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“THE KINGMAKER” MAKES ITS PHILIPPINE PREMIERE AT THE CCP

Emmy Award–winning filmmaker/photographer Lauren Greenfield’s critically acclaimed documentary “The Kingmaker,” about Imelda Marcos, will have its Philippine premiere on January 29, 2020, 7:30pm, at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater), with matinee screening at 3:00pm.

“The Kingmaker” explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and examines the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines.

The 100-minute documentary had its world premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, followed by screenings at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto, and London Film Festivals. The first documentary film to be invited to all four of these top festivals, the film has since garnered a Writers Guild Nomination, as well as three Critics Choice Nominations and the Critics Choice honor for the “Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary”.

And this month, in cooperation with the De La Salle University, it comes to the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The screening is under the CCP Arthouse Cinema program.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines is a 50-year-old edifice built through the initiation of the Former First Lady Imelda Marcos. In September 1969, after the decades-long quest of countless Filipino artists and government officials, the CCP rose on a reclaimed land along Roxas Boulevard and served as a beacon of Philippine arts and culture. It opened its doors for the premiere of “The Golden Salakot: Isang Dularawan.”

In 1986, the CCP re-invented itself to become a people’s art center. Filipino works were given priority, while outreach programs and regional artmaking became one of the main focuses. Access to artworks and performances was de-centralized.

It has been its mandate to present good and relevant arts – in this case, film – for its audience. Part of its mission is to bring in rich and varied contents from local and international filmmakers.

CCP VP-artistic director Chris B. Millado said “the CCP as a government cultural institution has a contentious history, so it cannot be denied that Imelda founded this during the Marcos years, that Imelda was the main patron for the establishment of this institution. But it also cannot be denied that the Marcos regime had its excesses in terms of corruption, and its human rights record. And it also cannot be denied that they have been convicted in courts for this. By screening this film, it’s a way of making artistic expression engage with issues that we feel are very important to tackle in this part of the political or social psyche of the Filipino.”

“We can’t deny the relations of the center with the Marcoses, but CCP has moved on to become a People’s Art Center. The CCP has always been a platform for artistic expressions and rational conversations. We are presenting a documentary tackling an issue that we are concerned about, as a Filipino people,” said Millado.

The idea of creating a documentary on the Marcoses began when Greenfield read an article by William Mellor in a Bloomberg magazine about one of the family’s least-known but most bizarre excesses. In 1976, at the height of their powers, Ferdinand and Imelda evicted more than 1,000 poor inhabitants of a Philippine island and replaced them with a menagerie of African animals shipped 6,000 miles from Kenya in a latter-day Noah’s Ark.

Investigating the untold story of a dictator’s forgotten safari park, Greenfield gained intimate access to Imelda and other members of the Marcos clan, filming in Imelda’s extravagantly-furnished city apartment and the family mansions in Manila and the bailiwicks of Ilocos Norte and Leyte provinces.

“Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, famed for her addiction to excess, has been an iconic reference in my long-term investigation of wealth through my photography and films. Astonished that she had managed to re-enter Philippine politics after being ousted by a popular uprising, I began filming her and discovered that, at age 85, she remained a skilled ‘political animal,’ as her son Bongbong describes her,” said Greenfield in her artist’s statement.

Greenfield’s cameras followed the lavishly funded Marcos vice-presidential campaign from its launch in 2015 through to the election night drama and aftermath. During this time, Greenfield also conducted moving interviews with victims of the Marcos years, ranging from courageous women activists who had been raped and tortured to an elder Calauit islander who had been evicted from her home to make way for the Marcos’ menagerie.

Soon, Greenfield realized she was onto an unfolding story that would be as topical as today’s headlines.

The film chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. “In an age when fake news impacts elections, Imelda’s comeback story is a cautionary tale,” said Greenfield.

