Salaysay 2017



January 3
Adventures in Digongland (More High Fructose Corn Syrup). An exhibit featuring the works of visual artist Hayden Sison. The show highlights his first venture on current events and political commentary. SM Art Center, Mandaluyong City, until January 14.

January 6
Museo ng Libingan sa Ilalim ng Lupa. Grand opening hosted by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in Nagcarlan, Laguna. The museum showcases the history of the Nagcarlan underground cemetery, and the restoration effort and techniques of the NHCP.

January 10
Kamingaw: An Impressionist Portrait of the Bisaya Painter Martino A. Abellana. Launching of book by UP Cebu professor Raymund Fernandez.  Published by the USC Press, the coffeetable book explores the creative genius of Abellana and celebrates the richness of Cebuano culture.

January 12
Sa Wakas. A critically acclaimed rock musical created by Charissa Pammit and written by Andre Nikolai Pamintuan and Marriane Abuan. The musical is co-presented with the Manila Fringe Festival. Power Mac Center, Makati until February 5.

January 14
Tatlo. A musical concert hosted by the Ateneo Chamber Singers featuring three choral groups from the Philippines, Japan, and Singapore with Maestro Gerard Salonga leading the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. Theater Solaire, Paranaque City.

January 14-15
BGC Arts Center Festival: Revealing Facets of Modern Filipino Performance Artistry.  An arts festival at the BGC Arts Center featuring performances and events that highlight the uniqueness of Filipino artists; it offers various shows and activities including plays, dance performances, musicals, staged reading, opera, and art talks.

January 14
Rakrakan Music Festival 2017. An annual rock music festival that gathers the country’s top-tier local bands and musicians. Held at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, this year’s festival has the theme: OPM Against Drugs.

January 15
Suicide Incorporated. A Steven Conde’s production of Andrew Hinderaker’s tragi-comedy returns for a one-time performance at the Maybank Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig.

January 19
Dirty Old Musical. A jukebox musical featuring the classic Manila Sound of the 1970s. Written by Rody Vera and directed by Dexter Santos with Myke Salomon as Musical Director. Music Museum, San Juan City, until January 28.

January 19
Mindanao Tapestry Fashion Show. Ten Davao-based designers present a collection of heritage inspired fashion that highlights a deep understanding of cultural sensitivities in Mindanao Island. SM Lanang, Davao City.

Friday January 20
Once Upon a Mattress. Musical adaptation of the fairy tale “Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen. Presented by the Ephesus Teatron Group at the Tanghalang Yaman Lahi Theater, Emilio Aguinaldo College. Until January 22.

January 20
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Christopher Durang’s musical comedy opens Repertory Philippines’ golden season at Onstage, Greenbelt 1. Until February 12.

January 20
The Feast of Santo Niño: An Introduction to the History of Cebuano Devotion. Launching of book by noted writer and critic Resil Mojares at the University San Carlos, Cebu City.

January 25
The Spring Film Festival. The festival’s 11th edition features six independent films from the foremost directors of mainland China. The festival coincides with the celebration of the Lunar New Year. Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza, until January 29.

January 28
Noli Me Tangere, The Opera. Restaging of the opera adaptation of Jose Rizal’s masterpiece by National Artist for Music Felipe De Leon with libretto by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino. Direction by Jerry Sibal. Six-performance run at the Cultural Center of the Philippines until February 3.

January 28
Selected Poems of Jameson Ong in Trilingual. Launching of the book hosted by the Philippine Center for International PEN at Solidaridad Bookstore in Ermita, Manila.

January 30
Paghilom: Cavite Arts Festival. The first arts festival hosted by the province of Cavite featuring traveling art shows, workshops, art talks, concerts, and film screenings. The festival is part of the celebration of National Arts Month. Until March 11.


February 1
Ang Tiyanak ng Tabon.  A play adaptation of the first Janus Silang book by Palanca awardee, Edgar Samar. The play is a bizarre mix of folk literature and cutting edge stage technology. Presented by the Tanghalang Ateneo at the Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, until February 25.

February 1
Pagparibhong Magsusurat sa Leyte ug Samar. Celebration of the National Arts Month in the provinces of Leyte and Samar. Spearheaded by the Katig Writer’s Network, the Eastern Visayas leg of NAM features lecture-forums on Ninorte-Samarnon writings, poetry readings, and book launchings. Until February 28.

February 1
Salaysayan: K’wentong Bayan, Kaalamang Bayan. The University of the Philippines Diliman joins the National Arts Month celebration with a series of arts and culture events on campus. Activities include a month-long art installation project, a night of folk music concert, a retelling of Filipino legends through a puppet theater, and stage plays. Until February 28.

February 2
Buwan at Baril. A play by Chris Millado featuring life under Martial Law. It presents true-to-life vignettes of oppression suffered by people coming from different walks of life. Alfonso Yuchengco Auditorium, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Center, until February 12.

February 4-5
Pasinaya. The largest multi-arts festival in the country celebrating the talent of Filipino artists in various art forms, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Aside from arts performances, this year’s Pasinaya features an additional day of workshops for anyone interested in learning more about art appreciation, theater, dance, and music.

February 5
National Arts Month. Grand opening ceremonies at the Rizal Park. This year’s theme, “Malikhain, Mapagbago, Filipino,” underscores the power of the arts as catalyst for social change. The kick-off ceremonies featured seven arts workshops, musical and dance performances, and a film screening.

February 6
Scherzo, Stanza, & Surreal: A Wanderer’s Journey in Music, Poetry and Painting by Agang Maganda. An exhibit featuring the personal interpretation of the dream world by Agang Maganda which fuses elements of visual arts, poetry, and music. NCCA Gallery, until February 28.

February 7
National Arts Month in Bohol. Launching of NAM in the province of Bohol on February 7 at the Bohol Cultural Center, followed by Visual Arts and Literary Explosion of Transformative Art Works on February 16; Cinema Explosion of Creative Transformative Filipino Films on February 20 and 21; and a culminating activity and grand opening of the Abatan River Theater Space on February 28.

February 8
Reliving Heritage: Fora and Workshop on Philippine Art and Local Cultures. A gathering of heritage experts and specialists seeking to promote and sustain Philippine heritage and artistic traditions through dialogue and workshops. The activity is part of the Heritage Cities Forum Series hosted by The Heritage Manila. De La Salle University, Manila, until February 9.

February 8
Fringe Manila Festival. The 3rd season of Fringe Manila Festival opens at the Pineapple Lab featuring more than 100 shows with 14 theater performances. This year’s festival offers new and daring works in the field of dance, film, visual arts, theater, and multimedia art. Held in various venues, until February 26.

February 10
Isang Harding Papel: A Martial Law Musical. An adaptation from Adarna House’s children’s book of the same title, the musical tells the story of Martial Law through the eyes of a child. Written for stage by Nanoy Rafael and set to music by Thea Tolentino with Nor Domingo as stage director. AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

February 12
Mañosa: Beyond Architecture. A three-month exhibition on the life and works of renowned Filipino architect, Francisco Bobby Mañosa. The exhibit explores the development of contemporary post-colonial Filipino architecture developed by Mañosa. National Museum, until May 31.

February 12
Bantayog: Bata, Banta, Bantay, Tayo, Tayog. Featuring the performance of theater group Sipat Lawin at the Bulwagang Sarimanok, National Arts Center, Laguna. The show offers fragments of critically acclaimed plays including Chris Millado’s Ilokula, Rolando Tinio’s May Katwiran ang Katwiran, and a Rody Vera adaptation of F. Sionil Jose’s short story, “Pragres.”

February 15
Art Fair Philippines 2017. Annual art fair and exhibition featuring the works of foreign and local artists. Considered as one of the landmark art events in the country, this year’s edition of Art Fair Philippines involves forty art galleries highlighting the best in Philippine contemporary art. Link Carpark in Makati City, until February 19.

February 16
International Bamboo Organ Festival.  A celebration of the 42nd edition of the International Bamboo Organ Festival and the unveiling of the new pipe organ designed by Filipino organ builder Cealwyn Tagle. The festival features performances from the Las Piñas Boys’ Choir, the Ateneo Glee Club, and classical musicians from Belgium, Germany, France, and Austria. St. Joseph Parish Church, Las Pinas City, until February 20.

February 17
Kisaw in Dumaguete City. A series of arts and culture events celebrating the National Arts Month in Dumaguete City. Events include a gathering of Negros Oriental writers at the Siliman Hall on February 17; street theater performances through Teatro Kilat sa Tiange; film screenings in public spaces; dance performances, public art exhibitions, and a culminating cultural activity called Tayada sa Parke on February 26.

February 18
Magsugilanonay Kita: Second Western Visayas Mother Tongue Children’s Books Summit. A gathering of contemporary writers, language advocates, and a publishing house in Western Visayas to promote children’s literature written in Hiligaynon, Aklanon, and Kinaray-a. Hosted by Hubon Manunulat and Kasingkasing Press. Event Center, Robinson’s Place, Iloilo, until February 19.

February 20
Fake News Fiction. A lecture delivered by award-winning writer and columnist Alfred Krip Yuson as part of the 2017 Adrian Cristobal Lecture. Held at the AIM Conference Center, Makati City.

February 20
Salin. A series of forums focusing on music, visual arts, dance, literature, film, and theater organized by Para sa Sining. It also features a collaborative interactive performance by established and emerging artists. Space Palet, Makati City, until February 23.

February 20
Pili Arts Festival. A four-day workshop on creative photography by Shalla Montero and filmmaker Riza Zuñiga; with a staging of a 15-minute play by Jec Guia. Altamirano-Clasio High School, Camarines Sur, until February 24.

February 21
Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos. Book launching of the new edition of the book by Primitivo Mijares, published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press. Yuchengco Auditorium, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Center.

February 22
Kuris Theater Fesival. Simultaneous theater workshops, performances, dramaturgy and readings organized by Performance Laboratory and Teatrokon. Bacolod City and other places in Negros Occidental, until February 25.

February 24
Bicol Arts Festival. Celebration featuring a three-day theater workshop by Cris Bongan and Eleanor Marco, a two-day conference on dance pedagogy by Ricky Marco and Sheila Marquez at the Bicol University College of Education.


March 1
The Settlement. An art installation at the UP Sunken Garden in Diliman, Quezon City. Featuring a disguised shanty called barong-barong, the exhibit looks into the dark years of Martial Law as well as contemporary events including the surprise burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Until March 10.

March 7
When Contemporary Art Became Global (1986 to 2017).  A lecture series on the role of global artists in shaping contemporary society. Topics include the creation of art in public spaces; the relationship between Biennale and Auction art spaces; and the overall role of art in society. Ayala Museum, until March 29.

March 7
Indak Filipinas. A festival of Philippine folkloric dance and music celebrates the country’s rich cultural heritage through dances and music. Featuring performances by the best professional dance companies and school-based and community dance troupes. Cultural Center of the Philippines, until March 9.

March 9
Hudyat: Filipino Artists for Human Dignity. A visual arts exhibition mounted by 32 contemporary artists and photographers which depicts the rising death toll of the Duterte administration’s drug war. Far Eastern University, Manila, until March 25.

March 9
The Sinag Maynila Film Festival. Official opening night at the SM Aura Premiere with a special screening of Asian Three-fold Mirror 2016: Reflections. The festival gathers independent filmmakers of the Philippines. Until March 14.

March 10
Malasimbo Arts and Music Festival. A yearly festival that celebrates the best of Philippine arts, music, cultural heritage, and indigenous culture. Featuring performances from the country’s top pop musicians, art installations, and art talks and forums on environment and Mangyan indigenous culture. Puerto Galera, Mindoro, until March 12.

March 10
Fun Home. A 12-performance limited run of the Tony award winning musical produced by Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group starring Lea Salonga. Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Until March 19.

March 18
Cebu Literary Festival. One-day festival featuring a workshop on spoken word and storytelling by performer TJ Medel followed by a book launch and the Open Mic event of #cebuLitFest 2017.  Cebu Cultural Center and the University of the Philippines Cebu.

March 22
Makbet. A stage play of Rolando Tinio’s Filipino translation of Macbeth presented by the College of St. Benilde’s Arts and Culture Cluster under the direction of Nonon Padilla. Black Box Theater, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Arts and Design, until April 1.

March 22
Lens. First solo exhibition of Cebuano artist and Augustinian priest Fr. Leonard Realiza at SM Cebu Arts Center. The exhibit features 12 oil paintings that depict contemporary phenomena such as corruption, street children, abortion, Tokhang, drug rehabilitation, and solidarity in times of social tension. Until March 31.

March 24
The Next Room: The Vibrator Play. A musical comedy by Sarah Ruhl staged by Repertory Philippines. The play explores various women’s issues and the dynamics of relationships. Onstage Theater, Greenbelt, Makati City, until April 23.

March 27
The Locked Door and Other Stories. Launching of Rosario De Guzman Lingat’s collection of fiction stories translated and edited by Soledad Reyes. Hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University Press and the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (Aliww). Faber 101, Ateneo de Manila University.

March 31
Performatura Festival II: Performed Literatures. The festival integrates Philippine literature with theater, music, dance, visual arts, and film. With the theme, “Sa loob at labas ng bayan kong sawi,” the festival offers marathon cultural performances that include poetry reading, film showings and a book fair. Held in various venues at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, until April 2.


April 1-2
A Game of Trolls. A full-length musical produced by the Philippine Educational Theater Association tackles the emerging phenomenon of online trolls or keyboard warriors. Directed by Maribel Legarda, the musical tells the story of a millennial troll who was introduced to the realities of the Martial Law period. PETA-Phinma Theater, until April 2.

April 6
2nd International Writing Program Alumni Writers Workshop. Workshop of 10 fellows for poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and screenplay awarded by De La Salle University Bienvenido Santos Creative Writing Center and the Embassy of the United States of America. European Documentation Center, DLSU, until April 8.

April 7
Singkuwenta. Anniversary concert celebrating 50 seasons of Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). Featuring the signature songs of PETA’s greatest performances that include Rak of Aegis, Care Divas, 3 Stars and a Sun, and Pilipinas Circa 1907. PETA Center.

April 9
Putri Anak. A modern-day komedya about a celestial maiden battling a sun-eating Bakunawa. Directed by Jina Jumali with libretto by Enrique Villasis and Christian Vallez, the production is part of the centennial celebration of the University of the Philippines College of Music. Cultural Center of the Philippines.

April 17
Peregrinasyong Jacinto. One of the literary events commemorating the 117th death anniversary of revolutionary hero Emilio Jacinto. The event is also part of the celebration of Buwan ng Panitikan. Municipality of Magdalena in Laguna.

April 17
The Archipelago as a Moving Archive: Orature and Performance in Southern Mindanao. Part of the Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presented by the Ateneo de Manila University featuring the lectures of Jose Jowel Canuday, Anne Christine Ensomo, and Maria Natividad I. Karaan. The forums discuss the reconfiguration of Southern Mindanao discourse based on literary and anthropological perspectives. Faura Hall AVR, Ateneo de Manila University.

April 18
Hocus: The Hofileña & Custodio Paintings.  A 26-painting exhibit depicting the collusion of the Spanish Crown and the Catholic Church against the indios of colonial Philippines. National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum complex.

April 18
Master Class Concert.  An evening of duets and operatic arias featuring the master class students of soprano Nelly Miricioiu. Ayala Museum, Makati City.

April 19
Arts Awake. Celebration of the National Literature Month featuring a series of major events led by the University of San Carlos Cebuano Studies Center, Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Activities include Balitaw Molutaw performance on April 19; Istoryahi Ko, a storytelling of Cebuano folktales on April 30; a forum on Cebuano poetry, fiction, and theater in Tertulya sa Bagong Panitikang Sebwano; and poetry performances, stage play and book launches in Kinutaw. Casa Gorordo Museum Grounds, until April 30.

April 20
Jouissance. An exhibit by Alex Cu Unjieng featuring the illustrations and drawings of vaginas as well as portraits of known feminists Julia Kristeva, Bell Hooks, Judith Butler, and Kimberle Williams Crenshaw. Makati Shangri-La, until May 4.

April 20
Aliwan Fiesta 2017. Annual street dance competition festival now on its 15th year. The festival gathers dance troupes from different parts of the country to perform modern day interpretations of traditional and folkloric rituals. Cultural Center of the Philippines, until April 22.

April 21
Art Mindanao. Formal opening ceremony of the annual art exhibit showcasing the works and creativity of contemporary Mindanao artists. The event is part of the Visit Davao Fun Sale 2017. Abreeza Ayala Mall, Davao City.

April 21
Balikbayan #1.  Filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik introduces Enrique de Mallaca who was the favorite valet of Ferdinand Magellan in a special screening held at the Ili Likha Multipurpose Hall, Baguio City. Until April 28.

April 22
Dia Del Libro.  A book festival hosted by the Instituto Cervantes de Manila as part of the outdoor Spanish festival held at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City.

April 24
Banyuhay: Bagong Anyo, Bagong Buhay. Two main events featuring a week-long exhibit of drawings and illustrations used as cover designs of iconic literary masterpieces at the UST Main Library, curated by Mary Ann Venturina-Bulanadi. On the 26th is a literary performance of the works of several National Artists for Literature at the UST Thomas Aquinas Research Center. Both events hosted by the UST Center for Creative Writing and Studies. Until April 29.

April 27
Incendiary: 8th Philippine International Literary Festival. Culminating event of the National Book and Development Board celebration of the National Literary Month. Activities include round table discussions, creative performances, lectures, a book launch, and awarding of winners of a translation contest. Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City, until April 28.

April 28
Dance Dance Asia,  Crossing the Movements in Manila. A collaborative performance choreographed by emerging directors and dancers across Asia on street-dance, hip-hop, contemporary dance, and jazz. The activity seeks to develop new cultural currents through staging and production of street-dance events. Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium, De La Salle University, until April 29.


May 2
Sancitissima. A musical staged by student artists of Don Bosco Tondo to celebrate National Heritage Month. Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP Complex, until May 3.

May 3
Manara. An interactive art installation by acclaimed Filipino artists Toym Imao and Lilianna Manahan. The exhibit features 23 minarets and lanterns and installations using Moro textiles, woodworks, music, and indigenous patterns. Ayala Museum, until May 26.

May 3
Launching of National Heritage Month. Opening ceremonies of the National Heritage Month in Ormoc City, Leyte. With the theme, Malasakit Para sa Pamana, this year’s launching features simultaneous youth forums on heritage in select cities including Ilagan City, Mati City, Davao City, Virac Catanduanes, Cagayan de Oro City, and Tayabas Quezon.

May 4
Nick Joaquin Birth Centennial Celebration (1917-2017). Celebration of 100th birth anniversary of National Artist Nick Joaquin highlighted by the opening of Aparador ni Quijano De Manila exhibit, short performances inspired by Joaquin’s works, and the issuance of the Nick Joaquin commemorative stamp. Cultural Center of the Philippines.

May 5
Semper Lumina. Grand launching of the University of Santo Tomas Rare Books Catalogues, Archives Catalogues, and Digital Library. Considered as a publishing coup of the millennium, the publication of the catalogues seeks to preserve the university’s rich archival collections. Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La Manila.

May 8
Dance Xchange 2017. The Philippine International Dance Festival featuring 42 participating dance companies with 12 international groups. The festival promotes cultural exchange, awareness, and appreciation of dance art. Ilagan City Community Center, Ilagan, Isabela. Until May 11.

May 8
Obra ni Nene. The first art exhibition presented by the Cribs Foundation featuring 93 acrylic paintings mounted by 26 young girls who suffered sexual abuse. Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City, until May 15.

May 9
Pangalay sa Bayan, Celebrating Women Through Dance. A traditional dance exposition with choreography by Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa and performance by Alun Alun Dance Circle. The event revisits the pre-Islamic and pre-Christian dance styles of the Philippines. Robinson’s Place Manila.

May 11
The Spectre of Comparison. Unveiling of the works of two Filipino contemporary visual artists Manuel Ocampo and Lani Maestro at the Philippine Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Until November 26.

May 14
Pilipino Komiks. A neo-classical comedy ballet in three acts that pays tribute to the genius of Filipino artist Mars Ravelo by the Philippine Ballet Theater. Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP Complex.

May 15
The Family Circle. An exhibit by renowned Filipino modernist Romeo E. Gutierrez featuring his figurative abstractions. Galerie Y, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

May 18
Habing Mindanao, Cloth and Textile Traditions of Southern Philippines. A clothing exhibit featuring the richness of indigenous garments of Southern Philippines. The exhibit seeks to preserve the region’s notable history and identity through clothing and textile. Museo de Oro, Cagayan de Oro City. Until June 18.

May 19
Kinse. A concert of the Cebu Clergy Performing Artists to celebrate the group’s 15th founding anniversary. Mariner’s Court, Cebu City.

May 22
Pinto: Manhattan Manila. An exhibit of 30 Filipino contemporary visual artists promoting cultural diplomacy, Philippine arts, history, and society. Hosted by Pinto International and curated by Federico De Vera. West Village, New York City, until May 23.

May 24
21st National Press Forum. A general assembly of the Philippine Press Institute to celebrate its 53rd founding anniversary. With the theme, Beyond Borders, the press forum also recognizes the top community newspapers in the Philippines.H2O Hotel, Manila, until May 26.

May 25
Pagtib-ong. An international conference on intangible heritage hosted by the University of the Philippines in the Visayas featuring lectures and round table discussions on traditional practices, folklores, and languages. Casa Real, Iloilo City, until May 26.

