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66 paintings of Bilibid inmates on exhibit at SC

Sixty-six paintings made by inmates of the New Bilibid Prison are on display at the main lobby of the Supreme Court......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarFeb 12th, 2024

Idolizing Danny Dolor (The man I might have been if I had at least P500 million)

Here’s sharing with you Cyber Proust’s (now Proust Redux) winning piece when he joined the 2010 Philippine Star Lifestyle Journalism Contest sponsored by Rustan Commercial Corporation and the Stores Specialists, Inc. The announcement called for feature articles, as many as one could submit, about heroes, dead or alive. Cyber Proust submitted three — one about his mother; another about a blogger who tells stories about his clan and people like them, making for a good read for people interested in Philippine upper class but not necessarily high society; and this one, about Danny Dolor, Cyber Proust’s patron and benefactor when Cyber Proust had not yet declared himself rich. Here goes:   My hero, my icon, the man I’d rather be When people are asked who they want to be if they ever get the chance to live their lives all over again, they almost always say they want to be the same person.  If you ask me the same question, I’d have the same answer, only because I want to keep the same set of parents. But if I could keep my Dad and Mom, and still be someone else, I’d look at you straight in the eye, and declare, I want to be Danny Dolor. I can think of a hackneyed thousand and one reasons why I prefer to breathe and eat and live like Sir Danny, but let me stick to the quintessential five. First, he is rich which we all want to be. He is an art lover which I profess to be. He is a trailblazer even if he is a Libran who prefers balance, while I am an Arian who always wants to be the first. He was a good son who took care of his mother in her old age, which every good son should do especially if he were single. I am single, but I was always away from home, too busy changing and finding writing jobs. The closest I got to emulating Sir Danny was spending endless nights conversing with my mother whenever I was home during Christmas breaks. Sir Danny, on the other hand, never travelled abroad because he wanted to be by his mother’s side every night of the year. When he visited Lipa, their hometown, he would pick up his mobile phone to check on his mother and sister Fe in their Makati home, rattling off his orders to their yaya — check their temperature, don’t forget the medicine after their merienda, and so on. Finally, Danny Dolor is a good Catholic who hears Sunday Mass, fingers his beads when in the car, and joins the procession on Good Friday beside his own Mater Dolorosa. How I wish I could give away lands on which to build churches, donate thousands of portfolio bags for priests attending their annual convention, and build a museum in honor of a townsman, Alfredo Maria Obviar, who may yet be the first Filipino bishop to be beatified and, in God’s time, canonized.   First conversation I am lucky to have an icon whom I have seen up close.  I have seen Danny Dolor when he goes into a trance as he describes his first conversation with National Artist Atang de la Rama, to whom he became a friend and confidante, or fits of laughter as he recalls the usually funny repartee between his friends Sylvia La Torre and Oscar Obligacion when the latter was still alive. For all the secrets and fun times we have shared, I stick to calling him Sir as I did the first time I interviewed him in his thickly-carpeted, air-conditioned and perfume-smelling den. I had known about the man before I ever met him. I knew about his Tribung Pinoy which concertized all over the country in the late 1970s all the way to the mid 1980’s.  I never saw them perform in person, but I read about Danny Dolor and his gang of sopranos, tenors and baritones who rendered their harana, danza, balitaw and, of course, kundiman, in schools and churches, and quixotic venues like the Culion Leper Colony in Palawan, the mental hospital and the women’s correctional where the patients and inmates cried, sang, danced and thanked him because no one ever came to sing for them. The path-breaking Danny Dolor also produced the first ever concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines featuring an all-Filipino-traditional-music repertoire. Danny Dolor’s house, at that time when I interviewed him, was along Tamarind corner Banaba in uppity Forbes Park.  In the den, paintings, sculptures, plaques, and trophies vied for the attention of first-time guests. I immediately liked a Zalameda portrait of a basketball player, but what impressed me was a plaque with Latin inscriptions which, my host explained to me, was his papal award. He next brought me to the lanai, thrice as large as the den, where beside the lacquered opium bed stood a gigantic St. Joseph. He showed me a life-size oil portrait of Charito Solis, Ramon Valera ternos worn by Gloria Romero and his sister Fe, and original drawings of Darna by Mars Ravelo. The man, who knows his art, takes pride in his penchant for everything Filipino. It is an interest that goes a long way back to his childhood during the Japanese occupation. In the family hacienda where they evacuated, he listened to the farmers sing native songs. In grade one a year or two later, the young Danny sang Bayan Ko before his classmates, to the shock of the teacher who probably expected Jack and Jill. When Sir Danny was in grade school, he watched Filipino films in the movie houses along Rizal Avenue.  As a high school student, he listened to the Mabuhay singers over the radio. In college, he watched Tawag ng Tanghalan on television. Is it any wonder that he should mount a best-selling exhibit of movie ads from the golden years of Philippine cinema? Or that he has maintained, for more than ten years, a column in the Philippine Star, “Remember When?” featuring the movie stars and great musical talents of yesteryears? Danny Dolor is unique in that he straddles the worlds of show business and high society, which many find incompatible. Not with him who has produced movies, including Indie films, and concert tributes honoring luminaries of the silver screen like Director Hermogenes Ilagan and movie queen Carmen Rosales. His involvement in the upper strata, on the other hand, is never without a good reason.  For example, he collaborated with the socialite businesswoman Nedy Tantoco in organizing the best-selling Ramon Valera retrospective exhibit. If he is chummy with the grand dame Imelda Cojuangco that’s because he is a loyal and trusted officer the Cofradia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, of which she is the chair. Every year, come Feast of the Immaculate Conception, they gather hundreds of children from depressed areas to receive their first holy communion.   Imagine the mix For all of these, he takes a break from his duties as chairman of various companies that include a hospital, hotel, educational institution, bank and subdivisions. Imagine the mix — movies, music, church, business and high society. And he dances the Rigodon too.  How can one not desire such completeness? There’s something though he’d rather not be said about him. In my times of need, he does not hide under his canopied bed, and in the milestones of my life, he gives me a thick red envelope. Once I ran out of cash to pay my rent, I called him up and told him that if only I could touch the tip of his pants, I was sure to have what I needed. Scolding me first for being such a cheap copy of the woman in the bible, he said Yes to my pleadings, while reminding me to help him prepare another souvenir program for yet another concert tribute for another forgotten gem of Philippine music. The man does not believe in outright charity. Not to me, anyway. And while he is patient with me, he insists that I “fix” my life for “all these things you delight in will soon come to pass” and “if you do not take care of yourself, who will?” and so on. From his mother, he passes on a classic gem, “Never do anything that people will notice from afar,” a rough translation of “Huwag kang gagawa ng kahit anong matatanaw mula sa malayo.” In short, don’t be a show-off. My hero and icon, Danny Dolor, is not only a model for living the successful and well-lived life that I dream about. He is also a saviour, a mentor and an angel who, despite the “professional distance” we keep between us as a “client” and as a “talent,” if the relationship must breed results, has come closest to being my “Tito” and best friend. Sir Danny will not be pleased with this article. He will think that I need to borrow money from him again. The post Idolizing Danny Dolor (The man I might have been if I had at least P500 million) appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 7th, 2023

