Mindanao Times » Lifestyle http://mindanaotimes.net Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Soul to Screen: Establishing connection to our soul http://mindanaotimes.net/soul-to-screen-establishing-connection-to-our-soul/ http://mindanaotimes.net/soul-to-screen-establishing-connection-to-our-soul/#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:51:22 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62368 ]]> Filmmaking, like any other art is a profound way to translate obscure messages into comprehensive representations.

These obscure messages could be something that confound us or maybe with deep meanings that most of us refuse to dig out. Whatever the reasons, one thing is undeniable, things like this once happen in our own backyard.
Ej Fernandez, a young acclaimed Davao City filmmaker, embodies social issues into his films that convey powerful messages that would open our eyes on things we usually sleep on.
Sunday – Sept. 16, 2018, Fernandez presented four of his masterpieces at Cinematheque Centre Davao through his Soul to Screen event; Translated, Baligya, Traysikad and Higants Tols Duwin.
The idea of Traysikad came to light when Fernandez himself noticed a female student from Ateneo de Davao University talking with a tricycle driver.
“I wondered what they were talking about, so I took that idea and came up with Traysikad story,” explained Fernadez.
The story actually depicts the increasing rape cases in Davao City and it also teaches everyone not to “judge a book by its cover.”
Higants Tols Duwin, on the other hand, is inspired by his own son who has a playground covered by trees at the back of their house; however the trees were cut down.
From that idea he created a film about children who fight against the big land development firm to protect the trees which they considered as their playground.
Another film entitled Translated revolves around a man who is a German national and a woman from Davao. It shows how they overcome language barrier through a friend who acts as a translator.
The most controversial short-film among them is the Baligya. It somehow talks about the on-going issue on the war on drugs of the Duterte administration. The film uncovers an “open secret that no one dares to talk about.”
“Basically, the story would just suddenly appear right in front of me and I would like to tell it to everyone. Then I add social issues,” said Fernandez as he recalled a statement of Akiro Kurosawa, a Japanese film director and a screenwriter that says “you don’t come up with the concept, it is given.”
“Maybe I was just an instrument,” Fernandez added.
Soul to screen event is his 5th film showing. Some of his films are uploaded on his Facebook page, EJ Fernandez Films or what he called as “online alternative short films.”
The proceeds will be spent for his upcoming first ever feature-length film entitled “Mik, mak and Lord.”
“If you watch it especially if you’re from Davao, there are familiar themes, but you have never seen it that way, delivered that way,” said Fernandez as he described Mik, mak and Lord.
Aside from being a film-maker, Fernandez also has a heart on nurturing the skills of his students. He is a former Media Information Literacy instructor at ADDU and currently, he is a Contemporary Art instructor at Philippine Women’s College inspiring more youth to make their dreams come to life.
“Personally, I hope to wake them up, that they could actually pursue their passion or maybe earn from it,” said Fernandez.
The overall ideas of the films aim nothing but to establish solid connection with the audience. The powerful messages behind the films produced by EJ Fernandez are one way to let us realize what’s really happening around us and our eyes has to see it; our soul has to feel it.

By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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#DavaoCreativeCity2022 http://mindanaotimes.net/davaocreativecity2022/ http://mindanaotimes.net/davaocreativecity2022/#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 03:00:47 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=62204 ]]> Art energizes the collective consciousness of the people. It articulates the unique culture of a community and is vital to the well-being of society.

Artists from various disciplines: music, visual arts, film, theatre and those in art education, came together last Wednesday to envision a roadmap for arts and culture in the city, at least in the next three years.

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Councilor Pilar Braga, chair of the committee on education, science and technology, and arts and culture, said the city is open to support the initiatives of various art groups which have seen a renaissance in the past couple of years. With the ordinance signed by Mayor Sara Duterte reconstituting the city art council early this year, Councilor Braga felt it was only proper to convene a wider group of artists to articulate what they want to achieve and how they can collaborate towards developing arts and culture, the soul of the community.

It was also a gathering of friends who have not seen each other for years. Former members of the Kulturang Atin Foundation, Inc., an artist collective popular two decades ago, is reviving community-based theatre, with training and performing component on integrated arts. They have recently organized Alampat.PH. The presence of Alampat.PH members Jojie Benitez and literary icon Don Pagusara added sizzle to the already well-attended affair.

