Culture and Arts Notebook

Kurit-Lagting Art Collective: When artists come together to become social activists

VISUAL ARTS     Sorsogon is a city in the Bicol Region located in the southern part of Luzon island, Philippines. Starting out as a mural artists’ group and joining several contests in the city, the group coined the term…

Intimations: A haiku journal #1

THREE HAIKUS AND A BACKSTORY       #1. all-embracing sky under your protective dome seas breath, mountains rise.   #2. there on an empty lot on a lone brown hilltop— tall, tall sunflowers.     #3. the dew on…

‘Bugkos’: Citizen-led mural calls for unity, better governance in the upcoming elections

A call for bugkos — Bicolano term for unity in the upcoming elections through choosing better governance was depicted through symbols of a pink rose, ribbon, and different sectors in the community, in a recently unveiled citizen-led mural in Sorsogon City.…

Ahey: An Indigenous Chant of Thanksgiving to Kabunian and Healing from the Virulent Covid-19 Virus

Part Three of the Ayuweng Series to celebrate the International Decade of Indigenous Languages by Estella Wanden and Genevieve Balance Kupang On Celebrating the UN Decade of Indigenous Languages and Healing from the Virulent Covid-19 Virus Ahey, Ahoooy, Ahoooy, Aho-eeey! Greetings…

A Crazy Possibility

Song by Trudi Richards   Hopeful blues. Happy, upbeat, and free. The way she was told life was supposed to be! Look around and see a whole new world of possibility… “We’re here for each other, me for you and…

The Fountain

A SHORT SHORT STORY       From where I sit, eyes closed, I imagine myself journeying towards it, there where the absolute fount of inspiration can be found. The road is long and I see myself walking, on foot,…

Life Dances On

POEM     by Erlie Lopez two am of a new year after raising a wineglass to the eve countdown the future spirals into my daze abed with a clock ticking in my head in seeming calendar whirl – one,…

Morning Time

PROSE POEM     Early morning is sacred time. Time to look far into the lightening horizon, calmly searching for signs inscribed in the skies. Time to look heavenward, there where the moon still sits high upon her throne, sharing…

Ethiopia: Art in Public Space II, an Annual Art Festival is organized in Addis Ababa

Since 2017, a consortium of 12 different organizations has launched an annual Tibeb be Adebabay art festival (the Amharic expression equivalent with the English term art in public space). This year, the festival is happening with “the idea of filling…

Bicolano artists unveil mural painting project on good governance and social justice

Sorsogon, Philippines– Seasoned muralists and young artists from various art groups and youth organizations unveiled a mural project on good governance and social justice earlier today at Barangay Basud in Sorsogon City. The project was organized by 1Sambayan-Sorsogon Youth, in…

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