French ambassador: ‘Taklub’ should’ve won in Cannes

June 3, 2015

If you ask Gilles Garachon, France’s ambassador to the Philippines, Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Taklub” should have topped the Un Certain Regard section of the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival.
“It deserved to win,” Garachon told the local media during the press conference for the 20th French Film Festival in Manila.
He hailed the Filipino film’s message as timely. “Taklub” tells the intersecting stories of three survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” which claimed thousands of lives in Western Visayas in 2013. “Taklub” […]

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Center for tropical fabrics opened

June 3, 2015

Clothing made from tropical fabrics such as piña and banana is usually used during weddings, baptisms, burials and other special occasions. The Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PTRI), however, is keen on making tropical fabrics more mainstream.
The establishment of PTRI’s P54-million Innovation Center for Yarns and Textiles (ICYT) is a step closer to this goal. Part of the bigger objective of revitalizing the textile industry in the country, it will produce yarns for the […]

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Brillante Mendoza: You can never go wrong with real stories

June 3, 2015

“You can never go wrong with real stories, stories that are coming from the heart, coming from the survivors.”
This was what award-winning director Brillante Mendoza spoke of “Taklub (Trap),” his latest masterpiece that tells the stories of survivors of the strongest typhoon on record to hit the Philippines in November 2013.
Super typhoon Yolanda devastated much of the Visayas region, particularly the Samar and Leyte provinces. It marked a death toll of more than 6,300, according the National Disaster Risk Reduction […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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