Alfred Galvez of the Art Portal Gallery, shared his observations on the numerous exhibits happening in the city, mostly in malls. He raised the issue of the lack of venue and art spaces to really mount bigger exhibits. Still, what is happening now, especially with the prolific exhibits done by Alex Alagon’s Bintana Art Gallery and Tabularasa, shows the expanding visual arts community.

Artist Vic Secuya gave his thoughts on the arts and the possible direction it should take considering the current excitement generated by visual artists. His insights made the direction of the workshop clearer and the goals better pronounced.

Visual artist Vic Secuya

Visual artist Vic Secuya

It was a dynamic and creative committee hearing as participants were each given the chance to express where they want to go and how to get there. Since they were articulate and well-grounded on arts, the facilitators, Patmei Ruivivar, Oscar Casaysay and this writer, were quick to identify the goals of the group.

Gatchi Gatchalian, enterprenuer and events guru, contributed to the branding of the roadmap which collated inputs from Vic Secuya, Angely Chi, Jojie Benitez, Ric Obenza, Datu Bago Awardee 2018 and many others. “Creative City” was the focus of the discussion which eventually got the approval and satisfaction of everyone. Creative city, identified as Baguio (although art educator Dexter Tanedo pointed out that they received three of the 11 categories) by UNESCO is seen as the benchmark in the roadmap. A creative city, it was pointed out, does not only mean thriving arts spaces but includes a creative economy, as well.

“Culture is a driver of development, led by the growth of the creative economy in general and the creative and cultural industries in particular, recognized not only for their economic value, but also increasingly for the role in producing new creative ideas or technologies, and their non-monetized social benefits. Culture also enables development. It empowers people with capacities to take ownership of their own development processes,” UNESCO said in its Creative Economy Report in 2013.

The vision as articulated by the artists is to be the leading creative city in the Philippines by 2022. Gathering artists together in one venue and talking collectively about the future of the arts is a great feat in itself.

Amalia Cabusao (right) with Patmei Ruivivar and Councilor Pilar Braga collating the workshop results.

Amalia Cabusao (right) with Patmei Ruivivar and Councilor Pilar Braga collating the workshop results.

Alex Alagon of Bintana Art Gallery

Alex Alagon of Bintana Art Gallery

Angely Chi, curator of Art Portal Gallery and member of Pasalidahay.

Angely Chi, curator of Art Portal Gallery and member of Pasalidahay.

A youth artist posting his dream for the future of the arts

A youth artist posting his dream for the future of the arts

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Freeze: Reggio Marlowe M. Colina Fire Survivor Artist http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-reggio-marlowe-m-colina-fire-survivor-artist/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-reggio-marlowe-m-colina-fire-survivor-artist/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 05:46:09 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61718 ]]> Among Filipinos, “ber na” is a buzzword used to announce the start of the longest Christmas season in the world. When September comes (the first of the “ber” months), many radio stations and shopping malls begin to play Christmas songs even until the following year’s Feast of the Three Kings or the Feast of the Epiphany.

Reggio Marlowe Colina

Reggio Marlowe Colina

On social media, singer/songwriter Jose Mari Chan’s face has become a meme to the Pinoy “ber na” idiosyncrasy because of his popular song called. “Christmas in our Hearts.”

Our willingness to play along with this commercially induced early observance of the Christmas season may be due in part to the Pinoy’s love for fiestas. The climax of this longest fiesta in the country happens during the final week of the year when the shopping frenzy is at its peak. Reunions almost always happen during the last week of December.

But in 2017, the last week of December was a sad one for many Davaoeños because of the fire that struck NCCC Mall in Ma-a on December 23. Many SSI BPO/Call Center agents were trapped in the building and died.



Among the few survivors from the mall fire was a call center agent named Reggio Marlowe Mercado Colina of Puan, Davao City. The 24-year old artist has been into digital art since 2011. He took a break from drawing and resumed this year to build up his portfolio. Reggio is focusing to become a famous anime artist like Hyanna Natsu and Ameriya.



Colina’s renewed interest to excel in digital art was a result of his realization that life is short and one must do what one wants. The Dec. 23, 2017 tragedy reminds this artist (a.k.a. Emancipate or Pate) to live better by doing what he does best: ART.


