Wednesday, February 20, 2008


And so it goes. The NCCA's Ani ng Sining: Art in Public Places in collaboration with the University of the East College of Fine Arts wowed commuters today at the Recto Station of LRT2.

At today's presentation, the festive air was ushered in by the students of Manila's Lakandula High School with their exhilarating performance of traditional Filipino dances accompanied by a live rondalla. It was followed by the award-winning University of the East Chorale with a delightful repertoire that included international music. In addition, a prize collection of artworks by the students of UE College of Fine Arts was on exhibit throughout the program.

Indeed, it was another couple of thumbs up for the entire NCCA organization. Its continued efforts to provide the general public with opportunities to enjoy and appreciate art is truly admirable.

Incidentally, the UE Theater will present "Mulan," an original, distinct and theatrical style production of Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Pilipino, directed by Dennis Marasigan, to be staged on Thursday, February 21, at 3:00 p.m. Free admission.

Moreover, February 23 is slated as Youth Day. Activities during the day will include the Department of Education's Oratorical Contest/Painting at the NCCA Auditorium. Please contact NCCA for more information.

The LRT2 Fiesta continues with its presentation of dance and music at the Legarda Station on Thursday and at the Cubao-Araneta Center Station on Friday. Festivities will start at 4:00 p.m.

Related Links:

Valentine Cconcert at the LRT Station

"We Will Rock You" by the UE Chorale at YouTube

UE celebrates 'Ani ng Sining' 2008 - Manila Bulletin


posted by Señor Enrique at 8:38 PM


Anonymous rhodora said...

Nice performance by the UE Chorale. Love their rendition of We Will Rock You. A performance like that will really rock the house away. :)

What about the UP Concert Chorus, Eric? I wonder if they are part of these series of performances?

February 20, 2008 10:36 PM  

Anonymous Luke said...

Looks like everyone is having a great time. great shots of this event!

February 20, 2008 11:29 PM  

Blogger Ebb Tide said...

Thanks for the updates. I didn't know that U.E. now offers Fine Arts degree. It's good to know that many universities are now offering Fine Arts in college. One time I met a Filipino guy who finished Fine Arts in F.E.U. I was surprised because that university didn't offer art degree before. What a progress!

February 21, 2008 1:50 AM  

Blogger IndioBravo said...

Thank God were paying some attention to culture & arts.Just kidding! It just shows no matter how we are struggling as a nation today we try to keep positive.As always nice & fun pics Senor!

February 21, 2008 5:46 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I've heard of another great group -- the UST Chorale, Rhoda, but nothing about the UP Chorus. It may have been another case of no budget, or UP's arts priorities may be focused on other disciplines. I really don't know.

Incidentally, UP has got to do something about refurbishing the structures in its campus. They're really beginning to look weathered and abandoned.

February 21, 2008 7:14 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thanks, Luke. The lighting situation was rather brutal for my point & shoot ... hehehe.

February 21, 2008 7:16 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes, Ebb Tide, both FEU and UE have art schools now as well. If not mistaken, I think we have a couple of fellow bloggers who graduated from FEU's College of Fine Arts.

February 21, 2008 7:18 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

They should implement this as an ongoing year-round project, IndioBravo, even if only once a month. Based on audience reaction, such performances were highly appreciated by folks from varied backgrounds.

Incidentally, art in public places makes a wonderful antidote to the woes that permeate our political and economic landscapes.

February 21, 2008 7:23 AM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

"Incidentally, UP has got to do something about refurbishing the structures in its campus. They're really beginning to look weathered and abandoned."

I so agree, Eric. Wasn't it just lately when one of the old residence halls of UP Diliman campus got burned? Good thing other UP campuses like in Los Banos and Baguio have already gained autonomy, hence able to refurbish their own campuses from their own funds. UP Baguio for one, has its new look - the admin building being newly constructed. I kinda miss the old one though... memories attached to it. hehehe.

The UP Concert Chorus used to be (or still is) the most popular campus choral group in the country, Eric. Perhaps they are on tour right now, so they aren't part of the NCCA performances. I highly recommend for you to watch them perform if you have the chance. :)

February 21, 2008 7:47 AM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

Oh, and here's another one, Eric:

Hope you don' mind my plugging... :)

February 21, 2008 7:54 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

If anything, Rhoda, UP's Conservatory of Music and college of fine arts should have been one of the educational institutions (besides UE) that have collaborated with NCCA's Art in Public Places, instead of doing their own Arts Week. Sobra naman sosi sila, eh public funds din naman nagpapaandar ng UP.