May 26
Gabii sa Kabilin. A showcase of 27 museums and heritage sites in the cities of Cebu, Talisay, Lapu-lapu, and Mandaue to celebrate the province’s rich cultural heritage. Featuring several activities that include a tour of heritage sites, heritage hunt, and blogging and vlogging contests.

May 28
Pamana ng Filipino. A concert of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra with pianist Raul Sunico and Yoshikazu Fukumura as principal conductor. The concert is part of the celebration of National Heritage Month. Rizal Park Open Auditorium.


June 2
Kabuwadan 10: A North-Central Mindanao Culture, Heritage, and the Arts Festival 2017. Twin celebration of the 10th cultural season of Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts and the 50th anniversary of Museo de Oro, the first folkloric museum in the country. The festival features art exhibitions, cultural education, and performances. Xavier University, Cagayan De Oro City.

June 6
First Philippine-India Literary Festival. Renowned Indian literary artists share their experiences and body of work with Filipino audience in the first Philippine-India cultural exchange. Sponsored by the NCCA in cooperation with Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Xavier University, and Philippine High School for the Arts. Until June 12.

June 10
PHSA@40: Ibarang Alumni at the Forefront of Arts Education. A three-day anniversary celebration of the Philippine High School for the Arts featuring dance expositions, mini concerts, and literary performances by students and alumni.  Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila and the National Arts Center in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna. Until June 12.

June 10
My Name is Asher Lev. A stage adaptation of Aaron Posner from the novel written by Chaim Potok, directed by Steven Conde.  Maybank Performing Arts Center, BGC Arts Center.

June 11
Rep: 50 Years of Telling Stories. A gathering of theater actors celebrating Repertory Philippines’ 50 years. The event features a special musical telling the story of Repertory Philippines’ legacy through songs, dances, and spoken word. Solaire Theater.

June 15
Waray Music Festival. A gathering of local artists, musicians, and popular bands in Eastern Visayas for a night of music and arts performance. RTR Plaza, Tacloban City.

June 16
Revolutionary: The Music of Julio Nakpil. Commemoration of the sesquicentennial of revolutionary musician Julio Nakpil. Featuring an independence day concert of the works of Nakpil performed by the Manila Symphony Orchestra and starring Raul Sunico and Anya Tapales. There is also a lecture on Julio Nakpil’s musical legacy by Prof. Alexandra Iñigo-Chua of the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. Ayala Museum Exhibit Hall.

June 16
M Episode. A twinbill combining James Chalmer’s Prelude to Macbeth and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, performed by Artists Playground and directed by Roeder Camanag. Arts Above in West Avenue, Quezon City. Until July 1.

June 23
No Exit. A stage production of Jean Paul Sartre’s existentialist play by the Ikarus Theater Collective under the direction of Jay Crisostomo IV. Conception Uno, Marikina City. Until July 1.

June 24
Crafting Identities. A lecture commemorating the birth centennial of arts patron Luis Ma. Araneta. Featuring a panel discussion on Filipino craftsmanship and design. La Fuerza Compound, Makati City.

June 24
Care Divas. An original musical about Filipino caregivers in Israel performed by the Philippine Educational Theater Association. PETA Phinma Theater, until July 30.

June 28
Virgin Labfest 13: Wagas. Annual festival sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in collaboration with Writer’s Bloc featuring unstaged and unpublished works. This year’s festival presents 12 one-act plays at Tanghalang Huseng Batute and Little Theater. Until July 16.


July 1
EIGASAI 2017: Japanese Film Festival. Presented by the Japan Foundation featuring 20 of the best films representing Japanese culture. Shangri-La Cineplex and select venues in the cities of Cebu, Davao, Baguio, Bacolod and Iloilo. Until August 29.

July 6
A Visual Journal. An exhibition of award-winning artist Janos Delacruz’s prints and paintings, NCCA Gallery, Intramuros, Manila. The exhibit presents Delacruz’s artistic journey, featuring works containing social commentary and philosophical reflections. Until July 30.

July 8
Cebu Literary Festival. A two-day literary fest featuring art talks, round table discussions, art exhibits, and cultural presentations. Ayala Activity Center, Cebu City. Until July 9.

July 11
Manila: Hidden in Plain Sight. An art exhibit showcasing the paintings from the rich collection of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The exhibit examines Manila in the midst of changing landscape and culture. Galeriya Bangko Sentral, until August 26.

July 12
T’nalak Festival. An annual festival commemorating the foundation of South Cotabato, held in Koronadal City. The festival got its name from the traditional T’nalak cloth. Until July 18.

July 13
Defining Mario Parial. An exhibition showcasing Mario Parial’s key works at 8 Rockwell, Makati City. One of the most important artists from the period of late Philippine Modernism, Parial is known for the festive and folksy depictions of local life. Until July 23.

July 15
CAR @ 30: A Celebration of Unity. A month-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Cordillera Administrative Region, hosted by Benguet Province. CAR, which consists of the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province and the chartered city of Baguio, was created through Executive Order 220, signed by former President Corazon Aquino on July 15, 1987.

July 16
The Eddys Awards.  The first ever awards night by the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors honoring the contributions of Filipino filmmakers, producers, writers, and actors in Philippine cinema. Kia Theater.

July 16
Kinabayo Festival. An annual celebration held in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte in honor of the city’s patron saint, St. James the Greater. It was believed that in the Battle of Covadonga, St. James appeared before the Spanish Christian soldiers during a decisive battle against the Moors, leading them to victory. The reenactment of the battle has become a part of the festival every year. Until July 25.

July 19
iART Fest Manila. An exhibition featuring various paintings, illustrations, crafts, and photographs by Manila’s contemporary visual artists. World Trade Center Manila, until July 22.

July 20
3rd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival. A music festival and choral competition participated by nine foreign and local choirs. Participants compete in several categories including folk song, vocal ensemble, and chamber choir. Cultural Center of the Philippines, until July 23.

July 22
2nd Philippine Children’s Book Summit. A gathering of prominent Filipino authors, illustrators, teachers, students, and publishers with the theme: Laging Bago ang Mundo ng Libro. The summit discusses issues in the development of children’s literature. GT Toyota Asian Center, UP Diliman.

July 25
Welcome to the Playpen. The latest solo exhibition of the young contemporary artist Farley del Rosario at Galerie Stephanie, Libis, Quezon City. Del Rosario’s works are known for their cartoonish figures and vivid colors. Until August 8.

July 26
Venice Film Festival. Local screenings of 11 full-length movies included in the recently held Venice Film Festival. The festival features three Filipino films: Thy Womb, Ang Babaeng Humayo, and Jay. Venice Grand Canal in Taguig City, until July 31.

July 26
Landscapes. An exhibit of multi-awarded painter and contemporary artist Raul G. Isidro, featuring the best pieces from his “Abstracted Landscapes” series. ArtistSpace of Ayala Museum, Makati City, until August 8.

July 27
Your Highness. An experimental mix of classical ballet and Disneyfied capitalist entertainment staged by the Ballet Philippines. Cultural Center of the Philippines Little Theater, until July 28.
July 27
Swept Away: Music for the Heart. A concert by the Manila Symphony Orchestra with special guest violinist Alexandra Bartoi of Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and conductor Marlon Chen of Orchetre de Paris. Ayala Musuem.

