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Ateneo Brings Chinese Art Culture at Shang’s


by: Thea Amor Alvarado

Shangri-La welcomes artists, aspiring artists, art enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates it; as it launches the Pastel Painting Workshop for everyone to experience Chinese art in their celebration of Lunar New Year.

The workshop on January 29th, is set up to feel as if the Chinese Culture has come to you as you take in the Chinese music, playing during the whole program while you are surrounded by the many Chinese painting displayed not to mention the art exhibit that also feature their culture is positioned at the fountain near the event place, only a few feet away. Other events are Chinese Music Concert and the Spring Film Festival.

It is one of their many events, in collaboration with Ricardo Leong’s Center for Chinese Studies and the Art Association of the Philippines having over more than half a hundred participants, each given a set of oil pastels and felt paper to work on after the lecture.


Fidel Sarmiento, Art Association of the Philippines’ President himself endows the knowledge and painting live to the partakers while his vice president Roger Santos, provides the elaboration of his work.

He works on more than ten paintings to share the styles of stroking, outlining and other basic techniques of pastel painting and promises to give some of his finished artwork as a raffle to the workshop participants as gratitude for being a part of their event.

Oliver Pangan, one of the participants, is also from the Ricardo Leong’s Center for Chinese Studies itself who does Art as a hobby for himself and for his kids; says that the workshop is very informative and does a great job for being able to show the progression of pastel painting from how to start building the colors. Being able to attend different kinds of art workshops, Pangan gives this a perfect rating.

The participants vary from experienced veterans to people working in the field of art to people who do art as a hobby to people who are curious and wants to experience the Chinese art culture, exploiting the free resources while they can.

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One of the participants who is inclined to art but attending a workshop as her first, Ms. Mabelle states how amazing it is to learn more from attending such kinds of events apart from her drawings that evolve themselves through time.

As the participants get immensely drawn by their works, Mr. Sarmiento and Mr. Santos try to go over each table to give comments and motivation.

Edwardo Yanes, a 50 year old partaker who, according to him, has been doing art since birth commends on how the hosts are hands on in teaching everyone.

All the finished artworks can be taken home plus the pastel painting of the Art Association of the Philippines’ President for who ever luckily wins the raffle. More than 5 of his paintings are out for the raffle.

Overall, the pastel painting workshop is a success in helping the people to express themselves via the medium of pastel, according to Pangan.

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ADMU’s Chinese Art Workshop: A Success

by: Fathrize Liam S. Ceñedoza

MANILA – As a part of the week-long Spring Film Festival, the fest’s Chinese Pastel Painting Workshop proved to be a success not only by its organizers but also by its attendees and participants.


The festival held at EDSA Shangri-La Plaza, organized by Ateneo De Manila University under the Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, started on Wedenesday, January 25, and ended on Tuesday, January 31. This is ADMU’s way of honoring and celebrating  2017’s Chinese New Year.


The workshop, led by Art Association of the Philippines, started at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

Art Association of the Philippines’s President, Fidel Sarmiento, said that as an artist since the year 1975, he is happy to share his knowledge in painting and it is fulfilling to see the participants creating art out of their own creativity rather than copying his examples or other artist’s works.

When asked about his interpretations of Chinese art, Sarmiento said he thinks simple strokes are the key to the art’s timeless beauty.


Fidel Sarmiento started as one of AAP’s Director then he became president in 2002.

Art Association of the Philippines toured all over the country to teach art, one of their notable legs is when they entered Philippine’s Bilibid Prison to have a workshop for the prisoners.

According to AAP’s Vice President, Roger Santos, in his 42 years of being an artist, he is glad to help foundations and organizations such as Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies to conduct a workshop and reach out to different kinds of people.

Santos said that he is amazed by the Chinese’s luck drawn from their art due to its harmony with nature.

Aside from Sarmiento and Santos, the participants also recognizes the workshop as a true success.

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According to Sharmaine, 37 years old, as a participant and as her first time to use oil pastel, she never was fond of this form of art but the workshop showed her the true beauty of Chinese art and made her “fascinated by Chinese Art’s peacefulness.

Another attendee, 57 years old Eduardo, brought his son with cerebral palsy and a family friend with autism. He said that he will give five stars for the workshop due to their free admission and good accommodation for persons with disability.

