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Geloy Concepcion: Portrait from a Distance
by Pristine L. De Leon - August 24, 2020 - 12:00am
At least twice a week, Geloy Concepcion works from seven to five at Java Point Café. It’s a family-run establishment, a 40-minute drive from where he and his wife Bea live.
Art, a quick look through the browser
by Pristine L. De Leon - July 20, 2020 - 12:00am
We can spend hours enumerating what actual experiences have to offer that virtual ones can’t substitute.
The screen cracks open
by Pristine L. De Leon - July 6, 2020 - 12:00am
While watching the plays of Virgin Labfest this year, it’s amusing to consider how actors performing in isolation are made to relate to the screen as a mirror, as a spectator, and perhaps more interestingly...
Moving with salt, wings, bombs
by Pristine L. De Leon - March 9, 2020 - 12:00am
A space that samples Carlos Villa’s body of work is among the first stops in our tour of the Singapore Biennale.
Stubborn artists and the salience of LeWitt’s lines
by Pristine L. De Leon - February 17, 2020 - 12:00am
Iterations of lines, straight and scraggy, and of whites, in circles and quadrilaterals, filled MO_Space back in December 2017.
Take it, shoot anyway: A review of ‘Not Visual Noise’
by Pristine L. De Leon - January 27, 2020 - 12:00am
The Muslim-Americans living in the Bay Area in the early 2000s wrestled with riot and unrest, but in Rick Rocamora’s black-and-white photographs, they inhabit a space that is volatile in its silence. In some...
Gabriel Barredo towards the Sublime
by Pristine L. De Leon - January 13, 2020 - 12:00am
‘As much as Gabby Barredo has set up a place for mourning, he has also given us an altar for rebirth.
David Medalla’s ‘Cloud Canyons’: Magic, Machines, and Free Imagination
by Pristine L. De Leon - September 9, 2019 - 12:00am
These days, it is hard to speak with David Medalla.
Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and Stella Abrera on how to raise a star
by Pristine L. De Leon - August 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Dancers wear a lot of hats: sometimes actor, always athlete, and then the time finally comes — and this Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and Stella Abrera know too well — when they take on the role of mentor.
From white swans to the black she-wolf: Ballet Philippines soars at 50
by Pristine L. De Leon - August 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The exact moment when I decided I wanted to watch more of Ballet Philippines’ modern dances was during the brief staging of Amada.
Scratches, glitches and realism: It’s a four-man party at Secret Fresh
by Pristine L. De Leon - June 24, 2019 - 12:00am
The latest four-man show which opened on June 23 at Secret Fresh tugs at different directions.
Philippine Montessori kids play their way to Carnegie Hall
by Pristine L. De Leon - May 27, 2019 - 12:00am
It was a hot May afternoon and I was surrounded by preschoolers telling me they’d rather play Mozart than go swimming.
Legends rock the stage in ‘Tales of the Manuvu’
by Pristine L. De Leon - March 25, 2019 - 12:00am
That rock and ballet could have a long, lingering affair was a premise too interesting to resist in 1977.
Looking and lingering: Tom Epperson and Denise Weldon at Art Fair PH
by Pristine L. De Leon - February 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Photography today has largely been about quickness, that split-second shot of a player launching a ball into the hoop, or the habit of instantaneously clicking the phone shutter then posting, sharing, and promoting,...
Oca Villamiel isn’t playing for laughs
by Pristine L. De Leon - February 18, 2019 - 12:00am
When I went to Oca Villamiel’s exhibition “Back to Nature” at Finale Art File last year, I had that great, lingering sensation of being surrounded by rain. Villamiel’s works, at their most...
A peep into the life of Malang’s women
by Pristine L. De Leon - February 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Malang’s women first appeared like dots in a field, dwarfed by lemon-yellows, carnation, and squares of rust-orange.
Romeo as a dancer: Ballet Philippines reintroduces Joseph Gatti
by Pristine L. De Leon - February 11, 2019 - 12:00am
Romeo and Juliet, from the point of view of a ballet dancer, is a different animal. “It’s emotionally draining, not just physically,” says American danseur Joseph Gatti.
Asian Threefold Mirror takes the long drive home
by Pristine L. De Leon - January 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Last year, The STAR sent me on a number of trips outside the country — my editor’s way, I want to think, of telling this writer to go out more.
‘Crosscut Asia’: Music with a twist of the knife
by Pristine L. De Leon - December 24, 2018 - 12:00am
It was only towards the middle of a Cambodian film called In the Life of Music that I understood how subtitles could, in a way, be quietly revelatory.
The masked prophets march on
by Pristine L. De Leon - December 24, 2018 - 12:00am
From an outsider’s perspective, Alfredo Esquillo Jr.’s painted mob looks like a circus waiting for a god to arrive.
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