July 27
Wailing Women. A dance concert musical by artistic director Ea Torrado of Daloy Dance Company. The musical explores the emotions of grief as accompanied by elements of storytelling and natural movements. Pineapple Lab, Makati City, until July 30.

July 29
León Gallery Auction. Auction of Ledda House furniture and other antique objects at Leon Gallery. The Ledda home, which has stood the test of time, boasts of the finest early 20th century furniture. Also featured are works by renowned artists Arturo Luz, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Malang in an online auction to raise funds for the Philippine General Hospital Foundation.


August 1
Launching of SineBata 2017. The launching of a nationwide search for the best video produced for, by and with children. Winners will represent the country in the very first Southeast Asia Prix Jeunesse Children’s Video Festival. The children’s video festival, with the theme “Pride in Self, Family and Traditions,” was organized by AnakTV and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC).

August 2
Pandaigdigang Kongreso sa Araling Filipinas. A congress which aims to encourage more scholars to focus on Philippine studies and to promote Filipino as the language of learning. A gathering of scholars, teachers and students in different fields of Philippine Studies, the three-day congress featured talks from National Artists Virgilio S. Almario, Bienvenido Lumbera, and Ramon Santos, and other prominent scholars.

August 3
Greater Heights. An exhibit of artist Milmar Onal’s works of abstracted landscapes. The Podium, Mandaluyong, Manila and later Galerie Joaquin.

August 4
Pagsambang Bayan. Bonifacio Ilagan’s martial law play, performed as a musical under the direction of Joel Lamangan. Performances were held at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila, and in October, at the Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino of CCP.

August 4
13th Cinemalaya. On its 13th year, Cinemalaya, the country’s festival of local independent films opened at CCP. Nine full-length films and twelve short films were in competition this year. The awards night was held on August 13 at CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.

August 5
Cymbeline. Staging of a lesser-known Shakespeare play Cymbeline by the Manila Shakespeare Company at the Pineapple Lab, Makati. This is the company’s sophomore production after Romeo and Juliet in 2015. Until August 20.

August 5
Celeste. Celeste Legaspi’s first full solo concert in three decades held at The Theatre at Solaire Resort & Casino. Aside from highlighting her colorful career, it was also to commemorate the  100th birth anniversary of her father, National Artist for Visual Arts Cesar Legaspi.

August 5
Living Spaces: Hyperreal Estate and the Architecture of Dispossession. Art exhibition sponsored by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and curated by Alice Sarmiento. The exhibit explores the global housing crisis and its effects in South East Asia. Vetro Art Gallery, until August 20.

August 7
“Gango at Suwi Tungo sa Pagtuyag” (Old and New to Soar). An exhibit of artworks and poetry by Lopez, Quezon-born artists at the NCCA Gallery, Intramuros, Manila. “Gango” which refers to the coconut, means mature in Tagalog, while “suwi” means a very young plant. Until August 30.

August 11
MaArte at The Pen. MaArte Fair, on its ninth year, brought different exhibitors together in showcasing the finest Filipino craftsmanship and artistry to raise funds for the National Museum. Organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, the tropical-themed fair was held at The Peninsula Manila’s The Gallery. Until August 13.

August 12
Timpupo Festival. A festival in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato which is a celebration of the booming local fruit industry, as well as the city’s 70th founding anniversary this year. Timpupo is the Manobo word for “harvest”. Until August 20

August 14
Body Parts of Empire: Visual Abjection, Filipino Images, and the American Archive. Book launching and lecture of Prof. Nerissa Balce-Cortes at the Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Schools.

August 16
Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. The screening of local films, both unscreened and commercially-screened on cinemas, led by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and featuring 12 quality full-length films shown in 790 theaters nationwide. Until August 22.

August 16
Talk the Talk: A Case Study on the Kagayanen Language. A lecture presentation of Louise Ann Macgregor of the Summer Institute of Linguistics about the intrinsic qualities of the Kagayanen language as spoken by the indigenous peoples of Palawan. First United Bldg., Escolta, Manila.

August 17
Shrines of Faith. Launching of the 2017 TB Seal Campaign by the Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc. (PTSI) featuring famous paintings of old Philippine churches by Al Perez. Exhibition and auction at QCX Museum and Events Center, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

August 18
Tagu-taguan, Nasaan ang Buwan?  A children’s musical inspired by storytelling and memories written by J-mee Katanyag, directed by Dudz Teraña with music by Jeff Hernandez. Peta Phinma Theater, Peta Theater Center, Quezon City. It also ran on Sept. 1-3 at Star Theater, Star City.

August 18
Dissident Vicinities. An exhibition by progressive visual artists and art collectives which gives insights into the current struggle of the Filipino people for social liberation and human rights. Bulwagang Dangal Museum, UP Diliman, until September 1.

August 18
A Gala Celebration. Grand kick-off presentation of Ballet Philippines for its 48th season dubbed Quintessence. The performance brings together Filipino stars from different international dance companies. CCP Main Theater, until August 20.

August 19
History Comes Alive! Lecture by Prof. Ambeth Ocampo on the unknown tidbits of Dr. Jose Rizal’s life, works, and passions. Ayala Museum, Makati City.

August 20
The Glitter Trap. A musical by Repertory Philippines starring young adults and budding actors of Philippine theater. The musical is based on the YA novel of Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson of the same title. Circuit, Makati City.

August 24
Bayanihan @ 61. The national folk dance company, Bayanihan, opens its 2017 season and celebrates its 61st anniversary at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Until August 26.

August 24
Malate Moderne: A 1930’s Art Deco Architecture Walk. A study tour and heritage walk exploring the history of Malate neighborhood using the 1930’s selection of Art Deco building and architecture. The study tour is part of the celebration of Arkitektura Festival 2017.

August 24
PPO Youth Concert at CCP. A grand concert performance by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura. Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP Complex.

August 25
The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2017. A three-day literary festival that promotes diversity in literature, featuring talks, panel discussions, book launches and signings, and writing and art workshops. Until August 27.

August 26
Ibong Adarna. Ballet Manila opens its 22nd performance season, titled “Flights of Fancy” with a contemporary adaptation of “Ibong Adarna”. Choreography by Gerardo Francisco and music by Diwa de Leon. Aliw Theater, until September 3.

August 30
National Film Workers Summit. A two-day summit organized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines. University of the Philippines Film Institute, until August 31.

August 31
Valera and the Modern. An exhibit on the life and works of National Artist for Fashion Ramon Valera. De La Salle College of St. Benilde, until October 14.


September 1
67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Awarding Ceremonies. Awards night honoring 51 winners in various literary genres. The Carlos Palanca Award is considered as the gold standard in writing excellence in the Philippines. The Manila Peninsula, Makati City.

September 1
Blackbird. The Manila production of the Olivier-award winning play “Blackbird” by David Harrower, under the direction of Topper Fabregas. Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City, until September 10.

September 1
Aurelio Sedisyoso. A modern sarswela resulting from a fusion of rock music and theatric elements. The production, which features the life of the playwright Aurelio Tolentino, is directed by Chris Millado. Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines. Until September 17.

September 4
PEN Workshop at MSU-IIT on Teaching Philippine Literature. A three-day literature teachers’ training workshop by the Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), focusing on 21st Century Literatures from the Philippines. Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), until September 6.

