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The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. has announced its call for entries to the 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. This year’s competition is also accepting submissions to the Novel and Nobela categories, which are offered only every two years.

Established in 1950 in honor of Don Carlos Palanca, Sr., the Palanca Awards aims to continue developing Philippine literature by providing incentives to writers and serve as a repository of our literary treasures for generations to come.

Young writers below 18 years old may also begin crafting their entries to the Kabataan Division with the theme “How can the youth contribute to building interest in Philippine culture and literature?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaambag ang mga kabataan sa pagsulong ng interes sa kultura at panitikang Pilipino?” (Kabataan Sanaysay). The contest is open to all Filipino or former Filipino citizens of all ages, except current directors, officers, and employees of the Palanca Foundation. Published/produced works, which were first published or first produced between May 1, 2016 to Apr. 30, 2017 and/or unpublished/unproduced works may be entered in the contest. Contestants may submit only one entry per category. The deadline of submission is on April 30.

For official contest rules and forms, visit the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.

Visual arts

The museum at De La Salle University presents its latest offering, “Merismus,” an exhibit of landscape art by Filipino artists, which will run until April 21.

“Merismus,” in rhetoric, is the combination of two contrasting words to refer to an entirety. Focusing on its theme, the current exhibit seeks to capture contrasting and complementary elements in landscape art, and how these comprise a totality.

Presented through actual experience or imagination, the artworks explore and speak of wholeness through the blending of heights and depths, lights, shadows, motion, and stagnation, land, and sky.

The exhibit is a contemplation of artists’ encounters with nature and a reflection of their yearnings and aspirations for the environment—creating a landscape of melancholy and hope.

The Museum is located at the 2nd level of the Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall in De La Salle University-Manila, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila.


Visual arts

The exhibition “Vintage Beauty” is a follow-up to visual artist Art Lozano’s previous show entitled “Abandoned Beauty.” The artist painted a favorite subject—automobiles—that rest in unlikely environments. While the show succeeded in establishing the harmonious co-existence between the subject and its derelict environs, the exhibit undeniably evoked melancholy and solitude, through the prevailing theme of neglect.

In “Vintage Beauty.” he paints his subject alive—still rolling and working to provide the mobility which the enthusiast of the subject enjoy tirelessly. Instead of revealing marks of age and wear, the exhibit highlights buffed hoods, glinting glass and waxed tires, qualities of endurance, fortitude, and strength.

Exhibit will run until April 23; Admission is free; Ground Level Ayala Museum Annex Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street Greenbelt Park, Makati City

Visual arts

“Mapping the Philippine Seas” gathers 165 historical maps and sea charts that emphasize the Philippines’ crucial position in the history of maritime trade in the Asian region, and its importance in the European colonial conquests and trade explorations. The exhibit is co-organized with the Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS), in commemoration of their 10th founding anniversary.

Outstanding rare maps are on view in the exhibit, starting with the 16th century map of Zzubu (Cebu) by Antonio Pigafetta, who traveled with Ferdinand Magellan. A highlight from the 17th century is the recently rediscovered Ming-dynasty Selden map, which marks 16 Philippine ports. Produced in the 18th century were the Murillo Velarde map with illustrations by Filipino artists; the Nichelson map from the British occupation of Manila; and the first map to depict the Scarborough Shoal by name. The 19th century, meanwhile, is highlighted by the 1898 Treaty of Paris map.

Exhibit runs until April 29; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila


Objects d’art

“Wynn Wynn Ong: Redefining Boundaries” is a retrospective that celebrates the jewelry designer’s 15 years in fashion and design. For the first time, Yuchengco Museum’s Masters Gallery will showcase Ong’s works, which are celebrated for their craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail. Highlights of the retrospective are Ong’s art jewelry, objets d’art, couture, collaborations with style brands, and home furnishings. Also on view are portraits of Ong’s muses in their fantasy alter-egos captured by model-photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol.

Exhibit will run until June 2017; RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City,


Visual arts

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will feature the works of new artist Leila “Ling” Marapao Brian in a one-woman art exhibition entitled “Breathe” at the GSIS Museo ng Sining.

Brian is a breast cancer survivor and the exhibit will mark her ninth cancer-free year. In the exhibit, her selected paintings will be put up for sale and proceeds will be used as seed money for a book that she plans to write,  documenting  her healing journey.  She intends to launch the book in time for the Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October to benefit indigent breast cancer patients in the hospital where she was treated for  her own illness.

The GSIS Museum exhibit will also feature Brian’s recently launched  ShoeArt by Ling, which features hand-painted and custom-designed art on canvas footwear, as well as her hand-painted Longchamp Le Pliage handbags.

Exhibit will run until April 29; located at the 2nd level of the GSIS Bldg., Financial Center, Pasay City; 02 859 0395

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