Identifying heritage in canvas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 October) — What makes art Filipino? That’s an inquiry posed by art critic and curator Virgilio Cuizon during a one day workshop and exhibit in The Royal… »

Kuntaw Mindanaw off to Uzbekistan for Asian music fest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) — A Mindanawon performing group will be flying to Uzbekistan to represent the country in one of Central Asia’s biggest music festivals. Kuntaw Mindanao, a group… »

A glimpse of the world’s folklore

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/ 14 August) — How did a small city in Mindanao get to be host to an event that brings in over 200 performers from nine different countries?… »

Butuan’s out of the box art gallery

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/03 July) — It’s absolutely far-out, both in terms of concept and exhibition. Count in its location and isolation. But painter Jon Honculada’s home is a product of… »

Is dance still a relevant medium? UP Mindanao dancers answer and show their best form

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 May) — Besides entertainment, the purpose that dance has long served included conveying ideas, emotions, and messages that no other medium can communicate dramatically, if not clearly.… »

Maguindanao bags Tugtog ng Aliwan top prize

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – The Sagayan Festival contingent from Maguindanao bagged the first prize of the Tugtog ng Aliwan Festival Music Competition in Pasay City on Thursday evening. The… »

Finding common ground: Five Davaoeño artists share one vision for an art exhibit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — Staging an art exhibit with well refined oeuvres in different media may seem confusing and disorienting to the curious viewer and the art enthusiast alike.… »

Bonney Read gives back

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) — Australian rock band Bonney Read had a very simple objective for their first gig in the Philippines: as musicians, the band members wanted to use… »

Going beyond museums

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 March) — Gone are the days when art was strictly confined in museums or meant to be enjoyed by the more privileged. These days, a larger segment… »

Preserving Davao’s culinary traditions

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) — One of the 62nd foundation year celebration highlights of the Philippine Women’s College of Davao (PWC Davao) was the launching of the book Davao Cuisine:… »

Junia: Music makes geniuses: Musikgarten opens first Mindanao branch

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 March) — As she formally opened her school’s first branch in Mindanao, singer and music educator Nikki Junia brought to the south a unique educational program that… »

Storytelling through songs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Feb) — When words are not enough to tell a story, music and melody come into play to bring life to various human experiences—the inspiration of the… »

Art for communities

The Davao chapter of the Guild for Upholding and Harnessing Indispensable Talents (GUHIT) Pinas spread the art love last weekend as they held their first major exhibition for the benefit… »

UnbeLEAFable: A green version of the Mona Lisa

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 November) — Mishael Pueblas has something what he calls an “artvocacy.” In 2009, he started working on a masterpiece using greener art materials to address an environmental… »

INTERVIEW: Luczon on Cine Totoo: filming Mindanao throwbacks

An upcoming documentary film festival presented by GMA News TV will be featuring works of two Mindanawon filmmakers. Nef Luczon is one of them. The film of the Cagayan de… »

INTERVIEW: Gohetia on Cine Totoo: capturing stories that withstand time

An upcoming documentary film festival presented by GMA News TV will be featuring works of two Mindanawon filmmakers. Filmmaker, editor, and writer Charliebebs Gohetia is one of them. His documentary… »

Filipino film on Palawan tribe inspires Lao cinema

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/21 March) — An independent film that depicts the indigenous tradition and beliefs of the Palawan tribe in the Philippines opened a curtain with new light in Lao… »

3 Mindanawons fellows to 53rd SU National Writers Workshop

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 March) — Three Mindanawon writers are among the 12 fellows for this year’s Silliman University National Writers Workshop, the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center said… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The precious gift of reading a book

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Feb) – Is reading a book these days – which I have always thought was a rare precious gift – an endangered species in our… »

Writing Mindanao, Righting Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 February) – Watch out for the “punto de vista” (point of view) and “omissions, silences.” This was the challenge posed by Dr. Macario Tiu, National Book Awards… »

An afternoon of poetry at the 1st Mindanao Book Festival

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Feb) – Award-winning poet, writer, artist and professor Ricardo de Ungria was among a number of Mindanawon poets who joined the poetry reading during the… »

Sharing artworks, exchanging cultures

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – Images of people’s movements portrayed with layered oil-based colours on canvases filled the white walls of the two-story M Gallery at Samsenthai Road… »

NCCA now accepting project proposals for 2014

NCCA now accepting project proposals for 2014 DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July)—The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is calling on cultural and art groups, individual artists, non-government organizations,… »

Surigaonon singer wows Voice of Philippines judges with song from “Uwahig”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 July) – A 21-year old singer from Surigao City made all four judges of the Voice of the Philippines contest turn around Saturday night with her rendition… »

‘Lageng,’ an anthology of Bukidnon tribal songs, gets good raves

MALAYBALAY CITY (MIndaNews/07 June)– The Bukidnon State University community-based recording studio’s “Lageng” (voice), a collection of 14 traditional songs from Bukidnon’s seven hill tribes, was met with “excited and optimistic… »

Comics series on Bukidnon tribe out

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 May) – In a marked departure from their mainly oral tradition, the Bukidnon-Daraghuyan tribe has published a series of four comics depicting their history and culture. Titled… »

Bukidnon eyes title as world’s “Soil Painting Capital”

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 March) — Bukidnon-based artists are organizing a soil painting festival in April 2014  to put the province on the map as the “Soil Painting Capital of the… »

Exclusive rights for big sponsors defeat spirit of Kaamulan’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 March) – The provincial government should have disallowed some companies from enjoying exclusive rights during the Kaamulan even if they were major sponsors of the annual festival… »

