‘Kuwaresma’ is a good scare movie

By R Juan de Abril  It's been a while I have not seen a good Pinoy mainstream movie like "Aurora,” by Lam Laranas and an independent one, "Ang Babaeng Humayo,”  by Lav Diaz , a Mindanaoan who comes from Cotabato province. I definitely did not miss his "Panahon ng Halimaw,' (Season of the devil), a trailblazing and Pinoy artistry and gift to the creative world. When I learned of "Kuwaresma," a horror movie by another excellent director with an independent touch, Erik Matti,...

Kasambay Hong Butuan: Reminiscing the trailblazing campus theater festival

By Bryan Edulzura Recently, Evangeline "Vangie”  Pena-Dominese, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Butuan City Tourism Office and RJS, veteran creative writer and playwright talked and reminisced the pioneering school-based theater festival, Kasambay Hong Butuan, first ever held in 2002 and hailed by the country's art and culture community. The festival was participated and cheered by leading high-school and college theater groups and patronized by the general public. Ms Pena-Dominese...

Jacky Chan, Jet Li, Ang Lee: Chinamen to the world

By Lito Tandoy I’ll never tire of Jacky Chan, the old time favorite of mine and many, many others. There is of course Bruce Lee, the legendary karate king, before him. Lee is the first, ever, among nameless Chinese character actors that introduced and conquered the world through martial arts on the big screen. Lee, Chan and Jet Li are everyman's heroes that popularized  not just Chinese martial arts but Chinese way of life in the turbulent countryside of China that made ...

Catague, Torralba, Gresos together hold much-awaited art exhibit Dec. 1-16

By RJS Dynamic variety but of the same roots and authenticity summed up Butuan's top trail-blazing visual artists exhibition, "Into the Roots" slated to open at 6 p.m. at Robinsons Place Butuan 3rd floor, (near the cinema lobby) on December 1 to 16. The long-cherished year-ending cultural event can be likened to an art tornado to the creative sector and art enthusiasts and supporters. When I learned of it, my reaction was, "finally, the dream team coming true." I have long known ...

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...


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