Thursday, July 5, 2018


Press release

Manila Wrestling Federation -- the hottest and fastest rising live sports-entertainment spectacle in Metro Manila – continues its unique blend of athleticism and action-adventure storytelling “MWF 3: Republika”, the next episode of the country’s one and only live “AksyoNovela”, to be held on July 8 at the UP Bahay ng Alumni, Diliman, Quezon City. The show will start at 6 PM. 

The company’s third major presentation celebrates Filipino courage, dignity and integrity through its larger-than-life, colorful characters and culturally relevant stories, highlighted by the main event featuring MWF’s high-flying daredevil pioneer Robin Sane facing his archrival, King of Pro Wrestling China Champion and former WWE NXT and Cruiserweight Classic participant Ho Ho Lun. 

The event also promises to be packed with superb in-ring action delivered by the first round of the inaugural MWF Championship Tournament. MWF’s “Kapa-FEDs” will also be treated to “Sagot Kita 3: Basta Stryker, Sweet Lover”, the next chapter highly entertaining short film series starring action hero Gigz Stryker, one of the company’s top attractions.

MWF has also partnered up with event ticketing app Ticket2Me, making it more convenient for Pinoy wrestling fans to buy their tickets online and pay through a variety of outlets such as Paypal, local banks, and 7-11 stores nationwide.

Get your tickets to ”MWF 3: Republika” now at! For inquiries and ticket reservations, please send a message to the Manila Wrestling Federation’s official Facebook page, or contact +63 9178431194.

About Manila Wrestling Federation
Manila Wrestling Federation is a Manila-based sports-entertainment group, specializing in professional wrestling. The MWF offers a colorful cast of wrestlers and exciting, competitive in-ring action the whole family can enjoy!

Friday, June 22, 2018


Press release

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Association of Pinoyprintmakers will conduct upcoming public programs in line with the Tirada exhibition. The roundtable discussions, which involve the intricacies and technologies in the production of fine art prints, are open to the public.

On June 30 (Saturday, 2-4pm) Printmaking as a moment in modernism and contemporary art will be held together with visual artists Ivi Avellana-Cosio, Fil Delacruz, Jess Flores, Raul Isidro, Rhoda Recto, and moderated by Virgilio Aviado. At 4-6pm, Printmaking as a distinct form will take place with artists Joey Cobcobo, Hershey Malinis, and Jun-Jun Sta. Ana, moderated by Angelo Magno.

Come July 7 (Saturday, 2-4pm), Printmaking's potency and potential will be discussed together with visual artists Ambie AbaƱo, Jose Santos Ardivilla, and Imelda Cajipe-Endaya. The event will be moderated by Patrick D. Flores.

The exhibition TIRADA: 50 Years of Philippine Printmaking 1968-2018 is on view at the CCP Buwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery), Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery) and Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery) until 15 July 2018.

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Press release

JUNE 24 – JULY 4, 2018

In celebration of its 15th Anniversary, Renaissance Gallery, a leading purveyor of non-representational art in the country, presents “AMBIDEXTROUS: THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT” which opens on June 24 till July 4 at the SM Art Center, with cocktail reception on June 25 at 6 pm.

A group exhibition of artists working in both representational art and abstraction, “AMBIDEXTROUS” shall feature the works of Hermes Alegre, Art Bermido, Remy Boquiren, Arley Carig, Addie Cukingnan, Egai Fernandez, Sam Penaso, Ronaldo Ruiz, Aner Sebastian, Valen Valero and Janice Young.

“AMBIDEXTROUS” is curated by noted art critic, writer and visual artist Cid Reyes.
The Art Center is on the 4/F, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call Margaux Romero-Oracion at mobile: 0925-555-7790.
Henry Moore, the great British sculptor, stated, “All art is abstract in one sense. Not to like abstract qualities or not to like reality is to misunderstand what sculpture and art are about … I see no reason why realistic art and purely abstract art can’t exist in the world side by side at the same time, even in one artist at the same time. One isn’t right and the other wrong.”

On the other hand, Picasso declared, “There is no such thing as abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” In fact, the greatest titan of twentieth century art who was a genius in representational painting, drove his works in the Cubist style to the very edge of abstraction.

The Renaissance Art Gallery, as part of its fifteenth anniversary exhibition, celebrates the talent of artists who might be regarded as ambidextrous, or possessing the ability to paint with either hand with equal ease or dexterity. Both hands, in this case, do not literally signify the left and the right hand, but rather, that each hand can represent representational art, and the other, abstraction.