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The Sirens in Shang

by Andrea Montalban

     Chinese Sirens Sherine Ann Koa, Evangeline Lao, and Gimbey dela Cruz concluded this year ‘s Spring Festival concert with their song Mei Lin Shen Hua, hoping to deliver the mirth of Chinese New Year to their audience in Shangrila Plaza, EDSA.

“I believe that most of the times music transcends language, so even though the people around the mall won’t understand it, the music will translate for us,” says Ms. Koa when asked about how they fell when performing in front of many non-Mandarin speakers, “hopefully they will (understand) what it means because of how we sound,” she added.

     For the Sirens, performing in the event is their way to give back to the Chinese community and a means to encourage people interested in their art to indulge or perform as well.

     Aside from the famous Mei Li Shen Hua, which is a love song used on Jackie Chan’s movie, The Myth, the Sirens also performed a compilation of medleys meant for the older folks. Resulting for their audience to be composed of shoppers both young and old, and of various races.


#CNY #YearOfTheRooster

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Spring Film Festival: 11th Year of Chinese Tradition


In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies together with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and other various sponsors organized the 11th year of the annual Spring Film Festival at Shangri-la Plaza last January 25 to 29, 2017.

The anticipated event aims to showcase and promote the Chinese heritage and culture to Filipinos by presenting 6 incredible films from China which are all critically acclaimed by prestigious film festivals in Asia and other award-giving bodies such as the Oscar’s, Toronto Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.

These featured films namely A Complicated Story (2013), Book of Love (2016), Everybody’s Fine (2016), Horseplay (2014), Red Amnesia (2014) and Wolf Totem (2015) are all shown in Shang Cineplex for free.


Other than the experience of watching free Chinese movies, mall-goers also enjoyed different events and activities which are hosted by Mr. Sidney Bata of Ateneo de Manila University.

The visitors got the chance to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese people through the Chinese Painting Exhibit last January 25 to 29 (Wednesday-Sunday), got swayed by the beautiful voices of the performers at the Chinese Musical Concert last January 28 (Saturday), and enjoyed expressing their inner creativity through visual arts in Pastel Painting Workshop conducted by Master Fidel Sarmiento at the last day of the annual event (Sunday).

Admission for all events are also FREE.

by: Jan Von Roi M. Sarmiento (BABRC 4-2)


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The 11th Spring Film Festival: A Bang for the Filipino-Chinese Community

The 11th installment of the Cultural Showcase of the Filipi
no-Chinese Community name the Spring Film Festival was launched last January 25, 2017.

This event, on15941372_710689049081399_4877700379186218671_n its 11th year has continuously vowed to promote the rich Chinese practice in nuance to the Filipino tradition. The event lasted  until January 29, 2017 and in stored four major events for all the spectators. 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.

On the launching which was attended by personalities from the Chinese community and the local government the officials started with a highly traditional Chinese gongs and Lion dancers. VIPs are gathered as the keynote speakers of the night started to give out their respective speeches. mg_5336-mark-chua-e1486134007184

Someof the notable guests are Fr. Jett Villarin SJ, president of the Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Rosita Leong and Fr. Ben Nebres and Dr. Jane Yugioksing. The night was filled with activities such as the start of the  film showing, handing out of freebies, performances from some ADMU mg_5091-mark-chua-e1486134059256students and many more.

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By: Ma. Pauline M. Tan


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ADMU’s 11th Spring Film Festival

Ateneo de Manila University hosted a 5 days annual Spring Film Festival in cooperation with Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies and Film Development Council of the Philippines held last January 25 to 27 at Shangri-la Plaza.

It is one of the most celebrated festival in the Chinese-Filipino community and many free film screening which aims to encourage appreciation at the Chinese culture and language in the society. They proudly presented six featured films which includes “Everbody’s Fine”, “Horseplay”, “A Complicated Story”, “Red Amnesia”, “Book of Love”, “Finding Mr. Right 2”, and “Wolf Totem” that delighted the Filipino audiences

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Aside from the film screening, they also hosted series of events such as Chinese painting exhibit started from January 25 to 31, an afternoon of beautiful Chinese melodies : Chinese musical concert held last January 28, and the Pastel Painting workshop with Master Fidel Sarmiento held last January 29. The admission was free for all activities.

by: Christine Jane Omido (BABRC 4-2)