An adventure in art where is the Filipino in it? Most of us have had an adventure in art. Perhaps, it started in grade school when we began drawing with pencil and crayon. And perhaps we also realized dearly that artists are special, because only a few can draw. I had dreams of becoming an artist when I was a kid. I did drawings that my teacher liked. I also watched the town painter, Wagas Manalad, at work in his studio near the town cockpit. I marveled at his paintings, landscapes, and portraits. His magnum opus was the backdrop for the float of the town fiesta queen. On it he lavished his skills, painting a mural with Philippine scenes and writing in the most artistic calligraphy, “Her Majesty Queen Teresa.” In Manila, in the late 1940s, when I started out in journalism, I was a frequent visitor to Angono. I was an early fan of Carlos “Botong” Francisco. I also visited Fernando Amorsolo at his apartment … [Read more...] about An adventure in art where is the Filipino in it?
ISTANBUL — Turkish culture, heritage, arts and music were in glorious display at a recent gathering for members of the Global Public Diplomacy Network or GPDNet. It is a cluster of 12 member countries — primarily cultural agencies and nonprofits — which was founded in 2014 in Seoul, South Korea “to create synergy effects and raise public awareness on global issues through culture and civil society initiatives.” The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by National Artist Virgilio Almario, is a founding member of the GPDNet. The Philippine delegation this year was represented by NCCA senior planning officer Maricel Diaz and the chief administrative officer of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines Rosario Sapitan. On the invitation of Turkey’s Yunus Emre Institute and the NCCA, The STAR had a front-row seat to some of the work that they do. This includes collaborative — bilateral and multilateral — … [Read more...] about ‘Cultural diplomacy’ in action in Turkey
Y Now? Art & Healing Festival (The Philippine Star) - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am In one of the board meetings I just attended, the HR officer was reporting on the rising personnel issues of mental health, stress and burn-out. Especially for the young millennials. They love their jobs, but they are wired to work 24/7 for some accounts they are handling. This issue has been building up in the past decade with an intensity that has brought HR practitioners and corporate management to search for ways of handling employees. No surprise. It is actually the norm. What would surprise me would be to find companies that have good programs to help manage the work-life balance of their employees. In a study conducted to analyze 500 locations worldwide, Manila ranked more stressful than war-torn Damascus in Syria. The research was based on pollution, traffic levels, public transport, percentage of green spaces, financial status of citizens … [Read more...] about Y Now? Art & Healing Festival
KUALA LUMPUR: The government plans to introduce a special housing scheme for members of the arts, cultural and entertainment fraternity, the Dewan Negara was told today. To be known as the Seni Harapan Community Housing, individuals eligible include those in film and television, Deputy Communications and Multimedia minister Eddin Syazlee Shith (pix) said. The ministry will cooperate with the Housing and Local Government to ensure this project takes off, he added. He was responding to Senator Datuk Hanafi Mamat’s question on measures taken by the Communications and Multimedia Ministry to ensure the social and economic welfare of those from the arts, culture and entertainment industry are not neglected during their senior and twilight years. Eddin said the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) also has plans to introduce the Employment Provident Fund and Social Security Organisation schemes for these groups to ensure they have a financial safety net to fall back … [Read more...] about Govt plans housing scheme for arts and entertainment fraternity
Malaysia will follow up on a proposal made to Singapore last month that the two neighbours bid for a joint listing of their hawker culture under Unesco. Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik told The Straits Times yesterday that although he has not received a formal request from the Penang state government on a joint nomination as reported last week, he had already raised the idea in a meeting with Singapore's Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia three weeks ago. "So far, I don't have any requests from Singapore to do a joint nomination. I highlighted this to Singapore's Deputy High Commissioner when he visited me but he didn't come back to me. So I take it that they will go on their own," he said. Mr Bakhtiar plans to take up the issue again with his counterpart at the Asean Socio-Cultural Community Council meeting on May 17. 'CASUALLY ASK' "Maybe if I can see Sim Ann, then I will casually ask her and convey to her," he said, referring to Singapore's … [Read more...] about Malaysia proposes joint Unesco bid for hawker culture