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Celebrating The Birth Of San Juan Bautista

Celebrating the Birth of San Juan Bautista (By Ma. Isabel A. Arellano)

Wet and wild. These two words could very well describe me and my co-passengers when the jeepney we were riding passed by San Juan in Metro Manila on that fateful day in June. Wet, because we were drenched with water from the dippers and pails of some playful kids that lined up the streets. Wild, because the passengers got "wildly" mad at the revelers who merely wished to have fun but who definitely irked us -- most of whom were going to school or work.

Biodiversity And The Sacred

Biodiversity and the Sacred: Some Insights for Preserving Cultural Diversity and Heritage (By David Harmon)

Nature has been sacred since the dawn of human consciousness -- that moment in evolutionary time when people first became aware of their own existence, when women and men began to wonder about their place on Earth and in the larger cosmos. To know that one is ignorant is the beginning of wisdom, and if we could pinpoint the instant when our ancestors began to think beyond themselves, we would know exactly when are species started to become wise, to become, not just Homo, but Homo sapiens. The mysteries of the natural world were certainly the initial impetus for humans to create (or, if you prefer, discover) the sacred. The nation of the sacred has since been endlessly elaborated in human cultures, producing not just the religious variety have today, but a broadening range of spirituality, often interfused with the secular, that cannot be easily categorized as 'faith'. So we see that the sacred has long been, and continues to be, a bridge between nature and culture.

Benchmarking Philippine Architecture

By: Paulo G. Alcazaren

The first year of the new millennium was a year of trauma, reflection and re-orientation for the Philippines and Philippine architecture. Little came by way of actual buildings completed, and those in progress were still mostly foreign-designed or influenced, contributing little to the development of Filipino architecture. In fact, the biggest news in the architectural world was the demolition of landmark buildings and damage caused to heritage structures and sites. Much like the political and social structure of our country, the integrity of our built heritage and emerging architecture was and is being shaken to its very foundations.

Reflections On The Word "Sining"

Best Crafting: Reflections on the Word "Sining" (By Kristina T. Subido)

When we survey our crafts we see that the period of westernization, from 1565 to contemporary times, has simply provided new channels and interesting detours in the development in the crafts. In ideal situations, the basic tenets of good craft practice remains intact. These are quality standards that we as art educators and cultural workers should keep in mind and uphold whenever the opportunity arises.

I am calling it "Best Practice Crafting" just as they call that productivity-raising procedures in other industries. For craft has become an industry in itself-- for better or for worse. This is the nice thing about craft as an area of study: it spans a whole range of creative expressions from the folk-art-as-museum-object to product-of-industrial-design.

The Bells Of Balangiga

The Diocese of Borongan is bringing to the attention of the entire Philippine Church its struggle to recover the bells which one hundred years ago were taken as war booty from the church in Balangiga town. In its urgent appeal for support in this struggle, the Diocese is asking the bishops, the clergy and religious, and the lay faithful throughout the country to take a close look into the issue of the Balangiga Bells, and thereby appreciate its implications as a nation and as a Church.



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