Abstraction is not just a question of form, but an experimentation of medium. In many instances, the medium defines the form, giving depth and texture to what would ordinarily be a flat surface. The resulting output is a refined juxtaposition of technique, composition, and temperament.

We consider thus the practice of Michael Toms Semana, known as Mischa (b. 1975). His latest exhibition at the Megamall Art Center, entitled ‘Flight,’ allows audiences to examine his abstract expression works that seem to defy the norms of abstraction.

Mischa’s works have a strong emphasis on dynamic, energetic gesture. The works are entirely non-objective and primarily abstract in imagery, along the lines of abstract expressionist artists Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky and Robert Motherwell and in the Philippines, the abstract expressionist movement was headed by National Artist Jose Joya, with artists like Edwin Wilwayco now carrying the torch. Every part of the medium is fully charged and actively engages the viewer.

Mischa, who hails from Batangas, is a strong fixture in the Philippine art scene. A two-time semifinalist at the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Awards, he has also exhibited with fellow abstractionist Sam Penaso at the Kaida Gallery in Quezon City.

The exhibition is a consideration of the landscapes of the sky and the unlimited potential of the universe—the perfect subject for an abstract expressionist. His Destined by the Stars recalls the formation of a small galaxy – maybe even the Milky Way – as a formless mass seems to come together in strokes and stars. Wild Blue Yonder, on the other hand, meditates on the vast distances of space, and the consequent adventure that awaits those who are brave enough to go forth into it.

This exhibition marks a new direction for the artist, as he charts a distinct path in the art scene. Inspiring voyages tempered by introspection, Mischa brings new meaning to abstraction.

Mischa’s Flight is currently on view at the SM Megamall Art Center at the 4/F of SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. The exhibition is organized and hosted by Galerie Joaquin, and will run until Monday, 5 June 2017.

For more information, please call (632) 723-9418.


“Gutom na si Mang Cesar!” was a comical quip that the Saturday Group of Artists would use to clock their weekend sketching sessions. These informal Saturday afternoon meet-ups began in the late 60s at the now defunct Taza de Oro in the Ermita district. Variably done over ice cream sundaes and later on full-blown meals, the gathering happened between several generations of full-time, would be, and student artists, writers as well as the merely curious. Like a potluck, people came to the Saturday Group for their own reasons: to brush up on the basics, to talk shop, or just for a change of scenery. Legaspi cautiously took on the mantle of the Saturday Group leadership when the more gregarious Hernando Ocampo passed.

As we pack up the brushes so to speak for the first Cesar Legaspi Centennial exhibit, Lying in State at the CCP, here’s Legaspi’s family’s way of saying: “patapos na po tayo rito…hanggang sa susunod! Kita-kita naman sa UP (for A Man and His Relations, Bulwagan ng Dangal Museum) sa June 13! Now pass me that Tita Betty’s spaghetti.

For more information, contact the Visual Arts and Museum Division at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505 and 832-3702, mobile (0917) 6033809, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

Gutom na si Mang Cesar! 3 June, 3pm at the CCP Ramp (Manila side).


Music is everything. Check out the Official Trailer 2 of the new romantic drama Everything, Everything featuring songs from the original motion picture soundtrack. The trailer includes the songs “Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara and “How Did We” by Skylar Stecker.

Directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue in The Hunger Games) as Maddy and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as Olly. The film also stars Ana de la Reguera (Sun Belt Express) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls).

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face ... or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together ... even if it means losing everything.

Opening across the Philippines on June 21, 2017, Everything, Everything is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select international territories by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.


In loving memory of our dear Sophie. Gone too young, too soon. Kimmy and Adrienne miss you so much sweet angel Sophie.


Walt Disney Pictures’ new high-seas adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge* sailed to a triumphant start at the Philippine box-office at No.1 as it nabbed an opening day gross of P14.5-Million nationwide May 24, 2017. This was announced yesterday by a spokesman of Walt Disney Studios Philippines.

Salazar’s Revenge* is the fifth film in the now iconic Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, which returns Johnny Depp to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling antihero Captain Jack Sparrow.

Depp is joined in this new adventure with Oscar® winners Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush, and cast members both new and familiar to Pirates of the Caribbean fans.

Posting the biggest gross receipts for the opening day are SM Mall of Asia (P752,499), Trinoma (P488,933) and SM North EDSA (P458,013).

Also high on the rankings are SM Megamall (P391,573) Newport City (P361,802), Glorietta IV (P307,194), Ayala Cebu (P304,354), Gateway Cineplex (P285,911), Shang Cineplex (P274,767), SM Iloilo (P272,670), Greenbelt III (P268,251) and SM Cebu (P258,196).

Rounding up the top grossers are Robinsons Magnolia (P257,257), SM Clark (P234,570), Powerplant (P223,433), SM Baguio (P219,314), Robinsons Galleria (P193,491), SM Seaside (P188,632), Greenhills (P170,318) and Gaisano Davao (P165,132).

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge* is a rollicking new tale of the high seas infused with the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years.

The film finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea — notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

Watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge* now in Digital 3D, 2D, 4DX and IMAX 3D.

*The film is alternatively titled in the US as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


Anna Lappé speaks about being more conscientious in the food choices we make and making sure that farmers providing food at our tables have good conditions for themselves. We can express our compassion for others through the active choices we make.

Anna Lappé is a sustainable food advocate and a bestselling author of three books, including Diet for a Hot Planet, and a contributing author to fifteen more. An internationally recognized expert on food systems, Anna is the co-founder of the Small Planet Institute and Fund and currently directs Real Food Media. Anna also works with philanthropists nationwide to help fund the grassroots change we need to foster health, justice and sustainability across the food chain.


Colossal is a quirky sci-fi movie that combines kaiju action and Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway into one strange and funny story.

Imagine an alcoholic woman wreaking havoc on another side of the world whenever she gets drink-induced blackouts because she suddenly creates herself a monster — literally?

Sci-fi geeks, you’ll want in on this monster fun.

It’s stuff the monster movie genre hasn’t enjoyed yet on the big screen and led by Hathaway’s performance as the alcohol-addicted Gloria alongside comedian Jason Sudeikis, expect a comedy unlike any other.

In Colossal, Gloria (Hathaway) loses her job and gets kicked out by her boyfriend, forcing her to go back home and begin waiting tables at her childhood friend Oscar’s (Sudeikis) bar. Coming home becomes really strange when she realizes to her horror that whenever she sets foot at the neighborhood playground, her every move is replicated by a massive kaiju (yup, those Japanese monsters) somewhere in Seoul, Korea.

And as any monster movie must deliver, more crazy action and plot twists ensue once more people uncover this odd phenomenon.

Just from the snippets in the official trailer alone, you know Colossal won’t be your typical monster movie. See for yourself and watch the trailer below:

Don’t miss out on the strange and funny sci-fi fun filled with larger-than-life monsters when Colossal hits the cinemas May 17, 2017, distributed by Solar Pictures.