Named by the New York Times as “America’s foremost visual chronicler of the plutocracy,” Emmy Award–winning filmmaker/photographer Lauren Greenfield has produced groundbreaking work on consumerism, youth culture, and gender for the last 25 years. Her films “Generation Wealth,” “The Queen of Versailles,” and “Thin,” her viral commercial #LikeaGirl, and her photography books “Generation Wealth,” “Fast Forward,” and “Girl Culture” have garnered countless awards and provoked international dialogue about some of the most important issues of our time.

After the screening, there will be a talkback with the film representative and other guests from different sectors.

For more information, call the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division at 8832-1125, local 1705 & 1712. Or visit the CCP Facebook accounts and website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph).

For ticket inquiries, call the CCP Box Office at 8832-3704, or TicketWorld at 8891-9999. For more information, visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

BNSCWC, DLSU Publishing House, and Partners Launch Books by Lasallian Writers

The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC), in partnership with De La Salle University Publishing House (DLSUPH), OMF Literature Inc., Taftique, Inc., and The Bookmark, Inc., launched five books by Lasallian writers last March 14 at the Philippe Jones Lhuillier Conference Room, 14/F Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila.

A Night Bird Sings of Blindness and Fear (OMF Literature Inc.) by Janina Marie Rivera chronicles a teenager’s struggles to live courageously while battling against Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVM). An MFA graduate, Rivera is a teacher, writer, magazine publisher, and missionary.

Hagdanang Bahaghari (Bookmark, Inc.) by Genaro Gojo Cruz is about the “super powers” of Toto’s mother. Gojo Cruz is the author of 56 children’s books. He teaches literature and creative writing at DLSU and serves as the BNSCWC Associate for Children’s Literature.

Walang Halong Biro (DLSUPH) by Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles plots the grit and grime of modern isolation.  It is an exploration of the roguish self, memory, and artistic creation. It contains English translations by Kristine Ong Muslim.  Arguelles teaches literature and creative writing at DLSU.

Edited by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. and Shirley O. Lua, Direk: Essays on Filipino Filmmakers (DLSUPH and Sussex Academic Press) includes works on National Artists for Film Gerardo de Leon, Lino Brocka, and Ishmael Bernal. The special edition contains colored plates.  Del Mundo is Artist-in-Residence and Professor Emeritus at DLSU. Lua teaches literature at DLSU and is the BNSCWC Associate for Literary Studies.

Narito: Essays on Place (Taftique, Inc.) is an anthology that muses upon spaces, comings-and-goings, and memories that endure. The book contains essays by Taftique members Vijae O. Alquisola, Genevieve L. Asenjo, Jophen C. Baui, Kei Valmoria Bughaw, Adrian Crisostomo Ho, Ma. Antonette E. Lofamia, Clarissa V. Militante, Krezta Rae M. Palces, Josephine V. Roque, and Dorynna Zyneensky L. Untivero.

 

DLSU Publishing House publishes two-volume Betsy Westendorp coffee-table book

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A CELEBRATION of art and life, Betsy Westendorp is a two-volume coffee-table book that was launched last Thursday, February 22 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. It presents the extraordinary range of the world-renowned painter, who remains a dynamic force of the cultural scene at the golden age of ninety! Her paintings are timeless classics.

 

A citizen of Spain and the Philippines, Betsy Westendorp has received prestigious awards from both countries. In 1976, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain bestowed on her the distinguished Lazo de Dama de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica, the equivalent of knighthood for ladies.

In 2008 during the term of Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit for Art and Culture.

Published by the De La Salle University Publishing House, the book was lavishly created by Filipino art critic Cid Reyes and Spanish graphic designer Iñigo Cerdan. It is unique in its inclusion of the Spanish text by the famed Spanish art critic Elena Florez, who wrote an expansive and eloquent critique of the artist’s works. It was translated by the artist’s daughter Isabel Brias Westendorp.

As Cerdan states, “Designing these volumes is a way to show the world how valuable and successful is the career of Betsy Westendorp.”

The Museum at DLSU presents FRAGMENTS: Cityscape stories and reflections

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The Museum at De La Salle University opened its third exhibition that focuses on art and environment entitled FRAGMENTS: Cityscape stories and reflections. The exhibit will be on view until August 18 at the 2nd Level of the Don Enrique Yuchengco Hall in the Manila campus.

