Makati City, PHL – On May 11, UPL Philippines invited members of the press and select bloggers to discuss farmers’ safety and food security at Holiday Inn, Makati City. UPL is the 10th largest agrochemical company in the world, with 28 manufacturing plants in different countries and operations in all five continents.
Fans of Baste Duterte and Bogart the Explorer have something new to look forward to. Starting on May 21, TV5 will be airing “Lakbai!” an eight-week travel special that will showcase the Philippines’ best travel destinations.
Here’s what’s in store for you at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, this month.
Obra ni Val: Carlos Valino, Jr. Retrospective
Carlos P. Valino, Jr.
12 May to 13 June 2017
UP Vargas Museum
UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with the family of Carlos Valino, Jr., and The University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, opens Obra ni Val: Carlos Valino, Jr. Retrospective on May 12. The public reception is on May 24, Wednesday, 6 PM at the 1F Galleries. Obra ni Val: Carlos Valino, Jr. Retrospective runs until June 13.
About the Artist
Carlos P. Valino, Jr. (b. 1926 – d. 2008) is an artist, professor, and storyteller whose expertise in figure drawing has received acclaim from students, peers, and colleagues. He was a Ramon Roces Scholarship Grantee of UP School of Fine Arts and Architecture (eventually became the UP College of Fine Arts, separate from the College of Architecture). He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1951. He taught in his college for 33 years (retiring in 1991). Being one of the last students of Fernando Amorsolo, Irineo Miranda, and Dominador Castañeda, he had mastered realism – so much so that he could sketch proficiently any figure from memory and demonstrate it in class. His illustrations speak to folk culture and local history, and they have been featured in numerous publications including Liwayway magazine. His works are installed at the University of the Philippines, National Library, National Museum, Coconut Palace, and the Malacañang Palace.
The retrospective is a celebration of Valino: a boy from Nueva Ecija who survived the Japanese Occupation persevered in his studies and mastered his craft. The exhibit will feature Valino’s early and late works (historical paintings, genre paintings, and portraiture), illustrations and personal objects.
Ged Merino and Aze Ong
12 May to 13 June 2017
1F Lobby and West Wing Gallery
UP Vargas Museum, with support from The Drawing Room (Contemporary Art), opens Ged Merino’s and Aze Ong’s exhibition titled Existence on May 12. Public reception (which includes a performance by Aze Ong) is on May 24, Wednesday, 6 PM at the 1F Galleries.
Existence presents the collaboration between Merino’s and Ong’s works that harness the spider’s mythological origins as “creator”. The industrious and meticulous ways the spider crafts its web become the stimuli for tales of deities likened as the weavers of the universe (such as the Grandmother Spider, or Spider Woman), as well as the dispositions reflective of the creativity of Filipinos who thrive in different environments. At the same time, a spider emulates the cycle from birth (conception) to death (transcendence): the emergence of life on earth.
Supplementing the exhibit are two Artist Talks by Ged Merino and Aze Ong on May 26, Friday, at 10-11:30 AM and 1-2:30 PM at the 1F Galleries of the museum. Existence runs until June 13.
About the Artists
Ged Merino (b. 1962) studied Bachelor of Fine Arts from PWU School of Fine Arts and Art Students League (New York). He represents The Drawing Room (Contemporary Art), Multiple Impressions (New York), Miriam Perlman Gallery (Chicago), Galeria Expreso del Arte (Bogotá, Colombia) and Turning Art. He was the recipient of different awards such as Best in Show in the Spirit of New Jersey (1991), Jackson Pollock Memorial Scholarship in Arts Student League, New York (1988), and Top Five in the ASEAN Youth Painting Delegation, Singapore (1987). Aside from local and international exhibitions, he has also been part of art fairs and biennales such as Artstage Singapore (2015).
Aze Ong (b. 1977) received her Bachelor of Communication in Media Production at Assumption College. She has exhibited in local and international galleries and museums, and her works have been part of the collections of Museo Pambata and Jeonbuk Museum of Art (Korea). She is an Asian Cultural Council Grantee (2016) and was named Solar Daybreak Artist of the Week (2014). She was featured in numerous media platforms (newspapers, magazines, and TV shows), including BBC Brasil (2011) and the MAPEH on the Go 10, the K to 12 edition textbook (2015).