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Cultural Potpourri: Waterfront Insular Hotel’s Greens and Strings Appreciation Night http://mindanaotimes.net/waterfront-insular-hotels-greens-and-strings-appreciation-night/ http://mindanaotimes.net/waterfront-insular-hotels-greens-and-strings-appreciation-night/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 05:39:48 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61713 ]]> It’s that time of the year when the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao goes all out in inviting its patrons and partners to a special celebration for the “outstanding dedication and loyalty” to the City’s best located paradise of a hotel.

Last Aug. 30, 2018, the Waterfront Insular Hotel offered its guests for its annual “Client’s Appreciation Night,” hosted by the numero uno emcee Joey Sy-Domingo, beautiful music and a four-course special sit-down dinner to make the night a truly unforgettable one.

“We have gathered all of you to our annual thanksgiving to celebrate your patronage and honor your unwavering support to the hotel, our initiatives, the management, and staff,” expressed the gentleman of a towering hotel General Manager, Bryan Yves Sato Lasala, as he personally thanked the officers of the Task Force Davao, Col. Nolasco Memphin and Col. Randolph Cabangbang; as well as the friendly Commander of the East Mindanao Command, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, who came accompanied by his lovely wife, Gie, both of whom are UP Los Banos graduates. Oh yes, the Commander also informed me that he and the popular Capitan Ronnie Go were in the same batch in the PMA.

In the midst of the Rhythm and Strings band playing the song “Lovely Day,” GM Bryan Yves S. Lasala and Property Sales and Marketing Manager Jennifer Romero went up on stage for the Awarding Ceremony to begin. There were 36 awardees to which the Waterfront Insular Hotel expressed its sincere appreciation in recognition for their highly valued support for the hotel’s programs. Those cited and given due recognition included those from the Conventions and Events Suppliers, Media Partners, Top Travel Agencies, Top Government Accounts, Top Non-Government Accounts, Top Convention Accounts and Top Corporate Accounts.

Introduced to the guests that night as well were the members of the Management Team of the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao led by GM Bryan Yves S. Lasala along with the Property Heads and the Sales and Marketing Heads which include Marketing and Communications Officer Eva Ces Gamalong and Sales and Marketing Manager Jennifer Romero, among others.

Waterfront Insular Hotel’s Clients’ Appreciation Night

Waterfront Insular Hotel’s Clients’ Appreciation Night

Considered the highlight of the evening was the four-course gourmet dinner prepared by the hotel’s Exec. Chef Bienvenido Chavez, Group Exec. Chef Giovanni Sias, and the hotel’s culinary team. Take note that the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao’s culinary team recently won three gold and five silver medals, a trophy, and the distinction of being proclaimed as this year’s Davao Culinary Cup Overall Champion. The thoughtfully planned dinner included a cup of White Tomato Cappucino soup; a minimalist plated Norwegian Salmon and Chicken with Pandan Mint Fettuccine; a delightful and colorful dessert consisting of Mango-Durian Mousse, Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Mousse, Tiramisu, layered Cheesecake, Pannacota, Pralines, Fruit Tart; and ended with a small serving of timbale of Blue Cheese ice cream which madam Tomoko Dodo and I loved.

Chef Bienvenido Chavez, Jennifer Romero, GM Bryan S. Lasala, Eva Ces Gamalong, chef Giovanni Sias

Chef Bienvenido Chavez, Jennifer Romero, GM Bryan S. Lasala, Eva Ces Gamalong, chef Giovanni Sias

The evening’s invited artists for entertainment did not fail to impress the guests. The Rhythm and Strings Band had a pleasant repertoire of gentle-to-the-ears music of yesteryears which former Japanese Consul Tomoko Dodo, artist Vic Secuya and I truly enjoyed and grooved to. And yes, that was what must have prompted Vic Secuya and Commander Madrigal to ask how old I am which, of course, I didn’t respond to. But what truly brought the house down was the energetic and well-rehearsed performance of the guest artist, the show violinist Jake Juleous “JB” Gacang. This violinist not only played his electric violin but also sang some songs while doing some dance moves matched with his well-conceived facial expressions to tease the guests. “This cute guy, despite lacking in height, will be a hit in the USA,” so claimed madam Tomoko Dodo who took a video of Gacang performing his mighty best.

What a Green-and-White themed night. Thank you, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao and GM Bryan Yves Sato Lasala. Thank you, Eva Ces Gamalong, for the photos used on this page.

