Businesswoman-Philanthropist Kaye Tinga is the New CCP President

The Cultural Center of the Philippines welcomes its new president, businesswoman and philanthropist Kaye Tinga.

She will assume the duties of the presidency on June 1, 2024, allowing her time to fully acclimate in her new role. Tinga will take responsibility for the operations of the CCP, working closely with the management.

New CCP President Kaye Tinga.

Her presidency was approved by the CCP Board of Trustees, following the election during the board meeting on May 15, 2024. She became part of the Board after her appointment from Malacañang Palace in April 2024.

She replaced early childhood educator Michelle Nikki Junia, who acted as president ad interim from September 2023 to March 2024.

Championing Filipino design talents, Tinga is the co-founder and co-chairperson of the Red Charity Gala, a prestigious annual event that aims to celebrate local fashion through the works of renowned Filipino designers including Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, Jojie Lloren, Lesley Mobo, Chito Vijandre, Joey Samson, Rajo Laurel, and Ivarluski Aseron. The gala also raises substantial funds for charitable causes, including for the Philippine Red Cross.

A business economics graduate from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, with MBA from Fordham University, she is the co-founder and managing director of W/17, a home furnishing and accessories brand that collaborated with with craftsmen from various regions across the Philippines, including from Cebu, Cavite, Pampanga, and Dumaguete. Through her leadership, her brand has been promoting local artisans, cultural skills preservation, and economic development.

Nurturing the next generation of creative talents, Tinga serves as a board member of MINT College, a business and creative arts college and senior high school that provides an innovative learning experience and empowers young people through its pioneering programs such as music business management, multimedia arts, and film and video.

Married to former Taguig Mayor and Congressman Freddie Tinga, and mother to four children, Tinga balances her professional and philanthropic activities with her family life, and interests in design and travel.

The CCP Board of Trustees is headed by Dr. Jaime C. Laya, with Margie Moran Floirendo and Carissa Oledan Coscolluela as Vice Chairs.

Completing the Board are real estate magnate Isidro A. Consunji, award-winning conductor Jonathan Velasco, PR maven Junie del Mundo, master light designer Felix “Monino” Duque, Atty. Gizela M. Gonzalez, and entrepreneur Marivic del Pilar.

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‘Mebuyan’s Colony’ in CCP: Function Beyond the Fantastical

Whether physical, social, or personal, art always serves a purpose and goes beyond aesthetics and well into the needs of the artist and the community. Such is the case for multidisciplinary artist Leeroy New’s Mebuyan’s Colony, the featured Earth Day art installation of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The unveiling will take place on April 25 at 6 p.m. at the CCP Front Lawn.

Raising environmental awareness and championing green initiatives, Mebuyan’s Colony is a large-scale immersive environment that combines New’s fascination with science fiction and Philippine mythology, reflected in the giant spheres on bamboo stilts.

Based on Bagobo mythology, Mebuyan is the goddess residing in the underworld whose body is engulfed with seemingly infinite breasts. Pods akin to wombs allude to Mebuyan’s dual role as the goddess of death and fertility, sustaining the spirits of children who have passed and transforming and nourishing them into adults capable of continuing the journey through the afterlife.

New’s use of natural materials, found objects, and assorted discards transformed into representations of a specific speculative future intersects Filipino contemporary life, pre-colonial mythology, and environmentalism.

“Our references to local stories and pre-colonial mythology can determine our approach to creative production. I referenced Mebuyan and other pre-colonial stories because most of us only get to hear the same stories, paulit-ulit,” he explains. “We don’t hear about Mebuyan, the goddess of death and fertility, who nurtures the spirits of dead babies. So there are a lot of principles and elements that we miss out on.”

Leeroy New

For the fifth iteration of the Mebuyan series, New incorporated this year’s Earth Day celebration theme, “Planet vs. Plastics,” as he utilized additional materials to protect plants against the hotter weather.

“I’m really drawn to pieces that explore practicality and functionality. When we built Mebuyan’s Colony, I wondered how we could build something more. How can we move away from practical structures, like cube forms, versus more creative and fantastical forms, like these clusters of spheres?” shared New.

The Mebuyan installation at the CCP will utilize blue gallons instead of the usual clear plastic bottles. New explores a more semi-architectural and sculpture-like way of grouping that can mitigate the heat to ensure that the plants will thrive.

