Monday, September 27, 2010

A Small Show - From Canvas to Paper

We set-up a small exhibition of paintings, prints and books at the Ortigas Foundation Library this morning.

We're showing a few of the paintings and contest pieces from some of our past book projects.

All our books are also nicely displayed in the center.

"From Canvas to Paper" opens tomorrow at 6pm, and runs for a week. It's a cozy, relaxed and interesting show, we think. Catch it if you have the time.

The Ortigas Foundation Library is located at the 2nd Floor of Ortigas Building, Ortigas corner Meralco Avenues, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, 1602, Philippines . Tel. (632) 631.1231 local 228

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Possible (Likely) Venue

If all goes well, and we are able to come to terms, we'd be very happy to launch Doll Eyes at Resorts World in the first half of November.

Will keep you posted. Currently, a very nice exhibition of paintings and sculptures by National Artist Arturo Luz is ongoing. Visit it if you have the time.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Check out this fantastic short film that's eerily similar to Doll Eyes, our upcoming children's book.

For the record, as far as we can tell, this film started screening only in late 2009. Eline Santos wrote her winning story for CANVAS more than a year earlier, in early 2008. :-)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Scenes from our Photoshoot for Doll Eyes

By way of a teaser, here are some pictures from our photoshoot today for Joy Mallari's final set of paintings for our next children's book, "Doll Eyes."

So, now the ball's really on our court. We should have the books all laid out and published by November. Which would be timely - remember, this is after all, our first horror children's book. :-)

The only thing we don't have yet is a venue. We're reserved for a good space in December, but we really want to launch this in time for Halloween. Or thereabouts.

* Written by Eline Santos, "Doll Eyes" won CANVAS' 2008 Romeo Forbes Children's Storywriting Competition.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

African Art That's Made In China

How do you protect cultural identity in an age of globalization?

Friday, September 17, 2010

How to Become a Patron of the Arts (even if you're not filthy rich)...

Happy listening!

Video and Innovation

This is why we're working on getting our stories on YouTube!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Toys

Our equipment have all been purchased and appear to be in great working order. It's now just a matter of us familiarizing ourselves with their operations and capabilities.

And they all fit in one of our art totes, so portability won't be an issue. Just tell us where and we can be there.

MGA KUWENTO NATIN - Let the stories begin! Details and mechanics coming very very soon!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Different Day

Today, we figured out the what equipment we'll need to start the interviews Mga Kuwento Natin, thanks to the audiophiles of Audiophile - a specialty store that we found at Cyberpod along Ortigas.

And, we had a lot of fun talking up CANVAS for an hour with Lana of JAM 88.3.

All in all a very good, different day.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mga Kuwento Natin - Abangan!!!

Q&A from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

Storycorps, which has recorded over 30,000 "conversations of a lifetime" inspired us. We think we can and should do the same thing here, with Mga Kuwento Natin. It will be an effort to hear out, document and preserve the stories of our lives.

We all know those stories - of our grandparents telling us what it was like when the Japanese were here, or how our parents stopped the tanks along EDSA, or how uncles and aunts met and fell in love, or even the barkada classics that are repeated over and over and over again each time we meet for a bottle or two.

Only this time, we can be there for and with you to preserve the memory and the conversation. We're thinking of trying it out with the first thirty volunteers. All you'll need to provide is yourself and your interviewee, and a quiet room where you can talk uninterrupted for about 45 minutes, and we will go to you with everything else. At the end of the session, you will have had one conversation with someone about anything and everything you've wanted to ask, and we will burn a copy of the recording on a CD for you as a keepsake.

We're hoping that magic happens, and that somewhere within those 45 minutes are 3-4 snippets of truly interesting or funny or touching or memorable stuff that we can turn into podcasts. Eventually, we can have a library of snippets of authentic conversations that serve both as oral history, and as an audio glimpse of the things that make us Filipino, and that make us human.

More details coming soon... we're hoping to get the interviews started later this month.