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Tabula Rasa: More art after Kadayawan http://mindanaotimes.net/tabula-rasa-more-art-after-kadayawan/ http://mindanaotimes.net/tabula-rasa-more-art-after-kadayawan/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2018 07:25:10 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61598 Read more ›]]> Art is everywhere in Davao and the momentum is continually picking up as more art events are lined up in September. We’ve passed the Kadayawan fever but it seems that we are not running out of energy for coming art events still. This is indeed a great time for artists in Davao.

Our city is fast developing. Buildings and infra-structure are sprouting here and there. Traffic jam is everywhere in many parts of the city and it is so easy to get lost in all the various changes and developments. Hopefully, the art and culture would continue to thrive and not to be overtaken and lose its presence in our society.

Thanks to the artists, sponsors, private sector and the local government for giving support to the art scene. We are given more attention and opportunities to showcase our works and introduce our growing number of active artists from elementary graders to professionals. This is the same appreciation we give to the good company of SM for holding art events. This year’s SM Art for Everyone, a good number of Davao artists from elementary, high school, college, professionals and hobbyists and even from a group of specially abled artists exhibtied their works at the SM City Art for Everyone art exhibit at the Annex building, SM City Davao in Ecoland, Davao City.

The showcase of varied works created an art market feel in a mall setting. As we analize the works, we can say that Davao artists are growing in their crafts and the choice of their subject matter. Art styles from classical to contemporary are expressed in many of the pieces displayed at the exhibition.

The event was led by SM City with Davao artist Rodney Yap and team. Congratulations for a job well done. You have inspired many artists and lifted them to a higher level. At Tabula Rasa, we believe that is the way to achieve a strong art scene, the encouragement of fellow artists and giving of opportunities for exposure.

SM can do more for the Davao art scene by alloting a space for a monthly art exhibition space if we are not asking too much. We believe that Davao artists are now ready to build their body of works of art to fill up such a schedule. This will be a great contribution not only to the artists but to the tourism of the city as well. Let us be reminded that first world countries invest in the arts because it boosts tourism and enlivens their culture and community.

The opening of the SM Art for Everyone at SM City Davao.

The opening of the SM Art for Everyone at SM City Davao.

Art is life. It gives excitement and pleasure to all. It records history and builds the emotional, intellectual and creative landscape of society. Davao will grow into a strong city economically and artistically. But this has to be well planned so that we can be united in one goal and direction.

Again congratulations to SM City and our fellow artists who have displayed their special art pieces. We are proud of you. Let us continue to support the Davao art scene.

By Tabula Rasa

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Scene City: Sweeties Dessert online homemade dessert http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-sweeties-dessert-online-homemade-dessert/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-sweeties-dessert-online-homemade-dessert/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2018 03:03:54 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61953 ]]> In the midst of the Kadayawan festivities, we had the chance to meet Kimberly Ramos who loved to bake since she was a little girl.

“Since I was in grade school, I was a food lover already. I love to cook and bake on holidays and special events. I watched and helped my mom and our maids whenever they made their specialties. Through that passion to learn, my mom enrolled me on a kid’s culinary workshop every summer. As I grew up I began to mix and match different kinds of ingredients to do my own recipe.Picture1

Last Aug. 4, 2017, I made my aunt an Almond Mango Float since it was her birthday. Everybody loved it and I decided to try selling online and it turned out it was a hit! So I thought of expanding to cheesecakes, which I really love to eat. I started with blueberry and mango cheesecakes. Again, it was a hit! In time I made four different flavors and sizes of cheesecakes. Next were cupcakes – Red Velvet and Chocolate Cupcakes, luscious cakes -Fruity Cake, Dark Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Mousse Drip Cake and Red Velvet Cake.

Most of my desserts are self- taught. I enrolled twice in a one day in a lifestyle workshop to enhance my flower designing and basic cakes. For the basic cakes class, it turned out that I already knew the basics. I was the head of the class, helping my classmates. By then I realized that my skills were not at a beginner level only.
For next year, I plan to do fondant cakes for birthdays, debut and weddings, until I realize my dream to start my own café.”

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The Splendor of Music http://mindanaotimes.net/the-splendor-of-music/ http://mindanaotimes.net/the-splendor-of-music/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2018 08:01:49 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60770 ]]> Music lovers of Davao, please mark the date on Aug. 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., hopefully a bright Sunday, to experience the Splendor of Music. To help celebrate the Kadayawan Festival of our beloved Davao City, professional artistes from Seoul, South Korea, namely Park Sooyong (saxophonist), Kim Sungkwang (bassist), Lee Daein (classical guitarist), Cho Mee Hai (soprano diva of Davao), Song Taewang (tenor), Kim Eunhee (concert pianist), Kang Yunsook (jazz pianist), Lee Sungwjan (keyboardist) and Kim Minho (drummer) will be staging a fantastic concert at no less than the Marco Polo Davao Ballroom.  To make the concert a truly memorable one, renowned Filipino artistes Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata (violinist) and concert pianist Najib Ismael will add their brand of harmony for a strong Philippine-Korean musical union.

“The first part of the concert will feature classical songs interpreted through violin solos, opera arias, and piano and saxophone performances.  The second part will focus on crossover music comprised of jazz and Latin songs to showcase the practical music genre,” informs Davao’s opera diva and the Splendor of Music concert organizer, Mee Hai Cho, who just got back from the United Kingdom where she performed in her operatic best.  It was not too long ago when the opera diva staged a concert with Korean professional artistes in Davao at the Tropical Hotel to an SRO crowd of appreciative music lovers shouting “bravo” after each performance.

The first part of the program will have our very own violinist Coke Bolipata performing to French composer Jules Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais.”  The opera premiered at the Opera Garnier in Paris, France, on March 16, 1894.  Closing the first part of the program is soprano Mee Hai Cho’s melancholic interpretation of Korean composer Choi Youngseub’s composition, ‘A Nostalgic Kumgang Mountain,” which expresses the beauty of Mt. Kumgang and the ironic inability of Korean citizens to visit the enchanting place because of the division of North and South Korea.

The second part of the program will have violinist Coke Bolipata opening the show with his soulful interpretation of Willy Cruz’s “Sana’y Wala ng Wakas” as arranged by Lucio San Pedro.  Cruz, a famous Filipino songwriter and music producer, wrote the title songs like “Bituing Walang Ningning (1985), “Pahiram ng Umaga (1989),” and “Sanay Wala ng Wakas (1986),” for more than 100 Tagalog movies.  Ending the show will have saxophonist Park Sooyong and tenor Song Taewang performing with gusto to Mexican composer Consuelo Velazquez’s “Besame Mucho.”

‘The main objective of this special musical concert staged in the harvest season of August which celebrates the Kadayawan Festival is to provide an opportunity for music lovers to broaden their knowledge in the arts; and to interact with other people who share the same interest…Proceeds from the concert will be utilized for the music program we are establishing at the Evangelical Mission College in Bangkal, Davao City, for 2018-2019.  The professional artists from South Korea will conduct master classes for two weeks; and provide the necessary musical instruments and such other materials needed,” informs Ms. Mee Hai Cho.

This special concert is organized and lovingly presented by the Phoenix Cultural Exchange Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the Marco Polo Davao, the Ayala Abreeza Mall of Davao, and the Citihardware of Mr. James Lee.

Please help promote and watch this amazing concert which doesn’t happen that often in our beloved Davao City. For information and inquiries, please contact 234-3178/0908-864-0922.

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Scene City | Hannah Isabelle Trinidad Bancel tries her luck at Miss Philippines USA http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-hannah-isabelle-trinidad-bancel-tries-her-luck-at-miss-philippines-usa/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-hannah-isabelle-trinidad-bancel-tries-her-luck-at-miss-philippines-usa/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2018 07:50:15 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60755 ]]> She was having dinner at Max’s Resto in Pasadena, California when she was spotted by the pageant coordinator of Miss Philippines USA. Eighteen year-old Hannah Isabel Trinidad was taking up a course in nursing and felt she had nothing to lose but everything to gain if she tried to join the competition since she was young and eager to learn the basics of being a candidate for the title of Miss Philippines USA.


Born on Sept. 3, 1999 in Quezon City, Philippines, she lived in Davao City with her parents Dennis Jardiel Bancel and her mother Annelyn Trinidad Bancel.
Height: 5’3


Her Elementary Education was at Precious International School, Matina, Davao City, but she left the country and went to High School Education and graduated from Indian River School, Pasadena, California, USA.