“It’s all experimental, but the goal is for the plants to survive inside and under the structure,” said New.

Born in General Santos City, New made up for the lack of art galleries and museums in the area with horror and sci-fi films, magic shows, card games, and illustrated books as his early art references. The artist-designer draws motivation from the continuous element of play and exploration in artmaking.

“The concept of world-building became an important principle and determining idea in how I implemented my art practice. I had dreams of participating in building worlds physically and, in a practical way, through architecture. Also, building worlds, imagined or representational, through film,” shared New.

With Mebuyan’s Colony, New shared how the installation went against the rock and metallic forms that try to go into outer space to colonize other planets. Instead, it represented more regenerative and inward-looking principles, showing how human beings redefine their relationship with Mother Earth.

On his way of manifesting his vision in his art, New elaborated:  “It’s not just the idea of the themes of sci-fi in my work, but slowly moving towards the functional side. It’s not enough to represent something in art, so it’s time to explore how to make it practical and useful.”

To get the latest updates on Mebuyan’s Colony, follow the official CCP and CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division (CCP VAMD) social media accounts on Facebook, X, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

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BaRaptasan 2024: Bringing Different Voices in One Stage

For a mambabalagtas, verbal joust and poetry are so much more than a way to express complex emotions and stories. While it was born as a form of entertainment during the bleak era of American colonialism, Balagtasan – a form of traditional verbal jousting – became a venue to discuss socio-political issues that besieged contemporary society.

Through facts, rhymes, and clever lines, the mambabalagtas would exchange discussions on the pros and cons of a topic relevant to the community. When it first happened on April 6, 1924, Balagtasan became the rage.

Town folks would gather at the plaza and listen to mambalalagtas defend their stand on certain social issues. While it seemed like a verbal display of one’s mastery of the Filipino language, it became a powerful tool to engage the public and create informed conversations on social realities.

But through the years, with the advent of new entertainment platforms, verbal jousts become few and far between in recent times.

With this in mind, the Cultural Center of the Philippines embarks on a new project to make Balagtasan and other types of verbal jousts remain in the consciousness of the Filipino people, especially the young generations.

To commemorate the centennial of Balagtasan, CCP, through its Kanto Kultura program, presents BaRaptasan, a Balagtasan competition with a twist. The competition gives Balagtasan a contemporary feel with the incorporation of rap.

With topics discussing the clash between modernity and tradition, the CCP’s Kanto Kultura BaRaptasan Grand Finals is open to the public. Ten finalists will battle it out in the finale, slated on April 6, 2 PM, at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium.

The group finalists are: Ang Mga Supling ni Angela, Bagong Koronadal Advocates (City of Koronadal), Barapbida Normalista, DMD, El Setecientos, Harayasista Group, Lakbay Iral, Rapper sa Pinas, Tanglaw, and Waraptasan.

Ang Mga Supling ni Angela of Tabaco City, Albay

Paying homage to the first Filipina poet Angela Manalang Gloria, and one of Tabaco City’s proud daughters, Ang Mga Supling ni Angela hopes to present Tabaco City with a bang on the national stage. The group is composed of Kirschen Xyvrl Balajadia, Carlo Campit, and Franco Balingbing.

Bagong Koronadal Advocates (City of  Koronadal) of South Cotabato

Working students and full-time storytellers Angel Faith Leal, Jhon Van Lapu, and Philip Jay Leaño make up the Bagong Koronadal Advocates group. Aside from being familiar with verbal joust competitions, the members share the same love for theater. “Pare-pareho naming mahal ang entablado,” declared the group.

Barapbida Normalista of Tacloban, Leyte

Members Ray Padiwan, Wally Concepcion, and Dave Padel are third-year students taking up Education (majoring in Filipino) at Leyte Normal University. Handpicked by their professor for the competition, the three want to reintroduce their university as an avenue for creatives, not just academics.

 DMD of Makati City

The fourth group, DMD, consists of rappers John Dave P. Rosimo, Marielle Lou C. Bernardo, and Reynaldo S. Bernardo from Makati City. Their group name stood for their initials.