Yeung At Heart: Jewelle Yeung Paints Motherhood and Astronauts at Qube Gallery

On February 8, Qube Gallery presented ‘Familiar Echoes,’ which showcased the diverse stories of Cebuana artists through photographs and paintings.   Among these paintings was Jewelle Yeung’s ‘Same Place, Different Time,” a favorite of art patrons at the exhibit opening.  Cebu-based artist Jewelle Yeung has never been to space, but she is an astronaut.  Yeung started.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2024

Philippine Coast Guard offers to help BuCor transport inmates

The Philippine Coast Guard is offering to assist the Bureau of Corrections in transporting inmates and implementing searches for contraband in the New Bilibid Prison and BuCor’s six other penal colonies, a PCG official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 29th, 2024

WATCH, NOW NA: Ancient Korean paintings binuhay sa digital art exhibit ng KCC

KASABAY ng pagdiriwang ng 75 years of friendship ng Korea at Philippines, naglunsad ng bonggang digital art exhibit ang Korean Cultural Center (KCC) sa Taguig tampok ang ancient Korean paintings. Tampok diyan ang apat na ancient Korean paintings mula sa pa sa panahon ng Joseon Dynasty. Apat na traditional paintings ang inihanda ng KCC para.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2024

48 Bilibid inmates transferred to Leyte prison

As part of the Bureau of Corrections’ efforts to decongest the New Bilibid Prison and shut down the NBP by 2028, 48 inmates have been transferred to the Leyte Regional Prison, BuCor chief Gregorio Catapang Jr. said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2024

KCC binuhay ang ancient Korean paintings, pasabog ang digital art exhibit

BONGGA ang bagong gimik ng Korean Cultural Center (KCC) ngayong ipinagdiriwang ang ika-75 years of Friendship sa pagitan ng Korea at Pilipinas. Naglunsad kasi sila ng kakaibang art exhibit na talaga namang mapapa-wow ang mga makakakita. Ito ang immersive video works na prinoduce ng National Museum of Korea na dinala rito sa ating bansa. Tinawag.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2024

803 NBP inmates get free legal, medical services

More than 800 inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City received free legal and medical services from the Public Attorney’s Office the Bureau of Corrections said on Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 24th, 2023