Hannah Isabelle stands 5’3” and believes fate plays a big role in her life. She loves ballet and drawing, and her advocacy is that Third World countries should be given access to potable water. During the course of the pageant, performing outreach activities played an important role.

She was number 14 out of 35 contestants and even managed to reach to the Top 4 of the semi-finals.



The finals took place on July 22, 2018, with the voting starting on July 10 with live streaming on YouTube.

Fir Hannah Isabel, it was truly a great experience, though she did not win the competition. This was just a stepping stone to more exciting challenges in the future which was not given to everyone. Being given the opportunity to participate was indeed an unforgettable experience she will cherish forever. Her effort was worth all the beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. Who knows? She might just join another competition that may come her way again. (Photos: Ambo Mesias)

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Scene City | Megaworld unveils first museum venture in Iloilo Business Park http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-megaworld-unveils-first-museum-venture-in-iloilo-business-park/ http://mindanaotimes.net/scene-city-megaworld-unveils-first-museum-venture-in-iloilo-business-park/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2018 07:50:39 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60841 ]]> As we were doing a media tour of Megaworld’s latest developments in their 72-hectare property in Mandurriao, Iloilo, we stopped by Casa de Emperador at the Iloilo Business Park, which houses ILOMOCA, which stands out as the first contemporary art museum in the Visayas – Mindanao regions.

The global art scene continues to prosper as a movement where Filipinos enjoy a significant following.

Over the years, studies have shown that art and culture are becoming key components in the global trend for urban development. In fact in 2015, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) group of the United Nations—the world’s largest organization for sub-national governments—formally recognized “culture” as the “fourth pillar of sustainable development.” The study revealed that, to inspire positive transformation towards sustainability, our communities need to bridge the cultural divide and people must be inspired to share different perspectives and engage in open dialogue.

Inspired by this insight, Megaworld Corporation furthers its vision of nation building as it opened the doors of the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), the company’s first-ever museum venture at the heart of its bustling township development in Western Visayas, the Iloilo Business Park (IBP). Interestingly, ILOMOCA also happens to be the first art institution in Visayas and Mindanao exclusively dedicated to showcasing the works of mostly Filipino and Ilonggo artists within the realm of modern and contemporary art.

Kevin Tan, senior vice President of Megaworld says “ILOMOCA is a very important milestone for us at Megaworld. It is our first museum development and there is no better place than to have it here in Iloilo Business Park”.

The ILOMOCA is a project initiated by Megaworld through the Megaworld Foundation, with the vision of enriching the Iloilo community and the whole of Western Visayas Region, with a new avenue for cultural and academic convergence. Through ILOMOCA, Megaworld sought to provide Filipinos a modern experience of art in the hopes of encouraging dialogue and understanding across cultures and generations, and to inspire positive transformation in society.

“Art breathes life and personality into cities and Megaworld townships have already evolved to embrace and champion this movement, with street art being very prominent features in Eastwood City, Uptown Bonifacio, McKinley Hill, and Forbes Town,” adds Tan.

“Through this project, we are reinforcing our role in the preservation and promotion of the Ilonggo arts, culture, and history. The ILOMOCA sits right at the heart of this township, which is well-positioned as a center of business, tourism as well as arts and culture in Western Visayas.”

The ILOMOCA Art Director and University of the Philippines-Visayas Vice Chancellor, Martin Genodepa, serves as the curator of the three-story museum, which features close to 3,000 square meters of space, including five exhibit rooms and its own souvenir and merchandise shop.

At the ground floor is The Hulot Exhibit, a commercial space for gallery exhibitions open to local or international artists, where they can feature their works of creative innovation, technique and skill. Right now, it houses The Martin Delgado Statue, a bronze sculpture by Spanish artist Gines Serran Pagan dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of General Martin Delgado—an Ilonggo military leader during the Spanish Revolution and the first governor of Iloilo.

Also at the second level is ILOMOCA’s primary exhibit, The Gallery, which is designed to showcase rotating themes and collections. It currently holds three inaugural exhibits: the first highlighting the excellence of Filipino artists that have influenced the Ilonggo art scene as well as on the national level; another one focusing on Filipino sculpture; and a third exhibit featuring works by international artists that have influenced world art.