El Setecientos of Santa Rosa, Laguan  

El Setecientos, a group from Santa Rosa, Laguna, is composed of Simon, Mhagz, and Arkyak. Besides continuously honing their craft as seasoned rappers, they now want to present their craft to the national stage. Always eager to experience something new, El Setecientos of Laguna signed up for BaRaptasan to contribute to the artistic landscape of the Philippines.

Harayasista Group of  Labo, Camarines Norte

The Harayasista Group may have performers Louie L. Francia, John Earnest M. Evidor, and Amynel L. Garino, but it also has Angel Yasis as its coach. Hailing from Camarines Norte, Yasis looked for performers to create his own group after assisting another competitor.

Lakbay Iral of Dasmarinas City, Cavite 

Lakbay Iral members Aaron Vincent G. Jimenez, Louie Ross P. Reyes, and Gabriel Angelo Pedrosa formed the group because of the BaRaptasan competition. True to its translation, Lakbay Iral aims to live life by creating and immersing in the arts.

Rapper sa Pinas of Bocaue, Bulacan

Ernesto Canoy Jr., Oliver Monidero, and Fernando Melencio Jr. met through a Facebook group for rappers. Melencio reached out to the other two and quickly became friends. Eventually, they formed Rapper sa Pinas and applied for the competition. They want to bring to the competition the natural nature of their performance, emphasizing their message and working hard to make sure it will be heard.

Tagapagtaguyod ng Literatura at Wika (TANGLAW) of Ilocos Sur

The Tagapagtaguyod ng Literatura at Wika or TANGLAW is actually an organization from the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College, under the Secondary Education Program. Edlyn Baniqued, Deprisse Guco, and Schulamight Manzano chose to honor their school as they represented their institution on the BaRaptasan stage. They are all third-year Filipino Majors who were invited by their professor to join this competition.

Waraptasan of Tacloban City, Leyte  

Waraptasan is a wordplay spun by its members to show that they are from Tacloban City. With Waray as their language, members Ma. Regina Babon, James Leala, and Kenneth Cinco believe that “when doing art, you have to bring your own identity.” And that is exactly what they plan to do in BaRaptasan.

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CCP Celebrates National Women’s Month with Facade Lighting

The Cultural Center of the Philippines lights up the Tanghalang Pambasan (CCP Main Building), the Bamboo Pavilion at Liwasang Kalikhasan, and the Tanghalang Ignacio B. Gimenez in purple to celebrate the National Women’s Month this March.

CCP Tanghalang Ignacio B. Gimenez
CCP Liwasang Kalikhasan

Designed by Camille Balistoy and Jericho Pagana, and executed by the Production Design and Technical Services Division under the Production and Exhibition Department, the façade lighting is the art institution’s way of recognizing Filipino women’s contribution to nation-building, putting the spotlight on their accomplishments. Through its various programs and projects, the CCP advocates women’s empowerment and gender equality.


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Life ‘n Arts Festival: A celebration of a bountiful harvest of culture, diversity and creativity

What happens when you transform an Art Fair into a Fiesta? It metamorphoses into something more profound we call an Art Festival. A celebration of a bountiful harvest of culture, diversity, and creativity encompassing the traditional and contemporary forms of dance, music, theater, literature, visual arts, and other mediums of creativity. With this context, over 90,000 individuals had the enriching experience of immersing themselves in the arts at the heart of Laguna this February, widely recognized as Art Month nationwide.

Bursting with vibrant music, dazzling dance performances, and captivating art exhibits, the Life ‘n Arts Festival pulsated with a spirit of joyful community. This lively celebration, now in its second year (previously known as the Laguna Art Festival), truly lived up to its name, offering a kaleidoscope of experiences that breathed life into art and brought people together. The idea for this festival was inspired by Lerma Julian, who is also marking the 21st founding anniversary of her gallery, Life n’ Arts.

This three-day celebration was the ultimate dream for every art enthusiast and especially art collectors, as 28 exhibitors and over 300 artists showcased their latest collections. Among the participating galleries were: Life ‘n Arts Gallery, Omvi Gallery, Daloy Likha Art Gallery, Kambal Gallery Hong Kong, Nami Art Gallery, M Gallery, Quadro Art Gallery, Unified Artist Society, FAVA INC. Gallery, Nañola Gallery and Art Natin Gallery. While the works of master artists like Raul Isidro, Al Perez, Juno Galang, Augusto Santiago, Fidel Sarmiento, Jun Rocha, Ram Mallari, Otep Bañez, Dante Enage, Ronald Castrillo, Cameron Castrillo, Emmanuel Nim, and many more were celebrated and became bountiful delight for the eyes and the heart.

