"Rainbow Traveler " by Fitz Herrera for Art in the Park

Art in the Park bird turned into sculptures for the fair’s 2017 edition
This year's Art in the Park will feature 57 galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups—a big leap from 12 art galleries in its inaugural outing in 2006.
In addition to the white booths teeming with artworks, Art in the Park has partnered this year with Secret Fresh to create a resin sculpture of the fair's iconic logo. The resin birds will be customized by different artist, rendering each piece unique.
The limited edition sculptures will be sold at Art in the Park on April 2 at the Museum Foundation of the Philippines booth. Prints by Mark Justiniani ("Kumpas") will also be sold in the booth. The sales fund the projects and programs of the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.

As an affordable art fair, Art in the Park continues its mission to help art lovers start their collection by setting a price cap on the works (at P50,000 this year). However, through the years, the fair has also become an annual art appreciation destination for friends, couples, and family.
Bringing art closer to the public, the fair will also feature an installation by Carzen Esprela: "Bag in a Boat" has a headless figure sitting in a 14-feet long boat with arms for oars—a perfect conversation piece while enjoying the music of featured band Brat Pack.
Mark your calendars and enjoy a day of art on April 2 at Jaime Velasquez Park, Leviste corner Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — GMA News

Photo Caption: Customized acrylic and spray paint on resin, 9 x 12.5 inches by JJ Zamoranos and Nemo Aguila in collaboration with Secret Fresh Gallery. Photo from Art in the Park Facebook page.

A new era for Pinoy action films

The prestigious Cinemax HBO Action Film Competition and the Urban Action Showcase & Expo awarded the coveted Best Short Film (2016) trophy to “Blood Hunters,” a film written, produced and directed by Filipino filmmaker and martial arts action star Vincent Soberano.

This sets the stage for a new era of Filipino action films penetrating the international market.

For Soberano, his main motivation is to promote Filipino martial arts in Filipino movies to the international audience. “They’ve used Filipino martial arts in blockbuster action films like ‘John Wick,’ ‘Jason Bourne,’ ‘Frankenstein,’ and a huge list of other films,” he says. “But no one knows its Filipino because it’s always portrayed by Hollywood stars. It’s about time I did.”

This film is a collaboration between two Filipino martial arts stars – Taekwondo Olympic delegate Monsour Del Rosario and Muay Thai world champion Vincent Soberano.

Del Rosario wants to inspire the young men and boys of the country to build a strong character and fighting spirit. Soberano wants to portray Filipinos to the world as powerful and formidable warriors.

Soberano’s personal interest in comic books and stories of the supernatural inspired him to combine martial arts and fantasy into an action-packed screenplay. Melding fantasy, action and martial arts makes a good universal theme for commercial films, judging from box-office hits like “Blade,” “Matrix,” “Frankenstein,” “Warcraft,” “Assassins Creed,” “Man with the Iron Fist” and a slew of other hard-hitting blockbusters.

He points out, “The martial arts action sequences are so unique and have never been seen in action cinema before. This is a big factor in the film’s success. That, and the introduction of ancient Filipino folklore and superstitions, with characters such as the Aswang, Dwende, Kapre, Multo, and Diwata. A cultural, martial arts, fantasy action film is always a great combination if done right. This is the perfect blend that we have achieved.”

For both Del Rosario and Soberano, as well as lead actress Sarah Chang, martial arts is a way of life. Del Rosario and Soberano both started training at the age of eight in their hometown of Bacolod City. They have been friends as young boys.

Chang started training Wushu at age seven in her hometown of Virginia, under the tutelage of Jet Li’s former teammate.


Beyond Beowulf melds classic Philippine rock with the sound of American heartland

beyobeo pic02LOS ANGELES, CA - Beyond Beowulf, a Los Angeles-based Fil-Am indie rock band, is thrilled to announce the release of its debut EP, “The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” available early next month at popular online music stores.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping” blurs the lines between traditional Pinoy rock music and American southern rock with its four diverse songs, ranging from dark, brooding refrains to upbeat, anthemic choruses. The EP also features contributions from Pinoy rock music icon David Aguirre, former guitarist of the legendary Philippine rock band Razorback, notably for the song “Kaibigan,” which is one of the more popular songs in the EP according to early listeners. “Kaibigan” will be available as a single before EP release.

