Ortigas Foundation publishes Legarda’s essay on Philippine churches

IN RECOGNITION of Benito J. Legarda, Jr.’s major contribution to the history of Hispanic Church architecture in the Philippines, the Ortigas Foundation has published a memorial edition of his seminal essay on early churches. Illustrated throughout with beautiful, full color photographs, this annotated 71-page edition of Hispanic Philippine Churches: An Architectural Study is a work of both important scholarship and beauty. Limited hardbound copies are available for P650. There is also an e-book version for P250. For orders e-mail ortigasfoundation@ortigas.com.ph.

Yuchengco lecture looks at women in art

IN CELEBRATION of Women’s Month, the Yuchengco Museum presents the video lecture Women, Framed: A Look at Women in Philippine Art and Society. Museum director Jeannie Javelosa discusses a number of works in the museum’s collection including several paintings by National Artists Fernando Amorsolo and Botong Francisco, Hernando Ocampo and Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Norma Belleza and Eduardo Castrillo, among many others. View the lecture at (167) WOMEN, FRAMED – A Look at Women in Philippine Art and Society – YouTube ).

See all the Louvre art online

ONE can now view all 480,000 pieces that make up the art collection of France’s Louvre Museum online at https://collections.louvre.fr/en/page/apropos. An interactive map allows visitors to explore the museum rooms. The map is updated regularly by museum experts.

Ortigas Foundation Library to hold talks on collecting

Ortigas Foundation Library Executive Director John Silva will give a talk on why people collect Filipiniana books, discussing the duds and treasures found in his 50 years of collecting, and give pointers on being the best obsessive collector of Filipiniana in a talk “The Crazy Obsession with Collecting Filipiniana Books” on April 10, 2 p.m. as the Ortigas Library brings back the #COOLECTIONS series this April. On April 2, 2 p.m., there will be two talks: “All About Anting-Anting” with Jeffrey Lubang and “Anting-Anting Collection” with Robert Enriquez. The talks will be livestreamed on the Ortigas Foundation Library’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Ortigas.Foundation.

CCP launches three books

DIFFERENT departments of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) are launching books this month and next. Commemorating four decades of the CCP Outreach Program, the book Lakbayin ang Sining: Readings in Creative and Cultural Work in the Philippines features narratives, testimony, and heartwarming stories about arts and cultural work in the Philippines as recounted by Filipino artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations from various provinces and communities nationwide. Edited by Alejandro D. Padilla and designed by Paul Pagunsan, the book highlights for its cover Leonardo “Bing” Cariño’s artwork from the MINTODA series (short for Mindanao Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association).  Lakbayin ang Sining is available online through the Facebook page of the CCP Shop (https://www.facebook.com/theccpshop). As part of the celebration of Women’s Month, an e-book about Filipina playwrights, ELEMENTAL: Mga Babaeng Mandudula at mga Elemento ng Drama, will be launched on March 31, 2 p.m., over the official Facebook pages of the CCP (https://www.facebook.com/culturalcenterofthephilippines) and CCP Intertextual Division (https://www.facebook.com/CCPInterxtualDivision/). This launch is part of the CCP’s celebration of National Women’s Month. The plays selected were chosen from works staged from various editions of the Virgin Labfest, the CCP’s annual theater festival. The selected works will help in defining the elements of a play. Edited by Layeta Bucoy, this e-book can also be considered as a manual in writing for theater. It includes Clarissa Estuar’s Ang Mamanugangin Ni Rez. Debbie Ann Tan’s Fate’s Line, Mga Babaeng Toobright, Dragon’s Breath, Layeta Bucoy’s Ang Anak ni Gloria; and Liza Magtoto’s Paigan and Anonymous. For inquiries, send an e-mail to ccpintertextualdivision@gmail.com or text  0919-317-5708. Meanwhile, the CCP Intertextual Division will launch the latest online edition of Ani, the official literary journal of the CCP, on April 7, 2 p.m., via the official Facebook pages of the CCP and CCP Intertextual Division. Ani 41: Lakbay will feature multilingual Philippine literary works on travel published in a digital platform and will be accessible online for free. Edited by Herminio S. Beltran, Jr., with Mia P. Tijam as the special section editor, the literary journal features 146 works selected from over thousands of submissions from different parts of the country and the world. The selected works include travel essays, poems, short fiction, and are written in English, Filipino, Bicol, Bicol Rinconada, Pangasinan, Cebuano, Visayan, Waray-waray, Iloko, Hiligaynon, Kankanaey and Akeanon. The Ani 41: Lakbay e-book will be accessible to the public and will be available for free download. For more information, visit the CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page.

Ballet Philippines video for Women’s Month

BALLET Philippines has partnered with the Yuchengco Museum to present the world premiere of Ode to the Feminine to celebrate Women’s Month. The performance depicts women’s empowerment with “The Power of Choice” as its central theme. The ballet focuses on the female-centric paintings by National Artists Botong Francisco and Fernando Amorsolo — Courtship Ritual and Princess Urduja, respectively — that are displayed in the Museum. The video can be seen here: Ode to the Feminine (ballet.ph).

CCP buildings undergo disinfection, closed from April 1-4

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is currently undergoing a thorough disinfection and sanitation of all its buildings until March 31, to ensure the safety and well-being of employees and artists entering the premises in view of the rising coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country and positive cases among CCP employees.  Likewise, the CCP will be closed to the public from April 1 to 4 in observance of the Holy Week.