The word “Fragment” means “broken off,” “incomplete,” or “detached.” This alludes to people’s stories within the city, their lives and experiences as a small piece of a whole.

The exhibit presents the essential structures and developments of a city plus people’s activities at daytime and nighttime, as interpreted by artists. The selected pieces also express stories of inspiration through their artistic representation of the physical aspects of a city. It aspires to motivate and encourage viewers to participate, in their own way, in making our surroundings clean, orderly, beautiful, and pleasantly inhabitable.

The exhibit also gives  viewers freedom to speak of their mind through art by creatively writing their opinions, drawing, and forming puzzles. This serves as an interactive experience for all visitors. This aspect of the exhibit aims to touch the domains of learning through the use of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills in order to encourage viewers’ formulation of fresh ideas which can be applied in their daily lives.

The artworks in “Fragments” are from the Wili and Doreen Fernandez collection, University art collection, and loaned works from selected artists and art collectors.

This exhibition is open to the general public. For more information, please contact The Museum at (+632) 5244611 local 368 or email: nicky.bradecina@dlsu.edu.ph. You may also check The Museum website at http://themuseum.dlsu.edu.ph

DLSU to hold national conference on teaching literature, humanities

 

The Department of Literature of De La Salle University will conduct “Writing the Classroom: National Conference on the Teaching of Literature and the Humanities” from  May 25 to 27 at the Verdure, 4/F Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, in Taft Avenue, Manila.

This is open to all teachers of literature especially those who are teaching in either senior high school or college levels.

The 3-day conference will have plenary lectures, lesson planning workshops, and teaching demonstrations on the following topics: teaching poetry, teaching fiction, teaching drama, teaching creative nonfiction, teaching 21st century Philippine literature, teaching Afro-Asian literature, teaching Anglo-American literature, teaching literary theory and criticism, and teaching Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.

Recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development, the DLSU Department of Literature is home to writers and scholars who are respected and published in the Philippines and abroad. It has on its faculty winners of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards and the National Book Awards.

The conference fee is P1,500 that comes with a teaching manual. The fee does not include food and accommodation. For more details and reservations, please email the conference director, Dr. John Iremil E. Teodoro, at john.iremil.teodoro@dlsu.edu.ph or call telephone number 524-4611 local 541 or 532 and look for Donna Mina.

DLSU wins gold in Anvil Awards

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De La Salle University’s special publication, Involved, nabbed a Gold Award at the 52nd Anvil Gabi ng Parangal. The ceremony was held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel last March 10.

Involved, a special publication developed by DLSU’s Office for Strategic Communications, celebrates knowledge in action and how it can transform lives. The magazine focuses on the community engagement efforts of faculty members and highlights the various programs and initiatives of DLSU as a national resource, in line with the educational work of St. John Baptist de La Salle towards a humane, progressive, and peaceful society.

The latest issue can be viewed here.

Manila 1945 in Text and Images Exhibit at the DLSU Learning Commons

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In commemoration of the Liberation of Manila, the DLSU Libraries is holding an exhibit entitled “Manila 1945 in Text and Images” at the 6th floor Exhibit Area of The Learning Commons, Henry Sy Sr. Hall.

This exhibition will feature selected images and works taken during the Battle of Manila from the holdings of the Libraries. The exhibit is intended to remind the academic community of a critical period in the history of the nation and the sacrifices that both the armed forces and civilian population endured during the Second World War.

Currently, the Libraries have a Special Collection on War Years, consisting of 88  volumes of books on World War I and World War II, located on the 13th floor of The Learning Commons. In addition, 260 titles or 501 volumes of books on World War II are  available in the Filipiniana Collection (10th floor HSSH).

The exhibit will run from 20 February to 03 March 2017, 7:00AM to 8:00PM and is in line with Proclamation No. 653, s1993.

Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa to visit DLSU

 

Nobel Laureate for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa will be at De La Salle University on November 8 to receive an honorary doctorate in literature, the highlight of his visit to the country.