Contact UP Vargas Museum
For more information about any of the events, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 local 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 928-1925 (fax), or send an e-mail to email@example.com. You may also check our website or like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@UPVargasMuseum) for more updates.
I’m so excited to share that starting June this year, Filipinos can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan, as declared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
UPDATE: According to Rappler, the visa-free entry privilege for Filipinos is rescheduled on September 2017.
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It’s going to be another hot and exciting summer as motorcycle and car enthusiasts, together with their families, converge on the pristine Aguib Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, for the annual Partakan Festival on April 14 – 15, 2017.
Now on its fourth year, the two-day ride and rock fest is a celebration of the brotherhood, passion, and freedom that everyone can enjoy. It is expected to bring together thousands of motorcycle and car enthusiasts as they compete in several exciting and thrilling activities, including a chance to win P20,000 in the Amazing Ride Moto-Tourism Challenge.
The Amazing Ride
This is similar to the TV series Amazing Race where a team of five members must complete challenges in different locations designated by the Department of Tourism. The contest is open to riders, commuters, clubs, family members, backpackers, or a group of friends. Participants can start their ride anytime any day from April 12 – 15, 2017. It is not a time-bound competition; the team with the highest number of points will be declared as the winner. The Amazing Ride is designed to promote tourism, camaraderie, and family bonding.
Aside from the Amazing Ride, participants can also compete in the Auto/Moto Speed Challenge and the Bailout Challenge. The former is a time-based motorcycle and automobile drag race competition in a controlled environment. The participant with the fastest time within a specific category and distance wins the challenge.
The Bailout Challenge
The Bailout Challenge, on the other hand, is patterned after the hit TV series Wipe Out and will test the strength, intelligence, and patience of participants.
Other highlights of the event are the Battle of the Bands concert, Summer ReVibe Hip Hop Dance Showdown, and the Partakan Summer Bod Swimsuit Competition. Aside from P20,000, other great prizes await the lucky winners and a motorcycle will be raffled off.
The Partakan Festival is sponsored by Ropali Motorcycles, one of the biggest motorcycle dealers in the country with more than 120 branches nationwide. For more information and to register, visit www.partakan.com and like Partakan Festival on Facebook.
Travelling requires thorough planning and preparation: you have to coordinate and book your airfare and hotel accommodation, as well as prepare your itinerary, travel documentation, and insurances ahead of time. This can be hard to do, but without planning a trip, your vacation will be chaotic.
The UP Asian Center will be hosting a free concert, Persian Melodies: The Traditional Music of Iran on 7 February 2017, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, UP Asian Center. The concert is open to the public, but seating is first-come, first-served.
About the Concert
The concert will feature performances of traditional Iranian music, which is generally performed by small groups that typically consist of a vocalist and (an) instrumentalist(s) for the rhythm and melody.
“We are happy to bring the venerable musical culture of Iran to UP,” says Dr. Henelito Sevilla of the UP Asian Center, who obtained his Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of Tehran. “This is a rare opportunity to discover a rich musical tradition from the Western side of Asia. The concert offers a great educational and cultural experience, helping Filipinos, especially musicians and music lovers, recognize the similarities and differences between Iranian and Philippine musical traditions.”
The vocalist of the group, Chavous, will sing traditional Persian melodies accompanied by several native instruments such as tar, setar, nay, dulcimer, and daf. Chavous is a five-member musical group led by Reza Gholamhosseinpour. The members include Sajjad Dabestan Pour, vocals and dulcimer; Morteza Ghanbar Nasab Behbahani, flute; Abdolhamid Sarvarizadeh, setar and tombak; and Hamed Zamanian.
About the Organizer
This free concert is organized by the UP Asian Center, The Cultural Center, Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Philippine-Iran Cultural and Scientific Society (PICCS). Sign up today and be part of this event! For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post originally appeared on the UP Asian Center website. Minor revisions were made.