Arts & Culture (12/01/21)

Arts & Culture (12/01/21)

Ortigas Library welcomes vendors to sale

THE ORTIGAS Foundation Library is inviting vendors of antiques, books, and ephemera to join its Christmas sale on Dec. 11 and 12 at the atrium of the Shoppesville mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan. For P1,500, vendors get two folding tables set up for the sale. Vendors get to keep all their sales. Set up time is at 7 a.m. For more information, call 0926-729-9029.

CCP to hold live dance performance

AFTER almost two years of not performing live, the dancers return to the Main Theater stage of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with A Christmas Celebration, on Dec. 12, 2 and 7 p.m. Held in cooperation with Ballet Philippines Alumni Association, the production will be the finale production for the Professional Dance Support Program (PDSP), a special program initiated by the CCP to support the professional dance in the Philippines. The show features a divertissement of dances including the “Garland Waltz,” “Little Red Riding Hood with The Wolf,” and “Princess Florine and the Bluebird” from Sleeping Beauty. With restaged choreography by Victor Ursabia and Eugene Obille, the ballet also features the Grand Pas De Deux with Princess Aurora and her Prince. The production also includes Tuloy Ang Pasko, the all-original Filipino dance production that was created, filmed, and premiered online in 2020. It tells the story of five old friends who reminisce, over Zoom, about the Christmases of their youth including the Christmas carols. The production features music composed by National Artists Ryan Cayabyab, Levi Celerio, and Felipe de Leon, among others. With musical arrangements by Mr. Cayabyab, Tuloy Ang Pasko features choreography by Erl Sorilla, John Ababon, Lester John Reguindin, Bonifacio Guerrero, AL Abraham, and Ronelson Yadao. Tickets for the show are available at TicketWorld and the CCP Box Office. Prices are: P300 (Balcony), P500 (Orchestra Side), P700 (Orchestra Center). For boxes (three seats per box): P1,000 (Upper Box); P1,800 (Lower Box), and P2,400 (Parterre Box). To ensure a safe theater experience, read the CCP’s new normal health protocol at

SUB ROSA poetry collection released online

SUB ROSA: The Crucifix of a Poet and other Poems is a collection of written works by Maria Linda Hanihara, an award-winning creative writer, editor, lawyer, wife and mother to her special child, Mina Ellen. Launched recently online, the poetry book is the author’s open vault containing a compilation of her thoughts, feelings and experiences about her personal life, and more importantly, her journey with her daughter. First printed in May 2014, Sub Rosa features poems she has written over a span of several years that the poet had kept to herself. The poetry book offers 125 poems, including one that first appeared in Focus magazine in 1976, and subsequently in Literary Apprentice, Inspirations in Ink, and Caracoa III. The second printing of Sub Rosa in June 2017 was dedicated to the poet’s passing after she succumbed to breast cancer in 2016. In between chapters, readers will also find some of the artworks of the poet’s daughter, Mina Ellen, now an accomplished painter. SUB ROSA is available only in Amazon at

Silverlens’ year-end shows

SILVERLEN’S final shows for the year are currently on view. They are “Bukang Liwayway,” a two-person exhibition by Ryan Villamael and Liv Vinluan, and “her demilitarized zone” by Gina Osterloh, which run through Dec. 22. “Dobol Trobol” by Pow Martinez and Jigger Cruz, Silverlens’ Online Viewing Room presentation, is scheduled to open on Dec. 2. These shows are installed onsite and are accessible online on In “Bukang Liwayway,” Vinluan and Villamael reckon with history’s physical properties. Known for their material manipulations and eloquent engagements with maps, photos, and Colonial Period illustrations, the artists re-energize some of their recurrent themes to locate terra firma in the face of loss, instability, and questions about the nature of truth. Osterloh’s solo exhibition, “her demilitarized zone,” reflects on the current human condition and contemplates an alternate way of being where words and images are de-weaponized; implements of brutality, violence, and exclusion metamorphose into a poetry of pleasure and possibility.

Lampara Books launches new imprint

LAMPARA Books recently launched Guiding Light, a new family-oriented and faith-based imprint that aims to promote spiritual formation, values education, emotional growth, and community development through entertaining but transformative books written and designed by some of the world’s most promising and award-winning writers, illustrators, and personalities. For its premiere offering, Guiding Light has recently released its Little Life Lessons series — a collection of activity books that parents and their children can color, play around with, and use as a medium for purpose-driven instruction. Written in both English and Filipino, the series is made for childhood care providers and parents to help their kids learn important values in life. Guiding Light also has Family Bible Illustrated, which has 365 pages of bible stories, meditations, and prayers for the whole family to reflect on together, and The Comic Book Bible. For readers who are looking for a new spin to the familiar narrative, there is Classic Bible Stories, illustrated for pictures-and-words format by young artist Tommaso d’ Incalei. Another title under its banner is The Classic Children’s Bible, which is illustrated and presented to cater to a younger readership. Other titles that are currently available at the Guiding Light website are Rhona Davies’ The Life Of Christ, and Angela M. Burrin’s Welcome To The Mass, an illustrated book that “explains the Mass by linking the liturgy to scenes from the Gospels.” The classic and new titles are available at the Guiding Light official website,