Xian Lim to direct retelling of literary classics in CCP’s puppetry film series

/ 01:07 PM September 17, 2020
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Xian Lim will be at the helm of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) upcoming project called “MALA,” which stands for “Movies Adapted from Literary Arts.”

Lim will be directing the project, considered the first-ever puppetry film series in the country, which will “give new life to local literary classics.”


“Honored and proud to be part of this project,” Lim said in an Instagram post yesterday, Sept. 16. “MALA” will open this October.


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Honored and proud to be part of this project. ❤️🎬 . Masiglang-masigla ang sining sa "Sining Sigla" ng Cultural Center of the Philippines Office of the President. . Patuloy na magbibigay kaalaaman, inspirasyon, at libang sa pamamagitan ng SINING. . Kasama ang pinakarespetadong mga alagad ng SINING, inihahatid namin ang: . Xian Lim's "MALA" (Movies Adapted from Literary Arts). MALA gives new life to local literary classics. It starts with reimagined versions of "Ibong Adarna" and "Florante at Laura,” as told by renowned ventriloquist Ony Carcamo and his puppet, Kulas. "Mala” opens this October. . Enjoy jazz with a special virtual music festival, "Jazz Stay At Home," featuring some of the most respected jazz artists in the country including Baihana, Nicole Asensio, Pipo and Lorna Cifra, Tots Tolentino, Michael Guevarra. The festival is hosted by Stanley Seludo. This runs from Sept. 25 to Oct.5. . A timely revisiting of Jose Corazon De Jesus' works is presented in "Pagbabalik-Tanaw sa Unang Hari ng Balagtasan," directed by Ricky Davao and starring John Arcilla, Lara Maigue, among other respected actors. Hosted by ace comedian Michael V. Pagbabalik-tanaw opens this November. . This December, a special virtual Christmas concert will be headlined by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in “Pamaskong Handog ng PPO.” concert, will stream live on the CCP-OP Facebook page. Celebrate the Yuletide Season with the PPO and listen to the country's premiere orchestra as it performs beloved Christmas carols, hymns, and classical pieces that bring good cheer and uplift the spirit. . #CCPOfficeOfThePresident #siningsigla

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The film series will feature the reimagined versions of “Ibong Adarna” and “Florante at Laura,” which will be performed by renowned ventriloquist Ony Carcamo and his puppet, Kulas.

Lim’s post also came with the CCP’s list of upcoming events in the remaining months of 2020, including the virtual music festival “Jazz Stay at Home,” which will run from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5.

The said music festival will feature some of the country’s most respected jazz artists including Baihana, Nicole Asensio, Pipo and Lorna Cifra, Tots Tolentino and Michael Guevarra.


John Arcilla, Lara Maigue and fellow actors will, meanwhile, star in Ricky Davao’s “Pagbabalik-Tanaw sa Unang Hari ng Balagtasan,” which will be a revisit of Jose Corazon De Jesus’ works. The event will be hosted by comedian Michael V. and will open in November.

In December, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra will headline a virtual Christmas concert called “Pamaskong Handong ng PPO.”

The said events are all part of the CCP Office of the President’s “Sining Sigla” digital outreach program amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  /ra


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