De Lima hits DOJ’s refusal to transfer 11 witnesses

Former senator Leila de Lima hit back at the Department of Justice for blocking a Muntinlupa court’s order to return 11 inmates who testified against her to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2023

Celebrating 77 Years of Danish-Philippine Diplomatic Relations through creativity

On 28 September, Denmark and the Philippines marked 77 years of strong diplomatic ties by emphasizing their shared passion for design and creativity. To honor this milestone, the Royal Danish Embassy Manila staged two projects that capture the fusion of Filipino creativity and uniqueness of Danish design, reflecting the richness of the countries’ longstanding relationship. Bridging our countries through LEGO One of the most symbolic representations of this mutual appreciation for creativity is the iconic LEGO – a Danish brand that has found its way to the hearts of many Filipino families, collectors, builder communities, and creative enthusiasts. You can also meet talented Filipinos working in LEGO headquarters in Denmark, driving design processes for various LEGO sets that land on toy store shelves worldwide. Venturing into the heart of the Philippines' historical richness, Danish Ambassador FranzMichael “Dan-Dan” Mellbin and Philippine Ambassador Leo Herrera-Lim explored the Philippines in bricks at the iMake History Fortress LEGO Education Center. The Education Center, nestled in historic Fort Santiago, is a joint project by the Royal Danish Embassy Manila, the Intramuros Administration, and Felta Multimedia, Inc and serves as an exhibition of historical and cultural landmarks in the Philippines – all built using LEGO. The center also conducts workshops to train the youth in architecture, design, engineering, and creativity using LEGO Education modules. Guided by the shared vision of fostering strong connections, the Ambassadors, along with Intramuros Administrator Joan Padilla, Felta Brand Activation Officer Jed Abiva-Sazon, Mme. Eva Fischer-Mellbin, and Mme. Fides Herrera-Lim, took the lead in building a symbolic bridge using LEGO as a representation of the strong connection of the two countries spanning over seven decades. Filipino art LEGO-fied From architectural wonders, LEGO bricks were creatively used as building blocks for classic masterpieces of Filipino maestro and National Artist, Fernando Amorsolo. Project AMORsolo, a mosaic LEGO exhibition by Pinoy LEGO Users Group (PinoyLUG) pays homage to the enduring legacy of the first Filipino National Artist. The exhibit replicates Amorsolo’s iconic paintings “Bayanihan”, “Dalagang Bukid”, and “Early Traders” using LEGO. To support PinoyLUG and masterpieces of Fernando Amorsolo, the Embassy hosted a Project AMORsolo installation in October 2023. During the event, PinoyLUG also unveiled a LEGO brick mosaic based on the iconic Danish artwork “Anna Ancher and Marie Krøyer on the beach at Skagen” by Michael Ancher, specially designed for the celebration. Gracing the event were members of the Amorsolo family including the artist’s daughter Slyvia Amorsolo Lazo and grandson Fernando “Nandy” Amorsolo Lazo, who now leads the Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation dedicated to the promotion of the maestro’s unique style and artistic vision. Named after a playful combination of the Filipino artist’s name and the Spanish term for “love” (amor), Project AMORsolo was born out of interest of PinoyLUG’s members during the pandemic to build projects that go beyond LEGO’s usual notion of “play”, but also represents the Philippines’ rich art and creative culture. Project AMORsolo has been showcased in the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila City Hall, and shopping malls around Luzon, and now at the Danish Residence. Wielding the power of design together Both events contribute to the Embassy’s “Design Matters” campaign. This aims to celebrate and increase awareness on Denmark’s design values and drive for innovation while appreciating the Philippines’ artistic heritage and ingenuity. Danish design, characterized by simplicity, functionality, and minimalism, is a way of life. The campaign aims to inspire Filipinos about the beauty and practicality of Danish design, connecting it to the Filipino tradition of craftsmanship and vibrancy. Since September, the Embassy has featured testimonials, parallel design concepts, and collaborative efforts to integrate design thinking into policies. The Embassy looks forward to continue supporting the Philippines in cultivating a deeper appreciation for design and translate creative ideas to meaningful efforts set to improve Filipinos’ lives. The post Celebrating 77 Years of Danish-Philippine Diplomatic Relations through creativity appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2023

