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Internationally-acclaimed Association of Southeast Asian Nations designers Kenneth Cobonpue of the Philippines, Anon Pairot of Thailand, and Singapore’s Colin Seah held a panel talk in Bonifacio Global City on April 26 to urge ASEAN governments to take action to promote arts and artists in the region.

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In time for the centenary of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin’s birthday tomorrow, his short story collection, “The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic," was included in the “Ten books to read in April” list of British Broadcasting Company (BBC).

It’s dark inside the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, where Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “The Serenity of Madness” is showing. One among several video installations, the soundless fury of fireworks plays repeatedly through the eye of a projector.

In a generation preoccupied with newness, it’s a refreshing surprise to find young people engrossed with things far older than themselves, and that’s exactly what Beng and I stumbled upon a few Saturdays ago when we entered Warehouse Eight on Chino Roces Ave. in Makati.

Ambassador Alfonso Tiaoqui Yuchengco passed away the other weekend. He was 94, and his long life had spanned decades of excellence and remarkable achievements.

Gallery openings can traditionally be such excruciatingly humdrum affairs — bland interiors, stark white walls, everyone looking severe in black as they take measured, tiny sips of bubbly and even tinier bites of “Menu A” hors d’oeuvres from the caterer of the moment who, alas, also served the same food at the boutique launch you attended the other day.

Mercury in Retrograde is upon us once again, since last Monday, April 10, to last till May 4.

In my line of work, I get to edit a wide range of books, from institutional histories and biographies to annual reports and technical manuals.

Athrowback involving half a century entails spotty but still sweetish memories. And nothing bitter, but purely wistful recall of an old world — when the air in Manila was fresher, cooler, and hardly subjected to any carbon footprint. Plus, yehey, no traffic!

With work piling up at the office, I’ve increasingly been looking forward to weekends, especially Saturdays, for some fun and leisure.

The “...and Action! Asia # 03” short film screening last month was the culminating event of a 13-day exchange program involving 19 mostly undergraduate film student-participants from the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.

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