Autotelic lets go of its painful past with hopeful new single ‘Iwan’

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When Filipino pop-rock bands in the early 2010s started to gain mainstream prominence, Autotelic emerged as one of the movement’s leading voices. From churning heartfelt anthems that reflect the sentiments and triumphs of the current generation to rocking the stage with unforgettable performances, the six-piece band sets the standards of what modern pop songcraft is all about: beautifully resonant at its most melancholic, and defenseless in its poignant honesty. Fast forward to 2021, Autotelic’s music still hits home. Their work has been consistent in eloquently expressing the woes and rewards of being young, in love and emotionally wrecked, and is informed not so much by its time, but by timelessness and enduring appeal. These qualities are inevitably present on “Iwan,” Autotelic’s new single released under MCA Music Inc. Teeming with earnestness and indelible pop sensibilities, Autotelic’s latest track sticks to the quivering fragility that often permeates their material. But this ti

Philippine cultural performance in Jiangxi, China

 A Filipino cultural delegation led by Cultural Center of the Philippines president Arsenio J. Lizaso is set to visit Jiangxi province in China to showcase the various facets of Philippine art and culture through a performance by the world-renowned Bayanihan Dance Company, a CCP resident company, on January 8, 2020, at the Jiangxi Centre for Performing Arts in Nanchang City.  The event is part of a series of celebrations for the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations of the two countries, as well as aimed at promoting and strengthening cultural cooperation between them through exchanges in the field of performing and disciplinary arts.
The outreach performance in China is made possible through the efforts of the Cultural Center of the Philippines president Arsenio Lizaso in cooperation with the Jiangxi Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (JXPAFFC).  Both CCP and JXPAFFC carry out mutual visits and performances in line with the Executive Program of the Cultural Agreement between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China for 2019-2023.  Under the said agreement, partnerships on the areas of High-level and official exchanges; Cultural Heritage and Exhibitions; Performing and Interdisciplinary Arts; and Publications, Literary Arts, Language and Translation are among the areas of cooperation.

JXPAFFC is a people's organization of Jiangxi Province of the People's Republic of China and a group member of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.  In business, it is guided by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.  Its purpose is to promote understanding and friendship between the people of Jiangxi and peoples of the world, promote international exchanges and cooperation, maintain world peace and the reunification of the motherland, and promote common development and prosperity.

Through the years, the CCP had paved the way for numerous Chinese cultural presentations, including the Jilin Art Troupe’s Happy Chinese New Year presentation in March 2015, the National Ballet of China performing Raise the Red Lantern in October 2016, and the Qingdao Peking Opera performance of the Monkey King Wreaking Havoc in Heaven in May 2018.

The Filipino-Chinese epic historical film “Hari sa Hari, Lahi sa Lahi” was shown in 1987, which was a co-production between the Philippines and the People's Republic of China.  Production of the said movie, about the meeting between the Filipino Sultan Paduka Pahala and Chinese Emperor Zhu Di of the Ming Dynasty during the early 15th century, was implemented through the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Beijing Film Studios and had its world premiere in August 1987 at the Manila Film Center. (PR)

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