September 6
Fathers and Sons | Mga Ama, Mga Anak. A restaging of the Nick Joaquin play in celebration of the National Artist for Literature’s birth centenary this year.  Until September 24.

September 8
Pista Rizalina: A Festival of Arts and Ideas. A new festival that uses art as tool of engagement to address current social and political issues. Named after Rizalina Ilagan, a young activist martyred during the Marcos Martial Law period, the festival features nine plays, live streams of historical reenactments, music shows, interactive exhibits, and public discussions. CCP Complex, until September 24.

September 8
Tao Po (Monologues on Extrajudicial Killings). Monologues staged by performance artist and political activist Mae Paner, aka Juana Change. The monologues address the issue of extrajudicial killings that hound the Duterte administration’s drug war. Tanghalang Huseng Batute, CCP Complex, until September 17.

September 9
2nd Philippine Cinema Sessions. An annual lecture series hosted by the non-profit organization Yabang Pinoy. Featuring talks and discussions about filmmaking and the current state of Philippine cinema. Globe Tower, Taguig City, until September 10.

September 13
The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF). One of the biggest and most prestigious book fairs in the Philippines. Now on its 38th year, the event hosts book exhibitions from international and local publishers and authors, book signings, book launches, forums and literary activities. SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

September 14
Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Conference. A national conference celebrating the centennial of Philippine Cinema. The event traces the history of cinema in the Philippines from the American colonial period to the era of contemporary digital film making. UP Film Institute Cine Adarna and De La Salle College of St. Benilde Theater. Until September 15.

September 15
Mas Mabigat ang Liwanag sa Kalungkutan. Play by Rogelion Braga presented by UP Repertory Company and Ang Teatro ng Timog Silangang Asya. The play explores the conflict in Bangsamoro and how it shapes the country’s history. Teatro Marikina, Marikina City. Until September 17.

September 15
Short + Sweet Theatre Festival. A showcase of 10-minute plays happening for the first time in Manila. Featuring little plays staged by emerging and established artists from around the world. Power Mac Center Spotlight, Makati City, until October 1.

September 16
Cinema Europa. A grand film festival featuring the best lineup of classic and contemporary cinema from 16 participating European Union countries. Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City, until September 26.

September 20
Budayaw: The BIMP-EAGA Festival of Culture and the Arts.  The first ever international arts and culture festival showcasing the diversity and creativity of the peoples of four East Asia Growth Area (EAGA) members: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The festival highlights the indigenous culture of Mindanao and Palawan with art exhibitions, music shows, tapestry weaving, performance art, lectures, and cultural discussions. General Santos City, until September 24.

September 20
Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang. An adaptation by Guelan Varela-Luarca from the award winning play of Edgar Calabia Samar. Staged by the Tanghalang Ateneo for its 39th season. Ateneo de Manila’s Black Box Theater, until October 14.

September 21
Macario Sakay: Kilabot ng Sierra Madre. Written by Efren Yambot and directed by Alexander Cortez, the play features 36 cast members, most of them students. DL Auditorium, UP Los Baños, until September 24.

September 21
Launching of Bahay ni Kuya. Grand launching of the new home of Philippine Folk Heritage and Learning Resource Center in Pasay City. The center seeks to preserve the legacy of National Artist for Dance Ramon Obusan and make his body of work available to the general public.

September 22
2017 MADE Art Exploration Lecture Series. A lecture series on Filipino contemporary visual arts and design hosted by the Metrobank Foundation. Featured speakers include Mark Justiniani, Marika Constantino,and Manix Abrera. Le Pavilion Metropolitan Park, Pasay City.

September 23
Origins and Translations: Mindanao Tapestry and Silken Courts & The Maranao Malong Garments of Identity and Continuity. Twin exhibits at the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City featuring the indigenous tapestry of Mindanao. Curated by Floy Quintos, the exhibits showcase the unique ornamentations and weaving traditions of Maranao, B’laan, Mandaya, Subanen, Kaulo, and T’boli tribes.

September 24
Konsyerto: Unang Hakbang. A concert by the winners of National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra featuring longer snippets of musical works that defined the different genres in music history. Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP Complex.

September 26
Attitude of the Mind. An audio-visual installation on the life, works, and legacy of National Artist for Music Jose Maceda, curated by Dayang Yraola. Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Gallery, until December 3.

September 27
Sakuntala. Art Theatre Manila’s staging of an adaptation of an excerpt from the Indian epic “Mahabharata” as its initial offering. Directed by Joey Ting. Studio 72, Quezon City, until October 21.

September 29
Ang Pag-uusig. A play based on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible as translated to Filipino by Jerry Respeto with stage direction by Dennis Marasigan. Presented by Tanghalang Filipino, the play shows how the powerful uses the ‘establishment’ to condemn innocent people. CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute, until October 22.

September 30
Maynila… sa Kuko ng Liwanag, the Musical! A musical adaptation based strictly on the novel by Edgardo Reyes. Presented by Grand Leisure Corporation, the musical is directed by Joel Lamangan and features the music of Von De Guzman. KIA Theater, Cubao, Quezon City, until October 6.


October 1
Ateneo Art Awards 2017.  Grand awards night and ceremonies recognizing the artistic genius of a new generation of critics and visual artists. Three visual artists and two art critics are named grand prize winners. Arete, Ateneo de Manila University.

October 2
Conference on Cultural Statistics and Creative Economy.  A two-day event that seeks to increase the awareness of Filipino cultural workers and policy makers about the Philippine Cultural Statistics Framework (PCSF). The PCSF is a set of methodologies used to create and develop a systematic cultural statistics program for the country. Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel, until October 3.

October 5
Película-Pelikula. The 16th edition of the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia opens at Greenbelt Cinemas, Makati City. Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the festival features 20 of the best contemporary Spanish films including Salvador Calvo’s 1898, Los Ultimos de Filipinas which tells the story of the epic “Siege of Baler”. Until October 15.

October 5
BenCab: The Filipino Artist.  A grand exhibition of the works of National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) celebrating his fifty years of craftsmanship and creativity. More than 100 works of art by BenCab are on display at the Metropolitan Musuem of Manila. Until February 27, 2018.

October 7
Bamboo Whispers. Series of events celebrating the National Indigenous People’s Month presented by Filipinas Heritage Library and the Mangyan Heritage Center. Activities include an exhibition of Mangyan script and poetry; a symposium in honor of Antoon Postma; lectures and workshops; and book launching. Ayala Museum, Makati City, until October 24.

October 7
Swan Lake. A romantic ballet considered as an immortal classic performed by Ballet Manila to celebrate its 22nd performance season. Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City.

October 8
Dayaw. A national festival of indigenous peoples and cultural communities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with a grand launching at the Luneta Park in Manila. The festival showcases the rich cultural heritage of indigenous Filipinos through musical performances, dances, visual arts, crafts, folk stories, and traditional practices. Until October 10.

October 11
Tingin: ASEAN Film Festival. A special film festival sponsored by the NCCA celebrating the diverse culture and cinematic experiences of ASEAN community. With the theme “Southeast Asia through the Eyes of Cinema,” the festival features the works of award winning directors from Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Shangri-La Plaza Cineplex, Mandaluyong City, until October 15.

