5 things to do this week of August 23 to 29

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“Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol” is about Maya who goes home to Zambales as the world is about to end. Help the filmmakers finish the film by supporting their fundraising. Photo from AMPANGABAGAT NIN TALAKBA HA LIKOL/FACEBOOK

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, August 23) — This week, learn more about criticism in the country, pre-order a collection of comics, help young filmmakers, and check out some new loungewear to give you an extra boost.

Help young filmmakers finish their movie

Filmmaking is an expensive undertaking. Upcoming films “Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol” (It’s Raining Frogs Outside) by Maria Estela Paiso, “Henry” by Kaj Palanca” — both entries to this year’s QCinema International Film Festival — and “Taking My Time to Dance” by Celeste Lapida are asking for your support.

Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol” is about Maya who goes home to Zambales as the world is about to end. Forced to stay at home, Maya is forced to confront her inner demons. “Henry” is about a teenager who longs for another life after he visits a mansion’s construction site when he goes there to seek compensation for his brother’s injury. “Taking My Time to Dance” is a coming of age film that celebrates queer identity through dance and music and how queer people help one another.

To support “Ampangabagat Nin Talakba Ha Likol,” click here. For “Henry” and “Taking My Time To Dance” see the visual above. The joint fundraising is also for Palanca’s .GIFF entry “Extra Festive,” a film about a middle-aged gay couple and a missing Christmas gift. — CNN PH LIFE STAFF

Pre-order Tarantadong Kalbo Vol. 2

Tarantadong Kalbo’s first compilation of comic strips was a hard slap on the face when I read it last December. It’s an incisive way to end the year and to remind us of all the horrendous things that happened in, ugh, 2020. Now, Tarantadong Kalbo is back with another komiks compilation, calling it the “sequel to the worst year of our lives.” — Don Jaucian

Pre-order the book here.

Learn more about criticism with NBDB’s “Post-Pandemic Futures | KritiKa: Criticisms on Philippine Criticism”

The National Book Development Board has assembled a distinguished panel to discuss the state of criticism in the Philippines. Join author and musician Aldus Santos, book designer and food writer Ige Ramos, writer and cultural critic Katrina Stuart Santiago, and writer and film critic Richard Bolisay on Friday, Aug. 27 (2 to 4 p.m.) for a discussion on “why there’s hardly any [criticism] in the country, why we are so afraid of it, criticism as an art form in its own right, and the role of the critic in times of crisis.” — CNN PH LIFE STAFF

Register here.

Gear up for your next deep stretch

Left: Personal Space mat. Right: Ladies Who Lounge bra and Do Everything shorts, all from

More padded and slip-resistant than others, Recess’ Personal Space mat (₱2798) really protects the knees, forearms and palms when you plank or do a push-up. Creative lead Paulina Ortega has been practicing Lagree so she likely baked her form and function requirements into this darling slice of cloud. Equally pillowy are the colors of their new transitional loungewear line, Flexwear. I recommend the Ladies Who Lounge bra (₱1,698), which supported but didn’t stifle when I wore it under a button-down with a pair of sweatpants to market, and with leggings to Pilates class on Zoom the next day. — APC

Check out the shortlisted essays in this year’s Ateneo Art Awards

The 2021 Ateneo Art Awards now covers a two-year period and the shortlists for the visual arts and the art criticism essays cover a wide range of topics. As most of the art world looks at the 12 shortlisted visual artists eagerly, we thought it would be great to spotlight the shortlisted essays as well, which includes works both in English and Filipino, continuing last year’s expanded edition of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prizes in Art Criticism.

This year’s theme is “Navigating Crisis: Arts and our Futures.” The winners will have the chance to be published in The Philippine Star, ArtAsiaPacific, and new publication partner, the Katipunan Journal.

The shortlist is as follows:

English Category

Allyn Canja – “The Internet Knows No Region: How artists from Western Visayas broke barriers during a global pandemic”
Kiko del Rosario – “Piercing Loss, Streaming Desire”
Elizabeth Ruth Deyro - “The Artist’s Social Responsibility in the Time of Crisis: On Leslie de Chavez’s ‘I Like Art Fairs and Art Fairs Like Me’”
Carla T. Gamalinda - “Art and the inevitable crisis of the screens”
Alee Garibay - “Birthing an Alternative Culture amidst a Crisis”
Portia Placino - “Forging on by the Mountainside”

Filipino Category

Jaffy V. Fajardo - “Nandiyan lang kultura at mga sining”
Jord Earving Gadingan - “Habang Wala Pang Matino”
Mikka Ann Cabangon - “Ang Hikayat sa Pag-aaral ng Sining-bayan”

​​You can read the shortlisted essays here. — CNN PH LIFE STAFF