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March 20

The museum at De La Salle University presents its latest offering, “Merismus,” an exhibit of landscape art by Filipino artists. It seeks to capture contrasting and complementary elements in landscape art, and how these comprise a totality. 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.

March 21

​​​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. 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 deadline of submission is on April 30. For more details, visit

March 22

 The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is now accepting applications for the Virgin Labfest 13 Writing Fellowship Program which will be held on July 4 to 16.  The program is a two-week mentorship program on the study and practice of dramatic writing for the stage. The fellows will take part in lectures, discussions, and workshops on playwriting and script critiquing.

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March 23

Crossing streets can be dangerous. But then, what can one expect? It’s an art. After all, the making of art is like crossing a busy Metro Manila street in the middle of rush hour. Janice Young creates this everyday activity a work of art through “J Walking 2: The Art of Crossing the Street” on view until March 26 at The Crucible Gallery, SM Megamall.

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March 24

“Moments de Creation” by Sacha Cotture focuses on the primal elements of life. Chinese ink, Cotture’s choice of medium is a return to form and a reverence to the centuries-old traditions. He reveals that in painting he manages to connect to nature, a world away from his rigid construction materials and architectural forms. In this exhibit, he traverses the movements of nature as swift as the wind yet as solid as a rock. Exhibit runs until April 3 at Galleria Duemila 210 Loring St. Pasay City.

March 25

The Nether (directed by Ana Abad Santos) is described as a science-fiction crime drama set in the near future. There are only five characters in the play, and they choose/change their identities as the scenes shift from the real to the virtual. Bernardo Bernardo is both Sims and Papa, Jenny Jamora is Morris the detective in the real world but becomes Woodnut in the Nether, played by TJ Trinidad. The play runs during weekends until April 9 at Power Mac Theater at Circuit Makati.

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 March 26

Thomas Daquioag’s ongoing 10th solo exhibition “Heirlooms” deals with the complexities of the phenomenon of objectification. He starts with a narrative of humanity’s penchant for collecting objects and ephemera that is motivated by a past experience of necessity, a sense of nostalgic preoccupation, or an impulse simply drawn from the consumerist environment we live in. The exhibit is located at Store 334 Level 3, SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City

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