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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.
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.
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.
Tokyo International Film Festival champions Kidlat Tahimik, Brillante Mendoza & Lav Diaz
by Pristine L. De Leon - November 12, 2018 - 12:00am
It was Halloween in Tokyo, or at least in this restaurant called Chinese Café Eight, where bats and pumpkins populated the walls and where three journalists — this writer, included — had cornered...
Figuration makes a morbid comeback in CCP 13 Artists Awards
by Pristine L. De Leon - October 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Ronald Achacoso calls it “the revenge of figuration.”
How madly Filipiniana can Rachelle Gerodias get?
by Pristine L. De Leon - October 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Rachelle Gerodias remembers the old LPs back in the ’80s.
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