Monthly Archives: February 2011

Japanese Street Performance @ Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Get ready for another exciting showcase of Japanese culture and arts as the Japan Foundation, Manila and Shangri-La Plaza Mall present the Seshami Street Boys in a one-night concert on February 26 (Saturday), 7:30 pm at the Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.

Seshami Street Boys

The Seshami Street Boys was formed during their college days at the Tsukuba University.  The group composed of Pierre Ono and Torami Yasuto is known for their straightforward and comedic style.  Using the shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument), the Seshami Street Boys have appeared in various events including street performance festivals such as the Daidougei World Cup and have become a staple of the Tokyo street scene. Repealing the ordinary, challenging its predecessors, and topping off records – the Seshami Street Boys is a must-see professional act can set the festive mood in any event.

The concert is part of the Nihongo Fiesta 2011 which also includes the 38th Nihongo Speech Contest, the 3rd Nihongo Quiz Bee – High School Students and the Paper Plane Workshop of Yoshinori Nishihara.

All Nihongo Fiesta 2011 events are open to the public. For inquiries, contact JFM at (02) 811-6155 or The event is made possible with the support of the Embassy of Japan, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines, Inc. (JCCIPI), The Japanese Association Manila (JAMI), Japan Overseas Enterprises Association (JOEA), Association of Filipino Nihongo Teachers (AFINITE) and Delta Air Lines.



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Curatorial Cs

Last January 27-28, the Japan Foundation, Manila together with the UP Vargas Museum gathered together young curators for the Curatorial Development Program Workshop.    The call for proposals brought in 21 curatorial proposals ranging from food, architecture, art education to effigy.  The two-day workshop was filled with stories from the past via the curatorial scenes from the “curator since the 70’s”, Marian Pastor Roces and from the “curator since the 80’s”, Cora Alvina; case studies from curators Mitzi Icasiano, Yeyey Cruz and Prof. May Datuin; and discussions from Karen Flores, Eileen Legaspi Ramirez, Prof. May Datuin and Dr. Patrick Flores.

Dr. Patrick Flores


Ms. Marian Pastor Roces & Ms. Cora Alvina


Dr. Patrick Flores, Ms. Yeyey Cruz & Ms. Eileen Legaspi Ramirez

The discussions were informative, complex and even entertaining sometimes.  Questions were asked, issues were raised and even new terms “created” like the now famous “curatorial c” (as in curatorial confidence, conceit, etc.).    20 minutes were given to each participant to present their proposal and answer questions both from the mentors and their co-participant.

For an observer like me, it was interesting to hear the proposals for new exhibitions.  I have one time in my life thought of being a curator (I have actually worked as a curatorial assistant in NCCA years ago) so the comments and advice of the mentors did not only benefit the young curators but it also helped me.  While some of the concepts were well thought off and would just need the funding to have it realized, there were a few ideas that still needed some tweaking to actually make it work.  It was noticeable that some proposals could easily be incorporated with each other to make a new exhibit all together.

Mr. Bogie Ruiz


the participants


the mentors

the presentation

While the workshop was geared towards curatorial development, it was also a venue to select a participant for the JENESYS Program.  Only 1 out of the 21 curators will be selected for this program, as for the rest I’m sure we’ll see their works in one of the museums or galleries around.

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