A cultural Christmas

Members of Hangad music ministry sing selections from their Christmas album.

Art 2 Art has lined up a series of Christmas specials offering ideas, inspiration and insight in keeping with the spirit of the season.

Produced by the Manila Broadcasting Company and hosted by “Ballerina ng Bayan” Lisa Macuja, Art 2 Art airs every Sunday, 3:30 to 4 p.m., on radio via DZRH (666 khz on the AM band), on cable television via RHTV (channel 129 on SkyCable in Metro Manila, channel 18 on Cignal TV and channel 3 on Cablelink) and livestreaming at http://dzrhnews television.tv. The show may also be viewed via the Facebook account DZRH News Television.

Artbooks.ph co-owner Ringo Bunoan (right) shows Macuja some of the titles offered at the independent bookstore.

The first Christmas special airs on 9 December, featuring the independent bookstore artbooks.ph. co-owner and artist/curator Ringo Bunoan. He will share the story behind the enterprise, selling Philippine art books in a physical store and online. For holiday gift-giving, she suggests new publications, hard-to-find titles and pre-owned books.

On 16 December, the episode focuses on Hangad, a group of friends bound by their desire to know and help others know God through music. Representatives Mariel de Jesus, KC Lawenko and Kiko Angeles talk about the history of the 27-year-old group and are later joined by fellow members to sing selections from their new Christmas album.

On 23 December, Ballet Manila’s Joshua Enciso, Brian Sevilla, Rafael Perez and Alvin Dictado — big winners at the recent CCP Ballet Competition — discuss why boys like them are now more open to a career in dance and the strict training it takes to be good at it. The four also perform an improv piece set to the Christmas song “Pasko na Sinta ko.”

Cancer survivors Jingjing Romero (center) and Diselle Falcon (right) join “Art 2 Art” host Lisa Macuja for an episode on art as therapy.

The Christmas series wraps up on 30 December with an episode on art as therapy. Cancer survivor Jingjing Romero shares how painting helped her in her post-surgery recovery, leading to a sold-out exhibit benefiting seminarians. Diselle Falcon, meanwhile, recounts how surviving leukemia inspired her to establish A Stroke of Hope, a foundation that brings the healing power of art to cancer patients who are undergoing treatment.

For inquiries, e-mail art2artdzrh@gmail.com or visit the Ballerina ng Bayan page on Facebook.
Past episodes of the program may be viewed on YouTube at the Art 2 Art with Lisa Macuja channel.

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