UP Korus Tops Spain’s Songfest!

22 Jul

The University of the Philippines Concert Chorus or Korus won the top prize in the Folk Song category and the second prize in the Mixed Choir category in the Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigròs held last week in Vic, Spain.

They will continue to delight the audience in Spain and Andorra as they hold concerts tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24 in Andorra; Thursday, July 26 in La Garriga; and this Saturday, July 28 in San Agustin Church, Barcelona.

Free Concerts from UP Korus in Madrid, Barcelona and Andorra

14 Jul

The official choir of the University of the Philippines, UP Concert Chorus or Korus will be visiting Spain and Andorra this July to give free concerts to Filipino communities and international audience in Madrid, Barcelona  and Andorra, and compete in the Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigros in Vic, Spain.

With its 50-year career garnering local and international awards and promoting Filipino culture and heritage, Korus will surely captivate again its audience, showcasing excellent Filipino artistry in music and dance.

So don’t miss this opportunity to see them with your family and friends, Filipinos and non-Filipinos, while they’re in Spain and Andorra. Donations will be highly appreciated.

Here are the concert dates and venues:


July 17  Tuesday 6:00PM     Auditorio de Centro Cultural Nicolas Salmeron

C/Mantuano 51, 28002 Madrid          91 782 3830 (FREE ENTRANCE)


July 19 – 23 Competing in the Festival Internacional de Música de Cantonigròs (Vic)

L’Atlàntida, Centre d’Arts Escèniques d’Osona

C/ Francesc M. Masferrer, núm. 4. 08500 Vic


July 24    9:00PM    Auditori Nacional d’Andorra

Ctra. de Segudet, s/n         AD300 Ordino   (FREE ENTRANCE)


July 26   Thursday   8:30PM     Teatre La Garriga

Plaça de l’Església, 2 (along Passeig de La Garriga)


July 28  Saturday   8:30PM   San Agustin Church

Plaça Sant Agustí, 2 (FREE ENTRANCE)

You may click the link to download their repertoire:

Repertoire for La Garriga Concert

Repertoire for Barcelona (Updated) Concert

To know more about the UP Concert Chorus, you may visit their website: http://www.upconcertchorus.org/home

Baler en Barcelona

27 Jun

Con motivo de la celebración del Día de la Amistad Hispano-Filipina, Casa Asia y el Consulado General de Filipinas en Barcelona presentan la proyección de esta película cuyo argumento mezcla drama romántico y cine bélico ambientada en el asedio de Baler.

A través de la historia de amor entre una joven filipina miembro del movimiento rebelde y un soldado hispanofilipino, el director Mark Meily nos transporta a los acontecimientos históricos de 1898 vividos tras los muros de la iglesia de Baler donde los últimos de Filipinas, que ignoraban que la guerra había finalizado, defendieron Baler durante 337 días.

Palabras de bienvenida a cargo de:
Catalino R. Dilem Jr, cónsul general de Filipinas en Barcelona
Carmen Pi Sunyer, directora de Relaciones Institucionales de Casa Asia

Proyección de la película:
Baler, de Mark Meily (2008) 150’ VOS en tagalo con subtítulos en inglés.


Sábado, 30 de junio de 2012, de 10.00 h a 12.30 h

Sede de Casa Asia
Auditorio Tagore
Av. Diagonal, 373
Entrada libre hasta completar el aforo.
Casa Asia y el Consulado General de Filipinas en Barcelona.

The Other Side of Jose Rizal

21 Jun

A new documentary about the human side of Philippines’ national hero José Rizal and the mystery that enshrouds him.

‘Jose Rizal, the First Hero’ will be screened tomorrow, Friday, 22 June 2012, at 7 p.m. at Rizal Room of the Consulado General de Filipinas, Av. Diagonal 497, 5 planta.

Mr. Jourdan Sebastian, the documentary’s producer, will be present during the screening to give background on the project.

The film runs for an hour and has English subtitle.

