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June 14, 2017 9:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda announces an OPEN CALL FOR CURATORIAL PROPOSALS for a Philippine Pavilion that will officially represent the Philippines in its first participation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in 2016 under the auspices of La Biennale di Venezia.


March 7, 2017 7:39 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Filipino word muhon, derived from the Spanish mojón and translated roughly as “monument” or “place-marker,” evokes contemplation through the primal act of marking a fixed point in both space and time. Symbolically, the construction of a muhon can be considered an act of affirming one’s existence: it conveys the idea of staking a claim in the universe. The exhibition is anchored on the notion that the interpretation of the built environment is a critical method of understanding one’s sense of and belonging to a place. It is a way of tracing a presence, standing one’s ground, defining a position. In tracing each muhon through its history, modernity, and conjecture, the Pavilion is an attempt to cast the character of a city’s identifying markers – to interpret their meaning, and to discern their value. It aspires to be a platform for a collaborative and collective act of reflection on a built environment perceived to be either on the brink of vital renewal or irreversible decay.


November 22, 2016 4:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Philippines is back at the Venice Biennale after a fifty-year hiatus. The first and last time the Philippines officially participated in the Venice Biennale was at its 32nd edition in 1964. The Philippine Pavilion moves around Manuel Conde’s Genghis Khan, a seminal Philippine film made in 1950 in Manila and Angono; re-edited and annotated by the American writer-critic James Agee; and screened at the Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Film Festival in 1952. It was co-written and designed by Carlos Francisco. Conde and Francisco are National Artists in the Philippines.