Iranian Women Film Festival at CCP, March 4-7

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The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cultural Section of the Embassy of Iran in the Philippines present the “Iranian Women’s Film Festival” from March 4 to 7, 2020, at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

On top of the screenings, a photo exhibit on “Women in Iran” will also be mounted.

On March 4, 4 pm, a free photography seminar by Sahar Hassanzadeh, of the “Women In Iran” photo exhibit, is scheduled.

CCP Film Society cardholders must RSVP at <> and arrive earlier than 2:45 pm, otherwise, their slots will be given to the walk-in audience.

For walk-ins, registration is in front of the Tanghalang Manuel Conde theater and starts 30 minutes before the screening.

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UP Film Institute holds ‘SineMaestra,’ women’s masterclasses

The UP Film Institute holds its 2nd “SineMaestra,” women’s masterclasses on March 7, 14, and 28 to mark the Women’s Month.

The five sessions of masterclasses discuss various aspects of the film scene like planning, shooting, and promoting films.

SineMaestra is open to the public on a first come, first served basis.

The featured speakers are:

Teresa Barrozo (Film Music Masterclass / 9 am -12 nn / March 7 / UPFI Videotheque)

Teresa Barrozo is a film music composer. She is the winner for Best Aural Design for the film “Birdshot” by Mikhail Red at the Filipino Arts and Cinema International (Facine24) in San Francisco, USA and the winner of the Best Original Soundtrack for the film “Kinatay” directed by Brillante Mendoza at the 42nd Sitges International Film Festival 2009 in Spain. She also earned recognition for scoring films such as “10,000 Hours” directed by Joyce Bernal at the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival and “Ka Oryang” directed by Sari Lluch Dalena at the CinemaOne Originals Film Festival 2011.

Tey Clamor (Cinematography Masterclass / 2 pm – 5 pm / March 7 / UPFI Videotheque)

Tey Clamor is a cinematographer who received her BA in Film from the UP Film Institute and has participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, Germany in 2006. She received her first break as a Director of Photography in 2015 with the film “Sleepless” and since then completed 18 local feature films including recent films “Tayo Sa Huling Buwan Ng Taon,” “Metamorphosis,” “Isa Pa With Feelings,” and “Babae at Baril.” Her first international nomination came in 2018 for the film “Maestra” (Teacher) in the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards.

Marielle Hizon (Production Design Masterclass / 2 pm – 5 pm / March 14 / UPFI Film Studio)

Marielle Hizon is a freelance production designer and actress. She won production design awards for “Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon” (2018) at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, “Blue Bustamante” (2013) at the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival, “Baconaua” (2017) at the Young Critics Circle, and “Lila” (2016) for Sinag Maynila Film Festival.

Angeli Bayani (Acting Masterclass / 9 am – 12 nn / March 28 / UPFI Cine Adarna)

Angeli Bayani is best known for starring in Philippine art-house and independent films notably those by Lav Diaz: “Melancholia” (2008) and “Norte, the End of History” (2013) for which she won the 2014 Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress. She also appeared in the Camera d’Or-winning Singaporean film “Ilo Ilo” (2013) by Anthony Chen.

Irene Villamor (Directing Masterclass / 2 pm – 5 pm / March 28 / UPFI Cine Adarna)

Irene Villamor is a director and assistant director known for “Camp Sawi” (2016), “Meet Me in St. Gallen” (2018), “Sid & Aya (Not A Love Story)” (2018), “Ulan” (2019) and, most recently, “On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets” (2020). Her films earned her nomination for best screenplay and best direction from various award-giving bodies such us Asian Academy Creative Awards, FAMAS Awards, FAP Awards, Gawad Urian Awards, and Star Awards for Movies.

Interested participants may register through this link:

Confirmation and payment details will be sent once the registration process is complete.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who will participate in all five masterclasses.

Early bird rate is at Php 500/head per masterclass.

For walk-ins, we will be charging Php 1,000/head per masterclass.

PWD and Senior Citizen discounts will be honored. 

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US, PH forces end Jan-Feb joint counterterrorism drills in Palawan

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American and Filipino military forces have completed a two-month joint/combined exchange training (JCET) in Palawan aimed at developing counterterrorism tactics and skills, the US Embassy in the Philippines announced on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.

Conducted from January to February this year, the US Embassy said that US Army Special Operations Forces and elite contingents of the Philippine 18th Special Forces Company conducted joint training that covered a variety of counterterrorism subjects and exercises.

“Training not only focused on tactical skills, but also stressed the importance of local community support and outreach as part of a holistic counterterrorism strategy,” the embassy said.

Each JCET is funded by the US Department of Defense (DOD), and on average costs an estimated PHP 5,000,000 ($100,000). 

Last year, DOD sponsored seven US-Philippine JCET events, with costs exceeding PHP 50,000,000 ($1,000,000).

“With the knowledge and experience gained from training shoulder-to-shoulder, the US and Philippine troops continue to hone their counterterrorism tactics and skills. The joint training also helps to strengthen the long-standing bond between US and Philippine military forces,” the embassy said.

The US, as a long-standing friend, partner, and ally of the Philippines, continues to provide support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines through a variety of trainings, it said. ##

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CCP holds festival of plays by women to mark Women’s Month

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in partnership with the Women Playwrights International-Philippines (WPIP), holds a three-day Festival of Plays by Women from March 6 to 8, 2020. 

The three components of the festival are: a forum in the morning, reading of women’s plays in the afternoon, and featured performances in the evening.

A “creators’ market” and interviews with renowned playwrights in various CCP venues with the theme “empowerment, diversity, and equality” are scheduled.

More than 20 speakers are expected to share their stories of empowerment through theater, dramatic readings, and talks, the CCP said. 

Among the speakers are Leticia Arbelo, an international theatre arts educator from Argentina; Achiro P. Olwochi, an international playwright and theatre artist from Uganda; Rosemary Johns, another international playwright from Australia; Bebot Rodil, faculty of MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology; Dessa Quesada-Palm, member of Silliman University Culture and Arts Council and vice president of WPI Philippines; Liza Magtoto, a well-known playwright from Metro Manila; Dr. Glecy Cruz Atienza, a professor and playwright from Metro Manila; Jehanne Mutin, a playwright from Marawi City; Elsa Martinez Coscolluela, a playwright from Bacolod City; Luna Sicat-Cleto, a professor and a board member of WPI Philippines; August Melody Andong, president of WPI Philippines; and Malou Jacob, playwright and founder/president of WPI Philippines.

Panel discussions on “Katarungan at Pagkapantay-pantay ng Kababaihan,” “Katarungan at Pagkapantay-pantay sa Dulaan” (Justice and Equality in Women and in Theater”); “Mandudulang Babae, Mandudulang Bagani’”(Female and Warrior Playwrights). and “Katangi-tanging Babae, Katangi-tanging Katha” (Exceptional Women and Story) will be held..

The goal of the festival is in line with the Philippine Development Plan so that the general public “will have greater awareness of our diverse culture and values,” the CCP said.

“There will be significant progress towards inculcating values for the common good, cultivating creativity, and strengthening culture sensitive governance and development,” the CCP said. 

The project also seeks to inspire women to write, visualize their own stories, and energize them to believe in their own talent in writing, producing and acting, it said.

This festival is the flagship project of the CCP’s Gender and Development (GAD) Committee for 2020. 

True to the center’s mission of promoting diversity and inclusion, the entrance to the fora, dramatic reading of stage plays, and the creators’ market are free and open to the public.

However, tickets for performances in the evening are priced at Php 200.

For details, please check: or follow the CCP Intertextual Division Facebook page at or call 8551-5959 or 0919-3175708. You can also send an email to

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‘Aida’ opens CCP Met Opera in HD Season 7 on March 10

The CCP Met Opera in HD are special screenings of the latest operatic productions of the Metropolitan Opera in New York through high definition digital technology.

All screenings will be held at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are priced at Php 450. Season subscription will be Php 2,400 for six shows.

Set in ancient Egypt, the four-act drama brings to life the love triangle between a warrior, an Ethiopian slave and a princess.  Warrior Radamès falls in love with Aida, the Ethiopian slave of Princess Amneris, the king’s daughter. Unbeknownst, the princess has feelings for the warrior.  