New mission: BuCor reform

Following his tenure as chief of staff in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 2015, retired four-star General Gregorio Pio Catapang chose to settle in Pampanga. Here, he embraced a simpler life as a farmer, relishing in the delights of native chicken, fresh produce, and the serene natural surroundings. “I am an environmentalist, so I decided to stay in Arayat, Pampanga, to be a farmer upon my retirement in October 2015, and I prayed, ‘Lord, it has been mission accomplished, so give me a new mission,’” Catapang narrated. The former military chief, the AFP’s 45th from July 2014 to 2015, is not a stranger to close encounters with mortality. Throughout his extensive service in the Philippine Army, from graduating from the Philippine Military Academy in 1981, he has endured several clashes with enemies, even more than one could count with the fingers. He held major positions in the AFP as commander of the 2nd Infantry Division — the Army’s largest unit, 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, 703 Infantry Brigade, and 28th Infantry Brigade, among others. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. His rise to prominence was not without hitches because he barely survived nine brushes with death. His strong faith in the Lord enabled him to be alive today. “The first incident that I encountered that almost ended my life was when I fell from the second floor of our house when I was just a kid; the second was when I was in the field where a provincial bus liner rammed the car I was in,” Catapang said. He was airlifted from Basa Airbase to V. Luna General Hospital and eventually transferred to Quezon City Medical City as he continued to bleed due to his severe injuries. “The doctor told me not to sleep because I might turn into a coma. So I fight on as the doctors continue to treat me,” he added. While still recovering, with his facial wounds still not yet fully healed, he was called by his commander to report back to work. “Nakangiwi pa ako dahil sa sugat (I was still grimacing in pain), but as a soldier, I followed the order, and that was then I realized that he was teaching me how to become chief of staff,” Catapang said, adding that as a good soldier, he had to endure the pain. He recalled that a chopper ride in the mountains of Cagayan also nearly took his life as it flew at 1,000 feet and traveled 18 knots. “The chopper is already old. I just have to make the sign of the cross as the chopper made a low-altitude flight due to poor visibility. We plunged downward, and I thought it was the end for me. But thankfully, the chopper normalized, and we safely landed,” he said. While in a restaurant in Angeles, Pampanga, Catapang said he was informed that NPA (New People’s Army) rebels would ambush him. “We ate at a chicken restaurant in Angeles and received information that I would be ambushed on returning to our camp. It was retaliation for the death of eight commanders of the NPA after movement patterns were detected based on information from barangay chairpersons,” he said. He cannot forget, too, that during the Pinatubo eruption in 1991, the roof of the building they were occupying collapsed due to the accumulated volcanic ash. Catapang, named after two generals — Gregorio del Pilar and Pio del Pilar — led his soldiers in helping the indigenous peoples in the area, giving them food, clothing, and other necessities. “The natives very loved us because of that,” he added. He said he is thankful to have emerged victorious and alive from the all-out war against Muslim secessionists in Mindanao. It almost ended his life, but he survived with solid faith in the Lord. Throughout his life, he consistently believed that prayers are always answered, particularly when reciting the rosary. Proof was when he fervently prayed to the Lord to allow him to marry his first girlfriend, and his request was granted. He married Maria Lourdes and has three children. Catapang’s early life lacked the excitement it later encompassed. He was a typical teenager. He attended high school at the Claret School of Quezon City. Shortly after graduating from PMA, he pursued graduate courses at the University of the Philippines. He is the second of four children of Gregorio Catapang Sr., a lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Lourdes Punzalan, an accountant at the Department of Finance, from whom he learned the value of public service. As a military officer, Catapang rallied the troops to strictly adhere to the AFP’s slogan of “Kawal DISIPLINADO, bawal ABUSADO, dapat ASINTADO” — three key words that spell out the Do’s and DON’T’s to become proficient in fire and maneuver and avoid collateral damage; be respectful of human rights, adhere to international humanitarian law and the rule of law, and the rules of engagement. Catapang moved on with his career and retirement life, carrying an excellent performance standard, exemplary leadership and a keen vision.   Answered post-retirement prayer After retiring from active military service spanning 34 years, he received a divine blessing through a new mission. Following seven years of working as a farmer, he experienced a life-altering moment on the evening of October 19, 2021. Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla gave him an offer to lead the Bureau of Corrections. Unaware of the challenges that awaited him within the BuCor, especially at the New Bilibid Prison, he accepted the offer. It was only later that he discovered the appalling issues of corruption among the prison staff and the dire condition of the overcrowded facilities. Under the guidance of Secretary Remulla, Catapang’s mission to reform the BuCor is yielding positive results. They are actively organizing culminating activities to release eligible individuals who have been deprived of their liberty. To alleviate the overcrowding in the jail facilities, the BuCor is actively organizing and implementing various reforms. The main goal is to transfer all persons deprived of liberty from the maximum security compound of the NBP to new facilities outside of Metro Manila. Catapang is confident plans will come to fruition, as they have already presented their long-term reform plan to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for approval. “At present, the reformation of BuCor is in full swing. I am confident we will accomplish and make things happen,” he said. The NBP, he said, is undergoing a significant transformation. The plan is to shut down the NBP in Muntinlupa and repurpose the area into a new business district similar to Bonifacio Global City in the southern part of Metro Manila. Explaining the reason behind the decision, he said high-end residential communities surround the current location of the NBP in Muntinlupa. To align with the surrounding environment, the intention is to close down the NBP and relocate all inmates to regional jail facilities nationwide. Catapang shared plans to dedicate eight hectares of land within the NBP to improve the living conditions of the settlers and provide them with opportunities for reintegration into society. “We will build condominium units for the settlers at the NBP, complete with amenities like a swimming pool, multipurpose facilities, and the like. Repair of residential houses is no longer possible, including power lines, so we decided to allocate the lands for them,” he added. The government will optimally use the land area by developing it into a business and government center, aligning with the DoJ’s plan. To support the food security initiatives of the President, he said they have already started the cultivation of approximately 10 hectares of land at the Iwahig Penal Colony. The aim is to grow rice and high-yield crops, contributing to the government’s long-term food security plans. “Hopefully, this will be done also to other penal farms of BuCor because we have ample lands for cultivation,” Catapang said. For the BuCor Director General who refused to be defined by limitations and setbacks, the relentless spirit and passion for reforms radiate triumphs against the most formidable odds. The post New mission: BuCor reform appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2023

