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DEX N MUT: BEST BULALO IN TOWN
Bulalo with rice all you can
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By Dexter R. Matilla

FILIPINO FAITH as heritage is the focus of this year's National Heritage Month.
“Nothing can break the Filipino faith,” Filipino Heritage Festival Director Bambi Harper and Intramuros Administration Head, said. “It’s the one thing that keeps us going despite the many adversities we encounter.”
Central to the month-long festivities is the walled city of Intramuros and a Misa Baclayana at the Manila Cathedral last April 30 ushered in the celebration.
The sacred liturgy incorporates Mass settings derived from the 19th century Boholano Mass and featured the Loboc Children’s Choir, winners of the gold medal in the 6th International Folksongs Festival in Barcelona. His Excellency Jesus A. Dosado, CM-DD, Archbishop of Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental officiated the mass. He was accompanied by organist Alejandro Consolacion of the Manila Cathedral and the Las Piñas Boys’ Choir.
Concurrent to the mass was the “Intramuros is Forever” photo exhibit and competition and a Heritage Lecture for Public School Teachers presented by Prof. Felipe de Leon Jr. of the University of the Philippines.
Over in Legaspi City, Albay, the Society of Ecclesiastical Archivists of the Philippines, Inc. under the CBCP Committee on Cultural Heritage is conducting the Angat Kabataan Camp 2010 that features a workshop for students about the 33 churches declared as National Cultural Treasures by UNESCO.
Lovely retablos, some as old as four hundred years, will be showcased from May 8-14 at Greenbelt 3 in Makati while “Mga Bayhon ni Santa Maria (The Many Faces of the Blessed Mother Mary)” will be on exhibit in Palo, Leyte on May 20.
'Hudhud' chant-dance
Folk music and dance have long been a source of faith for Filipinos, a good example of which is the Ifugao epic Hudhud. Usually chanted by the Ifugaos when working the fields or during a funeral, the Hudhud has been declared by UNESCO as one of 43 “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity.” An adaptation of the Hudhud will be chanted and danced by the Tungngod Elementary School Hudhud chanters and the Haggiyo Traditional Ensemble Group at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on May 21 and 22. Musical direction is by Jesse Lucas and choreography by Gener Caringal. Floy Quintos directs.
The Tourism and Performing Arts Society (TAPAS) meanwhile, will stage “Pasundayag Sang Kultura”, a tribute to Ilonggo music, language and tradition at the Pope John Paul Cultural Center, Sacred Heart Seminary in Bacolod City on May 12.
Other musical activities feature the Musikito String Orchestra, an ensemble of musical prodigies aged between 11 to 16 at the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati on May 6 and world-class violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata and the renowned Pundaquit Virtuosi at the Ramon L. Corpus Hall, Center for the Arts in San Antonio, in San Miguel, Zambales on May 13.
Manansala centennial
In honor of Vicente Manansala’s birth centennial, five museums will feature the National Artist for Visual Arts’ masterpieces. “Mga Gawa ni Enteng” will be held at the GSIS Museum from May 18 to October 30 while “Si Mang Enteng… Encountering Manansala” will be mounted at the Tall Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum from May 20 to July 31. First-Day stamps featuring Manansala’s masterpieces will be launched and sold by the Philippine Postal Corporation during the opening. Ayala Museum will hold “Images of a Nation: Vicente Manansala as a Social Realist” from May 26 to July 4 while the Ateneo Art Gallery and the Yuchengco Museum will also feature some of Manansala’s works.
From May 17-23, Rachy Cuna’s fan designs will be featured in “PAYPAY: Atin Ito” at the Robinsons Place Malate. More pieces from Cuna will be featured in “HABI NATIN: A Celebration of Mindanao’s Woven Heritage” from May 27-29 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.
Indigenous textiles given with a contemporary spin—embroidered, crocheted, and jewelled—will be featured at the National Museum on May 20 and 21 with musical acts Sinika of Palawan, Sino Sikat?, Drip, and Up Dharma Down providing the entertainment.
The National Heritage Month 2010 is conducted with the partnership of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Department of Tourism. Other partners include Security Bank Corporation, Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Titania Wine Cellars Inc., Zest Airways, the Philippine Consulate of Barcelona, and the Philippine Embassies in Germany, London, Mexico, and Singapore. 


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