The show will be a revelation: some artists better known for their abstraction will demonstrate their skill and talent from years of academic and classical art, in works executed in a range of styles inflected by Impressionism and Magic Realism; while those whose reputations were built on the Mother and Child theme, still lifes, portraiture, or social realist figuration, can be impressive with their purely abstract works.

All this proves that, in certain individuals gifted in both styles, the division between figuration and abstraction is “porous,” allowing for the crossing of boundaries and demarcations, which are, to these ambidextrous artists, essentially non-existent.

Renaissance Art Gallery raises a toast - with two glasses of wine ! - to  celebrate the unlimited skill and talent of the Filipino artist !

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Press release


  1. ·         adidas and Parley for the Oceans are calling on their global communities to unite for the second consecutive year in one movement against marine plastic pollution
  2. ·         adidas and Parley will host over 12 major running events across six key cities including weekly running activities with 50 adidas Runners communities worldwide
  3. ·         For the first one million km completed, adidas will contribute 1 million US$ to the Parley Ocean School Program
  4. ·         20 world-renowned cross-category adidas athletes join the Parley Ocean Squad to increase awareness for the cause, including Shaunae Miller, Tori Bowie and Wayde Van Niekerk
  5. ·         Sign up on and follow #adidasParley, #RunForTheOceans

Through this worldwide initiative, adidas and Parley call on their global communities between June 8 and July 8 to take action and protect the oceans that are increasingly endangered due to man-made issues including pollution, waste and growing consumption. Since 2015, the partners have been working together to prevent plastic entering our oceans, transforming it into performance sportswear crafted from Parley Ocean Plastic™.

Taking the initiative to the next level for 2018, adidas will match every kilometre run with US$ 1 – for the first one million kilometres – to support the Parley Ocean School program, which educates and empowers the next generation of Ocean Guardians through immersive experiences in the environment we are fighting to protect. With in-school program and water sports activities, Parley Ocean School introduces youth to the underwater world, teaching them about the impacts of marine plastic pollution and giving them the tools and inspiration to protect their future with Parley AIR.

Cyrill Gutsch, Founder of Parley for the Oceans said: "Every second breath we take is created by the Oceans. Still, we are killing its life in rapid speed. We are hosting Run for the Oceans with adidas to step out of our routine, to take a deep breath and to reflect on how important the sea is for every one of us. And to show that millions of little steps can make a huge difference for our movement." 

To get involved, adidas and Parley are hosting a series of physical runs in several key cities worldwide including LA, New York, Paris, Berlin, London, Barcelona, Milan and Shanghai, and are mobilising the global adidas Runners network to organise weekly running initiatives in 50 adidas Runners communities worldwide.

Andre Maestrini, General Manager, adidas Sports Business Units said: “At adidas, we believe that sport has the power to change lives and the Run For The Oceans movement truly reflects this. We have created a unique global platform that gives everyone the opportunity to impact their lives by joining a collective running movement that fights marine plastic pollution. Seeing the adidas family unite for a shared purpose is what makes the campaign so powerful.”

Runners around the world can also sign up and track their runs on the digital platforms of Runtastic and Joyrun (in China) to contribute and help reach one million kilometres, joining adidas ambassadors Shaunae Miller, Tori Bowie and Wayde Van Niekerk among other high-profile athletes in their efforts to spread the message.

Inspired by the fragility of the oceans, adidas Running will reveal limited-release UltraBOOST Parley and UltraBOOST X shoes, fusing performance-oriented footwear technology with progressive eco-innovation. The high-performance, high-purpose products prove adidas’ and Parley’s commitment to tackle the major threats one step at a time. Featuring an energy‐return BOOST™ midsole and 95% Parley Ocean Plastic Primeknit upper, each pair prevents approx. 11 plastic bottles from the possibility of entering our oceans. Available in a chalk pearl colourway, the silhouettes will be available online from June 8 and in stores worldwide from June 27 for Php9300.

Everybody can join the movement by downloading Runtastic/Joyrun to track each step between June 8 and July 8. To find out more about the Run For The Oceans and sign up, visit:
Follow the conversation at @adidasrunning on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and using #RunForTheOceans, #adidasParley, #UltraBOOST.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Meeting Pancho Piano and His Art

PANCHO PIANO is one of the most recognized artists in our country today. His medium varies from acrylic, oil, and stain glass. He gathers inspiration from everyday things from landscape and portrait to abstract and realism.
Pancho M. Piano
Sir Pancho started out joining art contests at school but his big break when he was offered a scholarship at UP Fine Arts after his talent got noticed. He later went to Europe and stayed the longest in Japan. It was also in Japan that he got into another art form which is stain glass. He also got to do some stain glass art in Philippine churches but he concentrated generally on canvas.

