Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Random Stuff

Sorry we haven't been posting lately... we really have to be more consistent. Anyways, a few random thoughts and updates:

1. It's a new day, and we really liked PNoy's inaugural address. It struck the right tone - hopeful, detailed, courageous - speaking of change and example.

That said, we remain wary, hopeful but wary. That is one legacy of the Arroyo administration - people still want to remain positive on days like this, but are a bit more jaded. As one friend told us as Noy spoke of getting rid of wang-wangs on EDSA, "I'll believe it when I don't see it."

2. But, presidential he did sound, and we recognize and fully support Noynoy, proudly, as our president. We've already stated how we see our role post-elections. Nothing's changed... if anything, it is also how we now choose to join and commit to the Aquino government as it moves to promote better governance.

3. The lines we liked best from his speech: "Hindi na puede ang puede na," and "There can be no reconciliation without justice."

4. Moving on, have you checked out our new Looking for Juan site? It's now officially off beta mode. Go visit!

5. Finally, we have a bunch of events and activities this coming month. Here are the major ones:
  • An exhibition of new works by Farley del Rosario at 1/of Gallery starting July 12th. You can preview them here.
  • The exhibition of the second set of Joy Mallari's paintings for our next children's book, Doll Eyes, at the Ayala Museum on July 23. We're hopeful, but as yet can't promise, that we'll also have our book launch that day.
  • Manilart 2010 - the second annual international fair - on July 30th.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Where We Came From

We just realized that CANVAS turned exactly five years old yesterday. Our very first project - "Elias and His Trees" - was an adaptation of Jean Giono's The Man Who Planted Trees and it opened on June 13, 2005.

Here, then, is the story that planted the seed for what is now CANVAS.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Mindmapping CANVAS Moving Forward

It's been a while since we last wrote something, sorry.

It's been a really hectic past few (and next few) weeks. Not only have we been pulling out the works for Dekalogo and Everyday Filipino Heroes, but we're also setting up a brand new second website just for our Looking for Juan Program. (We're very nearly there! Watch out for it!)

We're also busy brainstorming and mapping out ideas for CANVAS - both short-term and over the medium term. We're growing and we're wary that we may be growing too fast, or that we might lose some of the spontaneity and innovation.

Anyway, we'll see how it goes... and we will keep you posted. It's all very loose and flexible for now, and all very exciting. Here's how it looks presently: