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Maxime Stamati has pictorial writings stimulated by the strength and simplicity of spontaneous creativity, whether plant, animal or human, or even social. These mysterious hierograms scratched in the canvas come back alternately as an immutable imprint. Each of his works takes us to a flight of the spirit

He summons his palette in the materials of modernity, making colors dance in an immemorial harmony, which will be on display at the Kulay-Diwa Gallery of Philippine Contemporary Art from June 16 to July 16, 2018.

Maxime Stamati is a “globetrotter” who, through his many trips from the Philippines to Mexico, Bali in Indonesia, and many other countries, has captured the essence of the light and vibrant colors that he has followed throughout his life.​

This instinctive artist draws most of his inspiration from his extremely fertile imagination. Each of his works lets the pieces of happiness that he hosts explode, by forcing the color he executes into the dreams of a lost Paradise that he transcribes to us through each of his achievements.

Visit the exhibit at Kulay-Diwa, located at 25 Lopez Avenue, Lopez Village, Sucat, Parañaque City.



Xend in partnership with Kwago and Warehouse Eight is calling storytellers from all over the country to pitch their wildest zine ideas for a grant that offers holistic support for the independent publishing community.

“We’ve been keen on listening to what creatives need to practice the craft of publishing and get their work out there, and we noticed that lot of us have crazy ideas but we’re often short of money to turn them into reality. Komura; Creators Grant is designed to bridge this gap,” Kwago owner and Komura; co-founder Czyka Tumaliuan said.

According to Warehouse Eight co-owner and Komura; co-founder Kayla Dionisio, the grant also aims to inspire expectation-free experimentation and pure self-expression in the creative community.

Zines—DIY books, often cheaply produced for a small group of people, has been around for a long time, but its popularity in the mainstream Philippines is still nascent.

“The community is very strong not only in Manila but also in Los Banos, Baguio, CDO, and I’m sure there’s more. I really love that its handmade. Some feel that it’s a kind of rebellion from online SEO-driven blogs who are trying so hard to rank and advertise. The content of zines are more pure and how we consume it is more intimate,” Tumaliuan shared.

However, zines as we know it today have rapidly changed, and is now considered as pieces of art and literature.

A sincere advocate of the Filipino creative, homegrown logistics company Xend promises not to meddle with the content of whoever wins the grant.

Grant includes: R15,000 from Xend, passes for one month co-working at Warehouse Eight, a zine loot from Kwago and Xend online credits.

We will announce the recipient of the grant at Komura; book fair on June 16. 10 will be shortlisted beforehand and will get consolation prizes, as well as the opportunity to showcase their works on Komura; book fair where they can solicit support from the community.

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The Embassy of France to the Philippines, Institut Français, UniFrance, the Alliance française de Manille, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Ayala Malls Cinemas, SSI Group, Inc., and Central Square, present the 23rdedition of the French Film Festival in the Philippines.

Continuing its tradition of offering the best of French contemporary and classic cinema to Filipino movie-goers, this year’s edition proposes a selection of filmsfor the following dates and venues in Metro Manila:

June 6 to 12, 2018 – Greenbelt 3 cinemas, Makati City

June 8 to 12, 2018 – Bonifacio High Street cinemas, Central Square, Taguig

June 10 and 11, 2018 – UP Town Center cinemas, Quezon City

The festival will also make its way for the first time ever to the Abreeza Mall, Davao City on June 21 and 22, 2018, and also back to its loyal audience at the Ayala Center Cebu from June 25 to 27, 2018.

Tickets for each screening are priced at R150 to cover the operational costs of the cinema and may be purchased at the box office or through

A tribute to French and Philippine cinema

For its 23rd edition, the French Film Festival screens 21 French films that embody the richness and depth of French society through the creativity of French filmmakers. The line-up includes critically-acclaimed films such as Personal Shopper (Official Competition, Cannes Film Festival 2016), La Prière (The Prayer) (Silver Bear for Best Actor, Berlin Film Festival 2018), and the jazz biopic Django (Opening Film, Berlin Film Festival 2017).

Art serves as the backdrop in telling stories about passion and relationships—between artist Paul Cézanne and writer Emile Zola in Cézanne et moi (Cézanne and I), between a Russian ballerina and a French dancer in Polina, and between the fashion icon and his business partner and lover, Pierre Bergé, in Yves Saint Laurent.

Highlighted this year is the recently released fifth installment of the action-packed blockbuster, TAXI, which screens for the first time in Manila during the festival’s red carpet premiere night on June 8, 2018.

The 23rd French Film Festival also features a retrospective of films by acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Melville, who pioneered French film noir between the 1940s to the 1960s.

Finally, the festival continues its tradition of paying tribute to Philippine cinema. On June 12, Philippine Independence Day, the French Film Festival is honored to feature two films by Raymond Red, a pioneer of Philippine independent cinema and the first Filipino to be awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his short film, Anino, which will be screened at the festival together with Himpapawid. Joining the Philippine line-up is Bagahe, the latest film by up-and-coming director Zig Dulay, which won the grand prize (Cyclo d’or) of the Vesoul Asian Film Festival this year.

For the film line-up and screening schedule, visit Share your French Film Festival story on social media using the hashtag #FrenchFilmFest23. For inquiries, contact the Embassy of France to the Philippines at or 0966 389 9119.

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