Artists like sir Pancho also have camaraderies and fellowships and he is also with the Friday Group. The Saturday Group is one of the oldest groups because it’s already fifty years of existence and has a roster that includes national artists. Sir Pancho also has a group of Manila based Bicolano artists. But he also has friends with the Saturday Group.
Lupang Hinirang by Pancho Piano.
(With Permission from Mr. Piano).

Sir Pancho has an ongoing exhibit at Okada’s Corral Wing. Among his displayed works, the one that I fancied was the Lupang Hinirang. I fancied this painting because it illustrates a mythic-like character on horseback. During our chat, he was able to draw a portrait of a fellow blogger within 7 minutes. Besides Okada, sir Pancho will also have another exhibit that will open on June 21 at SM Aura. When I asked him about being an artist in Europe, he answered, it is an eye-opener to Europeans that we Filipinos are not just OFWs, domestic helpers or caregivers.

For more info about Mr. Pancho Piano works please feel free to visit his official website and social media platform at:

Ballet Manila presents ‘American Stars Gala’

Press release

Ballet Manila presents today’s brightest and fastest-rising Asian and American dance artists in American Stars Gala, scheduled onJ uly 7, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex.
 Lia Cirio, Boston Ballet principal dancer
American Stars Gala is a fundraiser for Ballet Manila’s Project Ballet Futures scholarship program.

The one-night-only concert will be headlined by Boston Ballet principal dancers Lia Cirio and Junxiong Zhao, with soloist Hannah Bettes; Houston Ballet principal dancers Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews; and Ballet Manila resident guest principal artists Katherine Barkman and Joseph Phillips.

Fresh from participating as the first Filipino contenders in the USA International Ballet Competition’s junior division, Ballet Manila company artists Nicole Barroso and Joshua Enciso will also make a special appearance.

The evening’s repertoire consists of well-loved classics and powerful neo-classical and contemporary pieces, including a world premiere.
Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Osias Barroso,
Ballet Manila artistic directors

Cirio will perform as the White Swan, Odette, together with BM soloist Mark Sumaylo as Prince Siegfried and the BM corps de ballet in Swan Lake Act 2.

Kajima and Matthews will dance the Giselle pas de deux and the Madame Butterfly pas de deux by Stanton Welch.

Zhao will partner Bettes in the La Sylphide pas de deux and the Sleeping Beauty wedding pas de deux.

Barkman and Phillips will perform the Le Corsaire pas de deux and the contemporary piece KBJP, created for them by choreographer Augustus Damian III.

Barroso and Enciso will dance George Birkadze’s tango-inspired Bru and the classic Diane and Acteon.

Meanwhile, Ballet Manila will unveil Birkadze’s brand new choreography, Imperial, as well as restage a company warhorse,Deconstructing Gershwin, by Hazel Sabas-Gower.

BM artistic director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde says it was choreographer and Boston Ballet faculty George Birkadze – recently in town to create new works for her company – who suggested bringing together these outstanding young dancers in one show.

Since most of them were scheduled to perform in gala concerts across the Asia-Pacific region, Birkadze said it would be the perfect time for them to converge in the Philippines and join forces with the BM artists.

“The plan took off immediately because I really wanted to bring in Lia Cirio, who is an outstanding principal dancer with Filipino roots. It would give local audiences a chance to see her perform and get to know her better,” says Macuja-Elizalde.

“I have never been to the Philippines,” says the US-born Cirio, who has danced classical, neo-classical, and contemporary roles for Boston Ballet since 2004. “I am looking forward to seeing where my father spent some of his childhood.  He still has family there, so I am hoping they will be able to attend the show. I know that Filipinos love dance, so I know that performing for them will be rewarding.”

American Stars Gala follows Macuja-Elizalde’s previous efforts to bring international ballet artists to the Philippines, includingToday’s Stars of the Russian Ballet (2010), The World Stars of Ballet (2012), and Stars of Philippine Ballet (2013).

Tickets for Ballet Manila’s American Stars Gala are now available at all TicketWorld outlets, online at, or through 891-9999.