Carmela Geisert holds second solo exhibit

Self-taught artist and hotelier Carmela Geisert mounts her second solo exhibit at the Redwood Cafe and Artspace in Quezon City. Curated by Professor Ruben DF Defeo, In Reverie runs from 2 September to 4 October and showcases a collection of abstract paintings that explore the realms of daydreaming, positivity and personal introspection Geisert’s artistic journey is an exploration of emotions translated onto canvas. In Reverie captures the essence of positive energy and introspection through an array of colors and forms. Each canvas becomes a portal into a world where colors are felt as much as they are seen, evoking a sense of serenity and connection with the inner self. Her artistic process is an intimate dance between intuition and expression. Her paintings are a result of instinctual gestures and emotional impulses, giving rise to colors that seem to emanate from her very being. Her canvases come alive with stream-of-consciousness compositions that playfully incorporate foliage and forest scenes, fluid experimentations and line-scribbled glimpses into mythology, creating a balance between the organic and the abstract. Geisert enjoys inspiring moments of dreamy contemplation in the lush greenery and proximity to the beach in Palawan and elsewhere. As she gathers her memories of travel, photography, fashion and leisure, she fills her canvases with instinctual gestures often reflecting her moods and meandering thoughts. She started sketching using charcoal and pastel crayons in 2016 to pass off the time during long-haul flights, her portraitures and human figures sketches characterized by confident lines. She also found her way naturally to creating “fluid art,” mixing acrylic paints to create interesting random patterns that follow the character of the paints that she pours on the canvas. Geisert has been recognized by her alma maters — PATTS College of Aeronautics with an Outstanding Alumni award in 2017 and Colegio de Santa Ana with an Outstanding Alumni award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship and in Fine Arts in 2020. The Redwood Café and Artspace is located at Unit 104, Cedar Executive Building, 26 Timog Avenue, Quezon City. For more information, contact Carmela (0917-5507374), Micki (0918-6979226), Jes (0927-8524116) and Redwood Cafe (0917-1386881). The exhibit is for the benefit of the Iraya Mangyan community of Mindoro. The post Carmela Geisert holds second solo exhibit appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 19th, 2023

Fake ‘Sablayan 12’ memo under scrutiny

Bureau of Corrections or BuCor Director General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said Thursday he had ordered Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm Supt. Robert A. Veneracion to closely monitor the movements of the so-called “Sablayan 12” in view of the failed attempt to transfer them using a fake memorandum. Catapang said he immediately texted Veneracion upon discovering that Memorandum Circular 003 dated 8 September 2023 and “signed” by Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla was fake. “I immediately texted Veneracion to disregard the order to prevent the inmates from being shipped to Manila due to the fake order,” Catapang said. Remulla earlier said the Department of Justice and the BuCor had not issued a memorandum ordering the return to the national penitentiary of the 12 inmates who had linked former Senator Leila de Lima to the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison when she was the DoJ chief. “We believe that certain government employees were in connivance in the issuance of that memorandum circular. I have asked the NBI to look for the source of the document,” Remulla said. The fake memorandum was also emailed to various officials of the DoJ. It quoted Remulla as urging Catapang to consider the return to the New Bilibid Prison of inmates Noel Martinez, Jerry Pepino, Herbert Colangco, Tomas Donina, Jaime Patio, Rodolfo Magleo, German Agojo, Hans Anton Tan, Joel Capones, Peter Co, Engelberto Duran and Nonilo Arile. It claimed the national penitentiary had been designated by the DoJ-administered Witness Protection Program as the “custodial facility” for the purpose of safekeeping the inmates who were under the program and considered high value or high risk. The post Fake ‘Sablayan 12’ memo under scrutiny appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 19th, 2023

