Thursday, 20 March 2014

Tadbalik (Multimedia Arts Festival)

Are you all ready? 150+ students, 9 exhibits, 1 festival
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Tadbalik is one of 9 exhibits by the graduating students of the De La Salle- College of St. Benilde, at the Multimedia Arts Festival, happening on April 3-5 at Exhibition Hall 2 SMX, MOA Complex, Pasay City. 

(The Tadbalik)

 Tadbalik is an exhibit that will turn the world upside down and open doors to what ifs and impossibilities in the normal world we live in. It showcases artworks that will play along the words of irony and opposites.

The world is not necessarily right side up as we see it, and turning our heads upside down doesn't automatically mean we see things wrong side up. The world is round and being able to see the multiple facets, even by the most mundane of things, makes the place we live in a wondrous playground. Tadbalik: Baliktad na Mundo is an exhibit that seeks to represent the ups and downs, the rights and wrongs by turning peculiar conceptions into a tangible reality through art. The exhibit aspires to make people see our topsy-turvy world with a different point of view and, ultimately, turn frowns upside down.

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

St. Pancratius Chapel

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Last year I had a chance to visit one of the oldest cemeteries in Asia, the La Loma Cemetery. I gave left flowers on the tombs of our heroes and I put flowers on the tombs that seemed to be forgotten by the departed's loved ones. As we were walking and putting flowers on random gravestones, I saw the St. Pancratius Chapel.

During last year's heritage summit, Mr. Ivan Henares said that there were rumors that this 100 year old chapel will be demolished soon.  I was hoping  that they will not push through with it.  Not again! I don't even understand the reasons behind the demolition. It is maybe because they wanted to make more space for mausoleums and toms or maybe they needed a newer and modern chapel for the cemetery. Despite of all that, demolition is not the only solution and there are other better alternatives that they can explore.

This chapel has witnessed wars and battles. The St. Pancratius may not be as big or as grand as other churches here in Manila but it played a big role in our history. It is one of the most beautiful and most ornamented chapels I have seen in Manila. 

I during World War II, 7 churches have been demolished by the Japanese during the war. Some churches outside of the walled city were either heavily damaged or demolished. This chapel luckily survived the war.

The 19th Century chapel of St. Pancratius, has already been commissioned with the construction of a modern parish church near the cemetery's new entrance.  The chapel was permanently locked since then, but every 1st and 2nd of November, the chapel is opened for a mass held inside.  The St. Panctiatius chapel served as a funeral chapel since its opening in 1884.  By the 1960's the church's services were transferred to the newly built St. Pancriatious chapel.  It also served as a fort by Filipino fighters during the Philippine-American War.