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Kiddie Arts and Crafts

There is little doubt that technology’s impact today is fracturing young minds and causing a meltdown of core values that were once the fabric that held families together. With the amount of gadgets being used in this digital age, kids tend to heavily rely on technology for the majority of their play time, thereby limiting the opportunities… Continue reading Kiddie Arts and Crafts

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Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia

Despite not being the capital city bustling with urban life, Siem Reap is visited by more than one million travelers annually, marveling at intricate stonework and relics of what remains from over a thousand years of Khmer heritage, situated in its humble rural backyard. “Khmer,” which is both the language and the people, is pronounced by the locals as… Continue reading Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Watercolor Practice: Blue Hydrangeas

Whenever I have some free time, I try to squeeze in my favorite pastime activites such as watercolor painting. I’m new to botanicals so one Sunday, I practiced my beginner-level skills by painting one of the most beautiful flowers, the blue hydrangea. I used my ever-reliable Prang watercolor set, and a 7×10 185 cold-pressed watercolor paper from the prize… Continue reading Watercolor Practice: Blue Hydrangeas

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Is That Not Worth Exploring?

For this blog post, I would like to share this thought-provoking, relevant, and simply motivating article by British concert pianist James Rhodes. Published in The Guardian in 2013, this story was later on illustrated in a comic by Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils. In such a creative and interesting way, Than was able to convey Rhode’s profound message – find what you… Continue reading Is That Not Worth Exploring?

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Watercolor Practice: Teddy Bears

For this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, “Monochromatic,” I would like to share a piece of artwork I have created a month ago, with which I utilized said technique. In painting, the monochromatic color scheme uses variations in lightness and saturation of a single color. Using only the composite color brown (produced by mixing red, yellow, and black pigments),… Continue reading Watercolor Practice: Teddy Bears

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Bamboo Organ Festival at 40

St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas, which houses the prized Bamboo Organ, was once again the venue for the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival held from February 19 to 27, with this year marking its 40th anniversary. Lauded as the oldest and most complete bamboo pipe organ in the world, the Bamboo Organ was… Continue reading Bamboo Organ Festival at 40

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Life Is But a Weaving

“The best things are still made by hands.” This is what more than 100 years of Easter Weaving’s heritage proves and reminds us as it lives on to weave more quality woven products featuring the Cordillera way of life and patterns that reflect ours. For this feature, let me first share with you the meaningful tapestry poem… Continue reading Life Is But a Weaving

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Kidding at Museo Pambata

The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart – Mencius With the proliferation of tablets and computer games today, seeing children play tirelessly in backyards and alleys is rarer than it used to be, let alone witness them revel in museums. But unlike most museums where items on display are shelved behind glass only to be admired… Continue reading Kidding at Museo Pambata

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A Narrative of the Times

Tales of struggle, liberation, and change. Such tales comprise the narrative aesthetically conceived in Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s The Philippine Contemporary: to Scale the Past and the Possible exhibition. A permanent display which opened on February 8, 2013, the Philippine Contemporary launches the museum’s “new strategic direction to integrate a heightened focus on modern and contemporary art by… Continue reading A Narrative of the Times

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Nayong Pilipino Orchidarium

A couple of years back, local artists frequented Nayong Pilipino Orchidarium to draw and paint the blooms, the butterflies, and the backdrop scenery. This 1.5-hectare garden inside Rizal Park was once the site of an environmental advocacy organization, a restaurant, and a butterfly pavilion, making it a favorite venue for weddings, receptions, and anniversary celebrations.

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The National Museum of the Philippines

Aiming to represent the cultural heritage of the Filipino people and the natural history of the Philippines, the National Museum of the Philippines acquires, preserves, exhibits, and fosters a wide collection of pieces in various fields such as arts, history, archeology, anthrolpology, ethnography, zoology, botany, and taxonomy. The National Museum is comprised of two separate… Continue reading The National Museum of the Philippines

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Pinto: Opens Doors for Arts and Nature

Typically, museums are caged in enclosed, air-conditioned buildings. But Pinto Art Museum is specially unique for its open-air location which allows for a picturesque atmosphere. Being operated by the Silangan Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Ecology, Pinto is situated in the spacious 1.2 hectare land of Silangan Gardens, the weekend retreat of neurologist and art… Continue reading Pinto: Opens Doors for Arts and Nature

Arts Music Culture · Christian Living · Reflections

Good Old Vintage

Peasant blouses, prairie skirts, gingham dresses, denim overalls, crocheted bolero, laces, calico, chiffon, velvet, satchel bags, loafers, oxford shoes, and everything f-l-o-r-a-l. These are just some of the elements under the vintage umbrella and staple pieces in any vintage wardrobe. As much as it is in art and photography, a retrieval of the past in… Continue reading Good Old Vintage

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The Philippines-Japan Friendship Concert

After signing, I handed back the attendance sheet to the receptionist and was about to pay for the ticket when she gasped at the sight of my name. She then asked me how I am related to Nicanor Abelardo. It was such a pleasant surprise and blessing that upon learning that I am indeed related… Continue reading The Philippines-Japan Friendship Concert

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The Quest for Philippine Theater Identity

“Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.” –William Ralph Inge If theater is a reflection of life, then Philippine theater is a mirror of this nation’s struggles, triumphs, and existence. According to noted historian, Doreen Fernandez, the times have always shaped… Continue reading The Quest for Philippine Theater Identity

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Hold Your Wheel and Drive

Nightmare. That’s one of the meanings of the word incubus. However, in paranormal lore, the word’s definition is even more sadistic that I don’t even want to start describing in this blog. But, what’s in a name anyway? After all, the members of the band Incubus just randomly selected it from the dictionary simply because they… Continue reading Hold Your Wheel and Drive

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Doing It with the Lights On

Barely ready for the day ahead, Peping walks toward his class. Being one of the few early birds, he found his instructor already tidying up the workplace from yesterday’s clutter. The greased glass table tops signify oil glands working overtime. Peping is a 2D Animation student, particularly taking up a 600-hour certificate course to become… Continue reading Doing It with the Lights On