National Museum-Butuan branch temporarily closed

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/ 29 December)- The National Museum branch here has been temporarily closed to the viewing public due to repair and retro-fitting works. George Abcede, the museum’s officer-in-charge, said… »

New art center opens in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/25 October) — The first ever privately-owned art center in Caraga Region recently opened in Butuan City, to cater to the needs of art patrons, buyers and enthusiasts… »

Watch “Uwahig” at CCP on Nov. 10

The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents the MSU-IIT IPAG in Steven P.C. Fernandez’s “Uwahig,” the Mindanawon Indarapatra epic and the Bukidnon water legend, of an environment degraded by war… »

TAMBARA: A film that debunks the myths of modernity and helps us to revisit our past

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 June) — I am very glad that the first film I watched on the first day of the First Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is Orvil Bantayan’s TAMBARA. As Davao City is this festival’s host, a film touching tangentially on the indigenous belief system of Davao’s original people – the Bagobo – is a must see!

Iligan goes indigenous in celebrating National Arts Month

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews) – This city is celebrating the National Arts Month by pushing indigenous arts more than popular arts and those from other countries. “We need to uphold our… »

3rd Cinema Rehiyon film fest opens

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/9 Feb) – The 3rd Cinema Rehiyon kicked off here this morning with its opening ceremonies at the Pinnacle Hotel. Gracing the ceremonies were members of the National Center for Culture and the Arts-Cinema Committee, including its chairperson, Dr. Mike Rapatan. Cinema Rehiyon, flagship activity of the NCCA-Cinema Committee for the Philippine International Arts Festival (PIAF), bears the theme “Forging Philippine CineDiversity.”

Dam, burial site issues divide lumads and academics

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) – The Pulangi V hydro electric project and the claim of a sacred burial site of the Manobo ancestors have divided the lumads in… »

Mardoquio's film, Sheika, competes in Asiatica Film Mediale Festival in Rome

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) – Sheika, a film written and directed by Davao-born Arnel Mardoquio is competing at the  11th Asiatica Film Mediale Festival in Rome, Italy this week. The… »

Damulog's Apu Mamalu site to be declared "national cultural treasure"

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 November) —  The National Museum of the Philippines is set to declare the Apu Mamalu burial ground in Misakil, Damulog, Bukidnon  a national cultural treasure, Sen. Juan… »

Artists show Mindanao's colors in Brussels exhibit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 November) —Through their artworks exhibited in Brussels, the Belgian capital, in September this year, Mindanao artists have sent Europe the message that there’s more to Mindanao than… »

“We have debating clubs but no dialogue clubs”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 August) –  “How can we promote dialogue and cultural cohesion if in schools we churn out graduates every year who are not used to dialogue?”  Jesuit priest… »

Oro history reflective of IP marginalization

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/26 August) — The ancestors of Cagayanons could be the sea-faring sub-tribe of the Manobo, the Higaonons. Ethno-historian Dr. Antonio Montalvan, currently the curator of the Museum… »

Valencia feast opens with a “Lumad” mass

VALENCIA CITY(MindaNews/23 August) — For the first time in the parish’s history, the feast of San Agustin in Valencia City will be opened with a mass in Binukid, the language… »

Moro film for Venice Film Fest to be shown in Davao Friday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 August) – For the first time since its Metro Manila debut, the first Bangsamoro full-length movie, “Limbunan” by Gutierrez “Teng” Mangansakan, will be shown in Davao City… »

Fiction-Writing Contest in Bisaya now open

DAVAO CITY (DWG/08 August) — In line with the thrust of the National Commission on Literary Arts to help develop creative writing in the regional languages, the Davao Writers Guild… »

Book on education among Bukidnon Pulangiyens launched

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 August) – The Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center or APC launched a book on the Bukidnon Pulangiyen tribe titled “Learning Sustainable Life” in three cities recently. Author… »

Moro director’s film invited to Venice Int'l Film Fest

DAVAO CITY – Gutierrez “Teng” Mangansakan II’s film, “Limbunan,” the first Moro full-length narrative film has been invited as the closing film in the International Critics’ Week of the Venice International Film Festival next month. No Filipino film has ever been featured in the line-up of Venice Critics’ Week, but the film done by the 33-year old Mangansakan, a Moro from Maguindanao.

1st Bangsamoro full-length film debuts in Indie filmfest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 June) – See the world through Moro eyes. Watch Limbunan, the first BangsaMoro full-length narrative film that will have its debut at the sixth edition of Cinemalaya… »

Scholar cites need to correct inaccuracies in Malaybalay’s history

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 June) – To say that Malaybalay came from “walay balay” (no house) is inaccurate, an old-time Bukidnon ethnographer and cultural scholar said. Malabalay “is the name of… »

Bukidnon teachers finish culture-sensitivity training; a first in RP, NCCA says

MUSUAN, Maramag, Bukidnon (MindaNews/15 May) – Ninety-five public school teachers across the province yesterday ended what organizers said was a groundbreaking initiative in Philippine education with simple graduation rites at… »

Erecion de Pueblo monument rises in Plaza Rizal

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 7 May) – A historical monument will rise in the city to mark the creation of Malaybalay as a village under Spain in 1877. The monument’s… »

2nd Davao Writers Workshop begins

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – This city was bursting at the literary seams when writing luminaries gathered on Monday May 3 at the Lispher Inn to kick off the 2nd… »

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