Visual Pond Artspace, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to the visual arts. Based in Manila, Visual Pond aims to be a dynamic player in the Philippine contemporary art scene through projects that engage and promote local artists both here and abroad.

We at Visual Pond envision a contemporary art scene that is vibrant, open to experimentation and supported by the community. By taking initiatives and creating opportunities for Filipino artists, we work towards this realization for the visual arts locale.

Asides from Manila-based projects, we are also interested in regional and international exchanges on ideas, concepts and possible collaborations with definite end products.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Part of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Cinema committee's offering for the Philippine Art Festival 2008, Sinemaleta was a portable film festival of NCCA-funded films that was shown in pre-selected barangay centers around Metro Manila on weekend evenings. Sinemaleta aimed to bring Philippine films out of the theater and into the streets where these specific barangay communities could enjoy them while expanding their taste of Philippine cinema.

These were the venues, films and dates shown:

> Camarin, Caloocan City: 'Mudraks' directed by Arah Badayos (8 February, Friday, 7 pm)

> Barangay San Jose, Navotas: 'Rotunda' directed by Ron Bryant (9 February, Saturday, 7 pm)

> Angono Municipal Hall, Angono, Rizal: 'Death in the Land of Encantos' directed by Lav Diaz (15 February, Friday, 8 pm)

> Barangay Bagong Lipunan, Cubao: 'Saan Nagtatago si Happiness?' directed by Florida Bautista (16 February, Saturday, 7 pm)

> East Rembo Park, East Rembo, Makati: 'iSNATS' directed by Mike Dagñalan (22 February, Friday, 7 pm)

> Penguin Bar, Malate: 'Voice, Tilted Screens and Extended Scenes of Loneliness: Filipinos on High Definition' by John Torres (23 February, Saturday, 7 pm)

> Rizal Park Auditorium, Luneta, Manila: 'Barako' directed by Manolito Sulit; 'Siglo Filipino: Odyssey of a Nation' and 'Lakas Sambayanan (People Power)' both directed by Butch Nolasco (three films as an EDSA/People Power Revolution special, 23 February, Saturday, 7 pm onwards)

> Barangay Buwayang Bato, Gawad Kalinga Concepcion Village, Guadalupe: 'Balikbayan Box' directed by Mes de Guzman (24 February, Sunday, 7 pm)

Sinemaleta was also the name of the larger program offered by the Cinema Committee during the Philippine Art Festival 2008. The program included Sinesilip, a showing of NCCA-funded films at the auditorium at the NCCA office every Wednesday of the month during the month of February, and Sinemusikalye, a massive new media audio-visual concert curated by Tengal with SABAW Art Projects in Remedios Circle, Malate on Friday, 16 March 2008.

Visual Pond acted as conduit for the activities.

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