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him or her to craft which is an essential mark of serious aesthetics. The breadth and depth of variety and potential of the appropriated and actual woman is best expounded in the female nude. In Ode to a beautiful nude, Sequi Cu Unjieng gently inspects and celebrates this puzzle of womanhood, this enigma of an empire. Ode to a beautiful nude is Sequi speaking as a woman about women.

The beauty of the woman is exuded in the austere elements that make up each frame

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of the series. The image of Sequi’s women is without pomp, sans brash surfaces of social identity. In her aim to strip the woman of anything that would possibly lead to a superficial grasp, Sequi produces an expanse of identity. Her nudes perform the various layers of the woman, somewhat becoming sites where at one time or another, our own faces emerge from Sequi’s faceless figures.

Each nude is not set apart by particular physical features but through a vibe, a pose, or a gesture that would give away the subject’s significant trait. Sequi chooses to depict the anonymous women as they walk away, confront, mingle and dream. Ode to a beautiful nude astutely identifies such layers that women encompass – at times extremes, at best complementary. The woman teeters and swings through ends and absolutes so naturally that binaries are cancelled out – the woman is certain particulars (regality, ferocity, independence, loyalty, joie de vivre, calculating) at the same a seamless whole. As much as the ambivalence of the woman is found in the lack of features of Sequi’s nudes, the confidence of her lines and the intentionally limited color range of the artist’s palette celebrate the severer, and more controlled side of the woman.

The identities of the sitters are unknown. In this ambiguity, the nudes become one consistent woman in every frame – and not. They are figures that become the collective woman – women – and the individual woman. As they are stripped of any indication of roles – mother, daughter, friend, lover, worker, martyr, kontrabida – what is magnified is the intersection of many contradictory qualities in every woman.

Ode to a beautiful nude is Sequi’s first solo exhibition. She remakes what is closest to her, making every vibe of the sitter operate on an intuitive pull. In such modest aesthetics, Sequi manages to produce a visual vocabulary of women that is touching and intimate. Ode to a beautiful nude is a tribute to all women and the multitudes that they contain.


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Art Beyond Appearances: Caring for Amorsolo’s Legacy

04 February – 03 May 2009

Kawilihan Gallery

2/F, UP Vargas Museum



The exhibition Art Beyond Appearances: Caring for Amorsolo’s Legacy opens on 4 February, Tuesday at 6 pm, to culminate the two-year long collaboration between three units of the University of the Philippines Diliman – the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, the National Institute of Physics, and the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. It aims to promote an interdisciplinary approach to understand and care for our country’s tangible cultural assets through the expertise of individuals from the arts and sciences. 


Focusing on the works of Fernando Amorsolo, the first National Artist, and his contemporaries from the Vargas Museum collection, the exhibit presents the integration of physics and electronics engineering to develop non-invasive tools and techniques in analyzing oil on canvas paintings.  It will feature visual and scientific analysis of artworks with interactive components to explain optical measurements and digital archiving of the painters’ signature techniques such as color palette and surface texture.  The project also looks into preventive conservation concepts and will be demonstrated with the installation of wireless temperature and relative humidity sensors throughout the gallery. 


The project team will also hold a two-day workshop on April 16 & 17 to share techniques developed in digital archiving and indoor climate monitoring. Limited slots are available and priority will be given to museum personnel. 


For more details, contact the UP Vargas Museum at 981-8500 loc 4024, 928-1927 and 928-1925 (fax).  You can also send your inquiries via email to vargasmuseum@gmail.com or visit the website www.vargasmuseum.org.  The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm.