University administrators, faculty, students, writers, and members of the diplomatic corps are expected to attend the ceremony which will be held at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.

Vargas Llosa studied in La Salle schools in Bolivia and Peru for his elementary education.

In 2010, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat” (Nobel Prize Foundation). According to the Swedish Academy, Vargas Llosa is “a divinely gifted storyteller.”

His critically acclaimed novels and fictions include: La ciudad y los perros (1963, Eng. trans. The Time of the Hero), La tía Julia y el escribidor (1977, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), La guerra del fin del mundo (1981, The War of the End of the World), El sueño del celta (2011, The Dream of the Celt), El héroe discrete (2013, The Discreet Hero), and Cinco esquinas (2016, Five Corners). His collections of essays include Sables y utopías. Visiones de América Latina (2009, Sabres and Utopias: Visions of Latin America) and La civilización del espectáculo (2012, The Civilization of the Spectacle).

Aside from the Nobel, Vargas Llosa has received many prizes and awards such as the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, 1986; Miguel de Cervantes Prize in Spanish-language literature, 1994; PEN/Nabokov Award, 2002; and the XII Don Quijote Journalism Award.

Write Green: Premio Ambahan 2016

When a Mangyan poet writes of a flower, he writes of it not for the purpose of celebrating its beauty or fragrance but to make it an allegory or symbol of human life, its problems, and its challenges. – Antoon Postma

The DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) announces Write Green: Premio Ambahan 2016. This competition seeks to promote the writing of ambahan as a contemporary expression deep-rooted in our tradition. Ambahan is a short poetic form indigenous to the Hanunuo Mangyans of Mindoro. It consists of seven-syllable lines, mono-rhyme scheme, and images illustrating people’s lives in relation to their natural habitat. Its original language uses an ancient syllabary or a writing system Indic in origin.

Guidelines

Premio Ambahan is open to all bona fide undergraduate students of De La Salle University, Taft and STC campuses. The entry is one (1) good unpublished poem, an original work. It should follow the stylistic features of an ambahan, composed in English or Filipino. Theme is landscape and environment. The poem may reflect on green things, retell scenes of disasters, rediscover myth and milieu, imagine the future, or just love the planet.

Only one entry per contestant will be accepted. Entry should include author’s full contact information (address, email, phone) and copy of current EAF (3rd Term AY2015-2016). Not eligible for the contest are the student personnel of BNSCWC.

Three winners will be selected to receive the following prizes: First, PHP5,000; second prize, PHP4,000; and third prize, PHP3,000. The decision of the Board of Judges is final.

Entry deadline: 30 June 2016.  Winners will be announced in August 2016.

Please submit entry as Word attachment to: bnscwc@dlsu.edu.ph. “Premio Ambahan” should be indicated in the space marked “Subject.”

This competition celebrates the Philippine Environment Month, and complements the DLSU No Impact Experiment in June.

For inquiries, please contact BNSCWC at (632) 5244611 local 233; drop by the office at M208; or email bnscwc@dlsu.edu.ph.

Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista Officially Inducted as National Artist for Literature

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Noel Pablante, Manila Bulletin

 

Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista, De La Salle University Professor Emeritus and University Fellow, was among nine Filipinos formally inducted into the Order of National Artists last April 14 by President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Malancañang Palace. The induction of Bautista as National Artist for Literature follows the proclamation made on June 20, 2014.

The Order of National Artists is presided over by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Upon the recommendation of both the NCCA and CCP, the President of the Philippines confers the National Artist award on Filipinos “who have made distinct contributions in the field of arts and letters.

Described as a Renaissance man, Bautista is a poet, fictionist, painter, literary critic, and educator. At DLSU, he was honored as a member of the elite group of University Fellows. He spent 33 years teaching in the University, retiring in 2006.

He earned his Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature at DLSU in 1990. He was an exchange professor and honorary fellow in various universities abroad. He received notable literary recognitions including the first Hall of Fame Award of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, numerous National Book Awards, and the Grand Prize in the Centennial Literary Contest.

 

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