October 12
ManilART Fair 2017. Annual art fair presented by the NCCA in cooperation with Bago and ManilArt Foundation. Featuring art exhibitions from thirty seven participating galleries, auctions, and live mural demonstrations. SMX Convention Center, Taguig City, until October 15.

October 13
Fly Me to the Moon. A play written by Rody Vera more than 10 years ago and staged abroad makes its first ever debut on local stage. Directed by Paul Jake Paule and performed by Artist Playground, the play tells the journey of a gay transvestite singer to Japan who discovers new friendships and shared experiences. Arts Above, Quezon City, until October 22.

October 14
Basically Brahms. A concert by the Manila Symphony Orchestra featuring renowned Filipino pianist Ingrid Sala Santamaria and German conductor Christoph Poppen. Maybank Theater, Taguig.

October 14
Design Week Philippines. A multi-event platform that unifies different creative artists from various disciplines and genres. Hosted by Design Center, the week-long event features design workshops, art talks, a walking tour of Intramuros, street festivals, an inkfest, and an open air market. Ayuntamiento Intramuros Conservation, until October 22.

October 19
QCinema International Film Festival.  The official film festival of the local government of Quezon City funded by the city’s Film Development Foundation. Now on its fifth edition, the festival traditionally supports emerging filmmakers by offering grants for new projects. Highlights of the festival include 8 feature-length films in competition; 8 shorts; 6 experimental films by new Asian directors; a Rainbow QC Competition featuring LGBT narratives; and screening of Cinema Rehiyon by local filmmakers from the provinces. Held in different venues in Quezon City, until October 28.

October 19
3rd Danish Film Festival.  Award-winning films from Denmark’s critically acclaimed directors come to the Philippines for a 4-day festival. Featuring 11 films including Academy Award nominated After the Wedding by director Mads Mikkelsen. Shangri-La Plaza Cineplex, until October 22.

October 20
The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances. A grand production that reintroduces the acclaimed classics of Ballet Philippines. Featuring National Artist Alice Reyes’ “Amada,” an adaptation of the short story “Summer Solstice” by National Artist Nick Joaquin. The show also includes “Valse Fantasy,” “Ang Sultan,” “Songs of a Wayfarer,” and “Concertino.” CCP Main Theater, until October 22.

October 20
Beyond Borders: ASEAN-Korea Arts Exchange. A dance concert featuring Ballet Manila and Asean dancers with choreography by Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. It is the culminating event of the ASEAN-Korean Arts Exchange sponsored by the NCCA and the Korea Culture Center in the Philippines. Star Theater, Pasay City.

October 20
7th Likhang Habi Market Fair. An exhibition promoting the preservation and improvement of traditional indigenous Filipino textiles presented by the Philippine Textile Council. Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City, until October 22.

October 21
Neon Short Film Festival. An open air festival featuring 10 short films directed and produced by emerging independent Filipino filmmakers. Salcedo Park, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

October 21
Off the Pages Lecture Series.  Twin lectures at the Lopez Museum and Library featuring “Translation, Transmission, and Paleography,” a reading of Spanish documents by Prof. Chaz Navarro; and “Of Memory and Forgetting” by Prof. Jo-ed Tirol which commemorates the Jewish refugees in the Philippines.

October 23
Interstices: Manifolds of the In-between. A unique interdisciplinary cultural exchange and festival featuring multifaceted art forms including videos, sounds, robotics, computer-generated graphics, and art performances. Hosted jointly by WSK Axis, Japan Foundation Asia Center, and the College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts. Until November 4.

October 24
Silingan Seni International Visual Arts Festival.  A sub-regional arts exchange program between visual artists from Mindanao and Sabah. Featuring simultaneous exhibits, art talks, and on-site artist interactions in Zamboanga City and Kota Kinabalu and Ranau. Philippine leg of the event at Ateneo de Zamboanga University. Until October 25.

October 27
Cecile Licad: Chopin in the Key of C.  A concert by world-renowned pianist Cecil Licad at the Main Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines. Featuring Chopin’s revered classics Concerto No. 1 in E Minor and Concerto No. 2 in F Minor.

October 27
The Nonesuch: Fine Collectibles and Rarities.  A new kind of art fair that features the finest selections of art antiquities, creative furniture, jewelries, vintage books and maps, and rare prints, with  12 art galleries and antique collectors participating. Art Gallery of The Peninsula Manila, Makati City, until October 29.

October 27
“Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City.”  The opening gala of the Muhon exhibit after its historic participation in the 2016 Venice Art Biennale. Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

October 28
Sagada Art, Music, and Peace Fair.   A two-day concert in the mountains dubbed “A Concert in the Clouds” featuring the country’s top performers and singers including Joey Ayala, Ely Buendia, Freddie Aguilar,  Lolita Carbon, among others. Sagada, Mountain Province, until October 29.

October 31
Baguio as a UNESCO Creative City. Baguio designated as a UNESCO Creative City by Director General, Irina Bokova. The summer capital of the Philippines joins the 63 other cities from the other 43 countries in the world in a “Network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development.” The UNESCO Creative Cities Network “highlights its members’ creativitity in the following fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music.” To date, the Creative City Network is formed by 180 cities from 72 countries. Baguio is included in the crafts and folk art category.


November 4
Rizaliana. Unveiling ceremony of the recently discovered painting of National Artist Carlos Botong Francisco on the life of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. The painting titled Rizaliana was presented to the public by Angono Mayor Gerry Calderon at the Municipal Hall Building in Angono Rizal.

November 4
Roots and Rhythms: The Best of ASEAN Performing Arts. A concert of performance artists from the 10 member-states of the Association of South East Asian Nations, featuring 10-minute performances of culture bearers from each member state. The event is part of the  celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

November 6
Asia Society Arts and Museum Summit. A global gathering of senior arts and museum curators held in the Philippines for the first time. The summit promotes the cultivation of arts community in the 21st century and seeks to highlight the best of Filipino talent. Arete Center of Ateneo de Manila University, until November 7.

November 7
Paglulual 3rd International Ceramic Art Project. A week-long international exhibition featuring some of the finest ceramic art works created by the students of the UP College of Fine Arts Ceramic Studio. Other activities include workshops, lectures, live demonstrations, and exhibits of international ceramic artists. Emilio Jacinto Street, UP Diliman, Quezon City, until November 13.

November 7
Tokyo-Manila Jazz and Arts Festival. Series of workshops and a concert presented by the Japan Foundation Manila with the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music and the University of the Philippines College of Music. Abelardo Hall, UP College of Music, until November 9.

November 8
Bagong Cristo. A reinterpretation of the story of Jesus using a proletarian standpoint with modern narrative. Staged by Dulaang UP for its 42nd theater season, the play pays tribute to Aurelio Tolentino, considered as one of the greatest Filipino revolutionary dramatists of the 20th century. Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero Theater, UP Diliman, Quezon City, until December 3.

November 9
Animahenasyon 2017. A festival promoting the production and development of the Philippine animation industry. Organized by the Animation Council of the Philippines, the festival features graphic art exhibits, screenings of animated films, conferences, job fairs, and awards ceremonies. SM Aura, Taguig and at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Until November 12.

November 11
Unlikultura 2017. A comprehensive cultural workshop that includes a 3-day extensive training to enhance the artistic capabilities of young Capisnon artists and performers. The workshop is a joint project of the local government of Capiz and the NCCA. Until November 15.