To enrich the event further, art workshops and demonstrations were led by master artists such as Fidel Sarmiento, Jun Rocha, Augusto Santiago, and others. Acknowledging that in the arts, skill alone is not enough, art academicians were also invited to deliver a series of art talks and lectures that stimulated participants’ minds and inspired creative processes. These activities provided participants with the opportunity to engage in two learning dimensions: psychomotor skills and a cognitive understanding of art.

The Festival kicked off last February 2, 2024, with the Bear Pouring Workshop, which was led by the Life ‘n Arts teachers. Other highlights included the oil pastel demonstration by AAP Maestro Fidel Sarmiento, the bonsai art demo by Richard Tuppil, and performances by MMCL Shape, Caritas Don Bosco, and Leah Cortina. This year’s newest addition to the program, the Cosplay Parade, and Competition, was also a highlight of the day, leaving the community joyfully celebrating art through cosplay.

Clay sculpting demo by Lito Mondejar.

On its second day, February 3, 2024, the Festival started with a crochet workshop led by Teacher Marie Tecson, and a clay sculpting demonstration by Manilito Mondejar. In the afternoon, a polymer workshop was conducted by Playground PH followed by an On-the-Spot portrait of Jun Rocha with Marriannelle Baccay as the live-portrait model. To lighten the day, the Miriam College Music Club serenaded everyone around. The day ended with a Fashion Talk led by the Fashion Institute of the Philippines, followed by a magnificent fashion show featuring the exquisite works of their incredibly talented designers.

On the final day, February 4, 2024, the festival concluded with a pottery workshop led by Evan Venegas of Ay! Putik Studio. This was followed by an art talk featuring visual artists Jarvie Madronero, Abbey Romina, Yana Ofrasio, and Rommel Rico. Maestro Augusto Santiago also showcased his unparalleled skills with on-the-spot portraits having Maria Thea Judinelle Casuncad as the live portrait model. In the afternoon, the celebration peaked with the Battle of the Canvas 2 On-the-Spot Painting Competition, featuring over 40 participants divided into two categories: artist and student levels. Meanwhile, ACTS Manila dazzled the crowd with impressive ballet performances. The program continued with Mommy Lala’s engaging arts and crafts activity, culminating in closing performances by DLSU-IS SHS, bringing the festival to a memorable end.

Battle of the Canvas 2 Winner – Shanra Kate Gilongos.

The event’s undeniable success was a testament to the strong sense of girl power leadership led by Ms. Lerma Julian and Leah Cortina. Their dynamic leadership was complemented by the combined efforts of Alaire Ann Lazaro and Michaella Cullo from the marketing department, contributing to the event’s seamless execution and remarkable achievements.

A heartfelt thank you is also extended to the generous sponsors: Liquitex, Winsor and Newton, Abstrak Canvas, East Asia, Pebeo, Franchise Manila, I Heart Art, Pizza Hut, Union Bank, and Ash Tech. Additionally, esteemed partners such as Ayala Malls Solenad, National Commission for Culture and Arts, Art Association of the Philippines, City of Sta. Rosa Laguna, Sangguniang Kabataan ng Brgy. Sto. Domingo Sta. Rosa Laguna, Elood Aesthetic Bar, Fashion Institute of the Philippines – Sta. Rosa, Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna, Miriam College Nuvali, De La Salle University Integrated School, DLSU College of Business Administration and Accountancy Student Government, St. Scholastica’s College Westgrove, Xavier School Nuvali, ACTS Manila, and The Philippine Star as a media partner, played a pivotal role in making the event more impactful.

A heartfelt thank you is also extended to the generous sponsors: Liquitex, Winsor and Newton, Abstrak Canvas, East Asia, Pebeo, Franchise Manila, I Heart Art, Pizza Hut, Union Bank, and Ash Tech. Additionally, esteemed partners such as Ayala Malls Solenad, National Commission for Culture and Arts, Art Association of the Philippines, City of Sta. Rosa Laguna, Sangguniang Kabataan ng Brgy. Sto. Domingo Sta. Rosa Laguna, Elood Aesthetic Bar, Fashion Institute of the Philippines – Sta. Rosa, Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna, Mir

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Life ‘n Arts Festival 2024 Returns for its Second Edition

Life ‘n Arts Festival 2024 is set to enchant art enthusiasts from February 2 to 4, 2024, at the Activity Park, Ayala Malls Solenad, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. This eagerly awaited event, previously known as the “Laguna Art Festival,” returns for its second edition, aligning with Art Month’s festivities. Dedicated to supporting local artists, promoting Filipino arts, fostering a thriving artistic community, and connecting with diverse audiences, the festival brings a myriad of dimensions to art appreciation.

The festival unfolds as an exploration of art as pedagogy, featuring interactive activities like art workshops and art demos led by master artists in pastels, watercolor, clay sculpting, and more. It seamlessly transitions into a dance with nature through the captivating art of bonsai, showcasing the skilled cultivation of miniature natural landscapes. Further enriching the experience, art talks delve into the transformation of arts into digital forms and distinguish between modern art and contemporary art.

As the three-day event unfolds, galleries and artists from the nearby Metro exhibit their latest collections, promising artistic creations that captivate the senses. Performances by talented artists from local schools, expressing kinesthetic art through dance and singing, contribute to the lively celebration. The festival embraces the philosophy that art is a living entity with a body, mind, heart, and soul, offering a unique fusion of artistic expressions.

Hosted by Life ‘n Arts, a longstanding community-based art center in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the festival builds on a legacy dating back to 2002. Committed to providing the finest art products and services, Life ‘n Arts engages attendees through selling art materials, frames, paintings, and sculptures, as well as offering art, music, and dance workshops to cultivate the talents of aspiring artists.

Co-presented by Ayala Malls Solenad, in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Art Association of the Philippines, and Brgy. Santo Domingo City of Santa Rosa Laguna, Sangguniang Kabataan Brgy. Sto. Domigno, and the festival proudly partners with esteemed institutions like Caritas Don Bosco School, Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna, Miriam College – Nuvali, De La Salle University – Integrated School, Xavier School Nuvali, St. Scholastica’s College Westgrove, ACTS Manila, and Fashion Institute of the Philippines – Sta. Rosa. Sponsorships from Elood Aesthetic Bar, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, Abstrak Canvas, East Asia Innovations Incorporated, Pebeo, I Heart Art, Franchise Manila, Ash Tec, and Union Bank contribute to the grandeur of this cultural celebration.

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Art as Food for the Soul

For veteran stage managers Renz Sevilla, Ching Danseco, Roldan Espino, and Richard Eusebio, working on the stage management of Pasinaya: The CCP Open House Festival does not only bring joy to their lives, but it satisfies their soul and sustains it as well.

“Through time, magiging panata ‘yan. You have to be here because you have to pay back for all the good things na binigay [sa amin] ng Sentro,” said seasoned stage manager and designer Sevilla, who works as a carpenter and farmer when he’s not doing production work.

Eusebio, who was also a former folk dancer, currently works in a cruise ship but always makes sure to volunteer in Pasinaya every time he comes home.

Espino, meanwhile, finds joy in working in Pasinaya. A full-time fireman, he started his Pasinaya journey in 2017 and never stopped since then. He also does stage work in various CCP events through the years. “Basta bukal sa puso mo at masaya ka sa ginagawa mo, ipagpatuloy mo lang.”

Danseco reminisced of how they volunteered to do Pasinaya, with just shirts as payment. “Walang bayad noon, T-shirt lang. Ngayon, kahit kaunti meron na kaming natatanggap. Pero hindi pera ‘yung naging driving force para sumali kami sa Pasinaya. Kasi it’s food for the soul of the stage manager,” enthused Danseco who is a former folk dancer.

Stage manager Ching Danseco overseeing the Bukaneg performances.

As Sevilla and his fellow veteran stage managers saw this as a stepping stone for their credentials to flourish, they did not mind the lack of monetary compensation.

“Sa simula, pumasok kami ng Pasinaya for the experience, for the feel kung ano bang nangyayari sa Pasinaya. As years go by, gaya ng pag dumating ka na sa ganitong edad, having served years working in Pasinaya, magkakaroon ka na ng sense of devotion,” said Sevilla.

As stage managers, they handle more or less everything. May it be in the creative or technical department, they oversee sets, props, lights, and sound; while calling all technical cues during performances. With the many hats they wear, the challenges they face as stage managers only serve to keep their passion for their work burning.

“Hindi mo mararamdaman ‘yung pagod, talagang mag-eenjoy ka kahit na kulang ka sa tulog at pagod,” said Espino.

Danseco sees this as an eye-opener for the young volunteers. “It’s an experience, yes, but it is also a huge challenge and a huge responsibility, lalo na dahil marami kang hawak na performing groups,” he said.

In 2023, there was a grand total of 150 shows which featured more than 3,000 artists from different art fields. As an open house festival, Pasinaya welcomes people from all walks of life to foster art appreciation not only through countless performances, screenings, and other art activities, but also through 30-minute workshops in various art disciplines conducted by leading artists, resource persons, and teachers.

Since 2005, the Pasinaya has become a safe space for artists and cultural groups to showcase their talents while being a nurturing platform for art education and appreciation for the audiences through interactions and performances.

Pasinaya boasts of over a hundred free shows, workshops, and other activities in music, theater, dance, visual arts, film, and literature to choose from. It is also widely known to pool hundreds of volunteer artists, stagehands, technical crew, and other cultural workers to make the entire festival possible.

This year, for the first time ever, the country’s biggest multi-arts festival will go beyond the capital city and spread its wings to Visayas and Mindanao on February 3 and 4, 2024.

Eusebio hopes for more young volunteers to try stage management since the vocation also champions the Philippines and its cultures.

Following the theme “Sulong,” the country’s largest multi-arts festival returns on a grander scale with more artistic and cultural offerings in its 20th year. Pasinaya will simultaneously happen at the CCP Complex and its partner museums, the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Arts in Iloilo City, and Tagum City, Davao del Norte on February 3 and 4, 2024, moving forward to promote art as food for everyone’s soul.

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Cinemalaya 2024 Calls for Short Film Entries

After two decades of celebrating Philippine independent filmmaking, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. open the screens for submission to the Short Film Category of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2024.

The deadline for submissions is on or before 6 pm on March 8, 2024.

The country’s biggest independent film competition is open to all Filipino filmmakers. Interested participants may submit a maximum of three (3) entries but only one (1) entry per proponent may be considered as a finalist.

Submitted entries must have been produced from March 3, 2023 to March 8, 2024. Short film entries that participated in other local and international festivals and competitions are qualified to join Cinemalaya. However, if an entry is submitted and is selected as a finalist in both the Cinemalaya and Gawad Alternatibo, the said entry will automatically be removed from the Gawad Alternatibo lineup, in favor of Cinemalaya.

Entries may be submitted ONLINE or OFFLINE. For online application, submit all requirements through . Requirements include a duly completed entry form, synopsis in English, a brief resume with 2×2 photo/s of the filmmaker/s, and the final work in MP4 format, with violator/watermark (for screening purposes only) and properly labeled with title, production company, address and contact numbers, production date, director’s name, running time which should not exceed 20 minutes including credits.

For OFFLINE submission, send entries to the Film, Broadcast, and New Media Division office, located at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Annex Building, Vicente Sotto St., Pasay City.

For OFFLINE submission, film entry must be submitted on a thumb drive (USB), with the entry form, synopsis, and filmmaker’s profile. All must be submitted in a long brown envelope properly labeled with the proponent’s name, title of the film, and contact details.

The Cinemalaya Selection Committee will shortlist 10 film finalists which will be screened at the 2024 Cinemalaya Film Festival on August 2 to 11, and will have the chance to compete for the coveted Balanghai trophies.

Since 2005, Cinemalaya has been committed to the development and promotion of Philippine independent film. At its core, it provides an avenue for the production of cinematic works of Filipino independent filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. With its call for submissions for the 2024 short film competition, Cinemalaya continues to invigorate the Philippine film industry by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers.

For full mechanics, visit the CCP website ( and the Cinemalaya website ( Follow the official CCP and Cinemalaya social media accounts on Facebook, X, Instagram, and TikTok for more updates.

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Jeanette Kamphuis: In Her Element

Swedish artist Jeanette Kamphuis, a name synonymous with the seamless fusion of art, nature, and elemental forms, invites you to embark on an enchanting journey through her world at the Imahica Art Gallery. With a collection of over 20 artworks and the unveiling of her book “JEANETTE KAMPHUIS: Inspirations and Impressions,” this one-woman art show and book launch promises an immersive experience that delves deep into the artist’s passion for nature and the elements that shape our world.

“In Her Element” succinctly encapsulates Jeanette Kamphuis’s connection with her art and her lifelong fascination with the elemental pillars of human existence. Her works, spanning multiple artistic disciplines, are a testament to her unyielding devotion to this theme, mirroring the value of our planet’s parallel reality. The Earth beckons her, urging her to connect with and express her extraordinary perspective on our collective home.

Jeanette Kamphuis shares, “For as long as I can remember, I always felt that I was ‘ONE’ or connected with the earth.” Her innate creativity flows effortlessly through various channels – be drawing, painting, singing, or crafting. It is a connection so profound that when she paints, she feels a rush of pure, intense energy, and every word conjures a vivid image. Her world is a canvas filled with vibrant colors, harmonizing with her music, art, and the beauty of nature.

“JEANETTE KAMPHUIS: IN HER ELEMENT” is an exploration of this unique connection, a tribute to the earth and its fundamental forms. The heart of her aesthetic is balance, offering a respite from chaos and a harmonious balance that brings serenity, purpose, and contemporary cohesion to the forefront.

She reflects, “I always strive for balance and purpose because they impart stability and security… remember, the elements were here before us, they will remain after us. We must embrace them and use them wisely. Only human sensitivity can transform the immutable into the unforgettable.”

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All-Male Group Wins Top Prizes in Choral Contest in Tolosa, Spain

THE Male Ensemble Philippines (MEn) clinched top prizes in the recently concluded 54th Tolosa Choral Contest held from October 31 to November 5, 2023, in the town of Tolosa in the Basque Region of Spain.

Led by their musical director Ily Matthew Maniano, the group secured the First Prize in the Secular Music Category and the Second Prize in the Sacred Music Category under the Vocal Groups Category of the competition, surpassing competitors from the United Kingdom, Italy, Iceland, and Sweden.

The Male Ensemble Philippines is a 6-member vocal ensemble under the Philippine Madrigal Singers Company of Artists, composed of singers from different world-class and award-winning choral groups, united by passion and love for ensemble singing. The group consists of Ily Matthew Maniano (countertenor), Amiel Job Liwanagan (countertenor), Tomas Umberto Virtucio, Jr. (tenor), John Philip Bautista (tenor), Dwight Benedict Chavez (baritone), and Nil’s Emerson Flores (bass).

Regarded as “one of the most important choral events in the world,” the Tolosa Choral Contest brings together top choirs from around the globe. It aims to bring together the best choirs in the world, in order to enable an exchange of styles, interpretation, choral literature, vocal education, and customs of each country, as well as raise awareness of the musical and cultural tradition of the Basque Country.

Established in 1969, the competition has become one of the most important choral events in the world through the years.  To date, almost 1,200 different choirs from all over the world have come to Tolosa to make their music.

“The Cultural Center of the Philippines is proud of the success that the Male Ensemble Philippines achieved in the Tolosa Choral Contest.  We laud them for epitomizing solid musicianship as well as championing artistic discipline and respect. Our Filipino artists have been making their mark on both local and international stages, and the CCP supports them in their artistic journey,” said CCP president Michelle Nikki Junia.

The Male Ensemble Philippines is currently on its 2023 European Concert Tour from October 20 to December 19, conducting concerts, performances, and workshops in France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria.

Since 2018, the group has dedicated itself to promoting Philippine culture and arts through music.  They have participated in numerous concerts and events across the Philippines and abroad, collaborating with esteemed musical artists and cultural, government, and private institutions. Recently, MEn performed at the prestigious Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, following the invitation of the Philippine Embassy in Russia.

The Male Ensemble Philippines had performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as well, among them, TERNOCON in 2018, “Tanghalan Naming Tahanan” production of the Madz in 2019, as featured artists for BINURDA event in December 2022, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert “Messiah” in December 2022, and as part of the performance of the Philippine Madrigal Singers’ SIXTY OF PLENTY anniversary concert in October 2023.

For more information, contact the group via email at or follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@maleensembleph).

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