When the three meet, Amneris jealously senses Radames’ feelings for Aida.  An opera about imperial duty and forbidden love, sung in Italian.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi, with libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, soprano Anna Netrebko sings Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris and tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radamès. Maestro Nicola Luisotti takes the podium.

Composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s operatic take on the classic story of Samson and Delilah takes the cinema stage on April 21, 2020. Biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars tenor Roberto Alagna as the heroic Samson who ultimately falls victim to the seductive power of Dalila, portrayed by mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča.  

Bass-baritone Laurent Naouri sings the sinister High Priest of Dagon.  Completing the cast are baritone Elchin Azizov as the Philistine king Abimélech and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew.

Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award–winning director of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” made his debut directing the new Met production of the opera in 20 years. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

Catch Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, a tale about a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love, on May 12, 2020. In his first Live in HD appearance as the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons.

Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father,Germont, who destroys their love.

Georges Bizet’s Carmen is the fourth installment of the Opera in HD season, slated on June 23, 2020.  Set among the Romani people in Seville, Carmen is a gritty tragedy starring the most famous of all operatic vixens.

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna.  Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak sings Micaëla, alongside bass Alexander Vinogradov as the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production.

Come July 21, 2020, CCP Met Opera in HD presents Gaetano Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, an operatic comedy that mixes hilarious complications with virtuoso slapstick and wonderful singing.  Libretto by Georges Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard, it follows Marie, the feisty tomboy raised by a regiment of French soldiers.

Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the stage, while baritone Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites closes the 7th season on Aug. 25, 2020. The Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom.  Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

The CCP Met Opera in HD series is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the New York Metropolitan Opera, and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation Inc., in cooperation with the Ayala Malls Cinemas.

For more information, call the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division at 8832-1125, local 1702 & 1705. Or visit the CCP social media accounts and website (

For subscription and ticket reservations, contact CCP Sales and Promotions at 8832-3706 or email ccpsalesandpromo@gmail.  You may also inquire at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas Customer Service Nos. 7757-3861 / 62.


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David Ezra, Gian Magdangal, Aicelle Santos, Nar Cabico, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra perform in BP's Rama Hari

By Ibarra C. Mateo

Photo by @jojomamangunphoto

The Ballet Philippines announced on Tuesday / Feb. 18, 2020 that the lead singers for the 40th year production of the landmark “Rama Hari” will be David Ezra, Gian Magdangal, Aicelle Santos, and Nar Cabico, with live accompaniment by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ballet Philippines described Rama Hari as “a classic tale of courage and love as Rama pursues his quest to rescue his wife Sita from Ravana and to reclaim the throne that rightfully belongs to him.” The production closes Ballet Philippines’ 50th season.

Photo by @jojomamangunphoto

Five national artists are “collaborating” in the re-staging of Rama Hari which coincides with the Ballet Philippines’ 50th year. They are: Alice Reyes, National Artist for Dance, Ryan Cayabyab, National Artist for Music, Bienvenido Lumbrera, National Artist for Literature, the late Salvador Bernal, National Artist for Theater Design, and the late Rolando Tinio, National Artist for Theater and Literature.

Rama, Hari runs March 20 – 29, 2020 at the CCP Main Theater.

Show dates and schedules are as follows:

March 20, 2020 | Friday | 8PM

March 21, 2020 | Saturday | 2PM & 7PM

March 22, 2020 | Sunday | 2PM

March 28, 2020 | Saturday | 2PM & 7PM

March 29, 2020 | Sunday | 2PM

You can also call 8551-1003, 09565379432 (Globe), 09212921282 (Smart) to subscribe. Choose reserve, and get the best seats before anyone else.

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BREAKING: CCP gives Natl Artist Alice G. Reyes grant to mark her 1st CCP concert 50 years ago


National Artist for Dance Alice G. Reyes has been given a production grant by the Cultural Center of the Philippines to commemorate her first concert staged at the CCP on Feb. 21, 1970. Stay tuned for a celebration on Feb. 21, 2020 at the CCP.

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