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Negotiating the Postcolonial: Land of the Morning – The Philippines and Its People

In contrast with the antecedent international exhibitions which attempted—or at least, claimed to attempt—to present the image of the Philippines and its peoples to the world, Asian Civilisations Museum’s Land of the Morning: The Philippines and Its People, and its accompanying publication have reached great lengths in terms of portraying an inclusive image of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘No Chaos No Party’: Glimpse into the Manila Contemporary Art Scene

It has been almost three decades since the book ‘Conversations on Philippine Art’ by art critic and writer Cid Reyes has been published. It is timely now, given the massive developments in the art practice since the 80’s, to release such book that features interviews and inside correspondences with the artists of the time. This is where the contemporary art book […]

Alter/(n)ations: 6 Women on Imelda Cajipe Endaya’s Fight for Equality and a World That Works

As we weave poetic images or inspired text examining the human condition, we insufferably hope that powers beyond ourselves, be they within halls of legislature, or boardrooms of corporations would look out at what art is trying to say. In a six-article compilation of writings on the art of and experiences with Imelda Cajipe Endaya, the editor […]