A constant presence in the Los Angeles underground rock scene, Beyond Beowulf is headed by vocalist/songwriter Tolitz Rosel, who collaborated with longtime friends and veteran musicians Don Morales, Tim De Ramos, and Jade Figueroa to record and produce the EP. Morales, De Ramos, and Figueroa also played for Glen Jacinto of Teeth, Bamboo of Rivermaya, Dong Abay of Yano, and other famous Pinoy musicians who regularly toured the United States and Canada.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping” was recorded and mixed by De Ramos, a respected name in the Los Angeles Pinoy music scene, and his TDR Studios is one of the fastest-rising sound engineering and production studios in Southern California.

The debut EP represents a significant landmark in the musical career of Tolitz Rosel, who wrote all the songs, and marks the culmination of his efforts after years of bouncing around from venue to venue, playing in several bands, and doing private demos. The EP is the first of two releases planned by Rosel, with the second EP slated for the second half of 2017.

Acting Sol Gen NoelFrancisco described as ‘disciplined’ and an ‘outstanding musician’

NEW YORK -- If all goes well in the confirmationhearings, the next Solicitor General of the United States is a prominentFilipino American lawyer who was a clerk of the late conservative firebrand,Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Noel John Francisco of Oswego, New York, isreported to be Donald Trump’s choice to be the next Solicitor General,described by Texas Senator Ted Cruz as a “principled conservative.”

Francisco has argued that Trump’s order banningimmigration from six mostly Muslim countries is a decision only the presidentcan make, and not open to any legal challenge.

“The power to expel or exclude aliens is a fundamentalsovereign attribute, delegated by Congress to the executive branch ofgovernment and largely immune from judicial control,” he said in a widelypublished legal brief.

Filipino Americans are divided in their opinion ofFrancisco. Conservatives welcomed the appointment of a FilAm – the third so far— to the Trump administration, while liberals warned against too much rejoicingif the official will work against the interests of immigrant communities,including Filipinos.

Elha Nympha sings Sia’s “Chandelier” | Little Big Shots Season 2

12-year old Filipino singer Elha Nympha sings Sia’s “Chandelier” on Steve Harvey’s LITTLE BIG SHOTS Season 2. Elha won grand champion in The Voice Kids of the Philippines (Season 2). She is also one of the 8 contestants in YOUR FACE SOUNDS FAMILIAR KIDS (Season 1, Philippines).

Focus on the Philippines: Another Filipino singer makes waves on The Voice US

After 16-year-old Anatalia Villaranda turned four chairs on the premiere episode of the 12th season of The Voice US last week, another contestant with a Filipino connection impressed the show’s celebrity judging panel this week. Gaby Borromeo, an 18-year-old child of Filipino immigrants in Seattle, auditioned for the reality talent competition, singing a cover of Leona Lewis’s hit 2009 track Happy. Her performance caught the attention of judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who both turned their chairs for the young contestant. Immediately after Borromeo’s audition, Levine went onstage to congratulate her with a hug.

"I’m very surprised that this was not a four-chair turn," Levine said as he turned to his fellow coaches Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani."When you started singing, you seemed like you were nervous. But then as the song progressed, you came through in a way that just blew my mind. I think you can win The Voice with no problem. You’re unbelievable and you belong to my team," Levine added.

Making his case for Borromeo to join his team, Shelton told her: "That was an incredible performance. You can probably win this thing."Borromeo eventually picked Levine as her coach in the competition. Responding to her fans from the Philippines, Borromeo posted on social media on Wednesday: "Go Philippines! Thank you, I’m so happy I can be someone who inspires you."Borromeo said she has been passionate about music since she was a child, singing karaoke at home at the age of eight.Like Villaranda, Borromeo has advanced to the next stage of the competition on The Voice, in a round called the knockouts, which will air beginning March 20Filipino film selected to screen at Cannes Film Festival

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