Here’s the trailer:

For more information about the movie, please visit this website: http://joserizalthefirsthero.com/

“Barcelona-Manila: New Paths for Intercultural Cinema”

13 Jun

Audiovisuales Sin Fronteras is a project led by the Escuela Superior de Cine Audiovisuales de Catalunya, el Instituto Fomento Contenidos Creación, Escándalo Films and Fabbrica Europe Foundation. It has been created with the aim to understand the social commitment from dialogue and new spaces of intercultural communication through audiovisual creative training.


Panaginip (2012), 25’, VOSE/VOSI
Fiction short film made by Mateo Ramírez Louit in Spain with Filipino and Spanish technical and artistic team.

Bote, plastik at diario (2008), 11’, VOSE
Documentary short film directed by Andrés Morte Terès and made by students of ASF in Manila.

Debate facilitated by:
Andrés Morte Terès, President and Director of Programmes of ASF. He has also been co-founder of Fura dels Baus, Director of Mercat de les Flors and creator of Barcelona Plató.

Mateo Ramírez Louit, Film and Audiovisuals Graduate by the Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales de Cataluña (ESCAC). The short film he presents has been selected in several international festivals, the most recent one was Cannes.

Kay Abaño, Film and Audiovisuals Graduate by the school TAI of Madrid. She will present her new audiovisual work called Voces produced by Audiovisuales Sin Fronteras.

Vanessa Castro Marasigan, Spanish actress of Filipino descent, she has studied drama at the Nancy Tuñón School of Barcelona. She is the main character of the short film Panaginip. She has acted in several soap operas: La RieraGavilanes.

Presented by:
Gaëlle Patin Laloy, in charge of the Asian Communities Programme of Casa Asia

Thursday, 14th of June 2012, at 7 p.m.
Casa Asia Headquarters
Tagore Auditorium
Av. Diagonal, 373
Free admission with limited capacity.
Casa Asia and Audiovisuales Sin Fronteras.

Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan

7 Jun

Ngayong Linggo na! Sama-sama nating ipagdiwang dito sa Barcelona ang Araw ng Kasarinlan ng Pilipinas! Magtungo lang sa Parc de l’Estació del Nord kasama ang lahat ng inyong kaibigan at kamag-anak. May pa-raffle ding round-trip ticket sa Pilipinas at marami pang surprises!

Alamin ang programa ng selebrasyon. Idownload lamang ito: PROGRAM PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY 2012

Jose Rizal, namasyal, tumira, ikinulong sa Barcelona

7 Jun

Kung bibisita kayo sa Barcelona, Spain ay baka mag-check in kayo sa hotel na ito, ang Hotel Fonda España.

Dito rin nag-check in si Jose Rizal mahigit isandaang taon na ang nakararaan.  Isa lamang ito sa mga lugar sa Barcelona na binisita ng pambansang bayani.

Bago pa man umabot sa mahigit na 20,000 ang mga Pilipinong nasa Barcelona, nauna na si Rizal na mamasyal, tumira, maging bahagi ng pahayagang La Solidaridad at makulong dito.

Upang malaman kung anu-ano ang mga makasaysayang lugar na ito, ang National Historical Commission of the Philippines kasama ang Konsulado ng Pilipinas sa Barcelona ay naghanda ng mapa na pinangalanang Ruta Rizal.

Ang Ruta Rizal ay inihandog ni Consul General Catalino Dilem Jr. kasama si National Historical Commission Chairperson Maria Serena Diokno sa iba’t ibang institusyon sa Barcelona katulad ng City Hall ng Barcelona, Casa Asia at University of Pompeu Fabra.

Ang paghahandog ay isinagawa sa isang seremonya kamakailanlang sa Sala Cronicas sa City Hall ng Barcelona kasama ang mga pinuno ng iba’t ibang asosasyong Pilipino sa Barcelona.

Anu-ano ba ang mga lugar na ito? Panoorin ang video na inihanda ni Consul Arman Talbo, Bb. Elizabeth Ramos at G. RJ Placino: