Mutya Hong Butuan Talents Night: This time they really meant it

By Saturnino "Saurn" De La Cruz If you have seen last year's Mutya Hong Butuan talents competition, you end up asking, where are the talents? It's all suspect. Not this year because I think the organizers really made sure each candidate's artistic potentials surface individually and distinctly. Some may need to do more and a few already showed great promise and in the end it was worth scrutinizing if indeed it was showcase of stage performances. The ladies and the men and women b...

Artists are creative trailblazers, not imitators, copycats

By Noa Gomez Ask any aspiring teenagers who has dance, sang or blow their nose and they call themselves artists. How wrong can they get. Worse, they imitate what they see on TV and think it's the peak of artistry. That is pathetic. You call a person an artist if and only he/she has created an original body of work. Artistry takes time, hard work and consistency, you separate the professional and pretender. If an amateur keeps singing and sounding like Maria Carey or Michael Bolto...

The attack, rape of nature and the function of the arts

  By Johannes Rosauro As a professional and practicing artist and educator, I am baffled, confused and disappointed by the stand and promotional gimmick of mining and logging advocates proclaiming without shame and guilt alleging they are for the protection and conservation of natural resources that include the community's art and cultural heritage. Excuse me I do not mean to initiate a quarrel but may I ask what is their definition of arts, culture and heritage when the who...

The strangeness and tyranny of ‘Tagaloging’

By Eric Montano There's an eternal joke in the neighborhood about the lady househelp from the rural village who went to Manila for a month and came home and hardly can speak Bisaya as if she'd been away for a century. She's fond of saying, "ano eh, ganito..." She seems to make sure everybody including the cats and dogs remember she's a "Manila girl." She thinks she has raised her status in the planet because "galing Manila eh." No one knows or cares if its a worthy good joke unt...

‘The Big Juan’ kicks in Butuan crowd

By Goy Candelario It finally rocks the Butuan art scene once again! The annually awaited Butuanon Art Festival (BAF) had its ribbon cut last February 16, 2018 at Robinsons Place Butuan-Main Atrium and great things are still happening as scheduled. Dubbed as “The Big Juan,” this year’s Butuanon Art Festival is presented with a bigger and more vibrant twist. The masterpieces are unveiled graciously in 6 by 4 feet dimensions, magicians are within the range to amaze the onlookers,...

Seeing ‘Himala’ musical and wishing for a Butuan miracle production

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing I was lucky to see 'Himala,’ the musical in Manila recently and couldn't help wish for a production miracle in the inactive theater scene in Butuan to be revive. Butuan has ever since produced significant stage plays and musicals that reflect its history and aspirations that mold and strengthens local theater artists and cultural workers and audience to be proud and loyal of their cultural heritage. "Himala,' originally a movie is historic itself, on Phili...

Why gidili lost it to bawal?

By Yul Rosario Don't you find it strange or funny that we no longer say "gidili ang pag-pangihi dinhi" (urinating here is prohibited) instead we say "bawal ang pag-pang..." Yes, we say bawal, instead of gidili. What's wrong with it? Is this a case of being of "imperialized by Manila?" or we are too lazy to verbalize 3 or 4 (ginadili) Bisayan syllable word? Now, the word gidili is like what's happening to the Philippine Eagle, the national bird and the mountain forests and islands...

Poetry reading under the Rambutan tree

By Bryan Edulzura Imagine reading aloud your favorite poetry and sharing it to others who can't wait to listen under the sturdy Rambutan trees atop a hillside. "I'm missing it. Those Saturday morning sessions with friends who share your passion for poetry and art, lively conversations and laughter," declares Vangie Pena-Dominise, an English major graduate and city tourism officer. She and a few others pioneered perhaps the only outdoor poetry "barkadahan" (gang) in Caraga Region ...

Minimize Hollywood fixation, patronize Pinoy movies again like ‘Mr. & Mrs. Cruz’

By R Juan de Abril Hey Evangeline, I know you have given up Pinoy mainstream movies and blindly fixates on Hollywood that churns out equally predictable, formula and run-of-the-mill and mostly vengeful movies you hardly discerned. Now there's one Pinoy romantic movie that I wish your children will see it (and you of course for some cute revitalization) because I think this movie has to offer for some after-disastrous romance for young people to teach them to stand up independently ...

The magical miniature trees of Mabua, Surigao City

By Ramon Jorge Sarabosing Whoever thought one can find arresting folk art in a humble sari-sari store in a fishing village of Mabua, Surigao City. But one can and maybe this is the, magic itself-humble people turn very creative. Though the barangay (village) is a known visitors destination because of its unique beach front of large egg-shape stones, Jingly Matin-aw, the lady store owner  displays pieces of colorful miniature trees worthy to be seen and appreciated. These works, I c...


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