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A Century of Cinema

The Ayala Museum celebrates “PELIKULA: 100 Years of Philippine Cinema” with a series of talks on new perspectives in Philippine Film Historiography with Nick Deocampo. Last June 16.

Deocampo opened with a discussion that looked back into 100 years of Philippine filmmaking. His lecture challenged the century-old dominance of popular mainstream cinema by presenting new paradigms that call for a wider and more inclusive definition of “national cinema.”

Then, last June 23, Deocampo spole about the significance of the documentary as one of the enduring cinematic legacies from the colonial period till now. Its transformation from American imperialist propaganda to nationalist filmic expression is a story that reflects the evolution of the Philippines from colony to nation.

On June 30, 2 p.m., Deocampo will give the final lecture in the series, entitled “Abot-Tanaw: Towards an Archipelagic Cinema—The Role of Alternative Indie.” With independent cinema now going mainstream, what comes next for Philippine cinema? Which growth area is there to consider for cinema’s evolution? This lecture wagers on the alternative cinema. If given enough resources, it will provide a truly alternate path that is bound to redefine the meaning of “national cinema,” as new cinematic forms and functions will emerge coming from the country’s archipelagic regions.



The Japan Foundation, Manila is pleased to announce the full lineup of films, guests and special talks for this year’s Japanese Film Festival, more popularly known as “EIGASAI.” In honor of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month, “EIGASAI’s” 21st edition runs from July 4 to August 26, 2018 , with fifteen full-feature films of diverse genres selected for more than 100 screenings across five major cities nationwide. This year’s film festival is set to be unique as it collaborates with other Japan Foundation arts, cultural and dialogue projects.

“EIGASAI” officially kicks off with the encore screenings of Chihayafuru (Part 1), Chihayafuru (Part 2), and the Philippine premiere screening of Chihayafuru (Part 3), the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Suetsugu’s manga series Chihayafuru, at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2 on July 4. The Opening Night Gala will be held on the same day at the Greenbelt 5 Gallery, graced by this year’s opening film director Nori Koizumi, who is also scheduled to give Director’s Talks on July 6 at the Ateneo de Manila University and July 7 at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2.

There will also be a karuta—Japanese card game as featured in the Chihayafuru film series—demonstration on July 4 and 5, one hour prior to the first two screenings at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Together with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Japan Foundation’s continued support towards independent filmmakers brings another Japanese independent film to Manila: Of Love & Law. This documentary film is about a couple who operates Japan’s first openly gay firm and won the Best Film Award at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival’s Independent Japanese Cinema category. Director Hikaru Toda will be present at its Philippine premier on August 4 at CCP during the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, an allied festival of “EIGASAI” since 2016. There will also be a special screening and panel discussion on issues surrounding LGBTQ, minorities, and the importance of inclusion on August 5 at Cinematheque Centre Manila. This is in collaboration with a project of the Japan Foundation Asia Center: EYES for Embracing Diversity, geared towards practitioners, researchers, and educators in the Southeast Asian regions and Japan who have been striving to create a diverse and inclusive society. This is co-organized by the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce (PLCC), led by Brian Tenorio, 2017 EYES Fellow and the founder and chair of the PLCC, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Included in this year’s lineup is Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai, to be screened at the UP Film Institute–Cine Adarna leg of EIGASAI in August, to coincide with “The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts” exhibition which will be held at the National Museum of the Philippines from July 21 to September 26.

Screening venues are scheduled in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod and Naga: Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2, Makati City (July 4-8), Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City (July 4-6), CCP Complex, Pasay City (Aug. 4 during Cinemalaya and Aug. 17), Cinematheque Centre Manila, Ermita, Manila (August 5), UP Film Institute – Cine Adarna, UP Diliman, Quezon City (Aug. 15-18), SM City Davao Cinema, Davao City (July 12-15), SM City Naga Cinema, Naga City (July 27-29), SM City Bacolod Cinema, Bacolod City (Aug. 9-12), and Ayala Center Cebu Cinema, Cebu City (Aug. 23-26).

Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis, except for the screenings at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2 (P100 per screening), where tickets are available online via or at the cinema ticket booth starting June 27.


Visual Arts

Lonesome Cities

Can we feel at home in the city we live in? What is life in the city like if a sense of home is scattered? The proximity of strangers. Aliens speaking in different, incomprehensible tongues. The omnipresence of cacophonic noise. The perennial traffic jams (distance measured in time instead of space), air pollution and road rage. Shopping malls as so-called public spaces. How do we navigate everyday urban life? How do we attempt to carve out a home we crave for? Do we have the luxury to entertain hope?

A group of Philippine based artists is invited to explore these themes. The first part of the exhibition title is an allusion to a movie by German director Wim Wenders, whose movie influenced movies made in the US and India, a building in Prague, a music video by R.E.M., etc., epitomizing a movement of people, goods and ideas across man-made borders into everyday  urban life. “Himmel über them lonesome cities,” curated by Roy Voragen runs til the June 30, 2018 at the Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati.


The Absence of a Plan

The main gallery of MO_Space now hosts “The Absence of a Plan Is Itself a Plan,” an exhibit curated by Nilo Ilarde, featuring artists Raena Abella, Juan Alcazaren, Louie Cordero, Pardo de Leon, Rock Drilon, Jonathan Olazo, Mawen Ong, Elaine Roberto-Navas, Juni Salvador, Soler Santos, Gerardo Tan, Oca Villamiel, and MM Yu.

Meanwhile, at the second gallery of MO_Space, artist Atusko Yamagata’s “Born Softly” exhibit is also on display.

“The Absence of a Plan Is Itself a Plan” and “Born Softly” is open at MO_Space, on the 3rd floor, MOs Design Bldg, B2 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig until July 15, 2018. The gallery is open daily, from 11 AM to 8 PM. For any inquiries, visit our

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