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Teach Me How To Art!

by: Thea Amor Alvarado

This year’s celebration of Lunar New Year, Shangri- La invites the people to visit China and to know more about their traditions and customs by witnessing the Chinese Painting Exhibit.

This is one of their main event, displaying from January 29 to 31, 2017, aside from the Chinese Music Concert, Pastel Painting Workshop and the Spring Film Festival that is made possible by Ateneo de Manila University, Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, and their sponsors.

Most of the painting symbolizes what China perceives to bring luck and fortune, such as roosters and others vary from landscapes to animals to something abstract. Some paintings depict the Chinese art, poetry and architecture leaving the impression of their origin to your imagination and creativity. Some of the paintings are random. According to Roger Santos, Vice President of the Art Association of the Philippines, Chinese art doesn’t mean that everything coincides with Chinese culture. As long as its art, anyone can express openly.

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Oil on acrylic and watercolor are some of the main instruments used for the artworks.  Everything is so intricate and pleasing to one’s eye that I happen not to notice how the time passes by as I go through every detail on every painting.

One particular painting that I liked is named “The Greatest Gift”, an artwork made by Albert Hamabad K. Libre III. It’s a girl dressed as if she’s to perform a dance but you can only see her back and no more than a quarter of her face looking slightly side faced. It is one of those artworks that you find and contemplate its denotation on your own.

For someone who can’t travel far, art serves as a key to remind and never forget not to lock up ideas, personalities, and changes in life.

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Spring Feast for the Eyes

by: Fathrize Liam S. Ceñedoza

MANILA – As a communication student with an initial experience with art such as drawing, painting and calligraphy, Ateneo De Manila University’s Art Festival for Chinese New Year really caught my art beating heart.


There are many alleys for this festival such as their Spring Film Showing, Lantern Painting Workshop and Chinese Oil Pastel Painting Workshop, but none attracted me more than the Chinese Art Exhibit.

Considered that I am an art enthusiast, it is easy to assume that I will be excited to attend the art workshops but I am the kind of artist that prefer to work alone in a quiet and cozy place like my room or my house’s balcony so the option of attending the workshops with people watching you work with your art was thrown out of my mind. As an alternative, I decided to feast my eyes upon the beautiful creations showcased on their Chinese Art Exhibit.


I actually had a hard time finding the right time to visit the exhibit due to the reason of wanting to dedicate my entire day gazing to these beautiful works instead of dropping by in a complicated time and date and ending up not really appreciating and enjoying the artworks. I ended up going one Sunday afternoon expecting to consume beautiful and timeless art and I am not disappointed.

The exhibit is small in size but the contents are enough to feed my art craving heart and keep me walking around the display for the whole afternoon. Seeing the artworks up close can give someone chills down the spine. Looking at those works makes you feel like you’ve been to China during their most historic moments. It is somewhat nostalgic without really being there and having the past experience. Looking at the paintings make you feel like you’ve been home in a place you never visited.


Their art can be described as simple but powerful. Their strokes are elegant with a hint of being majestic due to the historic subjects and peacefulness because of the subjects concerning nature. Regal is also another work to describe the beauty laid out in the middle of EDSA Shangri-La.

What makes Chinese Art special is their art’s continuity. As if the artist lived from their earliest dynasties to depict the scenes. Their artworks honor tradition and culture of China. The portrayals of emperors really amazes the viewers due to the intense gaze  but you will also see the brushstrokes and blending of colors.

The lightness of colors calms the mind of the viewer making one experience peace rivaling one inside a Chinese temple. I have seen some Gong-bi paintings with its meticulous handwork and highly defined brushstrokes. These kinds of painting depicts early Chinese lives in somewhat narrative form.


Aside from paintings on canvass, displayed as wells are paintings on scrolls and fans bust most arts are in a form of landscape due to its importance as the highest form of Chinese painting. Landscape includes mountains, clearings, hills and rivers. Other Gong-bi paintings focus on birds and flowers.

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Above all of the paintings, two were my favorite due to its monochromatic theme.

These paintings depict young women. It shows a lady’s perfection of her body with a touch of modernization that influenced the subject. It has the subtle hint of dark message due to its stalker like shot but it somehow shows purity of a woman. The subtle nudity shows the perfect and imperfect qualities that a lady possesses.


After an afternoon of walking among these beautiful paintings, I realized Chinese art now occupies a space in my art loving heart. It is a combination of old and traditional look added with creativity and skill that will endure for an eternity.


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Buy 1, Take 2! @Shangrila

by Andrea Montalban         

          They say music is the language of the soul. True enough, many listen to music with no lyrics, or songs with lyrics they do not understand. Oddly enough (or not) people still understand theses songs’ meaning, the notes still touch their hearts, the songs still speak to them. Why? Because if there is one way to communicate with the rest of the universe it is through notes—the breaker of language barriers. Proof of that was seen in one of the noisiest places in the world—the mall.

          Last January twenty-eight (28), in celebration of the coming of the year of the chick—er rooster, a concert was held in Shangrila Plaza, EDSA. No, Ken Chan was not there nor did Jackie Chan make an appearance, and Richard Poon did not serenade anyone. Despite the venue, it was not an event promoting a celebrity or brand, but a celebration of a happy race living with another equally joyful kin. An event promoting the bond between Chinese and Filipinos.

          The performers were Philippine Cultural College Glee Club, Mr. Jhonvid Bangayan, Mr. Albert Cedric Tan, the Hope Chorale,

Ms. Angel Ko, Ms. Ellen Pao, and the 3 Sirens (read more about them here). All talented singers who serenaded shoppers with Chinese songs.