But then again, this is the Philippines ... hehehe.

February 21, 2008 8:11 AM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Nice initiative!

February 21, 2008 8:55 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

It is, Sidney. I am praying that this will someday become a year-round event. And know what? There is much interest within the private sector to sponsor such events. If only we can get the enthusiasm and participation of our art students from UP, UST, PUP, Ateneo, de la Salle, UE, FEU, and from other colleges and universities, this will become a great possibility, indeed.

By the way, I had no idea that Mapua Institute of Technology very much supports the arts, too. In today's LRT2 Fiesta at the Legarda Station, I think it will be the students of MIT who will lead the festivities. Awesome, eh?

February 21, 2008 9:10 AM  

Anonymous rachel said...

I've been a frequent silent visitor of your blogspot since that "Ang Tibay Naman" entry. Can't resist to comment on this one as music and arts is one of my passions. (No, I'm not a musician or artist by profession).

I'm one of those who would stop, watch and listen when there are such performances in public places - malls, hotel lobbies, even the LRT. And I clap,too.

I've heard the chorales of UE, UST, UP, Ateneo and DLSU - all very good!

I enjoyed the pictures - looks like everybody's having fun! Thanks!

February 21, 2008 10:15 AM  

Anonymous bw said...

I never thought I would see a group of barong wearing guys and gals in native gowns led by a conductress sing Queen's much celebrated hit WE WILL ROCK YOU in acapela hahaha :) They sounded goood!

February 21, 2008 10:33 AM  

Anonymous Mandaragat said...

Encore, Senor Enrique! I'm happy to see some features of my alma mater. Thanks.

Miss ko po tuloy ang UE Kalookan.

February 21, 2008 10:43 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Rachel!

You and me both. I really appreciate those artists who take time to share their gifts, especially those who perform at expected places like the streets or parks.

Neither am I an artist or musician, but my inability or lack of talent makes me appreciate even more those folks who can draw or play music.

Hopefully, we'll be seeing more of these wonderful presentations all over the city. Wouldn't it be nice if our local world class choirs could perform in our indigent areas? Imagine the joy they will bring to the kids and adults in those neighborhoods even if for only an hour or two.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

February 21, 2008 11:20 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

They're even better performing that Freddy Mercury tune live, BW. Pretty awesome!

Actually, not a bad idea for the remaining members of Queen to check out that YouTube video. I should write them a letter ... hehehe.

February 21, 2008 11:24 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Two of my eldest siblings graduated from UE, Mandaragat! Another, James, was also taking undergraduate studies there but opted to continue his studies in the States.

Trivia: I was very much into the Beatles when young. One day, my brother James told me that the Dynasouls (the Philippine's answer to this Fab Four), was going to be performing at his school dance at UE Auditorium.

You couldn't imagine how excited I was when James, knowing how much I love the Beatles, took me along to his school dance.

So, while he and his classmates had a good time dancing and partying at the auditorium, I was seated near where I could enjoy the band all night as they performed the Beatle songs that I love. It was indeed the closest I could get to the real John, Paul, George, and Ringo ... hehehe. I must've been still in elementary school back then.

But nonetheless, I thought that was really cool of my brother James, though. He wasn't at all embarrassed to bring his little brother to his school dance.

February 21, 2008 11:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've been blessed by having a good brother.

February 21, 2008 7:41 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I must admit that he's a good brother, Anonymous, especially when he surprises you with his signature random acts of kindness.

But what's interesting is that I brought his oldest son to his first concert -- Bryan Ferry at Radio City Music Hall. It was funny, we ran into a couple of his friends' parents at the lobby who also attended the concert ... hehehe.

February 21, 2008 8:10 PM  

Blogger g_mirage said...

As usual, full of life photos SenorE!

And yes, hats off to the organizers for this initiative...Kahit lrt station ok ah! You did very well even on poor lighting down there SenorE hehe.

I have posted the Stranger's portrait as was suggested. I would later make some links and guidelines siguro para we could post them on the same date...maybe the 15th and 30th of the month? (Twice since we got lots of portraits to show). =)

February 21, 2008 9:04 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Very interesting portrait of the stranger, G. Mirage.

Due to the many planned rallies in Manila, I cannot at this time commit to a particular publish date for the photos of these friendly souls on the streets; however, the 30th seems ideal for now.

Many thanks!

February 22, 2008 8:00 AM  

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