Arts and Entertainment

New poetry-writing seminar seeks to boost use of Filipino

MANILA–The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) is targeting to further increase the academe’s knowledge and use of the Filipino language to promote it as the national language of the country.In Marikina City, KWF conducted this week its first Filipino poetry-writing seminar for teachers... Read More

PH-France film co-production possible upon UN declaration signing

MANILA -- A co-production deal that would fund Filipino and French filmmakers is possible once the Philippines has ratified the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, the French Embassy in Manila said Thursday.Martin Macalintal, audiovisual attaché of the French Embassy in... Read More

PH cinemas to screen French contemporary films in June

Films in this year's selection include crowd-pleaser Le Grand brain (Sink or Swim), De Toutes nos forces (The Finishers), Jusqu’à la garde (Custody), and La Villa (The House by the Sea), science fiction Dans la brume (Just a Breath Away), and L’Incroyable histoire du Facteur... Read More

Korean Cultural Center to host 1st 'K Street Festival' in BGC

MANILA -- For the first time, the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) would be hosting a "K Street Festival" at the C1 Park, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City from Friday to Saturday.The event is open to the public and admission is free.Attendees could visit various sections that would... Read More

Behave, be ready: NCCA chair to new nat'l artists

MANILA -- National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chairperson, Virgilio Almario, gave a piece of advice to the country's new set of National Artists -- always behave and be prepared. "Now that you are National Artists, you must always behave," Almario told them during the Tribute to the... Read More

Asian stars join celebration of culture, civilization in Beijing

BEIJING -- Big names in Asia’s entertainment industry joined the celebration of the region’s culture and civilization in this city during the three-day Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC).Kung Fu star Jackie Chan, South Korean singer Rain, Korean boy band EXO member Lay... Read More

Europe Day celebration via fusion of Euro-Pinoy music

MANILA -- The celebration of Europe Day kicked off with a fusion of Filipino and European music in Makati City on Tuesday.EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, one of the European ambassadors present, said the concept behind the Euro-Pinoy Concert is to celebrate the partnership and... Read More

KCC brings South Korean docu fest to PH on May 14-15

MANILA --The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) has announced the staging of South Korean documentary film festival, the DMZ International Documentary (DMZ Docs), at the University of the Philippines Film Institute in Quezon City on May 14-15.Launched in 2019, DMZ Docs showcases films... Read More

Group to represent PH in annual K-pop dance contest in Seoul

MANILA -- TEENAGE, a 13-man Filipino dance group, will represent the Philippines at the annual K-pop dance festival contest in Seoul, South Korea in September.In an e-mail to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday, the Korean Cultural Center said TEENAGE earned the honor to represent the... Read More

Korean actor Park Bo-gum’s fan meet postponed due to recent quake

MANILA – Hallyu (Korean wave) fans will have to wait longer before they meet Korean actor Park Bo-gum as their fan meeting, slated to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday, has been postponed to June.“The performance in the Philippines, which should have been held... Read More

PH cinemas running ‘Avengers: Endgame’ for 24 hours

MANILA -- With only a day to the much-awaited conclusion of the “Avengers" franchise, cinemas nationwide are gearing up to open their doors to legions of Marvel fans with screenings starting as early as 6:01 a.m. on its opening day on April 24.Moviegoers who want to be the first to witness the... Read More

KWF to honor hero Emilio Jacinto

MANILA–The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) will commemorate Philippine hero and writer Emilio Jacinto’s 120th death anniversarythis month.KWF will spearhead on Monday (April 15) its annual Peregrinasyong Jacinto literary pilgrimage to Laguna province’s Magdalena town, where the... Read More

Musica FEUropa starts another decade

MANILA -- What started as a heritage event of the European Union (EU) delegation to the Philippines at the Far Eastern University (FEU) in 2009 became what is now known as Musica FEUropa, one of the country’s most prestigious choral competitions.Musica FEUropa, Far Eastern University’s... Read More

Tel Aviv brings Israeli talent to 2019 Manila Improv Fest

MANILA -- Israel has joined the best acts in Asia's improvisational theater bringing the Dodot Ensemble to the 2019 Manila Improv Festival on Sunday. The Dodot Ensemble, consisting of Matan Goren, Tal Zolti, Carmel Neltzer, and Elad Yishay, was formed four years ago after its members won the... Read More

2 showbiz writing masters to receive KWF award

MANILA -- The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) will honor two multi-awarded show business personalities for their contribution to Philippine literature.On April 2, KWF will confer its Dangal ni Balagtas award on singer-songwriter Reynaldo Valera Guardiano, popularly known as Rey Valera, and... Read More

200 student writers to join literary camp in Bataan

MANILA -- About 200 student writers will join the "Kampong Balagtas" literary camp on April 2-4 at the Orion Elementary School in Orion, Bataan.The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) said the participants are Grade 7 to Grade 11 students from select regions."Kampong Balagtas" will... Read More

NCCA, NBDB to hold 'book fiesta' next month

MANILA -- The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in partnership with the National Book Development Board (NBDB), will hold a series of activities and contests with the theme, "Book Fiesta", in April."Book Fiesta" aims to encourage more people to appreciate Filipino-authored... Read More

NCCA invites public to participate Literature Month activities

MANILA -- The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is inviting the public to join activities in line with the observance of the National Literature Month (NLM) in April.This year's theme is "buklugan panitikan", derived from a Subanen ritual called "buklog", a thanksgiving ceremony... Read More

Book seeks to boost bid for national memory, identity

MANILA -- A new book by National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario aims to help reclaim national memory vital to shaping the country's national identity.The book, "Bakit Kailangan Natin si Pedro Bucaneg?", presents several essays on Philippine intangible cultural heritage (ICH)."In reclaiming... Read More

Over 3K join K-pop Friendship Concert in Manila

MANILA -- More than 3,000 people trooped to the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City for the 2019 K-pop Friendship Concert on Thursday night.The concert is among the activities celebrating the 70th year of bilateral relations between the Philippines and Korea this year.South Korean Ambassador to the... Read More