November 13
Cinema One Originals Festival 2017. One of the most prestigious independent film festivals now on its 13th edition. With the theme, “Walang Takot,” the festival features 9 full length films, 14 international films, and 7 restored classics with special screenings of 13 previous Cinema One entries. Held in different venues in Metro Manila until November 28.

November 17
36th National Book Awards.  Announcement of the grand winners of the National Book Award honoring the best books in the Philippines published in 2016. The award is jointly presented by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics’ Circle.

November 18
Hinabi: Weaving Towards Empowerment of IP Women.  Exhibit and forum showcasing the unique weaving technology and traditions of indigenous Filipino women. The event is spearheaded by the UP Department of Women Studies of the College of Social Work and Community Development. University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

November 19
Nasaan si Hesus.  A musical revue directed by Nestor Torre with music and lyrics by Lourdes Pimentel. Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Buhay Isang Awit Foundation, the revue highlights issues, struggles, and concerns of modern day Filipino Christians. CCP Little Theater .

November 20
Datu Mankalasi. A mythopoetic musical about the heroism of an Agusan Higaonon Datu who struggled against the development aggression of big logging companies to save the ancestral domain of his people. The play was written by Dr. German Gervacio and presented by the MSU-IIT Integrated Performing Arts Guild in cooperation with the Artist Exchange Department of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology University Gym. Until November 28.

November 21
NAMCYA National Finals Week. Annual nationwide competition by the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in time for the celebration of the National Music Week. Featuring a culminating concert by the competition winners on November 26. Cultural Center of the Philippines.

November 21
60th Philippine PEN Congress. A two-day national gathering of the members of Philippine Center of International PEN. With the theme, “Reaffirming the Writer’s Commitment to Truth and Freedom,” the congress features several literary sessions, authors’ talks, and book launching. University of Santo Tomas, Manila, until November 22.

November 22
In the Kingdom of Fandom. A roundtable discussion about the phenomenon of fandoms in the Philippines hosted by the University of Santo Tomas Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. The event is part of the regular USTingan Lecture Series. UST Tanghalang Teresita Quirino, Manila.

November 23
PUP Social History Lecture Series. Featuring the lectures of Dr. Carlos M. Piocos III on the Filipina and Indonesian migrant domestic workers and Dr. Charlie Samuya Veric’s Postcolonial origins of history from below. The series is presented by the PUP Center for Social History. Bonifacio Hall, PUP Main Campus, Manila.

November 24
The Weight of Words: An Alphabet of Human Rights. Twelve visual artists and design professionals participate in an exhibit that celebrates human rights through arts, letters, and words. The event is part of Canvas’ Looking for Juan Project that uses art as medium of social change. Cultural Center of the Philippines, until January 21, 2018.

November 24
Nang Lumuha ang mga Tala sa Gitna ng Lawa.  A one-act play written and directed by Arthur P. Casanova. The play is part of a twin bill theater production of Xavier Stage. Xavier University Little Theater, Cagayan De Oro City.

November 24
Heneral Luna featured in P10 commemorative coin. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas issues special commemorative coins to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Philippine revolutionary hero General Antonio Luna.  The commemorative coin features the portrait of Luna on one side and the general riding a horse on the other side with the words: “Dangal, Tapang, Dignidad.”

November 27
Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festival 2017. The first ever film festival in Negros Island featuring 19 short films produced and directed by local talents and student filmmakers. The festival is presented by the Negros Museum and Design Brewer in cooperation with the NCCA National Committee on Cinema and the Film Development Council of the Philippines. SM City Cinema 4, Bacolod City, until November 29.

November 29
Ang Buhay ni Galileo. A play based on Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo and translated to Filipino by Alan Glinoga. The production is part of the celebration of PETA’s 50th anniversary season. Rajah Sulayman Theater, Intramuros Manila, until December 1.


December 1
Lunsad-Aklat sa Mindanao.  Book launching of Arthur Casanova’s five books on Philippine theater at Xavier University Little Theater, Cagayan De Oro City.

December 1
2017 UP Writer’s Night. Annual gathering of writers, scholars, artists, and readers hosted by the University of the Philippines Likhaan Institute of Creative Writing. Featuring a roundtable discussion with the finalists of Madrigal-Gonzalez First Book Award and announcement of winner, the launching of Likhaan Journal, book launching, a fellowship night, and a book auction. UP Diliman, Quezon City.

December 1
1st Hungarian Film Festival in the Philippines.  The first ever film festival showcasing the cinematic artistry of Hungarian filmmakers. Festival highlights include the screening of Some of the Son of Saul, Strangled, and Paw. Shangri-La Plaza Cineplex, until December 2.

December 4
9th Pandayang Lino Brocka. A festival of political films and new media productions featuring six independent films and documentaries. Among the activities of the festival are a talk on Media Representation of Moro and Indigenous Peoples, Q&A with the filmmakers, and awarding ceremonies. UP Film Center Cine Adarna, Diliman Quezon City.

December 5
Bantas: LIRA Workshop Batch 2017 Fellows’ Night.  A gathering of writer fellows of the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA). Featuring the works of fellows of the previous LIRA Poetry Clinic, launching of a chapbook, poetry reading and select performances. Conspiracy Garden Café, Quezon City.

December 8
A Panorama of the National Artist’s Genius. An exhibit showcasing the works of National Artist for Visual Arts Federico A. Alcuaz. NCCA Gallery, Intramuros, Manila. Until January 30, 2018.

December 15
2nd National Conference on Teaching the Rizal Course. A gathering of historians and social science educators who specialize in the teaching of Rizal courses. The conference aims to craft new strategies on how to deliver the Rizal course as part of the general education curriculum in higher learning institutions. National Historical Commission, Manila, until December 16.

December 16-17
2017 Sayaw Pinoy. A national dance competition organized by the NCCA National Committee on Dance. The competition aims to discover new talents and promote dance arts in various forms. SM City, Cebu City, until December 17.

December 16
Creative Anarchy 2017. Dubbed as the biggest international conference on design in Western Visayas, the conference seeks to develop an immersive and educational crossover of modern design practices with current technological advances. Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City.

Sunday, December 17
Tuloy Po Kayo. Launching of exhibit showcasing traditional gold jewelries and crafts as replicated by Manlilikha ng Bayan Eduardo Mutuc. Hosted by CulturAid, the event was held at the NAIA3 International Arrival Concourse.

Tuesday, December 19
MANDALA: Tinipong Ani ng Kaguruan ng Departamento ng Kasaysayan. Official launching of 6 books published by the professors of De La Salle University Department of History. Held at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU Manila.

Friday, December 22
Panata: Faith and Devotion to the Black Nazarene. Exhibit featuring 45 images and 54 objects from the National Ethnographic Collections showing the history of Traslacion. Held at the Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of the Philippines. Until January 28, 2018.

Tuesday, December 26
Christmas for Kids. A children-friendly exhibit featuring a Diorama of Philippines History and an interactive virtual reality show about Dr. Jose Rizal. Held at the Ayala Museum in Makati City until December 30.

Thursday, December 28
Children’s Day 2017: Cultural Workshop. Series of workshops specifically designed to enhance the awareness of children on Baybayin writing, indigenous musical instruments, and arts and crafts. Presented by the National Parks and Development Committee and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the event was held at the Children’s Playground in Luneta Park.

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