Ateneo Art Gallery opens five new exhibitions

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Last February 8, the Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) launched five new exhibitions, a first in the history of AAG. These will run during AAG’s 2017 Exhibition Program. The gallery’s Director and Chief Curator, Maria Victoria Herrera, gave the opening remarks and introduced the new exhibitions to the audience. The first exhibition, Ligalig: Art in a… Read more »

Escolta Street: A queen lying in wait

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Walk along Escolta Street in Binondo, Manila and your eyes are certain to land upon rows of tarpaulin that proclaim: “Welcome to Escolta! Manila’s Queen of Streets!” A survey around the area is a must to confirm the validity of this claim. This is what is revealed: vendors selling lansones and pomelo outside of Santa… Read more »

Trigger Warning: The Rise of Trauma Literature

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  Sex sells―and so does pain and violence, apparently. This is evidenced by the popularization of “World War II” fiction such as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, or All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Even the recent rise of dystopian literature such as the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins or… Read more »

It’s rude to snap your fingers

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    It’s a Sunday night in 1986 at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge of Chicago, and Marc Smith is hosting what he has christened “the slam.” Poets from all over the neighborhood get up on stage to perform their pieces. Three audience members are randomly chosen to score each performance, while the rest of… Read more »

Photo Finish

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  Two swings hang from the ceiling of the New Rizal Library. One is made of an old tire; the other is a wooden plank suspended by rope. On it are two books: the first a replica of a philosophy book written by Father Roque Ferriols, the other a replica of Miko Ancheta’s notebook. Miko… Read more »

Disrupting the Familiar: A review of Tanghalang Ateneo’s Rite of Passage (Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud)

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In confidence. Isoy (Cholo Ledesma) shares his misgivings about his future to Tiyoy Berning (Teroy Guzman).   Rite of Passage (Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud) is a play written by multi-award winning playwright Glenn Sevilla Mas. Directed by Ron Capinding, it is Tanghalang Ateneo’s adaptation of Maria Milagros Geremia Lachica’s Kinaray-a short story. It begins with… Read more »

Crafting worlds with Edgar Samar

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Edgar Calabia Samar—”Egay,” as some are wont to call him—is no gamer, but the virtual world of Terra Anima Legion of Anitos (TALA) and the heroes, monsters, and perils that revolve around it come alive in his first young adult novel, Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon. The novel opens as such: in… Read more »

Freshman Fifteen: The English and Filipino Literature Review

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  The first encounter with literature in the Ateneo is in the English, Literature, and Filipino classes in freshman year. It is be in these introductory classes that some students find pieces that stir them, either at the time or for far longer. We interviewed students, alumni, and professors of the Ateneo to see what… Read more »

On Art and The Areté

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  On Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin S.J.’s bookcase, a copy of John Gribbin’s Almost Everyone’s Guide to Science: The Universe, Life, and Everything is leaning next to Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J.’s God’s Mechanics. Above this shelf rests several poetry titles—Pablo Neruda, Rainier Maria Rilke, and E. E.  Cummings are some recognizable names—and below it,… Read more »