Focusing on the beauty of daily life

The paintings on display at the ongoing exhibit at ARTablado in Robinsons Galleria are by an artist with a strong faith in a higher power. In fact, when asked who her favorite artist is, Marie Claire Olondriz chose God. “He’s the ultimate artist who created everything… matter, space, time, the entire universe.” In the years that she has spent honing her painting style, she has come up with canvases awash in color and light. Some of them are of Marian images like Our Lady of Aranzazu and Our Lady Star of the Sea but there are also her floral paintings including a beautiful one of a magnolia flower in full bloom. Another theme is the Madonna and Child although the artist opts to leave their faces blank, inscrutable. When she was younger, she would grab a sketch pad and her pencils and draw whatever caught her eye — sketching and coloring based on how she felt. [caption id="attachment_185923" align="aligncenter" width="525"] 'Floracion.'[/caption] Marie Claire came up with her style of painting when she was confined in the hospital. She started out scribbling in her sketch pad which led to continuous circles that initially seemed directionless. “Later, I expanded this to my paintings, using contrasting colors against the backdrop to create a textured look. What I enjoy is the sense of playfulness these scribbles bring to my art,” she said. “Amidst the sea of realist styles in my art group, mine feels unique. That’s why I began calling it ‘olondrizism,’ after my own name. It reflects my heart and soul when doing art.” When the time came to pick a title for her ARTablado exhibit, she chose Obra ni Maria Clara. Coming up with new paintings for the exhibit, however, took a while as she struggled with tennis elbow as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, the latter afflicting both hands. “On top of that, fibromyalgia would give me pain every single day,” she recounted. [caption id="attachment_185922" align="aligncenter" width="525"] 'Amor Y Cuidado.'[/caption] She took a break for a while and entertained thoughts she might not be able to meet the deadline. “Instead of having an operation, I tried therapy and kept trusting in God, believing He’d bless this exhibit somehow. I couldn’t let the doctors operate on my hands [because] that would mean no painting for over a month, or maybe even no more painting at all.” The exhibit that runs until 15 September will highlight Marie Claire’s take on “the beauty of everyday life, of common things we seldom appreciate.” The artist is grateful to Roseann Villegas, corporate public relations director of Robinsons Land Corporation for approaching her after spotting a painting Marie Claire had made for a group show. Established in 2020, Robinsons Land ARTablado, a portmanteau of “art” and “entablado” is Robinsons Land’s very own stage in showcasing the Filipino ingenuity and creativity. The post Focusing on the beauty of daily life appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2023

NBI to probe fake memo on 12 inmates’ transfer

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate a fake memorandum circular ordering the return of 12 high-profile inmates from the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2023

BuCor eyes Munti housing project

Bureau of Corrections Director General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. disclosed to residents of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City the plan to construct housing unit for them as part of the alleviation program of the government. This was revealed by Catapang when he met with the residents to also enjoin them to patronize the Kadiwa Pop Up Store inside the reservation area. He said BuCor has set aside eight hectares of land in the sprawling jail facility south of Metro Manila to somewhat alleviate the problem of the residents in their current housing units. “We have already set aside eight hectares for you for the construction of new housing units and hopefully we can display the plan. We will relocate you to condominium units so your lives will be upgraded,” Catapang said. He added no amount of repair can be done in the current houses of the residents in Bilibid because it is already dilapidated and the electrical connections are no longer viable. “You have to be relocated with the new housing units complete with swimming pool, mall and other amenities not like this,” Catapang said. Catapang reiterated the plan of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla to convert the sprawling NBP in Muntinlupa City into a government center. This was aside from the plan to construct new housing units for them, the BuCor will also push through with the marching orders of Remulla to turn it into a government center. “Justice Secretary Remulla said that it should be converted into a government center South of Metro Manila to maximize the land as it is no longer viable to have a prison facility in this area,” he said. Catapang added that by doing the conversion, BuCor can help the government in the beautification of the area and uplifting the lives of the residents. The idea of converting the area into a government center will commence once the plan to transfer its inmates to a prison facility in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro is realized in 2028. Earlier, Remulla said the Sablayan Prison and Penal Colony is the most logical choice to house inmates from the national penitentiary, particularly those convicted for heinous crimes and are currently detained at the NBP’s maximum security compound, given its size and location. The SPPC, which was established September 1954 by virtue of Proclamation No.72, has a total land area of 16,190 hectares. It is the nearest penal colony from Metro Manila operated by the BuCor. The post BuCor eyes Munti housing project appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 11th, 2023

