Culture and Arts Notebook

09.05.2021

Community Pantry: One makeshift set-up that has captured the Filipinos’ hearts

Community Pantry: One makeshift set-up that has captured the Filipinos’ hearts

FEATURE         Thirteen months after the Covid-19 outbreak in the Philippines and as cases surged, a new kind of morning greeted a middle-class neighborhood in Teachers Village, Quezon City that April 14 which pleasantly surprised a mix of tricycle drivers, construction workers and other passersby and gave… »

09.05.2021

(Ramadan Amidst the Co-vid 19 Pandemic): An interview with Mohammad Nazrul Islam Jashim

(Ramadan Amidst the Co-vid 19 Pandemic): An interview with Mohammad Nazrul Islam Jashim

SPIRITUALITY           As part of the series on Ramadan amidst the co-vid 19 pandemic, Pressenza interviewed Mohammad Nazrul Islam Jashim. Mohammad is currently the country representative of the Community for Human Development. An international socio-cultural organization inspired by the principles of the Humanist Movement, its members… »

09.05.2021

Cosmic Concert for Global Astronomy Month 2021

Cosmic Concert for Global Astronomy Month 2021

MUSIC         Every year, April is a special month for aspiring astronomers and stargazers all over the world as it is Global Astronomy Month. So what does it feel like attending an online Cosmic Concert organized by Astronomers without Borders? In fact, the feeling was that… »

09.05.2021

Heeding Nature’s Ways

Heeding Nature’s Ways

    ESSAY     By Jacqui Jill In a quiet neighborhood, in a not-so-different town, a grandfather told his grandson a story that he would always remember as he grew. The six-year-old possessed an unusual curiosity for everything and everyone entering his world. The grandfather had lived a robust… »

09.05.2021

(Ramadan Amidst the Co-vid 19 Pandemic): An interview with Irshad Mughal

(Ramadan Amidst the Co-vid 19 Pandemic): An interview with Irshad Mughal

SPIRITUALITY         Continuing the series on Ramadan amidst the Co-vid 19 Pandemic, Pressenza interviewed Irshad Mughal, chairman of the Iraj Education & Development Foundation, from Lahore Pakistan. With a background in M.Phil. In International Relations and Politics and an MA in Political Science, Irshad is currently the… »

09.05.2021

Mandala-making: snippets of lived experiences and reflections (cont’d)

Mandala-making: snippets of lived experiences and reflections (cont’d)

SPIRITUALITY         by Genevieve Balance-Kupang The joy of seeing accomplished mandalas is but one of the humble responses to the overwhelming challenge of creating a new culture. It draws one to experience and appreciate beauty, creativity, uniqueness, the mystery of life, and the longing for peace and… »

05.05.2021

(Ramadan Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic): An interview with Ma’am Amina Tominaman-Mambuay

(Ramadan Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic): An interview  with Ma’am Amina Tominaman-Mambuay

FOURTH INTERVIEW IN A FOUR-PART SERIES         By Genevieve Balance-Kupang Ramadan Mubarak! During this Holy Month of Ramadan, I am one with you, our Muslim siblings, as you offer profound prayers, carry out fasting and charitable works, reflect on the Holy Quran, enjoy the gift of your… »

04.05.2021

Salamat, Silo

Salamat, Silo

PERSONAL ESSAY         May 4, 1969, more than 50 years ago, Silo gave his first public speech to some few hundred people high up in the Andes Mountains near Mount Aconcagua, entitled the Healing of Suffering. It was the first public exposition of his ideas, where he… »

04.05.2021

LIU MFA Student Book Library

LIU MFA Student Book Library

  As you probably know, the MFA program (as you knew it) no longer exists at LIU.  The chair, Leah Dilworthm is putting together an archive for the Long Island University Library about the MFA program.  She would like to include any books or pamphlets that MFA students published during… »

02.05.2021

Homage to Professor Lewis Warsh

Homage to Professor Lewis Warsh

LITERARY         by Jhon Sanchez Unlike John Casquarelli, my dear friend and classmate of the MFA program, I don’t like taking pictures very much. I don’t even use my phone camera and rarely take selfies. But I remember when the photos were taken. It was after a… »

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