Cen
Shaping young minds at The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2017

Shaping young minds at The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2017

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By REYANNE LOUISSE AMPONG, AARON THOMAS L. DE GUIA and ALISHA DANIELLE M. GREGORIO PASSION AND love for literature were again celebrated in the most-awaited Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2017 held from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27. Book lovers, poets, authors, critics and the like sat and participated in the forums regarding the trends in literature of the vastly progressive world today. The Flame brings back some of the events that happened during the three-day festivity. Read and Tell: Writing and Reading LGBT Lit Things took a turn to the creative side in a forum titled “Read and Tell: Writing and Reading LGBT Lit.” It focused on the population of people being able to read, write, and accept Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) literature in a general audi
Distinct Refinements: Where Home Meets Art

Distinct Refinements: Where Home Meets Art

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By ALISHA DANIELLE M. GREGORIO “EVERY CULTURE produces its distinct refinements,” is the saying that will first greet visitors and passersby in an exhibit titled “Distinct Refinements: Painting from the Provinces” in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. It showcases the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ art collection that featured artworks of relatively unknown artists all over the Philippines. The artists created pieces inspired by small and personal details from their respective hometowns and provinces. In fact, this gave a feeling of uniqueness and nostalgia to every piece displayed. Small towns and barangays are the simplest forms of living in the provinces of the Philippines. Farmers and fishermen are seen going about their work every day, while women and children are in their hom
Battling Autism with Creativity

Battling Autism with Creativity

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By ALISHA DANIELLE M. GREGORIO THERE ARE certain individuals whose interpersonal skills are significantly tested; they feel held back or shy when it comes to connecting with other people. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a set of developmental disorders which affects a person’s social interaction and communication. People with ASD ages physically but their intellectual growth could be slow or delayed. However, having this condition is no hindrance to some extremely talented individuals. The Center for Campus Art in De La Salle College of St. Benilde introduced Design, Art, Autism, a celebration of remarkable talent set forth by artists with ages ranging from 16 to 42, all of whom are diagnosed with ASD. The exhibit, which was designed by Mr. PJ Almera, was intended to have its vi
Love, equality win in Metro Manila Pride March

Love, equality win in Metro Manila Pride March

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By AARON THOMAS L. DE GUIA  RAINBOW FLAGS, merchandise, and dresses flooded Marikina Plaza de los Alcaldes on Saturday as almost 7,500 members and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community gathered for this year’s Metro Manila Pride March. Proud marchers and organizations, cheering “Happy Pride!” walked along the streets of Shoe Avenue, Sumulong Highway, and Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue. Sen. Risa Hontiveros, an advocate of LGBTQ rights, urged the participants to fight for the “victims of hate.” “We assert the safe space of your community and celebrate the struggle under the banner of equality. […] We march for the kids who get bullied in school; we march for those who cannot,” Hontiveros said. “We march for Jennifer Laude who was murder
Performatura 2017: Celebrating Literature and Performance

Performatura 2017: Celebrating Literature and Performance

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CULTURAL SHOWS, spoken word poetry, storytelling sessions, and literary exhibits collaborated to satisfy the audience’s appetite for the arts in Performatura 2017: Sa Loob at Labas ng Bayan kong Sawi from March 31 to April 2 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The Flame brings you a recap of some of the things you might have missed on the three-day festivity: 1. Poetry Is Our Second Language Expressing one’s feelings is never an easy task, but the PSL (Poetry is our Second Language) Collective, a Toronto-based organization of Filipino-Canadian poets and writers, demonstrated that poetry can also serve as therapy. The event, which gave poetry the center stage, served as a seminar and a workshop, and included activities such as block poetry and free writing sessions