Marivic Rufino s 19th solos exhibit at Conrad Hotel

Maria Victoria Rufino’s 19th solo exhibit, “Scintilla-Dreamscapes,” sends warm, meditative energy out into the world through impressionist paintings and functional art pieces......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 6th, 2023

Painting life with data for a better tomorrow

We live in the age of data where life is very much influenced by information. Our society is powered and inspired by data sets that propel economies, explore possibilities and change lives. And all of this happens both onscreen and off-screen. Data is king, and it brings new and contemporary delights and advancements with it. Most significant of its gifts is helping bridge the knowledge of ages ago to enrich our modern lives. Literally painting life powered by data with the brushstrokes of masters past. [caption id="attachment_179677" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] ‘The Wisdom of Da Vinci: An Immersive AI Experience’ exhibit at One Bonifacio High Street. | photographs courtesy of eastwest[/caption]   Art by the numbers “The Wisdom of Da Vinci: An Immersive AI Experience” is one such gift brought to life by information. The immersive art experience merges the power of data processing and the masterworks of Leonardo Da Vinci and other iconic artists into an audio-visual display. The result is an enthralling and singular experience, where the attendees become canvasses themselves as they step into the projections of data-painted art. The exhibit can be visited at One Bonifacio High Street until October. This convergence of hard data and art is what drew the attention of EastWest Ageas. The exhibit’s imagery was sourced from paintings, books, traditional CSV files and even statistics to create art that evokes the deepest of emotions and imagination. Heart and data “We decided to sponsor this exhibition because our business is about data and emotions,” shares Sjoerd Smeets, president and chief executive officer of EastWest Ageas. The business of ensuring the people’s future and assets has a bedrock built on data and information. This makes sure that all the decisions regarding the customers are founded on fact and rational thinking. “But in the end, we are here to serve our customers at difficult moments,” Sjoerd says. “Our business has a clear purpose: protect families during their most vulnerable moments and bring them comfort and security.” And this requires emotional intelligence, a feat that no data set can muster. EastWest Ageas believes that it is the union of the human capacity to empathize and the clear sightedness of data that can elevate the industry into the next level of service. Joub Miradora, EastWest Ageas’ chief customer officer succinctly summarizes this: “For true service, we want to provide a customer-centric service that gives clear solutions fueled by data and delivered with a human heart.”   Data-powered and people-focused Much like how the curators behind the “Wisdom of Da Vinci” selected the AI art pieces for the exhibit, EastWest Ageas believes in the power of data to become more people focused. By leveraging data, EastWest Ageas aims to paint the lives of their customers and more Filipinos with a suite of solutions tailored for their unique needs. At the forefront of this is their customer experience strategy. “As we know that only around three percent of the Filipino population has life insurance,” Sjoerd shares. “There is still a long way to go.” With its data-powered customer experience strategy, EastWest Ageas hopes to change that number and help more Filipinos paint their tomorrows better for them and their loved ones. The post Painting life with data for a better tomorrow appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 4th, 2023

Escape at own risk, PDLs warned

Bureau of Corrections Director General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. yesterday warned persons deprived of liberty not to escape as “he will hunt them down even if they are in a far-flung area.” Catapang issued the warning during the culminating activities at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City wherein 880 PDLs were released from BuCor facilities. He told the inmates to be released that they were very lucky to be among the biggest prisoners list released Thursday. BuCor data shows that 374 were from the NBP, 196 were from the Davao Prison and Penal Farm, and 92 were from the Correctional Institution for Women. Catapang said that the PDLs that if their time is up they will be released but as long as they are at the BuCor facilities they should follow the law. The Board of Pardons and Parole is also processing now the documents of a 100-year-old inmate at the CIW considered the country’s oldest person deprived of liberty. Catapang, meanwhile, warned PDLs that he would look for them should they escape. “Don’t escape. I will look for you. Even if you are in Tawi-Tawi or Spartly, I will look for you,” said Catapang, in light of the escape of one inmate who got bored due to a lack of visitors. The DG said BuCor underwent a “massive storm” in the past months due to an “untoward incident” after a PDL fired a gun and the escape of a certain inmate. Though Catapang did not name the PDL, the BuCor in July announced that PDL Michael Cataroja had gone missing from the maximum security compound of the NBP, leading to a congressional inquiry. Cataroja is currently back at the NBP after being rearrested by the Angono police in Sitio Minahan Bato, Barangay San Isidro after a tip from a concerned citizen. He said he was able to leave the facility by clinging under a garbage truck, based on videos released by BuCor. “He did not think about his fellow inmates. Now, BuCor is tightening its security because of him.” The post Escape at own risk, PDLs warned appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 24th, 2023

