Arts and Culture on the Net (1st Week of 2010)

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Saturday, 9 January 2010 - Last Updated on March 18, 2015

Because that dreaded Real Life can get too hectic for you to keep up with all the arts and culture coverage on the Internet, we’ve decided to lend a helping hand. Here are a few selected posts from our favorite sources, divided into categories for your convenience, which were published in the first full week of 2010.


Cinemalaya 2010 full-length finalists named (Philippine Star): ten finalists in the Full-Length Feature category have been named, and they will receive an initial seed investment of P500,000 from Cinemalaya Foundation. Awards for all categories will be given on July 18, 2010.

(The Bakla Review): tackles not the ten most critically acclaimed films, nor the author’s ten favorite films, but the ten films that made an “indelible impact” on gay culture in the Philippines.

Failings of a family affair (Manila Times): a review of Nobody, Nobody but Juan, where the author expresses his disappointment over the inability of the film to move beyond the traditional tropes of a typical Filipino comedy, despite the quality cast.

Avatar to accelerate 3D revolution (Business World): certain sectors in the movie industry predict that the massive success of the big-budget James Cameron film will encourage other studious to invest in similarly massive 3D undertakings in the future.

Poverty Porn (Philippine Star): Pepe Diokno relates his thoughts on the theme of hopelessness that seems to run through many internationally screened Filipino films, and postulates an answer as to why this is so, and when this will change.


Top 10 Reads of 2009 (Coffeespoons): the book blogger gives a list of her ten best reads of 2009 (plus six books which didn’t quite make the cut). The list is not limited to just one genre, as young adult, mainstream, and non-fiction titles all find a place.

Connecting Flights (Bookmarked!): a review of Connecting Flights: Filipinos Write from Elsewhere, a collection of poems, essays, and fiction by twenty Filipino writers and poets, edited by Ruel S. De Vera.


The year that was in fash speak (Philippine Star): Every art has its special vocabulary, its insider language. Daryl Chang surveys ten players/insiders of the local fashion scene to how Filipinos in the industry “reinterpreted day-to-day grammar” in 2009.

Visual Arts:

Philippine Art Awards regional winners named (Philippine Star): ten artists each from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and the NCR received P40,000 and the right compete with each other in a national competition as regional winners of the Philippine Art Awards. Exhibitions of the winning works can be found at the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental (Mindanao, the Changing Gallery of Museo Sugbo (Visayas), and the North Wing Gallery of the National Museum of the Filipino People (Luzon and NCR).

Cosplayers for a Cause (Manila Times): Karen Kunawicz writes about the Christmas outreach of Black Pearl Philippines and the Philippine Outpost of the 501st Legion of Storm Troopers (cosplaying fans of Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars, respectively) to the children’s ward of the Philippine General Hospital.

Scars from an eagle’s talons (Business World): an article on War and Dissent: The US in the Philippines (1899-1915), an exhibit produced by the Presidio of San Francisco, at the National Museum of the Filipino People, tackling the neglected subject of the Philippine-American War.  You can check out the official site for more information.


(The Bakla Review): something of a companion piece to the post on gay movies above, this one tackles a subject I’ve never seen before. Heh, I remember that Lucky Me ad…

Illuminating the small screen (Business World): a feature on Illuminati with Krip & Trix, a new television program on GNN Channel 21 hosted by Alfred “Krip” Yuson and Trix Syjuco, which presents conversations between artists in an informal environment.

Pinay White House chef Cristeta Comerford wins on Iron Chef America (GMA News): the first Asian-American and first female Executive Chef emerged victorious, with the help of Iron Chef Bobby Flay and a Filipino-inspired broccoli clam chowder.


Gerry Alanguilan romanticizes dead bold stars (GMA News): a review (full of plot spoilers) of Where Bold Stars Go to Die, which describes the story/writing as “lyrical and nostalgic” and the art as rendering ” even the most sexually-charged scenes with finesse and subtlety.”


Albums Worth Having (Manila Times): Cris O. Ramos Jr. picks ten of the best OPM albums that arrived on the shelves in 2009. I’d have to second his pick of Archipelago’s Travel Advisory, the only one in the list which I own.

Music review: Pinoy rock ‘superband’ Franco (ABS-CBN News): I’ve only heard one of their songs myself, but that was enough for me to not dismiss out of hand the author’s claim that new band Franco (with a debut album which has yet to be released) is already being labeled a ‘superband’ in some quarters. Good to see that their album might be released this month.

Kpop: 4Minute meet and greet / live album tour (Azrael’s Merryland): Still not quite sure what a 4Minute girl actually is, but fans of the Korean girl group (who probably do know, or don’t care) will be pleased to note that they’ll be doing a mall tour in Manila this February. Azrael’s link points to a contest for some 4Minute swag.

Other News:

Palace declares arnis as national martial art and sport (GMA News): While Arnis news wouldn’t normally fall within our coverage, I think the President officially naming Arnis as the Philippines’ national martial art and sport merits mention.

Event Announcements and Schedules: g>No summaries here, just a list of links with dates you may want to mark in your event calendars.

(Looking for Juan)

The 1st Philippine Guitar Fest to be held at CCP (Business World)

Filipino and Singaporean artists collaborate for exhibit (Manila Times)

Long weekends list for 2010 and spend your holiday in the Philippines (Azrael’s Merryland)

Live shows, concerts dominate February 2010 calendar (ABS-CBN News)

Otaku Expo 2010 on Jan 23-24 (

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