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Reminiscing Purita Kalaw-Ledesma: The Triumphs and Struggles of a Filipina Art Servant

The name Purita Kalaw-Ledesma resists from merely couching, rather comfortably, on the name and achievements of her government-official-turned-writer-and-historian father, Teodoro M. Kalaw. Hers strides alongside a story of a woman art servant without whom would have greatly changed the narrative of the rise and development of modern art in the country. In fact, according to the editor […]

Resuscitating Philippine Cinema: Digital Cinema in the Philippines 1999-2009

The steady multi-causal decline of film production in the country during the early 1990’s, and the seemingly formulaic, thus degrading, quality of these films, pointed out by filmmaker Pepe Diokno, are symptomatic of the consequent death of Philippine cinema. Playing a hero(ine) figure, advancements in cinematic apparatuses, specifically the emergence of digital filmmaking in the […]

Reimagining the Retablo: A Review of Retablo 2.0 | Wilfredo Offemaria, Jr.

Considered by Jesuit art historian Rene Javellana, S.J. as the “centerpiece of any baroque church interior,” the retablo, commonly known as the altarpiece in Western cultures, houses paintings and sculptures of divine personages in its multi-tiered, oftentimes multileveled, carved wooden panels. Derived from the Latin word retaulus, formed by the merging of the words retro, […]

Striking from Below: Pasyon and Revolution

During the early years of the American occupation in the Philippines during the early 1900’s, several religio-political revolutionary groups, which were operating since the reign of the country’s previous colonizer, were sustained and grew in numbers. One of these groups was the Santa Iglesia, a Katipunan-influenced group whose population was concentrated in the Central Luzon […]

Remember and Forget: A Review of To Bind and Unbind | Ninel Constantino

Studying the process of weaving, Ninel Constantino, daughter of renowned historian Renato Constanino, realizes that it resembles how memory works. Weavings are made by the intertwining of threads in two directions – the warp and the weft – metaphorically symbolizing the dynamics of remembering and forgetting. To cope with the limitations of our memory, or […]