No mass graves inside Bilibid—Catapang

There are no mass graves inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City according to Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gregorio Catapang Jr. yesterday. Catapang confirmed this in a pointed tone during an ambush interview at the NBP yesterday saying there were no human remains found from the three septic tanks inside the NBP. The probe team excavated the three septic tanks inside the jail facility and it yielded negative results, which means it is negative for human remains. NBP Superintendent Angelina Bautista said in July she received a tip from an inmate that there was a mass grave in the septic tank of the NBP. The Philippine Coast Guard used K9 units that detected a bone fragment from a septic tank while they were conducting search operations for a missing person deprived of liberty, a certain Michael Cataroja. Dr. Annalyne Dadiz of the National Bureau of Investigation Medical Legal Team conducted tests on the bone fragment and found that it was not human, but rather poultry. Last week Cataroja was rearrested by Angono police after he evaded authorities on 7 July as he escaped from the NBP because he was bored and no one was visiting him. “There’s no mass grave. So we already submitted to the DOJ and Congress that we finally resolved the issue. If there’s really no mass grave, so be it,” Catapang said after the culminating activities on the release of 880 inmates were released. The development was welcomed by Justice Assistant Secretary and spokesman Mico Clavano who said they were relieved. “Our fears that there is that kind of problem are not really anything. So we hope that our reforms will continue. We will no longer look back but instead, we’ll look forward to our future.” The post No mass graves inside Bilibid—Catapang appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2023

Sana (kub)ol

So the Bureau of Corrections is dismantling kubols in the New Bilibid Prison compound AGAIN. A kubol, for the uninitiated, is that peculiarly Filipino invention of a customized personal space in a prison that is supposed to have standardized living quarters for all prisoners. This is strange because then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (2010-2016) made a big to-do about demolishing kubols in her time — which was also the Golden Age of Kubols. It was in 2014 when I, as a lawyer for one NBP inmate (who eventually became part of the so-called  “Bilibid 19,” but more on that later) went to the prison for an initial conference with my client, who obviously couldn’t come to my office. I was shocked — shocked! — when I arrived at the compound, and not only because I was ushered in through a side door by a warden who put me in a fancy golf cart to take me to my client. En route, I saw that there were buildings(!) inside the prison premises housing — okay, be ready for this — mini-groceries, beauty salons and barber shops, spas, restaurants and, I was to learn later, a high-tech recording studio and radio-television broadcast facility. My client was waiting for me in a three-story(!) building. The first floor housed a fully-equipped office(!) and staff; the second floor was my client’s office with phones and a computer connected to the Internet, and a separate conference room for 12 people; the third floor housed his quarters (a bedroom with toilet, shower and bathtub). Responding to my quizzical look, he answered my unasked question: “Attorney, dito lahat puede basta ‘magpaangat’ ka kay secretary (Anything goes here, just ‘take it up’ with the secretary).” Anyways (to use the favorite expression of my friend Arni Teves), back to my client. Later that year, he and 18 other prisoners had a falling out with Secretary De Lima over what he claimed to be drug dealing inside Bilibid, and they were transferred incommunicado to the National Bureau of Investigation compound. To the frantic cries of their families who feared that they would be liquidated, I filed for a writ of amparo before the Court of Appeals. Their detention was ruled unconstitutional, and their families and I were allowed see them, albeit with very strict restrictions. The story that they told me of drug trafficking inside the NBP compound would later form the backbone of the indictments against De Lima once Aquino was out of power. I had cautioned them to keep things under wraps, as such disclosures then would definitely put them in grave danger. Back to the kubols. De Lima invited the press to witness their destruction, and the mediamen’s jaws dropped — as mine did years before — at the sight of luxury houses complete with airconditioning, king-size beds and Jacuzzis; a state-of-the-art recording studio; a radio and television station with equipment to rival many commercial stations; among other things. As De Lima smiled smugly for the cameras, claiming credit for “cleaning up Bilibid,” friends in media asked her the question, obliquely and sometimes directly, “How could such a thing happen under your watch and your very nose all these years?” The answer was somehow provided in the probe by the House of Representatives in 2017, when an inmate testified that in a meeting with the late J.B. Sebastian (one of the privileged inmates who was said to have done De Lima’s bidding  in the Bilibid drug trade) inside his , De Lima held on to a pole (one provided for pole dancing) and, after preening, looked at Sebastian and said, “Okay ba, J.B.?” She knew, and tolerated — nay, encouraged — it. The authorities can knock down the kubols every year, and they will keep springing back up again, unless drastic reforms in the correctional system are made. In this, we sincerely wish Secretary  Boying all the luck and success in the world. So when these kubols are removed, we can plausibly wish, SANA (KUB) ALL… The post Sana (kub)ol appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2023