We dropped by its own theatre facility called The Box that can serve as venue for film or performance art, theatre productions, art workshops, special exhibits, and other related cultural events. It can accommodate up to 60 people and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio technology.

Guests will find the The Adoracion Valencia Gallery on the third floor, which features art personally curated by one of ILOMOCA’s primary donors, who named the gallery in honor of their matriarch.

“We look at ILOMOCA as a concrete manifestation of our goal to create urban townships that have their own charm and character,” Tan shares. “We want to curate our development in such a way that they seamlessly blend with the local culture and promote tourism.”

Admission to the museum is valued at P100 for regular visitors. Senior citizens, on the other hand, will only be charged P80, while students can get in for a P50 fee. The museum operates Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art is located at the Casa de Emperador Building, Festive Walk Parade,Iloilo Business Park.


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Wanderlust | Cebu Pacific launches sustainable tourism initiative http://mindanaotimes.net/wanderlust-cebu-pacific-launches-sustainable-tourism-initiative/ http://mindanaotimes.net/wanderlust-cebu-pacific-launches-sustainable-tourism-initiative/#comments Thu, 02 Aug 2018 07:41:55 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60837 ]]> On any given day, Cebu Pacific operates around 400 flights daily, both local and international, using approximately 19,000 pieces of plastic in forms of cups, stirrers, and utensils.

With the current state of our environment, with extreme cases such as the closure of Boracay, country’s number one tourism destination for a six-month environmental rehabilitation, Cebu Pacific is heeding the government’s call in making tourism more sustainable and environment friendly.

“We are now doing our share in partnership with the Department of Tourism to advocate for sustainable tourism starting with Juan Effect,” said Cebu Pacific president and CEO Lance Gokongwei during the program’s launch last July 31 at Shangri-la Hotel in Makati City.

Juan Effect, supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources along with various local government units, is a call for all tourism stakeholders to come together and collaborate in ensuring that the tourism industry will progress sustainably.

According to Gokongwei, their airline company will set the example by cutting down on the use of non-recyclable plastic to what only is necessary starting October 1. “All non-recyclable plastic utensils will be replaced with sustainable alternatives for inflight meals across all our flights,” he said.

DENR USec Sherwin Rigor

DENR USec Sherwin Rigor

Cebu Pacific, the country’s number one airline, aims to fly 22 million passengers in 2019.

“However, tourism comes with a price as visitors can overwhelm a destination by its sheer number that can negatively affect the environment. This is where sustainability and responsibility now become both critical and necessary,” he added.

To address such concern, the airline is also investing in more fuel efficient aircrafts and technology that will help improve flight operation efficiency, and reduce fuel consumption.

However, reducing impact on the environment doesn’t need to be a massive effort.

“Juan Effect reflects that actions taken by each of us. No matter how small, one can create a significant impact in helping protect our islands when done consistently” he added.

Surigao del Norte congressman Francisco Jose Matugas (second from left), with Gokongwei, Puyat and Rigor

Surigao del Norte congressman Francisco Jose Matugas (second from left), with Gokongwei, Puyat and Rigor

The initiative is aimed at engaging travelers, tourism stakeholders and the communities for a cohesive cooperation in order to mitigate the impact of mass tourism on our fragile environment.

“On the national level, Juan Effect aims to encourage responsible travel to our passnegers and empower them to change at least one everyday habit, such as the mere use of reusable water bottles,” explained Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog.

On a local level, Iyog said that Juan Effect will collaborate with island stakeholders to concerted action for environmental conservation.

‘In this case, we have Siargao as our pilot module, working together with DENR, LGUs and tourism organizations to implement sustainable tourism action plans,” Iyog added.

She revealed that the local initiatives will be rolled out in September in Siargao, in time for the surge of tourist for the surfing season.

“It is incumbent upon all of us now to act up while there is still time to manage tourism activities without harming the environment or putting long-term livelihoods at risk,” enthused Gokongwei.

DOT secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat echoed the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address.

“He clearly said to local governments to not wait for the national government to do their jobs,” Puyat explaining further that those who comply with environmental laws will not suffer the same fate as Boracay.

Surigao del Norte congressman Francisco Jose Matugas, who also graced the affair, also disclosed that Siargao already has an ordinance for total plastic ban, currently implemented in the towns of Pilar and Sta Monica. The rest of the island is expected to follow suit anytime soon.

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