Jose Joya

Jose Joya (National Artist for Visual Arts) (Born June 3, 1931) Today, June 3, 2023, is the 92nd birth anniversary of National Artist Jose T. Joya. Jose Joya was a painter and multimedia artist who distinguished himself by creating an authentic Filipino abstract idiom that transcended foreign influences. Most of Joya’s paintings of harmonious colors … Read more

Virginia Ty-Navarro

Virginia Ty-Navarro is considered as one of the pioneering female artists in the Philippines. Equipped with a diverse arsenal of creative techniques, Virgie—as she was affectionately called—helped pave the foundation through which many Filipino women were able to pursue their artistry. Last March, the National Museum PH of Fine Arts unveiled its newest exhibition, “Virginia … Read more

Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo (“Flowers of May” in Spanish) is a month-long festival in the Philippines during the month of May in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Its pinnacle is the Santacruzan pageant procession held on the last days of May in honor of the finding of the True Cross by Queen Helena of Constantinople … Read more

Cirilo Bautista

Remembering the life and works of National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista on his 5th death anniversary (May 6, 2018). Cirilo F. Bautista was a poet, fictionist, and essayist with exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the development of the country’s literary arts. As a teacher of literature, he brought poetry and fiction closer to … Read more

Kapampangan Folk Dances

Featured Kapampángan Folk Dances Paseo de Bacolor – a dance of Kapampángan courtship Mamaduas Tamu! – a dance portraying the Kapampángan frog-catching skills Florida Blanca – a tribute dance about the Kapampángan white flora Salakban – means ‘to entrap’; depicts the Kapampángan skill of catching a mudfish using a ‘salakab’ You may want to read: … Read more