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CCP opens unique festival for oral literature Orature is coined by Ugundan linguist Pio Zirimu from the phrase oral literature with the aim to put the spoken words at par with—and not inferior to—the written words. In the Philippines, multi-awarded writer, performer and educator Vim Nadera is taking orature a…

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On their sixth anniversary episode, comedian and It’s Showtime! host Vice Ganda surrendered the fight against Eat Bulaga on behalf of his co-hosts but dispelled rumors that their noontime show will soon be reformatted. “Hindi naman po namin kayang talunin ang Eat Bulaga. Kahit pagsama-samahin namin ang powers namin at…

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What’s more spine-chilling than selling out 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in a matter of days? It’s seeing this huge audience sing, dance, jump and scream in delight at Eat Bulaga’s special episode “Sa Tamang Panahon.” Alden Richard and Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza’s Aldub, the phenomenal love team that has been the…

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National Gallery Singapore Director Dr. Eugene Tan sets off to piece together Southeast Asian art history in this The Sunday Times Magazine Exclusive For someone who has attained an impressive profile in the Asian art scene, it is quite ironic that Dr. Eugene Tan—most likely the busiest man behind the…

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As if foreseeing the couch potato season in the coming holidays of November and December, cable network group HBO officially announced the lineup of original productions set to premiere in its slew of channels in the days and weeks to come. Karen Lai, Communications Director for HBO Asia, flew into…

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In a country where politics and show business go hand in hand, it is no longer a surprise when actors, athletes and entertainers decide to cash in on their popularity and jump into the political bandwagon. Leading the list of personalities and celebrities set to run next year is world…

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The Manila Times College’s free education program saves four teenagers from shattered dreams Society can sometimes be harsh toward today’s teenagers. Raised in the age of the Internet, where everything is easily a click away, they generally are deemed as spoiled and privileged, and oblivious to real world problems. But…

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Whereas Star Cinema’s When Love Begins has Boracay, and That Thing Called Tadhna, Baguio and Sagada, Flotsam, the latest maindie (an independent production that casts actors from mainstream films) seeks to capture La Union’s “magic.” The movie, named after a quaint artist’s beach hotel in San Juan, La Union, is…

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Now on its third installment, QCinema International Film Festival (QCIFF) 2015 will host a 10-day movie affair that aims to satiate every northern filmophile’s cinematic fantasies. Top caliber local and international films, including two film discourses, will run at the Trinoma, Gateway Mall, and Robinson’s Galleria cinemas for the festival…

‘Chuva Choo Choo’

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In an unprecedented move in local theater, Chuva Choo Choo: The Mr. Kupido Musicale, was staged in a limited edition four-show run in the last weekend of September. Unlike most productions in the thriving Philippine theater scene, which hold consecutive shows for a full run, the partial run is deliberate…

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