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Artist Spotlight: Nowhere Birds
Jan17

Artist Spotlight: Nowhere Birds

Nowhere Birds is a Dubai based independent folk music duo. Composed of Jules Suarez and Mitchiko Bagayna, the pair are well known for their intimate style of playing and harmonizing. While both of them do Vocals, Jules’ specializes in the Guitar, whereas Mitchiko plays the Glockenspiel and Melodica.     The duo came together after a spontaneous jam session at a party in 2015. With their newfound chemistry (and the help of...

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25 Things That Make Pinoy Christmas So Awesome
Dec23

25 Things That Make Pinoy Christmas So Awesome

Christmas, without a doubt is the most wonderful time of the year for Filipinos. We are so excited about it — that the Pasko turn-up starts as soon as September rolls in! But aside from the many Christmas Parties, include outrageous “palaro” shenanigans, raffles, non-stop Jose Mari Chan songs (we love him), we give you 25 more things that make Pinoy Christmas even more awesome!     Christmas celebrations in the Philippines...

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Artist Spotlight: Jun Cambel
Sep04

Artist Spotlight: Jun Cambel

Jun Cambel Visual Artist     Contemporary artist Jun Cambel grew up in the heart of the city, Manila. He views art as a tool to raise people’s environmental awareness. He often applies mixtures of paints and industrial materials to create multiple layers with pronounced textures. He sometimes combines found objects and realistic rendering to give the canvas an extra dimension. He worked in CM Ltd and Edipresse Media for...

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Artist Spotlight: Franklin Caña Valencia
Aug02

Artist Spotlight: Franklin Caña Valencia

Franklin Caña Valencia Painter     Franklin Caña Valencia who is known for his distinctive style referred to by his colleagues as “Cañaism,” didn’t expect that he would take to painting like a fish to water.  Originally a graphic designer, he was coaxed into the art via his brother, under the providential wing of the esteemed Saturday Group of artists led by the likes of the legendary Mauro “Malang” Santos.  Since then, he...

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Keeping Up With Congen: The Latent Filipino
Jul30

Keeping Up With Congen: The Latent Filipino

By Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes     I grew up in the 70s and 80s in the metropolis, a time when being Manileño was hip, cool, and well – trendy. Corollary to that, it was also the time when speaking Ilokano in the midst of my Manila-boy schoolmates meant being teased as one from the barrios or the mountains (well – I was born in Baguio!) or to put it as I remembered some of my schoolmates did – “rural.”   I...

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