Arts & Culture (02/03/22) – BusinessWorld Online

MO_Space opening 2 shows

MO_SPACE opens two exhibitions on March 2. The first, at the main gallery, is “The Brightest Part”, featuring works by Celine Lee. In Gallery 2 is “I”, a personal exhibition by Miguel Lorenzo Uy. Both shows will run until March 27. In “The Brightest Part“, Ms. Lee continues to grapple with the transmutability of visual art – particularly its physicality or lack thereof in the digital age – and focuses on the metaphor of shadows: a recurring theme in the artist’s work. His latest body of work integrates photography with sculpture. InI,” Mr. Uy presents a series of photos, all of which are close-ups of all the cameras/lenses he currently owns or has access to. The series acts as a self-portrait for the artist, whose current interest is to question his relationship with the technologies and media that have constituted his identity. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For inquiries, call 8403-6620 or 0917-572-7970. MO_Space is at 3rd level, MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, 9and Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

NCCA Saan Ka Lulugar webinar series

ON THE OCCASION of National Arts Month, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts (NCAAA), is hosting a series of conversations that will highlight highlights how creativity in the planning, design and construction of a built environment can accelerate recovery from the effects of the pandemic. With the theme “Creativity as a Catalyst for Recovery,” the four-part webinar series, “Saan Ka Lulugaris open to the public. The fourth session, March 4 at 2 p.m., will focus on creative innovations. Register on For more information, visit

Free Webinar on World War II in the Philippines

The Ayala Foundation, Inc. – Philippine Heritage Library and the United States Embassy in the Philippines present “Popcorn At The Barracks” with Nick Deocampo. The free webinar is part of “Liberation: War & Hope”, a series of events in commemoration of the 75and anniversary of the end of World War II. The webinar will take place on March 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, online via Zoom and Facebook Live. In the latest episode of “Liberation Talks,” Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) webinars, independent filmmaker and UP professor Nick Deocampo will discuss the legacy left by World War II on Filipino cinema using three perspectives: historiographic, semiotic and nationalist. Mr. Deocampo will rebuild the number of spectators and film production during and after the war. This story will highlight how nationalist filmmakers use Hollywood melodrama to revisit wartime and post-war Filipino-American relations. Reflecting on the developments of the Cold War, the lecturer will examine films that deal with the theme of World War II, in particular by Manuel Silos Victory Joe and Lino Brocka’s “Hellow, Soldier” from the acclaimed drama trilogy Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa. The webinar will also cover topics related to the treatment of American films during the Japanese military’s three-year occupation of the Philippines as well as Hollywood’s triumphant return to local screens. The semiotic approach will use science to provide a tool for making meaning using the signs in films – images, sounds and gestures. How do the films – minus the dialogues – speak? And finally, the talk will seek to answer how nationalism forms a framework that has made cinema evolve into a national culture. To learn more, visit and

Genealogy webinar focuses on links to Fujian

The MUSEUM Foundation of the Philippines will host a webinar, “Relative Finder: Reconnecting Family Histories From Filipinas to Fujian,” led by Eduardo Dela Cruz, on March 5 at 10 a.m. Mr. De la Cruz is an IT professional from northern Samar. Since 2012, her Relative Finder advocacy work has helped reconnect the roots of more than 60 families from the Philippines and China. He is a contributor to Tulay Chinese-Filipino Digest where he writes about his experiences of bringing together lost family histories. Her work has been featured in international conferences and media outfits. To join the webinar, register here: .

The Asian Cultural Council organizes a fundraiser

The 2022 ASIAN Cultural Council (ACC) Auction will take place on March 5 at 2 p.m. at the Leon Gallery. A portion of the proceeds from this annual auction will help fund various ACC grants for Filipino and Asian artists and arts practitioners. To view the catalog, to visit…/The-Asian-Cultural-Council…. Register to bid online at Auction items are currently on display at Leon Gallery, Eurovilla I, Legazpi St. corner VA Rufino St., Legazpi Village, Makati.

Free collage webinar offered

CUT and Paste, a two-part workshop-webinar, will be presented by Kaloy Olavides, 2012 Laureate of Thirteen Artists from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Hosted by the Arts and Culture Cluster of De La Salle-Collège de Saint Benilde, the multimedia artist and musician will highlight how combining and forming an assemblage of different photos, press clippings and small accents can serve as a study and reference for budding artists to realize their concepts. The educator from the Benilde School of Design and Arts will present Magic Eye Pictures or autostereogram, which creates the visual illusion of a 3D scene from a two-dimensional image. He will present some of his personal drawings in the style as well as the most significant works of his students. He will also discuss the main influences of the genre, such as the collages of Winston Smith, popularly known for his works for the punk rock group Dead Kennedys. Cut and Paste is free and open to the public. It will take place online via Zoom on March 9 and 16, at 2 p.m. Each session will end with a Q&A section and a collage workshop. To register, go to the official BACC Facebook page at

Salcedo organizes an auction of art and furniture PHL

SALCEDO Auctions’ “Important Philippine Art & Furniture, including Tribal & Ethnographic Art” auction will take place on March 12 at 2 p.m. , Makati. For inquiries, call Salcedo Auctions on 0917-825-7449 or email [email protected] To consult the catalog, go to

UnionBank, CANVAS.PH team up on the NFT art space

UNION BANK of the Philippines (UnionBank) is leveraging its expertise in blockchain technology through a partnership with the nonprofit Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS.PH) to help artists and collectors navigate the emerging non-fungible token (NFT) art space. The partnership was formalized with a virtual signing event on February 17 between Cathy Casas, Head of UnionBank’s Blockchain Center of Excellence (BCOE), Digital Asset Markets Unit and Marketplace API; and Gigo Alampay, Executive Director, CANVAS.PH. They were joined by the former secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Popo Lotilla, who presented CANVAS.PH at UnionBank, and who recently laid eyes on the transformative potential of blockchain technology, especially here in the Philippines. As part of this partnership, UnionBank, through its BCOE, and CANVAS.PH co-facilitate an educational program focused on NFTs for artists and collections. This program consists of a series of webinars and an NFT Philippine Artwork sale and auction hosted by CANVAS.PH, the proceeds of which will benefit the latter’s mission to work “with the creative community to promote children’s literacy, explore national identity and deepen public appreciation for art, culture and Filipino environment”. To help minimize the environmental impact that will result from using the Ethereum blockchain network, UnionBank will increase its already existing tree planting activities, including in Ibaan, Batangas at the site of the Philippine Children’s Art Museum planned by CANVAS, pledging to plant even more trees to offset the potential carbon footprint.

Consumer rights group hosts art exhibit

Pushing for consumer rights through art, the multi-sectoral group Rights Action Philippines (RAP) has mounted an art exhibition titled “Protecting Our Consumer Rights in the State of Pandemic” which runs until March 12, at Gallery M, Taft Ave. , City of Pasay. The exhibition, which features more than 80 paintings and sculptures by 49 contemporary artists, depicts the realities that artists and consumers are living in these times of pandemic. Among the works are those of Romualdo Calingo Munting Nakayananby Lauren Jascha Tolentino Pang ilang tao kaya? series, Geronimo Sicat-Santos’ artificial flavor; by Marcelo Quezon king of the road series and Balik by Jojo Garcia Pasada, no to phasing out. The exhibition is accessible online on the RAP website, and FB pages and

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