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With more than fifty (50) free shows and one thousand (1,000) artists performing in various venues of the CCP, this whole day event has activities for audiences of all ages and interests.  The once-a-year event features sneak previews of productions of the CCP Resident Companies, namely:  Ballet Philippines, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, NAMCYA, Philippine Ballet Theater, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Tanghalang Pilipino and the UST Symphony Orchestra. The 40th Anniversary event shall include previews of forthcoming Gala shows, an Artists Market, culinary events, street parade and dancing, Art in Asphalt murals, film screenings, sports and recreation and a dragon boat exhibition. Pay what you can! See all you can! Suggested donation: Php20.00.
6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Various CCP Complex venues





(Limited Return Engagement)


A beauty salon owner transforms into ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, a superhuman warrior endowed with uncanny strength and remarkable beauty.  She fearlessly defends a small town from fashion forward aliens, a giant frog and rampaging zombies.  Tanghalang Pilipino brings back this rousingly funny musical based on the graphic novel by Carlo Vergara, adapted for the stage by Chris Martinez, set to infectious music by Vince de Jesus and directed by Chris Millado. Eula Valdez reprises her award winning peformance as the parlorista superhero (ine) who saves the world. Laugh and fall in love again (and again). Also featuring Agot Isidro and Kahlila Aguilos (Queen Femina), Tuxqs Rutaquio (Ada), Joey Parras and Nar Cabico (Didi), Arnold Reyes and Lauren Novero (Dodong) and the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. “ . . . a rip-roaring, laugh out loud-athon!”

February 6 at 8:00 pm (Gala Night)

February 7 & 14 at 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm

February 8 & 15 at 3:00 pm

February 13 at 8:00 pm

Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino

(CCP Little Theater)






An exciting showcase of the best in folkloric, classical and contemporary dance at the CCP.  A are opportunity to see the leading dancers and choreographic works of Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Ballet Manila, and the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.  Curated by Edna Vida from the works of Tony Fabella, Agnes Locsin, Max Luna, Alice Reyes among others. A CCP 40th Anniversary presentation.

February 6 at 8:00 pm (Gala Night)

February 7-8 at 3:00 pm

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo

(CCP Main Theater)






A special lights & sound show with projection bombings on CCP’s façade showcasing images of artistic excellence (works) and faces of outstanding Filipino artists. Open to the public.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm 

CCP Façade



10 – 18



A specially designed tour of the CCP facilities and a unique experience of its programs, guided by personalities from various fields / sectors who are familiar with the center. 

10-11 & 17-18 February 

Various CCP Venues




PPO 2008-2009 CONCERT SEASON VI: Gabi ng Musikang Pilipino: A Rendezvous with National Artists

Agripino Diestro, conductor

Gina Medina, violin

Andrew Fernando, baritone

Antonio Buenaventura – Symphony no.1 in C major

L. Kasilag – Violin Concerto

F.P. de Leon – Cry of Balintawak

L.D. San Pedro – Sa Dalampasigan for baritone, chorus and orchestra

Experience an exciting array of musical styles through outstanding works by Filipino National Artists de Leon, Kasilag, Buenaventura, and San Pedro.

8:00 pm

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo

(CCP Main Theater)






The philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group (PHILSTAGE) presents the first Gawad Buhay! for outstanding achievements and productions of its member companies in 2008.

7:30 pm

Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino

(CCP Little Theater)






A series of performances by some of the country’s most accomplished performing groups, restaging their most notable productions in dance, drama and music. The restaging will be facilitated through a venue grant given by the CCP to qualified groups together with creative, technical, publicity and marketing support. 

“Magandang Pilipinas”

(Philippine Barangay Folk Dance Troupe)

February 19 at 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm


(Leyte Kalipayan Dance Troupe)

February 21 at 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

“Ranaw: Isang Alamat”

(Integrated Performing Arts Guild)

February 20 at 2:30 pm / February 21 at 7:30 pm

Violin and Piano Duo

(Gina Medina & Mary Anne Espina)

February  25 at 7:30 pm

“Arkat A Laanen”

(Sining Kambayoka Ensemble)

February 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm

Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

“Sita at Rama: Papet”

(Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas)

February 20 at 10:00 am & 3:00 pm

February 21 at 3:00 pm at 7:00 pm

Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater)





A CCP 40th anniversary gala that celebrates outstanding Filipino achievements in the field of music. The concert present timeless Filipino musical compositions ranging from kundiman, harana, sarswela, Filipino operas and musicals, to original Filipino popular music as performed by some of the country’s leading musical artists with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Chino Toledo.

February 27 at 8:00pm

February 28 at 3:00pm

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo

(CCP Main Theater)