     What makes this concert beautiful and unique is the emotion conveyed through their singing. It takes confidence to stand up on a stage, much more with the knowledge that the audience may not bother listening because of the language difference. Music speaks to any soul, even through Beethoven’s deafness, but it takes a passionate performer to penetrate the noisy consciousness of people. And that is what exactly happened—passion won through it all.

     In a place where entertainment and business is the focus, where people rush from one place to another searching for something they want to claim as theirs, there is one thing that they already own yet take for granted. Something that does not have a price tag and will never go on sale. It has no label nor does it need one. In this one day of January, through arrangement of notes and composition of words, shoppers of Shangrila Plaza, EDSA were reminded of the priceless culture they have, and if they think they only have one—this event where cultures clashed in harmony proved them wrong.

the Sirens with another siren (wannabee) yours truly







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China at Its Finest: Embracing the Cultural Heritage through Music


At the same day of the Chinese New Year, the Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies together with the Chinese communities, schools and singers held a tremendous concert in Shangri-la Plaza to celebrate their Spring Festival.

Concert Stage

The concert was a success showcasing the splendid talents of multiple performers from different Chinese schools and groups around the metro. This year, the concert was celebrated to give thanks for another year that has come. And also, to wish luck and prosperity for all the Chinese people.

It was attended by a lot of Filipino-Chinese who were also celebrating their new year, wearing red clothes which symbolizes new start and fresh hopes based on their tradition. But the event was not only exclusive for the people who have Chinese descendants. There are also pure blooded Filipinos who took a glimpse on the heritage of China by listening on some of the traditional and folk songs of the country.


The joy and pride of being a Chinese were presented by the members of the chorale group Hope Christian High School, who performed at the concert. Together with their conductor, Ms. Sonnie Abella, and the musical arrangement by their pianist, Ms. Lety Sarte, the group soared with their beautiful and angelic voices. It was a delight to see Chinese kids wearing a modernized cheongsam (China’s national costume) and perform in front of the audience with a bright smile on their faces. They made everyone in the event feel as if they are taking a journey in China. One of the highlights of their performance is when soloist, Alexis Mervin Sy, belted out a high-pitched note which gave the audience so much chills and goosebumps upon hearing his heavenly voice.

Hope Christian High School Chorale

According to Ms. Lety Sarte, who are also the musical director of Hope Christian High School Chorale, this kind of programs (concert) were held annually to give praise and thanks for a prosperous year ahead for the Chinese community.

Most of the songs chosen to be performed at the concert are folk, oldies, and songs that symbolizes a vision of hope and happiness. Ms. Sarte also added that some of the songs that her students performed is a song about visiting the ancestors who started the celebration like this. And as time go by, this tradition is being passed to the next generation.

with Ms. Lety Sarte

The concert was also joined by other musicians,  singers and choir groups like the trio Siren, Philippine Cultural College Glee Club, soloist Johnvid Bangayan, and the blind teenage pianist Albert Cedric Tan.

Philippine Cultural College Glee Club

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MANDALUYONG-  The Chinese New Year has been a wonderful opportunity for the Chinese community in the country to showcase the brilliant culture as they kicked off  the Spring Film Festival last January 25, 2017 at the Shangrila mall in Mandaluyong.

This  5-day event organized by students from Ateneo De Manila University was attended by various personality withine the local government of  Mandaluyong and personalities from the Filipino-Chinese Community. The aforementioned occasion has four  major highlights and these are ; The Chinese Painting Exhibit, The Chinese Music Concert, Chinese Pastel Painting Workshop and the Showcase of selected Chinese movies. I was able to witness the painting exhibit which was beautiful and strategically placed in the center of the mall entrance for all the mall-goers to see. The exhibit showcases various kinds of painting with one uniting theme, Chinese The start of the exhibit happened on January 25,2017 the same day as the festival has started. 16395600_1469921299747526_1877011305_n

These works are from student and professional painters across the Filipino-Chinese Community. Dr. Sidney Bata, the Director of the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies of Ateneo De Manila University talked about how they try to improve the event every year by choosing movies that people would watch and would help connect the two countries during the opening ceremony. This nonetheless is very visible with the works of all the artists.16344199_1469923139747342_472677811_n

The exhibit has ended last January 29, 2017 during the closing cer16344427_1469921819747474_358213819_nemony happened in Shangrila Events place. Admirers of the featured works can still see the artworks by accessing their page at

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by: Ma.Pauline Tan


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Spring Film Festival: Glimpse of Chinese Art

Now on its eleventh year, the Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies together with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and cooperation of the Shangri-La Plaza. They once again brought us the Spring Film Festival starts from January 25-27, 2017.

The festival was organized every year to promote Chinese languages and culture in mainstream Philippine society, particularly among young Filipinos. Through this, there will be a nice foundation between China and our country.

What really amazed me from the festival was the painting from the Chinese Painting exhibit. It was located at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza, wherein the organizer displayed all the latest and powerful Filipino made Chinese painting rom the International Studies for Chinese Arts and ADMU Chinese painting class. It aims to encourage the emergence of new talents to continue the rich legacy of the ancient art in our country.

Since Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. It is much better if we appreciate them. We will all gain knowledge through every painting and learn their awesome traditional Chinese style of painting. The painting got me a thought of how decidedly complex a seemingly simple Chinese painting could be.

Here are some painting that’s was seen at the exhibit:

Christine Jane Omido (BABRC 4-2)